PAC

 

Semantic Technology & Business Conference
Program Advisory Committee (PAC)

 Steve Ardire Steve Ardire
'Merchant of Light' for disruptive software startups
Ian Bailey Ian Bailey
Lead Ontology Developer, IDEAS Group
David Booth David Booth
Senior Software Architect, PanGenX; Independent Contractor
 Walter Chang Walter Chang
Principal Scientist, Adobe Systems
Frank Chum Frank Chum
Optimization Research Engineer, Chevron
No Picture Available Kendall Clark
Founder & CEO, Clark & Parsia LLC
Christine Connors Christine Connors
Principal , TriviumRLG
Joe Devon Joe Devon
Independent Consultant
Bob DuCharme
Solution Architect,
TopQuadrant
http://semanticweb.com/files/2010/09/EFranzon.jpg Eric Franzon
VP Community for Semantic Web, WebMediaBrands
Craig Hanson Craig Hanson
Director, Innovation and Architecture, Amdocs
Ivan Herman Ivan Herman
Semantic Web Activity Lead, World Wide Web Consortium
Eric Hoffer Eric Hoffer
Co-founder, Second Integral, LLC
Jeanne Holme
Data.gov
Bernadette Hyland Bernadette Hyland
CEO, 3 Round Stones, Inc.
Elisa Kendall Elisa F Kendall
Partner, Thematix Partners LLC
No Picture Available Brian McBride
Consultant / Developer, Epimorphics Ltd
Dave McComb Dave McComb
SemTech Founder and Program Co-Chair
President, Semantic Arts Inc.
  Kristen Milhollin
Project Lead, GoodSpeaks.org
 Jay Myers Jay Myers
Lead Web Development Engineer, bestbuy.com
 Marco Neumann Marco Neumann
CEO, KONA
  David Newman David Newman
Vice President and Strategic Planning Manager of Enterprise Architecture, Wells Fargo
Natasha Noy Natasha Noy
Senior Research Scientist, Stanford Center for Biomedical Informatics Research
Stewart Quealy Stewart Quealy
Director of Content, Events/Conferences, WebMediaBrands
Juan Sequeda

Juan Sequeda
Department of Computer Science,
University of Texas at Austin

 Tony Shaw

Tony Shaw
President, Dataversity

 

Brian Sletten Brian Sletten
President, Bosatsu Consulting, Inc.
 Bart van Leeuwen Bart van Leeuwen
Architect/Firefighter, netage.nl
 

SemTechBiz Program Advisory Committee (PAC) Members

Steve Ardire

Steve Ardire
'Merchant of Light' for disruptive software startups


Active advisor ( competitive strategy, business development, marketing & sales ) to disruptive software startups enabled with semantic technology. I shape serendipity by interrogating reality, critical thinking with conviction, provoke learning to enrich relationships, and tactical execution with passion to close deals.


Ian Bailey

Ian Bailey
Lead Ontology Developer, IDEAS Group


Ian started Model Futures as a software and services business in 2004. The company specialises in enterprise modelling; business architectures, technical architecture and enterprise ontologies. Ian was the technical lead for the UK Ministry of Defence Architecture Framework (MODAF), and for the IDEAS upper ontology (www.ideasgroup.org). He was also part of the team that developed the MODEM ontology for defence. He has represented UK and US Govt departments on ISO and OMG standards committees. Ian also runs the London Lotico semantic web meetup group. Ian has a degree in mechanical engineering and a PhD in data mapping (ETL). He is a fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS) and a fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET). His early career concentrated on legacy data migration and data model re-engineering. He first started working with formal ontologies in the mid nineties, and developed the Model Futures OWL editor in 2004, which is still in use today on projects which manage very large ontologies.

 


David Booth

David Booth
Senior Software Architect, PanGenX; Independent Contractor


David Booth is a an independent contractor and senior software architect at PanGenX in Boston, where he applies semantic web technology in support of personalized medicine. Before that he worked on Cleveland Clinic's SemanticDB project, which uses RDF and other semantic technologies to perform cardiovascular research and measure quality of care. Prior to that he was a software architect at HP Software, where his primary focus was on semantic web and other emerging technologies. He was a W3C Fellow from 2002 to 2005, and has contributed to W3C standards that underlie both Semantic Web technology and Web services. He has been programming for many years using a variety of programming languages and operating systems, and holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UCLA.

