Tal ShalifEmail: tal
Program management, cultural liaison, support, software globalization, etc. In the ideal role I would be able to utilize my technical experience and my knowledge of open source and IT standards for others' benefit.
Open Source ProgrammingVolunteer (Gambia/Israel)
March 2006 - Present
During this period I developed a speech synthesis framework and a Firefox extension enabling blind people to navigate the web.
IT System ManagerYMCA, Computer Training Centre - volunteer (Gambia)
February 2005 - January 2006
Manage the computer training centre and the entire organization's IT infrastructure.
Skills and challenges during this assignment:
- Line management of 5 national staff
- Wired/Wireless network implementation
- Use policy enforcement
- Setup of organizational IT services (Groupware, Email, Web server, issue tracking, Samba/LDAP accounts, etc.)
- Computer hardware and software setup (OS installation, disk cloning, etc.)
- Training of YMCA staff and students
Internationalization (I18N) Software EngineerBusiness Objects (France)
December 2002 - September 2004
In the Business Object Product Group's I18N team, my duties were:
- Maintain and enhance the core internationalization framework (C++/Java)
- Provide I18N expertise to other developers/managers
- Correct I18N/L10N related bugs/issues
- Configuration management
Programming languages/tools/APIs: ICU, XML/XSLT, Java, C++, Perl, Clearcase
Cultural Liaison/InterpreterColor Chip Israel (Japan)
February 2002 - July 2002
Act as a part-time translator and consultant for an Israeli company seeking partnership with a local Japanese manufacturer.
Invited Technical ResearcherAdvanced Telecommunications Research (Japan)
February 2002 - July 2002
Working on the ESP (Expressive Speech Processing) project with the speech group, my role was to implement a unit-based speech synthesis engine in Java.
Programming languages/tools/APIs: C++/JNI, Swig, Castor JDO, XML serialization, JSAPI/SSML, JDBC, Postgresql, Forte (netbeans), Ant, Jython, AspectJ
Programmer/System AdministratorAdvanced Telecommunications Research (Japan)
September 1998 - November 2001
During this period I was assigned to the NLP (Natural Language Processing) group. My duties where to maintain and extend an NLP parser, write tools, manage source and data revisions and provide administration support to group members.
Programming languages/tools/APIs: XML, C++, CORBA, Java, Python, Tcl, SWIG, Bonsai & Thinderbox
Software Internationalizing/localization ContractorSun Microsystems (Ireland/USA)
June 1997 - April 1998
- Implement the CTL (Complex Text Layout) engine specifications of Bi-directional locales in C++ to go into the Solaris Operating System.
- Maintain Locale data.
- Coordinate font acquisition.
Software EngineerElectronic Imaging Technologies (Israel)
November 1995 - June 1997
- Software internationalizing
- Write CAM Tool file parsing/configuring utility
- Set up group developing environment (Makefiles, CVS)
Japanese (Fluent/JLPT-Level 1)
French (Newspaper, Daily Conversation)
- Bachelor in Commerce, Japanese and Marketing, September 1994, Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia.
Dual Australian/Israeli nationality
Born in Israel, 1966
Contact InformationTal Shalif
7 York Steiner St.
Tel Aviv, Israel
Telephone: [+33] (0)1-70-61-39-11 (Global Forwarding/Voicemail)