Papers submitted for the research stream will be formally reviewed by the programme committee, and selected members will provide written feedback on these papers.

The programme committee can be reached at

The programme committee consists of:

David Purdue - Programme Committee Chair

David is the Vice President of AUUG Inc. and has served on the AUUG Board for roughly a decade, holding several different board positions including four years as President. He has been on the AUUG Conference Programme Committee for seven years, and was Programme Committee Chair in 1999.

David works for Sun Microsystems where he is an Inbound Service Account Executive in the Strategic Account Services group. His job is to implement global post-sales support initiatives for Sun's top multinational customers.

David holds a B.Sc. (Hons) from the Australian National University and a M.Sc. in Computing from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Dr Lawrie Brown

DR LAWRIE BROWN is a senior lecturer in the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, at the Australian Defence Force Academy (UNSW@ADFA) in Canberra.

His professional interests include cryptography, communications and computer systems security, and safe mobile code. His current research is in the design of safe and secure remote (mobile) code execution environments, currently focusing on the functional language Erlang. He has previously worked on the design and implementation of private key block ciphers, in particular the LOKI family of encryption algorithms.

He currently lectures postgraduate courses in "Computer Security" and "Cryptography", the undergraduate second year core "Computing Technology" course, and the general studies "Computers in Society" course. He is also an instructor for the CISCO Regional Networking Academy at ADFA.

Additionally, Lawrie is a webmaster on the Internet Project (AUUG Canberra & PCUG) system.

Josef El-Rayes

Josef El-Rayes is a FreeBSD Developer, living in Linz, Austria, mainly focusing on documentation issues in association with XML and similar technologies.

He is a full-time student, about two years away from his master in computer-science, in his studies he currently focuses on compilers.

In his spare time he writes articles for computer magazines or does consulting work for companies.

He regularly visits open-source related conferences for advocating


Greg Lehey

Greg Lehey is the Director of Storage Systems Development at Rocksoft. He spent most of his professional career in Germany, where he worked for computer manufacturers such as Univac, Tandem, and Siemens-Nixdorf, the German space research agency DFVLR, nameless software houses and a large end user. Since returning to Australia in 1997, he has been involved mainly with open source software, notably FreeBSD and NetBSD.

In the course of over 30 years in the industry he has performed most jobs, ranging from kernel development to product management, from systems programming to systems administration, from processing satellite data to programming gasoline pumps, from the production of CD-ROMs of ported free software to DSP instruction set design.

He is the author of "Porting UNIX Software" and "The Complete FreeBSD", both published by O'Reilly and Associates, as well as a large number of magazine and ezine articles, notably the column "The Daemon's Advocate" in Daemon News ( He is the current President of AUUG and a former member of the FreeBSD Core team.

David Malone

David Malone is a researcher in the Communications Network Research Institute of the Dublin Institute of Technology. David is a mathematician at heart with a Ph.D from Trinity College Dublin but he also has an unhealthy interest in computers. He has been involved with Unix systems administration since 1994 and has been a committer on the FreeBSD project since 2000. David's interests include dilation equations, mathematics of networks, unix security, time keeping, IPv6 and doing things right.

Jan Newmarch

Jan Newmarch is Associate Professor in Network Computing at Monash University. He is the author of three books, including one on Jini which is also available online. He has authored over sixty papers, and has given many tutorial presentations at international conferences. He is currently researching pervasive, ubiquitous systems.

Hiten Pandya

Hiten Pandya is an Open Source developer living in UK and is directly associated with the FreeBSD and DragonFlyBSD Projects. He was born in September 1986, and is in first year of post-GCSE College.

His interests roughly scales from Operating Systems to Clustering. He has worked on various Open Source projects including Apache HTTP, Jakarta Tomcat, xMach, IBM's Journal File System for Linux, SCTP network protocol and others. In the past, Hiten has maintained applications that manipulate genomic information such as BLAST, Phylogeny and Annotation tools.

Hiten has written numerous BSD and GPL licensed applications and subsystems. Some of his earlier work which was incorporated into FreeBSD is used by Firetide, Inc. Over the last five years, he has written various amounts of technical documentation, device drivers, subsystems and embeddable solutions on *BSD and Linux.

Currently he is working on the DragonFly BSD project, which involves porting new subsystems from other Operating Systems, updating device drivers, exploring new avenues, discussing design issues, optimizing code and writing copious amounts of documentation.

The goal of the DragonFly BSD project is to extend the successful FreeBSD 4.x OS series with scalability and robustness in a number of broad system categories including NUMA, Single System Image (SSI) etc.

Additionally, Hiten tries to stay aware of technologies that affect the industry from time to time.

Ollivier Robert

Ollivier Robert is currently web architect at Eurocontrol Experimental Centre, the european entity in charge of Research & Development in ATC/ATM within the Eurocontrol agency. The EEC is in Brétigny, FRANCE.

His professional interests include UNIX in general, focusing on free systems with an emphasis on FreeBSD and lately MacOS X, security & cryptography and version control systems (Arch, CVS, ...). He has been a FreeBSD committer since 1995, fosuing first on documentation as FAQ maintainer and now on NTP matters. After being a Perl hacker for some years (before 5.000), he has now turned to Ruby as a general scripting language for maintainability, power and fun.

He is also involved in general FreeBSD advocacy on Usenet in France and in Usenet in general.