 


Walter Chang

Walter Chang
Principal Scientist, Adobe Systems


Walter joined Adobe's Advanced Technology Labs in 2004 and work in the Systems Technology Lab of Adobe Research. Walter is currently the principal investigator in two areas of research: the semantic understanding of multimodal content, and advanced data analytics for online recommendation systems. In his role as the architect and project manager of a multimodal content intelligence system, Adobe's focus has been the development of a text analytics platform which includes hybrid symbolic and statistical algorithms to perform deeper semantic analysis of text, audio, and video content for advanced search, content organization and automatic ontology acquisition, automatic metadata extraction, temporal metadata synchronization, and metadata inferencing.

 


Frank Chum

Frank Chum
Optimization Research Engineer, Chevron


Frank Chum is an optimization research engineer in Chevron’s Energy Technology Company. He has been working in applying semantic technologies to enterprise solutions for a number of years. He has co-chaired the W3C Workshop on Semantic Web in Oil & Gas Industry in 2008 and contributed to the W3C Semantic Web Education and Outreach Interest Group. He is currently co-chair of the W3C Oil, Gas & Chemicals Community Group that collaborates on applying Semantic Web technology to business issues in those industry. His current research interests include semantic technologies for computational linguistics and real-time optimization problems, pattern recognition and machine learning for upstream oil and gas applications.


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Kendall Clark
Founder & CEO, Clark & Parsia LLC


Kendall Clark is CEO and Founder of Clark & Parsia, LLC. Kendall was previously a researcher at the University of Maryland’s Mindswap, a well-known Semantic Web research lab. Kendall has served as Chair of the W3C’s Data Access Working Group, which is responsible for SPARQL, an RDF query language and data access protocol. He is the Editor of the SPARQL Protocol specification. He also edited DAWG’s Use Cases & Requirements and co-edited Serializing SPARQL Query Results in JSON.


Christine Connors

Christine Connors
Principal , TriviumRLG


Christine Connors is the principal of a TriviumRLG, an information consulting firm based in Pennsylvania. Ms. Connors has extensive experience in taxonomy, ontology and metadata design and development. Prior to forming TrivimRLG Ms. Connors was the global director, semantic technology solutions for Dow Jones, responsible for partnering with business champions across Dow Jones to improve digital asset management and delivery. Prior to joining Dow Jones Ms. Connors was a knowledge architect at Intuit, where she was responsible for introducing semantic technologies to online content management and search.


Joe Devon

Joe Devon
Independent Consultant


Joe Devon is a 20 year veteran developer. He has been involved in Internet technology since the mid 90's. He has worked on projects spanning Search Engine technology, Performance Management, scaling Wide Area Networks, performance for Internet backbone providers, Investment Banks & Telcos.

 


Bob DuCharme

Bob DuCharme
Solution Architect, TopQuadrant


Bob DuCharme is a Solution Architect at TopQuadrant, the leading provider of software and solutions for modeling, developing and deploying semantic web applications. He has been writing and speaking on semantic web technology since 2002, and co-chaired the 2008 Linked Data Planet Conference in New York City. Earlier in his career he did software development and data and systems architecture at Moody's Investors Service and LexisNexis. Bob is the author of the O'Reilly book "Learning SPARQL" and several books on XML-related technology for publishers such as Prentice-Hall and Manning.

