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Information Technologies 2009 (IT 2009) 15th conference on Information and Software Technologies April 23th - 24th 2009, Kaunas, Lithuania

OVERVIEW AND AIM

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES conference was first organized in 1995 by the biggest technical university in the Baltic states - Kaunas University of Technology. The annual conference takes place in the Lithuanian city of Kaunas and belongs to a group of events from the conferences series "Lithuanian Science and Industry". 2008 saw the fist international iteration of the event and in 2009 the aim is to build on its success. The mission of the conference is the promotion of multidisciplinary approaches and methods designed to further simplify the convergence of social and IT requirements as well as accompanying technologies. Therefore researchers and practitioners from all over the World are invited to share and expand their knowledge on system analysis and design, hardware and computer networks as well as other relevant topics. 
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Relevant Topics 
Ontology, Conceptual Modelling and Databases 
  Ontology and Conceptual Modelling Data
  Modelling and Database Design 
  Quality of Models and Modelling Languages 
  Advanced Databases (Web, Multimedia, Temporal, Spatial, etc.) 
  Integrating Heterogeneous Data Sources 
  Distributed Databases 
  Database Security and Transaction Support 
  Data Warehouses and OLAP
Business Process Modelling, Analysis and Design 
  Business Process Modelling (methods, tools and technologies)
  Business Process and Workflow Management 
  Business Process Management and IS Integration
  Business Process Re-engineering and Optimization
Requirements Engineering and Business Rules
  Business Rules Modelling and Tools
  Business Rules in Information Systems
  Advances in Requirements Engineering
Information and Software Systems Engineering
  Systems Engineering Methodologies
  Model-driven Development 
  Service-Oriented Architecture SOA) and Agents
  Component-Based Development
  Distributed, Mobile, and Open Architectures
  Semantic Web Engineering
  Software Quality, Testing, Verification and Validation 
  CASE Tools for Software Development
  Security and Trust
  Interoperability of Enterprises and Information Systems
Information Technology Applications 
  E-Government and Public Sector 
  Enterprise Systems (ERP, SCM, CRM)
  Workflow Management
  Web Information systems 
  Medicine and Health Care
  Language Engineering
  Geographical Information Systems
Artificial Intelligence and Knowledge Engineering
  Artificial Intelligence Applications
  Decision Support Systems
  Natural Language Processing
  Intelligent Social Agents and Distributed Artificial Intelligence Applications
  Agent Oriented Modelling and Development
  Web and Enterprise Knowledge Management
  Knowledge-based Systems Engineering
  Business Intelligence
  Warehouses and Data Mining
Formal Analysis and Design Methods
  Formal Systems Modelling and Simulation
  Formal Verification and Validation
  Applied Numerical Analysis
IT in Teaching and Learning
  Computer-based Learning
  Distance Education
Hardware and Computer Networks
  Computer Networks Design and Management
  Chip Design and Testing
  GSM based solutions for objects localization 

Case studies, experience reports and industrial problem statements are particularly encouraged. 
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Conference Language 
The official language of the conference will be English. 
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Submission 
Contributions are limited to the research papers. The paper's size should not exceed 5000 words. After the previous conference the volume of selected papers was included in the ISI Proceedings Citation Index (formerly ISI Proceedings) and for IT 2009 the similar book will be released and submitted for the inclusion in the same database. However, the separate volume of selected papers will be submitted for the inclusion in the ISI Proceedings database. Other accepted papers will be published in a separate volume as research communications. Submission will be handled electronically through this IT2009 web site. For submitting a paper, please use a menu section "Authors" at the top of this site. Please, read an instruction for submission (menu section "Authors/Instruction"). 
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Review Process
The reviewing process of submitted papers will be double-blind. At least two members of the Program Committee will review each submission. Review will be handled electronically through the IT2009 web site. See the IT2009 web site for details about evaluation criteria. 
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Important Dates: 
15 12 2008 - Paper abstract registration deadline (extended up to 11 01 2009) (closed);
22 12 2008 - Paper submission deadline (extended up to 18 01 2009) (closed);
09 03 2009 - Acceptance notification (closed);
23 03 2009 - Print ready paper submission;
23 - 24 04 2009 - Conference. 
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Conference Fees: 
Early-bird prices - for registration until April 6, 2009
Regular prices - for registration after April 6, 2009

