IEEE Conference on E-Commerce (CEC 2003), Newport Beach, USA

Keynote I: Building and Managing Adaptive e-Business Solution Infrastructure by David L. Cohn
Keynote II: A Collaborative Web Service Platform by Meichun Hsu
Keynote III: The Grid: Infrastructure, Applications, and Opportunities by Carl Kesselman

Keynote I: Building and Managing Adaptive e-Business Solution Infrastructure
David L. Cohn

With the advancement of information technology and business transformation, and to increase profits from its value chain, an enterprise has to be able to rapidly modify and adapt its business process and collaboration infrastructure. Business Process Integration and Management is the key to building and managing an adaptive e-business solution infrastructure. As an enabling technology of business process integration, Web services provide a standardized means to allow heterogeneous applications to communicate with one another. The standard interface description language and communication mechanism of Web services is employed to build a modularized and adaptive e-business infrastructure that supports evolving business environments. In this talk, I will introduce a reference integration architecture and then illustrate how Web services is used for enabling business service discovery, business service invocation, solution templates, and business process composition. In order to make an e-business solution infrastructure more stable, robust and adaptive, I will discuss new and emerging autonomic computing techniques that efficiently manage the infrastructure at both IT level and business process level. I will conclude by presenting some challenging research topics that will enable our vision of e-business on demand.

Dr. David Cohn was named Director, e-Business Solutions & Autonomic Computing in September 2002, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, after completing a successful assignment. He was Director of the IBM Austin Research Laboratory in July 1999. Before joining IBM Research, Dr. Cohn was Director, Strategic Projects at IBM Corporate Headquarters. Prior to formally joining IBM in September of 1997, Dr. Cohn served on the Computer Science and Engineering and Electrical Engineering faculties of the University of Notre Dame for twenty-five years. He was the founding Director of Notre Dame’s Distributed Computing Research Laboratory during which directed 12 Ph.D. Dissertations and 31 Masters Theses. He has also held positions on the faculty of Technion, Haifa, Israel and Southern Methodist University. Along with his academic contributions, Dr. Cohn holds two US patents, has authored or co-authored three books and over 100 technical articles.

Keynote II: A Collaborative Web Service Platform
Meichun Hsu

To enable intra- and inter-enterprise application integration, enterprises have invested heavily in EAI (Enterprise Application Integration) and B2B (Business to Business) technologies. However the first generation B2B technologies, represented by the Marketplace platform and its associated tools and applications offered in mid to late 1990's, have left much to be desired. Recent momentum in Web Services based on the SOAP, WSDL and UDDI specifications promises a standardized connectivity at a lower cost that would transform the business connectivity paradigm. In this talk, we will analyze the current web service specifications and technologies from the perspectives of protocol layers, service descriptions, and business service registries. We discuss the challenges and opportunities in creating a web service-based platform that enables dynamic business process integration within and across enterprise boundaries.

Meichun Hsu is currently Vice President of Engineering at Commerce One Inc. She is responsible for the design and development of Commerce One's web service platform product. Prior to joining Commerce One in 2001, Mei had been at HP Labs where she led HP's research program in data mining technologies, at EDS's Management Consulting Service Division and A.T. Kearney Inc., responsible for the consulting practice in advanced business process technologies, at Digital Equipment Corporation where she served as Chief Architect for Workflow, and a Professor in Computer Science at Harvard University. Mei received her B.A. from National Taiwan University, M.S. from University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has widely published in the area of database systems, transaction processing, workflow automation, business process management systems, and data mining. She received the VLDB Endowment Ten-Year Paper Award in September, 2001.

Keynote III: The Grid: Infrastructure, Applications, and Opportunities
Carl Kesselman

Collaboration plays a significant role in many important activities: fundamental advances in science are made by international teams of tens to thousands of scientists, airplanes are designed by collaborations contractors and subcontractors, businesses interact with global networks of vendors, and customers. Yet in spite of the importance of information technology to all of these endeavors, the information technology resources that can be contributed to any of these collaborations are quite constrained. Computers, data, and other resources available to individual participants cannot be easily brought into a collaboration and applied to the work of the team. Grids are a new technology that has been developed to address these fundamental infrastructure problems. Grids provide the means for establishing distributed collaborations and allowing resources to be contributed and shared across these collaborations. Grid infrastructure is being built and is being applied to a wide range of applications, from understanding fundamental properties of matter, to financial services. In this talk, I will introduce the basic motivations for Grids, and describe the types of applications that can be enabled by Grid technology. I will then overview some of the challenges that must be overcome in order to make Grids a reality and describe Grid infrastructure, such as the Open Grid Services Architecture, that has been designed to meet these challenges.

Dr. Kesselman is the director of the Center for Grid Technologies at the University of Southern California's Information Sciences Institute and a Research Associate Professor of Computer Science, also at USC. He is a widely recognized leader in the field of Grid computing, and along with Dr. Ian Foster, he co-leads the Globus project, which has developed the de-facto standard for Grid infrastructure. Dr. Kesselman received the British Computing Societies Lady Ada Lovelace Medal for significant co2ntributions in the advancement of information systems, a 2002 R&D100 Award, and was named one of the top 10 Innovators of 2002 by MIT Technology Review and Infoworld.