Bhavani Thuraisingham, Louis A. Beecherl, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Executive Director of the Cyber Security Research and Education Institute, University of Texas at Dallas

Dr. Bhavani Thuraisingham is the Louis A. Beecherl, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and the Executive Director of the Cyber Security Research and Education Institute (CSI) at The University of Texas at Dallas. She is an elected Fellow of IEEE, the AAAS, the British Computer Society, and the SPDS (Society for Design and Process Science). She received several prestigious award including IEEE Computer Society's 1997 Technical Achievement Award for “outstanding and innovative contributions to secure data management”, the 2010 ACM SIGSAC (Association for Computing Machinery, Special Interest Group on Security, Audit and Control) Outstanding Contributions Award for “seminal research contributions and leadership in data and applications security for over 25 years” and the SDPS Transformative Achievement Medal for her contributions to interdisciplinary research. She has unique experience working in commercial industry, research laboratory, US government and academia and her 30+ year career includes research and development, technology transfer, product development, program management, and consulting for the federal government. Her work has resulted in 100+ journal articles, 200+ conference papers, 100+ keynote and invited talks, six US patents (two pending) and twelve books.

  • Keynote Topic: Cloud-Centric Assured Information Sharing
  • Abstract: This presentation will describe our research and development efforts in assured cloud computing for the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. We have developed a secure cloud computing framework as well as multiple secure cloud query processing systems.  Our framework uses Hadoop to store and retrieve large numbers of RDF triples by exploiting the cloud computing paradigm and we have developed a scheme to store RDF data in a Hadoop Distributed File System. We implemented XACML-based policy management and integrated it with our query processing strategies.  For secure query processing with relational data we utilized the HIVE framework. More recently we have developed strategies for secure storage and query processing in a hybrid cloud. In particular, we have developed algorithms for query processing wherein user’s local computing capability is exploited alongside public cloud services to deliver an efficient and secure data management solution. We have also developed techniques for secure virtualization using the XEN hypervisor to host our cloud data managers as well as an RDF-based policy engine hosted on our cloud computing framework. We have also developed demonstration systems with our European partners: Kings College, University of London and the University of Insubria Italy who are funded by EOARD (The European Office of Aerospace Research and Development). The first demonstration illustrates how information may be shared in our cloud, based on policies specified in XACML. In the second demonstration we have implemented a semantic web-based policy engine and will show how multiple social networks may share information on our cloud utilizing semantic web-based policies.

Derek McAuley, Professor of Digital Economy in the School of Computer Science at the University of Nottingham and Chief Innovation Officer at the Connected Digital Economy Catapult

Derek McAuley has engaged in a career transitioning between academic research (Cambridge, Glasgow and Nottingham Universities), commercial research (founding member of labs for Microsoft, Marconi and Intel), and roles in several successful startups, most recently XenSource and Netronome. He is Professor of Digital Economy in the School of Computer Science at the University of Nottingham and Director of the Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute; his research has covered ubiquitous computing, computer architecture, networking, photonics, distributed systems and operating systems. He is also currently Chief Innovation Officer in residence at the Connected Digital Economy Catapult.

  • Keynote Topic: Getting Creative With The Cloud
  • Abstract: In line with historical adoption of digital technologies, we have seen a move to cloud computing around standard business functions often provided as "Software as a Service" - for example email, telephony, human resources, finance, web services, and management of social networks, documents and customers, functions present in every modern business. At the catapult we’ve started to consider the next round of cloud services that are still broadly useful across one or more business sectors, but somewhat more specialised in delivering value into the companies products rather than back office functions. The talk will present some of the current thinking around new SaaS opportunities.

Burkhard Neidecker-Lutz, Fellow, SAP AG

Burkhard Neidecker-Lutz is a Fellow at SAP AG. He has held positions in Research at Digital Equipment, Compaq and SAP AG and worked on topics in multimedia, databases and cloud computing. Currently he is working on future versions of SAP’s HANA in-Memory database system. He is the industrial chair of the European Commission’s Expert Group on Cloud Computing, a member of the ACM Europe Council and the German IPv6 Council.

