Information Management In Large Scale, Widely Distributed, and Collaborative Environments

Pamela Drew


Aircraft design and production in a distributed computing environment, rapid globalization of supplier and customer groups, and new business opportunities, such as satellite-based information services to aircraft, are but a few of the challenging application areas in which advanced database and middleware technologies are needed. In this presentation, I will discuss some of the technical requirements and highlight potential solutions being explored in areas such as distributed transaction processing, data integration architectures, information dissemination, and broadcast managment.


Pamela Drew is manager of the Information and Document Management Group in the Applied Research and Technology Division of the Boeing Company. The charter of this group is to assess, apply, and extend, when necessary, advanced information and collaborative technologies to the Boeing environment. Previously, Dr. Drew was an assistant professor in the Computer Science Department at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and a member of technical staff in the research laboratory of U S WEST Advanced Technologies. Concurrent to her work at U S WEST, she completed her Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is author of over twenty-four papers and book chapters on the topics such as advanced transaction managment and heterogeneous databases. She has also served as program committee member and reviewer on numerous database conferences and journals, and actively serves in professional capacities organizing workshop and conference events.