During her tenure as Director of Operations, Anne oversaw all of CommerceNet’s administration, finance, human resources, and facilities.

Prior to CommerceNet, Ms. Ferris worked for BENS (Business Executives for National Security) as a regional director.  She also had her own consulting company which was launched from an Executive Director role at SoftBank Expos.  

Ms. Ferris holds a BA in Communications from Marquette University.

Yuan Kang is a PhD student in the Intrusion Detection Systems Lab at Columbia University. His research involves a variety of topics in security including anonymity, embedded system security and insider attack detection.

At CommerceNet (Summer 2013), he was working with Allan Schiffman and Jeff Shrager on maintaining the privacy of patients who share sensitive medical information, without impeding the health care providers’ ability to use the data to perform their duties.

Alegria was a CommerceNet Intern in 2012.  She worked with Allan Schiffman on data privacy project: “Blend-me-in: privacy-preserving techniques for personalized information services.”

She is a PhD candidate at the Department of Informatics at the University of California, Irvine and a member of the Institute of Software Research. Her advisor is Professor Richard N. Taylor.

Alegria research interests are in Software Architecture and Design, specifically in the evolving and decentralized architecture of Web applications, with focus in the e-commerce domain. Her current work is on the qualitative evaluation of e-commerce architectures, on the integration of e-commerce components—negotiation, contracts, and workflow—and to follow, the experimentation with the COAST infrastructure (refer to projects section) for implementing application prototypes.

Yang was at CommerceNet in 2005, collaborating with Kragen Sitaker on a Web-based, decentralized personalization engine with a built-in privacy protection mechanism based on bloom filters. Yang is now an Assistant Professor at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies.   He is also an affiliated faculty member in the Institute of Software Research (ISR) at the University of California, Irvine.

Michael was a visiting scientist during 2007 – 2008, designing and building prototypes for CollabRx, a Web-based software platform that supports collaboration among scientists working on therapy development.

Mike is currently Principal Software Engineer and Lead Ontologist at Quixey. Prior to joining Quixey, he had a lead role in a variety of software companies building tools for knowledge management in the life sciences. He was a member of SRI’s Bioinformatics Research Group where he worked on tools for for metabolic engineering and synthetic biology tools. He likes to work in the intersection of complex knowledge representation and user interface design.

He holds degrees in Mathematics and Media Arts and Sciences from MIT, where he did research on artificial life, learning environments, and agent-based computing at the Media Laboratory.  His work focuses on the intersection of knowledge representation, visualization, and discovery.  An experienced interaction designer, he has exhibited interactive installations at the SIGGRAPH Art Show and the Boston Computer Museum.  He has held research positions at MIT AI Laboratory, IBM, and the Centre Mondial in Paris.

Positions and papers may be found here.


Kragen was at CommerceNet from August 2004 – January 2006 and worked on a number of projects, including Wowbar and microformats.

Adam joined CommerceNet in 2004 as the director of Open Source initiatives, collaborating on several projects, including microformats and Mod-PubSub. He left in 2005 to start Renkoo, where he currently serves as CEO.

Joyce focused on Dojo and Mod-PubSub while at CommerceNet in 2005. She went on to co-found Renkoo with Adam Rifkin and is currently the company’s chief technology officer.

Ryan was at CommerceNet during 2006 and focused on Zocalo. He’s now an associate professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the associate director of the EBEL laboratory.

Rohit was director of research from February 2004 – September 2006, supporting CommerceNet’s engineering entrepreneurship and investment activities, working on microformats, and recruiting an R&D team that focused on decentralized commerce. Rohit recently sold his company, Angstro (a CommerceNet portolio company) to Google and has taken a job at the Internet giant.