Special Interest Group (SIG) Chairs
The Services Sector has account for 79.5% of the GDP of United States in 2016. The world's most services-oriented economy, with services sectors accounting for more than 90% of GDP. To rapidly respond to the changing economy, the Technical Activities Board at the Services Society (http://ServicesSociety.org/) has launched a selection procedure among our worldwide Services Innovations Community volunteers to elect Chairs for the newly created Special Interest Groups (SIGs).
About the Services Society
The Services Society (S2) is a non-profit professional organization that has been created to promote worldwide research and technical collaboration in Services Computing among academia and industrial professionals. Its members are volunteers from industry and academia with common interests. The Services Society is registered in the USA as a "501(c) (3) organization", which means that it is an American tax-exempt nonprofit organization. The Services Society collaborates with other professional organizations to sponsor conferences and to promote an effective services curriculum in colleges and universities. The Services Society initiates and promotes a "Services University" program worldwide to bridge the gap between industrial needs and university instruction. It has created Services Society Young Scientist Forums (SSYSF) worldwide. The Services Society has provided professional services for more than 30,000 researchers, practitioners, professors, and students directly. The Services Society is the creator and sponsor of the Services Conference Federation (SCF).
About SCF 2018
The International Conference on Web Services (ICWS) was first conceived in June 2003 in Las Vegas, USA. Meanwhile, the First International Conference on Web Services - Europe 2003 (ICWS-Europe'03) was held in Germany in Oct, 2003. ICWS-Europe'03 is an extended event of the 2003 International Conference on Web Services (ICWS 2003) in Europe. In 2004, ICWS-Europe was changed to the European Conference on Web Services (ECOWS), which was held at Erfurt, Germany. To celebrate its 16-year-old birthday, ICWS 2018 will be held on June 25 - June 30, 2018, Seattle, USA. In the past 15 years, ICWS community has been expanded from Web engineering innovations to scientific research for the whole services industry. The service delivery platforms have been expanded to mobile platforms, Internet of Things, cloud computing, and edge computing. The services ecosystem is gradually enabled, value added, and intelligence embedded through enabling technologies such as big data, artificial intelligence, and cognitive computing. In the coming years, all the transactions with multiple parties involved will be transformed to blockchain. Based on the technology trends and best practices in the field, the Services Conference Federation (SCF) was created as a conference umbrella's code name for all services-related conferences. Today, we are very proud to announce that SCF 2018's 10 co-located theme topic conferences will all center around "services", while each focusing on exploring different themes (web-based services, cloud-based services, Big Data-based services, services innovation lifecycle, AI-driven ubiquitous services, blockchain driven trust service-ecosystems, industry-specific services and applications, and emerging service-oriented technologies).
SCF 2018 will be held on June 25 - June 30, 2018, Seattle, USA. You can also find our CFP Brochure (http://icws.org/2018/CFP-CACM.pdf) in the Communications of ACM in December 2017 and January 2018 (Backcover).
List of SIGs
Special Interest Group on Web Services (SIG-WS)
Special Interest Group on Services Computing (SIG-SC)
Special Interest Group on Services Industry (SIG-SI)
Special Interest Group on Big Data (SIG-BD)
Special Interest Group on Cloud Computing (SIG-CLOUD)
Special Interest Group on Artificial Intelligence (SIG-AI)
Special Interest Group on Edge Computing (SIG-EC)
Special Interest Group on Cognitive Computing (SIG-CC)
Special Interest Group on BlockChain (SIG-BC)
Special Interest Group on Internet of Things (SIG-IOT)
Responsibilities of a SIG Chair
A SIG Chair is responsible for leading a group of professionals to promote its scope, conduct professional activities, and foster interactions among group members. Specifically, the responsibilities of a SIG Chair include but not limited to the following items:
1. Each SIG Chair may appoint Co-Chair(s), Vice-Chair(s), Executive Committee, Advisory Committee, Senior-Honorary Chair(s);
2. Each SIG Chair needs to create a yearly plan for its technical activities. A yearly plan (1/1-12/31) may include statement of works that can contribute to the SIG’s success;
3. Each SIG Chair is responsible for creating or updating a descriptive introduction for his/her Special Interest Group (SIG).
