SVG Open 2004

Conference and Exhibition

Tokyo, Japan · Sept 7-10, 2004

3rd Annual Conference on Scalable Vector Graphics 日本語


Mr Vincent T Adcock, Systems Architect, Veterinary Laboraories Agency
I have been working at the Veterinary Laboratories Agency as a Systems Architect for the past two years. In that time I have been responsible for the maintenance of an existing ASP based application and then the development of a second ASP based application. Following this I have been trained in the use of ASP.Net and have recreated my initial ASP project under .Net. Further to this I have been responsible for the development of an ASP.Net application designed to produce dynamic mapping data using SVG. This has involved becoming familiar with SVG and its workings as well as a number of additional tools and resources including XML. At present the first implementation of this is drawing to a close and work is set to begin on the second edition, a greatly extended version designed to provide a greater diversity of content and will be based on dynamic rather than static data.

Emmanuel O Agu, Assistant Professor, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Faisal Ahmad, Research Assistant, University of Colorado

Mr Ola Andersson, Senior Software Engineer, ZOOMON Mobile Solutions
Ola Andersson is a Senior Software Engineer at ZOOMON Mobile Solutions and an active member of the W3C SVG Working Group. He is editor of the SVG Mobile 1.2 specification. Ola has extensive knowledge of Mobile SVG and has had key roles in the development of both the ZOOMON SVG Player and ZOOMON's authoring solutions. He graduated with a Master of Science in System Engineering from the University of Uppsala.

Byron Antoniou, Survey Engineer. Captain HMGS, National Technical University of Athens
Byron Antoniou is an Officer in the Greek Army and since 1998 serves in the Hellenic Military Geographical Service (HMGS). He graduated from the Department of Rural and Survey Engineering (National Technical University of Athens) in July 2004, being the top graduate in his department. Currently his interests concentrate in the exploitation of GML and SVG technologies for cartographic procedures.

Ulrich Apel, Postdoctoral Fellow, National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo
Born 1965 in Munich, Germany From 1986 study of Japanology, Ethnology, German as foreign language and Sociology in Munich 1995 Master in Japanology 1997-1999 Research student at Osaka Univerty 1999-2002 Regular doctor course student at Osaka Univerty 2002 Doctor at Munich University in Japanology with a thesis on Japanese futures research 2003 Postdoc fellowship at National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo since 2004 JSPS Postdoc Fellowship at National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo Since 1998 I am working on a Japanese-German dictionary database; it contains about 215,000 records and 90,000 headwords: For a comprehensive description of the Japanese language better data on Sino-Japanese Characters (Kanji) is needed, on which I am working now with the help of SVG.

Mr Dan Brickley, Technical Staff, W3C
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Dr Vladimir Bulatov

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

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.

Raul Casado
Raul Casado obtained its Computing Engineering MSB in 2002. Currently he is a PhD student at the University of Granada. He has been working on the development of SVG applications with Java since 2001.

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 Gerald I Cheves, Student, New Jersey Institute of Technology
Before beginning the PhD program in Bio-medical Informatics at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Gerald Cheves completed two master's degrees at Columbia University in New York City - one degree in Statistics and the other in Mathematics Education. Gerald's research focuses on public health GIS web-enabled models, and public health GIS meta data. In addition to doctoral studies, Gerald also provides consultancy services in data management and quantitative reporting using Statistical Analysis Software (SAS) at the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, where he was an Associate Director for Hospital Information Systems prior to beginning work on the PhD at NJIT.

Mr. Suresh Chitturi, Research Engineer, Nokia
Suresh Chitturi is working as a Research Engineer at Nokia Research Center, USA. For the past couple of years, he has been working on mobile graphics (SVGT) technologies. Also, he was among one of the active members in the JSR-226 Expert group.

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, G�teborg, Sweden, before returning to Taiwan in 1994.

