OSCOM Committee


Robby Robson Chair
Dr. Robby Robson is a researcher, entrepreneur, and standards professional who is co-founder and CEO of Eduworks Corporation and serves as a member of the IEEE Standards Association Board of Governors and as chair of the IEEE Standards Education Committee as well as the Open Source Committee and IEEE Computer Society Standards Activity Board Standards Committee. He has contributed to areas ranging from pure mathematics to web-based learning, digital libraries, and applications of AI to learning systems and has been involved in developing interoperability and data standards and open source technology related to learning, education, training, and workforce development for over 20 years. His recent efforts focus on applying AI and open data to provide talent analytics insights and enable rapid, effective, and equitable reskilling for workers.
Hong Phuc Dang
Hong Phuc is the founder of FOSSASIA, an organization that strives to improve people’s lives through sharing open technologies and fostering global connections and sustainable production. She serves a member of the IEEE Standards Association Board of Governors and as vice chair of the Open Source Committee. She is also a board member of the Open Source Business Alliance and the Open Source Initiative. Beside her contributions in the global open source community, she also supports companies in their technology transition to open source and innersource development models. In recent years, she has focused on bringing open source hardware into production at scale with the pocket science lab project as an example.
Dr. W. Charlton (Chuck) Adams, Jr.
Chuck is a Distinguished Standards Strategist for Futurewei Technologies. An IEEE Senior Life Member, he has been actively engaged in the IEEE-SA’s global advancement in governance, standards development, and open source strategy for two decades. Chuck served as the IEEE SA President (2008 – 2011) and coordinated the founding of the IEEE SA Corporate Advisory Group, with the goal of integrating and expanding industry and entity community involvement within Asia, Europe, and developing communities. Expanding IEEE SA's global awareness included Open Source, industry association collaboration, Life Cycle standardization, and expanded global cross-industry programs. Chuck has served on the IEEE-SA Board of Governors, Standards Board, Corporate Advisory Group Board, and the ISTO Board. A member of the IEEE Computer and IEEE Communications Societies, he engaged in the initiation of the IEEE SA Open Source strategy, IoT Strategy, Future Communications strategy, Smart Grid cross industry strategy, and vertical industry engagement strategy; and has participated in several developmental programs, including Blockchain / Smart Cities / Smart Grid / Edge-Cloud / IoT activities within the IEEE-SA. Chuck’s 40-year career with IBM included worldwide standards management, intellectual property coordination, and global open source policy development. He was responsiblie for developing and implementing IBM’s open source business model.
Cat Allman
Cat cares about helping people and their communities develop and meet their goals. She has worked on open source, interdisciplinary innovation and creating successful events for more than 25 years, including 15 years at Google working on programs including Google Summer of Code and Sci Foo. Her startup experience includes Mt Xinu, Pilot Network Services and Sendmail Inc. She has given talks on a variety of subjects in the US, Europe and Asia, and co-organized conferences including the 1st Open Source Track at Grace Hopper Women in Computing, Sustain!, Sci Foo, and Education & Lifelong Learning Foo. Her board/committee and jury service includes the FreeBSD Foundation,, IEEE Standards Association Open Source Committee (OSCom),, Advisory Board of PSU Digital Cities Testbed Center and the 2018 UNESCO Hackathon at FOSSAsia in Singapore.
Dennis Brophy
Dennis Brophy is director of strategic business development in the Design Verification Technology group at Siemens EDA where he manages a global interoperability program to promote product integrations with the company’s functional verification products. He manages group standardization strategy and has a long history of successful collaboration with industry peers for end user benefit. Dennis has been in the electronic design automation industry for the past 41 years. He was first with Hewlett-Packard for five years where, as a software engineer, he worked on early PCB design automation systems and later became a product manager and launched HP’s electronic design automation services business. He then joined Mentor Graphics, now Siemens EDA, where he has held several positions the past 36 years. Dennis received a B.S. from the University of California at Davis in electrical engineering and computer engineering.
Stephen Walli
Stephen is a principal program manager at Microsoft in the Azure Office of the CTO. He's consulted at Docker, been a Distinguished Technologist at Hewlett-Packard, technical director at the Outercurve Foundation, founded a start-up, and been a writer and consultant. He has been around open source software for 30+ years. He is governing board chair for the Confidential Computing Consortium, Microsoft board member to the Eclipse Foundation (and Board alternate for the Linux Foundation), and an IEEE Standards working group chair (P3190). He is adjunct Faculty at Johns Hopkins University teaching open source software engineering.
Sarah Womer
Sarah Womer is an Open Source Intelligence practitioner with over 20 years of experience, including time as an OSINT tutor and teacher, production manager, researcher, editor, and analyst. She also is an advocate and user of Open Source. She is a Senior Analyst with Plessas Experts Network Inc. In the past she worked as the lead OSINT instructor for the 304th MI Bn at Fort Huachuca. She developed course curricula and was the primary lead to their academic OSINT production cell which wrote, edited, and published multiple OSINT products and news summaries-in addition to instructing soldiers. Several of her authored reports were highlighted by the mass media – such as her October 16, 2008 draft report entitled “Sample Overview: al Qaida-Like Mobile Discussions & Potential Creative Uses” that contained a section projecting terrorist use of Twitter. She deployed with the Coalition Provisional Authority during the invasion of Iraq in 2003 as a media analyst in Baghdad and was a media advisor and analyst in support to the U.S. Public Affairs Office at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh in 2002. Sarah also supported the U.S. Department of State to the Strategic Communications Office after September 11, 2001 to assist in a counter extremism program and to provide research support to their counter disinformation team. She also has delivered guest lectures and produced a few publications that stress terrorist and criminal use of the Internet.