SOCA 2009
Keynote Speakers

Keynote Title: Services, Semantics and Clouds
Keynote Speaker: Tharam S. Dillon, BE, PhD (Monash), FIEEE, FIE (Aust), FACS
Abstract: The talk will examine the relationship between the three important paradigms and show how they can enhance each other. It will then outline the research challenges in integration of these.
This is a joint work by Tharam Dillon, Elizabeth Chang and Chen Wu.

Tharam S. DillonProfessor Tharam S. Dillon is internationally recognised for his research on Semantic Web, Web services, knowledge discovery, data mining, neural networks, intelligent systems, object-oriented systems, communications, real time systems, fault tolerant systems, and distributed protocol engineering. He is Chair of the IFIP International Task Force WG2.12/124 on Semantic Web and Web Semantics, and the IEEE/IES Technical Committee on Industrial Informatics.

He has published 12 books, 700 research papers as book chapters, in journals, and in international conferences. His research has a Hurst index of 29 and over 3500 citations (source: Google Scholar),.. Some of the authored and edited books include:
  • An Integrated Ontology Multiagent Development Method 0logy S[ringer-Verlag2009
  • Harnessing the Service Roundtrip Over the Internet Support Time-Critical Applications: Concept, Techniques and Cases, Nova Science Publishers Inc., 2008
  • Advances in Web semantics I, Springer-Verlag, 2008
  • Intelligent Multi-Agent Systems, Springer-Verlag, 2008
  • Trust and Reputation for Service Oriented Environments, John Wiley & Sons, 2005
  • E-commerce Principles and Practice, John Wiley and Sons, 2001
  • Soft Computing in Case Based Reasoning (Edited), Springer-Verlag, 2000
  • Automated Knowledge Acquisition, Prentice-Hall, 1994
  • Object Oriented Conceptual Modelling, Prentice Hall, 1993
Professor Dillon is an expert in Web Service Architecture, Web Semantic , Ontologies, XML Modeling, Modeling the Reliability of Computer Systems, Object Component based Conceptual Modeling and Design, Knowledge Discovery and Trust in Service Oriented Environments as well as Validation of complex state based systems including protocols using high level Petri nets. He has also been active in the field of XML based systems for over the last 9 years. He has recently given keynote speeches at major IEEE and IFIP conferences on (1) Reference Architecture for Web Services and (2) Semantic Grid Services (3) Biomedical Ontologies (4) Ontologies for Software Engineering (5) Mining Substructures in Proteins. Professor Dillon has a strong track record of working on ontologies and web semantics. His previous work in Real Time Systems, Semantics and the Web includes Sub Ontologies, Integrated Multiagent Ontology Development Methodology, Real Time XML Profile, Ontology Description Language, Object Oriented Conceptual Modelling, Modelling the Dynamics using Coloured Petri nets, SE methodology for Developing Composite Web Services and SOA architectures. He has also developed important algorithms for data mining of complex structures including tree structured data and sequence data. He has also proposed the use of Web 2.0 and social networking in conjunction with ontologies, web services and agents. Sensor network applications he is involved in include vehicular traffic management, intelligent airport, power system monitoring, remote oil platform monitoring and control and intelligent and adaptive manufacturing.

Professor Dillon’s research has made significant contributions to a number of application areas including bioinformatics, logistics, banking and finance, electrical power systems, telecommunication and management.

Keynote Title: Cyber-Physical Systems:
A New Set of Challenges for Interfacing with Humans
Keynote Speaker: Raj Rajkumar, Professor, ECE and RI, Carnegie Mellon University
Abstract: Cyber-physical systems (CPS) represent a tight integration of computing and communications with the physics and real-time dynamics of engineered systems. They will revolutionize many sectors including transportation, critical infrastructures, manufacturing, healthcare and medical devices, aerospace and defense. In this talk, we will present some grand challenges that can be met by advances in cyber-physical systems. This will be followed by a detailed description of 3 areas of CPS research projects that the speaker is working on: (1) Planetary-scale sensor-actuator networks with applications to the smart grid, (2) Smart Surveillance systems, and (3) Autonomous Driving Systems. The current status of each project will be complemented by a description of research and user-interface challenges that need to be addressed. Modeling humans as part of the system is expected to be a major challenge in the future.

Raj RajkumarDr. Raj Rajkumar is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. He also serves as a Co-Director for the General Motors-Carnegie Mellon Vehicular Information Technology Collaborative Research Lab, Co-Director of the General Motors-Carnegie Mellon Autonomous Driving Collaborative Research Lab and as a Director of the Real-Time and Multimedia Systems Laboratory at Carnegie Mellon University. He has served as General Chair and/or Program Chair of multiple conferences including the IEEE Real-Time Systems Symposium, the IEEE Real-Time Technologies and Applications Symposium, the ACM/SPIE Symposium on Multimedia Computing and Networks, International Symposium on International Symposium on Vehicular Computing Systems and the International Conference on Networked Sensing Systems. He has chaired or co-chaired 5 NSF-sponsored workshops targeting a national research initiative on cyber-physical systems. He is also currently serving as the Chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Real-Time Systems. He obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Carnegie Mellon University in 1986 and 1989 respectively. He has given several keynote talks and has 4 Best Paper Awards. Dr. Rajkumar's research interests include all aspects of embedded real-time systems. Some of his current research projects include FireFly wireless networks, resource kernels for guaranteed enforcement of throughput, timeliness and power-consumption in real-time operating systems, vehicular networks, and methodologies for model-based design and development.