Andy Clark, Programmer, Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Andy Clark was a member of the development team for IBM's XML4J parser implementation which was renamed "Xerces" and donated to the Apache Software Foundation to form the basis of the Apache XML Project. He was the chief architect of the Xerces Native Interface (XNI) and initial implementor of the Xerces2 parser. Although Andy no longer works on the Xerces project code directly, he remains active in the project in the areas of design and usage. He now works for Sun Microsystems, Inc. as a developer in the N1 Grid group.

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. Since 2004 he's main-developer of the IKA-SVG-Viewer (an open source SVG-Viewer based on PersonalJava).

Mr Stephen R Dawson, PhD Student, Queen's University Belfast
Stephen Dawson obtained his honours degree in Electronic and Software Engineering from Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland in 2002. He has been a researcher and Ph.D. candidate since then. His research interests include distributed systems, web services and autonomous agents.

Sandra Demarmels

Prof. Thomas Ertl, Professor of Computer Science, University of Stuttgart, Visualization and Interactive Systems Insitute
Thomas Ertl received a masters degree in computer science from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a PhD in theoretical astrophysics from the University of Tuebingen. Currently, Dr. Ertl is a full professor of computer science at the University of Stuttgart, Germany and the head of the Visualization and Interactive Systems Institute (VIS). Prior to that he was a professor of computer graphics and visualization at the University of Erlangen where he lead the scientific visualization group. Besides that, he is a cofounder and a member of the managing board of science+computing ag, a Tuebingen based IT company. His research interests include visualization, computer graphics and human computer interaction in general with a focus on volume rendering, flow visualization, multiresolution analysis, parallel and hardware accelerated graphics, large datasets and interactive steering. Dr. Ertl is coauthor of more than 150 scientific publications and he served on several program and paper committees as well as a reviewer for numerous conferences and journals in the field.

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

Rodrigo García, EPFL
Rodrigo García was born in Madrid (Spain) on July 24, 1977. He studied telecommunication engineering at the Technical University of Madrid. There, he collaborated with the Real-Time Systems Group in the development of an operating system kernel for space applications with the funding of the European Space Agency (ESA). He continued this work for two months at ESTEC, the ESA space center in the Netherlands. Currently, he is an assistant and PhD candidate at the Software Engineering Laboratory at the EPFL, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. His PhD thesis deals with the design of a platform for modeling industrial plants and developing industrial applications, working in collaboration with ABB Switzerland. His interests range from software systems modeling to component technology. His current interest in SVG is motivated by the possibility of using it for drawing interactive operator interfaces in SCADA systems and for the automatic generation of history and trend displays.

Dr John Gardner

Esther Gelle

Andrew Girow
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

Stefan K Gordon, .Net Developer, Docsoft Inc.
I work for Docsoft, Inc. an XML/.Net custom software company located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA. I am a .net developer and also lead programmer for our CGM2SVG conversion project.

Qianyi Gu, Research Assistant, University of Colorado at Boulder
Qianyi Gu is a Ph.D candidate in Computer Science in University of Colorado. He got his M.S in Computer Science from State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is doing research work in Digital Libraries, Information Visualization, Information Retrieval.

Vincent Hardy, Senior Staff Engineer, Sun Microsystems Inc.
Vincent Hardy is a senior staff engineer at Sun Microsystems, Inc., in Sophia Antipolis France, where he works for the J2ME Graphics group on Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG). He is Sun Microsystems' representative in the SVG Working Group in the W3C, co-represents Sun in the JSR 226 Expert Group and is one of the founders of the SVG Batik project at Apache. Vincent Hardy is the author of Java 2D API Graphics (Prentice Hall) and has writen multiple papers on 2D graphics for the JavaTM Report magazine and for Sun Microsystems, Inc.'s XML Web site.

Tobias Hauser, Hauser Wenz Partnerschaftsges.
Tobias Hauser works as an author, trainer and consultant with focus on web technologies. He wrote or co-wrote over three dozen books, including SVG Unleashed (Sams Publishing) and two of most successful German Photoshop books. He frequently speaks at conferences around the globe; topics include SVG and web graphics in general, server-side generation of dynamic content and comparison of competing web technologies. Together with Christian Wenz, he is editor of "Web Professional", a two-monthly German publication for professional web developers; additionally, they are both responsible for PHP's PEAR::UDDI module. He also frequently publishes articles in various IT magazines. Tobias holds a degree in Business Management from Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, Germany.


