SVG Open 2003
Conference and Exhibition

Vancouver, Canada · July 13-18, 2003

2nd Annual Conference on Scalable Vector Graphics

Bios

Alexander AA Adam, Project Leader, EvolGrafiX
Alexander is the project leader at EvolGrafiX for all the SVG Projects including XStudio II and the SP-Plattform. He has already written one professional SVG-Book in german (~ 550 pages) and will publish more books during this year.
Mark A Ambachtsheer, Software Developer, SchemaSoft
Paul Asman, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Paul Asman has been employed by the Automation Group of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York for over 20 years. He works in the Advanced Technology Center, which is charged to find and introduce new technologies with the potential to improve the Fed’s work. For the past few years, he has focused on XML and its related technologies. Paul’s education occurred before computer use was widespread, and aimed towards a different career. He holds a BA in philosophy and classics from Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pennsylvania, and a PhD in philosophy from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. His dissertation was on Aristotle.
Mr. Shane ND Aulenback, Director of Development - New Ventures, Corel Corporation
Shane Aulenback is a Director of Development for Corel's Smart Graphics Group. He is responsible for managing the development of Corel Smart Graphics Studio and was instrumental in the development of Corel's other leading SVG applications including Corel SVG Viewer and Corel Grafigo. Shane is an experienced speaker and has presented at various events including the SVG Open, XML Conference and Expo, and Web Services Edge. Drawing from his previous experience as a member of the CorelDRAW development team, Shane brings extensive XML and graphics knowledge to his position. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science, Honors in Computing Science from Dalhousie University.
Andres Baravalle, Ph.D. student, University of Turin
Andres Baravalle is a full-time Ph.D. student at Turin University, Department of Informatics. His actual research topics are artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, usability. He took his degree summa cum laude in Communications at Turin University. His degree thesis discusses about different technologies for information storage (databases, XML etc.) and about languages and techniques for multimodal web interaction with desktop and mobile users. Economical aspects concerning implementation are also covered. Among his key qualifications he lists a deep knowledge of the main languages and technologies related to web development. He worked at several projects as consultant. Among them he worked to develop multimodal interaction systems based on XML and server side technologies for the web sites costameno.it and loescher.it. Publications "Remote web usability testing: a proxy approach", to be published at HCI2003, Creete. "Remote web usability testing", Measuring Behaviour 2002, Amsterdam. "A usable web for long-stay hospitalised children", HCI2002, London.
Mr. Bob Basques, CTO, GRI Technologies LLC
I'm a founding partner in GRI Technologies and function as it's CTO. I manage the technical aspects of projects, coordinating customers, contractors and suppliers so the projects run smoothly. In addition to fifteen years of experience in a civil design and planning environment, Bob has a very broad hands-on knowledge of applying software technologies to technical projects. He has concentrated on component oriented server configurations which work with a multitude of applications ranging from AutoCAD to simple browsers. Bob frequently instructs classes on subjects ranging from Internet Security to CAD applications. Mr. Basques brings a wealth of experience in developing numerous cross application integration packages to leverage multiple technologies. Examples of this include extensive work using several applications to bring GIS information delivery capabilities to a web browser environment.
Eng. Daniele Belloli
Eng. Daniele Belloli (38) is CTO at Nazca ricerca, the R&D division of Grupponazca. After years spent with computing and pure numerical problems, his viewpoint about their relationship is changing. The internet and it's connected devices has expanded computing from a system of calculus to one more like a communications infrastructure. Since 1996 he has directed the company research towards the developing of applications for the intranet. All of the current Nazca ricerca projects are web based. His areas of interest involve user interaction and ergonomic aspects of computing, communication in heterogeneous environments and the efficient transport of data.
Moulin Bernard, Univ. Prof. Dr., University laval
Benoit Bezaire, Software Developer, Corel Corporation
Benoit Bezaire is a Software Developer with the Smart Graphics team at Corel and is an active member of the W3C SVG Working Group. Benoit has extensive knowledge of SVG and played a key role in the development of Corel Smart Graphics Studio. Prior to joining the smart graphics team, Benoit worked with Corel's creative applications group on a number of products including CorelDRAW and Corel Painter. He graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Sciences, Computer Engineering, from the University of Ottawa.
Mr. Michael Bierman, SVG Evangelist
Michael Bierman was the Senior Product Manager for Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) at Adobe where he launched SVG within Adobe, helped create a vibrant developer community of early adopters, and provided traditional product management to the SVG Viewer and to Adobe products. Bierman managed the product life cycle, including feature definition, for the first three releases of Adobe SVG Viewer and developed licensing and distribution strategy for Adobe SVG Viewer, including third party distribution with partners such as RealNetworks establishing an installed base of upward of 166 million seats (38% market penetration) in just over 14 months. Bierman also drove Adobe's strategy for incorporating SVG into Adobe's authoring tools and servers including Illustrator, GoLive and Adobe Graphics Server and was the company's Evangelist for this technology. He has participated in panels at Seybold and Builder.com, FlashForward2000 and XTech 2000 and was awarded the Adobe Customer Briefing Center's Quarterly Top Presenter and Speaker of the Year awards. Outside of Adobe, Michael Bierman is recognized for helping create an early adopter community to inform and inspire application and content developers by communicating Adobe strategy, delivering announcements, and gathering requirements to establish Adobe's leadership and develop product requirements. In addition, Michael?s team developed Adobe?s developer network (www.adobe.com/svg) including demos, whitepapers, and authoring guides to educate and inspire SVG-technology adoption. These resources have been valuable learning aids and sources for inspiration to many SVG developers. Before joining Adobe, Bierman spent six years at Sun Microsystems two of those years on the Java marketing team, and two years as a Product Manager at Microtec/Mentor Graphics. He has been recognized with awards by Sun and the Society for Technical Communications for his work in online documentation projects.
Mr David Botta, PhD student, Simon Fraser University
M. Dany Bouchard, President, DBx GEOMATICS INC.
Dany Bouchard is the president and founder of DBx GEOMATICS inc, a company based in Gatineau specialized in the development of interactive web mapping applications. The mandate of DBx GEOMATICS is to develop cost-effective, web-centric geo-spatial solutions. As a professional in GIS application development, Mr Bouchard has been leading many important and innovative geomatics projects for the last 10 years, with many federal departments, other levels of government and the private sector. Mr Bouchard gained extensive experience in all aspects of the web with a focus on MapInfo Corporation products such as MapXtreme and MapInfo Professional. The principal professional interest of Mr Bouchard is in new web technologies applied to cartography and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). For the past 3 years, DBx GEOMATICS has been developing solutions and products that make full use of emerging web standards like Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) and eXtensible Markup Language (XML). Since 2001, the company has released an innovative mapping product called SVGMapMaker plus an SVG Map gallery and live demos. Since then, Adobe Systems Incorporated has been featuring www.dbxgeomatics.com as the SVG spotlight site, right on the main page of the svg section of adobe.com. Mr Bouchard is committed to use this technology to develop even higher quality, interactive mapping applications and products.
Gordon Bowman, Lead Developer, New Ventures, Corel Corporation
Quetzalcoatl Bradley, NewHeights Software Corporation
Tim Bray, Chief Technology Officer, Antarctica Systems Inc.
Tim Bray has been in the software business for 21 years. In 1987 he became manager of the Oxford English Dictionary Project at the University of Waterloo; in 1989 he co-founded Open Text Corporation (Nasdaq:OTEX); in 1995 he built one of the first successful Internet search engines. In 1996 he became an independent consultant; while serving as an invited expert at the World Wide Web Consortium in 1996-99, he co-invented XML, serving as co-editor of the specifications "XML 1.0" and "Namespaces in XML." Since 1999 he has served as CTO of Antarctica Systems Inc.
Mr. Rhodes Brown, Ph.D. Student, University of Victoria
I recently began a Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Victoria. Before that, I completed my M.Sc. in Computer Science, and B.Sc. in Computer Science and Mathematics at McGill University. My research interests include the study of programming languages and compilers. Specifically, I am interested in adaptive techniques for improving the performance of interpreted languages at run-time.
Mr. Louis L Brunet, Principal, Motus Creative
Louis Brunet has over 25 years experience in multimedia, graphic design, and project management. While at Nortel Networks he introduced the use of video streaming as a cost effective way to provide employee training. During the nineties, at Nortel, he founded and led a multimedia team capable of producing product marketing multimedia collateral integrating web, Flash, 3D animation and video. More recently his focus has been web related projects and accessibility.
Jarrett Bulat, Software Developer, Blast Radius
Jarrett Bulat is a Software Engineer with a passion for mobile device application development and human-computer interaction. His skills also include computer graphics, usability, and distributed systems. Jarrett has recently completed a B.Sc. degree in Computer Science at the University of Manitoba. He works for Blast Radius in Vancouver.
