The International Conference on Cloud Computing Technologies, Applications and Management (ICCCTAM -12) was held in BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus during 8 - 10 of December 2012. The Conference was inaugurated in a traditional way with the lighting of lamp by the dignitaries on 8 December 2012. The aim of the conference is to provide a platform to academicians, researchers, practitioners and users to share latest academic achievements, showcase the best technical achievements in cloud computing and discuss the scope and challenges faced in this emerging area. Dr. Ayoub Kazim, Managing Director of Dubai Knowledge Village and Dubai International Academic City was the Chief Guest. Dr. Eesa Bastaki, Chairman, Emirates Science Club, Dubai and Ms. Maryam Al Thani, Chair, IEEE UAE Section were the dignitaries present on the occasion.
Dr. Anand Kumar, Programme Co- Chair gave an insight about the Conference. The Programme Chair and Director of BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus Prof. Dr. R K Mittal welcomed the gathering and informed the audience about the importance of Cloud Computing in the field of Education. He mentioned that there were more than 80 paper submissions from over 10 countries such as South Korea, Japan, China, Iran, Kazakistan and Malaysia. Nearly 50 papers were accepted after a rigorous review process by a panel of reviewers that included eminent external experts from Industry and Academia. He also briefed about the pioneer project BITS Connect 2.0 which connects BITS Pilani and other three campuses located in Dubai, Goa and Hyderabad in India He thanked IEEE for the technical sponsorship and all the financial sponsors of the conference. The Chief Guest Dr. Ayoub Kazim congratulated BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus for holding its first research conference and lit the lamp to mark the beginning of the conference. Ms. Maryam Al Thani, Chair, IEEE UAE Section shared about some of the IEEE activities planned for the near future. The inaugural ceremony concluded with a delightful cultural programme by the students of BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus.
Dr. Eesa Bastaki, the first keynote speaker highlighted the use of cloud computing systems in business organizations and focused on the legal issues concerning cloud computing. He also highlighted National Interest ICT Projects, and one of the vital projects in UAE National Research and Education Network (NREN) called 'Ankabut', through which more than 50 campuses and / or more than 30 universities are connected, which in turn is connected to other national research and education networks, including Internet2 in the United States, Janet in the UK, and across Europe through GEANT.
Dr. Osman Ahmed, VP and Head Siemens Centre of Excellence on Smart Buildings, Abu Dhabi compared cloud computing systems with nature and the formation of clouds in the atmosphere to signify its importance. His address and discussion stimulated thinking among the computer and IT professionals and business experts to look for new solution inspired by nature. Dr. Ahmed Dabbagh, Technology & Services Development Manager, Ankabut, UAE delivered a key note address on UAE Educational Cloud over 'Ankabut'. He said that Ankabut has a 5 years plan of the community services, and now is planning to build the UAE Educational Cloud. Prof. Dr. Peter Varman, Rice University, Houston, USA is scheduled to give a keynote address today- 10 December 2012.
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