Closing Keynote Session on Open Source


April 15, 2011


Brendan Eich, Tony Hey, and Judith Bishop




  • Software Engineering and Open Source, Brendan Eich, Chief Technology Officer, Mozilla Corp
  • Standards, interoperability and Open Source, Tony Hey (Corporate Vice President, Microsoft External Research)


Brendan Eich, Tony Hey, and Judith Bishop

Ever wonder who created the JavaScript programming language? Look no further than Brendan Eich, current CTO for Mozilla Corporation, home to the open source Firefox browser. Previous to Mozilla, Brendan worked at Netscape Communications Corporation in April 1995, working on JavaScript (originally called Mocha, then called LiveScript) for the Netscape Navigator web browser. Brendan’s outstanding accomplishments earned him the Web Innovator of the Year award from c

As corporate vice president of the Microsoft Research Connections division of Microsoft Research, Tony Hey is responsible for worldwide external research collaboration in Microsoft Research. He leads the company’s efforts to build long-term public-private partnerships with global scientific and engineering communities, spanning broad reach and in-depth engagements with academic and research institutions, related government agencies, and industry partners. His responsibilities also include working with internal Microsoft groups to build future technologies and products that will transform computing for scientific and engineering research. Hey manages the U.S.-based external research group for North and South America, and the multidisciplinary eScience Research Group. He also has dotted-line management responsibility for Microsoft Research’s Connections teams in Asia, Europe, and India.

Before joining Microsoft, Hey served as director of the U.K.’s e-Science Initiative, managing the government’s efforts to provide scientists and researchers with access to key computing technologies. Before leading this initiative, Hey worked as head of the School of Electronics and Computer Science, and dean of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Southampton, where he helped build the department into one of the most respected computer science research institutions in England.

His research interests focus on parallel programming for parallel systems built from mainstream commodity components. With Jack Dongarra, Rolf Hempel and David Walker, he wrote the first draft of a specification for a new message-passing standard called MPI. This initiated the process that led to the successful MPI standard of today.

Hey is a fellow of the U.K.’s Royal Academy of Engineering. He also has served on several national committees in the U.K., including committees of the U.K. Department of Trade and Industry, and the Office of Science and Technology. He is a fellow of the British Computer Society, the Institute of Engineering and Technology, the Institute of Physics, and the U.S. American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Tony Hey also has a passionate interest in communicating the excitement of science to young people. He has written “popular” books on quantum mechanics and on relativity.

Judith Bishop is Director of Computer Science at Microsoft Research, based in Redmond, USA. Her role is to create strong links between Microsoft’s research groups and universities globally, through encouraging projects, supporting conferences and engaging directly in research. Her expertise is in programming languages and distributed systems, with a strong practical bias and an interest in compilers and design patterns. She initiated the Software Engineering Innovation Foundation (SEIF) and is working on a new way of running programs in browsers (especially F#). After obtaining her PhD at the University of Southampton, Judith had a distinguished background in academia in South Africa, with visiting positions in the UK, Germany, Canada, Italy and the USA. She has over 95 publications including 15 books on programming languages that are available in six languages. Judith serves frequently on international editorial, program and award committees and is known for running successful Summer Schools. She was co-chair of ICSE 2010, and is currently co-chair of TOOLS 2011. She will also help lead the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit in July. She is active in IFIP WG2.4, the ACM and the CRA. In 2009, Judith received the IFIP Outstanding Service Award and in 2006 the IFIP Silver Core Award 2006. She is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and the Royal Society of South Africa.


  • Portrait of Judith Bishop

    Judith Bishop

    Director of Computer Science

  • Portrait of Tony Hey

    Tony Hey