Keynote Address One
An Integrated Approach to Knowledge Management
by Alfred Spector, IBM
Knowledge management architectures will need to become much more sophisticated and to integrate an ever more
diverse set of software technologies due to the plethora of information types, the rapid growth in the applications
to which information can be placed, and the geometric increase in the quantity of stored information. Adding to
the demands are growing needs for privacy/security and a need for systems to rapidly adapt to both new technology
and new ontologies. This presentation will discuss the future architecture of knowledge management systems and
the technologies such systems will need to intregrate focusing particularly on natural language and search.
Dr. Alfred Z. Spector is vice president of Services and Software in IBM Research's Division responsible for setting IBM's worldwide research strategy in support of its Services and Software businesses. Recently, Dr. Spector was an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University's Computer Science Department and Senior Technical Strategist in IBM's Application and Integration Middleware (AIM) business, which has responsibility for a number of IBM software product families including CICS, WebSphere, MQSeries, and Visual Age. Previously, Dr. Spector was the general manager of Marketing and Strategy for IBM's AIM business, and the general manager of IBM's Transaction Systems business. Dr. Spector was also founder and CEO of Transarc Corporation, a pioneer in distributed transaction processing and wide area file systems, and an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Spector received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University and his A.B. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University.
Keynote Address Two
Avoiding Irrelevance in Information Systems Research?
by Michael Stonebraker, Laboratory for Computer Science, MIT
Since Information Systems researchers typically pride themselves on being good engineers, it is essential that
they exhibit good "research taste" in problem selection. Good sources of interesting, relevant problems
bad things about the current state of affairs,
specific industrial challenges,
selected grand challenges.
In this talk we explore each of these areas, with the goal of identifying research topics worth investigating. The talk with focus on DBMS topics but stray into operating systems, application development, web applications, wireless applications, and three tier (middleware) software systems.