Balisage 2010 Author/Speaker Biographies
Rahul Akolkar is part of the Advanced Enterprise Middleware department at the IBM Watson Research Center in New York.
He is a member of the W3C Voice Browser Working Group, where he is co-editor of the State Chart XML and Voice XML 3.0
specifications. He has contributed to various open source projects, and is an elected Member of the Apache Software
Since 2000, Piotr Bański is assistant professor at the Institute of English Studies, University of Warsaw,
where he teaches formal linguistics (primarily linguistic morphology and syntax), lexicography, and history of
English. He has participated, in the role of the XML architect, in projects building the IPI PAN corpus of Polish
(encoded in the XCES) and the National Corpus of Polish (a 109-word resource encoded in multi-level
stand-off TEI). He is co-administrator of two TEI-based multilingual projects, FreeDict
(grouping bilingual dictionaries) and Open-Content Text Corpus (with multiple monolingual and aligned parts;
currently at the alpha stage).
Gioele Barabucci holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of Bologna. The main research interests in
his current Ph.D. career include Web technologies, content formatting and XML schema languages.
Jeff Beck has been involved in the PubMed Central project at NLM since 2000. He has been working in journal publishing
since the early 1990s.
Abraham Becker is currently working as a contractor with the National Center for Biotechnology Information. He started
in print production and document management, and has been working with XML based technologies for the past seven years.
Sushil Bhattarai is a Data Software Developer at ITHAKA.
David J. Birnbaum
David J. Birnbaum is Professor and Chair of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the
University of Pittsburgh. He has been involved in the study of electronic text technology since the
mid-1980s, has delivered presentations at a variety of electronic text technology conferences, and
has served on the board of the Association for Computers and the Humanities, the editorial board of
Markup Languages: Theory and Practice, and the Text Encoding Initiative Council. Much of his
electronic text work intersects with his research in medieval Slavic manuscript studies, but
he also often writes about issues in the philosophy of markup.
Mario Blažević has a Master's degree in Computer Science from University of Novi Sad, Yugoslavia.
Since moving to Canada in 2000, he has been working for OmniMark Technologies, later acquired by Stilo
International plc., mostly in the area of markup processing and on development of the OmniMark programming language.
Matthias is the chief architect of 28msec, a US-based startup that delivers an XQuery in the cloud
He studied Information Systems at the University of Mannheim in Germany from 1999 until 2004.
In 2007, he acquired a PhD from the University of Mannheim, based on his research on rewriting declarative
Matthias published several papers on XML query processing and co-developed one of the first research native
Dr. Cyril Briquet received the PhD degree in Computing Science from the University of Liège in 2008.
His research interests include distributed systems and algorithmics, with a particular focus on efficiency
and scalability. In 2007, he introduced the first fully Peer-to-Peer Grid middleware (i.e., both P2P
computations as well as BitTorrent-based P2P data transfers). During his
stay at CNRS in Nancy
in 2008-2009, he implemented algorithms for the automatic detection of fields of information
in XML-encoded corpora. Now at McMaster University as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities
and High Performance Computing, he is working to scale out the analytics backend of the Voyeur
Tools text analytics software.
Anne Brüggemann-Klein is a professor of computer science at Technische Universität München. She
received her PhD in Mathematics from Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Münster and her Habilitation in
Computer Science from Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg. Her research interest is in document engineering.
Earlier work, part of which is cited in the W3C XML Recommendation, focuses on the formal language theory foundation
of document languages. Current research explores to what extent novel publishing applications can be composed from
appropriately configured XML software with a minimum of programming. The goal is to discover principles, patterns
and procedures that reduce complexity and ensure sustainability when developing and maintaining Web applications.
Sylvie Calabretto received her doctorate in Computer Sciences from the “Institut
National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon” in 1993. Presently, she is an
Associate Professor at the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon (INSA-Lyon) and
a Researcher at the Laboratory of Images and Information Systems Engineering (LIRIS); at INSA-Lyon,
she is co-superviser of nine PhD dissertations. She has published one collective book and about 100
papers on various computing subjects among which Structured Document, Information Retrieval and Digital Libraries.