  • Keynote Topic: One Size May Not Fit All: Special Purpose Clouds
  • Abstract: With the commoditization of public clouds and cloud-like offerings from traditional IT service providers,   future suppliers in that market face an expensive uphill battle, with tight margins and pressure to conform to “industry standard”, i.e. proprietary interfaces owned by the incumbents. One attractive alternative is to specialize into (large) niches with special purpose clouds that can have tailor-made architectures for important application cases. The talk will draw on experiences with constructing alternatives to established US cloud vendors for the European science community, SAPs HANA Enterprise Cloud and the upcoming infrastructure of the Human Brain Project.

Jorge Gasós, Head of Sector for Software and Services Research, Directorate-General for Communication Networks, Content and Technology, European Commission

Jorge Gasós is head of sector for Software and Services research in the European Commission’s "Communication Networks, Content and Technology" Directorate-General. He held previous positions in the areas of Grid Technologies and eBusiness of the ICT research programme. Before joining the European Commission, Jorge Gasós held research positions in Spain, Japan and Belgium, mainly in the areas of artificial intelligence and robotics. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (Spain).

  • Keynote Topic: EU Research in Cloud Computing: Priorities for Horizon 2020

Andreas Polze, Professor, Operating Systems and Middleware Group, Hasso-Plattner-Institute for Software Engineering at University Potsdam

Prof. Dr. Andreas Polze is the Operating Systems and Middleware Professor at the Hasso Plattner Institute for Software Engineering at University Potsdam, Germany. He is also the speaker of the Ph.D. school on "Service-Oriented Systems Engineering" at HPI and member of the steering committee of HPI's Future SOC Lab. Andreas received a doctoral degree from Freie University Berlin, Germany, in 1994 and a habilitation degree from Humboldt University Berlin in 2001, both in Computer Science.  He was visiting scientist with the Dynamic Systems Unit at Software Engineering Institute, at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA, were he worked on real-time computing on standard middleware (CORBA) and with the Real-Time Systems Laboratory at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. 

At HPI, his research focuses on architectures of operating systems, on component-based middleware, as well as on predictable distributed and cloud computing. Current research interests include Predictable Service Computing, Adaptive System Configuration, and End-to-End Service Availability for standard middleware platforms. Andreas Polze is one of the co-authors of the Windows Curriculum Resource Kit (CRK), the top-download at the Microsoft faculty resource center. Together with Charité, Getemed, and Deutsche Telekom, he has run the Fontane telemedicine project. Joint research with SAP has investigated porting HANA to new processor architectures. He has (co-) authored more than 90 papers in scientific journals and conference proceedings. He has contributed to five books.

  • Keynote Topic: The XCloud model
  • Abstract: This talk will cover our work on InstantLab - a platform for running Operating System experiments in the Cloud. InstantLab extends the idea of MOOCs with a trust-based experiment infrastructure that uses HP Converged Cloud at the FutureSOC Lab at Hasso Plattner Institut in Potsdam and looks at cloud burst techniques to connect to public clouds such as AWS and Azure. In addition, the talk will cover an extension of the IaaS model in order to support GPU devices and the co-location of VM installations (debugger + debuggee for kernel mode experiments).



The IEEE CloudCom 2013 Cloud Standards Panel panel will address current issues in cloud computing standards, including topics such as: cloud computing as the fourth wave of computing; how technology drives cloud computing; global vs. national cloud computing standards development organizations; consortium cloud development standards; government involvement in cloud computing; vendor perspective on cloud computing products and services; and the IEEE Cloud Computing Initiative (overview, strategy, and objectives). Speakers include:

Stephen L. Diamond, Chairman, IEEE Cloud Computing Initiative and IEEE Cloud Computing Standards Committee [Panel Moderator]

Stephen L. Diamond is founder and chair of the IEEE Cloud Computing Initiative and the IEEE Cloud Computing Standards Committee. Steve has 30 years of senior management, marketing, business development, M&A, and engineering experience in computer systems, software, semiconductors, and standards. He is GM of the Industry Standards Office and Global Standards Officer at EMC Corporation. Prior to EMC, he was Director of Product Management for Intercloud Computing at Cisco Systems, where he was responsible for Cisco's cloud standards program and built Cisco's first AWS-compatible cloud. Before that, he was VP of Marketing at Equator Technologies, a VLIW signal-processing semiconductor startup. Steve has authored more than 20 technical publications on cloud computing, memory and microprocessor technology, signal processing, expert systems, and computer graphics. He is a Past President of the IEEE Computer Society, twice served on the IEEE Board of Directors, was a founding member of the IEEE Standards Association Board of Governors, and was Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Micro Magazine. Steve was awarded the IEEE Third Millennium Medal and Computer Society Golden Core Award.