Mr. Hiroaki Ikeno, president, RESOLOGIC Inc.

Naomi Inoue

Yvonne Isakowski

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.

Johanne Jean-Baptiste, programmer analyst
Johanne Jean-Baptiste studied in health sciences and worked several years in the pharmaceutical industry. One of her mandates was to manage submissions of clinical study reports and data to regulatory agencies for a contract research organization. Johanne has broadened her knowledge base by pursuing studies in information systems and is currently a computer scientist at Statistics Canada. She is interested in the application of XML technologies in science.

Miss Wen Jianting

Cheung Kai Ling, Research Student, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Ida Cheung graduated from the Department of Land Surveying and Geo-informatics of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2000. She has been worked in GIS field for 3 years. Currently she is a MPhil. student in GIS. Geoffrey Shea graduated from the Department of Civil Engineering in the National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan. He joined the Hong Kong Polytechnic in 1988, and is now a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics. Internet computing especially on Web Mapping and spatial database handling are the main research interests of Geoffrey. He is currently pursing a part-time Ph.D. study on adaptive mobile GIS.

Kathrin Kellenberger, Student, Institut of Cartography - ETH Zurich
Kathrin Kellenberger studied geography at University of Zurich. Actually she writes her master thesis at the Institut of Cartography of the Swiss Federal Institut of Technology Zurich.

Yuji Kobayashi, Asia Air Survey Co.,Ltd

Ryo Kokai, SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, Systems Engineering Consultants Co., LTD.
About construction of the general-purpose server (also GIS-environment-like) using the goSVG browser and the Web server, the measure about the method using the XML database (POI data is managed by XML), and its flexibility and data analysis is introduced.

Mr Jan-Klaas Kollhof
Jan-Klaas Kollhof is studying at the University of Rostock, Germany. He is currently working towards a Master of Science in Business Informatics. During his studies Jan had the opportunity to teach several courses and seminars at the department of Business Informatics. Jan is the author of the json-rpc protocol and developed the open source JavaScript framework JavaScript o Lait(jsolait). He is actively involved in the SVG community. Jan mainly focuses on client-server communication and client side scripting. Besides software development he enjoys training and teaching computer science related topics. Jan has given a number of SVG related workshops on an academic and business level.

Ari Krupnikov, Programmer, Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Ryota Kurihara, NTT DATA Corporation

Jim Ley, Semantic Technologist!, Scalable Web Services Ltd.

Hajime MORITA, research engineer, ACCESS Co.,LTD
MORITA Hajime is a research engineer in ACCESS Co.,LTD. He works at Research & Development Division and developing mobile SVG player on NetFront3 Web browser. NetFront3 supports multiple markup languages include XHTML, WML, SMIL and SVG. His main interest is how mix these markup vocabularies onto the unified data/rendering model. He believes that such model will be required for the rich client platform in the next generation.

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. 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 (, a software development consulting company he co-founded in 1999. He is an Advisory Committee Representative of the World Wide Web Consortium (, has been a member of the W3C Scalable Vector Graphics Working Group ( since its inception in 1998, and was chief organizer of the SVG Open 2003 conference ( Philip is Chair of the BC Advanced Systems Institute International Scientific Advisory Board ( He is also a Director of the Vancouver XML Developers Association (, an organization that he co-founded in 2000. He regularly writes and lectures on topics related to software engineering, XML and SVG.

Yuzo Matsuzawa, Indigo Corporation

Mr Cameron McCormack, PhD student, Monash University
Cameron is in the second year of his PhD which he has tentatively titled "Adaptive diagrams for the web".

