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Mr. A.J. Clark
Dr. Peter L. Stanchev

Mr. Praveen Ranjan Srivastava

Dr. Jinan Fiaidhi




  
Mr. A.J. Clark
President of Thermopylae Sciences and Technology (TST)
Director of the Technology Research Foundation for Peace



Collaborative Geospatial Data As Applied to Disaster Relief: Haiti 2010

The January 12, 2010 earthquake completely compromised Haiti’s already unstable infrastructure, rendering local communications useless for coordinating relief and aid. The ensuing chaos highlighted the lack of redundant geospatial systems that were local and accessible by the Haitian people and relief community. Thermopylae teamed up with U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) to remedy this problem. The resulting development of the SOUTHCOM 3D User-Defined Operational Picture (UDOP) maximized the efficiency of the coordination of relief efforts of government, non-government, international, and local emergency response units by compiling spatial information from a variety of sources on a single platform for universal access. In conjunction with the Google Earth browser plug-in and Thermopylae's iSpatialTM framework, the UDOP provides a three-dimensional Web portal where users can easily create and share spatial information.

About Mr. A.J. Clark
A.J. Clark is the President of Thermopylae Sciences and Technology (TST) and a founding Director of the Technology Research Foundation for Peace . He works with various organizations to develop conceptual models that incorporate emerging or future technological, institutional, economic, legal or combined solutions in overcoming spatial data sharing or spatial enablement impediments; his specific focus is on emerging participatory, inclusive and collaborative approaches in developing content and infrastructure (e.g. participatory GIS, geoweb tools, data commons, collaborative commercial and open source software production approaches, volunteered geographic information, global geo efforts) Capacity building and education, Knowledge Exchange (e.g. among research, development, education and professional practice communities as well as throughout society)

Mr. Clark has more than 15 years of program management and systems integration experience, and has worked with the U.S. State Department and other relief organizations. Additionally, he has worked with visualization, analysis, and dissemination of disaster / post-conflict data in the Middle East, Caribbean, South and Central America, and Central Asia for over 12 years. His focus has been on South and Central America as well as the Caribbean in a supporting role to SOUTHCOM since 2003.

Prior to joining TST, Mr. Clark worked as a vice president of a US Fortune 500 technology company serving as Vice President for Global Information Systems. He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA), a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Business Management Information Systems, is a certified Program Management Professional, and a member of the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association.

  
Peter L. Stanchev, Ph.D., D.Sc.
Professor of Computer Science
Kettering University
Multimedia Standards
Today there are many technologies connected with multimedia presentations. We will start with MPEG 21 that provides an open framework for multimedia delivery and consumption. These streaming instructions facilitate the fragmentation of content-related metadata, the association of media and metadata fragments with each other, and the synchronized streaming and processing of those fragments.

MPEG-7 is a multimedia content description standard. It was designed to standardize a set of Description Schemes and Descriptors; a language to specify these schemes, called the Description Definition Language and a scheme for coding the description. We will cover also MP7QF query format to uniformly query MPEG-7 enabled multimedia databases.

With the Internet grow several format were proposed for media scenes description. Some of them are open standards such as: VRML1, X3D2, SMIL3, SVG4, MPEG-4 BIFS, MPEG-4, XMT, MPEG-4, LaSER, COLLADA5, published by ISO, W3C, etc. Others are proposed by Adobe like Flash or 3ds by Autodesk. We will cover some of them.

Television has become the most important mass medium. There is also a fast growing community for videos in the web (e.g. YouTube). Serious attempts are done to give the users interactive functions. For these purpose standards such as MHEG, DAVIC, Java TV, MHP, GEM, OCAP and ACAP has been developed. Some of the will be presented together with the history and future of the interactive TV standards.

There exist a large number of standards for representing audiovisual metadata. We will cover the Material Exchange Format (MXF), an example for a container format, the Digital Picture Exchange (DPX) used for image sequences in digital cinema production, the Digital Cinema Package (DCP), used to transport digital movies and associated metadata to cinemas and others.

Web 2.0 communities have become mobile and multimedia based. Several Web 2.0 standards and tools such as Ajax, Web Map Server (WMS), Web Feature Server (WFS), Web Coverage Server (WCS), Geography Markup Language (GML), XML, RSS and Web 2.0 mash-ups will be presented.