Rajkumar Buyya, Professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering Director of the Cloud Computing and Distributed Systems (CLOUDS) Laboratory University of Melbourne, Australia

Dr. Rajkumar Buyya is Professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering, Future Fellow of the Australian Research Council, and Director of the Cloud Computing and Distributed Systems (CLOUDS) Laboratory at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He is also serving as the founding CEO of Manjrasoft, a spin-off company of the University, commercializing its innovations in Cloud Computing. He has authored over 450 publications and four text books including "Mastering Cloud Computing" published by McGraw Hill and Elsevier/Morgan Kaufmann, 2013 for Indian and international markets respectively. He also edited several books including "Cloud Computing: Principles and Paradigms" (Wiley Press, USA, Feb 2011). He is one of the highly cited authors in computer science and software engineering worldwide (h-index=78, g-index=156, 26900+ citations). Microsoft Academic Search Index ranked Dr. Buyya as the world's top author in distributed and parallel computing between 2007 and 2012.He is an "ISI Highly Cited Researcher". He is currently serving as the foundation Editor-in-Chief (EiC) of IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing.

Joe Weinman, Chair, IEEE Intercloud Testbed Executive Committee Senior VP of Cloud Services and Strategy, Telx Group

Joe Weinman is responsible for leading Telx’s fast-growing cloud services business development and strategy. He joined Telx® with over 30 years of experience in executive leadership positions at AT&T, Hewlett-Packard, and Bell Laboratories, in areas such as corporate strategy, business development, product management, operations, and R&D. Named a “Top 10 Cloud Computing Leader” by TechTarget, Weinman is a frequent keynote speaker, blogger and the founder of Cloudonomics—a rigorous, multidisciplinary approach to valuing the cloud—and the author of Cloudonomics: The Business Value of Cloud Computing, available from booksellers worldwide in ebook and hardcover editions. He has been awarded 16 U.S. and international patents in diverse fields and has been showcased in numerous global broadcasts, print and online publications. He has a Bachelors and Masters in Computer Science from Cornell University and UW-Madison respectively, and has completed Executive Education at the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne.

Joel Fleck, Senior Standards Architect, Global Technology Program, HP Labs

Joel J. Fleck II is Senior Standards Architect in the Global Technology Program of HP Labs and also serves as head of standards for HP Cloud Activities. His primary research and standards  focus is adaptive management of distributed systems and policy based management.

Recent research activities have involved the definition of distributed, context-aware, adaptive management architectures for SOA and Cloud environments using a model-driven approach driven by business visualizations, the use of semantic reasoning across ontologies to verify feasibility of inter-domain relationships, and the development of Traceability Maps, a tool which graphically represents the relationships between software artifacts throughout the software lifecycle.

Prior to joining Hewlett-Packard, he spent 16 years at Bell Laboratories and Bell Communications Research researching distributed management systems, multimedia networks and automated test systems to validate digital communications systems, and at Stochos, Inc. as a software architect and designer.

Joel is a frequent speaker at conferences, has published numerous papers on the subject of distributed architectures, model-driven architectures and management of distributed architectures and serves on the editorial board of several major journals relating to policy-based and next generation management. Joel serves on the Board of Directors and in lead executive positions for a number of international standards bodies.

Joel graduated from the University of Michigan with a MS in Industrial and Operations Engineering and the University of Vermont with a BS in Computer Science. He is Distinguished Fellow of the TeleManagement Forum.

