Dave Thomas, Chief Scientist, FD
Dave is co-founder and past Chairman of Bedarra Research Labs (BRL), creators of the Ivy Visual Analytics Workbench. Prior to this, he was founder and past CEO of Object Technology International (OTI), becoming CEO of IBM OTI Labs after its sale to IBM. With a distinct ability to translate research into competitive products, he is known for his contributions to Object Technology including IBM VisualAge and Eclipse IDEs, Smalltalk and Java virtual machines.
Dave is a renowned keynote speaker with an impressive breadth of business experience and technical depth. He is a thought leader in large-scale software engineering and a founding director of the Agile Alliance. An Association of Computing Machinery Distinguished Engineer with close links to the R&D community, Dave is an adjunct research professor at Carleton University in Canada and has held past positions at UQ and QUT in Australia. He has been a business and technical advisor to many technology companies including Kx Systems. Dave is founder and Chairman of the YOW! Australia and Lambda Jam conferences, and is a GOTO Conference Fellow.
Dr. Brian Barry, Head, FD Labs
Brian is co-founder and past CEO of Bedarra Research Labs. Prior to this, he held several executive positions at Object Technology International (OTI) including Chief Scientist and CTO. He became President of IBM OTI Labs after OTI's acquisition by IBM and later succeeded Dave Thomas as CEO. Under their leadership, OTI developed the Eclipse Platform, J9 Java VM, IBM VisualAge for Java, and IBM VisualAge MicroEdition for embedded systems.
Brian's published research reflects a broad spectrum of interests spanning simulation, Object-Oriented applications, systems integration, embedded systems and software engineering. He co-authored the ANSI Smalltalk standard, and has been an active participant in research granting boards and conference committees. Brian has a long history of involvement with open source software, and is a founder of both the Eclipse Foundation (www.eclipse.org) and Open Health Tools (www.openhealthtools.org), where he served as CTO from its inception until 2014. He holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from Queen’s University.
Michael Thomas, Vice-President of Development, FD Labs
Michael Thomas is VP of Software Engineering at Bedarra Research Labs and has over 20 years of experience designing and implementing software systems and applications. Michael's wide ranging areas of expertise include agile development, test engineering, development operations, functional programming, systems architecture, and database design.
He is a certified Scrum Master and has managed a number of large Agile transitions. Prior to joining Bedarra, Michael was COO at XIA Systems, CTO for Online-Learning, and the Senior Release Engineer for the VisualAge Project at IBM/Object Technology International.
Doug Talbott, Vice-President of User Experience, FD Labs
Doug Talbott is VP of User Experience specializing in web-based user interface application design; advanced visualization techniques for large datasets and complex systems; and client-side web development and prototyping. Currently, he is working on the design and development of Ivy – BRL's Visual Analytics Workbench for Big Data. Doug has over 30 years of experience in producing and/or managing the development of award-winning content, visual design, and user interface design for organizations such as Cognos, IBM, Canada's Department of National Defence, and Nortel Networks.
He has numerous product design patents. Most notably, he is a co-inventor of the visual language for iLog’s Telecom Graphics Objects (TGO) product – the defacto visual standard in telecommunications management user interfaces. Doug also teaches graphic design part-time at Online-Learning.com and has spoken on the topic of user interface design and Big Data visualization at various software conferences internationally. He holds a B.F.A in Communications Design.