 


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Eric Franzon
VP Community for Semantic Web, WebMediaBrands


Eric is currently the VP Community for Semantic Web at WebMediaBrands (http://www.SemanticWeb.com).  Prior to that, Eric spent over a decade with Wilshire Conferences, where he explored the world of enterprise data. As VP of Semantic Universe, he worked to raise awareness and explain the usage of semantic technologies in business and consumer settings.  He is an advisory committee representative with the World Wide Web Consortium (http://www.w3.org) and an Affiliate Analyst with Guidewire Group (http://www.guidewiregroup.com)

 


Craig Hanson

Craig Hanson
Director, Innovation and Architecture, Amdocs


Craig Hanson came to Amdocs with the acquisition of DST Innovis in July of 2005. Mr. Hanson joined DST Innovis in 1987 and has held a variety of positions Including CTO and VP vice president of the Advanced Technologies. Mr. Hanson is currently responsible for vision, architecture and implementation of new products in Amdocs. His current focus is Intelligent decision engines leveraging semantic technology to create smart applications. Considered a computer industry expert in software architecture and system scalability, Mr. Hanson has published papers regarding Broadband Data Services, Building Web Applications, Human Factors, and Software Performance, and he has been a speaker at several middleware and technology conferences. He was a recipient of the William J. Mullen award for his technical presentation skills. Mr. Hanson has done keynote speeches on technology trends. Mr. Hanson graduated with honors from Buena Vista University and was twice selected as NCAA Academic All American.

 


Ivan Herman

Ivan Herman
Semantic Web Activity Lead, World Wide Web Consortium


Ivan Herman joined the W3C Team as Head of W3C Offices in January 2001. He served as Head of Offices until June 2006, when he was asked to take the Semantic Web Activity Lead position, which is now his principal work at W3C. Before joining W3C, Mr. Herman worked in quite different areas (distributed and dataflow programming, language design, system programming), but he spent most of his research years in computer graphics and information visualization.

 


Eric Hoffer

Eric Hoffer
Co-founder, Second Integral, LLC

Eric Hoffer is a connector who aligns people, technology, and business needs. He co-founded Second Integral, LLC in 2006, to provide product and business strategy consulting for information-based products and services, and uses a value network approach to uniquely connect ideas to create value. Prior to Second Integral, he spent 20 years in the information industry, sixteen of which were dedicated to the creation, delivery and servicing of financial information products. He brings expertise from the perspectives of producer, consumer and analyst, for broad strategic consideration around structuring, manipulation, presentation and utilization of information – as well as keen appreciation for multi-dimensional motivations of the human and business elements.

 


 

Jeanne Holme
Data.gov

As the Evangelist for Data.Gov (an open government flagship project for the White House managed by GSA), Jeanne Holm leads collaboration and builds communities with the public, educators, developers, and international and state governments in using open government data.  Jeanne is the Chief Knowledge Architect at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, driving innovation through social media, virtual worlds, gaming, ontologies, and collaborative systems, including the award-winning NASA public portal (www.nasa.gov) and pioneering knowledge architectures within DoD.  She is a Fellow of the United Nations International Academy of Astronautics and a Distinguished Instructor at UCLA, with more than 130 publications on information systems, knowledge management, and innovation.

 


Bernadette Hyland

Bernadette Hyland
CEO, 3 Round Stones, Inc.

Bernadette Hyland brings a strong background in commercial and federal government data management strategies, coupled with expertise in leading high-growth software organizations. She is committed to articulating the pragmatic use of Linked Data to corporate and government decision makers. Bernadette is a chapter author in peer reviewed books focused on real world deployments of Linked Data including Linking Enterprise Data and Linking Government Data (David Wood editor, Springer, 2011. Bernadette co-chairs the W3C Government Linked Data Working Group and is a member of the Semantic Web Coordination Group. She was co-founder of three profitable early stage Internet companies delivering enterprise products which pioneered Free/Libre/Open Source Software (FLOSS) projects, including the Mulgara Semantic Store, Persistent URL (PURLs), Freemix and the Callimachus Project.

 


Elisa Kendall

Elisa F Kendall
Partner, Thematix Partners LLC


Ms. Kendall has over 30 years professional experience in the design, development and deployment of enterprise-scale information management systems, with emphasis on complex taxonomy, ontology and knowledge-based systems design. As founder of an early entrant in the semantic technology space, she developed a number of best practices for marrying traditional IT with semantics to address complex information management issues. Elisa represents ontology and information architecture concerns on the Object Management Group (OMG)’s Architecture Board, and is co-editor of the Ontology Definition Metamodel (ODM). She has also been an active participant in the ISO JTC1 SC32 WG2 Metadata working group and was a member of the W3C OWL and Best Practices working groups. She holds a B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science from UCLA, and an A.M in Linguistics from Stanford University.

