Dr Surya Nepal is a Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO ICT Centre, Australia. He received his PhD from RMIT University, Australia, MSc from AIT, Thailand and BE from NIT Surat, India. His main research interest is in the development and implementation of technologies in the area of service-oriented architectures, web services, cloud computing and social networks. He has published several journal and conference papers in the areas of multimedia databases, web services and service-oriented architectures, and security, privacy and trust in collaborative environment, cloud computing and social networks. He is also a programme committee member in many international conferences such as WISE, ICSOC and IEEE CLOUD and has edited books and journals.
Athman Bouguettaya (Founding President) received the PhD degree in computer science from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1992. He is the Science Leader in Service Computing at CSIRO ICT Centre. He was previously a tenured faculty member in the Computer Science Department at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (commonly known as Virginia Tech). He currently holds Adjunct Professorships at the Australian National University (Canberra, Australia), the University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia) and Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia). He is on the editorial boards of several journals, including the VLDB Journal, the Distributed and Parallel Databases Journal, the International Journal of Cooperative Information Systems, and the IEEE Transactions on Services Computing. He guest edited the IEEE Internet Computing special issue on database technology on the Web and the ACM Transactions on Internet special issue on Semantic Web services. He served as the program chair of the 2008 International Conference on Service Oriented Computing (ICSOC 2008), the 20th Australasian Database Conference (ADC'09 and ADC10), and the IEEE RIDE Workshop on Web Services for E-Commerce and E-Government (RIDE-WS-ECEG 2004). He has published more than 130 articles in journals and conferences in the area of databases and service computing (e.g., IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, ACM Transactions on the Web, VLDB Journal, SIGMOD, ICDE, VLDB, and EDBT). His current research interests are in the foundations of Web service management systems. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and a Senior Member of the ACM.
Liam O'Brien (Founding Vice-President) has over 20 years experience in research and development in software engineering. He is a Principal Researcher at NICTA's e-Government Initiative researching in SOAs, service migration, service integration, scoping of SOA and cost and effort estimation. He is also an Adjunct Research Fellow at ANU's School of Computer Science and a Visiting Fellow at ANU's School of Accounting and Business Information Systems. He holds a BSc and PhD from the University of Limerick, Ireland. He is a member of the IEEE and IEEE Computer Society.
Joseph G. Davis is Professor of Information Systems and Services in the School of Information Technologies at the University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia. He is the Director of Knowledge Discovery and Management Research Group and the theme leader for Service Computing at the Centre for Distributed and High Performance Computing at the University of Sydney. He has previously held faculty positions at the University of Wollongong, Australia, University of Auckland, New Zealand, and Indiana University Bloomington, USA and served as visiting Professor/research scientist at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Syracuse University, Syracuse, and IBM Research Labs (India). He has a PhD in Information Systems from the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, USA, and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India.
Joseph's primary research interests are in knowledge management including ontologies, data mining, service computing, and human computation. He has published two books and over one hundred research papers in these and related areas. His research has been funded by grants from the Australian Research Council under the Discovery and Linkage funding schemes, the Australian Learning and Teaching Council, Carnegie Bosch Institute, Pittsburgh, IBM Research Labs, Cooperative Research Centre for Smart Services, among others.
Fethi Rabhi is an Associate Professor in the School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia. His main research areas are in service-oriented software engineering with a strong focus on business and financial applications. He completed a PhD in Computer Science at the University of Sheffield in 1990 and held several academic appointments in the USA and the UK before joining UNSW in 2000. He is currently actively involved in several research projects in the area of large-scale news and financial market data analysis. He is a member of the Australian Computer Society (ACS) and IEEE Computer Society.
Prof Boualem Benatallah is professor and research group leader at the School of Computer Science (CSE), University of New South Wales (UNSW, Sydney, Australia). He held the chaire d'excellence position of the Auvergne Region in France (LIMOS, France, 2008-2010). His main research interests are developing fundamental concepts and techniques in service composition, cloud services services engineering, integration, and business processes management. He has published more than 170 refereed papers including more than 45 journal papers. Most of his papers appeared in very selective and reputable conferences and journals. He is frequently invited to give keynote talks, lectures and tutorials on service computing in international conferences and summer schools. He has a very strong international track record demonstrated by the high citations of his work, some of which are considered seminal in the field of services composition. He also has strong collaboration with Industry including projects, consultancy on enterprise computing, and patents. Boualem has been PC co-chair of number of international conferences (BPM'05, ICSOC'05, WISE'07, ICWE'2010, IEEE/ACM WI'11, IEEE SOCA'11). He was research track co-chair for the WWW'11 conference. He was the general chair of ICSOC'08 – Sydney. He has acted as a key official (tutorial chair, workshops chair, publication chair, area chair, PhD symposium chair) for several international conferences. He has been guest editor of five special issues for reputable international journals including ACM TOIT. He has been a PC member of all the reputable international conferences in his areas of research including VLDB, ICDE, WWW, EDBT, MDM, ICSOC, ICWS and ER. He is member of the steering committee of BPM and ICSOC conferences. He is member of the editorial board of numerous international journals and series including Springer Series on Services Science and ACM Transactions on Web. He was visiting Professor at INRIA-LORIA, CNRS, Claude Bernard University (France), University of Blaise Pascal (Clermont Ferrand, France), University of Trento (Italy). As chair of the CSE research committee, he was member of the team (comprising multiple university, government and industry partners) that constructed the successful bid for the new Smart Services CRC, which was awarded $30m in federal funding in 2007. He was a project leader at the CRC smart services. He is a leader of a recent UNSW strategic initiative on eResearch and services. He is also interested in digital services, technology, and education nexus. He is member of Executive Committee of IEEE Computer Society's Technical Committee on Business Informatics and Systems. He is member of ACM and IEEE.
