Disclaimer: Forget about my affiliation, this is my personal list of things that I am going to enjoy at the UC.
Eric Herman and Antony Curtis are hard workers. You don't see them bragging about this and that. They do long and thorough research, and then they prototype. At that point, they claim victory, and usually with reason.
Their work on stored procedures using external languages is one of the most refreshing pieces of new technology applied to MySQL since the announcement of MySQL 5.0.
If you are dissatisfied with the cumbersome heaviness of the standard stored routines, come to this session. You will be surprised of the interesting things you can do NOW with a MySQL server.