SemTech Program Advisory Committee (PAC)

Suzanne Acar Suzanne Acar
SubcommitteeCo-chair, U.S. Federal Data
Steve Ardire Steve Ardire
'Merchant of Light' for disruptive software startups
Ian Bailey Ian Bailey
Lead Ontology Developer, IDEAS Group
Scott Brinker Scott Brinker
President & Chief Technology Officer, ion interactive, inc.
Walter Chang Walter Chang
Principal Scientist, Adobe Systems
Frank Chum Frank Chum
Research Analyst, Chevron
No Picture Available Kendall Clark
Founder & CEO, Clark & Parsia LLC
Christine Connors Christine Connors
Principal , TriviumRLG
Brian Crook Brian Crook
Nfuse Partners, Principal
Stefan Decker Stefan Decker
Professor, Digital Enterprise Research Institute,
National University of Ireland, Galway
Joe Devon Joe Devon
Independent Consultant
Eric Franzon Eric Franzon
VP Community for Semantic Web, WebMediaBrands
Benjamin Grosof Benjamin Grosof
Sr. Research Program Manager , Vulcan Inc.
Ivan Herman Ivan Herman
Semantic Web Activity Lead, World Wide Web Consortium
Eric Hoffer Eric Hoffer
Co-founder, Second Integral, LLC
No Picture Available Elisabeth Huffer
Information Exchange Engineer,
Joint Planning and Development Office
Bernadette Hyland Bernadette Hyland
CEO, Talis, Inc.
Kevin Lynch Kevin Lynch
IT Fellow, Raytheon Missile Systems
Dave McComb Dave McComb
SemTech Founder and Program Co-Chair
President, Semantic Arts Inc.
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Consultant / Developer, Epimorphics Ltd
 Dan McCreary Dan McCreary
Semantic Web Consultant , Syntactica
 Paul Miller Paul Miller
Founder, The Cloud of Data
 Jay Myers Jay Myers
Lead Web Development Engineer , bestbuy.com
 Marco Neumann Marco Neumann
CEO, KONA
David Newman David Newman
Strategic Planning Manager Enterprise Architecture,
Wells Fargo
Evan Sandhaus Evan Sandhaus
Semantic Technologist, New York Times Company
Juan Sequeda Juan Sequeda
Department of Computer Science,
University of Texas at Austin
Tony Shaw

Tony Shaw
SemTech Founder and Program Co-Chair

 Brian Sletten Brian Sletten
President, Bosatsu Consulting, Inc.
   

SemTech Program Advisory Committee (PAC) Members

Suzanne Acar

Suzanne Acar
Subcommittee Co-chair, U.S. Federal Data


Dr. Suzanne Acar possesses over 25 years of government experience in enterprise data management and data architectures. She currently serves as the Principal Data Architect at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). She is also co-chair of the inter-agency Federal Data Architecture Subcommittee (DAS) under the Architecture and Infrastructure Committee (AIC) of the Federal CIO Council responsible for providing data interoperability and information sharing related advice based on the Federal Data Reference Model (DRM). She serves as the government advisor for the Data Management Association (DAMA) National Capitol Region Chapter as well as MIT’s Information Quality Symposium.

 


Steve Ardire

Steve Ardire
'Merchant of Light' for disruptive software startups


Working advisor ( business strategy & development, marketing, sales ) to 'disruptive' software startups in semantic information management and related spaces. I'm successful because I listen, illuminate, elucidate then act decisively with clarity, conviction, and passion. My strength is to establish value— defined through the customer — as the guiding mind-set for all customer interactions to close deals.

 


Ian Bailey

Ian Bailey
Lead Ontology Developer, IDEAS Group


Ian Bailey specializes in enterprise systems, focusing on ontologies to support enterprise architecture. He is the lead ontology developer for the IDEAS Group (www.ideasgroup.org) and developed the meta-model for the MOD and NATO Architecture Frameworks (MODAF and NAF). Ian is the founder of Model Futures, a company specializing in enterprise architecture software and services.

 


Scott Brinker

Scott Brinker
President & Chief Technology Officer, ion interactive, inc.