Dr David Burggraf, Head of Research & Development, Galdos Systems Inc
David Burggraf recently finished his Ph.D. in mathematics at UBC and is currently the head of research and development at Galdos Systems Inc. David has worked as a systems and mathematical analyst for the last two years at Galdos and specializes in the application of mathematical and object modelling techniques to complex geo-spatial problems and systems. He contributed to the development of GML 3.0, authored a GML Best Practices Guide, and coauthored the GML 3.0 Technical guide. David is the recipient of three awards for teaching and leadership at UBC and four fellowships for academic and industrial research. David is currently a National Science and Engineering Council Industrial Research Fellow.
Kurt A Cagle, Author, Cagle Communications
Kurt Cagle is an author and application developer specializing in XML, SVG, XSLT and .NET technologies. He is the author or a contributing author of fourteen books and more than two hundred articles on XML-based technologies, multimedia, .NET programming, and the software industry. His most recent book, SVG Programming (Apress, 2002) covers the use of SVG to create rich user interfaces, animations, and sophisticated graphics. Kurt lives in Kirkland, Washington, where he also writes a e-newsletter, The Metaphorical Web, at http://www.kurtcagle.net.
M. Benjamin Campin, GIS/SVG developer, DBx geomatics
Benjamin Campin is a GIS Developer at DBx Geomatics inc. M. Campin graduated in 1998 from "Ecole d'Ingénieur en Génie Informatique et Productique" (Engineering, computer science and production management University) in Valenciennes France. Prior to joining DBx Geomatics in 2001 M. Campin worked for "l'Observatoire Reunionnais de l'Eau" (Reunion Water Survey), as a web developer and Geographic Information System analyst. As a software developer and engineer for DBx Geomatics M. Campin works on interactive web mapping applications using javascript and xml. He is actively involved as a member of DBx Geomatics' SVGMapMaker software development team and is affected to the research and development of online map editing using SVG technology. Recent work project included - RailWis : Producing Interactive map, and XML programming to access Weather Information to aid Train routing. - Health Canada (Nuclear Emergency and Preparedness) : Online Editing for shared geographic information. - CollegeNet : generating SVG Map in batch process for all US Counties for College statistic application.
Tolga Capin, Nokia Research Center
Tolga Capin is Nokia's representative to SVG Working Group, and was the editor of Mobile SVG specification. Tolga has been working at Nokia Research Center as a Principal Scientist, overseeing Nokia's various graphics research activities. He has a Ph.D. from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.
Bryan Carpenter, researcher, Indiana University
Yi-Hong Chang, Research Assistant, Institute of Information Science, Adademia Sinica, Taiwan
Yi-Hong Chang has been a research assistant at the Institute of Information Science, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, since Spring 2001, and is the chief developer of the Taiwan Social Map system at the institute. He received his undergraduate and Master degrees, both in Anthropology, from National Taiwan University.
Mr. Rutie Chen, Programmer Analyst, SPX Corporation -Valley Forge T. I. S.
Rutie Chen is a programmer analyst in the SPX Corporation - Valley Forge Technical Information Service at the Michigan, U. S. He received a Master degree in computer engineering from Wayne State University in May, 2001 with Thomas C. Rumble Graduate Fellowship. He is a key developer specializing in software design, client/server application and XML/SVG solutions. He has designed and implemented several projects for the company including SVG wiring project. He submitted a patent in Automated Wiring Schematics SVG Converter in 2001. His interests include information retrieval, data mining, database management system, and XML/SVG. In his free time, Chen enjoys reading, hiking and playing badminton.
Mr. Hanjin Cho, M.Asc. Graduate Student, Simon Fraser University
Hanjin Cho received his B.Asc. from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada, and currently he is a M.Asc. student at SFU. His research interests include development of MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems) and visualization software for micromachining designs. Furthermore, he is currently exploring the feasibility of some bio-substances for developing bio-sensors.
Mr. Hauke ChristopH, Researcher, Institute of Computer Engineering
Juan Chu Chow
Tyng-Ruey Chuang, Associate Research Fellow, Institution of Information Science, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Tyng-Ruey Chuang is an Associate Research Fellow at the Institute of Information Science, Academia Sinica, Taiwan. His research areas include functional programming, XML and Web technologies, and social implications of information technologies. This is the second time he and Yi-Hong Chang present a paper at the SVG Open conference. He received his PhD degree in Computer Science from New York University in 1993, and his undergraduate degree, also in Computer Science, from National Taiwan University in 1984. He was a visiting researcher at Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden, before returning to Taiwan in 1994.
Michael Cooper, Institute of Cartography - ETH Zurich
Michael Cooper graduated with a Masters of Science degree from the Department of Geography at the University of Oregon. His main focus of study was GIS, cartography, and geographic techiniques, which all lead to the completion of his Master?s thesis, ?Evaluating the Quality of Internet-based Geographic Visualization Applications?. Upon graduation, he began work at the Institute of Cartography at the Swiss Federal Institute of Techonology (ETH-Zurich). His work there consists of user interface design, usability studies, and cartographic tools for the new cartographic product STATLAS (Statistical Atlas of the European Union). He likes it there!
Ioana Cosma, Msc. student
Mr Peter Cranny, Head of Geographic Information Systems
Samuel Dagan, Professor of Physics, Tel-Aviv University
Samuel Dagan got his PhD degree of physics in 1964. On 1967 he was appointed at the Tel-Aviv University as member of the academic staff, where he spent most of his time in research as high-energy physics experimentalist and in teaching undergraduate students. On 1999 he became professor emeritus and decided to make use of his long experience in teaching for developing new educational tools for sciences. He is involved at present in a project of a teachware for learning mathematics. Web site: "http://alzt.tau.ac.il/~dagan/". Email: "dagan@post.tau.ac.il".
Tobias Dahinden, PhD student, Institute of Cartography - ETH Zurich
Tobias Dahinden (b. 1973) studied geodesy. Currently he's a PHD student at the Institute of Cartography of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. He is working with SVG since spring 2000. He was part of the organization committee of the 1st SVGopen conference. He coaches students in works concerning SVG.
Mr. Gaurav H Dalal, MSCS Student, Sam Houston State University
Gaurav Dalal is a M.S. student in the department of Computer Science at Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX. He has received an undergraduate degree in accounting (1999) and has done a year of graduate coursework in management from the University of Bombay. His areas of research include databases, multimedia, MIS and XML technologies. He is a Teaching Assistant for his department and also developing his degree project, "Charon", a multimedia-authoring web service.
Mr Ronald DeSerranno, President and CEO, Mobiform Software Ltd.
Mr. DeSerranno is currently the President and CEO of Mobiform Software Ltd. a new company with a focus on emerging technologies including SVG and .NET. Mr. DeSerranno is the founder of BoardMaster Software, a software business focused on film and animation products and former CTO of Motivus Software Ltd., a Vancouver based success story with a focus on mobile solutions for handheld devices and remote access solutions for mobile workers. He has been designing, building and delivering real world software products for more than 10 years.
Thomas E DeWeese, Sr. Software Engineer, Eastman Kodak Company
Thomas DeWeese is a Senior Software Engineer at Eastman Kodak Company, in Rochester New York where he has worked since 1994. Thomas has made contributions to the Java2D and Java Advanced Imaging APIs. He has also participated in the Jini Printing Working group. From 2001 to 2003 Thomas was Kodak's primary SVG Working Group Member. Thomas has also been a major contributor to the Apache Batik project, an OpenSource implementation of SVG in Java, since it's creation in late 2000.
Mr. Jeroen Dekker, Product manager, Square One
Jeroen Dekker is product manager of The Graphics Connection software family at Square One in The Netherlands. In the 3 years he has been responsible for the worldwide sales and marketing of The Graphics Connection, Mr. Dekker has successfully expanded the application of its conversion technology from being primarily a desktop tool for engineers and technical writers to serving as a powerful batch engine for software and systems developers across industries. He evangelizes the use of vector formats like SVG in various online communities. Prior to joining Square One, Mr. Dekker gained international experience in the United States, Asia and South America and worked at Ernst & Young Consultancy and TNT Post Group. He has bachelor's degrees in marketing from Haarlem Business School and Northern Arizona University.
Mr. Don Demcsak, Consultant
Don Demcsak (aka Don XML) is an independent consultant who specializes in architecting and programming multi-tier applications using Microsoft?s .Net framework. He is an evangelist that is known for pontificating the benefits of XML, SVG, and the .Net framework, on various discussion groups across the web., and enjoys the intellectual comradery of working with people from around the world. He is also one of the founders of the SharpVectorGraphics (aka SVG#) open source project, which is bringing SVG to the .Net framework. When not working, Don can usually do found playing with some new beta software, listening to some music (metal is his favorite), or just hanging out and enjoying life, with his family in northwest New Jersey.
