30 November 2011

Visiting Professor brings global links

One of the world’s most respected experts in the web services field, Professor Michael Papazoglou, joins RMIT University for a three-year honorary appointment as Visiting Professor.

The Head of the School of Computer Science and IT, Professor Athman Bouguettaya, welcomed the appointment, emphasising Professor Papazoglou’s exceptional publication and research record.

“Mike is a leading world expert in the area of service computing and his work in web services is the most highly cited work in the area,” he said.

“We’re honoured, and indeed privileged, to have him as a Visiting Professor and I look forward to working with him on an exciting range of projects.”

Professor Papazoglou is one of the leaders in the field of Service Oriented Computing and is credited with coining the term in 2000.

With more than 250 publications, including 23 books, his research has been cited more than 8,200 times, while his reputation for accruing research funds is also well-earned.

His total personal research funding amounts to more than 6 million euros from European sources alone.

According to Professor Bouguettaya, it is this expertise in driving research projects and attracting funding that will be a particular focus for the four or five weeks a year that Professor Papazoglou will be working at the School.

“We hope that Mike will help us to build strong, collaborative relationships, both within and outside RMIT; to work and take a lead on specific projects and gain joint research funding – particularly from international bodies,” he said.

“But he’ll also be providing guest talks to the School, as well as consultation on student research projects and co-authored projects.”

Professor Papazoglou is currently Chair in Computer Science and Executive Director of the European Research Institute in Service Science (ERISS), Tilburg University, Netherlands (since May 1996), as well as being the Scientific Director of the European Network of Excellence in Software Services and Systems (S-Cube) and a scientific advisor to the European Union.

He is also a professorial fellow at the universities of Trento in Italy, Lyon 1 (France), New South Wales (Australia) and Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid (Spain).

Professor Papazoglou’s research interests are in the areas of Service Oriented Computing, web services, large-scale data sharing, business processes, and federated and distributed information systems.

His research has been or 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 and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computer Science section.

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