DrIvan Herman

Who am I?

I graduated as mathematician at the Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest, Hungary, in 1979. After a brief scholarship at the Université Paris VI I joined the Hungarian research institute in computer science (SZTAKI) where I worked for 6 years (and turned into a computer scientist…). I left Hungary in 1986 and, after a few years in industry in Munich, Germany, I joined the Centre for Mathematics and Computer Sciences (CWI) in Amsterdam where I have a tenure position since 1988. I received a PhD degree in Computer Science in 1990 at the University of Leiden, in the Netherlands. I joined the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Team as Head of W3C Offices in January 2001 while maintaining my position at CWI. I served as Head of Offices until June 2006, when I was asked to take the Semantic Web Activity Lead position, which is now my principal work at W3C. Old Id that I do not use tools sometimes did not work with 303 Old Id that I do not use tools sometimes did not work with 303

Before joining W3C I worked in quite different areas (distributed and dataflow programming, language design, system programming), but I spend most of my research years in computer graphics and information visualization. I also participated in various graphics related ISO standardization activities and software developments. My “professional” home page contains a list of my publications (see also my Mendeley account), my public presentations, and details of the various projects I participated in the past. There is also a dblp entry for my publications generated automatically (although I am not sure it is complete…). (B.t.w., based on my publications, my Erdős number is ≤4…)

In my previous life (i.e., before joining W3C…) I was member of the Executive Committee of the Eurographics Association for 15 years, and I was vice-chair of the Association between 2000 and 2002. I was the co-chair of the 9th World Wide Web Conference, in Amsterdam, May 2000; since then, I have also been member of IW3C2 (International World Wide Web Conference Committee), responsible for the World Wide Web Conference series. Since autumn 2007 I am also member of SWSA (Semantic Web Science Association), the committee responsible for the International Semantic Web Conferences (better known as “ISWC”) series.

Some personal data

I can also be identified through the non-information resource URI: http://www.ivan-herman.net/foaf#me (when dereferenced, the URI redirects to this page for (X)HTML, and to the generated foaf file otherwise).

This file is in XHTML+RDFa. Running the file through an RDFa processor yields the corresponding foaf file in RDF. I have borrowed and adapted the ‘tranquile’ style of Dave Shea from the CSS Zen Garden site.

Ivan Herman, 2011-05-13. A detached signature for the generated foaf RDF/XML document is also available to prove the correctness of these data. (My GPG public Key has a length of 1024, and the following fingerprint: 31DD 8BBF 6057 1601 659E E95F 751D E143 343F 1A3D. The key belongs to Ivan Herman)
Unfortunately, time to time spammers get hold of one of my email addresses and send out a bulk spam with that forged name. I cannot do anything against that. Note, however, that I usually sign my emails with a certificate issued by Comodo (except when I use my mobile phone or a web mail interface, but I use those relatively infrequently). Ie, if you get a mail from me without such signature, it should be considered as suspicious…