Craig Dixon, Director of Quality Assurance, SchemaSoft
David Dodds
David Dodds has worked with computers since 1968, when he wrote Continuous Systems Models (CSMP) on IBM mainframe computers at university. Later he developed a program to operate a multichannel analog speech synthesizer, the Melpar EVA Electronic Vocal Analog, which produced recognizable Coast Salish, an (West Coast) Indian language. (audio output). Control parameters were obtained by analyzing frequency domain spectrograms made from a database of informants and computing the control values on an IBM mainframe. He also wrote neural network simulations in 1972. These were arrays of individual neurons each with independent sodium and potassium refactory periods and were chained into a simulated fibre from the retina (postretinal ganglia). The simulation was designed to show me what correspondence there might be between the relative and absolute refactory periods of a collection of neurons and the phenomenon of "stopped retinal image". After experimenting with programs to model human personality types (inspired by J C Loehlin; and also K M Colby, Stanford AIMemo 1970, Artificial Paranoia) and writing code to simulate a town council in a Forrester "Limits to Growth" type model, and (sessional lecturer) teaching computing science at university, he joined Nortel (Northern Telecom / Bell Northern Research) where he designed GUI and wrote text understanding software, these were in-house projects to allow extraction of content from telephony specification documents for use by graphical-interface programs, and he also wrote expert systems in C and Prolog, one of these expert systems used information gleaned from knowledge engineering sessions with Nortel graphics layout specialists and David produced an expert system which could take a collection of items to be displayed on the screen and, using knowledge of the purpose of the application, could position the objects on the screen with the best layout / design. David experimented with SGA genetic algorithms to see what kind of planning systems could be obtained from this approach. He did some experimentation with a learning version of the evaluation operator, used in order to improve the relevancy of evolutionary direction of the processing. At Mastech I designed and developed a large system, the PDS, Proposal Development System which was designed to enable one or more persons to produce optimized proposals addressing Year 2000 Date Change clients. Written in Visual Basic, the system employed OLE Object Linking and Embedding Automation to programmatically operate Microsoft Word within the integrated suite of MS Office. Access, Powerpoint, Excel and Visio were also part of the OLE system operation. The machine-aided and intelligent identification, capture and tracking of tasks to be performed and information required in Year 2000 work, including continuous improvement using QIP Quality Improvement Process. Capturing and modeling Y2K events, processes and performing intelligent assistance to project management and MS Project. (The model being much more than only an MS Project template.) He has been working the last few years on the various emerging XML technologies, was on the W3C SVG workgroup to develop the specification for SVG 1.0, his name is on the author's list for that specification; and on the Idealliance committee to develop XML Topic Map (XTM) specifcation. David has published numerous papers in robotics and on fuzzy systems. Two of these papers were published in the SPIE proceedings Space Station Automation III. They dealt with motion-planning and grip-planning. Lotfi Zadeh type fuzzy systems were used to design spatial planning techniques for robotics systems. He also has done work in using fractal mathematics to examine scenes viewed by a remote robot system which visually distinguishes manmade objects from general natural objects in outdoor video frames. He works on systems of representation, designing UKL (Unified Knowledge Language), and pursues designs of systems of meta data and meta-programming representation. Most recently he was co-author of the book WROX Professional XML Meta Data. He also worked as technical reviewer for Kurt Cagle's SVG book.
Ms Stella Du, Director of Development, SchemaSoft
Prof David A Duce, Professor, Oxford Brookes University
David Duce is Professor in Computing at Oxford Brookes University. He has been involved in the development of standards for computer graphics for over 20 years; most recently contributing to the development of version 1.0 of W3C?s Scalable Vector Graphics Recommendation. His current research interests are in web graphics and distributed cooperative visualization. He is a Principal Investigator in an EPSRC-funded e-Science project on visualization middleware for e-Science, where his main concern is with how XML technology can be used in visualization in a Grid context. He is also course tutor for the Brookes MSc in Web Technologies. He represents Brookes in the W3C Advisory Committee.
Andrew Emmons, Senior Software Developer, BitFlash
Andrew Emmons joined BitFlash as Senior Software Developer, in June 2001. He helped to develop one of the reference implementations of SVG Mobile, and his proposal for the Mobile DOM profile was recently accepted by the W3C Working Group. He is currently completing development of the Mobile DOM for various device platforms, in both C++ and JavaScript. Andrew brings with him 10 years of programming experience in graphics applications. His professional career includes lead and senior positions on development teams for the critically acclaimed PC games ?Jagged Alliance 2? and ?Wizardy 8?.
Catherine R Emond, BSc Student, University of Victoria
Catherine Emond is currently finishing her last work coop needed to satisfy her BSc in Computer Science at the University of Victoria.
Peter Fennema, Application Engineer
Mr Michael Fergusson, VP Product Development, Blast Radius Products
Michael has more than 10 years experience in web technology and product development, and has been involved in the creation of many industry "firsts" in the areas of XML and the web. An accomplished entrepreneur, Michael has founded several companies, the most recent of which, Enfolding Systems Corp, was founded to develop a unique XML-based collaboration technology, and was acquired by Blast Radius in 2002. Since 1995 he has held senior technical and executive positions at a number of companies, including SoftQuad Software, Communicate.com, and Blast Radius. He has been a guest lecturer at the UBC faculties of Business and Law on a variety of subjects related to technology and entrepreneurship.
Jon Ferraiolo, Adobe Systems, Inc.
Jon Ferraiolo was the editor of the SVG 1.0 specification and continues to be Adobe's representative to the SVG working group. Jon has worked for Adobe almost continuously since 1992. At Adobe, Jon has been an Engineering Director, Engineering Manager, and a Senior Computer Scientist, and is now an Entreprenuer in Residence in the new products part of Adobe's Advanced Technology Group. In his engineering manager positions at Adobe, Jon supervised the development, testing and release of Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat, Display PostScript, Adobe Premiere, Type On Call, Adobe Dimensions, Adobe Streamline, and Adobe Photoshop Album. Jon has spearheaded many of Adobe's XML initiatives, particularly Adobe's involvement with SVG, including Adobe's original PGML Submission (Adobe, IBM, Netscape, Sun) in 1998. Jon has a B.S. in Mathematical Sciences from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from Santa Clara University.
Mr Alastair Fettes, Student, University of Victoria
Mr Luciano Fortunati, Researcher, ISTI-CNR
Geoffrey C Fox, Indiana University
Mr Giuseppe Fresta, Researcher, ISTI-CNR
Norm Froman, Geotechnologies, Inc.

Norm Froman attended the Univ. of Wyoming and received both a BS in Geology (74) and a MS in Geostatistics (76). While at the U of W, Norm work in the Remote Sensing lab, which specialized in using Landsat imagery. The completed a thesis in Remote Sensing regarding the discovery of potential Oil and Gas fields by detecting the tonal anomalies caused by the chemical changes caused by the micro-seepage from the reservoirs.

Norm spent 12 years with a major oil company in the Technical Services area supporting the exploration efforts. For the last few years of this employment, he was in charge of all the exploration data for the West US and Canada.

He moved to a large O&G contractor and was in charge for the creation of well log analysis program that was sold in the US, Canada and Europe. During this time, he was also the chairman of an API committee charged with creating a new digital log format.

Norm ran a large programming staff for one of the largest manuf. of smoke stack monitoring equipment in the US. With a staff of 18, they created software to interact with very sensitive equipment to measure many types of gases within the smoke stack environment.

Norm started Geotechnologies in 1990 and it has grown to be one of the largest GIS data capture companies in the US. GIS data is captured for states, counties, and large cities using very accurate capture techniques.

Approximately 2 1/2 years ago, we became aware of a new graphics format that had a good potential of becoming a W3C standard. We started building systems in this new graphics format (SVG) long before it became an official standard. We have been working with a variety of groups to include this technology into the Homeland Security and Military. It is well suited for these types of operations. We have created GIS tools within SVG that could be the future direction of GIS.

Darryl Fuller, Senior Software Engineer, SchemaSoft
Darryl works at SchemaSoft (www.schemasoft.com). Darryl is an active member of W3C SVG group and co-author of the current SVG recommendations, as well as for the forthcoming book "Definitive SVG". Darryl has been an active developer in Vancouver for more than a decade in such diverse fields as X.400 e-mail, SNMP, document file format translation, e-commerce back ends, and using XSLT to generate SVG visualizations of data in arbitrary XML. Darryl has a Computing Science and English degree from Simon Fraser University. When he isn't in front of a computer screen, Darryl spends his time hiking, playing alto saxophone badly, and reading trashy science fiction novels.
Klaus Förster, Tirol Atlas
Klaus Förster works for the Tirol Atlas in the fields of application programming, database administration, server administration and teaches webmapping courses at the University of Innsbruck, Department of Geography.
Michael Gannon, Software Developer, Blast Radius
Michael is a software developer with 3 years of industry experience, working for companies in Ireland, the US and Canada. He has excellent knowledge of current web technologies, and with XML in particular. He has previously worked as a software engineer and contractor with Eyetide Media, Piercom Ltd., Mobileaware and XML Workshop. He holds an honors degree in Computer Systems from the University of Limerick, Ireland. He currently works for Blast Radius in Vancouver.