William Candillon is a software engineer at 28msec.
His focus is on the development of large scale web applications in XQuery.
William recently graduated from Telecom Lille 1 in France.
His final year project was about XQuery Design Patterns.
Hugh Cayless works on digital papyrology for the NYU Digital Library Technology
Services team. He holds a Ph.D. in Classics and an MS in Information Science
and has research interests in the application of digital technologies to problems
in the study of the ancient world.
Luca Cervone is a Master student in Computer Science at the University of Bologna and holds a
grant with the university's Law and Computer Science Department(CIRSFID).
Angelo Di Iorio
Angelo Di Iorio holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science, from the University of Bologna. His thesis
is positioned over markup languages and document engineering areas, being focused on design
patterns for digital documents and automatic processes of analysis and segmentation. During
his PhD he has also worked on collaborative authoring, document versioning, content formatting,
and semantic web technologies. His research interests have recently extended towards layout languages
and algorithms. He is a member of the W3C XSL-FO working group, and author of several conference and
journal papers on markup languages, digital publishing and Web technologies.
Andrew Dombrowski is a 4th year PhD student at the University of Chicago in the Department of Slavic
Languages and Literatures and the Department of Linguistics. His research focuses on language change
and contact between Slavic and non-Slavic languages.
Quinn Dombrowski is the Coordinator for Emerging Technology Development in the University of Chicago's
IT Services organization. She has an MA in Slavic Linguistics from the University of Chicago, and an
MLS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Eric Freese is a Director/Solutions Architect at Aptara.
Florent Georges is a freelance IT consultant in Brussels who has been involved in the XML
world for 10 years, especially within the XSLT and XQuery communities. His main interests
are in the field of XSLT and XQuery extensions and libraries, packaging, unit and functional
testing, and portability between several processors. Since the beginning of 2009, he has
worked on EXPath, to define "standard" extension function libraries that can be used in
XPath (so in XSLT, XQuery and XProc as well).
Cathy Moran Hajo
Cathy Moran Hajo is the Associate Editor and Assistant Director of the
Margaret Sanger Papers, a scholarly editing project located at NYU.
With the Sanger Papers, she has published three volumes of the
Selected Papers of Margaret Sanger, a two-series microfilm edition,
and two electronic publications. She has worked as a documentary
editor for over twenty years, specializing in the publication of
historical materials in digital form, and participating in scholarly
conferences and meetings on digital issues.
Cathy is a Past President of the Association for Documentary Editing.
Dr. Hajo received her PhD from NYU in 2006. She is the author of
several articles on documentary editing, most recently, "Scholarly
Editing in a Web 2.0 World," (Documentary Editing, 2009) and "Last
Words: Documenting the End of Lives," (Documentary Editing, Fall
In addition to her work with the Sanger Project, she is the author of
Birth Control on Main Street: Organizing Clinics in the United States,
1916-1939 (U. of Illinois Press, 2010).
Stefanie Haupt is currently finishing her education for an M.A. degree
in Literary Criticism, Text Technology and Sociology at Bielefeld
Her main research interest focuses on markup and schema languages,
furthermore on XML databases and querying.
Erik Hennum has worked in the area of XML and RDF document semantics
and processing since the advent of XML.
As a member of the OASIS DITA Technical Committee,
he originated proposals for several features of the DITA architecture
including domain specialization, design constraints, data extensibility,
map referencing, subject classification, and metadata schemes.
While at IBM, his work included semantic search projects over structured content
using both DB2 PureXML and Resource Description Framework (RDF) repositories.
Mary Holstege is Principal Engineer at Mark Logic Corporation. She has worked as a software engineer in and around markup
technologies for over 20 years. She is a member of the W3C XML Schema and XML Query working groups, and an editor of the
W3C XML Schema Component Designators and the XML Query Full Text specifications. Mary Holstege holds a Ph.D. from Stanford
University in Computer Science, for a thesis on document representation.
