DEXA 2009

Hamideh Afsarmanesh, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
"Modeling and Management of Information supporting Virtual Organizations"(tentative title)
Hamideh Afsarmanesh
Dr. Hamideh Afsarmanesh is an associate professor at the Computer Science Department of the faculty of Science of the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. At this faculty, she is also the director of the COLNET (Collaborative Networks) group. She has received her PhD in Computer Science from the University of Southern California (USC) in 1985. Her current research focuses on the areas of Federated /Distributed Cooperative Databases, Virtual Organizations /Virtual Laboratories /Virtual Communities, Integration of Autonomous and Heterogeneous Databases, and design and development of specialized Web-based Applications for a wide variety of domains such as Biodiversity, Manufacturing, Tele-assistance, and Distributed Control Engineering. She has directed research in more than fifteen National, European, and International projects. She has been involved in the organization, and has initiated and chaired several International conferences and workshops. She has published more than 150 articles in journals, books, and refereed conference proceedings within the computer science research. She has co-edited and co-authored more than fifteen books and various issues of international Journals. She is the chair of the general assembly in SOCOLNET (Society of Collaborative Networks). She is the Dutch representative at the IFIP TC5, and the chair of the WG5.5 in TC5.

Johann Eder, University of Klagenfurt, Austria
"Data Management for Federated Biobanks"
Johann Eder
Johann Eder is full professor for Information and Communication Systems at the University of Klagenfurt, Austria. Since 2005 is he is vice president of the Austrian Science Funds (FWF), heading the department of natural sciences and technology. The research interests of Prof. Eder are databases, information systems and knowledge engineering. He successfully directed several funded research projects on workflow management systems (leading to the creation of a spin-off company), on exception handling in workflow systems, time management in workflow systems, temporal data warehousing, application interoperability, information systems modelling, data management in biobanks, etc. He authored one book, edited 19 books/proceedings, special issues of journals and published more than 100 papers in international journals and conference proceedings. He served in numerous program committees for international conferences (including CAiSE, ER, CoopIS, ICDE, BPM, IFIP WG8.1, DEXA, DAWAK, ADBIS) and as editor and referee for international journals and conferences (including ACM TODS, ACM TOIS, IEEE TKDE, Information Systems, DKE, Computer Journal, JCSE, JUCS).

Abdelkader Hameurlain, Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, France
"Evolution of Query Optimization Methods: from Centralized Database Systems to Data Grid Systems"
Abdelkader Hameurlain
Abdelkader Hameurlain is full Professor in Computer Science at Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, France. He is a member of the Institute of Research in Computer Science of Toulouse (IRIT). His current research interests are in query optimization in parallel and large scale distributed environments, mobile databases, and database performance. Prof. Hameurlain has been the general chair of the International Conference on Database and Expert Systems Applications (DEXA'02). He was guest editor of two special issues of "Internationa Journal of Computer Systems Science and Engineering on "Mobile Databases" and "Data Management in Grid and P2P Systems". He has published several technical papers.

Laura Haas, Almaden Research Center
"Recent trends in information integration"
Laura Haas
Laura Haas is a Distinguished Engineer and currently the Director of Computer Science at IBM's Almaden Research Center, where her team conducts research in information management, human-computer interaction, the theoretical foundations of computing, and healthcare informatics. In addition, she is responsible for the direction of information management research worldwide across IBM's eight research labs.