Seamless interoperability of existing services and,
eventually, the ability of business processes to adapt to changes in
the environment is crucial, especially with the advent of cloud
computing, mobile computing, and the Software as a Service paradigm.
Various areas of research address all sorts of interoperability
challenges on different levels, including database integration, protocol
synthesis, software adapters synthesis, and component-based software
engineering. Recently, interoperability and adaptivity of Web
service based workflows and of Semantic Web services has gained
attention. In my talk I will discuss how semantically annotated Web
services together with process mediation and discovery techniques that
I have developed can improve the interoperability and increase the
overall adaptivity of existing business processes operating in dynamic
open environments. I will give an overview of my recent work, and I
will also outline how does my existing work relate to research in the
of declarative data-centric business processes which is in many
ways inspired by Semantic Web services principles.
Roman Vaculín is a research staff member at IBM T.
J. Watson Research Center. He recently joined the group lead by Rick
Hull performing research on data-centric workflow and business
process management. He received his PhD at the Faculty of Mathematics
Physics at Charles University, Prague. From 2005 till 2007 he spent two
years in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University,
initially as a Fulbright scholar and later as a visiting research
scholar. At CMU he worked with Professor Katia Sycara in the DARPA
Integrated Learning project. His research interests are primarily in the
areas of service-oriented systems, (Semantic) Web services,
business process modeling, and in distributed systems. In particular,
his research focuses on the automation of adaptive (WS-based) business
processes, service composition,
service discovery, and on addressing interoperability problems of
processes in a (semi-)automatic manner.