Saied Tahaghoghi is a senior lecturer at the RMIT University School of Computer Science and Information Technology. He has a bachelor's degree in electronics engineering, a master's degree in computer engineering, and a PhD in computer science, and loves tinkering with both hardware and software. Saied is a member of the RMIT Search Engine Group, and supervises research on text, image, video, and code retrieval. He teaches courses on web technologies and security, and is frequently asked to consult on projects by industry. Saied was born in Iran, but has spent almost equal parts of his life in Iran, England, Pakistan, and Australia, and is a fervent advocate of dialog between civilizations. His home page is http://saied.tahaghoghi.com.
Hugh E. Williams is a software design engineer at Microsoft's Windows Live Search in Redmond, WA. Previously, he was the Associate Professor in Information Retrieval at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. He's published over 70 research papers and holds around 10 patents, mostly in the search engine area. When not at work Hugh likes to hang out with his family, exercise, watch Richmond play footy, and learn about baseball. Hugh has a PhD from RMIT University. His home page is http://hughwilliams.com.