Web Services Technology in Support of Business Transactions
Speaker: Prof. Michael P. Papazoglou, INFOLAB, Tilburg University, The Netherlands.
Date: 24 January 2007 Time: 15:00-17:00
Location: "Mediterranean Studies" Seminar Room, FORTH, Heraklion, Crete.
Host: Prof. G. Antoniou


Advanced business applications typically involve well-defined business functions such as payment processing, shipping and tracking, determining new product offerings, granting/extending credit, managing market risk and so on.

These reflect commonly standard business functions that apply to a variety of application scenarios. Although such business functions drive transactional applications between trading partners they are completely external to current Web services transaction mechanisms and are only expressed as part of application logic.To remedy this situation, this talk proposes a business-aware Web services transaction model and support mechanisms, which is driven by common business functions.

The model allows expressing business functions such as payment and credit conditions, delivery conditions, business agreements stipulated in SLAs, liabilities and dispute resolution policies. It allows blending these business functions with QoS criteria such as security support to guarantee integrity of information, confidentiality, and non-repudiation.


Michael P. Papazoglou holds the chair of Computer Science and is director of the INFOLAB at the Univ. of Tilburg in the Netherlands. He is also an honorary professor at the University of Trento in Italy. Prior to this he was full Professor and head of School of Information Systems at the Queensland Univ. of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane Australia (1991-1996). He also held senior academic positions at the Australian National University, University of Koblenz, Germany, Fern Universitaet Hagen, Germany, and was principal research scientist at the National German Research Centre for Computer Science (GMD) in St. Augustin from (1983-1989).

Papazoglou serves on several international committees and on the editorial board of nine international scientific journals and is co-editor in charge of the MIT book series on Information Systems. He has chaired numerous well-known international scientific conferences in Computer Science. These include the Int.l Conf. on Data Engineering (ICDE), Int.l Conf. on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS), Int.l Conf. on Digital Libraries (ICDL), Int.l Conf. on Cooperative Information Systems (CoopIS), Int.l Conf. on Entity/Relationship Modelling and others. He is the founder of the Int.l Conf. on Cooperative Information Systems (CoopIS) and more recently of the Int.l Conf. on Service Oriented Computing (ICSOC).

Papazoglou has authored/edited fifteen books and approximately hundred and fifty scientific journal articles and refereed conference papers. His most two recent books are "e-Business: Organizational and Technical Foundations" published by J. Wiley 2006, and "Principles and Foundations of Web Services: An Holistic View" to be published by Addison-Wesley in mid 2006.

His research was/is funded by the European Commission, the Australian Research Council, the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science, and Departments of Science and Technology in Europe and Australia. He is a golden core member and a distinguished visitor of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computer Science section.

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