A. Broder is a Yahoo! Research Fellow and VP for Emerging Search Technology.
Previously he has been a Distinguished Engineer in IBM and VP for Research and Chief Scientist at AltaVista.
His main research interests are the design, analysis, and implementation of randomized algorithms and
supporting data structures, in particular in the context of web-scale information retrieval and
applications (best paper awards at WWW6 & WWW9). He is a fellow of IEEE and holds a Ph.D.
from Stanford University.
D. Hawking is a researcher in the CSIRO ICT Centre, project leader of the Information Retreival
project responsible for the Funnelback enterprise search engine. His interests lie in the areas of
Information Retrieval and Web Search, particularly in search evaluation in realistic contexts,
distributed search techniques, enterprise/intranet search, improvement of search through exploitation
of context, personal search and search efficiency. He is member of the editorial board for the
Information Retrieval Journal.
M. Lalmas received her PhD in Computer Science from the University of Glasgow in 1996. Presently she is a
Professor of Information Retrieval at the Department of Computer Science, at Queen Mary, University of London,
which she joined as a lecturer in 1999. Her research focuses on the development and evaluation of intelligent
access to interactive heterogeneous and complex information repositories. She is the co-leader of the INEX
initiative, with over 60 participating organizations worldwide. She is also the vice chair of ACM SIGIR.
Mark Little is Technical Development Manager for Red Hat's SOA Platform, as well as their Director of
Standards. Prior to working for Red Hat/JBoss, he was Chief Architect/Co-Founder for Arjuna Technologies,
a spin out from Hewlett-Packard that concentrated on reliable distributed systems. Mark lead the HP
transactions team which developed the world's first Web Services transactions product. He also developed
the world's first Java transaction service. He works on a number of standards bodies, including OASIS and
W3C and has been co-author on several Web Services standards including WS-Transactions and WS-Context.