Dr. Edouard Gbei, Postdoc Fellow, Laval University
Dr.Gbei hold a Ph.D in geomatics from the university of Hannover, Germany.He is currently a post doctoral research fellow at deparment of computer science, Laval University Canada.
Daniel German, Assistant Professor, University of Victoria
Daniel M. German is assistant professor at the University of Victoria, in British Columbia, Canada. In 2000, he received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo in the area of hypermedia design. His current research interests are the design of hypermedia and Web applications, and the empirical evaluation of open source software engineering. At UVic he teaches courses in Web Design and Engineering, Databases, and Introduction to Software Engineering. He has also worked as a staff software developer at the IBM Toronto Lab.
Mr. Glen H Gersten, CEO, Ideaburst, Inc.
Andrew Girow, TinyLine
Andrew Girow specializes in creating and implementing high-performance J2ME and Java technologies. His latest development project TinyLine is devoted to SVG and 2D graphics on J2ME platform.
Dr. Graciela Gonzalez, Assistant Professor, Sam Houston State University
Graciela Gonzalez is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Sam Houston State University. Her main areas of research include visualization and modeling of multimedia information, web modeling, human-computer interaction, theories of actions and logic programming. She has authored papers published in conferences such as ACM Multimedia, IEEE?s ICDE and ICMCS, and IFIP's VDB6, among others. She received her M.S. (1994) and PhD (2000) in Computer Science from the University of Texas at El Paso.
Marco Gribaudo
Eric Gropp, Lead Systems Developer, MWH Inc.
Eric Gropp is a systems engineer at MWH, where he leads a variety of development and integration projects for MWH's clients. Eric hopes to use document-centric architectures to make his job obsolete without his bosses realizing it.
Ahmet Gurcan, Software Developer, SchemaSoft
Vincent Hardy, Senior Staff Engineer, Sun Microsystems Inc.
Nico Hauri, M. Sc. Student, Institute of Cartography - ETH Zurich
Nico Hauri studied Geomatics at the Swiss Federal Office of Topography. He's actually doing his master thesis at the Institute of Cartography.
Mr Georg Held, SVG Freelancer
Georg Held holds a degree in Cartography/Geomatics from the University of Applied Sciences Karlsruhe, Germany. Apart from his studies, he was involved in several cartographic and GIS projects in both Germany and New Zealand. His last contractor was IVU Traffic Technologies AG Berlin, Germany, were he did research work in the field of SVG in context with webmapping. Several projects, e.g. the real-time presentation of the German parliament elections 2002 were focusing on webmapping and web graphics with SVG. He wrote his final thesis on a SVG Viewer presenting thematic webmaps for business purposes. This work was done in cooperation with his last employer in 2002/2003. (personal homepage: http://www.svgmapping.de)
Lofton Henderson
Lofton Henderson is an independent contractor with long experience in computer graphics, and especially in Web graphics technologies - WebCGM and SVG. He co-authored the "The CGM Handbook", Henderson and Mumford, Academic Press, 1993, 450 pp. He previously worked on the ANSI and ISO graphics standards committees, and has had a role with several industry consortia defining CGM profiles: ATA, PIP, J2008, and RIF. Currently, he is co-chair of W3C's QA Working Group, Program Director and past chair of the CGM Open Consortium, a member of W3C's SVG Working Group, and a member of two OASIS technical committees, Conformance, and XSLT conformance. Dieter Weidenbrueck is the founder and President of ITEDO Software, the manufacturer of the Technical Illustration package IsoDraw and of IsoView, the viewer for intelligent graphics. He is the primary architect of the IsoDraw software program. Dieter Weidenbrueck has developed a considerable experience in the field of documentation standards and is actively participating in standardization efforts concerning technical illustration. He is one of the authors of the WebCGM Recommendation. He serves as the current Chairman of the CGM Open Consortium.
Pedro Henriques
Mr Tom Hoferek, Senior User Experience Designer, Corel Corp
Tom Hoferek, Senior User Experience Designer, Corel Corporation Tom Hoferek is a Senior User Experience Designer for Corel?s Smart Graphics Group. He is responsible for the user interface (UI) experience for Corel?s SVG software products, focusing specifically on Corel Smart Graphics Studio and Corel Grafigo. Prior to joining the Smart Graphics team, Tom was a member of the development team for Corel?s creative applications including CorelDRAW and PHOTO-PAINT. He graduated with a Bachelor of Industrial Design from Carleton University.
Prof Bob Hopgood, Professor, Oxford Brookes University
Bob Hopgood was the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory?s W3C Advisory Committee representative for many years before he retired. At RAL he was active in getting a Web Profile for the Computer Graphics Metafile agreed and helped establish W3C?s Offices in Europe through a joint ESPRIT Project with INRIA. On retirement from RAL he worked for the World Wide Web Consortium for a year as Head of Offices. He is now a visiting Professor at Oxford Brookes University where he teaches on the MSc in Web Technologies. He has nearly 40 years experience in computer graphics, especially in standardization activitiesand early computer animation. He teaches on the XML family of Standards and XML Applications such as MathML, SVG and SMIL.
Benjamin G.S. Horsman, Student / Researcher, Simon Fraser University
Benjamin Horsman is a student and bioinformaticist at Simon Fraser University in Greater Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. When not studying at SFU, Benjamin is programming for the Genome Science Centre at the BC Cancer Research Agency, also in Vancouver. His work at the GSC currently involves the development of a software solution that allows researchers to view the genome in three dimensions. Beginning in May, Benjamin will be working as a co-op student for the bioinformatics component of the Functional Pathogenomics of Mucosal Immunity project. This multi-institutional research effort includes teams from three Canadian universities and two private pharmaceutical firms. Benjamin's current research interests include bioinformatics visualization and biological supercomputing.
Yvonne Isakowski, Research Assistant, Institute of Cartography, ETH Zurich
Yvonne studied Cartography at the University of Applied Sciences Dresden (HTW Dresden FH), Germany. Since 2002 she is working with SVG. She wrote her final thesis about "Animation with SVG as a visualisation method of spatiotemporal processes in glaciology" at the Institute of Cartography, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), with which she graduated in 2003. Currently she is working as a research assistant at the same institute.
Dean Jackson
Dean began shaving his head just after everyone else stopped doing it -- an indication of how tuned-in he is to current trends. He still shaves his head in the hope that it will one day come back into fashion. When his friends ask him what he does for work, his reply is normally: "I just draw pictures all day. It's really fun. It would be much more fun if the results weren't always ugly, but I don't have time to go to art school." Of course, this isn't true - he doesn't have any friends. Dean does lots of things with SVG, such as editing the SVG specification and being the W3C Team contact for SVG. Once SVG has achieved world domination he will focus his attentions on reaching some of his other goals in life, including a Monster Truck Racing World Championship and developing a new dance form that mixes the best parts of Ballroom and Breakdance.
ir. Jan Jellema, Specialist Geo-scientific Knowledge, Geologic Survey of the Netherlands TNO-NITG
Educated as civil engineer with many years of experience designing watersupply systems in South East Asia. Later I returned home to the Netherlands and made a career as Head Information for subsequently Spatial Planning at the Ministry of Housing and the Geological Survey within the Ministry of Economic Affairs. Presently I am responsible for introducing new technology at the Netherlands Institute for Applied Geoscience, part of the TNO-research conglomerate. Example of these studies are: - Designing a new XML-standard exchange for borehole-information - Graphical presentation of boreholes in XSL - Presentation of the stratigraphic nomenclature on Internet. - Portal for all metadata on geoscientific information in Europe. - Multi-lingual Thesaurus for the Geo-sciences
Yuanchen Jiang
Jessica Jiang (Chinese name : Yuanchen Jiang)was born in YangZhou, China in 1972. She received her B.S and M.S in electrical engineering in 1993 and 1996, respectively, both from Southeast University, NanJing, China. She was recommended directly to be a graduate student for her outstanding undergraduate course grade. She has been working in R&D department at Nanjing Automation Research Institute,China as a chief researcher and a project manager from 1996 to present . Her current research interests include GIS (Graphic Information System) theory and applications, MIS (Management Information System), EJB (Enterprise Java Bean), SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) System. Contact her at jyc@nari-china.com
Richard Jinks, Developer, Advent Publishing Systems Limited
About the Author: Richard Jinks has been a developer at Advent Publishing Systems for 18 months working on the industry leading 3B2 publishing software. During this time, he has been responsible for improving support for XML and XSLT processing and for adding native support for SVG graphics CSS Stylesheets and XSL-FO. About the Product: 3B2 is integrated professional publishing software, providing structured solutions for document production. 3B2 is used throughout the world in the production of structured documents from STM (Scientific/Technical/Medical) journals to technical aircraft documentation, books to online publishing. 3B2 supports many languages, output formats and international standards, including SGML, XML, XSLT, XPath and Perl. Adoption of the growing X standards combine to make 3B2 particularly strong in automatic composition and pagination of long and complex documents for print or electronic dissemination.
