Big Data Services


Services Science Society of Australia Workshop

July 17, 2013

Workshop Program

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Riverside Corporate Park, 11 Julius Avenue, Building 53, North Ryde, NSW 2113


As increasing amounts of data are generated and ‘almost unlimited’ storage and computing capabilities become available (e.g. Clouds, HPC Clusters), Big Data has naturally come to represent the next major frontier in IT innovation by offering unprecedented opportunities for discovering hidden intelligence and game-changing insights. For example, search engine companies, such as Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft have created entirely new business services by collecting and analysing trillions of bytes data every day to provide deeper and better business insights than were hitherto available. Due to the huge business value and new business opportunities that it has the potential to generate, Big Data has attracted considerable attention from both industry and the academic/research communities. The services dimension to Big Data raises a wide repertoire of new research and engineering challenges, including big data models, big data storage and transfer, new software architectures and algorithms of processing big data, the leveraging of big data in service innovation etc.

The Service Science Society of Australia, in pursuit of its agenda to promote service innovation in key sectors of the Australian economy, will host a workshop that will bring together thought leaders in the Big Data and services space to discuss potential innovations and collaborations in the modelling, collecting, processing/analysis and management of Big Data and its associated services.

There is no cost to attend, but the venue has limited capacity – please register early.


Workshop Organisers

  •         ► Surya Nepal (CSIRO)
  •         ► Shiping Chen (CSIRO)
  •         ► Tomasz Bednarz (CSIRO)


Worskhop Steering Committee

  •         ► Aditya Ghose, University of Wollongong
  •         ► Byron Keating, University of Canberra
  •         ► Surya Nepal, CSIRO ICT Centre
  •         ► Warren Brady, Smart Services CRC
  •         ► Liam O’Brien, ANU
  •         ► Athman Bouguettaya, RMIT University
  •         ► Fethi Rabhi, UNSW
  •         ► Boualem Benatallah, UNSW
  •         ► Renu Agarwal, UTS
  •         ► Ryszard Kowalczyk, Swinburne University
  •         ► Shankar Sivaprakasam, Mindtree
  •         ► Joseph Davis, University of Sydney

Mr. Raj Dalal, Founder & CEO, Biglnsights

Raj has over 20 years experience in all aspects of the IT&T Industry across Asia Pacific and Australia. At BigInsights ( he leads a team of researchers and analysts to help enterprises best capitalize on the BigData opportunity. He recently worked at BigData security firm, TrustSphere as Head of Marketing and Alliance. As IDC’s Vice President he was responsible for Emerging Technology research and “Go-to-Market” advisory services across AsiaPacific. At Hewlett-Packard, he ran the Asia-Pacific CRM & Business Intelligence solution business in the early 2000ʹ′s. He is a Charter Member of TiE, a non-profit organization started in Silicon Valley focused on helping entrepreneurs succeed. He holds a Masters of Commerce & Bachelor of Computer Science from University of New South Wales in Australia.

Dr. Paul McCarthy, Director of Strategy & Innovation, Sirca

Paul is an entrepreneurial senior executive with 20 years experience in establishing and running digital media and services enterprises. Paul has worked in Senior Roles with IBM, Digital Media Group, New South Wales Government and CSIRO. Paul is co-founder of Australia’s leading online services awards — the AMBERs as well as longstanding chair of the prestigious and long running Annual AIMIA Awards – Australia and NZ’s peak Online and Digital Media Awards – now in their 20th year. Paul is currently Director of Strategy and Innovation at Sirca – a global technology company based in Sydney who provide online services for data-intensive researchers and analysts in financial services and other domains. Paul is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at UNSW School of Computer Science and Engineering where he advises on Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Paul is currently working on a new book about the unseen forces driving the economics of the Internet called Online Gravity and what this means for businesses aspiring to flourish in an online world.

Dr. Dimitrios Georgakopoulos, Research Director of CCI IE Lab, CSIRO

Dr. Dimitrios Georgakopoulos is currently a research program leader at the CSIRO Computational Informatics Division where he leads the Information Engineering Program. Prior to joining CSIRO, Dimitrios held research and management positions in several industrial laboratories in the US and EU, including Telcordia Technologies (where he helped found two of Telcordia’s Research Centres in Austin, Texas, and Poznan, Poland), Microelectronics and Computer Corporation (MCC) in Austin Texas, GTE (Verizon) Laboratories in Boston Massachusetts, and Bell Communications Research (Bellcore) in Piscataway New Jersey. Dimitrios has led over a dozen major (i.e., multi-year/multi-million) research projects in four continents and has published more than 100 books, journals and conference papers in computer science. He is serving/have served as the General or Program Chair of a dozen major conferences as well as many other smaller conferences or workshops. Dimitrios twice received outstanding paper awards from the IEEE Computer Society, as well as several other IEEE service awards. He was nominated for the Computerworld Smithsonian Award in Science, and received a GTE (Verizon) Excellence Award.

