Kevin Smith for Council 2007
I'm Kevin Smith, and I'm reapplying to council to stay for a second year.
I've been involved with Jabber as a developer through Psi since 2002, joining the JSF members sometime later, I've been the project leader for Psi since 2004. In 2006 participated in the Summer of Code program as a student, and in 2007 as a mentor. I've served on council for the 2006/2007 period and would like to serve for 2007/2008 :)
As a member of council I've been responsible for reviewing all the XEP changes and proposals for the last year (that means I've read quite a lot of protocol). I've been involved, to varying degrees, with the development of several xeps, such as metacontacts, chat threads, PEP, and contribute to the standards list for discussion of xeps throughout their development. My input is informed by my involvement leading one of the large popular client projects and being on the front line of user requests.
I've been contributing code to the Psi Client for several years, and, subsequent to Justin Karnege's abdication in Autumn 2004, have been `project leader'. My long-term involvement in one of the longest-running clients, has given me insight into many of the issues surrounding XMPP/Jabber with the result that I believe I have things I can bring to the protocol, through council.
I'm also now involved with Nathan Fritz's Sleek project, writing code for the sleekBot which sits in several MUCs being useful. My aim with this project is to provide enough of an emulation layer for Eggdrop bots that we can 'natively' run some of the fun irc scripts (trivia scripts, hangman, 'personality' scripts etc) people enjoy; so far I've got enough to run a healthy number of scripts to some degree and it should be fun to see this develop.
I believe that my experience with XMPP/Jabber on Psi and on standards-jig, coupled with my Computer Science education at degree level, distributed system experience for my degree project, research/problem solving skills from my PhD and review skils as a journal reviewer has/have served me well as a council member. From my experience with the requests and issues of users of XMPP through Psi and similar experience from the code side as well as my desires to use XMPP for more than `just IM' (I had a system set up at work for notifying me over XMPP when experimental runs had finished etc) I'm in a reasonable position to represent the interests of several groups. Particularly, I am aware of the places which protocol is currently less than ideal for the current needs of users and this is of the most interest to me, although I also appreciate the need for developing future protocols which have not yet necessarily found their application.
The key areas that I think need addressing over the next 12 months (and beyond) are
- PEP - I said last year that I thought this was the big priority, and now we're seeing multiple implementations both client-side and server-side; I'd like to see this semi-finalised and done with so it can move into the compliance suites.
- Getting usable e2e encryption into public use (this seems to be a common theme year upon year, so something should be achievable in the next cycle).
- Whiteboarding - We've got a lot of interest in getting this specced up and published, so I think we should make efforts to get something agreed upon and standardised.
I'd like to join the council this year because I'd like to see XMPP's strong position grow stronger and I believe I have experience and ideas to help assist the other council members in this again. Plus, having attended the meetup in Brussels this Feb, I'm looking forward to meeting up with everyone again.
Outside the Jabber world, here are some facts about me:
- Studied percussion for 9 years, in a bunch of ensembles, playing at locations from the Royal Festival Hall (London) in the finals of the Festival of Music for Youth (twice), Disney (Paris) to the Coity Primary School Summer Fete ;)
- Self-taught guitarist (around 7 years); I've performed publically on guitar also.
- I had a brief phase as a bass guitarist in gigs.
- I've helped run a Cub Scout pack.
- At various times I've enjoyed rock-climbing and hiking on a weekly basis.
- I've been training in the martial art Tae Kwon-Do for six years, and hold a first degree Black Belt.
- Myself and two friends ran a web design company for a few years while I was at University.
- I have a (1st class honours) BSc in Computer Science from the University of Exeter.
- I have a PhD in Computer Science (Simulated Annealing Techniques for Multi-Objective Evolutionary Optimisation).
- I'm a professional member of the British Computing Society.
- For my day job I do R&D into new techniques for detecting credit card fraud.
- I like pizza.
If necessary I can be reached at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org but who'd use email instead of Jabber? ;)