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Industrial Innovation Award 2009 - David Belanger

"For pioneering, innovating, and leading the interdisciplinary execution of information systems that transform massive online data streams into actionable information for service businesses."

David Belanger is currently the AT&T Labs Chief Scientist, and  Vice President of Information,  Software and Systems Research at AT&T Shannon Labs in Florham Park, NJ.  As Chief Scientist, he is responsible to the AT&T Labs President for: identifying pre-product technology important to the future of AT&T, evaluating technology, building alignment within AT&T on technology directions, and serving as AT&T liaison to external technical communities, specifically universities, government agencies and industrial laboratories.  The Information, Software, and  Systems Research Lab conducts research in:  large scale and real time information mining related to operations of a (communications) service business; interactive, information visualization; scaleable, dependable software systems; and new, information based, communications services.  It is also responsible for delivery and operations of very large scale (e.g. >400TB) near real time service management capabilities to AT&T and its customers, as well as a wide variety of analytic and information mining services.

Dave joined Bell Telephone Laboratories (later AT&T Bell Labs then AT&T Labs) in 1979 working in the area of database technology for economic analysis.  This was followed by research on large scale data and information systems, and program generation for data manipulation systems.  He has subsequently conducted research and led research efforts in software systems and engineering, and information mining and visualization.  In 1996, Dave created the AT&T InfoLab which has become a leader in research in use of data, at scale, and in new technology to support those activities.

Prior to joining AT&T, Dave was on the Mathematics and Computer Science Faculty at the University of South Alabama, a consultant for a variety of organizations, and co-founder/VP of Gulf Coast Data Systems (a computing services company).  He received his B. S. from Union College (NY) in Mathematics, and an M. S. and Ph.D., also in Mathematics, from Case Western Reserve University.

In 1998, Dave was awarded the AT&T Science and Technology Medal for his contributions in very large scale information mining technology.  In 2006, he was named an AT&T Fellow for “lifetime contributions in software, software tools, and information mining”.  He is a Distinguished Engineer in ACM, a Senior Member of IEEE, and a member of the TechAmerica Board of Directors.