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Last modified: Wednesday, October 27, 2010

IU event to help Indiana business leaders get their heads in the clouds


October 27, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Turn on any technology-related news program or radio show these days and you're likely to hear someone mention cloud computing. "Cloud" has become a hot technology buzzword, in part due to the substantial promise cloud applications hold for business and industry.

To help leaders from corporations and small businesses begin to realize this potential, the Pervasive Technology Institute at Indiana University is hosting an educational seminar discussing how cloud technologies are providing access to greater computational power at a lower cost.

The Cloud Computing for Business and Industry seminar is being held in conjunction with the IEEE 2nd International Conference on Cloud Computing Technology and Science (CloudCom 2010). The seminar will take place at the IUPUI Campus Center on Thursday, December 2, from 5:30 to 7:30pm.

Featuring talks by IU's leading computational researchers and speakers from cloud research divisions of companies such as Microsoft Research and Yahoo, the event will provide an introduction to the concept of cloud computing and practical information on applications for businesses.

"There are many events out there for business professionals that pitch a particular cloud-related product or service," said Geoffrey Fox, director of the Digital Science Center at IU's Pervasive Technology Institute. An internationally recognized leader in cloud computing research and professor in the IU Bloomington School of Informatics and Computing, Fox is serving as the IEEE CloudCom 2010 conference general chair. "We wanted to offer an alternative event that includes experts from both academia and industry, focusing on general education about cloud applications in business rather than on the sale of any particular product or service."

Xiaohong "Judy" Qiu

Xiaohong "Judy" Qiu

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IEEE CloudCom 2010 Program Co-Chair Judy Qiu is an assistant professor in the IU Bloomington School of Informatics and Computing, where she teaches classes on cloud technologies and applications. Qiu noted that, "University programs such as those offered by the IU School of Informatics and Computing are preparing a new generation of students who will offer private industry great leadership and support in the use of cloud technologies. In this seminar we will discuss not only the technology, but also this emerging breed of IT professionals and how their expertise can be valuable to companies of all sizes."

The Cloud Computing for Business and Industry seminar costs $65 per person and includes a four-course dinner. Seating is limited, and early registration is encouraged. Seminar attendees are also invited to join the main conference for a special evening reception and multimedia entertainment event featuring original live music and vibrant digital artwork.

For more information and to register for the seminar or the full conference, visit:

About CloudCom 2010

The IEEE CloudCom 2010 conference brings together top international researchers from academia and industry to discuss and present leading edge research in the field of cloud computing. The main conference takes place from November 30 to December 3 at the University Place Conference Center on the campus of IUPUI.