Dr. Xing Xie

Dr. Xing Xie is a lead researcher in the Web Search and Mining Group of Microsoft Research Asia, and a guest Ph.D. advisor for the University of Science and Technology of China. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Science and Technology of China in 1996 and 2001, respectively. He joined Microsoft Research Asia in July 2001, working on spatial data mining, location based services, and mobile and pervasive computing. He has served on the organizing and program committees of many international conferences such as WWW, UbiComp, GIS, CIKM, and KDD. He will be the program co-chair of UbiComp 2011. During the past years, he has published over 90 referred journal and conference papers. He is also a senior member of both ACM and the IEEE.

Dr. Steve Coast

Dr. Steve Coast founded OpenStreetMap (OSM) in July 2004. He later founded CloudMade. Steve interned at Wolfram Research before studying computing science at University College London (UCL). With Nick Black, he setup ZXV Ltd, a technology consultancy in 2006. In 2008 this became CloudMade after investment by Nikolaj Nyholm and Sunstone Capital. Steve resigned from CloudMade in October 2010, although he is still a shareholder.