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Computer programming expert to speak at Ohio University

ATHENS, Ohio (Oct. 27, 2005) -- A leading authority on the computer programming language Java will present a free public lecture at Ohio University on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 2:10 p.m. in Stocker Center 103.

Kelvin Nilsen is the chief technology officer for Aonix, a leading global supplier of solutions for mission-critical applications. His talk, "Delivering the Benefits of Java to Real-Time Developers," will cover how in the traditional information technology marketplace, Java has been widely adopted as the preferred replacement for programming languages C and C++ because it reduces development and maintenance costs and offers superior reliability, flexibility and generality.

Early experiments with real-time Java technologies showed that Java can satisfy real-time constraints. However, many of the Java development techniques that are required to address real-time requirements impose tradeoffs that compromise traditional Java benefits.

Nilsen will summarize key issues and describe real-time development methodologies that combine the traditional strengths of Java with the ability to achieve reliable compliance with both hard and soft real-time constraints.

Nilsen received his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Arizona in 1988 and served eight years as a research faculty member at Iowa State University. In 1996, he left academics to found NewMonics, the first company to market with a commercial real-time virtual machine product. In 2003, Aonix acquired NewMonics.

The lecture is hosted by the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology as part of the Center for Intelligent, Distributed and Dependable Systems' colloquium series.

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Media Contact: Russ College Director of External Relations Colleen Girton, (740) 593-1488 or girtonc@ohio.edu, or Media Specialist Jack Jeffery, (740) 597-1793 or jefferyj@ohio.edu

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