DSN 2011

DSN 2011
The 41st Annual IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks

Keynote Speakers

DSN 2011 will feature two prominent keynote speakers:

Keynote 1: "Dependable Computing in Banking and Finance Industry"

Michael Leung
Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer
China Construction Bank (Asia)1
June 28, 2011


It is often said that industries that have direct impacts on people's Health and Wealth are most critical and personal and, as such, need to be most reliable and dependable.  Medical and airlines industries, for instance, affect the health and life of many people, while banking and finance industries look after people's hard-earned wealth.

This presentation will focus on four broad aspects of Dependable Computing in the Banking and Finance industries:

  1. Accuracy and Usability, in terms of functionality and performance, i.e., doing what is expected in a sustainable way;
  2. Availability and Reliability, especially for real-time on-line non-stop systems such as equities trading and e-Banking;
  3. Security and Integrity, which is most important to the banking industry as it relies on customers' trust to operate; and
  4. Process and People, for systems on their own cannot run without the support of strong  technical and operational teams.

The challenges and opportunities presented by these four aspects of Dependable Computing to all but particularly Banking and Finance industry will be discussed, using live examples and case studies as reference. Additionally, some ideas and solutions will be proposed for further research in this space going forward.


Michael Leung was appointed Senior VP and CIO of Bank of America (Asia) in March 2000. In this capacity, he manages the Bank's IT function in its entirety, including technology infrastructure and business applications development, project management, as well as production systems support and data center operations. Mr. Leung is also in charge of operations planning, product support and corporate service departments of the Bank.

Mr. Leung has over 30 years' Asian and international experience in information technology, focusing largely in the banking and finance industry. Before joining Bank of America (Asia), he was a senior manager at Standard Chartered Bank, overseeing service delivery systems as well as M&A activities for its Consumer Banking Division in Asia Pacific Region. Previously, Mr. Leung was the head of Business Research and Development Department of Development Bank of Singapore2 , responsible for developing new business models and sale and service channels for its Direct Banking operations.

Prior to his banking career, Mr. Leung was a managing consultant at IBM Consulting Group and Price Waterhouse Management Consulting Services in Hong Kong and Australia, which included a project assignment at the IBM Lab in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA. Immediately after his post-graduate study in Holland, Mr. Leung spent nearly 10 years with the Dutch Philips Telecommunications and Data Systems, involving in the development and pre-sales support of banking terminals and transaction processing systems in Europe and across Australasia.

Mr. Leung holds a Master degree in Engineering from The Netherlands Universities Foundation and a Bachelor of Science (Electronics / Computer Science) from the Chinese University of HK, all on full scholarships. In his over three decades of professional development, Mr. Leung has attended executive training at London Business School, MIT Sloan, an honor diploma from Graduate School of Retail Bank Management of University of Virginia, among others. He is a fellow and vice president of the HK Computer Society, as well as a fellow of the HK Institute of Directors and several professional bodies. Among his public duties, Mr. Leung serves as a chair assessor of the HK Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications, chairman of the Program Advisory Committee of the Information Systems Department of City University, and vice chairman of the Down Syndrome Association.

1.Previously Bank of America (Asia)
2.Previously Dao Heng Bank 

Keynote 2: "Reliability and Security of Nano Technologies"

Way Kuo
City University of Hong Kong
June 29, 2011


The use of nano and bio sensors is rising rapidly because of the proliferation of technology-based products such as HDTV, TFT-LCD, super computers, and medical instruments.  However, we do not necessarily have a great deal of information about the useful life of these sophisticated products even though they are flooding the market with a relative short life-cycle.

To ensure safety and security, it is essential to study ways to incorporate reliability in products and their functionality.  It is a challenge to secure reliability using nano technologies and other software driven systems.


Professor Way Kuo is President of City University of Hong Kong.  Being a world renowned scholar in reliability design and modeling, Professor Kuo is a Member of US National Academy of Engineering and Academia Sinica, Taiwan, and a Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering.  Previously, he has served on the Management Team of US Oak Ridge National Laboratory and was the holder of Wisenbaker Chair in Innovation at Texas A&M University.  He has coauthored eight books on reliability and education and currently serves as Editor of IEEE Transactions on Reliability.