About the Author
Giovanni Caire graduated summa cum laude from the Politecnico di Torino in 1992 and, after that, joined the Research Labs of Telecom Italia (formerly CSELT) where he is now a senior project manager. He started working in the Multimedia and Video Services department where he was involved in several international collaborative projects. In 1995 he led the ATMAN ACTS European Project dealing with advanced techniques of audio-visual content trading. Since 1998 his interest has been in the field of distributed applications with particular focus on the Java technology. He started working in the JADE Project in 2000 when he led the working group that ported the platform on the Java Micro Edition within the scope of the LEAP IST European Project. In 2004 he represented Telecom Italia in the Java Workstream of the OMTP international initiative whose goal was to define an open platform on mobile terminals enabling service providers to develop a uniform and simplified customer experience. In 2005 he actively participated in the Expert Group of the JSR 232 Mobile Operational Management which addressed the customization of the OSGi specification for hand-held devices. Currently he is working in the OSS Innovation department of Telecom Italia where he leads the software development of an important project employing agent technology and in particular the JADE platform in the field of network management. At the same time he is actively involved in the JADE Board with the role of Technical Leader.
Dominic P. A. Greenwood is Head of Research at Whitestein Technologies AG in Z´urich, Switzerland. He has been active in the field of multi-agent software and systems for several years from both a research and commercial perspective, including participation in FIPA and involvement with JADE as a member of the JADE Board and as designer of the JADE Web Services Integration Gateway add-on. He received a Ph.D. for his work on ‘adaptive strategies for controlling non-linear behaviour in communication networks’ from Staffordshire University in 1997, after which he took a position as group leader of distributed network management research at Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe in the UK. In 2000 he joined the Network Agent Research group of Fujitsu Laboratories of America in Sunnyvale, California, where he became involved in several aspects of agent-related research and standardization. It was during this period that he became actively involved with FIPA, serving as contributor to various activities including the FIPA Abstract Architecture and as co-chair of the FIPA Ontology technical committee. He also served as technical coordinator of JSR 87, Java Agent Services, which addressed the creation of a core API for agent systems based on a reification of the FIPA Abstract Architecture. In 2003 he joined Whitestein Technologies AG in Z´urich, becoming involved in a broad variety of projects related to the commercial application of agent technology and several European-wide collaborative projects, including the JADE Board. He is a member of several program committees and has a number of academic publications, with his current research interests including distributed and complex adaptive systems, proactive computing, ubiquitous systems, service-oriented computing and commercial applications of software agent technology and autonomic computing.