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Cloud Computing - where it's at, where it's headed: challenges and possible solutions

Cloud computing offers new opportunities and challenges for researchers in Computer Science, Information Technology and Business.

Cloud computing enables new ways of composing and defining IT services. It also enables organizations to store, manage and harness large amounts of data at very low computational costs.

The talk will cover the fundamental forces shaping the emergence of Cloud computing. Examples of the use of cloud computing approaches in education and industry will be discussed.

The Future of Medical Imaging... You Can See It in The Clouds!

The talk will provide insight into how the new types of information technology can be used to dramatically improve healthcare IT and specifically medical imaging data management.

I will provide definitions of both grid and cloud computing as two components of the next generation of information technology. I will focus on how they are different from legacy IT and from each other and how they are used in practice.

I will also describe the challenges encountered with introducing/adopting new innovations in business, and conclude with a brief description and demonstration of the DICOM Grid ImageCare solution which is a web based platform from medical imaging content management and distribution.  

About the Speakers

Prof. Raghu Santanam

Raghu Santanam is a faculty member in the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. His current research focuses on Cloud Computing, IT services, and Security. His past research has contributed to Business Process Change, Collaborative Decision-making, Digital Piracy and Electronic Commerce.

Dr. Santanam has been a Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on several projects with Corporations (including Intel, IBM and others) and Government entities (including ADHS, MCDPH, and US Army-ISEC). These projects were mainly concerned with issues of efficiently managing large data/information repositories and retrieving managerially relevant information for decision-making.

Dr. Santanam has co-guest edited a special issue of the Journal Decision Support Systems on "Cyberinfrastructure for Homeland Security: Advances in Information Sharing, Data Mining, and Collaboration Systems."

He is one of the editors of a Handbook being published by Elsevier entitled, "Handbooks in Information Systems: National Security."

Dr. Santanam has served as the Track Chair for the Americas Conference on Information Systems(AMCIS) on Knowledge Management for a number of years. He serves as an Associate Editor for Information Systems Research, and Journal of Electronic Commerce Research.

He has served on the Program Committee for the IEEE Intelligence and Security Informatics (ISI), INFORMS Conference on Information Systems and Technology, and Workshop on Secure Knowledge Management.

Tom Gibbs, Exec. V.P., DiCOM Grid

Tom Gibbs joined DiCOM Grid as the Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing in September 2008. In this role Tom is responsible for all product strategy and brand marketing, direct and channel sales programs. Prior to joining DiCOM Grid Tom was the managing partner for Vx Ventures LLC, a strategic consulting and investment partnership. Tom worked at the Intel Corporation for 15 years, where he was the Director of Strategy and Architecture in the Customer Solutions Group. The group developed high level IT solutions with partners and led Intel’s effort in digital healthcare among other vertical industries. He also held senior management positions with the workstation products group, enterprise server group and supercomputer systems division. Tom has 25 years of experience in high technology: engineering, product development, program management, sales and marketing.  His current areas of focus are solutions that accelerate economic growth for the healthcare market in developed and emerging economic regions. His technology focus is on better connecting individuals to improve their ability to communicate via rich media and distributed service-oriented-architecture (SOA), GRID computing, WiFi, WiMAX, RFID.

Tom was a past Chairman of the Open Grid Forum and a member of the Center for Excellence in Supply Chain Management at MIT. He has written articles that have appeared in The Economist, Journal for Operations Research, Advanced Supply Chain Excellence Through Technology, GRIDToday, RFIDJournal and other leading publications in high end information technology and solutions.

Tom is a graduate in Engineering Science from California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo in 1980, and was awarded a Hughes Fellowship at the University of Southern California for graduate studies in Electrical Engineering in 1982.


20100504ASU.pdf (Presentation PDF)

20100504DICOM.pdf (Presentation PDF)