Peter Linington is the Head of the Networks and Distributed Systems Group in the Computing Laboratory at the University of Kent at Canterbury, where he has been a Professor since 1987. Before that, he was Head of the UK Joint Network Team, and responsible for the development and operation of the JANET network. He has been active in international standardization since 1978, working on open communications protocols and distributed systems architectures. His current research interests are in the description, construction and performance of distributed and multimedia systems, and in the monitoring and analysis of performance in broadband ATM networks.
Ian Utting is a Senior Lecturer in the Computing Laboratory at the University of Kent, where he has been a member of the Distributed Systems a nd Networks Research Group for over 10 years. He is currently also Director of Kent's Academic Java Campus programme in collaboration with Sun Microsystems. His current research interests are in design and infrastructure for large-scale distributed systems and in nomadic computing.
Stuart Kent is a Senior Lecturer in the Computing Laboratory at the University of Kent. He is closely involved with the revision of the UML, in particular through a collaboration between the precise UML group (www.puml.org) and IBM to provide a rearchitected and precise definition for UML 2.0. He has experience as a consultant to industry, including mentoring and delivery of training courses. His current research focuses on the development and application of precise, visual modelling notations for the construction and evolution of software and other conceptual systems. He is on the programme committee for various international conferences, and was conference chair for UML'2000.