Workshop on Open Source Software Engineering

Organizers' Biographies

Joseph Feller, PhD, is College Lecturer in Business Information Systems, in the Department of Accounting, Finance and Information Systems, at the University College Cork, Ireland. He is the lead organizer for the Open Source Software Engineering Workshop series and maintains the Open Source Resources website at, which has a bibliography of over 100 research articles and books on OSS, the proceedings of the Open Source Software Engineering Workshop series, and a directory of advocacy organizations, project hosts and repositories, and news and community sites. He has served as guest editor (with Brian Fitzgerald) for open source special issues of IEE Proceedings Software, The Information Systems Journal, and Systemes d'Information et Management. He is co-author (with Brian Fitzgerald) of Understanding Open Source Software Development (Addison-Wesley 2002) and his work on open source has appeared in a number of international conference proceedings and journals. Together with Brian Fitzgerald, he is currently leading the coordination of a Network of Excellence proposal on Open Source Software for the EU Framework 6 program.

Brian Fitzgerald, PhD, holds the Frederick A Krehbiel II Chair in Innovation in Global Business and Technology at the University of Limerick, Ireland. He has also held positions as Visiting Professor at Northern Illinois University in the US and the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. He is Associate Editor for The Information Systems Journal, and Data Base, and his publications include 5 books and more than 70 papers published in international journals. He has also presented research at a number of international conferences, and spent more than fifteen years in industry, prior to entering academia. Recently, Brian was rewarded a Science Foundation Ireland Investigator grant to lead a research program addressing the gap between software theory and practice (collaborators include SFI Fellow Prof. David Parnas, SFI Walton Visitor Prof. Eileen Trauth, and Joseph Feller, above). Open source software forms one of the main focal points for this research program.

Scott A. Hissam is a senior member of the technical staff for the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, where he conducts research on component-based software engineering and Open Source Software. He is also an adjunct faculty member of the University of Pittsburgh. His publications include one book (co-author of Building Systems from Commercial Components, Addison-Wesley 2001), papers published in international journals including IEEE Internet Computing and Journal of Software Maintenance, and numerous technical reports published by CMU. Prior to his position at the SEI, Mr. Hissam held positions at Lockheed Martin, Bell Atlantic, and the US Department of Defense. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from West Virginia University.

Karim R. Lakhani is a doctoral student at the MIT Sloan School of Management and a consultant with The Boston Consulting Group. He is a co-founder of the MIT Open Source Research Project and runs the MIT based Open Source Research Community website (, which hosts a collection of 67 research papers, a directory of over 135 academic researchers, and two discussion lists. His research at MIT is focused on the management of technological innovation with a specific focus on coordination and innovation in open source communities. His work at BCG is focused on the intersection of emerging technologies, intellectual property and new organization forms. He has a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering and Management from McMaster University, Canada, and a Masters in Technology and Policy from MIT.