Seminar "Cloud Computing: Issues and Challenges"

07/07/2011 - 15:00
07/07/2011 - 17:00

Professor Tharam DillonOn Thursday 7 July 2011 at 15:00 D2.01 Prof. Dr. Tharam Dillon - Research Professor and head of R&D of the Digital Ecosystems and Business Intelligence Institution at Curtin University in Western Australia - will hold a seminar entitled "Cloud Computing: Issues and Challenges". The seminar is open to anyone. Confirm your attendance by sending an email to chrdebru@vub.ac.be.

The seminar is organized in the context of the INNOViris Strategic Platforms project "Open Semantic Cloud for Brussels" (http://www.oscb.be). 


Cloud computing has recently emerged as a buzz word in the distributed computing community. Many believe that Cloud is going to reshape the IT industry as a revolution. So, what is Cloud Computing? How is it different from service-oriented computing and Grid computing? What are those general challenges and issues for both cloud providers and consumers?

In answering these questions, we aim to define key research issues and articulate future research challenges and directions for cloud computing. To do this, we take an outside-in approach to organize this paper. We first examine a number of cloud applications that exhibit several key characteristics. We then discuss the relationship between Cloud computing and Service-Oriented Computing (SOC) and the relationship between Cloud and Grid computing (i.e. High-Performance Computing). We compare these three computing paradigms and draw attention to how they will benefit each other in a co-existent manner. Next, we discuss service models and deployment models of cloud computing. We elaborate service model and deployment model of a cloud, which leads to the discussion of several data-related issues and challenges such as multi-tenancy, security, and so forth. Finally, we discuss interoperability and standardization issues.

Short biography

"Tharam S. Dillon (M’74–SM’87–Fellow IEEE’98–Life FellowIEEE’10) is a Research Professor at the Digital Ecosystems and Business Intelligence Institute, Curtin University of Technology, Australia. He has published more than 800 papers in international conferences and journals, eight authored books and six edited books. His research interests include Web semantics, ontologies, Internet computing, cloud computing, cyberphysical systems, hybrid neurosymbolic systems, neural nets, software engineering, database systems, and data mining and power systems computation. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Computer Systems Science and Engineering as well as the Engineering Intelligent Systems. He is the Co-Editor of the Journal of Electric Power and Energy Systems. Prof Dillon is a Life Fellow of the IEEE(USA). Prof. Dillon is a Fellow of ACS and IEAust. Professor Dillon has research issues related to power systems computation for over 30 years. Specifically he has developed the most widely used methods for Load forecasting, System Price forecasting in deregulated systems and Medium Term Economic Production Planning for Hydro Thermal Systems. This work, when combined with his IT research into Cyber Physical Systems and We Semantics, has naturally led to his work in Smart Grid. A variant of this is already being implemented for remote sites under the Smart Camp ARC project."

He has a very widely known international reputation.  He is Co-Editor-in-Chief of three international journals namely the International Journal of Computer Systems Science and Engineering, the International Journal of Electric Power and Energy Systems, and the International Journal of Engineering Intelligent Systems. He is anAdvisory Editor of IEEE Transactions in Industrial Informatics. He was an Advisory Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks in the USA. He is the chair of the IEEE /IES Technical Committee on Industrial Informatics . He is the Chair of the IFIP Working Group 2.12/12.4 on Web Semantics He is on the advisory editorial board of  Computer Communications published by Elsevier. He has been on the program committee of the Avignon Experts Systems Conference held in France annually since 1988, and on the IEEE Tools for AI Conference.  He was International Committee Chairman for Fourth International Conference on Petri Nets for Performance Evaluation (1991), Chairman of the International Program Committee of the IEEE Workshop on Emerging Technologies for Factory Automation (1992).  He was Vice Chairman of the International Conference on Expert System Applications to Power Systems (1993).   He was Chairman of the Technical Program Committee of the Power Systems Computation Conference (PSCC 1996), and Vice Chairman of PSCC in 1990 and 1993.  He was Technical Committee Chair for PR Fault Tolerant Computer Systems 1994.  He is General Chairman of the IFIP Conference on Data Semantics DS-8 held in January 1999 and Technical Program Committee joint chair for the IFIP Conference on Data Semantics DS-9 in April, 2001.He has been on the program committee of numerous other conferences in the computer science and computer engineering fields.

He is a member of several international technical committees and working groups and was the chairman of the International CIGRE Task Force 38-06-02 on Expert Systems for Monitoring and Alarm Processing in Control Centres.  He is also a member of IFIP Working Group 2.6 on Knowledge and Data Semantics.

He has been invited to give several keynote papers and tutorials at major international conferences.
Recently they include keynotes on cloud computing, Cyber Physical Systems, The Internet of Things and Service Oriented Computing.

He has been on the Management Committee of the Australian Telecommunications and Electronics Research Board and a member of the Research Grants Committee (RGC) in Hong Kong.

Professor Dillon acts as a consultant, both in Australia and internationally, on electronic commerce computer systems, database systems and large application software development and expert systems for a wide number of environments including:

 - logistics systems
 - power systems
 - telecommunication systems
 - banking and finance
 - medical laboratories
 - Bioinformatics

Industrial experience includes research and development of methods, design and implementation of production planning methods at the Swedish State Power Board, Expert Systems for Telecommunication Network Management and Maintenance Scheduling, Alarm Processing, Portfolio Manager and Money Market Management.

The books he has recently co-authored are on the following:

 - Trust and Reputation in Service Oriented Environments
 - Data Mining of Complex Data
 - Ontologies and Multi Agent Systems
 - e-Commerce
 - Object oriented conceptual modeling for the development of traditional software
 - Automated knowledge acquisition
 - Hybrid Multi Agent Systems

He has published widely on the following areas:
 - neural networks
 - expert and knowledge based systems
 - object oriented systems
 - software engineering and quality of software measurement
 - machine learning and data mining
 - fault tolerance and real time
 - computer networks and the internet
 - neural/symbolic multi-agent systems
 - XML based systems
 - Ontology
 - Semantics
 - Internet of Things
 - Data Mining
 - Trust and Reputation Systems

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