Full conference package (for non-discounted participant and PC member):
  - attendance at all sessions,
  - copy of conference proceedings,
  - CD with conference program and both proceedings,
  - conference materials,
  - refreshments during breaks,
  - tickets for social events: 2 lunches, an official dinner, and a sightseeing tour;

Full conference package (for student up to master degree):
  - attendance at all sessions,
  - copy of conference proceedings,
  - CD with conference program and both proceedings,
  - conference materials,
  - refreshments during breaks;

Partial conference package:
  - attendance at all sessions,
  - CD with conference program and both proceedings,
  - refreshments during breaks.
Type Early-bird prices Regular prices
Full conference package
Participant (non-discounted) 250 EUR 300 EUR
PC member 200 EUR 250 EUR
Student (up to master degree) 100 EUR 150 EUR 
Partial conference package
Participant (non-discounted) 100 EUR 150 EUR 
PC member 75 EUR 100 EUR 
Student (up to master degree) 50 EUR 75 EUR


Prices for additional copies of conference proceedings:
  - additional copy of proceedings - 50 EUR,
  - additional copy of research communications with ISBN - 30 EUR. 
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KEY NOTES and SPEAKERS 
Addressing Security in Information Systems Development

prof. dr. Guttorm Sindre, Norwegian University of Technology and Science, Trondheim, Norway

Abstract. As IT is becoming a key infrastructure of modern society and more and more critical tasks are performed or supported by information systems, security (i.e., protection against malicious attacks) is a vital quality factor in information systems development. However, security often appears to be poorly addressed in IS development projects, especially in early stages such as requirements analysis. In many cases, security concerns are only handled late in a development project, during coding - or worse, after deployment, as a response to observed vulnerabilities. There are several possible reasons for this. First of all, methods for secure systems development are often formal and heavyweight and not well integrated with mainstream software engineering methods, and software engineers have often had limited education in security. The customers also tend to have limited knowledge about security, hence such needs seldom surface in requirements elicitation interviews. Moreover, it is quite costly and time-consuming to properly consider security issues for a huge information system, and in some cases the identification requires imagination and an ability to view the system from the destructive perspective of an attacker, which is quite different from the constructive perspective that engineers are used to. 
To better address security at early stages of information systems development projects, it is therefore interesting to include the representation of security-related concepts in modelling languages used for IS development. This keynote speech looks at various approaches that have been proposed for including security in information systems modelling, related to different types of modelling approaches, such as goal-oriented models, use cases, business process models, and information models. It furthermore outlines future research challenges related to such modelling approaches, and discusses advantages and disadvantages of various research methods in such research. 

Biography: Guttorm Sindre (b. 1964) got his PhD from the NTH, Trondheim, Norway in 1990, and has been full professor at the NTNU, Trondheim, Norway from 2003. His main research interests are requirements engineering and model-driven development of information systems, with a focus on early stage identification of security challenges. He was program co-chair of the CAiSE'07 conference, and has been involved in several Norwegian and European research projects. He has published more than 80 peer reviewed papers in journals, books and international conferences. 


Why Today's Systems Theory Can Not Cope with Global Crisis?

prof. dr. Raimundas Jasinevicius, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania

Abstract. A lecture presents the first reaction of the world famous systems theory scientists' and researchers' to the contemporary banking and economy crisis which recently has shaken the whole world. Comments on the event dealt with political, social and systems control theory aspects. 
The global world economy and social system was considered as SoC - the system of communities aiming a maximal profit and institutionalizing a global greed. 
The existing stochastic set of world-vide information and control systems was considered as SoS - the system of systems, having no instruments (neither fundamental theory nor tools) able to cope with the current critical situation. The old and perfectly developed control theory with its well-known stability criteria is not adequate to the phenomenon of the contemporary world's realities. 
New approach is proposed, adequate to the global arrangements and interdependence of actors in the contemporary world system of systems: 1) consideration of a new type of information - fuzzy knowledge-based data; 2) development of an extended independent space-time world coordinate system; 3) introduction and inclusion into the theory of a very important feature, such as anisotropy of our world's structure. 
These three aspects up till now were neglected by the general systems theory, and this negligence cased society's scientific impotence in the presence of the crisis. 
So, a new branch of general systems theory is under development now; its name - GFSCT - general fuzzy systems control theory, and it is taking into account all three approaches mentioned above. 
The new theory, as well as world's community political will, is crucial for our future. 

