Dr Robert F Williams
Robert has over 35 years experience in the Information Systems industry, as a practitioner, researcher and lecturer. He has extensive experience in systems analysis and design and programming, on a variety of mainframe, mini and personal computers, and a variety of operating systems and programming languages. Applications he has worked with include mathematical, statistical, bridge and road engineering, financial and educational systems including automated essay grading systems. He has published a number of articles on system users' personalities and satisfaction, decision support systems, and automated essay grading systems. Robert holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Australia with a double major in mathematics and economics, a Graduate Diploma in Computing from the Western Australian Institute of Technology, a Master of Information Systems from Curtin University, and Doctor of Philosophy in automated essay grading from Curtin University.
Dr Heinz V Dreher
Heinz is a retired Professor of Informatics at an Australian university. He has published in the educational technology and information systems domains through conferences, journals, invited talks and seminars; was chief investigator on Australian National Competitive Grant funded projects for a 4-year E-Learning project and a 4-year project on Automated Essay Grading technology development, trial usage and evaluation; has received numerous industry grants for investigating hypertext based systems in training and business scenarios; and is
an experienced and accomplished teacher, receiving awards for his work in cross-cultural awareness and course design.
In 2004 he was appointed Adjunct Professor for Computer Science at TU Graz, Austria, and continues to collaborate in teaching and learning and research projects with European partners.
Collaborating with Bob Williams he co-invented the Automated Essay Grading system under commercialization by Blue Wren Software.