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  • Blog Post: Change is Good - Change Challenges

    I've resigned from Microsoft, and will be taking up an A/Professorship in Services Engineering at the University of NSW . To quote one of my favourite blogger - James Hamilton - 'Change is good, change challenges, change forces humility, change teaches'. I am looking forward to the new challenge and...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft R&D Job Opportunities

    This note came in from HR, looks interesting - hope to see some of you there! Venue: Microsoft office, 1 Epping Road, North Ryde, 2113 Date: 3rd October, 2008 Time: 1:00pm – 3:30pm (Seated by 12:50pm) Agenda: 12:20pm -12:50pm – Guest arrival and registrations 1:00pm – 2:20pm – Presentation by Enwei Xie...
  • Blog Post: Building Applications Differently when Cloud Services Are Around to be used

    So, "it's the end of the enterprise as we know it", there is "consumerisation of IT" that we need to figure out how to deal with. The use of some sort of cloud service is inevitable. One thing for sure is that some sort of cloud integration services will be essential to make this new world of software...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth Academic Research Collaboration Award

    To get a peek into what current R&D are happening around the online geo-information area, here is the list of research topics by the 10 Virtual Earth research award receipients : Techniques for Rendering Effective Tourist Maps Semantic Enrichment of Street Side Imagery City Capture Enhancement of...
  • Blog Post: RIA Architecture - An Emerging Software Architecture Discipline

    RIA brings about many benefits over the traditional simple web applications - richer user interface/experience, better responsiveness through asynchronous client-server communication, network efficiency, etc, it is no wonder RIA is getting so much interest in the industry. However, with the more sophisticated...
  • Blog Post: My Free Intellectual Property Sold Online?

    This came through to my inbox today via an alert service: " British Library Direct: Rigorous Evaluation of COTS Middleware ... Rigorous Evaluation of COTS Middleware Technology . Author. Gorton, I. Liu, A. Brebner, P. Journal title. COMPUTER -IEEE COMPUTER SOCIETY- ..." Wow, it'd cost about AU$30 to...
  • Blog Post: International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2008) CFP

    Call for Papers, Workshop Proposals, Tutorial Proposals 30th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE) May 10-18, 2008 Leipzig, Germany http://icse08.upb.de/ DRIVING WORLD BUSINESS The International Conference on Software Engineering is the premier software engineering conference, providing...
  • Blog Post: Launching your product in a new country

    Austrade has this great resource . You'll find a set of country profiles on technology markets catering for the Australian startup/exporter!
  • Blog Post: Looking to The Year 2012 as My Next Challenge

    The ICT industry is at an inflexion point. My career is at an inflection point. Looking at the various enterprise challenges of application integration, business process orchestration and management, services governance, etc there is no doubt still an abundance of interesting architecture problems to...
  • Blog Post: Warren Centre Innovation Lecture 2007 - Dr Chris Nicol

    I attended the Warren centre 2007 Innovation lecture given by Dr Chris Nicol. I've known of Chris for 15 years, right from the UNSW days at the VaST lab, I think I still have his lecture notes on VLSI design on my shelf somewhere! Chris delivered an inspiring lecture. It was a good story about his journey...
  • Blog Post: Mobile Interface Innovation from HCI and Data Visualisation Researchers

    It's wonderful to see the research results from the HCI and data visualisation research communities coming together and through to fruition through such a wonderful product innovation. Check out the demonstratrion video . I can't wait to have it on my K-Jam.
  • Blog Post: Modelling Building Interiors using Virtual Earth

    Wow - this is the experience I want to have when I am browsing a realestate website looking for a house to buy.
  • Blog Post: ozCHI 2006 Wrapped up!

    I wish I had more time to spend at ozCHI 2006 - the best I could do was to spend a day there after I gave my presentation in the morning. I spoke about the great divide between software engineering and user centric design. Our Shane was also there - he worked hard ! Many ozCHI regulars came up to me...
  • Blog Post: Research and Fabricated Complexity

    I had the privelege to meet Willy Zwaenepoel on Thursday at a USyd seminar . He is one of the distributed systems engineering legends that I really looked up to during my PhD research days, and heavily referenced his great works. He was not only an inspirational researcher and speaker, he was also a...
  • Blog Post: Use Case Modelling, Scenario Based Engineering, User centric design

    If you are a software architect, human computer interface/interaction design specialist, business analyst, these would be familiar techniques that you would be using on a regular basis. These are proven techniques that help us get a concrete understandig of the current system/way things work. We've been...
  • Blog Post: Photosynth Tech Preview is Live

    I've been watching Photosynth for a while, and I've been eargerly waiting for the day that I can tell the world it's available for the public to play with too, finally, here it is! http://labs.live.com/photosynth As an aside though, somehow I am never quick enough to make these exciting announcement...
  • Blog Post: Presenting at OZCHI 2006 in Sydney

    Looks like I'll be presenting at this year's OZCHI conference . Especially excited since it's in my hometown this year. An extract from the conference program : thursday november 23 9.30 – 10.40 industry case studies: managing large organisations (1): lecture theatre 3 Architecting Good User Experiences...
  • Blog Post: Software Architecture Research Topics of relevance to Practitioners and the Community at Large

    I often get asked by the research community this question: "what are the hot topics and promising research possibilities in the area of software architecture?" From the perspective of a practicing software architect, these are three typical pains of enterprises: - building interoperable solutions across...
  • Blog Post: Semantic Web, Microformats and Live Clipboard

    I've had a long interest in semantic web , having a researcher background and all... but I must admit that the pragmatic software architect in me gives me a more comfortable, confident feeling of firm foundation when I look at Microformats ... Something that takes this concept and makes a practical application...
  • Blog Post: ICSE 2007 International Conference on Software Engineering - Call for Tutorial Proposals

    I'm previleged to be the tutorial chair for ICSE2007 . Hopefully you'll all be supporting me in making the tutorial program of ICSE2007 a huge success by submitting interesting tutorials . And if you're considering attending ICSE2007, please drop me a line to let me know what tutorial topics you would...
  • Blog Post: Celebrating SILLIAC 50th Anniversary

    As part of the momentous celebration of 50th anniversary of SILLIAC - one of the first computers built in Australia, I attended the Computing the Future Symposium at the University of Sydney yesterday. It was an inspiring event, hearing from the various business, technology and research leaders from...
  • Blog Post: Usability Studies on RSS Reading Habits

    I received this in my inbox today: " Friends, Do you use an RSS Aggregator? MSR Asia is doing research on RSS Aggregator reading habits and we'd love your feedback. 8 simple questions on your RSS reading habits: ...snip... Please forward to friends or colleagues who use RSS. Reply directly to me if you...
  • Blog Post: Live Labs' Security Token Service Implementation

    Are you using CardSpace? keen to try it out with a Security Token Service? Live Lab has this STS implementation for you to play with right now...
  • Blog Post: Introducing strangers through fast social game play

    Via Shannon , I found out about this cool project at CSIRO – Air Hockey over a distance . I can’t wait till this is integrated with our Video Conferencing facilities…
  • Blog Post: Innovation from Live Lab

    PhotoSynth is creating lots of buzz everywhere – and it has reinvigorated the ‘scientist’ in me – great to see something out of Microsoft Research/Live Lab that not only is groundbreaking in terms of science, but has real and immediate potential in making huge business and technology impact. I am also...
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