• The 12th International ACM Conference on Management of Digital EcoSystems (MEDES'20) November 2nd - 4th 2020, Abu Dhabi - UAE

  • Paper Submission Deadline: October 16th, 2020 (deadline extended due to COVID-19)

  • Author Notification: October 25th, 2020

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Edge Intelligence: The Convergence of Humans, Things, and AI Internet of Things: The Way Ahead Big data and small data: the challenge is in the interpretation
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Schahram Dustdar
Zakaria Maamar
Paolo Atzeni

Edge Intelligence: The Convergence of Humans, Things, and AI


by Schahram Dustdar

TU Wien, Austria


Edge AI and Human Augmentation are two major technology trends, driven by recent advancements in Edge computing, IoT, and AI accelerators. As humans, things, and AI continue to grow closer together, systems engineers and researchers are faced with new and unique challenges. In this talk, we analyze the role of Edge computing and AI in the evolution of cyber-human partnerships, and identify challenges that Edge computing systems will consequently be faced with. We take a closer look at how a cyber-physical fabric will be complemented by AI operationalization to enable seamless end-to-end Edge intelligence systems.


Schahram Dustdar is Full Professor of Computer Science heading the Research Division of Distributed Systems at the TU Wien, Austria. He holds several honorary positions: University of California (USC) Los Angeles; Monash University in Melbourne, Shanghai University, Macquarie University in Sydney, and University of Groningen (RuG), The Netherlands (2004-2010).

From Dec 2016 until Jan 2017 he was a Visiting Professor at the University of Sevilla, Spain and from January until June 2017 he was a Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley, USA. From 1999 - 2007 he worked as the co-founder and chief scientist of Caramba Labs Software AG in Vienna (acquired by Engineering NetWorld AG), a venture capital co-funded software company focused on software for collaborative processes in teams. Caramba Labs was nominated for several (international and national) awards: World Technology Award in the category of Software (2001); Top-Startup companies in Austria (Cap Gemini Ernst & Young) (2002); MERCUR Innovation award of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce (2002).

He is founding co-Editor-in-Chief of the new ACM Transactions on Internet of Things (ACM TIoT) as well as Editor-in-Chief of Computing (Springer). He is an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Services Computing, IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing, ACM Transactions on the Web, and ACM Transactions on Internet Technology, as well as on the editorial board of IEEE Internet Computing and IEEE Computer. Dustdar is recipient of the ACM Distinguished Scientist award (2009), the IBM Faculty Award (2012), the IEEE TCSVC Outstanding Leadership Award (2018), the IEEE TCSC Award for Excellence in Scalable Computing (2019). an elected member of the Academia Europaea: The Academy of Europe, where he is chairman of the Informatics Section, as well as an IEEE Fellow (2016).

Internet of Things: The Way Ahead


by Zakaria Maamar

Zayed University, UAE


The Internet of Things (IoT) is among the latest ICT developments that is making the boundaries between reality and fiction vanish. According to Mark Weiser, ``...The most profound technologies are those that disappear. They weave themselves into the fabric of everyday life until they are indistinguishable from it’’ . And according to Gartner , 6.4 billion connected things were in use in 2016, up 3% from 2015, and will reach 20.8 billion by 2020. To sustain this growth, IoT should overcome different obstacles such as diversity of things' development technologies and communication standards, users' reluctance and sometimes rejection due to privacy invasion, lack of killer applications that would demonstrate their necessity, lack of an IoT-oriented software engineering discipline, and finally, the passive nature of things. In response to these obstacles, several solutions are put forward and would make things proactive and responsive to the surrounding environment. This means that things could for instance, reach out to peers that expose collaborative attitude, form dynamic communities when necessary things, avoid peers that expose malicious attitude, be accountable for their actions, etc. We already see some encouraging signs of thing empowerment through initiatives like semantic things, Internet of social things, Internet of agents, and agents of things. In this keynote talk, we present our ongoing research agenda revolving around 4 perspectives: Process-of-Things (PoT), thing mutation, thing cognition, and Everything-as-a-Thing (*aaT) abstraction model.


Zakaria Maamar is Professor in the College of Technological Innovation at Zayed University, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. His research interests include Internet-of-Things, social computing, and business process management. Zakaria has extensively published in different peer reviewed journals and conferences, regularly serves on the program and organizing committees of several international conferences and workshops, and serves on the editorial boards of many international journals. He is the recipient of an IBM Faculty Award in 2009. Zakaria has a PhD in computer science from Laval University, Quebec City, Canada.

Big data and small data: the challenge is in the interpretation


by Paolo Atzeni

University of Roma Tre, Italy


Data are now pervasive, and many activities are really data-driven. Significant attention is given to the impact the volume has on the techniques, and this is clearly important. At the same time for most uses of data, the real challenge is in the interpretation of data and on the reliability of models built out of the data. This clearly related to the size and variety of the available sources of data, but it also the case that often the issue has to be dealt with well before considering significant volumes of data, and errors and failures are often caused by lack of interpretation.


Paolo Atzeni is Database Professor and Vice-Rector for Education at Università Roma Tre, where he was Head of the Department of Engineering from 2012 to 2017. He received his Dr. Ing. degree in Electrical Engineering from Università di Roma "La Sapienza" in 1980. Before joining Università Roma Tre, he was with IASI-CNR in Rome, then a faculty member at Università di Napoli and later a professor at Università di Roma La Sapienza. He also had visiting appointments at the University of Toronto, at Università dell'Aquila and at Microsoft Research. He has worked on various topics in the database field, including relational database theory, conceptual models and design tools, deductive databases, databases and the Web, model management, cooperation of database systems. He is the founder of the database group at Roma Tre, which includes five faculty members and various postdocs and students. They collaborate with various groups in Italy and abroad, on topics that include data models, data warehouses, data in the Web world. He was trustee and the vicepresident of the VLDB Endowment and President of the Executive Board of the EDBT Association.

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