Thursday, April 29, 2010

Preparing for the Dagstuhl seminar on event processing

The countdown for the Dagstuhl seminar on event processing is now 17 days, and we are preparing for that event. Schloss Dagstuhl, seen in the picture, is a castle in Germany, which hold a 5 days events that deal with notable topic in computer science, for each event there are 4-40-45 invitees, most of them are the leading figures in the area, and some are young promising researchers in that area. The Dagstuhl seminar that I'll be co-chairing with Mani Chandy and Rainer von Ammon, is planned for May 16-21. Hopefully there will not be ash clouds in Europe at that time. As I have written before, the idea is to focus on the event processing manifesto. We have now determined that the five chapters of this document (or five appendices, since the manifesto itself will probably be a one page document) will consist of five chapters that deal with the following five topics:

Topic 1: Event processing scope, classification and business value.

Topic 2: Event processing functions: present and future, common and additional functions.

Topic 3: Event processing and the rest of the IT world: relationships of event processing with other areas (databases, rules, BPM, analytics, cloud computing, social computing…).

Topic 4: Event processing standards: What standards should be done and when, what should be the starting point and roadmap in each standard.

Topic 5: Event processing grand challenge: What we would like to achieve if we can get a considerable worldwide research investment? What are the research goals? What are the means to achieve? What will be the end result of this research (e.g. what scenarios will be able to be dealt with?)

Each topic will be analyzed by a group of participants, and discussed with the entire set of participants. The end result will be a clearly articulated document that deals with the scope, analysis, and future of event processing, and seed a substantial federated research projects.

Besides the professional side, it will also be a good opportunity to meet old friends that I don't see on regular basis. Stay tuned to more on the Dagstuhl seminar (and I am sure that some of the event processing bloggers like Marco Sierio or Paul Vincent will provide you other perspectives about this seminar.

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