WMF CTO Victoria Coleman at a conference

Kissimmee, Florida

You don’t hear very much about Wikimedia Foundation’s chief technology officer, Victoria Coleman.  But I was looking around Teh Internets and discovered she was a participant in a panel just a few months ago.

The conference was the 2018 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Science and Technology Forum and Exposition, an event for aerospace technology, held from January 8–12, 2018, at the Gaylord Palms, in Kissimmee, Florida.

According to The Internet, the temperature in Kissimmee, Florida, the “sunshine state”,  ranges from 47 to 71 °F in January.  For my European fan base, that would be 8-22 °C. Sounds good to me.

HumanMachineTeamingPanel-SciTech2018-11Jan2018The panel, held on Thursday, January 11, was titled  “Forum 360: Human-Machine Teaming“. The video requires registration — they must not be into that open-source collaborative type stuff — and I don’t want to see it badly enough to get on their mailing list, but here is the summary of Coleman’s remarks.

Our own expectations of what machines can do, the roles machines play on a team and trust in them — too much or not enough — can get in the way of teamwork, panelists said.

Trust doesn’t come automatically, said Victoria Coleman, chief technology officer of the Wikimedia Foundation.

“In reality, there is no magic bullet,” she said.

Coleman said repetition helps as does how machines arrive at decisions.

“Trust is something you establish … then it’s a cycle,” she said.

I don’t pretend to understand that, but it probably sounds better if you can hear the original video. I do know Wikipedia has been working with artificial intelligence to try to solve its harassment problems.

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Coleman (right) in 2017

For anyone who is still trying to work out whether Coleman fits the “notability” requirements for a Wikipedia article, here is the bio provided for the conference, the link is in the above paragraph:

Victoria Coleman, PhD

Victoria Coleman is the Chief Technology Officer of the Wikimedia Foundation, a non profit organization headquartered in San Francisco, CA. Wikimedia operates some of the largest collaboratively edited reference projects in the world, including Wikipedia, a top ten internet property.

Dr Coleman is a member of the Defense Science Board. She is the Chair of DARPA’s Microsystems Exploratory Council. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, a member of Lockheed Martin’s Technology Advisory Group and a member of the Advisory Board of the Santa Clara University Department of Computer Engineering. She is a Senior Advisor to the Director of CITRIS (Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society) at UC Berkeley. She is an Advisor to the Airbus Group and a Senior Advisor to the Board of FASTR (Future of Automotive Security Technology & Research) Consortium. She previously served on DARPA’s Information Science and Technology advisory group as well as DARPA’s Defense Sciences Research Council. She is a past member of the DoD’s Counter Intelligence Field Agency Advisory Board where she led the Cyber security area. Dr. Coleman received her B.Sc and M.Sc in Electronic Computer Systems and Computer Aided Logic Design respectively from the University of Salford, UK and her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Manchester, UK. She holds 4 patents and is the author of over 60 articles and books.

For diehard Victoria Coleman fans, here is the announcement of her appointment in the Wikimedia blog November 2016 and a link to the report she coauthored for the Heritage Foundation “Reclaiming U.S. Defense Leadership on Innovation: Three Priorities for the New USD(R&E)”

Below the fold I republish biographical material about her I have posted before.

So there is a Victoria Coleman bio at Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.

There is a list of patents for Victoria STAVRIDOU-COLEMAN here. I don’t know what any of them are, but the whole list just screams ENCRYPTION. Bring on the black helicopters. There is a deletion discussion for her English Wiki article here.

Her main book was Formal Methods in Circuit Design (ISBN 0 521 44336 9) from Cambridge University Press.  Google Books has a snippet view.   It’s also on Amazon.

But you would need an article with a book review to establish notability, and you know they only write those for men.

Her other claim to notability might be authorship of the international standard for computer manufacturing that is in her bio.

Her stuff on World Cat is listed under at least three different names.  Looks like first she had to hide her gender then she had a married name.  This does not happen to men, that you cannot find their life work and publications.

She has published a lot of conference papers on computer testing methodology.  She is on World cat here as V Stavridou. Also on World Cat as Victoria Stavridou-Coleman. Here is a list of citations.

There is a conference paper here. She has a Wikidata item.

Here is interesting stuff about testing “Gordon’s computer”, which was an early version of the PDP-8.  This was the subject of her book, using models for software testing to test models for microprocessors, before manufacturing the microprocessor on a chip. It has a case study of Gordan’s computer, with pages of mathematical proofs. Ah, and finally a downloadable paper on that.

“Formal Methods and VLSI Engineering Practice” – Oxford Academic, https://academic.oup.com/comjnl/article-pdf/37/2/96/1327491/370096.pdf by V Stavridou – ‎1994 – ‎Cited by 5

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