Mr. Knut-Erik Johnsen, M.Sc. Student, Ostfold University College
Knut-Erik Johnsen is master student at Ostfold University College, Halden, Norway. Among his interests are client/server architectures, web services and digital mapping.
Christophe Jolif, Software Architect, ILOG S.A.
Christophe Jolif is a Software Architect mainly working on the ILOG JViews Component Suite, the ILOG Java technology-based visualization framework. He has been working for ILOG since 1997, and is the company representative to the Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) W3C Working Group since 1999. He has been involved in several SVG related developements including the SVG import and export features of ILOG JViews Graphics Framework and the SVG Batik project at Apache.
Mr Benjamin Jung, Lecturer, Trinity College Dublin
Benjamin has more than 10 years experience in developing Hypertext systems. Prior to the web-age, he built CBT systems for the pharmaceutical and medical industry. In 1995, he developed a web-based project management system for the Systems Realization Laboratory at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta. Benjamin holds a degree (Dipl. Inform. Univ.) from Technische Universität München (Germany) in Computer Science and Theoretical Medicine. From 1998 he worked for two years as a Research Assistant and Technical Team leader at the Centre for Health Informatics, Trinity College Dublin (TCD), Ireland. He concentrated on the deployment and development of extensible Markup Language (XML) based vocabularies for the exchange of electronic patient records. At present, he is a full-time lecturer in the Knowledge and Data Engineering Group (TCD), teaching databases, document architectures and XML technologies. Since 1997, Benjamin has presented papers and chaired sessions at various Computer Science and Medical conferences. He developed full-day XML tutorials and workshops that were given at conferences in Europe and the United States. In 2000 Benjamin co-founded deepX Ltd., a company specialising in data engineering and electronic publishing using XML technologies.
Kiia Kallio, Software engineer, Fathammer Oy
I'm a software engineer at Fathammer, the leading provider of advanced 3D graphics and game technologies for mobile devices. I have long experience in game industry, starting from early 1990's. Before working at Fathammer I worked for four years at Remedy Entertainment with hit game "Max Payne". My background is varied; in addition to being a long time computer freak, I have worked as a graphics designer, illustrator, web designer, project lead, programmer etc. I have studies in computer science, architecture, industrial design, and most recently, in new media. My final thesis for MA degree in new media at the University of Art and Design Helsinki was "2D Graphics in Mobile 3D Games: Technology and Artists' toolset", basically a development of a program for editing SVG filters. In the academic world, I have had success also with my mixed-reality interface project "Mixed Reality Pong".
Lauris Kaplinski, Software engineer, BioData Ltd.
I have been born on 08. april 1971 in Tartu, Estonia (and still living here ;-). I studied biochemistry and philosophy in Tartu University, graduated on 1998, and since then have worked mostly in computer related areas. On about 1998, while working in family computer shop, I become involved in free software develpment. Experimented with different programs, from board games to accounting software, until got addicted to vector graphics. On 1999 started vector graphic editor for gnome desktop environment named sodipodi. Since then it has remianed the most important development project, and evolved into fully functional SVG editor for Linux and windows. From 2000-2002 I worked for Ximian, the leading company behind gnome development. The main task was maintaining gnome printing subsystem. I am married and have 3 children.
Holger Kienle, Ph.D. Student, University of Victoria
Holger M. Kienle received his Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (1995) and his Diploma in Computer Science from the University of Stuttgart, Germany (1999). He is currently a Ph.D. student in Computer Science at the University of Victoria, Canada, where he is a member of ProfessorMüller's Rigi group. His interests include software reverse engineering, programming languages, program analyses, and domain-specific languages.
Mr Stephen C Kingston, Lead Program Manager, New Ventures, Corel Corp
Stephen Kingston is a Lead Program Manager with the Smart Graphics team at Corel. He has played a critical role in the development of Corel Smart Graphics Studio by liaising with customers and providing analysis of the solution in a "real-world" setting. Mr. Kingston has extensive knowledge of key vertical industries and the ways in which they are leveraging SVG for internal and external applications. He has managed SVG-based products for several years in both mobile and enterprise markets.
Mr Kieran J Kirwan, Executive Engineer, Dublin Transportation Office
Kieran Kirwan is an engineer with experience in transportation planning, transport modelling and transport information systems. He holds a Degree in Engineering, a Research Masters and a Diploma in Computing Having obtained an Engineering degree from Trinity College Dublin in 1993 he then completed a Research Masters looking at developing a strategic model for assessing transportation policies. Following this he joined WS Atkins Consultants to work on various studies in both the UK and Ireland. Shortly afterwards he was seconded to the Dublin Transportation Office to work on an update of a strategic transportation planning model. In 1996 he joined Dublin Corporation to work for a multidisciplinary team of Engineers and Planners in planning and implementing transportation improvements as part of the Dublin Transportation Initiative. During this period he recommended and oversaw the development of the Dublin City Centre Paramics Model by SIAS Consultants, the development of which was instrumental in gaining approval for radical alterations to traffic management within the city centre. Other IT-related projects included the development of a mapping system for storing and updating signage, road-markings and bus-stop inventories. Following this he joined the SIAS (Ireland) where he continued working on projects for Dublin Corporation and on further new projects throughout Ireland. During this period the office grew from a full-time staff of three to eight people. Apart from consultancy work he was also responsible for upgrading and maintaining the office's network of PCs and UNIX machines. He joined the research team at TU Delft in December 2000. The main focus of his work here was investigating the use of XML as a means of collecting traffic data from multiple agencies. Areas addressed include data exchange, data processing and data visualisation .
Arei Kobayashi
Barend Köbben, Lecturer, International Institute for Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (ITC)
Barend Köbben holds an MSc in Geography, specialising in Cartography, from Utrecht University in The Netherlands. He worked for 9 years a Lecturer in cartography at that University and then moved to become a Lecturer in GIS and cartographic visualisation at the International Institute for Geo-information Sciences and Earth Observation (ITC). The ITC is an international school providing courses on GIS and Remote Sensing to students from all around the world, ranging from commercial short courses, through 12 month Professional Master and 18 mo th MSc degree courses to PhD programmes. His teaching subjects include Web GIS and cartography, 3D visualisation, multimedia and image mapping. He also participates in internal ITC research programmes and consultancy work.
Chris Komnick, Vice President of Business Development, SchemaSoft
Mr. Komnick is Vice President of Business Development for SchemaSoft and has over 15 years of product and corporate development experience in the software industry. Prior to SchemaSoft, Chris was a Vice President for Stellent Corporation where he performed business development and strategic planning activities for their successful OEM technologies group. In that role, he advised on the product strategy for the Outside In family of filtering technologies. He also functioned as the Engineering Director for the ImageStream graphics filtering technologies and ran that business unit for two years. Previous to that, Chris was President and Founder of Group 42, a company specializing in the development of raster graphics libraries and image compression optimization techniques. Chris co-developed WebImage, a graphics editing package which won PC Magazine's "Editor's Choice" award. In addition, Group 42 was instrumental in the development of the PNG format and authored the original PNG library. Chris holds a B.S. degree from Purdue University, an M.B.A. from Miami University, and a postgraduate certificate from the University of Chicago.
Dr ir Johan W. Koolwaaij, Scientific researcher, Telematica Instituut
Johan Koolwaaij (1973, M.Sc. 1996 Mathematics, Ph.D. 2000 Speech technology) is a member of scientific staff at the Telematica Instituut since June 2000. Previously, he obtained a Ph.D. in the field of automatic speaker verification at the University of Nijmegen. At Telematica Instituut he has research experience in several projects in the field of electronic business, XML standardization, ASP, context-awareness and web services technologies in different domains including insurance, logistics, building, construction, telecommunications and tourism.
Mr. Henning Kristiansen, M.Sc. Student, Ostfold University College
Henning Kristiansen is a M.Sc. Student at Ostfold University College, Halden, Norway. He is especially interested in design and implementation of complex user interface.
Mr. Ron Lake, President, Galdos Systems Inc
Ronald Lake, founded Galdos Systems Inc. in 1998 with a vision to develop technology for scientific data management. He has guided the company into a leading edge software development firm specializing in the application of Java/XML technologies to wide area spatial information systems. Mr. Lake has more than 30 years experience in the development of advanced software systems, including more than 20 years in advanced database, and spatial information systems. He is, a founding member of the Open GIS Consortium, the creator of Geography Markup Language (GML), and chair of the GML Special Interest Group. He is an acknowledged industry leader and technology innovator, has written and spoken extensively on spatial technologies and the Internet and is widely acknowledged as a visionary in the area of advanced spatial information systems. At the June 2002 meeting of the Open GIS Consortium, Inc. (OGC) in London, Ron Lake received OGC's fourth annual Kenneth G. Gardels Award. The Gardels Award, a gold medallion, is awarded to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to advance OGC's vision of geographic information fully integrated into the world's information systems. Mr. Lake has a B.A.Sc. in Engineering Science (Aerospace Engineering), a M.A.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering, and a M.Sc. in Mathematics (Algebraic Topology/Differential Geometry), from the University of Toronto.
