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Gary Flake    

Technical Fellow, Microsoft Corp.

Gary Flake is a technical fellow at Microsoft, where he is responsible for bridging Microsoft Research and MSN / Windows Live, and for setting the technology vision and future direction for many of Microsoft's online services. He is also the founder and director of Live Labs, which represents Microsoft's greatest investment in applied research focused on Internet technologies, reporting directly to Ray Ozzie.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Flake founded Yahoo! Research Labs, ran Yahoo!'s corporate R&D activities and company-wide innovation effort, and was Overture's Chief Science Officer. Before joining Overture, he was a research scientist at NEC Research Institute and the leader of its web data-mining program. He has numerous publications spanning over 15 years that have focused on machine learning, data mining, and self-organization. His other research interests include web measurements, efficient algorithms, models of adaptation inspired by nature, and time series forecasting.

Flake has served on numerous academic conference and workshop organization committees and is a member of the editorial board for the Association for Computing Machinery's Transactions on Internet Technologies. Flake, who earned his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Maryland, and wrote the award-winning book, The Computational Beauty of Nature, that is used in college courses worldwide.

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