SATURN Conference 2011

May 16-20, 2011 | San Francisco Airport Marriott in Burlingame, California

Speakers at SATURN 2011

Keynote Speaker: Jan Bosch, Vice President of Engineering Process and head of Central Mobile Technologies, Intuit, Inc.

Jan Bosch, IntuitJan Bosch is VP, Open Innovation and head of the central mobile technologies group at Intuit Inc. Earlier, he was head of the Software and Application Technologies Laboratory at Nokia Research Center, Finland. Before joining Nokia, he headed the software engineering research group at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, where he holds a professorship in software engineering. He received a MSc degree from the University of Twente, The Netherlands, and a PhD degree from Lund University, Sweden. His research activities include software architecture design, software product families, software variability management, and component-oriented programming. He is the author of the book Design and Use of Software Architectures: Adopting and Evolving a Product Line Approach, published by Pearson Education (Addison-Wesley & ACM Press); (co-)editor of several books and volumes in, among others, the Springer LNCS series; and (co-)author of a significant number of research articles. He has been guest editor for journal issues, chaired several conferences as general and program chair, served on many program committees, and organized numerous workshops. More information about his background can be found at his website.

Keynote Speaker: Dave Thomas, CEO, Bedarra Research Labs

Dave Thomas, Bedarra Research GroupDave Thomas has a wide spectrum of experience in the software industry as an engineer, professor, consultant, architect, executive, and investor. Dave is founder and CEO of Bedarra Corporation, which provides virtual CTO and CEO, business mentoring, and seed investment to emerging companies. Recently formed Bedarra Research Labs undertakes speculative research on applications of emerging software technologies.

Dave is best known as the founder, past CEO, and president of Object Technology International Inc. (formerly OTI, now IBM OTI Labs) and has also led the commercial introduction of object and component technology. The company is often cited as the ideal model of a software technology company.

He was also the principal visionary and architect for IBM VisualAge Smalltalk and Java tools and virtual machines including the initial work on popular multi-language IDE. OTI pioneered the use of virtual machines in embedded systems with Tektronix shipping the first commercial products in 1988. He was instrumental in the establishment of IBM's Pervasive computing efforts, and in particular, the Java tooling.

Dave is an adjunct research professor at Carleton University and the University Of Queensland, and is widely published in the software engineering field. Dave remains active in various roles within the technical community, including ECOOP, AOSD, Evolve, and Agile Development Conference, Agile/XP Universe, and OOPSLA Onward. He is a founding director of the Agile Alliance and most recently a founder of Open Augment Consortium. Dave writes expert columns in Otland Online in Germany and the Journal Of Object Technology in Switzerland, where he also serves on the editorial board.

Keynote Speaker: David Chaiken, Chief Architect, Yahoo!

David David Chaiken, Chief Architect, Yahoo!Chaiken has been hacking since his parents sat him down in front of an IBM card punch more than 40 years ago, and he is currently serving as Yahoo!'s chief architect. Over his career, David has built voice search products for consumers, mobile enterprise applications, network management systems, project management software, a large-scale multiprocessing system, and five or so information appliances. He has managed both hardware and software development teams, but prefers individual contributor roles.

His favorite technologies include the RSA encryption algorithm, the C programming language, the ARM instruction set architecture, the Fedora distribution of Linux, and the build-on-grid-push-to-serving design pattern. In 1994, David earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT.

Plenary Speaker: Joseph Yoder, Founder and Chief Architect, The Refactory, Inc.

Joe YoderJoseph Yoder is a founder and principal of The Refactory, Inc., a company focused on software architecture, design, implementation, consulting, and mentoring on all facets of software development. Joseph is an international speaker and pattern author and long- standing member of The Hillside Group, a, a group dedicated to improving the quality of software development. He specializes in architecture, analysis, and design; C#; Java; Smalltalk; patterns; Agile methods; adaptable systems; refactoring; reuse; and frameworks. Joseph is the author of many patterns, including being the co-author of the Big Ball of Mud pattern, which illuminates many fallacies in the approach to software architecture.

Joseph currently resides in Urbana, Illinois. He teaches Agile methods, design patterns, object design, refactoring, and testing in industrial settings, and mentors many developers on these concepts. He currently oversees a team of developers who have constructed many systems based on enterprise architecture using the .NET environment. Other projects involve working in both the Java and .NET environments deploying domain-specific languages for clients. Joseph presents tutorials and talks, arranges workshops, and organizes leading technical conferences held throughout the world, including international conferences such as Agile, Agile Portugal, Encontro Ágil in Brazil, AOSD, CBSoft, JAOO, QCon, PLoP, AsianPLoP, SugarLoaf  PLoP in Brazil, OOPSLA, ECOOP, and SPLASH. Joseph thinks software is still too hard to change and believes that, with good patterns and by putting the ability to change software into the hands of the people with the knowledge to change it, we seem to be on a promising avenue to solve this problem.

IEEE Software Speaker: John Favaro, Associate Editor in Chief, IEEE Software

John FavaroJohn Favaro was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and took his degrees in computer science at Yale University and the University of California at Berkeley. Much of his professional career has been spent in Europe, working in France, Germany, and Italy, where he is deputy director of research at Intecs S.p.A. He is the associate editor in chief of IEEE Software in the area of management, and is a guest editor of an upcoming special issue on the software business. John pioneered value-oriented ideas in software engineering management in the 1990s, including a strategic analysis of investments in application frameworks. With the rise of Agile development methods, such as eXtreme programming, he has investigated the relationship of value-based management to Agile development processes. He has a longstanding interest in the economics of software reuse and is on the steering committee of the International Conference on Software Reuse.

IEEE Software Speaker: Rebecca Wirfs-Brock, President, Wirfs-Brock Associates

Rebecca Wirfs-BrockRebecca Wirfs-Brock, president of Wirfs-Brock Associates, is an internationally recognized leader in the development of object design methodologies and is a past design columnist for IEEE Software. She is the lead author of two design books, and she invented the set of development practices known as responsibility-driven design. Among her widely used innovations are the conversational use-case form and object role stereotypes.

Although best known as a software design guru, Rebecca is also an innovator of techniques for simply expressing complex requirements and effectively designing and communicating software architecture. She frequently helps product engineering, IT, and startup organizations with the technical bits, as well as with effective teamwork and Agile development practices.

Important Dates


May 16-20, 2011

SATURN 2011 Conference

Saturn 2011 will be presented in collaboration with IEEE Software.

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