Nokia's Ora Lassila Joins ILOG Technical Advisory Board
Leading Semantic Web Authority To Advise ILOG R&D;
PARIS, France and MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- September 25, 2002 -- ILOG® (Nasdaq: ILOG; Euronext SICOVAM: 006673), the leading supplier of enterprise-class software components, today announced that Ora Lassila, research fellow at the Nokia Research Center and the chief scientist of Nokia Venture Partners, has joined ILOG's Technical Advisory Board (TAB). An expert in intelligent agent technology and its impact on Web development, Lassila is well-known for his work on the Semantic Web, a World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) initiative aimed at bringing meaningful content to Web pages to better enable computers and people to work in cooperation.
ILOG's Technical Advisory Board was created in 2000 to further strengthen the company's ties with the technical and scientific communities by enlisting individuals who are uniquely qualified in technology areas that impact ILOG's research and development (R&D;). In his role as an ILOG TAB member, Lassila will be called upon to provide consultative direction on product design and feature sets.
In addition, it is expected that Lassila will provide valuable direction on the best use of the ILOG technologies, particularly ILOG's business rule and optimization products, in the Semantic Web landscape. This is mutually beneficial, as the Semantic Web will rely on easily modifiable business logic, supported by business rules, to help create semantic representation for information that will enable computers to interact more intelligently.
"Ora's extensive experience into Web and intelligent agents, and how that technology can be applied in the real world, as well as his experience leading research at world-class companies like Nokia, makes him an important addition to our Technical Advisory Board," said Robert Bixby, TAB president and ILOG fellow. "Ora's insights will provide valuable input to ILOG's executive staff and R&D; team and we're thrilled to have him join us."
In addition to his role guiding technology investments and R&D; projects for Nokia, Lassila is also a member of the W3C Advisory Board, a post he has held since 1998. In 1996-1997, while a visiting scientist at MIT Laboratory for Computer Science, he worked with the W3C to launch the Resource Description Framework (RDF) standard. He served as a co-editor of the RDF Model and Syntax specification. He also collaborates on research with several U.S. universities, including MIT, Carnegie Mellon and Stanford, and is an active participant in the DARPA Agent Markup Language (DAML) program.
Lassila's previous roles have included Project Manager at the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University and Research Scientist at the CS Laboratory of Helsinki University of Technology. He has also worked as a software engineer in several companies. He is the author of more than 60 conference papers and journal articles.
ILOG is the world's leading supplier of enterprise-class software components. ILOG's embeddable optimization, visualization and business rules software components dramatically shorten the development time of enterprise applications in the supply chain, telecommunications, transportation and financial services industries. In addition to optimization applications -where the company enjoys significant market share- ILOG is playing an active role in the emergence of the e-business software components market. ILOG is dually headquartered in Paris, France, and Mountain View, California. Visit www.ilog.com for additional information.
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