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2011 Joint Panels (CLOUD & ICWS & SCC & SERVICES)

CLOUD & ICWS & SCC & SERVICES 2011 will organize a set of panels, centered on the theme "Cloud Computing" but focusing on different aspects. 

Panel 1 (Plenary): The Federal Cloud

Panel 2 (Plenary): Science in Cloud Computing

Panel 3 (Lunch Plenary Industry Panel): Enterprise Clouds vs. Commodity Clouds: Divergence or Convergence

Panel 4: Security in Cloud

Panel 5: Opportunities of Services Business in Cloud Age

Panel 6: Towards Omnificent Multimodal Situation-Aware Services


Panel 1 (Plenary): The Federal Cloud (10:00-11:30am, 7/7/2011, Thursday)

Moderator: Simon Liu, Director of The National Agricultural Library (NAL), USA

  • Chris Smith, CIO of USDA, USA
  • Linda Cureton, CIO of NASA, USA
  • George Strawn, CIO of NSF, also Director of NITRD, USA


The federal government is moving toward the cloud. Cloud computing presents a new computing paradigm and different business opportunity.  The promise of on-demand services delivering computing platforms, storage, network, common infrastructure and applications over the Internet, the way utilities provide electricity, has federal officials looking for ways to leverage the technology and seize the opportunity. In fact, cloud computing is fundamental to Obama Administration’s technology strategy to improve IT efficiency, increase IT effectiveness, reduce IT costs, facilitate open access, and promote open government.

While the transition to cloud computing seems inevitable in the federal government, many obstacles such as security, privacy, performance, reliability exist. Specific doubts remain that externally controlled cloud services can be adequately protected and federal agencies are carefully analyzing industry offerings to ensure adequate security and privacy. Transition to the cloud in the federal government is a complex endeavor with many challenges. The Federal Cloud Panel assembles five top federal IT executives to share their views on the why, when, what, and how of their cloud journey. Specifically, they will discuss and address the following important topics:

  • Federal agencies’ strategic approach to cloud computing.
  • The state and trends of cloud computing implementation in federal agencies.
  • Challenges federal agencies face today and how cloud computing helps to address these challenges.
  • Benefits federal agencies realized by deploying cloud solutions.
  • Metrics federal agencies used to measure performance and calculate the ROI.
  • Major challenge is the cloud computing deployment in the federal government.
  • Highlights of successful cloud computing projects in the federal government.
  • Best practices to enable a successful cloud computing project in the federal government.
  • Lessons learned from cloud computing projects in the federal government.
  • Perspectives on cloud computing evolution in the federal government over the next five years.
Attendees of the Federal Cloud Panel will leave with abundant ideas, examples, practices, tips, and lessons learned they can apply immediately to leveraging the cloud, helping them to improve performance, reduce cost, and increase the agility and scalability of their Enterprise IT capacities to support enterprise mission, business and operations.

About the moderator:
Dr. Liu is the Director of the National Agricultural Library (NAL). Prior to that, he was an Associate Director and Director of Information Systems at the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the Acting Director of Information Management and Security at the Department of Justice, the Chief Information System Architect at the Treasury Department, and a program manager in the private sector.

Dr. Liu holds two doctorate degrees, in Computer Science and Higher Education Administration, from George Washington University, a Master of Arts degree in Government from Johns Hopkins University, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Maryland, a
Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Indiana University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Chun-Yuan University, Taiwan.

Dr. Liu has taught courses at four universities including Johns Hopkins University, the University of Maryland, George Washington University, and the University of Maryland University College. He is the Editor-in-Chief of an information technology magazine and an editor of an information technology journal. Dr. Liu has published more than 60 book chapters, journal articles, and conference papers and has served as a speaker of numerous conferences, workshops, and seminars.

About the Panelists:

Chris Smith serves as the Chief Information Officer for USDA with executive leadership responsibility for all USDA Information Technology Investments, Operations and Management.  Mr. Smith provides leadership for USDA's IT Architecture, IT Policy, Cyber Security Operations and the Department's operational portfolio including Network, Enterprise Data Centers, International Technology Services, and Innovations group.

Mr. Smith joined OCIO in January 2008 and served as Associate Chief Information Officer for
Integration and Operations and Deputy Chief Information Officer position to coordinate the efforts of OCIO operations: National Information Technology Center, Telecommunications Services and Operations, and International Technology Services.

Before joining the OCIO leadership team Mr. Smith served USDA as Chief Information Officer for Rural Development where he provided leadership and executive strategic direction for the Rural Development IT portfolio supporting more than $96 billion in active loans and grants.

