ICSOC PhD Symposium 2008


IBM Research, USA

Program - Monday 1st December, 2008

Room: CB02.05.37

Keynote Talk
9:00 - 9:30 Advice to PhD Students in Service-Oriented Computing
Prof. Marlon Dumas
University of Tartu, Estonia
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This talk will sketch some ideas on how to scope, plan and execute a PhD project in the field of service-oriented computing. The talk will discuss the importance of balancing the scientific requirement of rigor with the aim of being relevant and impacting the practice of service-oriented computing. The talk will also discuss the importance of being validation-driven throughout a PhD project. This means to plan and to collect data for validation right from the start of a PhD project, and to alternate design steps with validation steps throughout the project rather than postponing all the validation effort until the end. Different validation approaches, their trade-offs and scope of applicability will be outlined. The talk will briefly touch upon the dichotomy between design and empirical science and how this dichotomy is reflected in current research agendas in the field. Finally, current trends within the field will be sketched.

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Marlon Dumas is Professor of Software Engineering at University of Tartu, Estonia, and part-time Associate Professor at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia. He conducts research in the fields of Enterprise Systems, Business Process Management and Service-Oriented Computing. He has co-authored numerous refereed research papers, industry papers and patent applications in these fields. He is also co-editor of a textbook on Process-Aware Information Systems (John Wiley and Sons, 2005).
Session: Quality of service
Chair: Prof. Marlon Dumas, University of Tartu, Estonia
9:30 - 10:00 Distributed and Scalable QoS Optimization for Dynamic Web Service Composition.
Mohammad Alrifai (L3S Research Center, University of Hannover, Germany).
10:00 - 10:30 Quality-driven Design and Management of Service-oriented Software Systems.
Tan Phan (Swinburne University of Technology, Australia).
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break
Session: Service Engineering
Chair: Prof. Marie-Christine Fauvet, Université Joseph Fourier, France
11:00 - 11:30 Supporting Documentation and Evolution of Crosscutting Concerns in Business Processes.
Chiara Di Francescomarino (Fondazione Bruno Kessler-IRST, Italy).
11:30 - 12:00 Pervasive Services Engineering for SOAs.
Dhaminda Abeywickrama (Monash University, Australia).
12:00 - 12:30 Towards Adaptive Service Development.
Aries Tao (Macquarie University, Australia).
12:30 - 01:30 Lunch (on your own)
Session: Security, Privacy and Trust in Services
Chair: Prof. Farouk Toumani, Universit Blaise Pascal, France
1:30 - 2:00 An Architecture Approach to Dependable Trust-based Service Systems.
Suronapee Phoomvuthisarn (NICTA, Australia).
2:00 - 2:30 Authorization Control in Business Collaboration.
Daisy Daiqin He (Macquarie University, Australia).
2:30 - 3:00 TPIM: Transparent Privacy-Enhanced Identity Management of Web Services.
Yong Yang (Macquarie University, Australia).
3:00 - 3:30 Coffee Break
Session: Service Oriented Modelling
Chair: Prof. Fabio Casati, University of Trento, Italy
3:30 - 4:00 Realizing the Internet of Things in Service-Centric Environments.
Yanbo Wu (The University of Adelaide, Australia).
Panel Discussion
Moderator: Dr Hamid Motahari, HP Labs, USA
4:00 - 5:00 Topic: Career Opportunities for PhD graduates in SOC, and Emerging Research Directions in SOC

  • Prof. Fabio Casati, University of Trento, Italy
  • Prof. Marlon Dumas, University of Tartu, Estonia
  • Prof. Farouk Toumani, Blaise Pascal University, France

IBM Travel Award ApplicationNEW

There is a limited amount of fund offered by IBM to be awarded to PhD students towards expenses related to attending PhD Symposium 2008. Application for this award is solicited to all PhD students that are interested to attend ICSOC PhD Symposium 2008. In order to be considered for the award you need to apply by 17 November 2008. The eligibility criteria are as follows:

  1. The fund can be awarded towards expenses associated to the attendance of PhD Symposium: conference/workshop registration, hotel, flight, etc (receipt(s) is needed).
  2. Only enrolled and active PhD students at a university or research institute can apply (proof of enrollment is needed).
  3. The expenses that are claimed should not be covered by any other source, e.g., the university or department (proof is needed, e.g., a letter from your PhD supervisor).
  4. Having an accepted paper in the symposium in NOT a condition of application. However, priority is given to students with accepted papers.

