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FREE SOFTWARE - BEHIND THE SCENES

Tuesday 23 November 08:30-10:00 room C1

Rishab Ghosh is international and managing editor of First Monday, a peer-reviewed journal started in 1995. It covers Internet economics, law and technology. In 1994, Rishab developed the 'Cooking-pot Market' model of Internet Economics, a system of non-formal, transaction-less barter. Since January 1999, as an advisor to the EC Brussels headquarters for the Universal Information Ecosystems/Future Emerging Technologies programme, he has provided inputs on their policy for promoting European research companies. He has been actively involved in the Internet policy development process in India. (http://www.firstmonday.org/issues/issue3_3/ghosh/)
Jean-Claude Guédon, Professor at the Université de Montréal, has been program co-chair for Inet'96, '98 as well as the forthcoming Inet2000 to be held in Yokohama, Japan, next July 18-21. His main research interests focus on the social, cultural and linguistic issues related with the development of the Internet. They are organized around the general theme of a society groping toward a universal form of distributed intelligence. The scientific enterprise, the development of the Internet itself and, more recently, the free source code software phenomenon all point in this direction. Recent trends in scholarly electronic publishing reveal a similar trend. Most of Jean-Claude's recent publications deal with these topics.
Dirk Hohndel is CEO of SuSE Rhein/Main AG, a professional service subsidary of SuSE, the leading Linux distributer. Additionally he serves as Vice President of The XFree86 Project, Inc., a no-profit corporation that provides an Open Source implementation of the X Window System on PC Unix systems like Linux. Prior to his current position at SuSE Rhein/Main AG, Dirk has worked as Senior Software Engineer for AIB Software Corporation, PLATINUM technology and SuSE GmbH. Later he worked as Unix Architect at Deutsche Bank AG. Dirk holds a Diploma in Mathematics and Computer Science. (http://www.suse.de/)
Bernard Lang is a Senior Investigator at INRIA, the French National Research Institute in Computer Science and Control (http://www.inria.fr). His scientific interest have covered a variety of topics including programming languages, software engineering and more recently the syntactic processing of natural languages. He is the founding secretary of AFUL, Association Francophone des Utilisateurs de Linux et des Logiciels Libres (http://www.aful.org). Many of his papers on open-source/free software may be found at http://pauillac.inria.fr/~lang/ecrits/.
JonathanPrial.jpg (6115 bytes) As Director, Integrated Solutions and Linux Marketing, Jon Prial has worldwide marketing responsibility for IBM's cross-platform software strategy and the delivery of integrated solutions. In addition, Jon has the lead for IBM's marketing strategy for Linux. This includes analyst and press activities, channel strategy and worldwide marketing programs. Jon joined IBM in 1978 as a programmer developing communications software products in Kingston, New York. In 1981, he entered the sales organization holding various technical marketing, regional support and managerial positions. In 1990, Prial began marketing IBM's document management product, launching IBM Digital Library in 1995. After being Executive Assistant to the General Manager of the Software Solutions Division, Prial was appointed Director, NT Solutions Marketing in January, 1997. Jon has a BS in Mathematics and MS in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. (http://www.ibm.com/linux)
mtiemann.jpg (17150 bytes) Michael Tiemann founded Cygnus Solutions in 1989, the first company with a business built around Open Source technologies. Michael is a true visionary and pioneer in the Open Source movement. Michael began making contributions to the software development community through his work on the GNU C compiler the GNU C++ compiler, and the GDB debugger. Michael earned a bachelor's degree in CSE in 1986 from the Moore School of Engineering, University of Pennsylvania. From 1986 to 1988, he worked at MCC in Austin Texas. In 1988, he entered the Stanford Graduate School (EE) and became a candidate for a PhD in the spring of 1989. Michael withdrew from the PhD program in the fall of 1989 to start Cygnus. (http://www.zdnet.com/zdtv/screensavers/showtell/story/0,3656,2265482,00.html.)
Dr. Aigrain is Head of Sector "Software Technologies" in the unit "Technologies and Engineering for Software, Systems and Services" of the European Commission Information Society Technologies R&D Programme. He was trained as a mathematician and theoretical computer scientist, and holds a Doctorat and the Habilitation à Diriger les Recherches from University Paris 7. From 1972 to 1981, he worked in software engineering research labs of software companies. He was a research fellow at U.C. Berkeley in 1982. Since then, and before joining the European Commission in 1996, he headed research teams in the field of computer processing, indexing, retrieval and interaction for audiovisual media (video, music, still images). He his the author of more than 60 technical papers, as well as of papers on the economy and sociology of information exchanges.

Contact:

Laurent Cabirol (Laurent.Cabirol@cec.eu.int)

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