Keynote Speakers

CASCON 2016 will feature five plenary keynote sessions. All sessions take place in the Conference Center 1 and 2.

Shaun Marshall

Shaun Marshall

Engineering Group Manager
Connected Vehicle and HMI Advanced Technology at General Motors' Canadian Engineering Centre

Shaun Marshall

Shaun Marshall is currently the Engineering Group Manager - Connected Vehicle and HMI Advanced Technology at General Motors' Canadian Engineering Centre in Oshawa, Ontario. Shaun has been responsible for managing advanced engineering and innovation in the areas of vehicle electrification, energy storage systems, vehicle controls and hybrid diagnostics through various assignments since 2009. In these roles he has been responsible for bringing innovative new technologies to GM's vehicles. Shaun brings 26+ years of expertise in vehicle electrical systems, telecommunications, and radio frequency engineering. From 2007 through 2009, Shaun held the role of Engineering Group Manager Electrical Systems, Software and Controls at the GM Technical Centre - India in Bangalore where he grew a software development team and responsible for global ownership for Body Control Module and Instrument Panel Cluster software. Prior to his India assignment, Shaun was Engineering Group Manager- Electrical Systems at the Canadian Regional Engineering Centre and held responsibility management of wiring, electrical architecture, electrical analysis, electrical issue resolution team and mule vehicle engineering for the Canadian built Equinox, Torrent and Terrain as well as hybrid and fuel cell compact SUVs. Shaun was the Lead Electrical Architecture Engineer and Designing Engineer at the Canadian Regional Engineering Centre where he executed their first Canadian full-vehicle electrical program, supported the development of their first electrical vehicle system bench and engineered CNG Alternative Fuel vehicles. His experience includes interaction with Global partners at the engineering centres and manufacturing facilities in Korea, China, Europe, Australia, Mexico, India and the United States of America. Shaun has been part of General Motors of Canada since 1999.

Shaun's career prior to joining GM includes wireless communications as an RF and Network Engineer designing and deploying a national LMCS/LMDS network of "wireless" fiber-optics for Maxlink Communications; deployment of cellular networks and base stations for Bell Mobility in Toronto, and; Regional Environmental Officer, Facilities Systems Engineer and Electronic Systems Engineer supporting radar, navigation, communication systems and facilities at Transport Canada in Air Navigation.

Shaun graduated in 1990 with a Bachelor's in Electrical Engineering from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and received a Master of Science in Engineering Science - Management of Technology in 2004 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. Shaun has been a licensed professional engineer with Professional Engineers Ontario since 1996.

Shaun Marshall


Engineering Group Manager

Connected Vehicle and HMI Advanced Technology
at General Motors' Canadian Engineering Centre


1:30 PM - 2:15 PM EST, Monday, October 31


The Future of Personal Mobility

This talk will give an overview of General Motors move to disrupt itself with its focus on autonomous vehicles, connectivity and the sharing economy. General Motors is making these moves and re-inventing its 100 year old business model and structure. These changes will rely heavily on software and hardware solutions very much aligned to the conference theme of Cognitive Computing and Cyber-Physical Systems. I will share with you our vision for the future of Personal Mobility to enable you to put in perspective the foundational role that cognitive computing and cybersecurity play in that future.

mastorey

Dr. Margaret-Anne Storey

Professor of Computer Science
Director of the Software Engineering program
University of Victoria

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Dr. Margaret-Anne Storey is a Professor of Computer Science and the Director of the Software Engineering program at the University of Victoria.  She holds a Canada Research Chair in Human and Social Aspects of Software Engineering. Her research goal is to understand how technology can help people explore, understand, and share complex information and knowledge. She evaluates and applies techniques from knowledge engineering, social software, and visual interface design to applications such as collaborative software development, program comprehension, biomedical ontology development, and learning in Web-based environments.

Dr. Margaret-Anne Storey


Professor of Computer Science

Director of the Software Engineering program

University of Victoria


3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST, Monday, October 31


Disrupting Developer Productivity One Bot at a Time

Conversational bots have become a popular addition to many mainstream platforms and software engineering has adopted them at an almost dizzying pace across every phase of the development life cycle. Bots reportedly help developers become more productive by automating tedious tasks, by bringing awareness of important project or community activities, and by reducing interruptions. Developers "talk to" and "listen to" these bots in the same conversational channels they use to collaborate with and monitor each other. However, the actual impact these bots have on developer productivity and project quality is still unclear. In this talk, I will give an overview of how bots play a prominent role in software development and discuss the benefits and challenges that can arise from relying on these "new virtual team members". I will also explore how bots may influence other knowledge work domains and propose a number of future directions for practitioners and researchers to consider.

Mac Devine

Mac Devine

IBM Fellow, Master Inventor
VP & CTO, Emerging Technology and Advanced Innovation
IBM Cloud Division

Mac Devine

Mac has 27 years of experience with networking and virtualization. He became an IBM Master Inventor in 2006, an IBM Distinguished Engineer in 2008 and is a Member of the IBM Academy of Technology since 2009

He served 2 years as the Chief Architect for IM System z Enterprise Software and 2 years as the CTO for IBM Cloud partnerships and client innovations within the IBM Corporate Strategy team.