Prior to joining Rural Development, Mr. Smith served as the IT Director to the Chief Financial Officer of the United States General Services Administration. In this position, he led shared services IT operations and operated one of four named Financial Management Lines of Business Centers of Excellence and one of four named ePayroll operations within the Federal Government. Additionally, Mr. Smith is a Reserve Air Force Communications Officer who has led multiple tactical communications missions around the globe.

Chris Smith received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Studies and his Master of Public Administration Degree from the University of South Florida. Additionally, Mr. Smith holds a Master of Science Degree in Management Information Systems from George Washington University.

Linda Y. Cureton is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). As NASA CIO, she provides the requisite leadership to transform the management of information technology (IT) capabilities and services to support and enable NASA’s mission. She ensures that the Agency's information resource management (IRM) strategy is in alignment with NASA's vision, mission, and strategic goals. Accordingly, Ms. Cureton ensures the development of integrated IRM strategies, including standards, policies, NASA  Enterprise Architecture, IT security, management, and operations. She has the responsibility, authority and
accountability for ensuring that NASA's information assets are selected, controlled and evaluated consistent with federal policies, procedures, and legislation.

Ms. Cureton was appointed as the NASA CIO in September 2009. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Linda Y. Cureton served as the CIO of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) and led the Information Technology and Communications Directorate. As the GSFC CIO, Ms. Cureton was responsible for ensuring that GSFC's information assets are acquired and managed consistent with Agency and Federal Government policies. She was responsible for ensuring that the Center's Information Technology strategy aligns with NASA's vision, mission, and strategic goals.

Prior to her arrival at GSFC, Ms. Cureton was the Deputy Chief Information Officer of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) and led the Office of Science and Technology as Deputy Assistant Director. The Office of Science and Technology is responsible for providing leadership in the innovative and efficient application of science and technology used to collect, clarify, and communicate information needed to reduce violent crime, collect revenue and protect the public. As the ATF Deputy CIO, she was responsible for ensuring that the use of Information Technology for the Bureau's mission and business requirements fulfill customer and stakeholder needs.

Previously, Ms. Cureton served in executive positions at the Department of Energy and the Department of Justice. As a strong advocate for the practical application of technology, she has served as a member of organizations such as the Government Information Technology Investment Council, the American Council for Technology, and Women in Technology.

Ms. Cureton earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Howard University in 1980 graduating magna cum laude with a major in Mathematics and a minor in Latin. She also received a Master of Science Degree in Applied Mathematics from Johns Hopkins University in 1994, and a Post-Master's Advanced Certificate in Applied Mathematics from Johns Hopkins University in 1996. She performed extensive research in numerical analysis and has been published in the "Journal of Sound and Vibration."

Dr. George O. Strawn is the Director of the National Coordination Office (NCO) for the Federal government’s multiagency Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program. He also serves as the Co-Chair of the NITRD Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council. The NCO reports to the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) within the Executive Office of the President.

Dr. Strawn is on assignment to the NCO from the National Science Foundation (NSF),  where he  most recently served as Chief Information Officer (CIO). As the CIO for NSF, he guided the agency 
in the development anddesign of innovative information technology, working to enable the NSF staff and the international community of scientists, engineers, and educators to improve business practices and pursue new methods of scientific communication, collaboration, and decision-making.

Prior to his appointment as NSF CIO, Dr. Strawn served as the executive officer of the NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) and as Acting Assistant Director for CISE. Previously, Dr. Strawn had served as the Director of the CISE Division of Advanced Networking Infrastructure and Research, where he led NSF’s efforts in the Presidential Next Generation Internet Initiative. During his years at NSF, Dr. Strawn was an active participant in activities of the interagency IT R&D program that is now called NITRD.

Prior to coming to NSF, Dr. Strawn was a Computer Science faculty member at Iowa State University (ISU) for a number of years. He also served there as Director of the ISU Computation Center and Chair of the ISU Computer Science Department. Under his leadership, ISU became a charter member of MIDNET, a regional NSFNET network; he led the creation of a thousand-workstation academic system based on an extension of the MIT Athena system; and the ISU Computer Science department was accredited by the then-new Computer Science Accreditation Board.

Dr. Strawn received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Iowa State University and his BA Magna Cum Laude in Mathematics and Physics from Cornell College.


