Stephen E. Arnold is a technology and financial analyst with more than 30 years of experience. Stephen has extensive operational and entrepreneurial experience, able to bridge the gap between new ideas and the financial implications of a technology. His most recent search project is writing the open source search profiles for IDC, one of the world's leading consulting companies. Profiles will appear every 10 through the end of 2012. (Information about one of the profiles appears at http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=236086.)
His professional career has spanned 40 years. In 2000, he worked on the cost analysis, security, and technical infrastructure for the US government's FirstGov.gov Web site. After 9/11, he worked on the US government's Threat Open Source Intelligence service. In addition to performing technical and business analyses about search and content processing companies, Stephen wrote three monographs about Google's technology: The Google Legacy, Google Version 2.0, and Google: The Digital Gutenberg. He writes a monthly column about Google for IMI Publishing's Enterprise Technology Management and columns for Information Today (search), KMWorld (content analytics), and Online (open source search technology). He was the author of Enterprise Search Report, a 600 page encyclopedia of search published between 2004 and 2007. With co-author Martin White, he wrote Successful Enterprise Search Management in 2009. In 2011, he wrote The New Landscape of Enterprise Search.
Mr. Arnold worked at Halliburton Nuclear after college. He then joined Booz, Allen & Hamilton in 1976. He was vice president, online, at the Courier Journal & Louisville Times in the firm's database unit. He worked at Ziff Communications until starting his ArnoldIT.com strategic information Services business in 1991. Since 1991, Stephen has worked as an advisor to organizations worldwide. In 1993, He and Chris Kitze founded a search system, Point (Top 5%) of the Internet, selling that property to Lycos, Inc. in 1996. He was a member of the planning team for USWest's electronic yellow pages. He has worked for a number intelligence and enforcement organizations, including the US Senate Police, the General Services Administration, among others.
He is the recipient of the following awards: ASIS Eagleton Lectureship, 1986; Online Best Paper Award, 1989, the Malcolm Hill Award, 2003, the OSS Golden Candle Award in 2007. He is the author of more than 70 journal articles. A partial list is available on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=155724&trk=tab_pro.
Emma Bayne, Head of Systems Development and Search at The National Archives, UK. She is responsible for leading a team in designing and building technical solutions to improve access to the vast collection and support business processes. She has worked in a variety of technology roles over the last ten years. Recently, her focus has been on developing a new integrated tool, Discovery, pulling together archival content and improving find-ability through user centred design.
Martin Braschler holds the title of Professor ZFH and a position as lecturer at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Winterthur, where he heads the "Information Engineering" group. He studied computer science at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH in Zurich, leading to a degree of MSc ETH, and received the degree of Dr. sc. from University of Neuchatel. He was one of the founders of the CLEF series of evaluation campaigns, and responsible for the technical coordination in its early years. The main research interests include multilingual information retrieval, IR application evaluation and enterprise search. Having previously served until 2004 as head of research and innovation at Eurospider Information Technology AG, Switzerland, a vendor of information retrieval solutions, he has been actively involved in the transfer of technologies stemming from evaluation campaigns to the commercial marketplace.
Célia Boyer is the Executive Director of the Health On the Net Foundation (HON – www.HealthOnNet.org) – a non-profit organization that promotes and guides the deployment of useful and trustworthy online health information and its appropriate and efficient use. Thanks to her education and her years of experience in the field, Célia is widely recognized as an expert in the quality assessment of medical information on the Internet. She has taken part in multiple projects at both European and international levels. Her latest achievement is acting as a workpackage leader in the European Commission funded project KHRESMOI (http://www.khresmoi.eu/) started in 2010, which aims to develop a multi-lingual, multi-modal search and access system for biomedical information and documents. In addition, she is highly involved in other EU research activities and participates in many international medical conferences and working groups as an expert of her field.
