International Conference on
    Enterprise Information SystemsICEIS'99

1st International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems


27-30 March, 1999



Professor of Industrial Engineering

NSERC Industrial Research Chairholder in Enterprise Integration

Director, Enterprise Integration Laboratory

Director, Collaborative Program in Integrated Manufacturing

Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto 4 Taddle Creek Road, Toronto, Ontario M5S 3G8 Canada tel: +1-416-978-6823 fax: +1-416-971-2479 internet:

Dr. Fox received his BSc in Computer Science from the University of Toronto in 1975 and his PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University in 1983. In 1979 he joined the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University as a Research Scientist. In 1980 he started and was appointed Director of the Intelligent Systems Laboratory. He co-founded Carnegie Group Inc. in 1984, a software company which specializes in knowledge-based systems for solving engineering, manufacturing, and telecommunications problems, and was its Vice-President of Engineering and President/CEO. Carnegie Mellon University appointed him Associate Professor of Computer Science and Robotics in 1987 (with tenure in 1991). In 1988 he was appointed Director of the CMU Center for Integrated Manufacturing Decision Systems. In 1991, Dr. Fox returned to the University of Toronto where he received the NSERC Research Chair in Enterprise Integration and was appointed Professor of Industrial Engineering, Computer Science and Management Science. In 1992, he was appointed Director of the Collaborative Program in Integrated Manufacturing. In 1993, Dr. Fox co-founded Novator Systems Ltd., a company that provides E-Retail services over the Internet.

Dr. Fox pioneered the application of Artificial Intelligence to factory scheduling problems, project management, simulation, and material design. His work in constraint-directed scheduling has led to the creation of several commercially successful scheduling systems and the initiation of the field of Knowledge-Based Scheduling. He was the designer of PDS/GENAID, a steam turbine generator diagnostic system, which was a recipient of the IR100, was the creator of SRL from which Knowledge Craft and ROCK, commercial knowledge engineering tools, were derived, and KBS from which several commercial knowledge based simulation tools are derived. His current research interests include enterprise integration, constraint directed reasoning, a unified theory of constraint-directed scheduling and their application to engineering and manufacturing problems such as Concurrent Engineering, Supply Chain Management and Enterprise Design. Dr. Fox was elected a Fellow of American Assoociation for Artificial Intelligence in 1991, and a Joint Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and PRECARN in 1992. He is a past AAAI councilor, and a member of ACM, IEEE, SME, CSCSI, IIE and TIMS. Dr. Fox has published over 80 papers.