The Advocatus Diaboli Forum “court proceedings” play an important role in the mission of the ENASE conferences. The ADF is directly inspired by an ancient, now discarded, mechanism within the Catholic Church whereby a so-called "Devil's Advocate" (AD) would assemble a prosecution case against candidates for canonization to sainthood. The AD was not required to necessarily believe the prosecution case they prepared, but was required to list every possible reason to reject the candidate's elevation. Proponents for canonization would then mount a defense, addressing each of the points raised by the AD.

Consistently with the motivating philosophy of ENASE conferences, the main agenda for ADF-s is defined as to adversarially assess claims to novelty and utility for selected software engineering approaches. For ADF at ENASE 2009 the SE approach on trial is SOA (Service-Oriented Architecture).

Advocatus Diaboli Forum (ADF) Chair
César González Pérez          The Heritage Laboratory (LaPa); Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Spain

Advocatus Diaboli (Prosecutor)
Ernesto Damiani                    University of Milan, Italy

Brief Biography
Ernesto Damiani is currently a professor at the University of Milan and the director of the University of Milan’s PhD program in computer science. He has held visiting positions at a number of international institutions, including George Mason University in Virginia, LaTrobe University in Melbourne, Australia, and the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. He has also done extensive research on advanced network infrastructure and protocols, taking part in the design and deployment of secure high-performance networking environments, both as chief scientist and in management positions. His areas of interest include business process representation, Web services security, processing of semi and unstructured information (e.g., XML), and semantics-aware content engineering for multimedia. Also, he is interested in models and platforms supporting open source development. He is the chair of the IEEE Conference on Digital Ecosystems (IEEE-DEST), the IFIP Working Conference on Open Source Systems, and the IFIP 2.6 WG on Data Semantics. He is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transaction on Service Oriented Computing and a member of various editorial boards, including the Journal of System Architecture. He has published several books and about 200 papers and international patents. His work has appeared, among others, in the IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, the ACM Transactions on Information and System Security, and TFS, as well as in the ACM Transactions on Information Systems and the ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology. He has served and is serving in all capacities on many congress, conference, and workshop committees. He is a senior member of the IEEE. In 2008 he was nominated ACM distinguished scientist and he receive the Chester Hall Award for the best paper published in the IEEE Transaction on Consumer Electronics.
His current home page is at

Defence Attorney
Mike P. Papazoglou              Tilburg University, The Netherlands

Brief Biography
Michael P. Papazoglou is a Professor at Tilburg University where he is the Director of the European Research Institute in Service Science and the Scientific Director of the European Network of Excellence in Software Services and Systems (S-Cube). He is also an honorary professor at the University of Trento in Italy, and professorial fellow at the Universities Lyon 1 (France), Univ. of New South Wales (Australia) and Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid (Spain). Prior to this he was full Professor and head of School of Information Systems at the Queensland Univ. of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane Australia (1991-1996).
Papazoglou is well known for developing fundamental concepts and techniques in Web services. His research interests lie in the areas of service oriented computing, Web services, large scale data sharing, business processes, and federated and distributed information systems.
He made pioneering contributions in these areas. He is one of the most cited researchers and internationally recognized for his research contributions in the area of service oriented computing with well over 2,000 references for his work. He has published 5 books and 5 monographs/edited books. He has also edited 11 major international conference proceedings, and well over 150 journal and conference papers.
Most of his papers appeared in very selective and reputable conferences and journals. He is frequently invited to give keynote talks and tutorials on service oriented computing in international conferences. He is a golden core member and a distinguished visitor of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computer Science section.

ADF Process

The AD Forum will progress as follows:
1. Opening remarks will be made from the Chair.
2. The invited advocatus diaboli will present the prosecution case for 20 minutes. His charge list against SOA will remain on display throughout the proceedings.
3. The defence attorney will then mount his case, addressing the charges, for 20 minutes.
4. The advocatus diaboli may have 5 minutes of rebuttal.
5. This will be followed by 30 to 40 minutes of general discussion between all parties, including the jurists and forum attendees from the floor, moderated by the Chair, whose primary role is to maintain a constructive and civil debate. The Chair reserves the right to interrupt or redirect debate at any time, without appeal. urists have the right to interrupt presentations and discussions at any time to seek clarification on key points.
6. Two or the three (to be determined) jury panel members will then each render their individual 5 to 10 minute judgment on the case. They are not required to confer nor reach consensus.
7. Based on the jurists’ comments, the Chair will adjudicate a final result and render closing comments. In particularly contentious or unresolved cases, the possibility exists that retrials or appeals may be heard in future ENASE AD Forums, time permitting.

It is hoped that these unique, informative and enjoyable AD Forums will elicit a profound debate which undercuts assumption, presumption and brand loyalty. In future ENASE Conferences, the AD Forum may be expanded to include court hearings on selected papers from the general ENASE open sessions and the novel software engineering approaches they propose or support.

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