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Keynote Speaker: 

Prof. Kwei-Jay Lin, University of California, Irvine

Title: 

Building Smart Homes and Buildings using Service-Oriented Things

Abstract: 

With the advance of sensing, actuation and wearable technology, Internet of Things (IoT) has become the next IT research focus. Many IT companies have started to invest heavily into this area by developing and inventing innovative IoT products. However, due to the diversity of embedded devices, application domains, and networking requirements, building IoT applications requires a stiff learning curve for most teams due to a significant customization effort on sensors, embedded software, cyber-physical integration, and cloud service support. 

We have developed a flexible IoT platform and middleware, called WuKong, to ease the development of new IoT applications. The WuKong middleware supports the flow-based programming (FBP) paradigm for users to easily define data and control workflows among virtual, conceptual sensing classes. Users can also specify simple execution policies on when, where, and how an FBP should run in a users environment. The WuKong middleware can intelligently decide how to deploy an IoT application by mapping an FBP to physical devices in order to meet the functionality requirements. We have recently built smart building applications using evacuation sensors that can guide people to find safe exit paths when fires are detected in a building. Algorithms and techniques can be integrated for real time detection of fire events and situations. Combined with data analytics, evacuation sensing can make predictions on dangerous areas for people to avoid. In this talk, the issues, techniques and challenges for evacuation sensing will be discussed.

About the Speaker:

Kwei-Jay Lin is a Professor at the University of California, Irvine. He was an Associate Professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 1985-1993. He is an Adjunct Professor at the National Taiwan University and National Tsinghua University, Taiwan; Zhejiang University, China; and Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan. He is the Chief Scientist of the NTU IoX Research Center at the National Taiwan University. He was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Academia Sinica, Taiwan in Spring 2016.

Prof. Lin is an IEEE Fellow, and Editor-In-Chief of the Springer Journal on Service-Oriented Computing and Applications (SOCA). He was the Co-Chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Business Informatics and Systems (TCBIS) until 2012. He was an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, 2002-2006, and an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Computers, 1996-2000. He served as the External Examiner for the Hong Kong University's Master Program on E-Commerce and Internet Computing during 2006-2009. 

Prof. Lin has published more than 200 papers in journals and conferences. He has served on many international conferences, recently as conference co-chairs of IEEE SOCA 2016 and CBI 2015. He has given keynote speeches in the 22nd IEEE Conference on Embedded and Real-Time Computing Systems and Applications in August 2016, and the 6th IEEE Symposium on Cloud and Service Computing, in December 2016. His research interest includes service-oriented systems, intelligent IoT applications, middleware and kernel, real-time computing, and distributed computing.

Keynote Speaker: 

Dr Hamid R. Motahari Nezhad, IBM Almaden Research Center, CA, USA

Title: 

From Services to Cogs, and the Journey to Cognitive BPM

Abstract: 

Services, APIs and (Mobile) Apps have become de facto approach for offering and consuming functionality Web and mobile devices. The technology paradigms for interaction and interfaces between services/apps and human-services/apps, though, have consistently been evolved and transformed to a degree that have created fundamental shifts in how services and apps are defined and consumed. A major technology shift has been created by the advent of cognitive computing, enabled by advances in artificial intelligence, machine learning and natural language processing, and the rise of cognitive assistants (cogs). In this talk, I discuss how advances in cognitive computing and messaging paradigms are impacting the offering and usage of Services and APIs for offering of cogs. Then, will continue by arguing that cognitive computing is enabling learning, automation and codification of a large spectrum of business processes in the enterprise that has defined automation so far. I present Cognitive BPM as a new paradigm for cognitively-enabled and assisted definition, execution and continuous improvement of process-based service systems. 

About the Speaker:

Dr Hamid R. Motahari Nezhad is a Research Group Lead for Cognitive Services at IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose, California, and a Member of IBM Academy of Technology, a selective community of technology leaders in IBM. Hamid's research interests include services and cloud computing, cognitive computing, big data analytics, and business process management. Hamid holds also a Principal Visiting Research Fellow position in Service Oriented Computing Group, at School of Computing Science and Engineering, at University of New South Wales, Australia, where he is co-supervising graduate students. Hamid's research work has been widely published in conferences such as WWW, ICDE, BPM, ER, ICWS, SCC, CAiSE, WISE, EDOC, and ICSOC and journals such as IEEE TKDE, VLDBJ, DAPD, IEEE Trans. on Services Computing, IEEE Computer and Internet Computing. Hamid has served as PC Chair and Industrial Track Chair of a number of international conferences including BPM'2015, EDOC'2013, ICSOC'2011, and ECOWS'2010. Hamid is a senior member of IEEE, and a member of Strategy Council of ISSIP (International Society of Service Innovation Professionals), and Co-Chair of Service Science and Engineering PIC (Professional Interest Community) at IBM Research.