Tony Wasserman

Designation: Professor of Software Management Practice at Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley

Topic: The Rise of Open Source Software
Track: Keynote
Date: 14th October 2017
Time: 10:15 AM to 11:00 AM
Hall: 1

There has long been free software, dating back to the earliest days of the computer industry, initially developed in universities and research laboratories.
Thousands of high quality software products and components have been developed and released under approved licenses. This constantly growing body of high-quality software has driven the growth and acceptance of free and open source software (FOSS). Many FOSS projects have become the leading products in their field, surpassing similar proprietary software.
The rapid growth of FOSS has also transformed the software industry, and has led to new businesses that offer FOSS applications, for which they provide paid support services. As the quality and support for FOSS has grown, some governments and corporations have developed policies that include (or sometimes favor) the use of FOSS in their systems. At the same time, FOSS has continued to grow, playing a major role in such areas as cloud computing and management of large datasets.
This talk describes why FOSS has become so successful, the challenges faced by the open source community, and likely future directions.

Topic: Organizational Evaluation, Adoption, and Use of Open Source Software
Track: Open Source and You
Date: 13th October 2017
Time: 11:15 AM to 11:45 AM
Hall: 1

About Speaker:

Anthony I. (Tony) Wasserman has divided his career between industry and academia.
Since 2005, Tony has been a Professor of Software Management Practice at Carnegie Mellon University – Silicon Valley, and the Executive Director of its Center for Open Source Investigation (COSI). Earlier in his career, Tony was Professor of Medical Information Science at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and concurrently served as a Lecturer in the Computer Science Division at the University of California, Berkeley. He has been a Visiting Professor at the Vrije Universiteit (Amsterdam), the University of Geneva, and the National University of Singapore. Between his academic positions, he spent 20 years in industry.
Tony was the Founder and CEO of Interactive Development Environments (IDE), which built the innovative Software through Pictures multiuser modeling environment, one of the leading computer-aided software engineering environments. IDE was one of the first 100 companies to obtain a dotcom domain (No. 78), one of the first companies to include open source software in a commercial software product, and one of the first to include an email address in its marketing materials.
Subsequently, Tony was VP of Engineering for a consumer-oriented web startup in San Francisco. In 2000, Tony became VP of Bluestone Software (later acquired by Hewlett-Packard) responsible for its West Coast Labs, where he led the creation of the award-winning open source Total-e-Mobile toolkit, which allowed mobile devices to connect to Java-based web applications.
Tony served as a Director of the Open Source Initiative from 2010-2016. He is currently Chair of IFIP WG 2.13 (Open Source Software), and has served as General Chair or Program Chair for three of its recent conferences.
Dr. Wasserman has a Ph.D. in computer sciences from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a B.A. in mathematics and physics from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE and a Fellow of the ACM.
He is the 2012 recipient of the Distinguished Educator award from the IEEE Technical Council on Software Engineering, and the 2013 recipient of the Influential Educator award from ACM’s Special Interest Group on Software Engineering.
Tony’s hobbies include world travel and photography, and he often combines the two. He is married with two children.

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