Keynote Lectures List:

- Roel Wieringa , University of Twente, The Netherlands
     Title: Design Science and Software Engineering

- Jorge Cardoso , SAP AG, Germany
     Title:The Internet of Services

- Kecheng Liu , University of Reading, UK
     Title: PRAGMATIC WEB - Incorporating Semiotics into Web Services

- Mihail Konstantinov, University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy, Bulgaria
     Title: European Standards and Perspectives for E-voting in Bulgaria

Keynote Lecture 1

Design Science and Software Engineering

  Roel Wieringa,
University of Twente,
The Netherlands

Brief Bio
Roel Wieringa is Chair of Information Systems at the the University of Twente, the Netherlands. His research interests include value-based requirements engineering, business process modeling, conceptual modeling, and research methodologoy for requirements engineering. He is scientific director of the School for Information and Knowledge Systems (SIKS),  that provides advanced education to all Dutch Ph.D. students in information and knowledge systems. He has written two books, Requirements Engineering: Frameworks for Understanding (Wiley, 1996) and Design Methods for Reactive Systems: Yourdon, Statemate and the UML (Morgan Kaufmann, 2003). He has been Associate Editor in Chief of IEEE Software for the area of requirements engineering. He serves on the board of editors of the Requirements Engineering Journal and of the Journal of Software and Systems Modeling. Find more information at http://www.cs.utwente.nl/~roelw

In software engineering, as in other engineering disciplines, there is a confusion about the relative roles of design and empirical science in an engineering discipline. There is however a significant difference between inventing useful artifacts (design) and discovering true propositions (science). In this talk I will explore this difference by means of examples from science and engineering, and provide a model for the interaction between design and empirical science in the engineering disciplines.. Contrary to what nowadays is propagated by the design science movement, I will show that design and science are distinct but concurrent activities. Examples from other engineering disciplines show that the distinction between them is one in problems to be solved and in criteria to be applied to proposed solutions, and consequently in problem-solving methods to be used. I will then apply these insights to examples of software engineering research.
Keynote Lecture 2

The Internet of Services

  Jorge Cardoso,

Brief Bio
Prof. Dr. Jorge Cardoso joined SAP Research, Germany, in 2007. He previously gave lectures at the University of Madeira (Portugal), the University of Georgia (USA) and at the Instituto Politécnico de Leiria (Portugal). He has worked at the Boeing Company (USA) on enterprise application integration and at CCG, Zentrum für Graphische Datenverarbeitung on Computer Supported Cooperative Work Systems. He has published over 90 refereed papers in the areas of workflow management systems, semantic web, and related fields. He edited several books, and organized several international conferences on Semantics and Information Systems.

The vision of the Internet of Services (IoS) can be seen as a new business model that can radically change the way we discover, select, invoke and interact with services. In the same way that the Internet can be viewed as a Web of Information, it can also be configured to support an Internet of Services. The IoS describes an approach that uses the Internet as a medium for selling and purchasing services. As a result, services become tradable entities. Service marketplaces, a logical location where providers and consumers are brought together to trade services and to engage in business interaction, are enabling the creation of platforms for the IoS vision. Thus, the IoS provides the business and technical base for advanced business models where service providers and consumers form business networks for service provision and consumption.
Keynote Lecture 3

PRAGMATIC WEB - Incorporating Semiotics into Web Services

  Kecheng Liu,
University of Reading,

Brief Bio
Dr. Kecheng Liu, Fellow of the British Computer Society, is a full professor in Informatics, and Director of Informatics Research Centre (www.reading.ac.uk/irc), University of Reading, UK. He has published over one hundred papers in journals and conferences, and serves in editorial boards of several journals. He has chaired conferences, wrote 1 and edited 5 books in the field of informatics and organisational semiotics. He has been responsible for several research projects, including as principal investigator for over £1M from the British Research Council EPSRC and a similar amount from European Union and the British government funding bodies. The research projects include semiotic methods for systems integration, autonomic computing and self-evolving systems, agents for personalisation in intelligent buildings, pervasive intelligent working spaces, intelligent systems for through-life performance of building services, and legacy systems migration and web-based CRM. He is Visiting Professor and Doctorate Supervisor at Beijing Institute of Technology; and Visiting Professor at Beijing Jiaotong University, Dalian University of Technology and the Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Science, all in China. He has been invited to deliver lectures in information systems and semiotics in Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Czech, France, Hong Kong, Portugal, Sweden, The Netherlands and United States. He is Director of Masters programmes in Informatics, including one MSc programme delivered in Beijing Institute of Technology (China) (www.reading.ac.uk/irc).

The evolution of the web exhibits a trend towards the needs of consumers as opposed to providers by offering contextualised information. The same trend is moving towards the notion of the Pragmatic Web by building on the Syntactic and Semantic versions. The ideas of the Pragmatic Web affords an array of opportunities should a business organisation wish to implement a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) based upon web services. The Pragmatic Web will in the future provide the means to identify and consume contextually relevant web services. However, the challenges to achieve this aim require competencies that move beyond the current boundaries of web technology. Semiotics (the science of signs) is a long-established theory that can make a significant contribution to formulating an approach to discovering and consuming web services in the format of the Pragmatic Web.
Keynote Lecture 4
European Standards and Perspectives for E-voting in Bulgaria
    Mihail Konstantinov,
University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy,
Brief Bio
Mihail Konstantinov is a Full Professor in Mathematics with the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy (UACEG), Bulgaria, Vice-Chancellor of UACEG (1999-2003), Member of scientific councils and commissions, Member of the Board of IICREST. He has authored 30 books and over 500 scientific papers. He has participated in international scientific projects of EU and NATO and realized research and lecturing visits in British, German and French universities. Prof. Konstantinov has been Member and Vice Chair of the Central Election Commission of Bulgaria and Voting coordinator of OSCE (1997-) as well as the Bulgarian representative at the Council of Europe on electronic voting. In addition to his scientific publications, he has authored more than 300 articles in Bulgarian editions devoted to social and political issues with emphasis on election practice and legislation.
On 30 September 2004 the Committee of the Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted Recommendation Rec(2004)11 on Legal, Operational and Technical Standards for E-Voting [see ISBN 978-92-871-5635-8]. Two years before that date a Multidisciplinary Ad hoc Group of Specialists on this subject (IP1-S-EE) had been created. Specialists from more than 30 countries (including Bulgaria) have taken part in the development of the Standards. On 30 June 2004, three months prior to the official adoption of the Standards, a Draft Law on E-Voting had been developed in Bulgaria which incorporated the Standards. It has been presented to the 39-th and 40-th National Assemblies of Bulgaria and for some time Bulgaria was the first European state with such a draft law. Unfortunately, this Law has not been adopted by the Bulgarian Parliament yet. During 2004-2005 a technical project for the implementation of e-voting in Bulgarian elections and referendums according to this Law has been developed as well. In this lecture we briefly consider the above mentioned Standards as well as the progress made and the perspectives for e-voting in Bulgaria.
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