Please apply by writing a (short) letter of why you qualify (meet above criteria) for the award and sending it by Email to All supporting documents and proofs should be scanned and sent along with the application letter by no later than 17 November 2008. Please remember that this is a hard deadline for award application.

Call for paper

The ICSOC PhD Symposium 2008 is an international forum for PhD students working in the areas addressed by the ICSOC conference. The forum is intended to bring together PhD students and give them the opportunity to present and discuss their research in a constructively critical atmosphere. The symposium will operate in a workshop format, giving PhD students an opportunity to showcase their research and providing them with feedback from senior international researchers and peer PhD students. We particularly encourage students that are somewhere in the middle of their research to submit to this symposium, as well as students who are in the beginning stages of their work and thus have a significant "future work" component.

The goals of the ICSOC PhD Symposium event are
  • To provide fruitful feedback and advice to the selected Ph.D. students on their research thesis.
  • To provide the opportunity to meet experts from different backgrounds working on topics related to service oriented computing field.
  • To interact with other PhD students and stimulate an exchange of ideas and suggestions among participants.

The ICSOC PhD Symposium 2008 will be attended by prominent researchers in the field of service oriented computing who will actively participate in and contribute to the reviews and discussions. The symposium in Sydney will be the 4th PhD Symposium of a series held in conjunction with the ICSOC conferences in Vienna, Austria (2007), Chicago, USA (2006), Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2005).

The submitted paper must give a clear description of the PhD work being conducted by author of the paper, and in particular:
  • provide a clear description of the research problem being addressed.
  • motivate the proposed research (i.e., state why the research work is being conducted, and what benefits the research will bring).
  • outline the current knowledge of the problem domain, briefly describe what existing work the research builds upon (citing key papers), and also briefly describe any existing solutions that have been developed or are currently being developed (citing key papers).
  • present clearly preliminary results from the research work, and propose a plan of research to complete the research.
  • point out the contributions of the applicant to the solution of the problem, and state in what aspects the suggested solution is different, new or better as compared to existing approaches to the problem.

However, the paper need not be structured to answer those questions directly, but may instead follow the format of a standard conference paper. Submitted papers will be reviewed by the program committee with respect to overall quality of presentation, the potential for future impact of the proposed PhD research on the field of Service Oriented Computing, and the likely benefit to the student of attending the symposium.


Only active PhD students are eligible to submit, and topics are restricted to their doctoral work within the scope of the ICSOC conference. Papers must be submitted electronically, in PDF format, by September 1st, 2008, using the conference management tool at Each paper must be formatted according to the Springer's LNCS format ( and must be at most 6 pages in length (strictly enforced). Submissions must be single-author, and the name of the supervisor must be clearly marked ("supervised by ...") on the paper, under the author's name. The proceedings of the workshop will be published online.

Each submission will be reviewed by at least three members of the Ph.D. Symposium committee members. The main evaluation criteria are: the potential for impact, the relevance to service-oriented computing, and the maturity of the dissertation research, the quality of the research for students in later stages of their PhD.


PhD Symposium Chairs
  • Hamid Motahari (University of New South Wales, Australia)
  • Farouk Toumani (Universit Blaise Pascal, France)
  • Yannis Velegrakis (University of Trento, Italy)
IBM Research Liaison
  • Nirmal Mukhi, IBM, USA
PhD Symposium Committee Members
  • Karim Baina, ENSIAS, Rabat, Morocco
  • Claudio Bartolini, HP Labs, Palo Alto, USA
  • Florian Daniel, University of Trento, Italy
  • Marlon Dumas, University of Tartu, Estonia
  • Schahram Dustdar, Technical University of Vienna, Austria
  • Aditya K. Ghose, University of Wollongong, Australia
  • Andreas Hanemann, Leibniz Supercomputing Center, Germany
  • Vahid Hashemian, University of Waterloo, Canada
  • Chengfei Liu, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
  • Heiko Ludwig, IBM TJ Watson Research Center, USA
  • Annapaola Marconi, SRA ITC-irst, Italy
  • Mike Papazoglou, Tilburg University, The Netherlands
  • Julien Ponge, Universit Blaise Pascal, France
  • Regis Saint-Paul, CREATE-NET International Research Center, Italy
  • Michael Sheng, The University of Adelaide, Australia
  • Halvard Skogsrud, ThoughtWorks, Australia
  • Kenneth Wang (Queensland University of Technology, Australia)
  • Eric Wohlstadter, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Andreas Wombacher, University of Twente, The Netherlands
  • Xiaohui Zhao (Swinburne University of Technology, Australia)


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