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July 15-18, 2019
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Tony Wasserman

Tony Wasserman
Professor of Software Management Practice and Exec. Director, Center for Open Source Investigation, Carnegie Mellon University in Silicon Valley


Tony Wasserman is a professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Silicon Valley and the executive director of its center for open source investigation (COSI). He’s particularly interested in the evaluation and adoption of open source software, as well as its use in mobile devices and the cloud. He’s an advisor to several Silicon Valley startups. Tony divided his career between industry and academia and has been involved with open source software since the mid-1970s. Previously, Tony was cofounder of the Business Readiness Rating project (OSSPal); BSD Unix at Berkeley, as professor of medical information science at the University of California, San Francisco; a lecturer in the Computer Science Division at the University of California, Berkeley; founder of Interactive Development Environments (IDE), one of the first companies to include open source software in a commercial product and one of the first 100 dot-coms; vice president of Bluestone Software (acquired by HP) where he was responsible for its West Coast Labs and led the creation of the award-winning open source Total-e-Mobile toolkit, allowing mobile devices to connect to Java-based web applications. His user software engineering (USE) project released software under a BSD license in 1980, which was used by IDE as a foundation for its innovative software through pictures multiuser modeling environment. Tony’s a board member of the Open Source Initiative (OSI) where he serves as chair of the education committee, a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and a Life Fellow of the IEEE. He’s the 2012 recipient of the Distinguished Educator award from the IEEE Computer Society’s Technical Committee on Software Engineering. His hobbies and interests include world travel (58 countries, with Tunisia next), photography, running, and bicycling.


11:50am12:30pm Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Secondary topics:  Customer Centered
Tony Wasserman (Carnegie Mellon University in Silicon Valley)
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In 2016, the mayor and board of supervisors of the city and county of San Francisco approved a plan that would lead to the development of open source voting technology for San Francisco’s elections. Tony Wasserman provides a progress report on the development of an open source voting system to replace San Francisco's existing proprietary paper ballot voting system. Read more.