Panel 2 (Plenary): Science of Cloud Computing (16:30-18:00, 7/5/2011, Tuesday)

Moderators: Ling Liu, Professor, George Tech, USA; Manish Parashar, IEEE Fellow, Professor, Rutgers University, USA

  • Geoffrey Charles Fox, Indiana University, USA
  • Robert Grossman, University of Chicago, USA
  • Jean-Francois Huard, CTO, Netuitive, Inc., USA
  • Vanish Talwar, HP Labs, USA


Cloud computing as one of the dominating disruptive technologies of the 21st century has penetrated the heart of many enterprises in both business and government world-wide. The amount of investment in cloud computing has continued to grow at an astounding pace in different industry sectors (ranging from computing and IT industry to healthcare, communication, transportation, and retails) across multiple continents. This panel will explore the fundamental research issues underlying cloud computing, i.e., the Science of Cloud Computing. These issues go beyond technical aspects, and include social, legal and economic aspects. The panel will also describe not only how cloud computing is impacting business but also how it is changing the way that science and engineering is done.  This panel will include both academic researchers and industry leaderships. Each panelist will bring their perspective in developing a research agenda for shaping the science of Cloud Computing and the impact of such an endeavor on our society, the growth of the IT industry as a whole and the speed of IT penetration in many fields of science and engineering worldwide in the next 10-20 years.

About the moderators:
Ling Liu is a Professor in the School of Computer Science at Georgia Institute of Technology. There she directs the research programs in Distributed Data Intensive Systems Lab (DiSL), examining various aspects of data-intensive systems with the focus on performance, availability, security, privacy, and energy efficiency. Prof. Liu has published over 300 International journal and conference articles in the areas of databases, distributed systems, and Internet Computing. She is a recipient of the best paper award of ICDCS 2003, WWW 2004, the 2005 Pat Goldberg Memorial Best Paper Award, and 2008 Int. conf. on Software Engineering and Data Engineering. Prof. Liu has served as general chair and PC chairs of numerous IEEE and ACM conferences and is a co-EIC of the 5 volume Encyclopedia of Database Systems (Springer). Her current research is primarily sponsored by NSF, IBM, and Intel.

Manish Parashar is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rutgers University. He is also the founding Director of the Center for Autonomic Computing and The Applied Software Systems Laboratory (TASSL), and Associate Director of the Rutgers Center for Information Assurance (RUCIA). He is currently serving as Program Director in the Office of Cyberinfrastructure (OCI) at the US NSF. Manish received his Ph.D. degree from Syracuse University. His research interests are in the broad area of Applied Parallel and Distributed Computing and Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering. He is Fellow of IEEE and Senior Member of ACM.

About the Panelists:

Geoffrey Charles Fox received a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from Cambridge University and is now distinguished professor of Informatics and Computing, and Physics at Indiana University where he is director of the Digital Science Center and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies at the School of Informatics and Computing. He has supervised 62 PhD students and published over 600 papers in physics and computer science. He currently works in applying computer science to Bioinformatics, Defense, Earthquake and Ice-sheet Science, Particle Physics and Chemical Informatics. He is PI of FutureGrid – a new facility to enable development of new approaches to computing.

Robert Grossman is a faculty member at the University of Chicago, where he is the Director of Informatics at the Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology, a Senior Fellow at the Computation Institute, and a Professor of Medicine in the Section of Genetic Medicine. His research group focuses on bioinformatics, data mining, cloud computing, data intensive computing, and related areas.  He has published over 150 technical articles in these areas. He is the Founder and a Partner of Open Data Group, which provides strategic consulting and outsourced services in analytics and big data.

Jean-Francois Huard is CTO and VP of Research and Development at Netuitive, Inc., responsible for leading the company’s vision and technology innovation effort. His research and product interest focuses on real-time analytics for large data sets, including, anomaly detection for application performance management, managing the virtual data center and closing the cloud control loop. Previously, Jean-François was Chief Network Architect and VP of Network Engineering at InvisibleHand Networks. He was awarded a Centennial Scholarship by the NSERC of Canada. He received Ph. D. (EE) from Columbia University, USA. 

Vanish Talwar is a principal research scientist at HP Labs - Palo Alto, researching management systems for next generation data centers. His research interests include distributed systems, operating systems, and computer networks, with a focus on management technologies. He received his PhD degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC). Dr. Talwar is a recipient of the David J Kuck Best Masters Thesis award from the Dept. of Computer Science, UIUC, and has numerous patents and papers including a book on utility computing. 