A physician and computer scientist, Philipp Daumke is one of the founders of Averbis GmbH. He has long years of experience in IT and the healthcare sector. In addition to his specific focuses, integration of information retrieval and medical terminology, Mr. Daumke possesses particular expertise in knowledge services for physicians and patients. His numerous articles and lectures on the subject of Medical Informatics reflect his internationally successful scientific contributions. He is laureate of the Johann Peter Süßmilch Medal 2007, endowed by the GMDS (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Medizinische Informatik), the German society for medical informatics.
Nicola Ferro is assistant professor in Computer Science at the Department of Information Engineering of the University of Padua, Italy. His main research interests are digital libraries and archives, their architectures, interoperability, and evaluation, as well as multilingual information access and its evaluation. He is chair of the Steering Committee of CLEF (Conference and Labs of the Evaluation Forum) initiative and he coordinates the PROMISE FP7 network of excellence on experimental evaluation of multilingual and multimodal information access system. He has been program co-chair of the CLEF 2010 Conference on Multilingual and Multimodal Information Access Evaluation and served on the program committee of several conferences (among them SIGIR, ECIR, CIKM, ECDL, JCDL, WSDM). He has published papers on digital library architectures, interoperability, and services; multilingual information access and its experimental evaluation; the management of the scientific data produced during evaluation campaigns. He is member of ACM and IEEE.
As Director Research at IntraFind Software AG, Christoph Goller is responsible for coordinating research activities with research centers, universities as well as within the company. Furthermore, he is responsible for the development of IntraFind´s text analytics components. Christoph got a PhD in computer science from the Technical University of Munich where he was working on artificial intelligence, machine learning and knowledge representation. His main interests are scalable information retrieval, search-based applications, and text analytics. Christoph is Apache Lucene committer since 2004. He has accompanied dozens of commercial projects using Lucene and Solr and has more than 15 years of experience in information retrieval. Christoph is author of more than 15 scientific papers and frequently gives presentations on search related topics e.g. at Lucene Revolution, Berlin Buzzwords, ApacheCon Europe. IntraFind Software AG, founded in 2000 supports its over 850 customers with products, solutions and consulting centered on the topics of enterprise search, text analytics and big data search. The technological portfolio includes user-friendly high-performance scalable full-text search, enhanced with linguistic, statistical and semantic modules. Based on these modules IntraFind delivers more relevant search results, semantic context-sensitive search, navigation, and faceting. IntraFind's products for information access to structured and unstructured data are based on the well-known open-source products Lucene, Solr and Elastic Search. Two developers of IntraFind are Lucene committers. As an independent software vendor, IntraFind cooperates with 25 embedding and reselling partners in Europe. Renowned customers are: Audi AG, Robert Bosch GmbH, Deutsche Post AG, Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, Landesbank Berlin, Merck, Rohde & Schwarz, Voith GmbH, Webasto, Wolters Kluwer, Zeit Online, ZF Friedrichshafen.
Gregory Grefenstette is Senior R&D Manager at Exalead Dassault Systèmes and former Chief Science Officer at Exalead. He received his B.S. from Stanford University in 1978, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh in 1993. He has been Principal Scientist at the Xerox Research Centre (1993-2001), with Clairvoyance (2001-2003) and at the French applied research centre, the CEA (2001-2008). His research interests range from most subjects in Natural Language Processing to all aspects of Information Retrieval. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal for Natural Language Engineering, and he edited the first book on Cross Language Information Retrieval (Kluwer 1998)
David Hawking is Chief Scientist at the internet and enterprise search company Funnelback (funnelback.com), a CSIRO spinoff based in Canberra, Australia.  Funnelback search technology has won a number of awards and now supports hundreds of customers in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK, mostly in government, education, and finance.
