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Event Chairs

Conference Chair

Victor Chang
Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

Brief Bio
Victor Chang is an Associate Professor (Reader) in Information Management and Information Systems of International Business School Suzhou, Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University, China. He's also a Director of PhD Program. He was previously a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computing, Creative Technologies at Leeds Beckett University, UK. He’s a Visiting Researcher at the University of Southampton, UK and an Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Liverpool, UK. He is an expert on Cloud Computing and Big Data in both academia and industry with extensive experience in related reas since 1998. He completed a PGCert (Higher Education) and PhD (Computer Science) within four years while working full-time. He has over 100 peer-reviewed published papers. He won £20,000 funding in 2001 and £81,000 funding in 2009. He was involved in part of the £6.5 million project in 2004, part of the £5.6 million project in 2006 and part of a £300,000 project in 2013. He won a 2011 European Identity Award in Cloud Migration, since his work is making contributions. He has won 2016 European Identity and Cloud Award on the best project in research, involved with more than 20 collaborators worth more than $10 millions in valuation. He was selected to present his research in the House of Commons in 2011 and won the best paper in 2012 and 2015. He has demonstrated Storage as a Service, Health Informatics as a Service, Financial Software as a Service, Education as a Service, Big Data Processing as a Service, Integration as a Service, Security as a Service, Social Network as a Service, Data Visualization as a Service (Weather Science) and Consulting as Service in Cloud Computing and Big Data services in both of his practitioner and academic experience. His proposed frameworks have been adopted by several organizations. He is the founding chair of international workshops in Emerging Software as a Service and Analytics and Enterprise Security. He is the founding chair of IoTBDS and COMPLEXIS which have become popular in research communities. He is an Editor-in-Chief (EIC) in International Journal of Organizational and Collective Intelligence and a founding EIC in Open Journal of Big Data. He is the Editor of a highly prestigious journal, Future Generation Computer Systems (FGCS). He is a reviewer of numerous well-known journals and had published three books on Cloud Computing which are available on Amazon website. He is a keynote speaker for CLOSER 2015/WEBIST2015/ICTforAgeingWell 2015 and has received positive support. ... More >>


Program Co-Chairs

Muthu Ramachandran
Leeds Beckett University
United Kingdom

Brief Bio
Muthu Ramachandran is a Principal Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University. He has extensive research coupled with teaching background and experiences on software and systems engineering methods and lifecycle and is an expert in SOA, Cloud and security. He is an author of two books, an edited co-author of a book, and has also widely authored published journal articles, book chapters and conferences materials on various advanced topics in software engineering and education. He is a member of various professional organizations and computer societies. He was also invited speaker on 5th Inte national symposium on SOA Cloud 2012, London. ... More >>

Víctor Méndez Muñoz
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, UAB

Brief Bio
Dr. Víctor Méndez Muñoz has a main background in big data management and distributed systems. He participated in scientific international projects in physics and bioinformatics like AGATA, LHCb, ENRM and EISCAT, collaborating with several more. Currently, he is Head of Software Development at Mind the Byte, a bioinformatics company specializing in computational drug discovery using a pay-per-use SaaS platform (Software as a Service). He also works in the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) as a part time professor. He holds the program chair in INSTICC conferences in the fields o cloud computing, big data, complexity and the internet of things, as well as editorial collaboration in some journals of high impact. ... More >>

Verena Kantere
University of Geneva

Brief Bio
Verena Kantere is a Maître d’ Enseignement et de Recherche - Senior Lecturer at the Centre of Informatics (CUI) at the University of Geneva. Before she was a Senior Researcher and the Excellence Grant Holder at CUI, University of Geneva (UniGe) working towards the provision and exchange of data services in cloud environments, focusing on the management of Big Data and performance of Big Data analytics, by developing methods, algorithms and fully fledged systems. Before coming to the UniGe she was a tenure-track junior assistant professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering an Information Technology at the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT). She has received a Diploma and a Ph.D. from the National Technical University of Athens, (NTUA) and a M.Sc. from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto (UofT), where she also started her PhD studies. After the completion of her PhD studies she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL). During her graduate studies she developed methods, algorithms and fully fledged systems for data exchange and coordination in Peer-to-Peer (P2P) overlays with structured and unstructured data, focusing on the solution of problems of data heterogeneity, query processing and rewriting, multi-dimensionality and management of continuous queries. Furthermore, she has shown interest and work in the field of the Semantic Web, concerning the problem of semantic similarity, annotation, clustering and integration. ... More >>

Gary Wills
University of Southampton
United Kingdom

Brief Bio
Dr. Gary Wills is an Associate Professor in Computer Science at the University of Southampton. He graduated from the University of Southampton with an Honours degree in Electromechanical Engineering, and then a PhD in Industrial Hypermedia Systems. He is a Chartered Engineer, a member of the Institute of Engineering Technology and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Educational Academy. He is also a visiting associate professor at the University of Cape Town and a research professor at RLabs. Gary's research centres around Secure System Engineering, focusing on Industrial systems, Clou and IoT. ... More >>

Robert Walters
University of Southampton
United Kingdom

Brief Bio
Robert John Walters is an Assistant Professor in Computer Science at the University of Southampton. His research interests include middleware, distributed computing, hypermedia and graphical formal modelling language. He is supervising a few PhD students specializing in Cloud Computing.


Scientific Advisory Board

Schahram Dustdar
Vienna University of Technology

Brief Bio

Schahram Dustdar is Full Professor of Computer Science and head of the Distributed Systems Group at the TU Vienna. From 2004-2010 he was Honorary Professor of Information Systems at the Department of Computing Science at the University of Groningen (RuG), The Netherlands. He is an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Services Computing, ACM Transactions on the Web, and ACM Transactions on Internet Technology and on the editorial board of IEEE Internet Computing and IEEE Computer. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Computing (Springer). Dustdar is recipient of the ACM Distinguished S ientist award (2009), the IBM Faculty Award (2012), a member of the Academia Europaea: The Academy of Europe, and an IEEE Fellow (2016).

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Doctoral Consortium Chair

Luis Almeida
Instituto de Telecomunicações - FEUP

Brief Bio
Luis Almeida graduated in Electronics and Telecommunications Eng. in 1988 and received a Ph.D. in Electrical Eng. in 1999, both from the University of Aveiro in Portugal. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the University of Porto (UP), Portugal, and a member of the Telecommunications Institute at UP where he coordinates the Networked Systems group. Among several appointments, he was a member of the Executive Committees of the IEEE Technical Committees on Real-Time Systems (2008-2013) and on Factory Automation (2007-2009, si ce 2014), Program and General Chair of the IEEE Real-Time Systems Symposium (2011-2012 respectively), Vice-President (2011-2013) and Trustee (2008-2016) of the RoboCup Federation, and Associate Editor of the Springer Journal of Real-Time Systems (since 2010) and Elsevier Journal of Systems Architecture (since 2012). His research interests include those related to real-time communications for distributed industrial/embedded systems including teams of cooperating agents. ... More >>


Local Chair

Óscar Mortágua Pereira
University of Aveiro

Brief Bio
Óscar M. Pereira is currently an Auxiliar Professor at the Department of Engineering of Electronics Telecommunications and Informatics at the University of Aveiro, Portugal. He is also a researcher at the Instituto de Telecomunicações, pólo de Aveiro.