Panel 3 (Lunch Plenary Industry Panel): Enterprise Clouds vs. Commodity Clouds: Divergence or Convergence (7/6/2011, Wednesday)

Moderator: Tony Shan, Chief Cloudologist, Keane/NTT Data, USA

  • Brian Stevens, CTO & VP Engineering at Red Hat
  • Jason Hoffman, Chief Scientist and Founder at Joyent
  • Jim Stikeleather, Chief Innovation Officer, Dell, USA
  • Paul Chemmanoor, CTO at Corporate Executive Board


As Cloud Computing is gaining increasing traction in the complex heterogeneous enterprise environments, there is a battle between building private clouds and leveraging public clouds. More importantly, a key decision point is whether big organizations should construct enterprise clouds, which may be on premises or hosted on public providers' data centers, or large-size firms should migrate to commodity clouds that tend to be more cost effective economically. Are enterprise and commodity clouds moving towards separate directions? Or does the trending lead to combined enterprise commodity clouds? Or will the path become hybrid routes - diverge then converge, or the opposite sequence? What are the key criteria and how to justify objectively? This panel will share the forward-thinking insights and practical forecasts from the industry gurus and field practitioners by anatomizing the potential outlook and predicting the tendency in the short term and long run.

About the moderator:
Tony Shan is a renowned thought leader and technology visionary with ¼ century of experience and guru-level expertise on cutting-edge enterprise computing. Specialized in innovative solutioning by leveraging converged complex technologies and cross-disciplinary practices, he has directed and advised the lifecycle design and buildout of large-scale award-winning distributed systems on diverse platforms in Fortune 50 companies and public sector organizations. He is a regular speaker and organizer in preeminent conferences, a book author, an editor/advisory board of IT research journals, and a founder of several user groups and forums. 

About the Panelists:

Brian Stevens has been a member of Red Hat's senior management team since 2001 and has been critical to the company's enterprise operating system, storage and virtualization strategies. As CTO and Vice President, Engineering, he manages Red Hat's research and development organizations for Linux, virtualization, security, messaging and systems management. Brian was a developer on the first commercial release of the X Windows System at DEC, where he worked for 14 years to become a senior member of technical staff, and was responsible for the architecture and development of the UNIX and clustering product lines.

Jason Hoffman is the Founder and Chief Scientist at Joyent, and served as its CTO for the company’s first 6 years. He is responsible for research and advanced development, technical outreach, evangelism, consultative efforts for partners and business units, and manages Joyent’s intellectual property portfolio. He was once referred to as a “Renaissance engineer” by ZFS creator Jeff Bonwick, and has always used “computers” to solve real problems. Jason taught at the university level for more than a decade, is a prolific speaker and author and a highly-regarded expert on scalable systems. He serves as the Outside Director of the WordPress Foundation, and frequently blogs at Joyeur.

Jim serves as Chief Innovation Officer for Dell Services, the IT services arm of Dell. For more than 25 years, Jim has designed, developed and implemented information and communications technologies that help businesses and institutions succeed.   Organizations worldwide rely on Jim for guidance on digital infrastructures, evaluation of emerging technologies, and strategic guidance on applications.  He participates in international technology standards bodies and has multiple book and industry-article contributions to his credit. Previously, he led technology start-ups and turnarounds as well as the advancement of technology departments within large global enterprises.  He was a founder of the Technical Resource Connection (TRC), which was acquired by Perot Systems in 1996.  Dell acquired Perot Systems in 2009..

Paul Chemmanoor is the Chief Technology Officer at Corporate Executive Board. At C.E.B. He is responsible for strategic IT decisions and leads teams responsible for architecture, security and web platform development. Before joining C.E.B, he worked at Capital One as Director of Application Architecture for Internet facing platforms. Paul has a Bachelor of Engineering in computer science from Karnatak University, a MS in Computers and Telecommunication from George Washington University and a M.B.A. from Darden, University of Virginia.


Panel 4: Security in Cloud (7/6/2011, Wednesday)

Moderator: Billy Cox, Intel, USA

  • Steve Orrin, Intel, USA
  • Daniel Walsh, Red Hat, USA
  • Christopher Day, SVP, Terremark Worldwide, Inc., USA
  • Dennis Moreau, RSA, USA
  • Rear Admiral (USN, RET.) Elizabeth A. Hight, Vice president, Cybersecurity Practice, U.S. Public Sector, HP


Based on articles and surveys, we would assume that if there is a cloud, then there is a security problem. But is this really the case? Certainly, we have to match applications and usages to clouds. But, what does that really mean? This panel will explore the actual barriers to adoption from security, the challenges with audit and compliance, look at best practices for cloud security, and look at the regulatory role in cloud security.

About the moderator:
Since joining Intel in 2007, Billy Cox has been leading the Cloud strategy efforts for the Intel Software and Services Group. In addition to his strategy responsibilities, he is also responsible for the Cloud Builders program. Prior to joining Intel, Billy was Director of Systems Engineering at HP. During his 14 years at HP, he was responsible for the development of all infrastructure management tools used to manage the various server and storage platforms. In his 30+ years of industry experience, Billy has led the design of compute, network, and storage solutions and actively participated in multiple standards efforts.