Prof. John Taylor, Director eResearch & Computational and Simulation Sciences

Professor Taylor is currently Director, CSIRO eResearch & Computational and Simulation Sciences. Prof. Taylor has written more than 140 articles and books on computational and simulation science, climate change, global biogeochemical cycles, air quality and environmental policy, from the local to the global scale, spanning science, impacts and environmental policy. Prof. Taylor has worked as a Computational Scientist and group leader both at the Mathematics and Computer Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory and at the Atmospheric Science Division at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Prof. Taylor was Senior Fellow in the Computation Institute at the University of Chicago. Prof. Taylor has served on the Advisory Panel of the Scientific Computing Division of US National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the US National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center NUGEX Advisory Committee. Prof. Taylor is a Fellow of the Clean Air Society of Australia and New Zealand.

Mr. Shankar Sivaprakasam, Board member, Service Science Society

Shankar has over 17 years’ experience in Information Communication Technology (ICT) industry. He has helped transform businesses, while serving as his clients’ trusted advisor assisting with ICT and sourcing strategies, e-governance, planning, architecture, projects implementation and managed services. Shankar’s industry clients include governments, mid to large- sized companies and multi-national corporations, and they span industries, such as financial services, communication service providers, consumer goods, manufacturing, transportation, utilities, and education. Shankar’s interests are in Cloud computing and Big Data analytics in the industry context. He is a regular speaker at industry forums and a recipient of several international scholarships. Shankar has presented refereed academic papers at international management conferences. Shankar is a senior professional member with several industry associations. Shankar graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, India, in Computer Science and Engineering, and obtained his EMBA from University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. He is currently a PhD candidate in Management studies with his research interest in “Service Innovation”.

Prof. Fethi Rabhi, University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Dr. Fethi Rabhi has completed a PhD in Computer Science at the University of Sheffield in 1990 and after holding several academic appointments is now a Professor at the School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of New South Wales in Australia. His research interests are in Software Engineering, Design Methods, Service-Oriented Computing, High Performance Computing, Web Technologies and Applications in Business, Finance and Economics (E-Business, Financial Trading, Electronic Markets and Banking). Through several collaborative research projects with industry, he has been involved in the development of several commercial software products in supply-chain-management and financial data analysis. He is now Leader of the New Financial Services Project which is part of the Smart Services Cooperative Research Centre in Australia. His main role is leading projects in the application of service technologies to the areas of media and finance.

Prof. Aditya Ghose, University of Wollongong (UOW)

Professor Ghose holds PhD and MSc degrees in Computing Science from the University of Alberta, Canada (he also spent parts of his PhD candidature at the Beckman Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and the University of Tokyo) and a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India. While at the University of Alberta, he received the Jeffrey Sampson Memorial Award. His research has been funded by the Australian Research Council (Chief Investigator on 8 ARC Discovery and Linkage Projects), the Canadian Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, the Japanese Institute for Advanced Information Technology (AITEC) and various Australian government agencies as well as companies such as Bluescope Steel, CSC and Pillar Administration. His research has been published in the top venues in service-oriented computing (SCC and ICSOC), software modelling (ER), software evolution (IWSSD, IWPSE) and AI (Artificial Intelligence Journal, AAAI, AAMAS and ECAI). He has been an invited speaker at the Schloss Dagstuhl Seminar Series in Germany and the Banff International Research Station in Canada. He has also been a keynote speaker at several conferences, and program/general chair of several others. He is a senior technical advisor to several companies in the areas of constraint programming and business process management, both in Australia and Canada. He serves as assessor (Ozreader) for the Australian Research Council and as an external reviewer for the research funding agencies of Canada, Austria, the Netherlands, Ireland and South Africa. Professor Ghose is a Research Leader in the Australian Cooperative Research Centre for Smart Services, Co-Director of the Centre for Oncology Informatics at the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute, Co-Leader of the University of Wollongong Carbon-Centric Computing Initiative and Co-Convenor of the Australian Computer Society NSW SIG on Green ICT. He is Vice-President of CORE, Australia’s apex body for computing academics. He is also President of the Service Science Society of Australia.