Basser Seminar Series

Towards an Engineering Discipline for Service Oriented Architectures

Associate Professir Boualem Benatallah
School of Computer Science and Engineering, University of New South Wales

Wednesday 16 May 2007, 4-5 pm

School of IT Building, Lecture Theatre 123, Level 1


The emerging next-generation Web technologies, centered on the concept of Web services, promise to enable interactions and efficiencies that have not been experienced before. The foundation of this technology lies in the modularization and virtualization of system functions as services that: (i) can be described, advertised and discovered using (XML-based) standard languages, and (ii) interact through standard Internet protocols.

This talk outlines some of the significant achievements and opportunities in the field of service oriented computing. We will then examines service interactions challenges. While much progress has been made toward providing basic interoperability at the messaging layer, there is still a lot to be done. We highlight service life cycle aspects including business protocol discovery, adaptation, and evolution.We discuss the importance of conceptual modeling, design intelligence, models alignment and analysis to facilitate large-scale interoperation among Web services.

Speaker's biography

Dr. Boualem Benatallah received his PhD degree in computer science from Grenoble University (IMAG, France). He is associate Professor and research coordinator at the School of Computer Science and Engineering, UNSW. His research interests lie in the areas of Web service protocols analysis and management, enterprise services integration, large scale and autonomous data sharing, process modeling and service oriented architectures for pervasive computing. He has several ARC (Australian Research Council) funded projects in these areas. He was a visiting scholar at Purdue University (USA), Visiting Professor at INRIA-LORIA (France), Visiting Professor at Blaise Pascal University (Clermont-Ferrand, France), Visting Professor at Claude Bernard University (Lyon, France). He has been a Program Committee member of several international conferences including VLDB, ICDE, EDBT, WWW, ER, ICSOC, and ICWS. He was the PC chair of several Int. workshops on Web services. He was PC co-chair of BPM'05 and ICSOC'05. He is PC co-chair of WISE'07. He is member of the steering committee on the int. conference on business process management and member of the editorial boards of a number of international journals. He was guest editor of several journal special issues on Web services. He was keynote and tutorial speaker on Web Services at several workshops and conferences. He is co-author of Interconnecting Heterogeneous Information Systems (Kluwer,1998). He is also co-author of E-Commerce Enabling Technologies, Pearson Education, 2002. He has published widely in international journals and con-ferences including IEEE TKDE, IEEE TSE, IEEE Internet Computing, IEEE Net-work, IEEE Intelligent Systems, IEEE computer, CACM, VLDB, PADD journals and IEEE ICDE, IEEE ICDS, WWW, ICSE, ER conferences.