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Keynote Speakers

Dr Linda Northrop
Director, Product Line Systems Program
Software Engineering Institute, Pittsburgh, USA

Linda Northrop has over 30 years of experience in the software development field as practitioner, manager, consultant, and educator. She is currently director of the Product Line Systems Program at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI). The Product Line Systems Program works in the areas of software architecture, component, and product line engineering. Her current publications are in the areas of software product lines, software architecture, and object technology. She is co-author of the book, "Software Product Lines: Practices and Patterns."

She is a frequently invited speaker at technical and corporate conferences and was featured in a television special on object technology aired by the British Broadcasting Company. Most recently she was a keynote speaker for the International Conference on Software Engineering 2001, the Aspect-Oriented System Development Conference 2002, and was selected as the 2001 Carnegie Science Center Award of Excellence for Information Technology recipient.

Dr. Julian Edwards
Chief Operating Officer, Object Consulting,

Dr Julian Edwards is Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of Object Consulting. In this role he is responsible for all operational and strategic aspects of Object Consulting's core services business including training, consulting, software delivery and support services.

Dr Edwards joined Object Consulting in 1992 and has spent the past fifteen years specialising in component and object-oriented software processes and has consulted on these technologies to Australia's largest companies. Prior to his current role he was National Delivery Manager, National Consulting Manager and a Principal Consultant with Object Consulting. He is also the Chief Architect of Process MeNtOR, Object Consulting's component-based software development process.

Dr Edwards has lectured at universities, industry seminars and conferences and run numerous industrial training courses and seminars. He has spoken at conferences such as Object World, TOOLS and Dr Edwards has published research papers at international conferences and in international journals including Communications of the ACM and Cutter IT Journal, as well as publishing a number of articles in magazines dealing with object technology. He is co-author, with Brian Henderson-Sellers, of The Working Object (Prentice Hall, 1994).

Dr Edwards holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Geography from Cambridge University, England and a PhD in Information Systems - Object Oriented Methods, from the University of New South Wales. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), a member of The Executive Connection (TEC), previously a board member for the CAESAR Centre at the University of New South Wales and an Associate Fellow at UTS and an Honorary Member of COTAR (Centre for Object Technology Applications and Research). He is also a past Program Chairman of Object World Australia 1993 - 1996 and Object World Singapore 1996.

Prof John Hosking
Professor and Head of Department, Computer Science Department, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Professor John Hosking has BSc and PhD degrees from the University of Auckland. He joined the Department of Computer Science in 1981 and has just stepped down as Head of Department after a six year term. He has developed an eclectic set of research interests covering software tools, software engineering, visual languages and environments, and data mapping systems. His more recent work has concentrated in the area of meta tools for specifying and generating domain specific software tools. John is the author of more than 140 refereed research publications and throughout his career he has been very active in industry consultancy and research contract work.