Keynote Speakers

Toward Secure Systems Programming Languages
Gilad Bracha

Computational Theologist
Sun Java Software

Monday March 15, 2004 - Keynote Address (Click Here for Slides)

The modern world is increasingly dependent on software, and yet the software we use is often manifestly insecure and unreliable. It seems only a matter of time until a “cyber-Pearl harbor” occurs. As a result, we can expect future systems to be programmed in safer, higher-level languages. We discuss characteristics of such systems and languages, and how they help obtain the apparently conflicting goals of flexibility and reliability.

Speaker's Bio
Gilad Bracha is a computational theologist at Sun Microsystems, co-author and maintainer of the Java Language Specification, and a researcher in the area of object-oriented programming languages. Prior to joining Sun, he worked on Strongtalk, the Animorphic Smalltalk System. He holds a B.Sc in Mathematics and Computer Science from Ben Gurion University in Israel and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Utah.

On Demand Business (eBOD)
Maurizio Benassi, Ph.D.
Consulting IT Architect
Enterprise System Group, IBM South Region, 20090 Segrate, (Milan) ITALY

Tuesday March 16, 2004 - Keynote Address

IBM defines an "on demand business (eBOD)" as "an enterprise whose business processes - integrated end-to-end across the company and with key partners, suppliers and customers - can
respond with speed to any customer demand, market opportunity or external threat."

The new strategy is an evolution of IBM's previous e-business solutions and integration strategy but taken to the next level and combined with other initiatives, including autonomic computing, Linux, utility services, grid computing, Web services and the business-consulting capability.

The it eBOD IT infrastructure, defined as ''on demand operating environment'', has four essential characteristics - it is integrated, it uses open standards, it is virtualized, and it has self-healing, autonomic capabilities - that will be defined and illustrated.

Speaker's Bio
After having graduated at Bologna University in 'Nuclear Engineering' and having earned a MS in Applied Mah. and a Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina, Raleigh, Dr. Benassi has joined IBM at the IBM, Rome, European Center for Engineering and Scientific Computing doing research on vector and parallel computing. Dr. Benassi has then moved to the IBM System Group as a Consulting IT Architect developing expertise in IT Optimisation, performance analysis and e-Business infrastructure.