About the Panelists:

Steve Orrin is Director of Security Solutions, for SSG's SPI group at Intel, Corp. and is responsible for Security Strategy and Pathfinding. Steve joined Intel as part of the acquisition of Sarvega, Inc. where he was their CSO. Steve was previously CTO of Sanctum, a pioneer in Web application security testing and firewall software. Prior to joining Sanctum, Steve was CTO and co-founder of LockStar, Inc. LockStar provided enterprises with the means to secure and XML/Web Service enable legacy mainframe and enterprise applications for e-business. Steve joined LockStar from SynData Technologies, Inc. where he was CTO and chief architect of their desktop e-mail and file security product. Steve was named one of InfoWorld's Top 25 CTO's of 2004 and is a recognized expert and 
frequent lecturer on enterprise security. Steve is a member of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), the Computer Security Institute (CSI), International Association for Cryptographic Research (IACR) and is a co-Founder of WASC (Web Application Security Consortium) and a Co-Founder of the SafeSOA Taskforce. In 2009, Steve was named a fellow at the Center for Advanced Defense Studies.

Daniel Walsh has worked in the computer security field for over 25 years. Dan joined Red Hat in August 2001. He has led the SELinux project, concentrating on the application space and policy development. Previously, Dan worked on Netect/Bindview on HackerShield and BVControl for Unix, Vulnerability Assessment Products.  Prior to this Dan worked for Digital Equipment Corporation on the Athena Project along with designing and developing the AltaVista Firewall and AltaVista Tunnel (VPN) Products. Dan has a BA in Mathematics from the College of the Holy Cross and a MS in Computer Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Christopher Day joined Terremark Worldwide, Inc. in December 2005 as Senior Vice President, Secure Information Services. He is responsible for global information security services provided to Terremark customers both in the commercial and government sectors. Prior to Terremark, Mr. Day was Vice President for SteelCloud, a publicly traded network security product and services firm headquartered in Herndon, Virginia.  Mr. Day was responsible for directing SteelCloud’s investments in advanced technology as well as leading the design and development of SteelCloud’s proprietary security systems.
With over fourteen years in the information security industry and working with Fortune 1000 companies and financial services firms in the United States, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa, Mr. Day has led numerous consulting projects in the areas of security audit, vulnerability assessment, computer forensics, and secure systems design.  Christopher has also been involved with various security incidents dealing with system intrusions, theft of intellectual property, harassment, and fraud including serving as a testifying expert witness.

Dennis Moreau is a specialist in the application of leading edge technologies to the solution of complex problems in the Information Systems and Utility Computing management domains. His primary focus is in addressing advanced threats and developing enterprise/provider scale solutions to improve IT efficiency and effectiveness for service, systems, security and configuration management/optimization. He works actively with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and the Mitre Corporation on the development of security configuration policy compliance standards and serves on the Advisory 

Board for the Open Vulnerability and Assessment Language (OVAL), a key component of the Security Content Automation Program (SCAP).

Dr. Moreau has over than 35 years of experience in evaluating, designing, and implementing complex systems and their management and security infrastructures. Prior to joining RSA’s CTO Office, he was a founder and the Chief Technology Officer for Configuresoft. He was also the Associate Vice President for IT and Chief Technology Officer for Baylor College of Medicine (BCM).  He holds a doctorate in Computer Science and has held faculty positions in Computational Medicine and Computer Science . Dr. Moreau speaks regularly at IT management and security conferences worldwide.

Navy Rear Adm. (Ret.) Elizabeth A. Hight is vice president of HP’s Cybersecurity Practice. In this role, Rear Adm. Hight leads a team of cybersecurity experts to deliver strategic, end-to-end cybersecurity solutions to help HP clients anticipate, overcome and reduce security threats and vulnerabilities while achieving their missions. Rear Adm. Hight joined HP in January 2010 as the director of the U.S. Defense Command and Control Infrastructure Practice, which is designed to assist U.S. defense clients in transforming their IT environments.
Previously, Rear Adm. Hight served as the acting Director of Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and Commander of the Joint Task Force – Global Network Operations (JTF GNO) from July until December 2009. She served as the vice director of the DISA, a worldwide organization of more than 6,600 military and civilian personnel responsible for planning, developing, and providing interoperable, global net-centric solutions that serve the needs of the President, Secretary of Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff, the combatant commanders, the Military Departments and other U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) components from April 2007 until her retirement.

