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RE: Phinished, now at Santa Cruz

From: Sridhar <serukulla@bytequest.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2000 12:05:45 -0400
To: "'Jim Whitehead'" <ejw@cse.ucsc.edu>, "'WebDAV WG'" <w3c-dist-auth@w3.org>
Message-ID: <000401c02a2f$20372bd0$37c9c8c8@ByteQuest.ca>
Congrats Jim!

-----Original Message-----
From: w3c-dist-auth-request@w3.org
[mailto:w3c-dist-auth-request@w3.org]On Behalf Of Jim Whitehead
Sent: September 28, 2000 9:12 PM
To: WebDAV WG
Subject: Phinished, now at Santa Cruz


It gives me great pleasure to report that on September 6, 2000, I
submitted
my Ph.D.
dissertation to the archivist at the Science Library of the
University of
California, Irvine, thus completing the last formal requirement
for my
Doctorate of Philosohpy in Information and Computer Science.

My dissertation with entitled, "An Analysis of the Hypertext
Versioning
Domain" and is available at:
http://www.ics.uci.edu/~ejw/papers/whitehead_diss.pdf

The very next day the moving van arrived to whisk me off to my new
job, as
an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of
California,
Santa Cruz, located in Santa Cruz, California, about an hour south
of San
Jose, in the San Francisco Bay Area. I am the first hire in a new
Software
Engineering group at UCSC, part of the Baskin School of
Engineering.  I'm
excited about this job: as the University of California expands
over the
next decade to accommodate the demographic bulge of college age
students
caused by the baby boom echo, there are many prospects for growth,
especially in Computer Science.  The Software Engineering group is
expected
to grow to 5-7 faculty by 2005, and I'm thrilled to be in on the
ground
floor.

What does this all mean for WebDAV?  One of the nice qualities of
this job
is that it allows me to continue as the Chair of WebDAV, while
also being
able to perform research.  Now that the dissertation is done, I'm
looking
forward to completing the access control protocol, finally
finishing the
advanced collections work, and moving RFC 2518 to Draft Standard
status. I
also plan to work on DASL, to complete this needed protocol, as
well as
continuing to contribute to DeltaV, and thus completing the
original goals
of WebDAV.  Look for increased WebDAV WG activity in the coming
days and
weeks.

I'm also interested in doing WebDAV-related research.  What
innovative
clients can be built on the WebDAV infrastructure?  How should
groups
performing Web authoring be made aware of each other's activities?
What
Software Engineering principles can be applied to the development
and
verification of application layer network protocols such as WebDAV
and
DeltaV? Additionally, a quick look at the future work section of
my
dissertation highlights a number of areas I'd like to explore in
hypertext
versioning and configuration management as well.  There are many
avenues to
explore here (and yes, I am looking for good students).

As a Professor I'm also teaching; my first course is a graduate
level
introduction to Software Engineering.  If you're interested, my
syllabus is
on the Web:
http://www.cse.ucsc.edu/~ejw/courses/276/

So, I'm looking forward to working with you to finish the tasks in
front of
the WebDAV working group, from my new location .... in Santa Cruz.

- Jim Whitehead
Chair, WebDAV Working Group
Assistant Professor, U.C. Santa Cruz
ejw@cse.ucsc.edu
Received on Friday, 29 September 2000 12:01:06 GMT

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