Ashraf Memon, UCSD/SDSC
Ashraf Memon is a programmer/analyst with the Spatial Information Systems Lab at the San Diego Supercomputer Center. He is an expert in Web services and spatial databases, in addition to being a SUN-certified Java programmer. He has developed multiple demonstration projects focused on spatial information integration with web services. Ashraf received his Masters in Computer Science degree from San Diego State University in 2004.

Dr Libby Miller, ILRT
Libby has been a Semantic Web developer for 5 years, specializing in query and applications such as FOAF, image descrption and calendaring. With Dan Brickley she is the co-creator of FOAF, the Semantic Web vocabulary for describing people. She leads the RDF calendaring taskforce, and is a member of the W3C's Semantic Web Best Practices working group.

Francis Molina, Technology Director, Project 2061, American Association for the Advancement of Science

Koichi Mori, Senior Research Engineer, Nokia
Koichi Mori is a Senior Research Engineer at Nokia Research Center Dallas, USA. He received his Doctor of Engineering degree from the University of Tsukuba, Japan, in 2000. After receiving doctor degree, he joined Nokia Research Center at Tokyo, to research embedded software technology. His current work targets GUI with new graphics technologies and visualization techniques for small screen.

Akio Moriwaki, Field Sales Support, Adobe Systems Co., Ltd.
(Biography not available.)

Mr Shigeki Muramatsu

Makoto Murata, International University of Japan

Mr Paul Murphy, Master of Engineering Student, Queens University Belfast
Paul Murphy is an Irish student due to graduate in July 2004 from Queens University Belfast with a Masters degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. His final year thesis, under the supervision of Dr. Sakir Sezer and Stephen Dawson, was based on researching means of translating Electronic Design Tool (EDA) Schematics into a suitable format for a web-based Graphical User Interface. Paul has also founded and has managed his my own web development firm since 1999 while completing his undergraduate studies. His main area of expertise is ASP programming focusing on creating dynamic database-driven websites. He has also enjoyed working with different graphics and animation packages. Hobbies include playing football for the university soccer team and going out to pubs and clubs with friends. Paul hopes to relocate to Austin, TX in the near future under a practical training programme in order to gain more experience in software development and project management.

Hideo Nakata, Mitsubishi Electric Corp. / Advanced Technology R&D Center
Hideo Nakata graduated from the Department of Information Science of Kyoto University in 1987 and completed the M.E. program in Information Science in 1989. He has been a researcher at Mitsubishi Electric Corporation since 1989. His research interests are object-oriented systems, user interfaces and visual programming environments. He holds a Ph.D. in information science, and is a member of ACM, the Institute of Electrical Engineers of Japan (IEEJ) and Information Processing Society of Japan (IPSJ).

Mr. Fawad Nazir, STUDENT, NUST Institute of IT

Mr Andreas Neumann, PhD Student, Institute of Cartography
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 thesis 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 is occasionaly doing consulting work in the domain of SVG for Webmapping and Online GIS. 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.

Uichiro Nozawa, General Manager, Meister Corporation

Mr. Ronan Oger, Founding Partner, Vectoreal and ROIT Systems
Ronan Oger is a founding member of Vectoreal, a new SVG-focused design company servicing clients worldwide. Ronan founded RO IT Systems, a company specialised in middleware, web services, and visualization. RO IT Systems has offices in Switzerland, Great Britain, and Canada and provides middleware and visualisation solutions to clients in the telecommunications and finance industries worldwide. Ronan is the author and maintainer of the open-source Perl SVG and SVG::GD modules. The SVG module is a widely used module which has been incorporated into numerous commercial and open-source applications. Ronan is the founder of the London SVG Users Group and is an prolific evangeliser or SVG technology. Ronan also maintains the SVG-Jobs mailing list and the Serverside SVG Portal at Ronan currently lives in Switzerland.

Masayo Osaki, Mitsubishi Electric Corp. / Advanced Technology R&D Center
Masayo Osaki graduated from the Department of Mathematics of Kobe University in 1991. She has been a researcher at Mitsubishi Electric Corporation since 1991. Her research interests include user interfaces, software development environments and program visualization.

