W3C Speakers

Speakers and Moderators at W3C10 Europe:

About the Speakers

Jean-François Abramatic Jean-François Abramatic is Chief Product Officer of ILOG, a leading provider of enterprise-class software components and services. An Internet authority, he served as chairman of the W3C, and as a director of ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). He currently serves on the W3C Advisory Board, the Forum des Droits de l’Internet and the Conseil Stratégique des Technologies de l’Information. In addition to commercial experience, Abramatic has been a research scientist at INRIA. Jean-François earned an engineering diploma at Ecole des Mines, Nancy, and a PhD in computer science at the University of Paris VI.

Dan Applequist Daniel K. Appelquist is a senior technology strategist working for Vodafone Group and also serves as Vodafone's W3C Advisory Committee representative. He was a pioneer in online media, publishing an Internet fiction magazine before the Web. In the early days of the Web, he helped to start E-Doc, an electronic media services company that worked to bring scientific and medical publications including the journal Nature onto the Web. At TheStreet.com, he led the development of XML-based content management and publishing solutions. After moving to London, he helped to launch the award-winning Vodafone Live! mobile portal. In his current role, he is responsible for Vodafone's participation in content, browsing and Web Services standards and industry initiatives. Most recently, he has been working with the W3C Team and Membership to develop and launch the Mobile Web Initiative. Daniel has a degree in cognitive science from Carnegie Mellon University.

Tim Berners-Lee Tim Berners-Lee has served as Director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) since its inception. A graduate of Oxford University, England, Tim is a Senior Research Scientist at the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL). With a background of system design in real-time communications and text processing software development, in 1989 he invented the World Wide Web, an Internet-based hypermedia initiative for global information sharing. While working at CERN, the European Particle Physics Laboratory, he wrote the first Web client (browser-editor), first Web server, and first version of Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) in 1990.

Peter Brown After four years heading the European Parliament's data standards and information architecture work, Peter Brown has now been seconded to the Austrian government to lead a programme of work exploring pan-European eGovernment services infrastructure and policies. In particular, he will be exploring work on federated information registries for eGovernment services in Europe. He is further interested in information architecture and semantic interoperability. He has recently worked as an expert for two cooperation projects: one supported by the European Union regarding eGovernment in Latin America and another supported by the UN regarding an interoperability framework for African parliaments. Peter chairs the recently established "eGovernment Focus Group" of the European standards organisation, CEN. He is also an individual member of OASIS, active in the eGovernment and SOA Reference Model Technical Committees.

Jacques Bus Jacques Bus studied Mathematics at the University of Amsterdam and obtained his PhD with a thesis in Numerical Mathematics. He worked as a researcher at CWI for 15 years. In 1988 he joined the European Commission services in the Unit for Computer Integrated Manufacturing in the Esprit programme. Since then he has been responsible for programme wide operational and organisational affairs in the Esprit and IST programme and for Informatics support in DG Information Society. From June 2000 till March 2004, Jacques was Head of the Unit Software Technologies and Distributed Systems in the IST programme. From March 2004 he has taken responsibilities for the unit ICT for Trust and Security in the IST Programme, which includes Network and Information System Security, Trustworthy Computing and DRM, Biometrics and Identity management, Critical Infrastructure protection, as well as the tasks related to the Preparatory Action on Security Research in the EU.

Robert Cailliau Robert Cailliau holds an MSc from the University of Michigan in Computer, Information and Control Engineering, 1971. Robert started working at CERN in December 1974 as a fellow in the Proton Synchrotron (PS) division, working on the control system of the accelerator. In April 1987, he left the PS division to become group leader of Office Computing Systems in Data Handling division. In 1990, he and Tim Berners-Lee proposed a hypertext system for access to the CERN documentation. This led to the World Wide Web.