Mag.art. Claus Huitfeldt (born 1957) is Associate Professor (førsteamanuensis) at the Department of Philosophy of
the University of Bergen since 1994.
He was founding Director (1990-2000) of the Wittgenstein Archives at the University of Bergen, for which he developed
the text encoding system MECS as well as the editorial methods for the publication of Wittgenstein's
Nachlass — The Bergen Electronic Edition (Oxford University Press, 2000).
He was Research Director (2000-2002) of Aksis (Section for Culture, Language and Information Technology at the Bergen
University Research Foundation). In 2003 he returned to his position at the Department of Philosophy, where he
teaches modern philosophy and philosophy of language, and also gives frequent courses in text technology at the
Department of Humanistic Informatics.
He was active in the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) since 1991, and was centrally involved in the foundation of the TEI
Consortium in 2001. The consortium now counts more than 90 member institutions.
Huitfeldt's research interests are within philosophy of language, philosophy of technology, text theory, editorial philology
and markup theory. He is currently leader of the project Markup Languages for Complex Documents (MLCD).
Eric E. Johnson
Eric Johnson is a principal architect at TIBCO Software Inc. Eric joined TIBCO in 2000, a part of TIBCO's acquisition of
Extensibility, an XML tools company. While Eric now works in a variety of areas, including governance, build architecture,
and various standards including SOAP/JMS, SCA, and OSGi, he has also maintained a strong interest in improving the core
technologies that TIBCO uses, especially those related to XML.
Michael Kay is the editor of the W3C XSLT specification, and is a member of the XQuery and XML Schema Working Groups. He is
the developer of the Saxon XSLT, XQuery, and XML Schema processor. He is the author of
XSLT Programmer's Reference
(now in its fourth edition) and a contributor to many other books.
He is a member of the Advisory Board for Balisage 2010. In 2009, he chaired the associated Symposium on Processing XML
Dennis Knochenwefel is a Software Architect at 28msec Inc. Dennis joined 28msec
in 2007 after finishing his combined degree in Business Administration and Computer
Science at the University of Mannheim, Germany. Already whilst studying Dennis was
eagerly interested in XML related technologies like XQuery, XSL, or XPath. He is an
"IBM Certified Solution Developer XML 1.1 and Related Technologies" and was
awarded a grant from the Karl-Steinbuch-Stipendium in 2006 for implementing
an XQuery based XML messaging prototype. Currently, he is a keen developer of
28msec's Sausalito development team implementing the scalable XQuery Web Application
Dr. Michael Kohlhase (born 1964 in Erlangen) is a German computer scientist
and professor at Jacobs University, Bremen, Germany, where he is head of the
KWARC research group (Knowledge Adaptation and Reasoning for Content) at the
School of Engineering and Science.
Sachin Kurdikar is a Data Software Developer at ITHAKA.
Amelia A. Lewis
Amelia Lewis is a senior architect with the TIBCO/Extensibility division of TIBCO Software Inc. Her primary focus,
since 2000, has been XML technologies, inside and outside TIBCO. She has been active in a variety of XML-related
specifications efforts and developer-oriented XML mailing lists; she has extensive experience with implementation of
a variety of XML technologies, using most of the tree models mentioned in her paper.
Jie Ling is a Data Software Developer at ITHAKA.
Josh Lubell uses information technology to solve manufacturing engineering and e-business software interoperability
problems. He is particularly interested in long-term retention of digital data and was awarded the Department of Commerce
Silver Medal for his leadership in developing ISO 10303-203:2008, a standard for representation and exchange of
Yves Marcoux has been a faculty member at EBSI, University of Montréal, since 1991. He is mainly involved in teaching
and research activities in the field of document informatics. Prior to his appointment at EBSI, he worked for 10 years in
systems maintenance and development, in Canada, the U.S., and Europe. He obtained his Ph.D. in theoretical computer science
from University of Montréal in 1991. His main research interests are document semantics, structured document
implementation methodologies, and information retrieval in structured documents. Through GRDS, his research group at
EBSI, he has been principal architect for the Governmental Framework for Integrated Document Management, a project
funded by the National Archives of Québec and by the Québec Treasury Board.