Biography: Dr. Raimundas Jasinevicius (born in Kaunas 1936) - professor of Systemology a the Computer Engineering Department of the Kaunas University of Technology and the part time professor of Diplomacy and International Law at the Institute of Diplomacy and Political Science at the Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, ambassador of Lithuania, member of the IEEE. 
His research fields are: System Theory, Neurocomputing, Character Recognition, Petri Nets, Fuzzy Expert Maps, Fuzzy Cognitive Maps Ttheory and Applications for International Relations, and e-Diplomacy. 
Raimundas Jasinevicius has been involved in few large scale projects: Concepts of the Information System for the Air Traffic Control in Lithuania Airspace; Computerized Police Information System for Ministry of Internal Affairs; Tempus project on Curricula Modernization in Information Technology at the Universities of Lithuania; SoC for SME project for 5 Nordic countries and 3 Baltic states. 
He was engaged as a researcher at the Cybernetics Center at the Genoa University (Italy, 1967), UCLA (USA, 1973), UMIST, City University and King's College (UK, 1976 and 1994). From 1994 till 2001 he was the ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania to Denmark and Iceland. 
He has published 3 monographs, 1 referenced dictionary and more than 120 papers and articles on system theory as well as on international political affairs and humanitarian problems. 

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Conference Venue
The Conference will be held at Kaunas University of Technology, Kaunas, Lithuania. 
Kaunas with only 360 thousand inhabitants is nevertheless one of the most significant cities of Lithuania. It is not only a city of old traditions, but also a large centre of business and industry. It can also lay claim to be a town of young people with over 40,000 students studying at one of eleven universities here. 
Kaunas was always fated to play an important historical and cultural role in Lithuania. In 1408, Magdeburg rights were granted to the city of Kaunas by the privilege of Vytautas the Great. During the early 20th century Kaunas was the home of the Lithuanian Government and the capital of state. However, history tells us that even before this date, the city, situated at the confluence of the rivers Neris and Nemunas, experienced many periods of great prosperity and national importance.
It's hard to name the single most famous feature of Kaunas. From the historic 13th century Kaunas Castle to the romantic City Hall Square, from the macabre Devils' Museum to the galleries of art varying from classic to avant-garde - Kaunas offers something for everybody. The cosy and enigmatic Old Town of Kaunas extends into a vibrant Laisves avenue, where visitors can enjoy the mix of modern and traditional shops, cafes and bars.
Also basketball is synonymous with Kaunas not only because we held the very first official basketball game in Lithuania in 1922, but also because of the famous Zalgiris team and its international superstar Arvydas Sabonis.

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Organised by 
Department of Information Systems, Faculty of Informatics http://isd.ktu.lt/index_en.asp 
Kaunas University of Technology, Kaunas, Lithuania http://internet.ktu.lt/en/ 

Organizing Committee: 
Rimantas Butleris (Chair) 
Rita Butkiene (Co-chair) 
Lina Nemuraite 
Lina Tutkute
Tomas Danikauskas
Kestutis Kapocius
Jonas Ceponis
Jovita Nenortaite
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Contact addresses 
Tomas Skersys 
Kaunas University of Technology
Student┼│ str. 50-309, Kaunas, Lithuania
Tel. +370 37 300382 ; Fax. +370-37-300352
E-mail: it2009@ktu.lt 
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HOTELS 
In this document (Hotels.pdf ) you will find information about hotels in Kaunas.
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How to get to IT 2009 
All information you wil find in this document How to get to IT2009.pdf.