Rear Adm. Hight also served as DISA’s Principal Director for Operations and Deputy Commander, JTF GNO from 2005 to 2007. As Director of Operations, she was responsible for providing command, control, communications, and computer support to the nation’s warfighters. As Deputy Commander, JTF-GNO, Rear Adm. Hight was responsible to United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) for directing the operation and defense of the Global Information Grid (GIG).

Rear Adm. Hight joined the Navy in March 1977. Her first duty station was Naval Communications Area Master Station Western Pacific, Guam, where she was the High-Frequency Receiver Site Division Officer. During her career in the Navy, Rear Adm. Hight served in many roles, including program sponsor for the UHF Satellite Communications Program on the CNO staff, Executive Officer of the Communications Security Material Systems, Assistant Program Manager for the UHF Follow-on communications satellite program and Commanding Officer, Fleet Surveillance Support Command.

In July 1997, she transferred to the Joint Staff/J6 where she served as the Chief, Current Operations Division and then as the Executive Assistant to the Director, C4 Systems. In June 2000, Rear Adm. Hight reported as the U.S. Space Command Liaison Officer to the U.S. European Command, Stuttgart, Germany. In 2001, she reported as the Commanding Officer, Navy Computer and Telecommunications Master Station, Atlantic and the Program Manager for all IT in the mid-Atlantic region. She was transferred to the CNO Staff and served as the Director, Net-Centric Warfare from June 2003 until September 2005.

She is a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College, the Naval Post-graduate School with a master’s degree in telecommunications systems, and George Washington University with a master’s degree in information systems. 


Panel 5: Opportunities of Services Business in Cloud Age (7/8/2011, Friday)

Moderator: Nianjun (Joe) Zhou, PIC Chair of Services Computing, IBM Watson Research Center, USA

  • Ernesto Damiani, Professor, University of Milan, Italy
  • Steve Diamond, General Manager, Industry Standards Office, EMC Corporation, USA
  • Andrzej M Goscinski, Professor, Deakin University, Australia
  • Dejan S. Milojicic, Director, HP Labs, USA
  • Gregor von Laszewski, Indiana University, USA


Cloud computing has taken the information technology industry by storm with the promised of more flexibility, greater agility, and less capital expenditure. Such development provides tremendous opportunities and challenges for economic and enterprise transformation to this new utility-oriented paradigm.

At micro-level, enterprises can leverage cloud computing to enhance efficiency and overcome geographic limitations to compete in a global market.  At macro level, we have to consider cloud computing in development of economic strategy. What new services business is made possible? How can resources are shared globally. The next frontier of services research revolves around making services more standardized, predictable, asset based with the aid from cloud computing.

Today, cloud technologies and their application to services business are advanced on every front of research and development – from low level base system technologies, operational support systems, to high level business support systems. Like all technology fields that are driven by immediate market needs, researchers have ample opportunities to provide cloud enabling technologies.  However, there is not yet consensus on what cloud computing problems may be long-standing and require persistent attention of the research community. 

As Hilbert's famous twenty-three problems in 1900 were influential in shaping 20th century mathematics, we are looking for the ten most interesting problems in services and cloud computing that will shape the research focus in the next 10 years.

About the moderator:
Dr. Nianjun Zhou (Joe) is a research staff member at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. He is serving as PIC (Professional Interest Community) Chair of Services Computing at IBM research. His current research areas mainly focus on services sciences and service computing to achieve IT and services solution optimization. He is leading research for resource estimation and optimization of IT solution and maintenance under global integration environment; and leading a solution framework development using standardized toolset, method, and assets to simplify service engagement.

About the Panelists:
Ernesto Damiani is currently a professor at the Università degli Studi di Milano and the director of the Università degli Studi di Milano’s PhD program in computer science. He has held visiting positions at a number of international institutions, including George Mason University in Virginia, LaTrobe University in Melbourne, Australia, University of Technology in Sydney, Australia and the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées (INSA) at Lyon, France.

Prof. Damiani leads the Software Engineering and Software Architectures Research (SESAR) lab ( that was established in 2003 at the Dipartimento di Tecnologie dell’Informazione of the Università degli Studi di Milano. SESAR researchers have been involved in several projects funded by the EC under FP5 (FASTER), FP6 (PRIME) and FP7 (SecureSCM, PrimeLife). The SESAR lab has also a solid background in the field of empirical software engineering, in system and network security and in the process of development and adoption of open source systems for telecommunications. The lab has been involved in several research projects dealing with best practices in agile and Open Source software development, funded on national and international funds such as the Italian Ministry of Research’s Fund for Basic Research (FIRB).

