Paul has conducted research in the database field for over 35 years. He served as a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo for 15 years and as a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research for close to 20 years. Paul is a Fellow of the ACM. He has worked in a variety of areas: file structures, materialized views, query processing, query optimization, column stores, and main-memory databases among others. Paul collaborated closely with the SQL Server team to drastically improve SQL Server performance by adding column store indexes, a novel main-memory engine (Hekaton), and support for real-time analytics.
Gail C. Murphy is a Professor of Computer Science and Associate Vice President Research and International pro tem at UBC. She is also a 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. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, an ACM Distinguished Scientist and a recipient of such awards as a University of Washington Computer Science & Engineering Alumni Achievement Award, an NSERC E.W.R. Stacie Memorial Fellowship and the AITO Dahl-Nygaard Junior Prize.