Vivian W Lam, BSc. Student, University Of British Columbia
Vitaveska Lanfranchi, Ph.D. student, University of Turin
Dr Michael Levy, Vice President, Research, NewHeights Software Corp.
Michael Levy obtained his PhD from the University of Waterloo in 1979. He did his post-doctoral year at the Department of Artificial Intelligence, University of Edinburgh, before joining Bell-Northern Research (now Nortel) at their Nun's Island facility. After that, he joined the Department of Computer Science at the University of Victoria. His sabbaticals have included work at Imperial College in London, UK, and a year working with Softwords Research, a software company that is now part of Pacific Coast Net, an ISP. He has acted as a consultant for the Government of BC, and for several software companies in Victoria and Vancouver. Since July, 1999 he has been the Vice President, Research of NewHeights Software Corporation.
Christopher T Lewis, Graduate Student / Bioinformatics Analyst, University of Saskatchewan / Agriculture and Agri-food Canada
Chris Lewis is a bioinformatics analyst at the Saskatoon Research Centre of Agriculture and Agri-food Canada as well as a part time graduate student in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Saskatchewan. His graduate work in the field of bioinformatics is supervised by Dr. Isobel Parkin (Ag. Canada) and Dr. Tony Kusalik (U of S). Ongoing efforts are directed at automating the analysis of biological data and providing methods to visualize the results. The ultimate goal of the work is the development of novel applications, methods and algorithms to assist in wetlab experiments.
Jim Ley
Chris Lilley, Graphics Activity Lead, World Wide Web Consortium
Chris, previously at the Computer Graphics Unit in the UK, joined W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) in April 1996. He is Graphics Activity lead (http://www.w3.org/Graphics/Activity), chairs the SVG Working Group (http://www.w3.org/Graphics/SVG/) and is a member of the Technical Architecture Group (http://www.w3.org/2001/tag/) and the XML and Hypertext Coordination Groups. His interests include 2D graphics - both vector and raster - XML, and multilingual typography. Chris is based at ERCIM/Sophia-Antipolis, France. He holds a BSc in Biochemistry, an MSc in Biological Computation and a postgraduate diploma in Bioinformatics, and has been working with Web Graphics since 1993.
Mr. Jonas A Lindgren, Director of Business Development, SchemaSoft
Mr. Mats Lindh, M.Sc. Student, Ostfold University College
Mats Lindh is M.Sc. Student at Ostfold University College, Halden, Norway. Among his interests are algorithm design, web computing and component based systems.
Mr. Kevin E Lindsey, Owner, KevLinDev
João Louis, Student (part time), INPE (Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais)
Mr Paul J Lynch, Student, Trinity College Dublin
Paul Lynch is in his final year studying for a BSc degree in Computer Science at Trinity College Dublin. He has gained extensive experience in software engineering and is a senior technical consultant with an international consultancy. He has worked on a number of projects which incorporate XML but this is his first that uses SVG.
Jun Ma, Graduate Student, University of Victoria
Education Sep. 2001 - Present Master Graduate Student, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Victoria, BC, Canada Sep. 1996 - March. 1998 M.E, Dept of Computer Science & Engineering, Harbin Inst. of Tech, China Sep. 1992 - Sep. 1996 B.E., Dept of Computer Science & Engineering, Harbin Inst. of Tech, China Job Experience May. 2000 - Sept. 2001 Research & Development Manager, Lejie Network Application Corp., Beijing, China April. 1998 - April 2000 Software Engineer(team leader), Nantian Electronic Information Corp., Beijing, China
Glenn MacDonald, Senior Software Engineer, SchemaSoft
Mr Jerrold Maddox, Professor of Art, Penn State University
Professor of art with 45 years of teaching experience. Teaching online since 1995. Background in drawing, painting and photography. Work in computer graphics since 1989, web graphics since 1994. Presently teaching at Penn State University.
Dr Eric G. Manning
Dr. Philip A. Mansfield, President, SchemaSoft
After receiving his Ph.D. in Mathematical Physics from Yale University in 1989, Philip spent a year as Assistant Professor of Physics at Knox College, followed by four years as Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the University of Toronto. His background in Differential Geometry and in computer modelling of physical phenomena served as unorthodox preparation for his subsequent move into industry as a Software Engineer with an emphasis on Computer Graphics. By 1997 Philip was in charge of a software research team creating early Web technologies based on HTML, XML, CSS and Java. Philip now lives and works in Vancouver, Canada, where he is President of SchemaSoft (http://www.schemasoft.com/), a software development consulting company he co-founded in 1999. He is an Advisory Committee Representative of the World Wide Web Consortium (http://www.w3.org/), and has been a member of the W3C Scalable Vector Graphics Working Group (http://www.w3.org/Graphics/SVG/) since its inception in 1998. Philip is Chair of the BC Advanced Systems Institute International Scientific Advisory Board (http://www.asi.bc.ca/). He is also a Director of the Vancouver XML Developers Association (http://www.vanx.org/), an organization that he co-founded in 2000. He regularly writes and lectures on topics related to software engineering, XML and SVG.
M. Sc. Ricardo A G C Martins, M. Sc. Student, Universidade do Minho
Ricardo Alexandre G. C. Martins Nationality - brazilian Born in Araçatuba - SP at 30/06/1977 M. Sc. Student at Universidade do Minho (Portugal) Graduated in Computing Science in Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie (Brazil) in 2001
Craig McClanahan
Craig McClanahan is the Web Layer Architect for the Java2 Enterprise Edition (J2EETM) platform and is the specification lead for JavaServer Faces (JSR-127).
William A McCurdy, President, One World Software Services
William (Bill) McCurdy is an expert systems analyst with over 23 years experience in the IT industry. He has also worked as a team leader. He has extensive experience with requirements analysis, test planning, documentation, configuration management, system implementation, and database management. Specialized project work and expertise includes design and development experience in Oracle, SQL Server, UNIX and Visual Basic, process development and operation of an Oracle-based billing system that billed US$25M monthly covering 700 services, and completion of haptic audio tactile maps for blind and visually impaired users published on a web site to GOL accessibility standards, using Perl, JavaScript, XHTML, and XML components. His leadership / management experience includes managing a software project team from analysis to implementation as well as managing the full life cycle development of a problem tracking system for a telecommunications company. He also designed and built supervisory control and data acquisition systems and automated industrial test equipment using real-time software development techniques.
Shona McPherson, Quality Assurance Engineer, SchemaSoft
Shona McPherson is a member of the Software Quality Assurance team at Schema Software Inc. in Vancouver BC. She has 6 years of testing experience and has been a team member in many of SchemaSoft's SVG development projects.
Alison Meynert, Software Developer, SchemaSoft
Alison Meynert is the most recent addition to SchemaSoft's development team as of February 2003. She completed three of her co-op work terms with NewHeights Software Corporation and was part of the initial development group working on the XMLLite parser presented at VanX (http://www.vanx.org) by Dr. Michael Levy. Alison has a Computer Science and Statistics degree from the University of Victoria, where she was the top graduate in her department. She spent the summer 2002 term funded by an NSERC grant researching algorithms for the generation of Latin squares (www.cs.uvic.ca/~ameynert/lsq/).
Mr. Phil W Middleton, B.Sc. Student, University of Victoria
Mr Andrei Missine, MSc student, School of Computing Science
Mr Gunnar Misund, Associate Professor, Ostfold University College
Gunnar Misund is an Associate Professor at Ostfold University College, Halden, Norway. His main research interests are digital mapping and distributed computing.
Mr Brendan J Morley, Technical Director, Proceed Media
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Dr. Hausi A Muller, Professor, University of Victoria
Mr. Don Murray, President, Safe Software
Don Murray graduated with honours from Simon Fraser University with a B.Sc. in Computing Science in 1988, and completed his M.Sc. in Computing Science in 1990. Don is a key architect and co-inventor of the industry standard spatial data translator Feature Manipulation Engine (FME) in 1995. He has over 12 years experience as a Software Engineer, starting his career as a Software Engineer for MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates in Richmond, B.C.. He also was an Instructor with the British Columbia Institute of Technology for several years teaching a variety of courses including CASE, Advanced Operating Systems and Object Oriented Design and Programming.
Jabeur Nafaa, Ph.D. student
Mr. Andreas Neumann, Ph. D. Student, Institute of Cartography, ETH Zurich
Andreas Neumann got a masters degree in Geography/Cartography from Vienna University, in 2001. In 1999 he joined the Cartographic Institute of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, first as a system administrator and later as a teaching and research assistant. At the same institute Andreas advised several theses and student projects in the webmapping domain. Currently he works on a PhD as part of a ETH project called "Distributed Publishing of Cartographic Information on Demand". Besides university he has a job as a GIS and database consultant for Dr. Heinrich Jäckli AG, Zurich, a consulting company for geology, hydrology, hydrogeology and environmental engineering. Andreas was one of the initiators of the SVG.Open 2002 conference in Zurich, the first international SVG developers conference, co-organized by the W3C consortium.
