TRI-Ada '95 Keynote & Plenary Speakers

Conference Keynote

Spacer GIF Tuesday,
November 7
Tu 10:15 AM -
11:30 AM

"Hardware, Wetware, Software"
John R. Mashey, Silicon Graphics, Inc.

John Mashey, Director of Systems Technology for Silicon Graphics R&D, will discuss current and expected hardware trends during his dynamic SGI-powered presentation. Mashey explores "wetware" (that's us humans) and human interface technology issues. He addresses the implications for applications and software development approaches and the role Ada may play.

John Mashey is an 'ancient' UNIX person, having started work on it at Bell Labs in 1973. He has worked on and managed projects in both commercial and technical computing, helped design the MIPS RISC architecture, and was one of the founders of the SPEC benchmarking group. An ACM National Lecturer for 4 years and guest editor for IEEE Micro, John Mashey has given more than 500 public talks on software engineering, RISC design, performance benchmarking, and supercomputing.

Plenary Sessions

Wednesday, November 8
We 8:30-10:00 AM
"The GNU Project and Ada"
Richard H. Stallman,
Free Software Foundation

Photo of Richard Stallman 10 x 104 spacer Richard Stallman, the principal author of the GNU C compiler, will speak about the purpose, history, status and plans of the GNU project, and how they relate to the GNU Ada translator, GNAT. Outside the Ada and C communities, Stallman is perhaps best known as the President of the Free Software Foundation, established to promote the freedom to study, share, change and improve software without intellectual property constraints. A graduate of Harvard, Stallman is the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship; his development of the Emacs programmable text editor was recognized by the presentation of ACM's Grace Hopper Award.

Thursday, November 9
Th 8:30-10:00 AM
"Evolution and Abstraction"
John G. P. Barnes, Author

Photo of John Barnes 10 x 117 spacer John Barnes, a member of the design teams for the development of both Ada 83 and Ada 95, asserts that programming languages have evolved largely through a growing understanding of abstraction. The challenge, as software increasingly pervades society, is to balance the freedom to do what we need against the freedom from errors caused by our doing what we should not. Ada 95 is designed to appropriately balance these freedoms. A graduate of Trinity College Cambridge, Barnes has held numerous positions within both the commercial and professional sectors of the Ada community. Currently, he is President of Ada-Europe and is perhaps best known for his textbook, Programming in Ada, now in its fourth edition. Recognition for his service includes SIGAda's outstanding Ada Community Contribution Award.

Friday, November 10
Fr 8:30-9:30 AM
"A Journalist's View of Ada"
Peter C. Coffee, PC Week Labs

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Peter Coffee, the Advanced Technologies Analyst for PC Week Labs, will share a journalist's perspective on the state and direction of the information technology industry and Ada's position and opportunities within that industry. With Engineering and Business degrees from MIT and Pepperdine, respectively, Coffee worked for Exxon and Aerospace Corporation before becoming a full-time journalist. His other activities include teaching, ham radio, flying and participation in the Los Angeles chapter of ACM. He is the winner of the first Media Excellence Award presented by OS/2 Professional magazine.

FR1 Fr 9:30-9:45 AM
TRI-Ada Awards. Best Paper and Best Presentation Awards, Terry Doran, Northrop Grumman Corporation

FR2 Fr 10:30-12:00 PM
Panel: Choices in Object-Oriented Languages,

Ada 95 may be the first internationally standardized language for object-oriented programming, but C++ leads in the marketplace and Smalltalk occupies a rapidly growing niche. Presumably, and of three are suitable form many o-o applications, but how can you select the most appropriate language for any particular application?

This panel features three internationally recognized experts prepared to discuss the relative features, advantages and benefits of each of the three languages. Rob Murray of Quantitative Data Systems, and founding editor of The C++ Report, moderates. Alex Stepanov of Silicon Graphics, and principal designer of the Standard Template Library, represents C++. Tucker Taft of Intermetrics and principal designer of Ada 95, speaks for Ada 95. George Bosworth, of Digitalk, and SIGS Publications Advisory Board member, represents Samlltalk.

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