Adi Hazan is a software specialist and founding member of Analycat in South Africa and Catalytics in Singapore. He is an auto-didact (self-educated) who sold his first commercial software at the age of 13, giving him 28 years of experience in the industry. Adi does specialist programming in various fields including mathematical modelling, GIS, financial reporting, wireless systems, and statistical fingerprint recognition.
He has been Executive Chairman of Catalytics Asia for 4 years and was previously Chief Technical Officer of the London Actuarial firm, James-Brennan & Associates. Adi has consulted for several years throughout the ASEAN region and has been on the ASEAN Insurance Council forum of Academic Advisers, representing Singapore for over 3 years.
Marco Castello is currently completing a Ph.D in Bioengineering and Biorobotics at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) specialising in Image Processing and Software Control System applied to super resolution microscopy, parallel computing for image processing and mathematical modeling.
Prior to that he received first honor class Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Bioengineering at University of Genoa (Italy), with research experience in their joint lab between Harvard University and MIT (Boston). In addition he has a diploma of proficiency for a 5-year extracurricular excellence program in information and communication technology (ICT) awarded by the ISICT superior institute (www.isict.it).
Marco has published 7 publications in peer-reviewed international journals and numerous proceedings at international conferences.
Jeffrey Richter is a co-founder of Wintellect, a software architect, and instructor. Jeffrey has been a long standing contributing editor to MSDN Magazine where he authored many feature articles and columns. He has authored numerous videos, has spoken at many industry conferences, and is the author of several best-selling Windows and .NET Framework programming books including Windows Runtime via C#, CLR via C#, 4th Edition, Windows via C/C++, 5th Edition, Programming Server-Side Applications for Microsoft Windows 2000, and Windows 95: A Developer’s Guide. Jeffrey continues to consult with Microsoft’s Windows and .NET Framework teams and has been doing so for many years.
John Robbins is a cofounder of Wintellect, where he heads their consulting and debugging services. He also travels the world teaching his Mastering .NET Debugging and Mastering Windows Debugging courses so that developers everywhere can learn the techniques he uses to solve the nastiest software problems known to man. As one of the world’s recognized authorities on debugging, John takes an evil delight in finding and fixing impossible bugs in other people’s programs.
Jeff Prosise makes his living writing apps for Microsoft platforms and teaching others how to do the same. With expertise in HTML5, Windows, and Windows Phone, he travels the world enlightening audiences about tools and techniques for creating rich apps. A former engineer who discovered after college that there’s more to life than computing loads on mounting brackets, today Jeff’s passion is for mobile development and the Microsoft Web stack. He works closely with Microsoft product teams in Redmond, WA, to track the latest advances in these technologies. Jeff has written nine books and hundreds of magazine articles, in addition to prolifically blogging about his latest adventures, passions, and discoveries in programming.
Prof Andrzej Kijko is the Director of the Natural Hazards Centre for Africa that is located within the premises of the University of Pretoria. As an internationally acclaimed researcher, he has been active in engineering geophysics and seismology for over 36 years. Professor Kijko’s interests and responsibilities have taken him around the world, giving him a wide range of experience from the various research posts and consulting positions he has held.
More than a hundred of his publications have appeared in academic journals. Professor Kijko is the author of a book on statistical methods in engineering seismology and he has also co-authored a book on mining seismology. At present, he is working on a book on statistical methods in seismology, with special attention to engineering applications. This book was initiated and co-authored by the late Professor Keiiti Aki. Professor Kijko was also appointed onto the Editorial Board of Earth Science India in 2011.
Professor Tom Coulthard is a professor of Physical Geography at the University of Hull, with a strong research pedigree in modelling environmental systems, specialising in distributed and cellular modelling of fluvial and landscape systems. His research interests are diverse, spanning from modelling the impacts of environmental change, metal contamination in river systems, and the impacts of vegetation on fluvial geomorphology. He is the originator of the CAESAR and CAESAR-Lisflood landscape evolution models and oversees the continuing development and application of these. (More information can be found at http://www.coulthard.org.uk and http://code.google.com/p/caesar-lisflood/)
He is a member of the important UK based NERC/EPSRC Flood Risk Management Research Consortium (FRMRC) parts 1 and 2, has held three NERC grants (GT4/95/147/F, GST/02/0758, NER/A/S/2001/00454), and has supervised four PDRAs and seven research students. He has written over 40 papers in leading journals including Geology and Water Resources Research. In 2005, he was awarded the Warwick award from the British Geomorphological Research Group and in 2008, the Vice Chancellor’s Prize from the University of Hull.