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simulation, Bill became involved in
HMS, which was part of the larger research consortium (IMS, Multiagent
Systems, and Intelligent and Distributed Enterprise Systems), hence the
new name for his lab at SFU.
I was fortunate to be involved with
many of his projects, many of which
were funded with National Sciences
and Engineering Research Council of
Canada grants and involved collaboration with the National Research Council of Canada and a number of different
domestic and international partners,
both in academia as well as in industrial sectors. All projects involved both
deep theoretical aspects of simulation,
optimization, multiagent systems, system design, and architecture as well as
practical applications in the industry,
cutting across a variety of industrial
sectors leading to projects and theses
for undergraduate, graduate, doctoral,
and postdoctoral researchers. And, as
many of you know, his latest adventure
was to apply many of these principles
of intelligent and distributed systems
to the stock market.
It is important that you have this
technical backdrop of Bill's career to
understand the other side-the personal side. What made these developments possible was Bill's deep desire
to learn, and learn he did from wherever and whomever he could. This is
a primary quality of a good teacher.
A good teacher must first be a good
student, a good learner, who is always
expanding his own horizons and leading others to open up to new vistas
and new possibilities. This openness
to ideas is the key legacy Bill has left
for his colleagues, collaborators, students, and all who had an opportunity
to work with him.
Now, learning requires a number
of other qualities; just being open
is a good starting point, but it is not
enough. Here are other qualities Bill
practiced and imparted to those who
worked with him:
◆ being able to focus and listen-
those of you who had an opportunity to interact with Bill will have
noticed that, even in casual conversations, he always was fully at-

he has left a deep message-and that
tentive when someone was speakmessage is to remind us all that our
ing with him
journey is from an idea to the ideal.
◆ being respectful when asking quesWithout an ideal, an idea is of no use.
tions or listening to explanations
When we look at the world, we see
◆ trusting others-over the years,
this everywhere. Everyone is chasing
we did a number of projects toideas, but very few are making a delibgether that required us to wait for
erate and purposeful effort to reach
e-mail or telephone responses.
for an ideal. That is why I felt that it
Sometimes those did not come
would be much more valuable to stop
when expected, and Bill's position
and take time to look at this silent
always was, "Well, they must be
legacy Bill left us through life lessons.
busy and thinking still. They will
Let me use an incidence to illustrate.
come back. I am sure." This clearAt one International Manufacturly showed that he was not judging
ing Systems Consortium meeting in
or doubting others.
Europe, my wife and daughter ac◆ being humble and willing to be
companied me. Since Bill had introwrong-because when we are not
duced me to the group, he took it upon
prepared to be wrong, our own
himself to make sure that we were
learning stops
comfortable and well looked after.
◆ having self-confidence-this is very
When we had a day off from the concritical because self-confidence is
ference, my wife and I decided to visit
what provides the grounding, the
Florence. Normally, Bill always made
roots, the foundation for growth.
a point to be with us to ensure that evDuring his career, Bill interacted with
erything would go well. But this time,
people from many different cultures,
we thought that we
in many different cawould venture out
pacities in industry,
on our own. So, at
academia, and, of
This openness to
breakfast when he
course, the IEEE, and
ideas is the key
asked us about our
these are the qualiplans for the day,
ties that allowed
legacy Bill has left
we just gave some
him to continually
for his colleagues,
v a g u e a n s we r s ,
grow in his knowlcollaborators,
skipped out, took a
edge and stature.
students, and
train to Florence,
Learning is a
visited a few places,
continuous process.
all who had an
and ended up at the
Technical knowlopportunity to
famous statue of
edge is necessary
work with him.
David. After admirbut as new technical
ing the art for some
knowledge emerges,
ti me we tu r ned
which is happening
around, and bang, Bill was standing
all the time and at an accelerated rate,
right behind us! He had remembered
old knowledge tends to be forgotten.
from a conversation from the previSometimes old knowledge needs to be
ous night that Florence had come up
forgotten because new knowledge reas a possibility for a visit and decided
places old theories. But, these personto take a chance that he would find us
al skills never become old and are the
there. There are numerous such incionly ones that serve as a solid foundadences, but the life lesson was to take
tion for one's personal growth. And,
responsibility completely, wholewithout the foundation of personal
heartedly, and joyfully. That was Bill.
growth, one's professional growth can
In conclusion, while Bill's iDEA
only be temporary and limited.
lab is physically located at SFU, its
This is what allowed Bill to transinfluence was worldwide. I know this
form his research laboratory at SFU
because we traveled together to Chifrom the initial robotics research to
na, Japan, India, Europe, and parts
the iDEA Lab. But, even in that name
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