Service Computing in the Clouds: What Are the Research Challenges?

We have now fully entered the era of web applications and services championed by services such as Amazon Web Services, for example. Computing has evolved towards a service paradigm. Processing units and storage are managed in data centers whose architecture (clusters or grid) is transparent to the users and programmers. Both desktop and mobile multimedia applications are accessed from the web anytime anywhere.
An unenthusiastic computer scientist could claim that there is nothing new under the sun since RPC (Remote Procedure Call). Therefore, this panel will try and shed a light on the research questions raised by this new technological ecosystem and by various scenarios for its evolution.

Panel Chair

Stéphane Bressan
National University of Singapore

Stéphane Bressan is Associate Professor in the Computer Science department of the School of Computing (SoC) at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He joined the National University of Singapore in 1998. He is also adjunct Associate Professor at Malaysia University of Science and Technology (MUST) since 2004.

He graduated in 1987 with a degree in Computer Science, Electronics and Process Automation from the Ecole Universitaire D'Ingénieurs de Lille (France) and received his Master and his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 1988 and 1992, respectively, from the Laboratoire D'informatique Fondamentale of the University of Lille.

In 1990, Stéphane joined the European Computer-industry Research Centre (ECRC) of Bull, ICL, and Siemens in Munich (Germany). From 1996 to 1998, he was research associate at the Sloan School of Management of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Stéphane's research interest is the integration and management of information from heterogeneous, distributed and autonomous information sources. In his current projects he investigates the integration and privacy preservation of information in Web2.0 applications, and the integration and management of business process definitions.

Stéphane is author and co-author of more than 100 papers. His results have been published and presented at various occasions including the 1995 G7 summit on the Information Society, the 1995, 1997 and 2000 ACM-SIGMOD conference on the management of data, the 1996, 2000 and 2008 conference on Extending DataBase Technology, the 2002 ICDE international conference on data engineering and the 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2007 DEXA conference on Database and Expert Systems Applications.

Stéphane contributes to the dissemination of results in and outside his research community in participating in the organization of international conferences, workshops, and in contributing to the editorial boards of journals. He is member of program and editorial committees of several conferences and journals including the 2002 ACM SIGMOD conference on the management of data, the 2003 and 2008 ICDT international conference on database theory and the 2004 VLDB international conference on very large databases. He has been the program committee chair of the 1999 to 2005 iiWAS international conferences, of the 2006 DEXA international conference and co-general chair of the 2005 VLDB XSym symposium. He has been solicited to act as an external reviewer for numerous journals, conferences, and workshops.

Stéphane is member of the XML working group of the Singapore Information Technology Standards Committee (ITSC) and advisory member of the executive committee of the XML user group of Singapore (XMLone). He is also co-founder of Geofoto Pte Ltd and was adviser to the founders of Netxylem Pte Ltd.

Panel Keynote Speakers

Prof. Won Kim
Lifetime Professor and IT Vice President
Kyungwon University
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Prof. Won Kim is currently a lifetime professor and IT vice president at the Kyungwon University in S. Korea. He is also a senior advisor with Xener Systems, Inc. in Seoul, S. Korea. His current research umbrella is social computing architecture, which includes such subjects as social Web sites, Internet search engine architecture, Web mining, cloud computing, networked embedded systems, and HCI usability.

Mounir Mokhtari
IPAL CNRS (Image & Pervasive Access Lab)
Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R)
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Dr. Mounir Mokhtari is an Associate Professor at Institut TELECOM in France. He recently joined IPAL French-Singaporean joint Lab. (CNRS, NUS, I2R, UJF) as a full time research member.

Frank Dignum
Intelligent Systems Group
Institute of Information and Computing Sciences
Utrecht University
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Dr. F. Dignum is an authority in the area of deontic logic and computer science, agent technology and agents for serious games. He is well known for his work on formal frameworks for normative behavior. These frameworks are incorporated in agent based simulations involving normative behavior. They are also used in the area of flexible and robust service oriented architectures to facilitate business transactions.

Madjid Fathi
Institute of Knowledge Based System & Knowledge Management
University of Siegen
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Prof. Madjid Fathi is the Chair of Institute of Knowledge Based System & Knowledge Management at the University of Siegen in Germany. He is also Director of Center for Knowledge Management and Intelligent System – KMIS at the same University and associate Editor of 5 International Journals and senior Member of IEEE. He has established the International Conference on Knowledge Management for Composites Material, Nano-Technology and Fuel Cell Technology as an annual meeting. He did his college at the RWTH Aachen in Germany and his M. Sc. in Computer Science at the University of Dortmund in Germany. He did his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Dortmund and his Habilitation in Computer Science at the University of Ilmenau Germany.