Peter Pavlicko
Ph.D. Student, Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia. Peter Pavlicko finished his Master's degree at Comenius University with specialization on Cartography, GIS, and Remote Sensing in 2000. He also recieved a Master's degree at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2004. Currently, as a PhD student, he is focusing on web mapping applications using SVG.

Dr. Michael P Peterson, Professor, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Michael P. Peterson is a Professor in the Department of Geography / Geology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls (1976), his M.A. from Boston University (1978) and Ph.D. from the State University of New York-Buffalo (1982). He served as a Post-Doctoral Assistant at the University of Zürich, Switzerland in 1981-82 and subsequently joined the faculty at the University of Nebraska - Omaha in 1982 where he has taught courses in world regional geography, cartography, computer mapping, remote sensing and geographic information systems. Dr. Peterson has served as Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Washington, Seattle in 1985, a Fulbright Fellow at the Free University Berlin, Germany (1990-91), Visiting Professor at the University of Hawaii-Manoa (1995), Visiting Fellow at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University in Australia (1998), Fulbright Fellow at the Technical University of Vienna in Austria (1999), and visiting Professor at the University of Applied Technology in Munich, Germany in 1999, 2000, and 2001, and Visiting Professor at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada in 2004.. He is past-President of the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS) and former editor of Cartographic Perspectives. He has also served as member of the Editorial Board of Cartographic Perspectives, The Professional Geographer, and Cartography and Geographic Information Systems. He is currently chair of the Maps and the Internet Commission of the International Cartographic Association. His publications include: An Evaluation of Unclassed Choropleth Mapping, Evaluating a Map's Image, Mentale Bilder in der Kartographischen Kommunikation (in German), The Mental Image in Cartographic Communication, Interactive Cartographic Animation, Cognitive Issues in Cartographic Visualization, and Active Legends for Interactive Cartographic Animation. Books include Interactive and Animated Cartography (1995), published by Prentice-Hall, Multimedia Cartography (1999) published by Springer Verlag and Maps and the Internet (2003) by Elsevier.

Jonathan D Phillips, Graduate Researcher, University of California, San Diego, Visual Arts Department
Jon Phillips ( is an open source developer, artist, writer, educator, lecturer, and curator with 11+ years of experience creating communities and working within computing culture. His involvements with mixing culture and software development have been shown internationally at UC-Berkeley's 040404 Conference (2004), USC Aim Festival (2003), ICA London (2002), Bootlab (Berlin), and MAMA Media (Croatia). He is an open source advocate and developer on Inkscape (, a scalable vector graphics editor and on the Open Clip Art Project ( Currently, he is writing/producing a book, "CVS: Concurrency, Versioning and Systems," ( and produces the "local" journal SCALE (

Xiaohong Qiu, Ph.D student, Syracuse University

Julien Quint, National Institute of Informatics
Dr. Julien Quint is currently a visiting researcher at the National Institute of Informatics in Tokyo, Japan. He completed his PhD in Computational Linguistics at the Université Joseph Fourier in Grenoble, France in 2002.

Mr Sai P Ramanath, Project Manager, Nokia
Sai P. Ramanath has more than 10 years of experience in the software industry and is currently a Project Manger at Nokia. One of Sai's current repsonsibilities include implementing SVGT Engine. Sai has been with Nokia for 3 years now. Prior to that, Sai worked in organizations including IBM, American Airlines, and Alcatel. Sai has a Master's degree in Computer Science from University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

Martin Rotard, Computer Scientist, University of Stuttgart, Visualization and Interactive Systems Insitute
Martin Rotard has been staff-member and PhD student of the Visualization and Interactive Systems Institute, University of Stuttgart, since June 2001. His research interests are new graphical standards on the web like Scalable Vector Graphics, MathML, X3D, SMIL, etc., Human Computer Interaction, Usability, and Accessibility. He was engaged in the multimedia-teaching project ITO (Information Technology Online) that was funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. His development activities are in the field of XML-based graphics, universal access on the web, e-learning, graphical user interfaces and software usability.

