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4th International Conference On Enterprise Information Systems 
Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha - Ciudad Real - Spain - 3-6 April, 2002

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 Keynote Lecture 1
Manufacturing Execution System for the Automotive Supply Chain

Dr. Oleg Gusikhin - PRESENTATION

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Traditionally production control at North American Automotive first-tier supplier plants (both internal and external) is based on the information from corporate material planning system. The process capabilities of these plants are significantly affected by uncertainties, such as random yield, production rate and downtime. Thousands of inter-related events and exceptions occur on the manufacturing floor every day: as a result, expediting has become the standard way of doing business, and executing the planned schedule has become the exception. Because of this it is difficult to provide adequate levels of customer service without high premium freight, inventory, and overtime. Competitive pressure to reduce the cost of operations is forcing a revision in the way production related information is managed. Specifically there is a need to arrive at a real-time decision support system in production execution. Such a system, referred as Manufacturing Execution System (MES), must integrate customer requirements from corporate MRP with plant floor automation data.

This presentation is based on first-hand experience with MES implementation at Ford first-tier supplier plants. It will address the need for and describe the benefits of MESs, as well as their critical functions including (1) integration of production planning and distribution control systems with real-time plat-floor data (2) demand pull from distribution to upstream operations (3) value-chain coordination and event management (4) real-time visibility of the manufacturing and distribution operations.

Brief Bio of Dr. Oleg Gusikhin

Dr. Gusikhin is a Technical Specialist in Supply Chain Management and e-Technology at Ford Scientific Research Laboratory (Dearborn, Michigan, USA). Dr. Gusikhin has over 10 years experience in the area of AI implementation for Manufacturing Execution, Logistics, and Scheduling in Automotive Industry. He is a Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) by American Productions and Inventory Control Society (APICS) and Certified Enterprise Integrator (CEI) by Society of Manufacturing Engineers. He organized and chaired the sessions on Supply Chain Management at a number of International Conferences, including SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) World Congress 2002, International INFORMS Conference 2001.


 Keynote Lecture 2
Specific Relationship Types in Conceptual Modeling: The Cases of Generic and with Common Participants

Dr. Antoni Olivé - PRESENTATION

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We review the role of the specific relationship types in conceptual modeling. We show that their practical interest lies in the fact that we can develop special mechanisms to ease their representation, special procedures for reasoning about them, and methods for their efficient implementation. The talk focuses on two specific relationship types.

A generic relationship type is one that may have several realizations in a domain. Typical examples are IsPartOf, IsMemberOf or Materializes, but there are many others. The use of generic relationship types offers several important benefits. However, the achievement of these benefits requires an adequate representation method of the generic relationship types, and their realizations, in the conceptual schemas. In the talk, we propose two new alternative methods for this representation; we describe the contexts in which one or the other is more appropriate, and show their advantages over the current methods. We also explain the adaptation of the methods to the UML.

A binary relationship type with common participants is one in which all instances of one participant are related to the same instance of the other participant. The concept applies also to n-ary relationship types.
Most current conceptual schemas do not represent explicitly these relationship types. In the talk, we show the advantages of their explicit representation as derived relationship types. We also explain how to represent them in the UML.

Brief Bio of Dr. Antoni Olivé

Antoni Olivé is a professor of information systems at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona. He has worked in this field during over 20 years, mainly in the university and research environments. His main interests have been, and are, conceptual modeling, requirements engineering, information systems design and databases. He has taught extensively on these topics. He has also conducted research on these topics, which has been published in international journals and conferences. He is a member of IFIP WG8.1 (Design and evaluation of information systems) where he served as chairman during 1989-1994.


 Keynote Lecture 3
Enterprise Information Systems And The Global Information Network: Change Is Certain, Progress Is Optional

Dr. Thomas Greene

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The revolution of information access through changes in information technologies continues. The current component of greatest interest in this phenomena of the global transformation of economies, education, government etc. is not the traditional RAPID growth of computer power. It is rather, the network, with its MORE rapid growth .The implications of network changes for collaborations of people-people, people-machines and machines-machines will define the ongoing revolution for the near future. Recent changes in the information technology components (hardware, the software and the information public ally available) and the pace at which human systems can absorb change, have caused a review of the nature of the systems to be designed. The response of three vendors and the implication to Enterprise Information system builders is considered.

Brief Bio of Dr. Thomas Greene

Thomas Greene is the Information Officer and member of the Research Staff of the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science. For the period 2000 - 2002, Dr. Greene is on leave from MIT to the National Science Foundation. He is Senior Program Director for Advanced Networking Infrastructure in the ANIR division of the CISE directorate of the NSF.

At MIT, he has managed a variety of special projects for the Laboratory. The most recent projects are the revision of the public web and the logistics of LCS35, an international LCS event. Other projects have included working with Tim Berners-Lee, to establish the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) at LCS: this included building both the consortium membership base and the world wide employee team. Prior to that he managed the MIT-LCS Project SCOUT 128 node CM5 supercomputer, used by LCS members and other scientists at MIT, Harvard and Boston University.

Before joining MIT-LCS in 1986, Greene was a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Petroleum & Minerals in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, where he also established the Department of Computer Science in the Engineering College. He has been a visiting Scientist at Stanford University, IBM Cambridge Scientific Centre and the NASA manned spacecraft centre. Greene completed his PhD in Theoretical Physics at the University of Toledo in 1973. His publications have been in physics and in Computer Science.


 Keynote Lecture 4
Experimental software engineering: Role and impact of measurement models on empirical processes

Dr. Giovanni Cantone - PRESENTATION

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The talk raisons on the impact that involved measurement models (MM) have on the complexity of an empirical evaluation process. 
We begin by considering experience from classical empirical solutions, which are based on counting models or variants of such a MM. In particular, experiences will be taken in consideration both from the evaluation of effectiveness and efficacy of software testing strategies vs. code reading, and from inspection of analysis and design documents vs. quality of requirement specifications. 
The talk continues by considering MM for goal-driven technology transfer (TT). Such models are much more complex than the above ones, in our experience. The talk emphasizes on metrics for workflow automation technology (WAT), reasons on the development of a MM for evaluating WAT, discusses on the role of such a MM in evaluating the adequacy of candidate technologies, defines an empirical process for eventually coming to make a choice, finally presents empirical data and discusses results.

Brief Bio of Dr. Giovanni Cantone

Giovanni Cantone is an Associate Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Informatics, Systems and Production Management of the Faculty of Engineering, where he holds the courses of Experimental Informatics (ESE), Industrial Informatics, and Object-Oriented and Concurrent programming. Giovanni is member of the Scientific-Technical Committee of the Administration and Documentation Computing Center, at the University of Rome at Tor Vergata, Roma, Italy. He has also served at the University of Naples and the University of Maryland. Giovanni is a founding member of the International Software Engineering Research Network, a member of ESERNET, the European Software Engineering Research Network EC funded project, an affiliated member of the UMD Experimental Software Engineering Group, and has been on the National Board of the Italian Association of Informatics and Automatic Computing. Since 1974, he has done software engineering research. His current research interests are in empirical software engineering, and include software maintenance processes, process reengineering, software technology transfer, software measurements, and software quality. His doctoral "Laurea" degree is from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Naples.



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