Workshop on "A synergistic approach for managing the Information Landscape"

Workshop description

Business and scientific applications require an array of advanced technologies such as data management, knowledge management, machine learning, visualization, event processing, and workflow; just to name a few. Proven technologies and products exist for each of these areas and research has never been so influential as today. However, developing and especially maintaining any application even with few incoherent technologies and products is time-consuming and far too expensive. As a consequence, modern applications have to be developed with their own technology stack, which is only justified in a very few cases. Without this effort applications do not provide the desired functionality and operational characteristics.

The Synergy Workshop is designed to discuss approaches to overcome this issue and to identify the gist of a new simplified information processing infrastructure. The intent is to bring together researchers, product developers, as well as application developers with diverse backgrounds. The objective is to discuss ways how to bring together technologies and recent research results to significantly improve application development, maintenance and evolution. The outcome should be a manifesto that should be a blue print defining modern application requirements, abstractions to support them, and challenges to achieve this goal.  

call for participation

Download the pdf file: Call for Participation (.pdf)

Submission deadline: January 5, 2012
What to submit? Please send 2 or 3 slides outlining your personal research agenda, why you are interested in the workshop, and what you intend to contribute. 
How do you submit?: Please send your slides to
Invitations: January 25, 2012


Wednesday, March 21 

19:00: Reception / Introduction

Thursday, March 22

9:00 -  9:30: Intoduction

9:30 - 10:30: Use cases

11:00 - 12:30: Proposals for approach/solutions

14:00 - 15:00: Formation of working groups: membership, tasks

15:30 - 18:00: Break out sessions

Friday, March 23

9:00 - 10:00: 1rst report of working groups

10:00 - 12:30: Break out sessions

14:00 - 15:30: 2nd report of working groups

15:30 - 18:00: Break out sessions

19:30: Dinner

Saturday, March 24

9:00 - 10:30: Final report of working groups

11:00 - 12:30: Layout of manifesto, assignments


The workshop will take place in room 1004 at the faculty of computer science of the University of technology Dresden. You can also find the location in the map below.


Bernhard Seeger (Chair) (University of Marburg, Germany)

Andreas Behrend (University Bonn, Germany)

Juliana Freire (NYU-Poly, USA)

Dieter Gawlick (Oracle, USA)

Local Arrangement:
Wolfgang Lehner (Technical University Dresden, Germany)

Travel Information

On the map below you find the workshop location and some nearby hotels. The workshop location at the faculty of computer science can be reached easy via public transportation. Further hotels and additional travel information can be found at Dresden tourist information.

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