Mark Little (JBoss, UK)
Mark works for Redhat as the Director of Standards and Development Manager for the Transactions and ESB projects in the JBoss division. Prior to this, he was Chief Architect and co-founder at Arjuna Technologies, a spin-off from Hewlett-Packard. Whilst at Arjuna, Mark led the HP effort in transaction technologies. Mark has been working in the area of distributed transactions and reliable systems for over 20 years. He is involved with a number of standards bodies including the OMG, JCP, W3C and OASIS, and has been involved with transactions for the Web since 1997. Since then, Mark has worked on all of the major Web services transactions efforts, including BTP, WS-C/T and WS-CAF, where he was a main author. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.
Steve Ross-Talbot (Pi4 Technologies Foundation, UK)
Steve Ross-Talbot is Chief Scientist of Enigmatec Corporation with over 21 years IT experience. His research interests include the semantic web, active queries and distributed architectures. At Nomura Research Institute he pioneered the use of active queries in financial services. Steve is the co-chair of the W3C Web Services Choreography Working Group; Chair of the RuleML Reactive Rules subgroup and co-chair of the RuleML Steering committee and has extensive links with W3C and other standards organizations. Steve has considerable experience in applying emerging technologies to business being the founder of the JMS messaging company SpiritSoft. As Chairman of SpiritSoft he was responsible for raising £10.5M in venture capital funding over two rounds. He holds the position of Honorary Research Fellow at Napier University.
Martin Wirsing (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany)
Martin Wirsing has been full professor and chair for Computer Science since 1985, first at the University of Passau and then, since 1992, at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich where he is also the head of the research group on Programming and Software Technology. Martin Wirsing is the editor of more than 15 books and has published more than 150 scientific papers. His current research interests comprise software engineering for distributed mobile systems and for hypermedia applications, object-oriented software development based on formal methods, design and semantics of concurrent Java programs. Martin Wirsing is member of the scientific committees of INRIA France, LORIA (Nancy, France), and the Institute of Informatics of Hanoi (Vietnam). He is member of the editorial board of several scientific journals and book series including Theoretical Computer Science and Journal of Computer Science and Technology.