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  Leo Obrst  
C4I Center, George Mason University

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LEO OBRST is principal artificial intelligence scientist at MITRE, advising the Information Semantics group he created in 2002. From 1999-2001, he was director of ontological engineering at VerticalNet.com, the first commercial ontology department, formed to create ontologies in the business-to-business electronic commerce market. Leo's PhD is in theoretical linguistics with a concentration in formal semantics from the University of Texas-Austin. He has worked over 27 years in computational linguistics, knowledge representation, and for the past 16 years in ontological engineering and more recently in Semantic Web technologies.

Leo is on the Executive Council of the International Association for Ontology and its Applications (IAOA), was a member of the W3C Web Ontology Working Group (OWL), co-founded the open community of practice Ontolog Forum in 2002, is a co-champion of the Open Ontology Repository (OOR) effort, co-organizer of the Ontology Summits (2006-2012), on the editorial board of the journal of Applied Ontology. He is the co-author of The Semantic Web: The Future of XML, Web Services, and Knowledge Management. John Wiley, Inc., June, 2003, and also a co-editor of Ontologies and Semantic Technologies for Intelligence, IOS Press, August, 2010. Leo has published many book chapters, conference and workshop papers, and reviews. He has chaired, organized, assisted on the program committees, or reviewed for over 70 conferences and workshops.

  Duminda Wijesekera  
C4I Center, George Mason University

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DUMINDA WIJESEKERA is an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia. During various times, he has contributed to research in security, multimedia, networks, systems, avionics, missile defense, command & control and theoretical computer science. Consequently, he draws upon his prior experience in addressing his current research issues. These span topics such as applying logical methods to access and dissemination control, securing SS7 and IP based telecommunication systems, multimedia, security requirements processing during the early phases of the software life cycle, web security, railroad signaling security, SADA security and engineering Ballistic Missiles. His pre-GMU work has been in quality of service issues in multimedia, avionics control and specifying and verifying concurrent systems using logical methods.

  Michael Dean  
BBN Technologies

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MICHAEL DEAN is a Principal Engineer at Raytheon BBN Technologies where he's worked for 28 years in distributed computing, command and control applications, information assurance, and (since 2000) the Semantic Web. He was Principal Investigator for Integration and Transition in the DARPA Agent Markup Language (DAML) Program, which catalyzed the Semantic Web, and has served on W3C Working Groups for RDF, OWL, and RIF. He continues to develop, lead, or consult on the development of Semantic Web tools, ontologies, datasets, and applications for DoD, IC, and commercial customers. He holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Stanford University.

Last updated: 03/18/2013