Invited speakers

- Prof. Nicolas Spyratos, University of Paris-South, France
- Prof. Lionel Brunie, INSA de Lyon, France

 

Prof. Nicolas Spyratos, University of Paris-South, France

 

Abstract:

A digital library is an important example of digital ecosystem with a challenging mission: to provide its users with an organized content space and a number of services able to maximize synergies between content providers and content consumers, in order to boost the knowledge production process (collection, management, personalization, etc.). There has been a tremendous research effort in this field in recent years and several large scale projects have been launched since the late 1990 (the DELOS Network of Excellence in digital libraries and the European digital library of cultural heritage EUROPEANA are two prime examples). The aim of this talk is to review the general principles and to present the basic concepts underlying the modelling of digital libraries, as well as to outline some of the basic services expected by digital library users.

Biography:

Nicolas Spyratos ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ) received his BEng degree from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, his M.Sc. degree from the University of Ottawa, Canada, and his Ph.D degree from Carleton University, Canada. He worked as a researcher for Bell-Northern Research in Canada, and for INRIA and the National Research Council (CNRS) in France, prior to joining the University of Paris South as a full professor in 1983, where he was heading the database group from 1985 to 2011. He is affiliated senior scientist, at the following scientific organizations:

- Institute of Computer Science of Crete (http://www.ics.forth.gr/), Greece

- Meme Media Lab of Hokkaido University, Japan (http://www.meme.hokudai.ac.jp/index-e.html).

His research interests include databases, conceptual modeling, information integration (mediators, data warehousing), and digital libraries. He is the author of over 200 articles in international journals, books and conferences, and has supervised the work of 21 PhD students. He has also served on the program committee of over 90 international conferences. He has participated in several national, European and international research projects and has served as evaluator for the NSF and the European commission.

 

 

Prof. Lionel Brunie, INSA de Lyon, France

 

Security and Privacy Issues in Multi-Scale Digital Ecosystems 
Abstract:

Recent advances in computer, communication and sensor/actuator technologies hint at an emerging paradigm of computing, popularly referred to as “digital ecosystems”. A Digital Ecosystem is a distributed, open socio-technical system composed of actors and services, with properties of self-organization, scalability and sustainability, inspired by natural ecosystems. A dramatic change of nature has recently affected digital ecosystems which should now be envisioned as multiscale highly heterogeneous systems at the convergence of the Internet of Things (IoT), mobile/ubiquitous computing and cloud/service-oriented computing. That is, future digital ecosystems will have to consider interaction processes that mobilize entities (typically, services) of totally different nature, origin and operational characteristics, from an embedded “thing” to a public cloud.

In this talk, we will specifically focus on user-centric, ubiquitous and multi-scale digital ecosystems where users and services alike have (ubiquitous) access to a huge mass of information, produced by the local environment (sensor networks, ad-hoc networks, local servers) or remotely (Web services, distant servers, VPN-accessible private clouds, public clouds). Such digital ecosystems raise complex issues e.g., data indexing and access, data delivery, entities cooperation, scalability. However, the most sensitive issue may certainly be the enforcement of security properties and the preservation of privacy.  In that perspective, the objective of this keynote is to draw an overview of security and privacy challenges in multi-scale digital ecosystems; to identify candidate methodologies to address these issues; and finally, to point out the main lines of a research agenda.


Biography:

Lionel Brunie is full professor at the National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA) of Lyon, France. After he received his PhD in computer science in 1992 from Joseph Fourier University, Grenoble, France, Lionel Brunie joined Ecole Normale Supérieure of Lyon, France (LIP lab) as assistant professor. His domains of interest were then parallel programming environments, parallel databases and multimedia distributed systems. Since October 1998, Lionel Brunie is full professor in computer science at the National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA) of Lyon, France.  In 1999, Lionel Brunie created INSA e-learning department that he led until 2002. Then, from 2002 to 2006, he headed the Lyon doctoral school in computer science (300+ registered PhD students). In 2003, Lionel Brunie co-founded the LIRIS lab in which he acted as deputy director in 2006-2007. In 2007, along with Pr Harald Kosch (University of Passau, Germany), Lionel Brunie created the French-German doctoral college in “Multimedia Distributed and Pervasive Secure systems (MDPS)”. In 2009, along with Pr Ernesto Damiani (University of Milan, Italy), Lionel Brunie created the French-Italian doctoral college in “Collaborative and Secure Knowledge Management”, jointly managed with the MDPS college. Lionel Brunie leads the LIRIS DRIM research team. With 10 permanent researchers and 20+ PhD students, the DRIM team is specialized in distributed data management (specifically in large scale (grids, clouds) and mobile systems), information retrieval and security and privacy. Lionel Brunie’s main topics of interest include: security and privacy, data management in large scale and pervasive systems, collaborative information systems, e-health applications. Lionel Brunie has led numerous national and international research projects; he is the (co )author of over 180 research papers; he has been member of over 70 scientific conference and workshop committees.


 

 


 
MEDES Information
MEDES'12 conference will be held in Addis Ababa-Ethiopia from October 28th till October 31th, 2012 organized by Addis Ababa University, IT Doctoral Program, Center for IT Research and Innovation (CITRI). MEDES’12 is Co-Organized by the ICT, Science and Technology Division of UNECA ( link: http://new.uneca.org/istd/ )
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