Dr. Gary William Flake is a Technical Fellow at Microsoft and author of the book, The Computational Beauty of Nature (MIT Press 1998), which is used in college courses worldwide. He has numerous publications spanning over 15 years which have focused on machine learning, data mining, and self-organization. His other research interests include Web measurements, efficient algorithms, models of adaptation inspired by nature, and time series forecasting.
Dr. Flake became Overture's Chief Science Officer in 2002, and after Yahoo merged with Overture, ran Yahoo! Research Labs, its corporate research and development activities, and company-wide innovation effort, eventually becoming a vice-president.
He joined Microsoft in 2005. He is responsible for bridging Microsoft Research and MSN, and for setting the technology vision and future direction of the MSN portal, web search, desktop search and commercial search efforts.
Dr. Flake has served on numerous academic conference and workshop organization committees and is a member of the editorial board for the Association for Computing Machinery's Transactions on Internet Technologies.