Recent advances in Information and Communication Technologies (such as computing, storage, and networking) have led to the development of a new generation of electronic services and systems that are ubiquitous, at the touch of a button, and affect all aspects of life and economy. Cloud computing, one of ICT advances, provides an important integration of many of these aspects -- combining both the ability to offer services over distributed, remotely accessed infrastructure, along with the ability to combine both off-site, remote infrastructure with local infrastructure available within an institution. It is therefore expected that Cloud-based services will revolutionize the way in which we do business, maintain our health, conduct education, and how we secure, protect, inform and entertain ourselves.
Increasing integration across multiple types of computing infrastructure and deploying services across such infrastructure leads to significant design, development, and management challenges. For instance, how should such remote resources be managed, accessed, and paid for? Or how can Cloud computing platforms be used to host and manage large and complex data sets (aka Big Data) -- arising from social media data feeds (e.g., Twitter), open government data to large scale scientific simulations? Due to the significant development effort invested in these systems, there is a pressing need to re-visit existing design, development, and management strategies so that dynamic adaptability, rapid delivery, and efficient access to Cloud-based services could take place in a seamless manner.
A variety of intelligent mechanisms and techniques may be used to develop advanced Cloud systems, solutions and services that offer new functionalities and more advanced user-centric services. Implementing intelligence in Cloud computing systems will make them more adaptive, flexible, and autonomic in resource management, service provisioning and in running large-scale applications. In addition, it will help organizations build an intelligent network capable of providing security, visibility and optimization for a better user experience.
The objective of this event is to bring together researchers, practitioners and developers working with Cloud systems and intelligent systems, intending to address some of the challenges identified above.