Invited speakers

  • Antonio Brogi, University of Pisa, Italy

    Title: Service Adaptation [Slides]

    Abstract: Software integration needs to face various kinds of incompatibilities that unavoidably arise when composing services developed by different parties. To overcome signature, behaviour, or security mismatches, various techniques supporting flexible and non-intrusive service adaptation have been developed. In this talk, we will first exemplify the problems and the potential of behaviour adaptation, also when in adverse conditions. We will then try to discuss some of the general issues involved in service adaptation, such as dynamicity, correctness, cross-layerness, and cost.

    Short Biography: Antonio Brogi, Ph.D., is full professor at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Pisa. His research interests include service-oriented computing, coordination and adaptation of software elements, formal methods and design of programming languages. He has published the results of his research in over 140 papers in international journals and conferences. He is currently member of the editorial board of the journals ”Advances in Computer Science and Engineering”, “Computer Languages, Systems and Structures”, and “International Journal of Web Science”, of the steering committee of the CIbSE, ESOCC, FLACOS, and FOCLASA conference series, and he has participated in the program committee of various international conferences in his areas of research. He has been participating as project or site leader in various international research projects. He spent one year as visiting professor at UCLA (USA) and he has spent invited research stays in Spain, Portugal and Peru.

  • Bryan Stephenson, HP Labs, United Kingdom

    Title: Service Management in the Cloud [Slides]

    Abstract: Many of the traditional Service Management capabilities defined by ITIL grow more important as a business moves from getting services from an internal IT department to getting services from multiple external providers over the cloud. But a new approach to service management is needed, which I call "Cloud Service Management". A key part of this is that some rather significant changes to the IT infrastructure need to be pre-approved and performed by software agents instead of people, in response to dynamic and unpredictable changes in workloads, network outages, etc.

    Short Biography: Bryan Stephenson is with Hewlett-Packard since 1988. In particular he has been researcher at Hewlett-Packard Labs, Services Research Lab, from 2006 to 2011 where he led HPL investigation into customer onboarding issues in IT Outsourcing services and he led work with CESAR Research Center in Brazil to create a new cloud service. He also led cloud research with a university partner which won the 2011 IEEE Services Cup. Since 2011 he is Cloud Services Architect at HP Enterprise Business Information Technology, where he is leading work to create the next generation of enterprise-ready cloud services.

  • Paolo Traverso, FBK-ICT, Italy

    Title: Territory-wide People-Centric Services [Slides]

    Abstract: Our vision for the next generation service-oriented and cloud-based applications starts from the consideration that the "territory" can be the key enabler for new value added services. The territory is indeed an ecosystem of different available infrastructures, data sources, organizations, communities, and people living in the territory. Each element of such ecosystem is relevant for the different aspects of our private or business life (such as, e.g., health, welfare, work, mobility, tourism, culture, environment, e-government, etc.). In order to deliver innovative services to people, business and government, all these different elements should not be considered each by itself, but tightly interconnected in a synergic manner constituting a "system of systems". This is a radical shift in the approach for service delivery, where interoperability, integration, and interconnection become main drivers. It is also a radical shift in the relations between the territory and the people living in the territory. The people become "spectators": they are at the same time service consumers, service inventors and data donors. The future service-oriented and cloud-based applications should therefore be based on a "territory-wide service delivery platform", allowing users to play a central role in their relationships with the territorial ecosystem, and interconnecting a plethora of advanced services in different fields related (in broad sense) to human, social, cultural, economic, institutional and environmental development.

    Short Biography: Paolo Traverso is the Director of the Center for Information Technology - IRST at FBK since 2007. The Center counts about 200 people working on software and services, embedded systems, content and semantics, perception and interaction. He is the CEO of Trento RISE (the Trento Research, Innovation, and Education System), the association between FBK and the University of Trento, which is part of the European Institution of Innovation and Technology (EIT) in ICT, the EIT ICT Labs. He joined IRST after working in the advanced technology groups of companies for management information consulting in Chicago, London, and Milan, where he led projects for the development of safety critical systems, data and knowledge management, and service oriented applications. He contributed to research in automated planning and service oriented computing. He was Program Chair of the International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS), General and Program Chair of the International Conference on Service-Oriented Computing (ICSOC), and Program Chair of the Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC). His recent research interests are in the monitoring, adaptation, evolution of service oriented applications, and in the development of new-generation services delivery platforms for improving individual and societal quality of life.

  • John Domingue, Knowledge Media Institute, United Kingdom

    Title: Linked Services for the Web of Data [Slides]

    Abstract: Web services based on standards such as WSDL and SOAP have had a tremendous impact in enterprise settings enabling corporations to organize internal IT systems and expose functionality to trusted collaborators. The story of services on the Web thus far has not been the same. From sites such as [1] we can see that over the last few years there has been practically no growth in the available services based on standard service technologies from the 28,000 seen a few years ago. A higher growth can be seen in Web APIs which use REST-style communications and are typically combined in mashups. Web APIs have proven popular for accessing Web 2.0 applications and platforms such as Facebook. Another trend that we have seen is the ever increasing exposure of data on the Web based on standards such as RDF(S) and SPARQL. Over the last few years this growth has led to a state where 10s of billions of Linked Data statements are now available. The takeup of this technology by governments and major Web and Media players such as Google, Facebook, Yahoo! and the BBC is leading to an emergent Web of Data: a global online resource of machine-processable statements in semantic form. In this talk I will describe work that we have been carrying out in the area which we term "Linked Services" which seeks to connect the spheres of Linked Data and Web services to form a new global computing platform.
    [1] http://webservices.seekda.com/about/web_services

    Short biography: Prof. John Domingue is the Deputy Director of the Knowledge Media Institute at The Open University and the President of STI International, a semantics focused networking organization with over 50 members. He has published over 200 refereed articles in the areas of Artificial Intelligence and the Web and his current work is focused on how semantic technology can automate the management, development and use of Web services. Over the last 6 years John Domingue has served as the Scientific Director for three large European projects covering semantics, services, the Web and business process management. He current serves as Chair of the Steering Committee for the Extended Semantic Web Conference Series, Chair of the OASIS Semantic Execution Environment Technical Committee and Co-Chair of the Conceptual Models of Services Working Group within STI. Within the Future Internet arena he serves as a member of the Future Internet Assembly Steering Committee. The Future Internet Assembly is a collaboration amongst over 150 European projects with a combined budget of over half a billion Euros aiming to develop a next-generation Internet. Prof. Domingue also serves on the editorial boards for the Journal of Web Semantics and the Applied Ontology Journal.