Potsdam. Recognizing the growing interest in trust management problems and solutions, Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) initiates a symposium which brings trust management experts from the academic field as well as the industry to one place for discussion. In cooperation with the International Federation for Information Processing, the Trust Management working group (IFIPTM), the symposium will be held from March 22nd till 23rd, 2012 at Hasso Plattner Institute. According to their expertise both of the institutes set also the main focus point of the event. "The topics of the congress are an important part of the academic work at HPI. At the symposium we will focus on issues varying from trust models, trust in social media, reputation and recommendation systems, and identity management to topics such as privacy and trust in enterprise collaboration", accents Prof. Christoph Meinel, director of HPI and head of the chair Internet Technologies and Systems at the institute.

The symposium has an intriguing list of speakers that cover a broad range of fields and interests. It includes the authors of the publication "Building Web Reputation Systems", Randy Farmer and Bryce Glass. Randall "Randy" Farmer, COO at Suddenly Social, has been creating online community systems for over 30 years, and has co-invented many of the basic structures for both virtual worlds and social software. His firsts include: one of the first multiplayer online games; one of the first message boards; the first virtual world; the first avatars; the first online marketplace; the first user newsfeed/friend feed (at Yahoo 360°); the first multi-purpose reputation platform and grammar. Bryce Glass is a principle UX Designer at Manta Co. in the US and former senior interaction designer at Yahoo. Speakers from the industry include Dr. Tyrone Grandison, who is an IBM Master Inventor and has co-invented over 20 patents, Bouchra Bouqata, a lead scientist in General Electric US, Dan Whaley founder of one of Silicon Valley startup companies- Hypothes.is, and also speakers from SAP, Ericsson, and research centers such as Fraunhofer FOKUS Institute in Berlin and the scientific and technological research center of Bruno Kessler Foundation (FBK) in Italy.

The Symposium brings also very distinguished speakers from the academic field. One of the keynote speakers, Audun Jøsang, has an article "A survey of trust and reputation systems for online service provision" (2007) that was recognized by Thomson-Reuters ScienceWatch as the world's most cited article in technology from 2006-2010.

Further experts on trust management which were gained for the event:
Prof. Jordi Sabater-Mir (IIIA-CSIC, Spain)
Prof. Piero Bonatti (University of Napoli, Italy)
Prof. Tortsen Eymann (University of Bayreuth, Germany)
Prof. David Chadwick (University of Kent, UK) as well as speakers from the University of Sussex in the UK, the University of Helsinki in Norway and the Hasso Plattner Institute.

Please find more information on the conference and for registration on the HPI website

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