Daniel Dardailler Daniel Dardailler joined the W3C Team in July 1996 and is currently W3C Associate Chair for Europe. At W3C, he was involved in the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) right at the beginning, and then led the Quality Assurance Activity. Prior to that, he acted as a Software Architect for the X Consortium, responsible for the Motif toolkit and other CDE (Unix Desktop) components. Daniel holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Nice/Sophia-Antipolis (89).

Richard Ishida Richard Ishida is W3C Internationalization Activity Lead and chair of the Internationalization Guidelines, Education & Outreach (GEO) Working Group. The Internationalization Activity has the mission of ensuring universal access to the Web, regardless of language, script or culture, by proposing & coordinating any techniques, conventions, guidelines and activities within the W3C that help to make and keep the Web international. Prior to joining the W3C his seminars and consulting helped product groups around the world develop websites, documents software, and on-screen information so that it can be easily localized for the international marketplace.

Keith Jeffery Keith Jeffery, ERCIM President, is currently Director, IT of CCLRC (Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils), based at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in UK. Keith holds a BSc in Geology, a Ph.D. in Geology and is a Fellow of both the Geological Society of London and the British Computer Society. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Irish Computer Society and a trustee emeritus (past secretary and vice-president) of the Endowment Board of the VLDB (Very Large Database) Conference, and is a member of the boards controlling the EDBT (Extending Database Technology) conference, CAiSE (Conference on Advanced Systems Engineering) and OOIS (Object-Oriented Information Systems) conference.

Gilles Kahn Gilles Kahn is Chairman of INRIA's Board of Directors and member of the Academy of Sciences. He is an expert in programming environments and computer aided proof environments. A former student of the École Polytechnique (1964), he spent several years conducting research abroad-Stanford University, USA, University of Edinburgh in UK, the Isaac Newton Institute, Cambridge, UK - in collaboration with scientists of renown. Gilles joined INRIA (then called IRIA) in 1977 as the head of a project dedicated to the development of programming environments. In 1983, Gilles Kahn participated in the foundation of the INRIA Sophia Antipolis Research Unit. In 1993, he joined the Institute's General Management and became INRIA's Scientific Director. Gilles Kahn is a member of many scientific boards of companies and research institutions in France and abroad.

Pierre Laffitte Pierre Laffitte, French Senator, is the founder of Sophia Antipolis and the President of the Sophia Antipolis Foundation. Among his other functions, Senator Laffitte is President of the Franco-German Association for Science and Technology, member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, member of the Board of France 5—a French broadcaster. Senator Laffitte is alumni of the French Grandes Ecoles: Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole des Mines de Paris. Senator Laffitte is also Doctor Honoris Causa of the Open University, UK, and of the Colorado School of Mines; Officier de la Légion d'Honneur et de l'Ordre du Mérite.

Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin is Member of the French Council of State and Chairman of the Forum des droits sur l'internet (Internet Rights Forum), a multi-stakeholders organization supported by the French government and working on the rights and uses issues related to the Internet. Counsel to the French government on Internet issues, she is member of Intellectual Property Commission, of the National French Commission for UNESCO and member of the French Data protection Authority (CNIL). Isabelle earned diplomas of Ecole Nationale d'Administration (French College for Senior Civil Servants), of HEC School of Management and of Institut Multi-médias (French Institute of Multimedia).

Eric Villeman Eric Velleman is director and specialised ICT accessibility researcher and trainer of the Bartimeus Accessibility foundation in the Netherlands. He has worked with (visually) impaired students and ICT for 15 years trying to find solutions for the barriers they run into. Together with the University of Utrecht, he developed a series of tests for the visually disabled to automatically generate ICT related user-profile settings. Now he is advising government and industry on the accessibility of internet and internet-based multimedia. Eric is co-author of Site Seeing, the first book about making websites accessible. As Member of the W3C Advisory Committee and member of different W3C Working Groups (WCAG and EOWG) he is active in the field of accessibility and participates in many official documents and projects relating to accessibility. Currently he and his collegues are working on a Quality Mark for accessibility of websites, accessibility of games, multimodal data, semantics and immersion.

Ian Jacobs, Head of Communications
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