Dr Renu Agarwal is the Research Director, Management Practices Projects and a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Business at UTS, Sydney. Renu possesses a unique blend of 30 years of extensive industry experience whilst she held senior management positions at State Rail Authority of NSW, Telstra Corporation and its joint venture company REACH, and is now an active academic and researcher at UTS Sydney. Renu did her BTech in electrical engineering from IIT Kanpur India, MEngSc from University of Sydney, and has recently completed her Phd in Management from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management. She has won the ANZAM Best Doctoral Dissertation Award 2008 for her research titled Drivers and outcome of elevated service offerings in a collaborative organisational environment conducted on Telstra and its partnering organisations.
Renu's research interests are in service value networks, innovation in services, dynamic capability building, management practices and its impact on firm performance, and more recently in managerial innovation education. She has several federal government research grants, publications in top tier journals, several book chapters to her name and is a member of the Board of the Australian Services Science Society.
Dr Renu Agarwal: BTech (Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur India), MEngSc (University of Sydney, Sydney), Phd in Management (Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Sydney)
Prof Ryszard Kowalczyk is the Foundation Director of the Swinburne's Centre for Complex Software Systems and Services (CS3) and a Full Professor of Intelligent Systems in the Faculty of Information & Communication Technologies (ICT), Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia. He has some 20 years of combined academic and industrial R&D experience in Intelligent Systems and their applications in a wide range of complex real-world problems. Prof Kowalczyk was the Foundation Director of the Centre for Intelligent Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (CIAMAS) and then a larger Swinburne University's Centre for Information Technology Research (CITR) that led to the formation of CS3 in 2008. Prior to joining the University in 2003, he worked with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and a number of corporate R&D centres of multinational companies in Australia and overseas. He received M.Eng. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Zielona Gora, Poland in 1986 and the Silesian University of Technology, Poland in 1990, respectively. Prof Kowalczyk is Editor-in-Chief of Transactions on Computational Collective Intelligence (Springer), has served on a number of Editorial Boards of international journals including the Journal of Algorithms in Cognition, Informatics and Logic (Elsevier), the International Journal on Multi-agent and Grid Systems, the International Journal of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, the International Transactions on Systems Science and Applications; and Advisory Boards of international technical committees including IEEE SMC and IEEE FIPA WGs. He is a member of Advisory Board of the Centre for Intelligent Information Technologies (CETINIA) at University Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, Spain.
Shankar Sivaprakasam has held several senior positions in IT strategy consulting/ advisory, systems integration, managed services, and more recently sales.
Shankar has over 16 years experience in Information Communication Technology (ICT) business, of which 12 years have been at HP. Prior to joining HP, he was the global e-business manager for EDS Asia Holdings; an offshore Managed Services company. Shankar program directed several large, complex projects and managed service contracts for global and government clients during this period. An e-business project in this role had won the coveted British Computer Society (BCS) award for the best global e-business initiative for the client. Shankar's track record demonstrates a consistent performance in achieving client delight, helping clients innovate, and drive growth.
Shankar had helped transform several government agencies and private sector businesses while serving as their trusted advisor assisting with IT and sourcing strategies, e-governance, planning, architecture, projects implementation and managed services. Shankar's industry clients include mid to large-sized companies and multi-national corporations, and they span industries such as financial services, communication service providers, fast moving consumer goods, energy related companies and governments. Shankar's strategy related advisory had not only helped CIOs and other line of business sponsors secure funding to execute on large scale transformation initiatives, but also won him several accolades including Total Customer Experience (TCE) and HP High Flyer awards. Shankar's sponsors are normally the C-suite executives. He had received commendations for his and team's work from several of his clients. Prior to taking up the strategic sales engagement role, Shankar had held regional business responsibility for application managed services.
He is a regular speaker at industry forums and a recipient of several international scholarships. Shankar has presented refereed academic papers at international management conferences. Shankar was also featured in several industry publications and national dailies in several countries. Shankar is a senior member of the Australian Computer Society and a Golden Key member. Shankar graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, India, in Computer Science and Engineering, and obtained his EMBA from University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. He is currently a PhD candidate in Management studies with his research interest in 'Service Innovation'.
A Singaporean by nationality, Shankar lives in Sydney, Australia.
Anton Rajaratnam Anton is based in GRACosway’s Sydney office and is responsible for oversight of the financial and administration functions of the firm on a national basis.
Leveraging his strong background in corporate accounting, Anton manages and prepares GRACosway’s financial accounts and reporting, oversees the finance team and systems, coordinates administrative functions, and works closely with the CEO and Partners on GRACosway’s financial strategy.
Anton is also responsible for development of the firm’s IT network and information management operations.
Prior to joining GRACosway, Anton held a number of finance management and accounting roles with organisations in both the professional and charitable services sectors. He has also previously worked as Finance Manager and IT Coordinator for a peak medical industry body.
Anton holds a Bachelor of Accounting from Victoria University.