Mac served 2 years as Director and CTO Cloud Portfolio within IBM Global Technology Services. He lead the technical due diligence for the SoftLayer acquisition which lead to the creation of IBM Cloud Services Division.

He co-authored Springer's Handbook of Cloud Computing used by colleges and universities.

In 2016, Mac was received IBM's highest technical honor when he was appointed an IBM Fellow. Mac currently serves as Vice President and CTO of Emerging Technology and Advanced Innovation, IBM Cloud Division and as a faculty member for the Cloud and Internet-of-Things Expos. Mac also serves on the Internet of Things Community Advisory Board as well as the advisory boards for more than a dozen cloud companies.

Mac Devine


IBM Fellow, Master Inventor

VP & CTO, Emerging Tech and Advanced Innovation

IBM Cloud Division


8:30 AM - 9:30 AM EST, Tuesday, November 1


Why University-Industry interaction plays a key role in the "surthrival" of the IoT Perfect Storm?

In this session Mac Devine explains how just surviving the explosion of data and devices via Cloud Services is not enough. You need to thrive by riding the tidal wave of BigData, Cloud and IoT technology via an embrace of MicroServices, Continuous Delivery/Operations and Composable Services. More large customers are finding collaborations with Universities are a great way to navigate the Perfect Storm and develop the right Surthrival Guide for their particular industry segment so they can make objective business decisions based on FACTS (Fast, Accurate, Complete, Trusted and deployed at Scale).

Gail C. Murphy

Dr. Gail C. Murphy

Professor, Department of Computer Science
Associate Vice-President Research & International pro tem
University of British Columbia

Gail C. Murphy

Dr. Gail C. Murphy is a Professor of Computer Science and Associate Vice-President Research and International pro tem at the University of British Columbia. She is also co-founder and Chief Scientist at Tasktop Technologies Inc. Her research interests are in improving the productivity of software developers and knowledge workers by giving them tools to identify, manage and coordinate the information that really matters for their work. Dr. Murphy is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and an ACM Distinguished Scientist. With her students, she has received best and test of time awards from ICSE, ACM SIGSOFT and Modularity. She received a B.Sc. (Honours) degree in Computing Science from the University of Alberta and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Washington.

Dr. Gail C. Murphy


Professor, Department of Computer Science

Associate Vice-President Research

International pro tem

University of British Columbia


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST, Tuesday, November 1


The Elusive Nature of Context: Why We Need it and Where We Might Find It

Software applications have changed both so much and so little in the past twenty years. We now carry around many applications in our pockets on mobile devices. We can sometimes seamlessly move from using an application on one device to continuing our work with the application on another device. Yet, in other ways, applications have changed so little; email applications still make it hard to find messages of interest, completing a task can require using multiple unconnected applications, most applications provide one interface regardless of the expertise of the user, to name just a few. In this talk, I will argue that the lack of context in the software applications we use has led to a situation where all too often, the human works for the application instead of the application working for the human. Drawing largely from examples in software development tools, I will show how the explicit capture and use of context can enable applications to become more human-centric. I will also argue that the capture and use of appropriate context offers great rewards, but also presents great challenges.

JP Pawliw-Fry

Dr. JP Pawliw-Fry

Leadership and Performance Expert
New York Times Bestselling Author

JP Pawliw-Fry

Dr. JP Pawliw-Fry is an author and columnist, and a performance coach to Olympic athletes and business leaders. He melds state-of-the-art research with powerful inspiration to create thought-provoking and moving keynote presentations-on the subjects of leadership, performance, and managing change.

JP has trained at Harvard Medical School's Mind Body Medical Institute, and the Stress Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. He is the co-founder of the Institute for Health and Human Potential, an organization that turns its research and development work into new ideas and models that can help individuals and organizations gain an edge in the competitive world. To this end, he has worked closely with the Canadian Olympic men's volleyball team at three Olympic Games, with the Orlando Magic, and with executives of the NHL, the NBA, the NFL, and the US Olympic committee.

As a writer, JP is a contributing columnist for The Economic Times (a newspaper with the second-highest circulation in the world), and has authored Leadership Rewired: The New Science of Sustainable Performance.

Dr. JP Pawliw-Fry


Leadership and Performance Expert

New York Times Bestselling Author


8:30 AM - 9:30 AM EST, Wednesday, November 2


The Science of Doing Your Best When it Matters Most

Whether we are industry professionals or academic researchers, the innovation space is filled with pressure to perform. Often the greatest pressures are those we place on ourselves. The need to keep up with the latest research and technology. The challenges of coaching, motivating and mentoring our teams, and the hard conversations that sometimes arise. The stresses in our complex and often contradictory choices of collaborating and/or competing with others. In the busyness of everyday, we can forget that being intentional about how we work has a massive impact on what we accomplish. Dr. JP Pawliw-Fry will discuss and apply insights from his research into human behavior from his NY Times bestselling book, Performing Under Pressure, The Science of Doing Your Best When it Matters Most that can help us perform at our best.... as innovators, collaborators and leaders.

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