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Kerry originally pursued a career in Graphic Design, studying at Randwick Technical College. This was an era when design and layout were done by hand using typesetting mark-up, paste-up and Letraset. Kerry's first job was with the WIN Television Network creating illustrated on-screen graphics, set design, 35mm photography and billboard and newspaper advertising. The position offered the opportunity for research into the newly emerging computer graphics field.

Regularly liaising with printers for the production of promotional material led to a position in the printing industry in order to better understand the medium for which the artwork was being produced. This gave Kerry first hand experience in plate making and computer typsetting. The position also offered experience in customer relations and sales. Applying these skills Kerry followed a career path into advertising and corporate design either working directly for companies or indirectly through advertising and design firms.

The skills required of Graphic Designers became more computer oriented and far more diverse. Kerry's work required digital photo retouching, vector graphics, 3D animation, multimedia authoring and web design. After many years of study and work in these areas Kerry was asked to set up a multimedia department for Forte Marketing and Design to produce television commercials, interactive multimedia and websites.

Kerry taught himself HTML, JavaScript and ASP but there came a point when it was all becoming information overload. Like the printing industry, Kerry sought to understand the medium for which he was designing and untook a Undergraduate Degree in Internet Science and Technology at the University of Wollongong. During his study Kerry became interested in the field of artificial intelligence and its emerging role in the internet. Having successfully graduated with a distinction he focused his study on the semantic web, successfully graduating with first grade honours.

Kerry has now completed a PhD in Computer Science at the University of Wollongong in which he developed a framework for semantic effect annotation of business process models. The framework is intended to integrate business process modelling with semantic web services and provide a platform with which semi-automated reasoning can be performed at design time. The reasoning capabilities will provide a mechanism for analysing process change, process compliance and strategic alignment.

Kerry has lectured on Software Development Methods and Tools for one semester and co-lectured on Database Design and Implementation for another semester at the University of Wollongong. The material has been primarily focused around object oriented programming.

Kerry's research work into reasoning about action and knowledge representation includes the development of a tool called ProcessSEER (Semantic Effect Evaluation and Reasoning). ProcessSEER is programmed in Java as a plug-in for the BPMN modelling tool within the Eclipse SOA Tools Platform. The tool allows business process analysts to annotate semantic effects to activities in a process model which can then be used in many analysis tasks such as compliance checking and decision support. ProcessSEER is being designed to integrate with semantic web services so that annotated process models can be easily translated into service choreographies. The ProcessSEER tool has also been used to model and annotate patient care procedures for the Wollongong Cancer Care Centre. The tool is being tested with patient scheduling software to dynamically change process scheduling based around effect annotation of clinical process models.