Software Services: Scientific Challenge or Industrial Hype?

Photograph of Jose Fiadeiro

Jose Fiadeiro

(Leicester)

Web-services keep making headlines, not only in technical journals but also in the wider media like The Economist. Is this just a sales plot of the fragile software industry targeted to the companies and organisations that want to operate in the new economy as enabled by the internet and wireless communication? Or is there a new paradigm as far as software development is concerned? Should we, scientists, regard this as a challenge? Or dismiss it as hype?

We take these questions as a cue for discussing the difference between two different (but often confused) notions of complexity that arise in software development and the mathematics behind them.
Thursday 2nd December 2004, 14:00
Robert Recorde Room
Department of Computer Science