34th Annual IEEE Computer Software and Applications Conference

Panels

COMPSAC 2010 Panels

Tuesday Panel: Are We Headed Toward Smart Solutions?
Moderator: Rajesh Subramanyan, Siemens Corporate Research, USA


Thursday Panel: Towards New Roles and System Architecture Supporting the Full Life Cycle of Smart Spaces
Moderator: Sumi Helal, University of Florida, USA



Tuesday July 20, 2010
10:30-12:00
Room: Classic 7 (7th floor)


Are We Headed Toward Smart Solutions?
Moderator: Rajesh Subramanyan, Siemens Corporate Research, USA


What are the technologies of the future? Do new technologies emerge to solve those problems that could not be solved before? Is business impact – reducing costs and improving revenue, a sufficient motivation to see the emergence of new technologies? The scientific field for Computer, Software, and Application Engineers are at crossroads of several exciting innovations and new areas. Three seemingly different motivators – Economics, Quality, and Environment have triggered many of these areas. The driving force from the industry is increasing competitiveness and ways to reduce costs and move towards leaner development, i.e. Economics. Competiveness again, and regulations motivate adherence to Quality. The re-born awareness to save the Environment for future generations has percolated to previously unheard scientific areas. Is the search then towards - Smart Solutions, the theme for COMPSAC 2010?

Smart solutions can apply to diverse industries such as healthcare, energy, engineering industry, and many more. Patient management systems in healthcare, smart grids in energy, and intelligent transportation management are an example for each of the above. Smart environments are technological concepts that make human interaction with the system a pleasant experience, and are seen as byproducts of pervasive computing. The discussion among experts drawn from the industry and academia will attempt to prophesize the future of technology in their area of expertise, and/or: Cloud computing, Smart computing, and Green computing.

TOPICS COVERED IN THE POSITION STATEMENTS AND PRESENTATIONS
The expert panelists will present their views and experiences covering questions including:
1. What is their personal view of Smart solutions
2. What are some of the technologies of the future
3. The future of (one or more) – Cloud computing, Smart computing, and/or Green computing. Which of these would exist 10 years from now?
4. How will seemingly conflicting forces between economics, quality, and environment play out.
5. What are the possible sources of smart solutions – large industries, start-ups, or research academia?

DISCUSSIONS AND Q&A
The second part of the session will be a lively discussion with questions from the audience as well as the following.
1. How does one define smart solutions? Are environmentally friendly solutions smart?
2. Are we moving away from inventions to innovative smart solutions?
3. What are the trigger factors that have brought – cloud computing, smart computing, and green computing to
prominence?
4. Which of these will exist 10 years from now?
5. Does today’s research motivate the search for Smart solutions?

CLOSING REMARKS
Panelists will summarize their vision on the future.

PANELISTS
Panelists will consist of experts from Industry and Academia.



Thursday July 22, 2010
15:30-17:00
Room: Classic 7 (7th floor)


Towards New Roles and System Architecture Supporting the Full Life Cycle of Smart Spaces
Moderator: Sumi Helal, University of Florida, USA


INTRODUCTION
Early mainframe computers such as the IBM S/360 and ICL 2900 knew only two roles: programmers and operators. As the computer evolved to networked servers and workstations, users and system administrators’ roles were added. And today, pervasive systems seem to require new and revised roles to enable a development model that works despite a fragmented technology market and that can utilize existing IT experience in supporting the pervasive space throughout its entire life cycle. The new roles and architectures are difficult to define because pervasive systems are cyberphysical systems spanning hardware, firmware, software, actual physical spaces, and ordinary space inhabitants (not computer users). This is different from any computing systems (software or hardware) that we grew accustomed to for the past decades.

The topic is becoming very important as world economies shift to embrace Green IT technologies, which in the core, are extreme and pervasive embedding of computers and sensors into everyday life (e-health, smart grid, smart building, smart transportation systems, to mention just a few). As governments around the world are determined to turn Green IT into an industrial revolution, we at COMPSAC should take a hard look ahead and apply our collective wisdom to discover how can we best serve our changing
world in this very juncture.

TOPICS COVERED IN THE POSITION STATEMENTS AND PRESENTATIONS
The expert panelists will present their views and experiences covering questions including:
1. What are the new individual roles engaged in building and maintaining pervasive spaces, and how are they inter-related? What are the boundaries of responsibilities for each role?
2. Developing and deploying a pervasive space is a multi-disciplined process where knowledge from various domains intersects.
How can individual roles efficiently contribute their expertise and smoothly integrate their work to create a pervasive space?
3. How does system design and architecture enable effective decoupling of these roles?
4. Who has the business incentives to invest in the standards, open source, and product implementations that support the new roles and system architectures needed to support the full life cycle of pervasive spaces?

DISCUSSIONS AND Q&A
The second part of the session will be a lively discussion with questions from the audience as well as the following.
1. Who should be involved in defining these new roles?
2. How do we verify new role models and system architectures?
3. What is the necessary research backing needed to support such new roles and architectures?
4. What is the necessary industry leadership needed to adopt and further develop such roles and models?

CLOSING REMARKS
Panelists will summarize their vision on what is missing and what is needed to support pervasive computing so it becomes an emerging industry.

PANELISTS
A strong slate of panelists from industry and academia are being assembled to serve on this panel.






Important Dates

Send questions to the co-chairs:

Wolfgang Minker: wolfgang.minker at uni-ulm.de
Sumi Helal: helal at cise.ufl.edu

Panel Position Papers: Panel descriptions and position statements are part of the COMPSAC Proceedings.

Plenary panels and joint COMPSAC/SAINT panels are also part of the COMPSAC 2010 program.  Descriptions are available on the Plenary Panels page.
 



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