Dean Allemang is the chief scientist at TopQuadrant, Inc.-the first company in the United States devoted to consulting, training, and products for the Semantic Web. He codeveloped (with Professor Hendler) TopQuadrant's successful Semantic Web training series, which he has been delivering on a regular basis since 2003. The TopMind course is in its seventh year, with over 800 alumni. He was the recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship and the President's 300th Commencement Award at the Ohio State University. Allemang has studied and worked extensively throughout Europe as a Marshall Scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge, from 1982 through 1984 and was the winner of the Swiss Technology Prize twice (1992 and 1996). In 2004, he participated in an international review board for Digital Enterprise Research Institute-the world's largest Semantic Web research institute. He currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Web Semantics and has been the Industrial Applications chair of the International Semantic Web conference since 2003.
Jim Hendler is the Tetherless World Senior Constellation Chair at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he has appointments in the Departments of Computer Science and the Cognitive Science. He also serves as the associate director of the Web Science Research Initiative headquartered at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Hendler has authored approximately 200 technical papers in the areas of artificial intelligence, Semantic Web, agent-based computing, and high-performance processing. One of the inventors of the Semantic Web, he was the recipient of a 1995 Fulbright Foundation Fellowship, is a former member of the U.S. Air Force Science Advisory Board, and is a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence and the British Computer Society. Dr. Hendler is also the former chief scientist at the Information Systems Office of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), was awarded a U.S. Air Force Exceptional Civilian Service Medal in 2002, and is a member of the World Wide Web Consortium's Semantic Web Coordination Group. He is the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Intelligent Systems and is the first computer scientist to serve on the Board of Reviewing Editors for Science.