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Keynote Lectures

See the Wood for the Trees
Harald Schöning, Software AG, Germany

IT and Sustainability
Brian Donnellan, Maynooth University, Ireland

 

See the Wood for the Trees

Harald Schöning
Software AG
Germany
 

Brief Bio

Dr. Harald Schöning holds a diploma and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. For almost twenty years, he has been working for Software AG, in various roles including developer, project lead, and architect, and in various areas, from databases over semantic technologies, to SOA and business process management and beyond . Today he is head of research at Software AG.


Abstract
Originating from quite specialized application areas, Complex Event Processing (CEP) has evolved  into a promising technology for a plethora of use cases, including web service and cloud management. The talk will illustrate how CEP complements well-established systems to improve their reactivity and enhance their capabilities.



 

 

IT and Sustainability

Brian Donnellan
Maynooth University
Ireland
 

Brief Bio
Brian Donnellan is Professor of Information Systems Innovation at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth (NUIM) and Co-Director of the Innovation Value Institute. Prior to joining NUIM he was a faculty member in the Cairnes Postgraduate School of Business and Public Policy in the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG). His teaching and research interests lie primarily in the area of innovation systems, which encompasses innovation, new product development, Sustainable ICT and IT management. Prior to joining NUI Galway faculty in 2004 he spent 17 years working in industry. While in industry he was responsible for the provision of information systems to support New Product Development and the implementation of Knowledge Management and Innovation systems.


Abstract

Despite the promise of technology to deliver planetary solutions, the employment of IT has been beset by a number of paradoxes. For example the “paperless office‟ was buried in paper; the clean world of high tech was built on piles of toxic waste; and educational laptops for the developing countries ended up as second or third netbooks for the wealthy. Sometimes IT has done more to compound problems than create sustainable solutions. This presentation will explore, critically, the potential role of IT to contribute to the achievement of the goal of a viable planet.



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