John Meyer is the Director of Data Technology at ITHAKA.
Sheila Morrissey is a Senior Reserach Developer at ITHAKA.
Steve Newcomb is a consultant in information management with Coolheads Consulting. He drafted and
co-edited the ISO HyTime 10744 and Topic Maps 13250 standards. He holds a doctorate in music theory.
Dennis Pagano received his diploma in computer science in 2008 from
Technische Universität München. He currently works at the Chair of
Applied Software Engineering at Technische Universität München as a research
assistant and doctoral candidate. His research interests in the field of
Software Engineering mostly concern human factors. He surveys intelligent
learning and motivation as well as adaptive software systems. One of his special
technical interests is the connection between Software Engineering and XML based technologies,
in particular MOF/UML and XML schema.
Monica Palmirani is an associate professor in the Law and Computer Science Department(CIRSFID) at the University of
Bologna, where she teaches Cyberlaw.
Silvio Peroni holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of Bologna. The main research interests in his
current Ph.D. career include Semantic Web technologies, markup languages for complex documents, design patterns for digital
documents and automatic processes of analysis and segmentation. He has published 9 scientific papers about these subjects.
Walter Perry, PhD. is Managing Director of Fiduciary Automation in New York,
where he has 27 years experience building distributed systems for processing
transnational financial transactions, their settlements, and associated
regulatory and accounting compliance and reporting. He has spoken widely over
the past dozen years on XML-defined transaction processing, XML database
issues, and the elaboration of semantics from XML syntax. He was the founder
and leader of the XML Special Interest Group of New York.
Etienne Petitjean is a Research Engineer at the ATILF
laboratory (CNRS &
Denis Pondorf works as a senior consultant in the fields of customer relationship management, business continuity
management and cross media publishing for various IT-companies.
As a computational scientist his research interests focuses on the evolution of markup languages and on the formal
generation of pangrams, isograms and lipograms.
Pierre-Édouard Portier is a computer science engineer. He has graduated in September 2007 from INSA-Lyon school
with a Master degree in computer science. He is continuing his studies at INSA-Lyon as a Ph.D student. He is working in
the DRIM team of the LIRIS laboratory under the supervision of Sylvie Calabretto.
Lynne A. Price
Lynne A. Price is president of Text Structure Consulting, Inc., a consulting company that specializes in structured
FrameMaker and XML. Prior to founding Text Structure Consulting in 1996, Lynne was a software engineer at Frame Technology
and then Adobe where she worked on FrameMaker's structure features. While Lynne has been active in the XML/SGML community
since 1985, her interest in structured documentation began in graduate school. She completed a Ph. D. in Computer Sciences
at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1978, writing a dissertation titled "Representing Text Structure for Automatic Processing".
Martin Probst is a senior software engineer at EMC, working on EMC Documentum xDB. He has been working on XML
and XQuery in particular since 2004. Martin holds a MSc. in Software Engineering from Hasso Plattner Institute in
Liam Quin is the XML Activity Lead at the World Wide Web Consortium, where he has worked since 2001; he
also does consulting
in his spare time. Prior to working for W3C, Quin was a full-time consultant. He has worked with
structured markup since the
early 1980s, with SGML since 1987, and was an Invited Expert for the original XML work at W3C.
Pascale Renders holds one diploma in Romance languages as well as one diploma
in Classics. She is currently completing her PhD studies at University of Liège,
in partnership with the ATILF
lab (Nancy). Her doctoral research topic is the digitization of the Französisches
Etymologisches Wörterbuch (FEW), which is the reference etymological and historical
dictionary in the Gallo-Roman area. Besides Lexicography and Natural Language Processing,
her research interests also encompass Diachronic Linguistics of Romance languages,
specifically the key era where Latin evolved into French.
Allen H. Renear
Allen H. Renear is the Associate Dean for Research and an Associate Professor
at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Hans-Jürgen Rennau is a Senior programmer at Büro für
Informations-Technologie und Software GmbH.
