Researchers, students, and industry professionals alike joined one another at the UT Dallas Computer Science Department for the 39th IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS 2019). The conference was hosted by the UT Dallas Computer Science Department with Dr. Ding-Zhu Du, a UT Dallas CS professor, serving as the General Chair of the conference with Dr. Weil Wu, a UT Dallas CS Professor, and Dr. Taieb Znati, a Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, serving as the technical program committee co-chairs of the conference. More than 300 researchers, scholars, scientists from academia and industry attended ICDCS 2019 from all across the world including countries like Finland, Poland, Switzerland, Germany, UK, Austria, Spain, Netherlands, Sweden, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Macau, Hong Kong, China, Australia, Canada, USA, etc.
The conference provided a platform for researchers, scientists, and engineers in various domains, in fields such as academics, industry, and government, to present their current findings in the emerging areas of distributed computing. It featured brainstorming and networking sessions as well as three keynote talks, panel discussions, and paper presentations. The presentations and panels discussions featured active discussions centered on state-of-the-art research in distributed computing systems. The topics presented at the conference included Cloud Computing and Data Centers, Distributed Big Data Systems and Analytics, Distributed Operating Systems and Middleware, Distributed Algorithms and Theory, Distributed Fault Tolerance and Dependability, Distributed Green Computing and Energy Management, Internet of Things and Cyber-Physical Systems, Mobile and Wireless Network Computing, Edge Computing, Security, Privacy, Trust in Distributed Systems, Social Networks and Crowdsourcing, Blockchain, Industry and Experimentation, Distributed Machine Learning, UNcertainty in distrIbuted compuTing Systems (UNITS), and Vision/Blue Sky Thinking.
Dr. Gopal Gupta, UT Dallas CS Department head, gave the welcome speech to all the attendees. Three renowned scholars, Dr. Aidong Zhang of the University of Virginia, Dr. Ophir Frieder of Georgetown University, and Dr. Nancy Lynch of The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, were invited as keynote speakers who shared their visions and perspectives of distributed computing in the conference.
ICDCS Steering Committee chair Dr. Xiaodong Zhang of Ohio State University presented the IEEE Technical Committee of Distributed Processing (TCDP) Outstanding Technical Achievement Award to Dr. Nancy Lynch for her groundbreaking contributions to the theory and practice of distributed systems. Dr. Cheng-Zhong Xu of the University of Macau, China, presented the IEEE TCDP Outstanding Service Award from the IEEE Computer Society to Dr. Makoto Takizawa of Hosei University, Japan. Dr. Weili Wu, UT Dallas CS Professor and TPC Co-chair, ICDCS 2019, presented Appreciation Awards to the organizing committee members and the Technical Program Chair Committee Track Chairs.
UT Dallas CS Staff, Norma Richardson, Vicente Torres, Maria Boykin, Brittany Smith, Carina Legorreta, and numerous UT Dallas student volunteers provided practical assistance with the event logistics and coordination.
ABOUT THE UT DALLAS COMPUTER SCIENCE DEPARTMENT
The UT Dallas Computer Science program is one of the largest Computer Science departments in the United States with over 2,800 bachelors-degree students, more than 1,000 master’s students, 190 Ph.D. students, 52 tenure-track faculty members, and 41 full-time senior lecturers, as of Fall 2018. With The University of Texas at Dallas’ unique history of starting as a graduate institution first, the CS Department is built on a legacy of valuing innovative research and providing advanced training for software engineers and computer scientists.