4. Each SIG Chair is responsible for creating a members list;
5. Each SIG Chair or his/her representative needs to attend our annual Special Interest Group (SIG) Board (TB) meetings. The meeting is typically scheduled during our SCF conferences;
6. Each SIG Chair is responsible for supporting the corresponding conference by encouraging members to be an author, volunteer, or participant;
7. Each SIG Chair is responsible for supporting the Services Society Young Scientist Forum (SSYSF) activities worldwide;
8. Each SIG Chair may organize special issues or attract paper submissions for Services Transactions series journals sponsored by the Services Society.
Term of a SIG Chair
The term for a SIG Chair is two years. It is encouraged that the current chair invites the past chairs to be part of the Advisory Committee or Executive Committee. The SIG Chair-Elect is automatically part of the current Executive Committee.
The future Chair election will be conducted in the second year of the current Chair’s term. The election location will be collocated with the current year's SCF conference.
1. Yearly Work Plan (Statement of Works)
The proposed activities include but not limited to organize special sessions, innovation showcases, summer school, tutorials, panels, job fair, poster, and other activities at one of our flagship conferences.
2. List of Special Interest Group (SIG) Core Team Members
Each SIG needs to build a core team and a group of members to promote its technical activities. A core team includes 10-16 researchers, practitioners from academia or industry. All the core team members should be proactive and passionate on promoting the associated SIG activities. For each SIG, there could be multiple technology areas, which can be led by the core team members.
The core team members or other proactive members of our SIGs will be recommended to become a member of the program committee or organizing committee of our conferences within SCF. Some members can be also recommended to become a member of the editorial board or special issue editor of the corresponding journals such as the Services Transactions on Services Computing (STSC), the Services Transactions on Cloud Computing (STCC), the Services Transactions on Big Data (STBD), and the Services Transactions on Internet of Things (STIOT).
The SIG core team members are willing to serve for the community and dedicate time for conducting technical activities. Seniority should also be considered as important quality for the core team. The core team list includes each member’s full name, email, affiliation, and technology area. We will publish that information on the Services Society Technical Activities Board website (http://ServicesSociety.org/).
3. Commitment to the Attendance of our TAB meetings
Our TAB meetings are ways for the SIG leaders to exchange information and define technical directions for the worldwide services community. Each SIG must have a representative (chair or co-chair) to attend our annual meeting to be held most likely during SCF. In 2018, the location is in Seattle, USA. Best practices of SIG activities will be summarized and shared among SIG leaders during the meetings. Other TAB meetings may be conducted via electronic ways (e.g. email, online group chat, online group discussion, Internet-based conference calls).
4. A Special Interest Group (SIG) Introductory Text
A Special Interest Group (SIG) needs a description on its scope, major technical activities, and impacts to the society. It may include an introductory text with 200-300 words in total. The submitted description by the SIG chairs will be reviewed and approved by the Technical Activity Board of Services Society. The approved description will be published on the Services Society website. We may also publish a SIG’s information in the conference proceedings of a corresponding conference within SCF.
5. Budget Plan
This part includes potential revenue sources (e.g. meeting registration fees, corporate sponsorship, etc.) and expenses for conducting professional activities. This part is optional for the nomination package. Once a SIG chair is announced, a detailed budget plan needs to be submitted based on the guidelines from the Services Society.
Each candidate needs to submit a nomination package in PDF format via the online submission system. In your package, you need to include a short bio with photo and online presence (e.g. URLs), work plan, list of core team members, commitment to the attendance of TAB meeting, introductory text of your interested SIG (optional), and budget plan (optional).
It is noted that nomination packages coming from people without experiences of serving as leading volunteers for technical communities, conferences, or large online groups, or journals in the Special Interest Group (SIG) field will be filtered out during the review and selection process
Chair Selection Deadline
The deadline for submitting nomination packages is April 15, 2018. The review process will be conducted by a group of leading volunteers in the worldwide Services Innovation Community. The onsite interview will be also arranged during SCF 2018. The founding chairs of all SIGs will be selected and announced at SCF 2018 based on the interview results and review comments of the submitted nomination packages.