Mr. Douglas A. Schepers, Contract Programmer / 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 Information Library Science. Doug is a familiar figure in SVG circles. He has been an active participant in the SVG community since 2000. SVG is currently his main focus in programming, and he has developed many SVG-based applications, including an SVG+JavaScript drawing program, SVG-Whiz. At SVG Open 2003, he presented a poster on the use of custom namespaces in SVG, for a linguistics application. Some of his SVG work can be seen at,, and

Mr Olaf Schnabel, Ph.D. Student, Institute of Cartography - ETH Zurich
Olaf Schnabel studied Cartography at the Dresden University of Technology (Germany). In 2002 he wrote his master thesis about a concept for the Online-National Atlas of Germany. Since 2002 he is teaching assistant and Ph.D. student at the Institute of Cartography of the Swiss Federal Office of Technology. His Ph.D. thesis is currently under development and will be written about the easy creation of map symbols for internet maps with SVG.

Dr Sakir Sezer, Queens University Belfast

Dr. Shigeru SS Shimada, Senior Researcher, Hitachi Ltd., Central Reseach Lab.
Shigeru Shimada is a senior researcher in the Intelligent System Research Department at Hitachi’s Central Research Laboratory. His research interests include semantic data modeling of geospatial information and augmented reality in mobile environments. Shimada has an MS in mechanical engineering from Nagoya Institute of Technology and PhD in information engineering from Tokyo University. He is a member of the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (IEICE); the IEEE; and ACM SIGMOD.

Arvinder Singh

Pr Alfred Strohmeier, Professor, EPFL

Tamara Sumner, Assistant Professor, University of Colorado

Ali Taheri

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

Teruhiko Teraoka, Mitsubishi Elec Corp
Teruhiko Teraoka is a research engineer at Mitsubishi Electric Corporation. His research interests include interaction design, information architecture, and intelligent systems. He received a Ph.D. in engineering from Osaka University. He is a member of the ACM, the IEEE Computer Society, and the Information Processing Society of Japan (IPSJ).

Juan Carlos J.C. Torres, Univ. of Granada
Juan Carlos Torres is an associate professor of Computer Science at the University of Granada (Spain). He received an MA in Physic in 1982 and the Ph.D. in 1992. He is responsible of the Computer Graphics Group in the Software Egineering Department. His current research interests include volume and solid modelling, progressive transmission and geometric algorithms. Torres has been the Chairman of the EG Spanish Conference in 1993, the EG DSVIS '97 workshop, short paper co-chair at EG'2000 and co-chair of EUROGRAPHICS 2003 conference, held at Granada.

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.

Marc Verstaen, CEO, Beatware Inc.
Marc Verstaen founded Beatware in 1997. Under his leadership as CEO and Chief Technologist, Beatware completed and released four software applications software products for the Be OS and the Apple clone market in the first 18 months of Beatware's existence. In 1998, Marc identified Internet motion graphics productivity tools as a grossly under-serviced market. He developed a unique architecture for a suite of products. He built and managed a team to deliver products that work with Adobe, Microsoft and Macromedia products across both Apple and PC platforms. Under Marc's leadership, the Beatware team delivered four complex products in less than 12 months. Prior to founding Beatware, Marc founded and led Lorienne SA to a preeminent position in the digital cartography market in Europe. Marc continues to provide guidance to Lorienne as member of the Board of Directors. Marc graduated from Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées (ENSTA) in 1984. He has had fifteen years of success in building and managing highly effective software development teams who have developed and delivered twelve major software application projects.

Hao-Chuan Wang, Research Assistant, Institute of Information Science, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Hao-Chuan Wang is now a research assistant of the Institute of Information Science, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, since April 2004. He received his undergraduate degree in Earth Sciences from National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan in 1999 and the master degree in Computer Science from National Chengchi University, Taiwan in the summer of 2004.His main research interests include Adaptive Hypermedia Systems, Artificial Intelligence in Education, and Human-Computer Interaction. He is a member of IEEE and ACM.

