September 16-17, 2010
Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey, USA
Co-located with the 8th International Conference on Business Process Management (BPM 2010)
Service Oriented Computing (SOC) provides standard mechanisms and protocols for describing, locating and invoking services over the Internet. Although there are existing SOC infrastructures that support specification of service interfaces, access policies, behaviors and compositions, there are still many active research areas in SOC such as the support and management of interactions with stateful and long-running services, large farms of services and quality of service delivery. Moreover, emerging paradigm of cloud computing provides a new platform for service delivery, enabling the development of services that are configurable based on client requirements, service level guarantee mechanisms, and extended services based on virtualization (Software as a Service, Platform as a Service, Infrastructure as a Service). The convergence of SOC and cloud computing is accelerating the adoption of both of these technologies, making the service dependability and trustworthiness a crucial and urgent problem.
Formal methods can play a fundamental role in this research area. They can help us define unambiguous semantics for the languages and protocols that underpin existing web service infrastructures, and provide a basis for checking the conformance and compliance of bundled services. They can also empower dynamic discovery and binding with compatibility checks against behavioral properties and quality of service requirements. Formal analysis of security properties and performance is also essential in cloud computing and in application areas including e-science, e-commerce, workflow, business process management, etc. Moreover, the challenges raised by this new area can offer opportunities for extending the state of the art in formal techniques.
The aim of the WS-FM workshop series is to bring together researchers working on SOC, cloud computing and formal methods in order to catalyze fruitful collaboration. The scope of the workshop is not only limited to technological aspects. In fact, the WS-FM series has a strong tradition of attracting submissions on formal approaches to enterprise systems modeling in general, and business process modeling in particular. Potentially, this could have a significant impact on the on-going standardization efforts for SOC and cloud computing technologies.