Prof. Damiani has done extensive research on advanced network infrastructure and distributed systems and protocols, taking part in the design and deployment of secure high-performance networking environments, both as chief scientist and in management positions. His areas of interest include business process representation, Web services security, processing of semi and unstructured information (e.g., XML),  and semantics-aware content engineering for multimedia. Also, he is interested in models and platforms supporting open source development.

He is the chair of the IEEE Conference on Digital Ecosystems (IEEE-DEST), the IFIP Working Conference on Open Source Systems, and the IFIP 2.6 WG on Data Semantics. He is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transaction on Service Oriented Computing, Area Editor of the Journal of System Architecture and a member of various editorial boards. He has published several books and about 200 papers and international patents. His work has appeared, among others, in the IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, the ACM Transactions on Information and System Security, and IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems, as well as in the ACM Transactions on Information Systems and the ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology. He has served and is serving in all capacities on many congress, conference, and workshop committees. Prof. Damiani is a senior member of the IEEE. In 2008 he was nominated ACM Distinguished Scientist and he received the Chester Hall Award for the best paper published in the IEEE Transaction on Consumer Electronics. His current home page is at

Steve Diamond has 30 years of management, marketing, and engineering experience in semiconductors, systems, standards, and software. He is General Manager of the Industry Standards Office and Global Standards Officer at EMC Corporation. Previously he was Director of Cloud Computing Product Operations at Cisco; President of the IEEE Computer Society; VP of Marketing at Equator Technologies; VP of Business Development at Tycho Networks; Director of Strategic Planning and Market Development at National Semiconductor; Director of SPARC Marketing at Sun; Director of Microprocessor Architecture and Applications Engineering at National Semiconductor; and General Manager of the Honeywell/Synertek microprocessor division. He has authored more than 20 technical publications. Steve is a recipient of the IEEE Third Millennium Medal and the Computer Society Golden Core Award.

Professor A. Goscinski has had a long-standing interest in distributed systems, parallel processing, virtualization, autonomic and service computing, and clouds and cloud computing. Since 2004, he has successfully concentrated his research on autonomic grids based on SOA, the abstraction of software and resources as a service, and cloud computing. The major achievement in the area of autonomic grids based on SOA is the development of the concept of a broker that led to its use in clouds. The major achievement in the area of the abstraction of software and resources as a service and cloud computing is the development of the Resource Via Web Services (RVWS) framework that contains service’s dynamic state and characteristics, and service publishing, selection and discovery;  the contribution to level of cloud abstraction in the form of CaaS (Cluster as a Service);
and comparative study of High Performance Computing clouds. The results of this research have been published in the high quality journals and conference proceedings.

Dr. Dejan Milojicic is a senior researcher and director of Open Cirrus Cloud Computing testbed at HP Labs (1998-). He has worked in the areas of operating systems, distributed systems, and service management for more than 20 years. He has been the program chair of the IEEE Agent Systems and Applications Symposium (ASA/MA'99) and of the first USENIX Workshop on Industrial Experiences with System Software (WIESS'2000). Dr. Milojicic published in many journals and conferences. He is an inaugural editor in chief of IEEE Computing Now, a front end to IEEE CS publications, and on editorial board of IEEE Internet Computing. He serves on the IEEE CS Board of Governors (2011-2013). He has been engaged in various standardization bodies, such as OMG and Global Grid 
Forum. He is an ACM distinguished engineer, IEEE Fellow and member of USENIX. He received his BSc and MSc from University of Belgrade and his PhD from University of Kaiserslautern. Prior to HP Labs, Dejan worked at Institute "Mihajlo Pupin", Belgrade (1993-1991) and at OSF Research Institute, Cambridge, MA (1994-1998).

Gregor von Laszewski is the assistant director at the Community Grids Lab at Indiana University. He is conducting work in Cloud computing as part of the Future Grid project. During a 2 year leave of absence from Argonne National Laboratory he was an Associate Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology. He worked between 1996 and 2007 for Argonne National Laboratory where he was last a scientist and a fellow of the Computation Institute at University of Chicago. He received a Masters Degree in 1990 from the University of Bonn, Germany, and a Ph.D. in 1996 from Syracuse University in computer science. He is involved in Grid computing since the term was coined. Current research interests are in the areas of Grid & Cloud computing. He is best known for his efforts in making Grids usable and initiating the Java Commodity Grid Kit which provides a basis for many Grid related projects including the Globus toolkit.