John Messina, Senior Member, Cloud Computing Project, National Institute of Standards and Technology

John Messina is a senior member of the Cloud Computing (CC) Project at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He holds a M.S. in Computer Science and B.S. in Physics and has been working at NIST as computer scientist since 1998. He has a distinguished record of scientific accomplishments, such as publications and industry presentations, and has received several awards, including NIST’s Edward Bennett Rosa Award and the US Department of Commerce’s Bronze Medal.  Having spent the last few years helping developing data dictionaries and data exchange standards for the US Electronics Industry, he has been co-leading the NIST CC Reference Architecture working group.  His particular focus has been on leading efforts to create Cloud Computing Ontologies and various taxonomies.

Dejan Milojicic, President-Elect of IEEE Computer Society, Managing Director of Open Cirrus Testbed, HP Labs

Dejan is a senior researcher at HP Labs, Palo Alto, CA. He is IEEE Computer Society 2014 President. He is a founding Editor-in-Chief of IEEE ComputingNow. He has been on many conference program committees and journal editorial boards. He worked in OSF Research Institute, Cambridge, MA [1994-1998], and Institute “Mihajlo Pupin”, Belgrade, Serbia [1983-1991]. He received his PhD from University of Kaiserslautern, Germany (1993); and MSc/BSc from Belgrade University, Serbia (1983/86). Dejan is an IEEE Fellow, ACM Distinguished Engineer, and USENIX member. Dejan has published over 130 papers and 2 books; he has 11 patents and 25 patent applications.


Ian Osborne, Director, Software and Electronics, techUK

Ian has the strategic responsibility for the techUK Software agenda: including Cloud and Big Data; and the continued development of the Electronics Programme: including the integration of new networking capabilities and representing techUK members to the ESCO Council and Executive, established post ESCO Launch in June 2013, see . He also serves in the industry expert group for the European Commission initiatives on Cloud Strategy (DG-Connect), especially the Cloud Standards Coordination activity. See for more information on the Software and Electronics programmes.

Ian is also Director of Cloud and Big Data in the Information and Communications Technologies Knowledge Transfer Network (ICT KTN), part of the programme funded by the Technology Strategy Board, the UK Government’s Innovation Agency. KTNs work closely with academics, leading industry suppliers and early adopters to promote ICT-based innovation in private and public sector organisations. His key areas of industry interest lie in Cloud Computing, Sustainability and Standards, especially for Government and SME applications. He also retains a professional interest in Software Engineering. See for more information. Ian is a member of the Cloud Industry Forum Code Governance Board and chairs the Standards committee. The Cloud Industry Forum is championing a Code of Practice for SMEs aimed at raising the standard of cloud service provision to end users. See .

Ian held leadership roles in two previous Knowledge Transfer Networks in the IT area: Digital Systems and Grid Computing Now!, also funded by the Technology Strategy Board. Between 2007 and 2009, Ian contributed to the Open Grid Forum, an open standards body, as Vice President for Enterprise, and acted as a principal in the OGF-Europe FP7 project funded by the European Commission, also aimed at establishing open standards for distributed computing. In 2009/10 he contributed to the UK Government’s G-Cloud Programme as industry lead for the Application Store Requirements Specification.

Ian has worked in ICT since 1972, with early stints at British Airways and International Computers Limited. In 1979, he joined Hewlett-Packard Limited where he enjoyed a substantial career working in Research & Development, Quality and Marketing at HP locations in the US and UK. He held senior management positions in HP’s Corporate Research Laboratories in Bristol and Telecom Systems Business in Edinburgh.  

He has an MSc in the Management of Technology, a joint degree awarded by the Universities of Sussex and Brighton in 1992. He conducted research work in the area of Innovation Management in the Doctoral Programme at Cranfield University between 2004 and 2006. He is a Member of the British Computer Society and a Chartered Information Technology Professional, a past chair of the BCS Distributed and Scalable Computing Special Interest Group, a Member of the Association for Computing Machinery and a Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.



Keynote Speaker for RECC 2013: Phil Wainewright, ZDNet

Phil Wainewright is a trusted thought leader in enterprise computing,  best known for his long-running Software as Services blog on ZDNet. He is a co-founder of diginomica, the tech media site launched in May 2013 to inform business decision makers about the transformation of 21st century enterprises by digital technology. He is also an advocate for cloud computing, both as a volunteer vice-president of EuroCloud and as CEO of strategic consulting group Procullux Ventures.