Scott Brinker is co-founder, president, and chief technology officer of ion interactive, a company that provides post-click marketing software and services for online marketers and agencies.Independently, Scott also writes the blog Chief Marketing Technologist, focused on the strategic use of technology inside the marketing world. One of his primary topics has been "semantic marketing" — ideas for how marketing can leverage the Semantic Web.

 


Walter Chang

Walter Chang
Principal Scientist, Adobe Systems


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

 


Frank Chum

Frank Chum
Research Analyst, Chevron


Frank Chum is a research analyst in Chevron.  He has been working in applying semantic technologies to enterprise solutions for a number of years.  He has co-chaired the W3C Workshop on Semantic Web in Oil & Gas Industry in 2008 and contributed to the W3C Semantic Web Education and Outreach Interest Group.  His current research interests include semantic technologies for computational linguistics and optimization problems, pattern recognition and machine learning for upstream oil and gas applications. 

 


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Kendall Clark
Founder & CEO, Clark & Parsia LLC


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

 


Christine Connors

Christine Connors
Principal , TriviumRLG


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

 


Brian Crook

Brian Crook
Nfuse Partners, Principal


Brian is a co-founder of nFuse Partners, a private equity company based in San Diego, and currently sits on the board of directors for Anonymous Media, JP Communications and Cerebra Inc. He is a pioneer in the online advertising industry, developing scalable ad-serving architectures for Starwave, an early web company acquired by Disney on-line, and aQuantive (now Microsoft Advertising). Brian was previously at Vulcan Inc, responsible for the development of life sciences, home media, and scalable data processing initiatives. He served as VP of Engineering for Network Inference/Cerebra and subsequently as VP of Product Development at webMethods Inc/SoftwareAG.

 


Stefan Decker

Stefan Decker
Professor, Digital Enterprise Research Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway


Prof. Dr. Stefan Decker is a professor at National University of Ireland, Galway, and director of the Digital Enterprise Research Institute. Previously he worked at ISI, University of Southern California (2 years, Research Assistant Professor and Computer Scientist), Stanford University, Computer Science Department (Database Group) (3 Years, PostDoc and Research Associate), and Institute AIFB, University of Karlsruhe (4 years, PhD Student and Junior Researcher). He is one of the most widely cited Semantic Web scientists, and his current research interests include semantics in collaborative systems, Web 2.0, and distributed systems. 


Joe Devon

Joe Devon
Independent Consultant


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

 


Eric Franzon

Eric Franzon
VP Community for Semantic Web, WebMediaBrands


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

 


Benjamin Grosof

Benjamin Grosof
Sr. Research Program Manager , Vulcan Inc.


Benjamin Grosof is a senior research program manager at Vulcan Inc., the parent company of Paul G. Allen (co-founder of Microsoft). There he conceived and leads a new large research program in the area of rule-based semantic technologies and artificial intelligence. In addition, he has a part-time expert consulting business, advising companies large and small on technology and related strategy. He has pioneered semantic technology and standards for rules, their combination with ontologies, their application in e-commerce and business policies, and business roadmapping of the Semantic Web.

 


Ivan Herman

Ivan Herman
Semantic Web Activity Lead, World Wide Web Consortium


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

 


Eric Hoffer

Eric Hoffer
Co-founder, Second Integral, LLC

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


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Elisabeth Huffer
Information Exchange Engineer, Joint Planning & Development Office


Beth Huffer is an Information Exchange Engineer with Concept Solutions, Inc., supporting the Joint Planning and Development Office, the interagency organization responsible for coordinating federal agency efforts in connection with the NextGen Air Transportation System. Ms. Huffer specializes in ontology-supported information management systems. She works with subject matter experts, architects, and engineers from multiple government organizations, including the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security.

 


Bernadette Hyland

Bernadette Hyland
 CEO, Talis, Inc.


Bernadette oversees strategy for Talis‘ North American clients. She brings a strong background in commercial and government data management strategies, coupled with expertise in leading high-growth software organizations. Prior to joining Talis, Bernadette was CEO of several profitable Internet companies delivering scalable Web-based solutions for the enterprise, including Zepheira LLC and Tucana Technologies Inc., a pioneer in the emerging semantic technology community. 

