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Opher Etzion is a research staff member and the manager of the active management technology group in IBM Research Laboratory in Haifa, Israel, and a visiting research scientist at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. He received BA degree in Philosophy from Tel-Aviv University and Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Temple University, Prior to joining IBM in 1997, he has been a faculty member at the Technion, where he has served as the founding head of the information systems engineering area and graduate program. Prior to his graduate studies, he held professional and managerial positions in industry and in the Israel Air-Force, receiving the air-force highest award in 1982. His research interests include active technology (active databases and beyond), temporal databases, middleware systems and rule-base systems. He is a member of the editorial board of the IIE Transactions Journal, was a guest editor in the Journal of Intelligent Information Systems in 1994, and a guest editor in the International Journal of Cooperative Information Systems (2001). He served as a coordinating organizer of the Dagstuhl seminar on Temporal databases in 1997, has been the coeditor of the book "Temporal Databases - Research and Practice" published by Springer-Verlag, in 2000 he has been program chair of CoopIS'2000, and demo and panel chair of VLDB'2000. He also served in many conferences program committees (e.g. VLDB, ICDE, ER) as well as national committees and has been program and general chair in the NGITS workshop series.

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