Laine Ruus describes herself as "the oldest living data librarian in
North America"; she has been active as a data librarian, making social
science and other data available to users, for over thirty-five years.
As head of the Data Library and the University of British Columbia and
later of the Data Library Service at the University of Toronto, she
has played an active role in the Canadian Consortium for Social
Research (now defunct), the International Association of Social
Science Information Service and Technology (IASSIST), the Canadian
Association of Public Data Users (CAPDU), the Inter-University
Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), and the Data
Liberation Initiative (DLI).
Kenneth Sall has been working with XML since 1998 when he first tried to
explain its importance to NASA/GSFC, resulting eventually in Instrument
Control Markup Language. He has worked in the US federal government
since 2002, participating in various government standards groups and
metadata working groups. Kenneth presently works for SAIC supporting
National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) efforts for the Department of
Homeland Security. He is the author of “XML Family of Specifications: A
Practical Guide” which was well-received by all 10 people who purchased
it back in the day.
Adam Soroka is an engineer in the Research and Development section of the
Department of Digital Research and Scholarship of the University of Virginia
Library. His XML-related interests include the uses of tree automata and
integrating geospatial data into textual markup.
C. M. Sperberg-McQueen
C. M. Sperberg-McQueen is a consultant specializing in preserving and providing
access to cultural and scientific data. He has served as co-editor of the XML 1.0
specification, the Guidelines of the Text Encoding Initiative, and the XML Schema
Definition Language (XSDL) 1.1 specification. He holds a doctorate in comparative literature.
As a Senior Technical Staff Member (STSM) in the WebSphere Application Server development
teams, I focus on three major areas. Using my five years of experience leading the WebSphere
Application Server performance team, I advise the performance team. As a SOA runtime architect,
I own driving consistency across our SOA runtimes of which I mainly focus on benchmarking strategy,
performance, and XML consistency. Finally, with most of my time, I own the creation and driving of
the XML strategy of the WebSphere portfolio. Currently I am the chief architect of the
WebSphere Application Server XML Feature Pack.
Matthew Stoeffler is a Data Software Developer at ITHAKA.
Maik Stührenberg studied Computational Linguistics at Bielefeld University.
After working for four years as research assistant at Giessen University in
different text-technological projects, he is now a Ph. D. student and research
assistant at Bielefeld University.
His main research interests include XML schema languages and specifications for
structuring and querying multi-dimensional annotated data.
Andreas Tai is working as an Engineer for the
Broadcast Technology Institute (IRT) in Munich. His primary focus is metadata
modelling for the IT based TV production. In 2009 he received his master degree
in Applied Informatics from the Technical University München. He also holds a
diploma degree in Political Science from the Freie Universität Berlin.
Umadevi Thanneeru is a Data Software Developer at ITHAKA.
Vojtěch Toman is a Principal Software Engineer in the Information
Intelligence Group of EMC Corporation where he is involved in the
development of XML content management and delivery solutions.
Previously, he worked for X-Hive Corporation B.V., a vendor of native
XML data management technologies, which was acquired by EMC in 2007.
Vojtěch is an active member of the W3C XML Processing Model Working
Group and is the main developer of EMC's XProc implementation. He
studied Computer Science at the Charles University in Prague, the Czech
Republic, specializing in XML data compression and optimized processing.
B. Tommie Usdin
B. Tommie Usdin is President of Mulberry Technologies, Inc., a consultancy specializing in XML and SGML. Ms. Usdin has
been working with SGML since 1985 and has been a supporter of XML since 1996. She chairs the Balisage conference
and was co-editor of Markup Languages: Theory & Practice published by the MIT Press. Ms. Usdin has
developed DTDs, Schemas, and XML/SGML application frameworks for applications in government and industry. Projects
include reference materials in medicine, science, engineering, and law; semiconductor documentation; historical and
archival materials. Distribution formats have included print books, magazines, and journals, and both web- and
media-based electronic publications. You can read more about her at
Jean-Yves Vion-Dury holds an CS engineering degree from the "Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers,
Paris" (1993) and graduated with a PhD in CS from Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble in 1999. He has been
working at Xerox Research Centre Europe (in Grenoble, France) since 1995, as a research scientist; he has also been
on a two year sabbatical with Vincent Quint's team at INRIA in 2002-2004. His research interests relate to various
aspect of XML including models, the impact of standards, validation/transformation languages and architectures,
with theoretical background in programming languages, compilation, type systems and formal logics.