Prof. Paul J Nolan, Atlantic Simulation & Training Technologies Ltd.
Mr Ronan LM Oger, Director, RO IT Systems
Ronan's programming and software design experience dates back to programming arcade-style video games for the VIC-20 in Basic, when he was 12 years old. Ronan currently, lives near Zurich, Switzerland where he founded RO IT Systems GmbH and is concentrating on web-based solutions for clients in the Banking, Telecoms, and ISP industries. Ronan is the author of the open-source Perl SVG modules available on CPAN. Ronan was technical editor on Sams' SVG Unleashed book published in 2002. Ronan's current SVG focus is on developing thin-client and rich-client applications and developing a client-server framework using SVG. Ronan's current efforst are aimed at seamlessly providing rich clientside functionality such as multi-player games, interactive GIS tools, and collaborative editing tools without relying on large and slow code uploads to the client.
Mr Nikita Ogievetsky, President, Cogitech, Inc.
Nikita Ogievetsky is a consultant specializing in knowledge technologies and information management. He is a funding member of the TopicMaps.org and participates in the ISO Topic Maps activity. Nikita is devoted to the problem of topic map visualization using HTML, SVG and other open technologies. He is an often presenter at various XML and knowledge management technologies and maintainer of cogx.com website. He contributed a chapter to "XML Topic Maps" by Jack Park (Addison-Wesley), and a recipe to ?XSLT Cookbook? by Sal Mangano (O?Reilly). Before 1994 Nikita worked in the field of Neutrino Astrophysics for Russian-German and American-Italian collaborations.
Cemile B Otkunc, Software Developer, SchemaSoft
Buke Otkunc graduated with honors from Istanbul Technical University, Turkey with a B.Sc. in Control and Computer Engineering. After a year of industry experience she continued her academic studies at the University of British Columbia to receive her M.A.Sc. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. The focus of her Masters work was on real-time operating systems. She has been employed as a software developer with Schema Software Inc. in Vancouver BC for the last three years. Among many other tasks she had in this position, Buke was involved in a project for converting a presentation file format to SVG.
Dr Meenakshinathan A Parameswaran, Professor, Simon Fraser University
Richard W Pearman, Boss, PixelPalaces
Born in Cheshunt, England. Have collected cacti and succulents (all right, succulents including cacti) since I was 10. Studied Biochemistry and Genetics at Leeds University. Had a number of jobs including researching business and archeology. Emigrated to Canada and have experimented with growing succulents under artificial lights and outdoors. Have been an active participant on the SVG developers mailing list for several years. Started PixelPalaces web and graphics design company late last year. In additon to SVG I've also dabbled with Perl, VRML and Blender. Apart from plants and computers I also write science fiction and have have an extensive knowledge of religions. Not everybody apprechiates my vicious English sense of humour nor my tendency to 'call a spade a spade' from living in Yorkshire. I'm married with a dog and two cats.
Mr Luca Piazza Bonati, Junior Researcher, ISTI-CNR
Luca Piazza Bonati is a computer engineer and he works as Junior Researcher at the ISTI-CNR, an institute of the Italian National Research Council. His research activity is focused on the study of the OpenGIS and XML technologies (in particular GML and SVG) referred to the interoperability problem and to the definition of Spatial Data Infrastructures. Other research topics are the LBS and the development of GIS applications for wireless devices, based on open standards.
Dr. Brandon S Plewe, Assistant Professor, Brigham Young University
Originally from St. George, Utah B.S. Cartography and Mathematics, Brigham Young University, 1992 M.A., Ph.D. Geography, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1995, 1997 Taught at Brigham Young University since 1996 Research interests in Historical GIS, Uncertainty in GIS, and Web Mapping One of the early pioneers in mapping on the Internet, since 1993 Also has a freelance cartography business, Kinesava Geographics
Mr. Paul A Prescod, Technical Architect, Blast Radius
Paul Prescod is a software developer and architect with the products division of Blast Radius. Paul has been involved with XML since the halcyon days of the early 90s when it was still a four-letter word. He was an invited expert on the team that whittled it down to the current Three Letter Acronym and has influenced the design of standards such as XSLT and XForms. Paul is well-known as an advocate of emerging technologies and techniques. He advocated structured markup a decade before Steve Ballmer decided that it would be bigger than the GUI and Python years before it was picked up by Mitch Kapor and Tim Berners-Lee. Paul made the case that XSLT should be a technology separately usable from the rest of XSL and it has since become a ubiquitous XML technology. Today he is convinced that SVG is also a Next Big Thing. Paul works with the team at Blast Radius' product division developing software that allows teams of geographically-distributed people to collaborate on XML-represented content such as SVG diagrams or Docbook documents.
Xiaohong Qiu, Ph.D Student, Syracuse Unviersity
Xiaohong Qiu got her Bachlor's (1987-1991) and Master's (1995-1998) degree of Computer Science and Engineering from BeHang Unviersity, China. She got Fellowship (1998, 1999 and 2000) and Master's degree of Computer Science and Information System from Syracuse University, U.S.A. She is a Ph.D candidate (2000-2003) and expected to graduate at Fall 2003.
Antoine Quint, SVG Consultant & Research Engineer, Fuchsia Design
Antoine Quint is an independent SVG consultant also participating to the W3C SVG Working Group as an invited expert. He also lives with his über-cat Stig Elmer and has a book in the works with his pal Robin Berjon.
Daniele Riboni
Daniele Riboni (26) is a member of Nazca ricerca team and a researcher at the Computer Science Department of the University of Milan. He received his M.Sc. in computer science from the University of Milan in 2002. His research interests span several areas of human-computer interaction, including advanced web interfaces, profile management and adaptive techniques.
Jorge Rocha, PhD Student, Universidade do Minho
Jorge Rocha is preparing his PhD at the University of Minho. His work covers the construction of metadata catalogues of GI, according to the ISO TC 211 proposal. The other focus is the LBS and how these services can seek, transform and download GI in real-time, from different sources. He is currently developing some base modules to prototype LBS on the Pocket PC platform. One of the modules already available is a JAVA SVG viewer.
Nedjo Rogers, Learning Techonolgies Manager, GroundWorks Learning Centre
Currently working with the community-mapping focused non-governmental organization GroundWorks, Nedjo's work experience has combined internet and mapping applications with international partnership and fieldwork in Latin America. His MA in Geography focused on community gardening as an example of local land management in the downtown eastside of Vancouver. Nedjo is a developer of the GeoClient software, a standards-based open source project that aims to help enable social and environmental organizations, citizen groups, First Nations and others to freely share and explore geographic data.
Matthias Runge, Researcher, University of Luebeck
Staff member at the institute of computer engineering of the university of luebeck/germany.
Dr. William Rutherford, Rutherford Research
William Rutherford received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Alberta in Edmonton in 1995 and his M.A.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1986 from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. His Ph.D. thesis on design and simulation of compound semiconductor based heterostructure devices was written under the supervision of Igor M. Filanovsky while William was director of Rutherford Research between 1989 and 1995. He spent ten years as director of Rutherford Systems Ltd. Edmonton & Vancouver before joining the faculty at the Group for Advanced Information Technology (GAIT) under the auspices of Michael Hrybyk, President/CEO of BCNET, whom was then also director of GAIT. At GAIT he does research in the areas of network and software engineering. In the past 3 years at GAIT he has focused on languages for programming network topology and has been active on the Internet 2 Routing WG and IPv6 WG. William is also the project leader for the CA*net 4 Internet Route Registry (IRR). He helped start the GAIT-Internet Engineering Lab (IEL), which currently is the only one of its kind in Canada and has an assortment of network analyzers, routers and switches. William was instrumental in helping Jaalam Technologies Inc. develop their network intelligence tool "appareNet" which has become a major local success story. He also leads the NRC Canadian Bioinformatics Resource - industrial (CBRi) group for the development of novel bioinformatics tools. William is an active member of the Internet 2 Advanced Test Engineering and Measurement WG (ATEAM) where he is the project leader for the 9000 byte (9k) maximum transmission unit (MTU) project, involving Canada, United States and Mexico in a continent wide 9k MTU network.
Bob Sabiston, Senior Software Engineer, SchemaSoft
Tiziana Sandri, student, University of Turin
Peter Schaer, M.Sc. Student, University of Berne
Peter Schaer is 28 years old and pursues his studies in geography at the University of Berne (Switzerland) since 1995. The presented paper is a draft from his diploma thesis at the same university. He's hoping to finish his studies by end of june 2003.
