34th Annual IEEE Computer Software and Applications Conference


COMPSAC/SAINT Plenary Panels

COMPSAC/SAINT Plenary Panels

Social Networks Empowering Citizens

Wednesday July 18, 13:30
Grand Efes Ballroom (1st floor)
Chairs: Amr Elkadi, American University in Cairo and Salwa Abd-El-Hafiz, Cairo University

Facebook (launched in Feb. 2004) and Twitter (launched in July 2006) are two popular social networks reported to have more than 900 million and 140 million active users, respectively. Both services have affected the social life and activity of people in various ways, yet no one could have imagined that they would affect the future of nations!

Both Facebook and Twitter were very instrumental in the Arab Spring (especially Tunisia and Egypt revolutions). With their availability on most mobile devices (laptops, smart phones and even some regular mobile phones), these services helped actively keep political activists in touch building up their plans, outreaching to the masses and feeding media reports during the revolutions, as long as there was access to the Internet. The goal of this panel is to provide more insight into the role that social media played in the Arab Spring by actual users/activists, their shortcomings in facing Internet service outages and interoperability capabilities.

Challenges Towards the Global Adoption of Cloud Computing (pdf description)

Thursday July 19, 8:30am
Grand Efes Ballroom (1st floor)

Chair: Vladimir Getov, Westminster University, UK (presentation slides)

Elisa Bertino, Purdue University, USA (presentation slides)
William (Bill) R. Claycomb, Carnegie Mellon University, USA (presentation slides)
George Strawn, NITRD/OSTP, USA (presentation slides)
Stephen S. Yau, Arizona State University, USA (presentation slides)

Cloud computing represents a fundamental shift in the delivery of information technology services that has been changing the computing landscape. Indeed, over the past several years, cloud computing has rapidly emerged as a widely accepted computing paradigm. The research and development community has quickly reached consensus on the core concepts such as on-demand computing resources, elastic scaling, elimination of up-front capital and operational expenses, as well as the new pay-per-use business model for computing and other information technology services provided by the cloud. With the adoption of virtualization, service-oriented architectures, and utility computing, there is also consensus on the enabling technologies necessary to support this new consumption and delivery services model. Additionally, the customers’ demand to meet quality-of-service requirements and service-level agreements, including security, is well understood.

However, widespread adoption of cloud technologies is still hindered by several major research challenges that the professional community needs to address. These include trust and security, risk management, legal issues, interoperability, autonomy and standards for cloud computing which have been selected as sub-topics for the
plenary panel. One possible way to address the research challenges above is to investigate which application domains require solutions and to apply application-specific methodologies. In this case success could be achieved by targeting large scale application scenarios – including interactive and dynamic ones – which are becoming more and more important with their complex but specific requirements. Another possible approach for tackling these issues is by investigating high level formalisms with which the user can specify non-functional requirements of cloud applications, followed by designing autonomic tools to deal efficiently with trust and security, interoperability, and risk management. Thus, the future developments could rely upon two basic pillars: 
1) an innovative co-design approach for autonomic computing techniques and tools which will support the user
in the development of specific large/extreme scale applications on the cloud;
2) the design of novel software engineering techniques to support the correct, smart and elastic management of nonfunctional properties in challenging cloud applications.

Further research work could also focus on the integration with and the development of emerging cloud interoperability standards. This involves the adoption of meta-data-based decision-taking support via high flexibility and dynamic properties integrated within the future hybrid clouds.This panel consists of four well-known experts in the field, who will identify several major challenges for the global adoption of cloud computing and future directions for research and development in order to meet these challenges. At the beginning of the panel session, each of the panelists will present their position statement covering certain important aspects of this subject. Then, we should have time for discussions covering both the presented statements and new ideas in the subject area.

Dr. Vladimir S. Getov
Dr. Vladimir S. Getov

Dr. Vladimir S. Getov, Professor,University of Westminster, UK

Vladimir Getov is a professor of distributed and high-performance computing and group leader for the Distributed and Intelligent Systems Research Group at the University of Westminster, London. His research interests include parallel architectures and performance, autonomous distributed computing, and high-performance programming environments. After completing his PhD Dr Getov was Project Manager of the first Bulgarian IBM PC/XT compatible computer (1984). In 1989 he moved to England where he joined the Concurrent Computations Group at the University of Southampton. Since 1995, Vladimir has been an academic staff member at the University of Westminster in London, where he was awarded the titles Reader (1999) and Professor (2001).

