Overlap Workshop
Jean Carletta
Wendell Piez
C.M. Sperberg-​McQueen
Tommie Usdin
Andreas Witt
International Workshop on Markup of Overlapping Structures

Speaker Bios

Biographical notes on several speakers who gave formal presentations at the 2007 International Workshop on Markup of Overlapping Structures:

Jean Carletta
Jean Carletta is a Senior Research Fellow in the University of Edinburgh’s Language Technology Group. She has been looking at ways of representing overlapping linguistic structures since being involved in production of the HCRC Map Task Corpus in the early 1990’s. She has led SGML and XML-related developments on a series of European projects culminating in the NITE XML Toolkit, which uses multiple file stand-off to support the distributed production and analysis of heavily annotated language corpora.

Wendell Piez
Wendell Piez was born in Germany to American parents, and took his first trans-Atlantic airplane flight at age three weeks. His early years were spent in Somerset (Massachussets), Kabul (Afghanistan) and Manila (the Philippines). His first experiences with computer programming were in BASIC and 6502 Assembler (Hewlett Packard HP-9830b, Rockwell AIM 65, Radio Shack TRS-80). A graduate of the American School in Japan, he went on to receive degrees in Classics (B.A., Ancient Greek) and English (Ph.D.). He has been an active member of the global Humanities Computing community since 1994; currently he serves as General Editor of DHQ (Digital Humanities Quarterly). Since 1998, he has worked at Mulberry Technologies, Inc., an XML consultancy based in Rockville, Maryland (USA). As an XML practitioner, he is known for his work with XSLT and SVG as well as his theoretical investigations. In addition to technology, his interests include esoteric philosophies, world history, bicycling, tai chi, and fine food in unassuming venues.

C.M. Sperberg-McQueen
C. M. Sperberg-McQueen is a member of the technical staff of the World Wide Web Consortium. He co-edited the XML 1.0 specification and the Guidelines of the Text Encoding Initiative.

B. Tommie Usdin
B. Tommie Usdin is President of Mulberry Technologies, Inc., a consultancy specializing in XML and SGML. Ms. Usdin has been working with SGML since 1985 and has been a supporter of XML since 1996. She chairs IDEAlliance’s Extreme Markup Language® conferences and was co-editor of Markup Languages: Theory & Practice published by the MIT Press. Ms. Usdin has developed DTDs, Schemas, and XML/SGML application frameworks for applications in government and industry. Projects includ reference materials in medicine, science, engineering, and law; semiconductor documentation; historical and archival materials. Distribution formats have included print books, magazines, and journals, and both web- and media-based electronic publications. You can read more about Tommie at http://www.mulberrytech.com/people/usdin/

Andreas Witt
Andreas Witt received his Ph.D. in Computational Linguistics and Text Technology from the University of Bielefeld in 2002. After graduating in 1996, he started as a researcher and instructor in Computational Linguistics and Text Technology at Bielefeld University. He was heavily involved in the establishment of the minor subject Text Technology in Bielefeld University’s Magister and B.A. program. In 2006 he moved to University of Tübingen, where he is engaged in a project on Sustainability of Linguistic Resources. Witt’s main research interests deal with questions on the use and limitations of markup languages for the linguistic description of language data. He is a member of several research organizations, amongst them the TEI Special Interest Group on overlapping markup, for which he wrote parts of the latest version of the chapter “Multiple Hierarchies”, which is included in TEI-Guidelines P5.

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