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MobileFirst – Future Directions in Programming and Runtime Models,
Gabi Zodik

Abstract: Mobile technologies are revolutionizing our personal lives and transforming the way we do business. This talk addresses both the technology and business transformations taking place, and explains how they are encouraging organizations to rethink the way they do business. The ensuing changes affect the internal business processes related to employees and the external customer facing systems that use front office digitization. The large variety of heterogeneous platforms, form factors, native vs. hybrid applications are among the many challenges associated with developing and managing mobile applications. This challenge is further intensified by omni-channel requirements, which are driving the need for businesses to present customers with a single, transparent system—rather than multiple channels with separate inventory, processing, and delivery systems. This talk introduces new technologies from IBM Research that tackle these hurdles and address the entire application lifecycle. These innovations include: tools that help non-programmers create mobile applications, advanced services for functional and performance testing, security analysis and certification, and application usability and usage analytics. This technology transformation underlines the need for new middleware capabilities that are delivered as Mobile Back-end as a Service (MBaaS). These services can include capabilities such as location, push, cloud code, and data synchronization; all these can be delivered as part of a comprehensive API management system. In addition to platform challenges, this talk shares a peek at some new mobile solutions, including advanced authentication services, urban mobility, education, healthcare, patient centered care, and more.

Bio: Gabi Zodik is the Mobile First Research Global Leader, as well as the Department Group Manager of the IBM Haifa Research Lab Software and Services Dept. He oversees the lab's research and development efforts in Mobile, Space Time Services, and emerging Cloud Computing platforms.

In his MobileFirst global role, Gabi oversees all the research activities in Mobile. Mobile technologies are revolutionizing our personal lives and transforming the way we do business. MobileFirst technologies from IBM are helping enable this transformation in businesses, whether internally for business processes or externally for customer facing systems using front office digitization. The large variety of heterogeneous platforms is one of the many challenges associated with developing and managing mobile applications. IBM Research is investigating all these hurdles and address the entire application lifecycle. These innovations include: tools for mobile application creation for non-programmers, advanced runtime services such as location and data synchronization for omni channel services, advanced testing services, security analysis and certification, and application usage analytics. These capabilities support both hybrid and native application development.

He also serves as the relationship manager for IBM MobileFirst, and Rational with Research. He has an M.Sc. and B.Sc. in electrical engineering from the Technion, and an MBA from the University of Haifa.

Mobile Computing at the Edge,
Grace Lewis

Abstract: Edge environments, such as those in which first responders and military personnel operate in, are characterized by dynamic context, limited computing resources, intermittent network connectivity, and high levels of stress. First responders and soldiers can use handheld devices in these environments to help with tasks such as speech and image recognition, natural language processing, decision-making and mission planning. Unfortunately, commercial mobile solutions often do not work because they not address the "challenges of being at the edge." This talk will discuss potential solutions as well as open areas of research for designing and implementing mobile systems in edge environments.

Bio: Grace Lewis is a Principal Researcher at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), in the Software Solutions Division (SSD). She is the deputy for the Advanced Mobile Systems (AMS) initiative and the principal investigator for the Edge-Enabled Tactical Systems research project. Her current interests and projects are in mobile computing, cloud computing and service-oriented architecture (SOA). Her latest publications include multiples reports and articles on these subjects and a book in the SEI Software Engineering Series. She is also a member of the technical faculty for the Master in Software Engineering program at CMU. Grace holds a B.Sc. in Systems Engineering and an Executive MBA from Icesi University in Cali, Colombia; and a Master in Software Engineering from CMU. She is currently a PhD candidate at the Department of Computer Science (Faculty of Sciences) at VU University Amsterdam.