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Brian McBride
Consultant / Developer, Epimorphics Ltd


Brian McBride is a consultant and developer at Epimorphics Ltd specialising in the analysis and development of linked data applications in a variety of domains including publishing government educational data and publishing supply chain sustainability data. Brian was previously a senior researcher at HP Laboratories in Bristol Uk. Whilst there he co-chaired the W3C RDF Core working group which produced the current Resource Description Framework (RDF) and RDF Schema recommendations. He also began the development of Jena, a leading java library for supporting the development of tools and applications using Semantic Web technology. He then went on to work an a number of Semantic Web applications including the development of a multimedia content exchange, a semantic web based web portal and applications to support the legal process of e-discovery.

 


Dave McComb

Dave McComb
SemTech Founder and Program Co-Chair / President, Semantic Arts, Inc.


Dave McComb is a co-founder (with Tony Shaw) of the Semantic Technology Conference and Semantic Universe. He is the author of the book Semantics in Business Systems (Morgan Kaufman), which was (probably) the first book to introduce and explain semantic concepts in the context of enterprise computing. Dave has over 30 years of experience with enterprise level systems and in particular his current interests focus on applying semantic technology to enterprise architecture.

 


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Kristen Milhollin
Project Lead, GoodSpeaks.org


Kristen Milhollin is a writer, mother, champion of good causes, and semantic web evangelist to nonprofit organizations.  She is also the Project Lead for GoodSpeaks.org, a news service for cause-related events, media, and data.

 


Jay Myers

Jay Myers
Lead Web Development Engineer, bestbuy.com


As a Lead Web Development Engineer at Best Buy, Jay has been active in promoting Semantic Web and Linked Data for use in business. He has spoken at industry conferences like Search Engine Strategies Chicago and SemTech 2010, and has been a guest lecturer for the Linked Data Ventures course taught at MIT Sloan. Jay has a passion for merging semantic technologies together with retail business and ecommerce to produce results that benefit both consumers and the enterprise. He has been an active supporter of the GoodRelations vocabulary for ecommerce, utilizing it in real world business scenarios to model consumer products, stores and services in RDF/XML and RDFa.

 


Marco Neumann

Marco Neumann
CEO, KONA


Marco Neumann is an Information Scientist and CEO & Founder of KONA, an Information Consulting and Semantic Technology Company based in New York City. KONA provides knowledge organization and network analysis services and technologies to the emerging Semantic Web market. Marco works with Semantic Web technologies for web-based data management in collaboration with media, technology and research organizations. His current interests are: distributed information syndication, contexts for the Semantic Web, cultural and natural heritage management, and dynamic schema evolution in structured data. 

 


David Newman

David Newman
Vice President and Strategic Planning Manager of Enterprise Architecture, Wells Fargo


David Newman is Vice President and Strategic Planning Manager of Enterprise Architecture at Wells Fargo Bank, and is the lead proponent for semantic technology at Wells Fargo.  David also chairs the Semantic Technology program for the Enterprise Data Management (EDM) Council and is leading an industry-wide effort with the Object Management Group (OMG) to develop operational ontologies for the financial industry known as the Financial Industry Business Ontology (FIBO).  FIBO is a free and open source ontology that describes business entities, derivatives, securities, metadata annotations as well as other financial instruments necessary to effectively support macroprudential and institutional risk management, regulatory reporting, risk analytics and other financial use cases.  David is also a frequent speaker at industry conferences on semantic technology as well as at conferences on systemic financial risk.  David was also a participant in the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) working group that developed SPARQL 1.1.