Mr. Douglas A Schepers, student, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Doug Schepers has worked in the computer industry for several years, as a Web and desktop application developer. He is currently attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, seeking a degree in Linguistics and Cognitive Science. He has been an avid fan of SVG since before it reached Recommendation status, and has developed several Web applications using SVG as a central theme.
Holger Schlenker, M. Sc. Student, Institute of Cartography - ETH Zurich
Holger Schlenker studied Cartography at Fachhochschule Karlsruhe. He made his master thesis at the Institute of Cartography of the Swiss Federal Office of Technology. He supported the first SVGopen Conference in Zurich.
Mr Olaf Schnabel, Ph.D. Student, Institute of Cartography - ETH Zurich
name: Olaf Schnabel nationality: German place of birth: Leipzig (Germany) date of birth: 20 May 1977 contact: schnabel@karto.baug.ethz.ch education since 2002 PhD in Cartography at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich, Switzerland) 1995-2002 Diploma (equal to master degree) in Cartography at Dresden University of Technology (Germany) 1983-1995 A-levels SVG experience since 2002 teaching assistant (tutorials in web cartography and SVG) at ETH Zurich (Switzerland) 2001-2002 final thesis (Online-National Atlas of Germany)
David Schweinsberg, Steady State Software Limited
David Schweinsberg is a professional developer working with digital video and computer graphics in broadcast television. As implementer of the SVGFont (TrueType to SVG Font Converter) utility (now incorporated into Batik as "ttf2svg") and a CSS2 Parser, he has contributed to several SVG development projects and was involved in the early proving of SVG technologies. Having an in-depth knowledge of TrueType / OpenType, Unicode, and having long lamented the state-of-play with regards to fonts on the World Wide Web, the emergence of SVG allowed him to move quickly in laying some of SVG's working foundation. Ongoing SVG work includes rendering SVG for television broadcast and SVG-aware font creation tools. Other work includes developing metadata technologies for the film and television industry.
Mr Richard A. See, Lead Program Manager - Advanced Technology Teams, Visio Product Unit - Microsoft Corp.
Richard See holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Washington in Seattle. Mr. See is a licensed Architect in the state of Washington, and practiced architecture with some of the leading design firms in the Pacific Northwest region of the US. He has also contributed to the development of 3 CAD systems and led design and/or development for a number of AEC applications at industry leading companies including Autodesk, Visio and Microsoft. During the past 9 years, Mr. See has been responsible for managing the development of technology and methodologies for enabling interoperability between applications in the AEC/FM industries. In the role of International Technical Director for the International Alliance for Interoperability (IAI), a 650 member organization of global building industry leaders, Mr. See led the development of 3 releases of the Industry Foundation Classes, a software object model representation for the building industry projects that has emerged as the basis for software interoperability in that industry and a recognized industry standard. Currently, Mr. See is Lead Program Manager for the Advanced Technology Teams in the Microsoft Visio Product Group. In this role, he leads the design and implementation of advanced software technologies and next generation products for this Microsoft Division.
Mr. Blair Shaw, Senior Development Consultant, Microsoft Corp.
Dr Eva M Siekierska, Research Project Manager, Natural Resources Canada
Adrian Smith, Causeway Graphical Systems Ltd
Adrian studied Physics at Oxford, graduating in 1974. He worked in Operations Research at Rowntrees (the chocolate people) for 20 years, before leaving to found Causeway Graphical Systems in 1994. The company specialises in mathematical modelling, and makes heavy use of graphics in analysing data and presenting the results. As a results, Adrian has developed a collection of charting tools to support both in-house projects and a growing base of customers who need to chart their own data. The company's graphing tools are used by many industries and government bodies across the world, particularly in Scandinavia where users seem to care deeply about clean, simple design. The availability of good client-side rendering tools (such as SVG) is now making it possible to deliver high-quality charts quickly and efficiently over the internet. This raises a whole new set of design and interface questions, and looks like keeping us busy for some time to come.
Calin Somosan, NewHeights Software Corporation
Maria Spanaki, M.Sc. Student, National Technical University of Athens
Joel Steele, Research In Motion Limited
Joel Steele has extensive experience producing SVG demos and production content specifically for wireless devices. As head of the Content Services and Support group at Research in Motion he has been directly responsible for delivering compelling SVG content to wireless devices for the past three years. The content has been deployed on real world devices in Asia, Europe and North America.
Dr. Ulrike Stege
Satoru Takagi, Research Engineer, KDDI R&D Laboratories
My research theme is web applications and spacial information systems. Our controlling company KDDI is a communication career which offers an international phone call, a long-distance call, a cellular phone, etc. I developed the mapping system for the underwater robot for submarine commnunication cable construction. From 1995, I applied web technology to this system. From such circumstances, the development of spacial information service platform based on web technology is one of the main research themes of mine. I developed SVG browsers for embedded computers. One of the concrete target is a cellular phone. I have standardization activities about the spacial information systems in Japan. Moreover, KDDI R&D Laboratories Inc. is the member of W3C, and we are cooperating in the standardization of SVG.
Takaya Tanaka, KDDI R&D Laboratories
Sienca Teng, QA Engineer, SchemaSoft
Dr. Andrea Terribilini, Institute of Cartography - ETH Zurich
Prof. Lysandros Tsoulos, Associate Professor, National Technical University of Athens
Prof. Lysandros TSOULOS graduated from the Department of Rural and Surveying Engineering (University of Thessalonica) in 1972. He received a MSc. in Digital Mapping and his Dr. Eng. from NTUA in 1989. His dissertation entitled ?The Electronic Chart and its Use in Navigation? contributed to the standardization of the content and functionality of electronic charts on board the ships. He worked for the Hellenic Navy Hydrographic Service for 16 years as director of the directorate of Cartography and the Computing Center. Currently he is an Associate Professor at the Department of Rural and Surveying Engineering, Vice- Chairman of the Department and Director of the NTUA Geomatics Center. He has 60 publications in national/international journals and conference proceedings on Digital Mapping and Geographical Information Systems. He has also participated in a number of projects like: Impact II (Environmental and Social Impact of Air Quality), STRIDE, MEDSPA (Management of Ecosystems), WERATLAS (Atlas of wave energy resource in Europe), GEOMED (Geographical Mediation System), Eurostat/GISCO (Cartography and Map Design) and STATLAS (Statistical Atlas of the European Union). He is member in a number of National and International Scientific Committees.
Ms Elizabeth J Turner, Designer, Alizila
Diederik Van Leeuwen, Application Engineer, Telematica Instituut
Dr. Nandamudi L Vijaykumar, Visiting Post Doctoral Researcher, Coastal and Marine Resources Centre (CMRC)
Mary Jo Wagner, Freelance Writer
Mary Jo Wagner is a Vancouver-based freelance writer with 10 years experience in covering the geospatial technology.
Mr Rod Walpole, Technical Director, Exponent Limited
Mr. Domhnall Walsh, Atlantic Simulation & Training Technologies Ltd.
Ms. Jinyu Wang, Senior Product Manager, Oracle
Jinyu Wang is a senior product manager for Oracle XML Product management. She is in charge of the Oracle XML Developer's Kit, which provides the XML infrastructure components used across Oracle product stack. She is also a major developer for mulitple projects that successfully provide XML solutions to Oracle customers for their business applications. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and publishes papers. She holds a master degree of computer science from University of Southern California.
Anke Weber, Research Associate, University of Victoria, Canada
Anke Weber is a Research Associate in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Victoria, Canada. She is currently exploring the potential of applying SVG technology for keeping systems documentation in software engineering environments up-to-date. Her further research interests include adoption-centric software engineering tools and human-computer interaction.
Dieter Weidenbrueck, President, ITEDO Software
Dieter Weidenbrueck is the founder and President of ITEDO Software, the manufacturer of the Technical Illustration package IsoDraw and of IsoView, the viewer for intelligent graphics. He is the primary architect of the IsoDraw software program. Dieter Weidenbrueck has developed a considerable experience in the field of documentation standards and is actively participating in standardization efforts concerning technical illustration. He is one of the authors of the WebCGM Recommendation. He serves as the current Chairman of the CGM Open Consortium.
Rob Williamson, Product Manager, Corel Smart Graphics Studio, Corel Corporation
Brian J Wing, Senior Software Engineer, SchemaSoft
Brian Wing graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1979 with a degree in Electrical Engineering, but fortunately various summer jobs programming at UBC convinced him software was much more fun. Since then he's been involved in software development and support on a wide variety of platforms and products from antique supervisory and control systems used on oil pipelines through early office automation software to file format converters. About three years ago, he joined up with Schema Software to get even more varied experience on things like, well, SVG. Other interests include his five year-old son, bicycle-commuting, maintaining and renovating a 90 year-old house, playing the harmonica (poorly), and learning to drive airplanes.
Dr Robert F Woodbury, Professor, Simon Fraser University
Mr Godwin Yeboah, M.Sc. Student, Fachhochschule Stuttgart - Hochschule für Technik
andré m winter, cartographer, university of innsbruck
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