Panel 6: Towards Omnificent Multimodal Situation-Aware Services  (12:30-2:00pm, 7/8/2011, Friday)

Moderator: Carl K. Chang, IEEE Fellow, Professor, Iowa State University, USA

  • Stephen S. Yau, IEEE Fellow, Professor, Arizona State University, USA
  • Peter Chen, IEEE/ACM/AAAS Fellow, Professor, Louisiana State University and Carnegie-Mellon University
  • Cesar Gonzales, IBM Research, USA
  • Ying Cai, Iowa State University, USA


Current research in pervasive and mobile computing often integrates the treatments of context and situation. However, it is unclear if there are universally accepted definitions of context and situation among the computer science researchers. There is also a large gap between the conceptual models of situation as viewed by computer scientists versus the logicians and cognitive scientists.

There are differing ways of discerning situations as far as services are concerned. In serving humans, the designers imagine various situations a human user may encounter, and design services to address varying situations as appropriate. To gain insight as to how users are situated, multiple detection and inference modes can be utilized, such as GPS to determine locations, mouse click to determine browsing patterns, gesture to infer intentions, facial expression to determine emotions, etc. Clearly, multimodal interactions are hot topics for mobile, computer gaming, and various HCI researchers nowadays.

Taking a closer look at existing computer research literature, one may wonder whether modern-day computing services can ever sufficiently understand human user’s true situation and provide plausible and on-demand services. Knowing that humans are dynamic and continuously evolving beings, the challenge to services computing researchers will be even steeper if services designers attempt to evolve services on the fly to meet instantly defined services requirements when situations clearly deviate from the predefined set of situational concepts while new concepts suddenly emerge.

In this panel, panelists will each address different aspects of multimodal situation-aware services. They will attack the definitions of situations and contexts from individual perspectives. They will enumerate practical and futuristic services that are based on multimodal and situation-aware information cues. The audience will be invited to challenge the views of our panelists and debate about where we are going in the services-laden world of computing. The chair will summarize the discussions and share his perspective  in the end.

  About the moderator:
Carl K. Chang was 2004 IEEE Computer Society President. He served as EIC for IEEE Computer (2008-10) and IEEE Software (1991-94). Chang is Professor and Chair of the Department of Computer Science at Iowa State University. He received a PhD in computer science from Northwestern University. Prior to ISU, he was a faculty member of Auburn University and University of Illinois at Chicago, and worked for GTE Automatic Electric and Bell Laboratories. His research interests include requirements engineering, software architecture, and net-centric computing, and he has published extensively in these areas. He is a founding member of the IEEE RE, and general chair of ICRE’00 and RE’03. He is also the chair of the steering committee for SAINT, PC chair of SAINT’02 and general chair of SAINT’03. In 2005 he serves the general chair for ICWS and SCC. He is Fellow of both IEEE and AAAS. In 2006, he received the prestigious Marin Drinov Medal from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

About the Panelists:
Stephen S. Yau is currently a professor of computer science and engineering and the Director of Information Assurance Center at Arizona State University (ASU). He served as the Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at ASU in 1994-2001. Previously, he was on the faculties of Northwestern University and University of Florida. He served as the President of IEEE Computer Society and on the IEEE Board of Directors and the Board of Directors of Computing Research Association. He also served as the EIC of IEEE COMPUTER, and organized many national and international major conferences. He founded and organized COMPSAC in 1977. He is the honorary chair and general chair of ICWS/SCC/CLOUD/SERVICES 2011 and 2010, respectively.

Dr. Peter Chen is the internationally renowned inventor of the ER Model, the top-ranked methodology for database design and the foundation of many data modeling and systems analysis methodologies, computer-aided software engineering tools, and repository systems. Dr. Chen's original paper on the ER model is one of the most cited papers in the field of computer science. Dr. Chen is a Fellow of IEEE, ACM, AAAS, and is a recipient of many international awards. He is Distinguished Chair Professor of Computer Science at Louisiana State University and Visiting Professor at Carnegie-Mellon University. Dr. Chen received his Ph.D. from Harvard and has also taught at Harvard, MIT, and UCLA.

Cesar Gonzales is an IBM Fellow and the research electronics industry executive, responsible for all interactions between IBM's worldwide research labs and our electronics industry executives and clients. He is an expert in image and video processing and compression. He is a co-inventor of various patented still-frame and motion video compression techniques that IBM contributed to the JPEG and MPEG international standards and the DVD patent pool. Cesar has received multiple external and internal awards, including a corporate-level award for his leadership in developing IBM's MPEG-based encoders and system-on-a-chip set top box products. Cesar is IBM Fellow and IEEE Fellow.

Ying Cai received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Central Florida. He is an associate professor at the Department of Computer Science of Iowa State University. His research interests include wireless networks, mobile computing, and multimedia systems. Dr. Cai chaired Mobilware'10 and has on numerous conference program committees. He is on the editorial board of Multimedia Tools and Applications. 


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