 


Natasha Noy

Natasha Noy
Senior Research Scientist, Stanford Center for Biomedical Informatics Research


Natasha Noy is a Senior Research Scientist at the Stanford Center for Biomedical Informatics Research. She is a principal member of the Protégé group, where she works on tools for ontology management, including versioning, mapping, and modularization of ontologies. She is currently involved in the design of the next-generation Protégé system that will support collaborative development of ontologies. She also leads the computer-science research at the National Center for Biomedical Ontologies, where she works on community-based approaches to ontology evaluation, review, and alignment. Dr. Noy is the President of the Semantic Web Science Association, a member of editorial boards for several leading journals, and was the General Chair for the 11th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2011). http://www.stanford.edu/~natalya/

 


Stewart Quealy

Stewart Quealy
Director of Content, Events/Conferences, WebMediaBrands


Stewart joined the mediabistro.com team in 2010 and currently curates the live events and conferences. Previously, he played a leadership role in running the Search Engine Strategies (SES) events as part of the original content team at Incisive Media. Prior to that, Stewart worked with Jupitermedia and was responsible for launching emerging technology events such as the Jupiter/IAB Advertising Forum, Plug.IN, Game Market Watch, Enterprise Linux Forum and ClickZ Online Video Advertising. Stewart has also worked closely with the open-source Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the IT Service Management Forum (itSMF), and the Object Management Group (OMG), an international not-for-profit computer industry consortium. Earlier in the dot-com bubble, Stewart worked with 101 Communications and SIGS Publications, overseeing their object-oriented programming portfolio of events, including Java DevCon, XML ONE and C++ World.

 


Juan Sequeda

Juan Sequeda
Graduate Student, Department of Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin


Juan is a Ph.D student at the University of Texas at Austin and a NSF Graduate Research Fellow. He has been the organizer of the Consuming Linked Data tutorial at the 2009 International Semantic Web Conference, 2010 World Wide Web Conference and 2011 Semantic Technology Conference. He has co-chaired the 2010 and 2011 Triplification Challenge and co-created the Consuming Linked Data Workshop and Linked Data-a-thon competition series. Juan is also an invited expert at the W3C, member of the RDB2RDF Working Group and editor of the RDB2RDF Direct Mapping spec. Juan has been an invited researcher at the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid and the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. Juan is also the Executive Director of Semantic Web Austin.

 


Tony Shaw

Tony Shaw
President, Dataversity


Tony is the president of Dataversity (www.Dataversity.net) and it's former iteration of Wilshire Conferences (www.wilshireconferences.com). He is also the co-founder and program chair for the Semantic Technology conference. He directs the overall subject matter of Dataversity's educational services, including conferences, publications and webcasts. Previously he started a dotcom in the identity management space (which went the way of most dotcoms), and was the president of Technology Transfer Institute (TTI). He still facilitates TTI's strategic technology forum for CTOs, called TTI/Vanguard (www.ttivanguard.com).

 


Brian Sletten

Brian Sletten
President , Bosatsu Consulting, Inc.


Brian Sletten is a liberal arts-educated software engineer with a focus on forward-leaning technologies. He is a system architect, a developer, a mentor, and a trainer. Brian has been speaking about REST, the Semantic Web, and other technologies around the world as part of conferences such as NoFluffJustStuff, JavaOne, Jazoon, the Spring Experience, the Rich Web Experience, and Museums on the Web. Brian has written for DevX's Semantic Web Zone, JavaWorld and has contributed chapters to O'Reilly Media's "Beautiful Architecture" and "97 Things Every Project Manager Should Know".

 


Bart van Leeuwen

Bart van Leeuwen
Architect/Firefighter, netage.nl


Bart van Leeuwen has been the owner of netage.nl for 15 years. He has a lot of experience in "outside the box" thinking to help his customers get to the right solution. For Bart, technology is never the answer to business questions. Technology is an enabler, and should be treated as such. He has a lot of experience with Data management solutions like Lotus Notes, DB2, Postgres and their integration tools. In early 2000, Bart got involved in PHP since it perfectly fit the requirements for what later would become RESC.Info, an enabler platform for Volunteer Fire departments. In the last 5 years he developed FishFood, an XML + XSLT based framework to help abstracting RESC.Info. With the latest release of FishFood he started implementing other projects on top of it. Bart is also co-founder of netlabs.org. In the past years netlabs.org started using semantic web (Web 3.0) technologies to solve real world problems. The upcoming product will be a game changer in the way we interact with information, Bart is one of the masterminds behind this innovative technology.

 


 

 


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