Vladimir Getov has an extensive track record of international collaboration and achievements. Between 1992 and 1998, he actively contributed to the work of the International PARKBENCH (Parallel Kernels and Benchmarks) Committee. He was also a founding member of the Java Grande Forum (1998) and then chair of the Java Grande Message Passing Group. Later, Vladimir was elected Research Group co-chair in the Open Grid Forum (2001 – 2004). Since 2005, Professor Getov has been on the Steering Committee of the John Vincent Atanasoff Initiative, working towards worldwide recognition of the inventor of electronic digital computing. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, a Fellow of the BCS, and the area editor for high-performance computing of the IEEE Computer Magazine.

Dr. William C. Chu
Dr. William C. Chu

Dr. William C. Chu, Professor, Tunghai University, Taiwan

William Cheng-Chung Chu is a professor of the Department of Computer Science, and the Director of Software Engineering and Technologies Center of Tunghai University. He had served as the Dean of Research and Development office at Tunghai University from 2004 to 2007, and the dean of Engineering College of Tunghai University from 2008 to 2011, He was a research scientist at the Software Technology Center of the Lockheed Missiles and Space Company, Inc., where he received special contribution awards in both 1992 and 1993 and a PIP award in 1993. In 1992, he was also a visiting scholar at Stanford University. He is serving as the associate editor for Journal of Software Maintenance and Evolution (JSME) and Journal of Systems and Software (JSS). His current research interests include software engineering, embedded systems, and E-learning. Dr Chu received his MS and PhD degrees from Northwestern University in Evanston Illinois, in 1987 and 1989, respectively, both in computer science. He has edited several books and published over 100 referred papers and book chapters, as well as participating in many international activities, including organizing international conferences.

Dr. William (Bill) R. Claycomb
Dr. William (Bill) R. Claycomb

Dr. William (Bill) R. Claycomb, Senior Member of Technical Staff, CERT/SEI

Bill Claycomb is the Lead Research Scientist for the CERT Enterprise Threat and Vulnerability Management program at Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute. His primary research topic is the insider threat; current work includes discovery of insider threat behavioral patterns and corresponding sociotechnical countermeasures. Dr. Claycomb also works across teams at CERT exploring cloud computing, incident response, systems modeling, and vulnerability analysis. Prior to joining CMU, Bill was a Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories, focusing on enterprise systems security research, including insider threats, malware detection, and data protection. He is currently an adjunct faculty member at CMU’s Heinz College, teaching in the School of Information Systems and Management.

Bill received a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of New Mexico, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.

Dr. George O. Strawn
Dr. George O. Strawn

Dr. George O. Strawn, Director, National Coordination Office/NITRD, OSTP, USA

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 and design 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.

Dr. Stephen S. Yau
Dr. Stephen S. Yau

Dr. Stephen S. Yau, Professor, Arizona State University, USA

Stephen S. Yau is the director of Information Assurance Center and a professor of computer science and engineering at Arizona State University (ASU), Tempe, Arizona, USA. 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, Evanston, Illinois, and University of Florida, Gainesville. His current research includes service-based systems, cloud computing, cyber security, software engineering, mobile ad hoc networks and ubiquitous computing.

He served as the president of the Computer Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the president of American Federation of Information-Processing Societies (AFIPS). He was on the IEEE Board of Directors, and the Board of Directors of Computing Research Association. He served as the editor-in-chief of IEEE COMPUTER. He organized many national and international major conferences, including the 1989 World Computer Congress sponsored by International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP), and the Annual International Computer Software and Applications Conference (COMPSAC) sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society.

Professor Yau has received many awards and recognitions for his accomplishments, including the Tsutomu Kanai Award and Richard E. Merwin Award of the IEEE Computer Society, the IEEE Centennial Award and Third Millennium Medal, the Outstanding Contributions Award of the Chinese Computer Federation, and the Louis E. Levy Medal of the Franklin Institute. He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

He received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois, Urbana, and the B.S. degree from National Taiwan University, Taipei, all in electrical engineering.

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