 


Kevin Lynch

Kevin Lynch
IT Fellow,  Raytheon Missile Systems


Kevin is an IT Fellow for Raytheon where he focuses on semantic infrastructure for netcentric applications, collaboration, and enterprise search. Prior to Raytheon, Kevin was the project manager and database architect for COPLINK, a novel data warehousing project integrating law enforcement databases for intelligence sharing.Accomplishments:Semantic Technology Conference (5 years), Spotlight Award at the Raytheon Information Systems conference for "Dangers and Opportunities in Social Networking."

 


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Brian McBride
Consultant / Developer, Epimorphics Ltd


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


Dave McComb

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


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

 


Dan McCreary

Dan McCreary
Semantic Web Consultant , Syntactica


Dan McCreary is an enterprise data architecture consultant with over 25 years of experience. He worked for Bell Labs, Steve Jobs (at NeXT Computer) and owned his own consulting company with over 75 employees. He has been active in managing metadata standards in the areas of Criminal Justice, Education, Taxation, Real Estate, Banking, Insurance and health care. He is interested in native XML technologies, metadata management, data governance, the semantic web, and enterprise metadata management strategy development. He has a special fondness for systems built with XForms, REST, and XQuery (the XRX web application architecture).

 


Paul Miller

Paul Miller
Founder, The Cloud of Data


Paul Miller delivers consultancy services to customers around the world, as they grapple with understanding the potential of semantic technologies and cloud computing in moving their business forward.

 


Jay Myers

Jay Myers
Lead Web Development Engineer , bestbuy.com


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

 


Marco Neumann

Marco Neumann
CEO, KONA


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

 


David Newman

David Newman
Strategic Planning Manager Enterprise Architecture , Wells Fargo


David Newman serves as a Senior Architect in the Enterprise Architecture group at Wells Fargo Bank. He has been following semantic technology for the last 4 years and has developed several business ontologies. He has been instrumental in thought leadership at Wells Fargo on the application of Semantic Technology and is a representative of the Financial Services Technology Consortium (FSTC) on the W3C SPARQL Working Group.

 


Evan Sandhaus

Evan Sandhaus
Semantic Technologist, New York Times Company


Evan Sandhaus has been the semantic technologist, for the research and development operations department of The New York Times Company since 2006. In this role, Mr. Sandhaus has developed a semantic technology for identifying key concepts in large text datasets; engineered a patent-pending system for purging template text from Web content; and collaborated with The Linguistic Data Consortium to release and promote The New York Times Annotated Corpus, a collection of 1.8 million richly annotated New York Times articles published from 1987 to 2007. Additionally, Mr. Sandhaus has led the development of a Web-scale web crawler, a Google Earth news layer and multiple search engine optimization toolkits.


Juan Sequeda

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


Juan F. Sequeda is a graduate student in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin. Juan is a recipient of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. His research focuses on the automatic integration of relational databases to the Semantic Web. He is an invited expert on the W3C RDB2RDF working group and has been an invited researcher at the Ontology Engineering Group of the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid. Juan organized the "How to Consume Linked Data tutorial" at ISWC2009 and WWW2010 and the 1st Linked Data-a-thon co-located at ISWC2009.

 


Tony Shaw

Tony Shaw
SemTech Founder and Program Co-Chair


Tony is the co-founder (with Dave McComb) of the Semantic Technology Conference and Semantic Universe. Though the SemTech Conference and publishing assets of Semantic Universe were acquired by WebMediaBrands in September 2010, he remains responsible for directing the educational conference agenda for SemTech, and is a key partner in the expansion of the program into new geographical areas. In addition to his work in the semantic community, Tony is also the founder of Wilshire Conferences, an educational and publishing organization specializing in enterprise data management. Prior to founding Wilshire he started a dotcom in the identity management space (which quickly went the way of most dotcoms), and was the president of Technology Transfer Institute (TTI). He still facilitates the TTI/Vanguard strategic technology forum for CTOs.

 


Brian Sletten

Brian Sletten
President , Bosatsu Consulting, Inc.


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

 


 

 

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