Jean-Yves was Program Chair of DocEng (ACM Document Engineering Symposium ) in 2004, is member of its Program
Committee since 2003, and member of its Steering Committee since 2005.
Fabio Vitali is associate professor in Computer Science at the University of Bologna, where he teaches Web
Technologies and Human-Computer Interaction. His interests lie in models and languages for document management
and hypertext support, and he has published more than 60 papers in national and international venues. He is a
member of the W3C Working Group on XML Schema, and a member of the scientific committee of several conferences
and journals in Web engineering and technologies. He is the author of important standards in the legislative XML
Domain, and work on issues related to digital publishing, Web technologies and Semantic Web technologies.
Priscilla Walmsley is a senior consultant and managing director at Datypic, specializing in XML architecture
and implementation. She is an expert in XML core technologies (XQuery, XSLT,
XML Schema), content management and service-oriented architectures.
Priscilla is the author of Definitive XML Schema (Prentice Hall PTR,
2001), and XQuery (O'Reilly Media, 2007). In addition, she
co-authored Web Service Contract Design and Versioning for SOA
(Prentice Hall 2008).
Karen M. Wickett
Karen Wickett is a Doctoral Student at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of
A Research Staff Member at IBM's T.J. Watson lab, Charlie Wiecha is interested in web programming models and
middleware. He is a member of the W3C XForms Working Group, previously Chaired the W3C Rich Web Application
Backplane Incubator Group, and more recently has been exploring extensions to AJAX frameworks to simplify authoring
of web applications focusing on accessing and interating with rich data and business processes.
Witt received his Ph.D. in Computational Linguistics and Text Technology from the Bielefeld University in 2002
(dissertation title: Multiple Informationsstrukturierung mit Auszeichnungssprachen. XML-basierte Methoden und
deren Nutzen für die Sprachtechnologie).
After graduating in 1996, he started as a researcher and instructor in Computational Linguistics and Text
Technology. He was heavily involved in the establishment of the minor subject Text Technology in
Bielefeld University's Magister and B.A. program in 1999 and 2002 respectively. After his Ph.D. in 2002 he
became an assistant lecturer, still at the Text Technology group in Bielefeld. In 2006 he moved to
Tübingen University, where he was involved in a project on "Sustainability of Linguistic Resources"
and in projects on the interoperability of language data. Since 2009 he is senior researcher at "Institute
für Deutsche Sprache" (Institute for the German Language) in Mannheim.
Witt is and was a member of several research organizations, amongst them the TEI Special Interest Group on
overlapping markup, for which he was involved in the writing of the latest version of the chapter
"Multiple Hierarchies", which is included in TEI-Guidelines P5.
Witt's main research interests deal with questions on the use and limitations of markup languages for the
linguistic description of language data.
Ann Wrightson has been working with markup since 1978, from typesetting languages and fielded records through
generic coding to SGML and XML. She has experience of using markup for interoperability and platform-independence
across a wide range of content including published reference works, technical publications, e-learning, legal
codes and materials, and semantic
interoperability standards for information systems in healthcare.
Christian Wurm is a Ph. D. student in Computational and Mathematical Linguistics at Bielefeld University
in the Cognitive Interaction Technology - Center of Excellence (CITEC) at Bielefeld University.
Vyacheslav Zholudev graduated in May 2007 from Saint-Petersburg State University, Russia with a Master degree
in Computer Science. He is continuing his studies at Jacobs University Bremen as a Ph.D. student. Since
September of 2007 he has been working in the KWARC research group (Knowledge Adaptation and Reasoning for
Content) under the supervision of Prof. Michael Kohlhase.