Senior Research Director
Alan Wood is the Director of the Modeling, Simulation and Optimization research group in Oracle Labs. His group provides internal consulting on a broad range of topics including retail demand and pricing optimization algorithms, hotel room assignment and offer optimization, algorithms to improve the performance of giant optimization models such as those that often appear in large deep neural networks, user behavior modeling for identity management, statistical cardinality estimation to improve the Oracle DB query performance, load balancing and resource allocation in data bases and systems, performance analysis and simulation of computer system architectures, and multivariate time series analysis to provided prognostics for early problem indication. The MSET2 algorithm developed in his group has been productized as the OCI Anomaly Detection Service (ADS). Alan's previous research interests include software reliability, energy-efficient reliability, and application energy-efficiency - studying how applications could interact with systems to provide the same results using less energy with minimal performance impact. He was the fault-tolerance lead for the DARPA HPCS project, and the technical volume captain for the Phase 3 HPCS proposal. After HPCS Phase 2, he researched switch architectures using proximity communications. Prior to joining Sun/Oracle, he worked for 13 years in the HP NonStop Division, which was originally Tandem Computers. Alan was a Distinguished Technologist at HP, in charge of fault-tolerant modeling and architecture for NonStop systems. He was the general chair for SELSE 2009-2011, serves on several program committees, and is a Life member of IEEE. He has over 40 published papers.