====== Appendix 1: Member of SCF 2018 ======
Services Conference Federation (SCF) includes 10 service-oriented conferences: ICWS, CLOUD, SCC, BigData Congress, AIMS, SERVICES, ICIOT, EDGE, ICCC and ICBC.
 2018 International Conference on Web Services ( ICWS 2018, http://icws.org/2018) is the flagship theme-topic conference for Web-based services, featuring Web services modeling, development, publishing, discovery, composition, testing, adaptation, delivery, as well as the latest API standards.
 2018 International Conference on Cloud Computing (CLOUD 2018, http://thecloudcomputing.org/2018) is the flagship theme-topic conference for modeling, developing, publishing, monitoring, managing, delivering XaaS (everything as a service) in the context of various types of cloud environments.
 2018 International Congress on Big Data (BigData Congress 2018, http://bigdatacongress.org/2018) is the emerging theme-topic conference for quantitative analysis of impact on business insights from Big Data analytics.
 2018 International Conference on Services Computing (SCC 2018, http://thescc.org/2018) is the flagship theme-topic conference for services innovation lifecycle that includes enterprise modeling, business consulting, solution creation, services orchestration, services optimization, services management, services marketing, business process integration and management.
 2018 International Conference on AI & Mobile Services (AIMS 2018, http://ai1000.org/2018) is the emerging theme-topic conference for the science and technology of artificial intelligence, and the development, publication, discovery, orchestration, invocation, testing, delivery, and certification of AI-enabled services and mobile applications.
 2018 World Congress on Services (SERVICES 2018, http://servicescongress.org/2018) puts its focus on emerging service-oriented technologies and the industry-specific services and solutions.
 2018 International Conference on Cognitive Computing (ICCC 2018, http://thecognitivecomputing.org/2018) puts its focus on the Sensing Intelligence (SI) as a Service (SIaaS) that makes system listen, speak, see, smell, taste, understand, interact, and walk.
 2018 International Conference on Internet of Things (ICIOT 2018, http://iciot.org/2018) puts its focus on the creation of Internet of Things technologies and development of IOT services.
 2018 International Conference on Edge Computing (EDGE 2018, http://theedgecomputing.org/2018/) puts its focus on the state of the art and practice of edge computing including but not limited to localized resource sharing and connections with the cloud.
 2018 International Conference on Blockchain (ICBC 2018, http://blockchain1000.org/2018/) concentrates on blockchain-based services and enabling technologies.
====== Highlights of SCF 2018 ======
-- Bigger Platform: The he 10 collocated conferences (SCF 2018) get sponsorship from the Services Society which is the largest not-for-profits organization (501 c(3)) dedicated for serving more than 30,000 worldwide researchers and practitioners. Bigger platform means bigger opportunities to all volunteers. Meanwhile, Springer provides sponsorship to best paper awards and other professional activities. All the 10 conference proceedings will be published by Springer and indexed in ISI Conference Proceedings Citation Index (included in Web of Science), Engineering Index EI (Compendex and Inspec databases), DBLP, Google Scholar, IO-Port, MathSciNet, Scopus, and ZBlMath.
-- Brighter Future: SCF launches the First International Conference on Blockchain (ICBC 2018) to build the fundamental infrastructure for enabling secure and trusted services ecosystems. It will also lead our community members to create their own brighter future.
-- Better Model: SCF 2018 leverages the invented Conference Blockchain Model (CBM) to innovate the organizing practices for all the 10 theme conferences. Senior researchers in the field are welcome to submit proposals to serve as CBM Ambassador for an individual conference to start better interactions during your leadership practices for organizing SCF 2018.
If you have any questions or queries on SIGs, please send email to SIG AT ServicesSociety.org.
Please join the worldwide services innovation community as a member or student member of the Services Society at http://membership.ServicesInnovations.org. You are also welcome to join our social network on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/groups/6546793.