David is also an adjunct professor at the Australian National University where he supervises a number of PhD students (nine now graduated).  He has authored around a hundred publications in the Information Retrieval area (see david-hawking.net) and twice served as program chair for the leading academic conference (ACM SIGIR) in this area.  He will chair the Industry Track at SIGIR 2014 and was Web Track coordinator at the NIST-organized international Text Retrieval Conference (TREC) from 1997-2004.  In this role he was responsible for the creation and distribution of text retrieval benchmark collections still in widespread use.  He holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland) for contributions to the objective evaluation of search quality and won the Chris Wallace award (Australasia) for computer science research.  Recently, he was anounced as joint winner of the 2012 Tony Kent Strix award (www.ukeig.org.uk/awards/tony-kent-strix).
Prof. Jussi Karlgren, one of the founding partners of Gavagai, holds a PhD in computational linguistics, a Ph Lic in Computer and Systems Sciences, both from Stockholm University, and is an adjoint professor of language engineering at Helsinki University. He has worked with research and development in information access-related language technology since 1987 at IBM Nordic laboratories, at the Swedish Institute of Computer Science (SICS), at Xerox PARC, at New York University, and at Yahoo! Research in Barcelona.
Ian Kegel heads a team of researchers who are helping BT and its customers to take full advantage of the rapidly-changing landscape of digital content and multimedia communications.  Having studied Electrical and Information Sciences at the University of Cambridge, Ian has worked in both the defence and telecommunications industries on projects ranging from radar signal processing to multimedia delivery, and has spent over 10 years leading content-related research within BT.
Ian has co-ordinated programmes of research focused on the future of BT's TV services, identifying application concepts and technology enablers which address individual consumers and companion devices such as tablets and smartphones.  His longer-term research goals include investigating how future communication services, driven by super-fast broadband, will mix shared interactive content with high quality audiovisual communication.
Open Innovation is core to Ian's work, built around successful collaborations with leading industrial and academic organisations across Europe via initiatives including the UK TSB and EU Framework Programmes.  Ian has presented to many external audiences including the ACM, IEEE, IBC, broadcasters and media producers, and holds several patents in the multimedia content field.
Tony Russell-Rose is urrently director of UXLabs, a research and design consultancy specialising in complex search and information access applications. Before founding UXLabs he was Manager of User Experience at Endeca and editor of the Endeca UI Design Pattern Library, an online resource dedicated to best practice in the design of search and discovery experiences. Prior to this he was technical lead at Reuters, specialising in advanced user interfaces for information access and search. And before Reuters he was R&D manager at Canon Research Centre Europe, where he led a team developing next generation information access products and services. Earlier professional experience includes a Royal Academy of Engineering fellowship at HP Labs working on speech UIs for mobile devices, and a Short-term Research Fellowship at BT Labs working on intelligent agents for information retrieval.
His academic qualifications include a PhD in human-computer interaction, an MSc in cognitive psychology and a first degree in engineering, majoring in human factors. I also hold the position of Honorary Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Interactive Systems Research, City University, London.
He is currently vice-chair of the BCS Information Retrieval group and chair of the IEHF Human-Computer Interaction group.
Henrik Strindberg is the Director of Findwise's research process and is responsible for the company's research portfolio. He has a M.Sc in Informatics from the School of Business and Commercial Law, University of Gothenburg. He has 13 years experienced of R&D Management, Project Management and IT Management with a dedicated specialization in Enterprise Search. He has a history of entrepreneurship, exploitation activities and has a track record to build cooperations between enterprises, SME's and the academy
Findwise AB, founded in 2006, is a vendor independent SME, expert in creating solutions based on the leading enterprise search technology platforms: Autonomy IDOL, FAST ESP (a Microsoft subsidiary), Google GSA, IBM OmniFind, Microsoft (FAST Search for)SharePoint, Exalead, LucidWorks Enterprise, Oracle, Eurling and Apache Lucene/Solr (Open Source). In addition to our technical expertise, we take pride in offering a large number of unique search related skills in areas such as business analysis, usability, computional linguistics, information management and security.