Keynote Speeches

  • 27.06.2012 - Prof. Michele Missikoff - "Looking at Future Research Challenges in Enterprise Information Systems"

  • 28.06.2012 - Dr. Krzysztof Kurowski - "Challenges for future platforms, services and networked applications"

Prof. Michele Missikoff


Michele Missikoff, Doctor in Physics (University of Rome "La Sapienza"), worked until 1980 in industrial research labs of two Italian companies, leader in electronic equipment and software development, respectively. Then he started his research carrier, becoming Director of Research in 2001, at the National Research Council, Institute of Analysis of Systems and Informatics, where he coordinated the Database group until 1985, then the Knowledge Engineering group and, in 1999, he founded the LEKS, Lab for Enterprise Knowledge and Systems, that he currently leads as CNR Research Fellow.

He has been the proposer, coordinator and/or active participant in more than 30 national, European and international projects. Has being particular active in various groups, committees, and task forces, promoted by the European Commission, DG Information Society and Media. Currently, he is the coordinator of the FInES (Future Internet Enterprise Systems) Research Roadmap Task Force, launched by the EC FInES Cluster (Unit D4).

He has promoted, organised, and chaired various international conferences and workshops, among which CAiSE, CoopIS, ODBASE, EDBT (co-founder), VLDB (Industrial Co-chair). He has been editor of VLDB Journal, Journal of Applied Intelligence.

He has a long teaching experience at University of Roma "La Sapienza" and LUISS, with courses on Artificial Intelligence, Databases, Information Systems, Knowledge Management.

He published more than 150 technical and scientific papers, many on international journals and conference proceedings, with the main focus on application of semantic technologies to e-Business and e-Government.

His main research interests are: enterprise ontologies, methods for knowledge representation, ontology engineering, similarity reasoning, business process ontologies, methods and tools for business innovation; and applications in the area of e-tourism, e-government, e-business, and mobile social media.

Keynote abstract

Title: "Looking at Future Research Challenges in Enterprise Information Systems"

Abstract: This talk originates from the work carried out in the European Commission, DG Information Society and Media, and intends to present some of the results of the FInES (Future Internet Enterprise Systems) Research Roadmap Task Force that is operating in such a context. The Task Force, coordinated by the speaker, has been established in the FInES Cluster (Unit D4) with the objective of identifying the main research directions concerning the enterprise information systems (EIS) with a long term horizon (having the 2025 as target.) The work started collecting a large quantity of studies and research roadmaps, then we decided to organise the collected material in three broad categories, according to a precise philosophy: (i) knowledge - the essential prerequisite before building an EIS is to acquire the necessary knowledge about the domain and the specific applications to develop; (ii) Applications - then, we need to understand what is required by the enterprise in terms of functional and information needs, i.e., what enterprise applications will be built; (iii) Engineering - the third and last category concerns the engineering dimension, i.e., how we will proceed to build the identified applications. For each of the three above categories we identified three main research challenges. But an EIS is built making use of ICT solutions and therefore we also provided an overview of a few basic technologies, key to the EIS of the future, providing also some hints on their evolutionary trends. Such trends are listed only for sake of completeness, while, in terms of research, our focus remains on the EIS space.

Dr. Krzysztof Kurowski


Dr Krzysztof Kurowski is the Head of the Applications Department at Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center. He joined in research and development activities conducted at PSNC in 1999. He received his PhD in Computer Science from Poznan University of Technology in 2009. He has taken an active interest in the following research fields: distributed systems, grids, security, scheduling and resource management in distributed computing environments. He has taken also an active part in multidisciplinary EU projects within 5th, 6th and 7th Framework Programme, e.g. GridLab and inteliGrid. Recently, he has been leading technical R&D activities in two EU projects: QosCosGrid and MAPPER. Results of his research efforts have been successfully presented at many international workshops and conferences, including IFORS, CCGrid, HPDC, ICCS, Terena, Supercomputing and OGF. He is a member of the following standardization bodies: Open Grid Forum, Liberty Alliance, OASIS and ETSI. He was a research visitor in many well-known research institutions, such as University of Queensland/Australia, Argonne National Lab in Chicago/USA, University of Southern California in Los Angeles/ USA, University of Wisconsin in Madison/USA, Cardiff University in Cardiff/Wales, EPCC University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh/Scotland.

Keynote abstract

Title: "Challenges for future platforms, services and networked applications"

The keynote will address various ICT aspects related to future platforms, applications and services that may impact and hopefully improve the way various business and enterprise processes will be organized in the future. Today, new development tools, rich multimedia and visual software environments, easy-to-program powerful mobile devices, interactive panels, etc. enable users to build new IT systems with natural user interfaces, to quickly setup collaborative environments or to easily deploy online applications. However, many people have not realized how quickly data, computational and networking requirements of these new information systems have increased and what constraints are behind existing e-Infrastructures. Moreover, in order to ensure software performance and scalability for thousands of users, software components and communication protocols as well as hardware and interconnect architectures must be designed and applied in harmony. Based on best practices collected over the last decade in various international research projects, it is clear that interoperability, flexibility and security aspects must also be taken into account by software developers and integrators, especially when networked service-oriented, virtualized and distributed IT platforms are considered. Due to the ability of enterprises, public institutions and users to be permanently online, an access to various mobile sensors and almost unlimited bandwidth, many researchers have been designing innovative systems that will change the way people will use and apply ICT. Therefore, the main aim of this keynote will be to share with the audience example scenarios and some lessons learned. Additionally, various challenges encountered in practice for future information systems and software development methods will be briefly discussed. The keynote will be summarized by an updated report on existing research e-Infrastructures in Poland and worldwide as well as some grand challenges identified for e-Science for the next decade.

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