Christian Wenz, Hauser Wenz Partnerschaftsges.
Christian Wenz is an author, trainer and consultant with focus on web technologies. He wrote or co-wrote over three dozen books, including SVG Unleashed (Sams Publishing). Additionally, he frequently speaks at conferences around the globe, often about topics like SVG, server-side generation of dynamic content and comparison of competing web technologies. Together with Tobias Hauser, he is editor of "Web Professional", a two-monthly German publication for professional web developers. In 2004, Microsoft appointed him MVP (Most Valued Professional) for ASP/ASP.NET, though he also frequently works with Open Source technologies like PHP, where he (together with Tobias Hauser) is responsible for the PEAR::UDDI module. He also frequently publishes articles in various IT magazines. Christian holds a degree in Computer Sciences from Technical University of Munich, Germany.

Toshihiko Yamakami, Evangelist, R&D, ACCESS
Born in Hokkaido, Japan. He got his master degree in Information Science, University of Tokyo. After he joined NTT, he was engaged in research in computer communication and international standardization of distributed application services. He got a Yamashita-Award of Information Processing Society of Japan in 1995. He has been Evangelist, Research and Development, Access since 1999. His current research interest includes (a) the mobile Internet and (b) socio-technical analysis of technologies and business models. He has been engaged in international standardization activities in CCITT(ITU-T), ISO and W3C and other industrial consortia since 1989. He was co-Editor of W3C XHTML Basic and Editor of WML2 in WAP Forum.

Tadashi Yamamura
Tadashi Yamamura graduated from the Department of Information and Computer Sciences of Osaka University in 1994, and completed the M.E. program in Information Science of Nara Institute of Science and Technology in 1996. He has been an engineer at Mitsubishi Electric Corporation since 1996. His main works are development of information systems for train and transportation. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical Engineers of Japan (IEEJ).

Mrs LI Yan, Director and Professor, Spatial Information Research Center, South China Normal University
Yan LI worked in Geography Institute of Xinjiang, Chinises Academy of Science between 1977~1995.During this peroid, obtained a Msc degree in ITC of the Netherlands in 1992. Since 1996, transferred to Guangzhou Institute of Geogrphy, been professor and direct of RS and GIS Application center and Vice director of Key laboratory of RS and GIS Application in Guangdong. Since 2001, transferred to South China Normal University, been Professor and Director of Spatial Information Research Center, and focus on the theory and methods of sptial information and also continued the research works on Remote Sensing and GIS applications. The project are been implementing as follows: “Spatial Information Integration and applications in Guangdong”, “a prototype of hyper-spectral image processing System development”, “Reconnaissance and Design of SDSS for controlling flood, hurricane and drought”, “Environment monitoring with hyper-spectra data” etc.

Ji Yang, Oracle Corporation

Mr Jian Youguang

Ilya Zaslavsky, SDSC/UCSD
Ilya Zaslavsky is Director of Spatial Information Systems Lab at the San Diego Supercomputer Center. His research interests are in geographic information systems, online cartography, and spatial data integration. He received a Ph.D. in geography from University of Washington (1995), and prior to that a Ph.D. equivalent from the Soviet Academy of Sciences (1990). In 1999, he developed a first version of AxioMap (Application of XML for Interactive Online Mapping) that used VML (Vector Markup Language) and eventually SVG to render interactive maps in a Web browser, retrieving coordinate data from GIS sources such as ESRI's ArcView, and retrieving background map images from various remote ArcIMS and WMS map servers. AxioMap was presented at the first SVG conference in Zurich. Since then, the same principles were used in developing an interactive online brain atlas, and eventually in generating SVG maps for mobile phones, the topic of current submission.

Magnus Zetterberg, VP Sales Operations, ZOOMON
Magnus is VP of Sales and Operations at ZOOMON. Before ZOOMON, Magnus held positions in sales and R&D at IBM, Ericsson, and Hewlett Packard.

chi guobin, prof. & deputy director
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