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Youakim Badr is an associate professor in the Computer Science Department at INSA-Lyon, France. In his past research, he has worked extensively on enterprise modeling and collaborations. His research interests include security and dynamic and autonomic architectures. His current academic research interests include service systems in both the service sector and ICT. In particular, he studies the ecosystem of services and the multidisciplinary modeling approach to design service computing for ubiquitous and self-organized systems. Dr. Badr is vigorously involved in a series of international conferences and serves on the editorial boards of several international journals. He has also been a guest editor for journal special issues and serves as a reviewer for prestigious conferences and journals. More information can be found at http://youakim.free.fr.
Djamal Benslimane is a full professor of computer science at Lyon University, France, and a member of the CNRS LIRIS Lab (Laboratoire d'InfoRmatique en Image et Système d'information). He is the head of the service-oriented computing research team ( http://liris. cnrs.fr/~soc) and the head of the Computer Science Department at IUT at Lyon 1 University. His research interests include Web services, databases, and ontologies. More information can be found at http://www710.univ-lyon1.fr/~dbenslim.
Zakaria Maamar received the PhD degree in computer sciences from Laval University, Quebec City, Canada. He is currently a full professor in the College of Information Technology at Zayed University, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. His research interests include Web services, social networks, and context-aware computing. He has published several papers in various journals, such as the ACM Transactions on Internet Technology and the IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, and in conference proceedings, such as CAiSE and MDM. He is the founder of the annual UAE Symposium on Web Services ( http://www.zu.ac.ae/wss). In 2009, he received an IBM Faculty Award to pursue research on social networks.
Ling Liu is a full professor in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research interests are in the junctions of databases and distributed computing. She has published more than 200 international journal and conference articles and is a recipient of several best paper awards, including the best paper award at ICDCS 2003, the best paper award at WWW 2004, and the 2005 Pat Goldberg Memorial Best Paper Award. She has chaired a number of conferences as a program committee chair, vice program committee chair, or general chair, including the IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE 2004, ICDE 2006, ICDE 2007), the IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing (ICDCS 2006), the IEEE International Conference on Web Services (ICWS 2004), the IEEE/ICST Collaborative Computing Conference (CollaborateCom 2005, 2006), and the ACM International Conference on Knowledge and Information Management (CIKM 2000). Dr. Liu served on the editorial board of the IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering and the International Journal of Very Large Database Systems (Springer) from 2004-2008 and currently serves on the editorial board of the IEEE Transactions on Services Computing, Parallel and Distributed Databases (Springer), the International Journal of Peer-to-Peer Networking and Applications (Springer), the International Journal of Web Services Research, and the Wireless Network Journal ( WINET). Her research is primarily sponsored by the US National Science Foundation, the US Department of Energy, the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, IBM, Intel, and HP.