The semantic web technologies (Web 3.0) for knowledge representation use RDF Schema - language for representing information about resources in the World Wide Web; OWL Web Ontology Language which is designed for use by applications that need to process the content of information instead of just presenting information to humans. Ontologies standard languages offer meta-concepts for the description of constraints and relationships among objects in multimedia scene will be also mention.


About Dr. Peter Stanchev

Peter Stanchev (http://kettering.edu/~pstanche/) is currently professor at Kettering University, Flint, Michigan, USA and professor and chair at the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria. He publish 2 books, more than 200 chapters in monographs, journal and conference peer-reviewed papers, more than 200 conference papers and seminars, and have more than 600 citations. His research interests are in the field of multimedia systems, database systems, multimedia semantics, and medical systems. Serving also on many database and multimedia conference program committees, he is currently on the editorial boards of several journals.

Praveen Ranjan Srivastava
Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani, India
Software Test Coverage Using an Ant Colony Optimization

Software testing is a key part of software development life cycle. Due to time, cost and other circumstances, exhaustive testing is not feasible, that’s why there is need to automate the testing process. Generation of the automated and effective test suit is a very difficult task in the software testing process. Effective test suite can decrease the overall cost of testing as well as increase the probability of finding defects in software systems. Testing effectiveness can be achieved by the State Transition Testing which is commonly used in, real time, embedded and web-based kind of software system. State transition testing focuses upon the testing of transitions from one state of an object to other states. The tester’s main job is to test all the possible transitions in the system. This chapter proposed an Ant Colony Optimization technique for automated and fully coverage state-transitions in the system. Through proposed algorithm all the transitions are easily traversed at least once in the test-sequence.

About Praveen Ranjan Srivastava
Praveen Ranjan Srivastava is working in computer science and information systems group at Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) Pilani India. His research areas are software testing, quality assurance, testing effort, software release, test data generation, agent oriented software testing, stopping testing, soft computing techniques and biometrics. Ha have a number of papers in a leading journals/conferences/book chapters and notes.

Dr. Jinan Fiaidhi
Professor, Department of Computer Science,
Lakehead University, Ontario, Canada
Developing Innovative Personal Learning Environments based on Calm Technologies.

The common understanding of e-learning has shifted over the last decade from the traditional learning objects portals to learning paradigms that enforces constructivism, discovery learning and social collaboration. Such type of learning takes place outside the formal academic settings (e.g., seminars or lectures) where a learning environment is created by using some kind of web application that uses variety of emerging technologies including Web-Harvesting, Web Intelligence, Widget-Based and Mashup Techniques. The use of these innovative tools and techniques moves the learning environment further away from being a monolithic platform towards providing an open set of learning tools, an unrestricted number of actors, and an open corpus of artifacts, either pre-existing or created by the learning process – freely combinable and utilizable by learners within their learning activities. This invited article and tutorial identifies the new type of Web-based learning technologies suitable for creating effective personal learning environments.

About Dr. Jinan Fiaidhi
University. She is also an Adjunct Research Professor with the University of Western Ontario. She received her graduate degrees in Computer Science from Essex University (PgD 1983) and Brunel University (PhD, 1986).

During the period (1986-2001), Dr. Fiaidhi served at many academic positions (e.g. University of Technology (Asso. Prof and Chairperson), Philadelphia University (Asso. Prof), Applied Science University (Professor), Sultan Qaboos University (Asso. Prof.). Since late 2001, Dr. Fiaidhi is full Professor and Graduate Coordinator of Computer Science at Lakehead University, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Fiaidhi research is focused on mobile and ubiquitous learning utilizing the emerging technologies (e.g. Cloud Computing, Enterprise Mashups, Semantic Web). Dr. Fiaidhi research is supported by the major research granting associations in Canada (e.g. NSERC, CFI).

Moreover, Dr. Fiaidhi is a Professional Software Engineer of Ontario (PEng), Senior Member of IEEE, member of the British Computer Society (MBCS) and member of the Canadian Information Society (CIPS) holding the designate of ISP. Dr. Fiaidhi has intensive editorial experience (e.g. Editor of IEEE IT-Pro, Associate EiC of the Journal of Emerging Technologies in Web Intelligence). Here research interest is on Mobile Learning, Collaborative, Ubiquitous and Peer-to-Peer Learning, Semantic Web and Multimedia Learning Objects. More information on her publications and news can be found at her Web page: http://flash.lakeheadu.ca/~jfiaidhi

  

  
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