9th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems
12-16, June 2007            Funchal, Madeira - Portugal
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Keynote Lectures

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Keynote lectures are plenary sessions which are scheduled for taking about 45 minutes + 10 minutes for questions
Keynote Lectures List:
- Dr. Amit Sheth, Kno.e.sis Center, Wright State University, USA - Download Presentation
- Dr. Wil van der Aalst, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands - Download Presentation
- Dr. Kurt Sandkuhl, Jönköping University, Sweden - Download Presentation
- Dr. Christoph Bussler, BEA Systems, Inc., USA - Download Presentation
- Dr. Martin Curley, Intel Corporation, USA
- Dr. K. Venkatesh Prasad, Ford Motor, USA
- Dr. Larry Constantine, University of Madeira, Portugal and Constantine & Lockwood Ltd., USA

Keynote Lecture 1 - Semantics to Empower Services Science: Using Semantics at Middleware, Web Services and Business Levels

Dr. Amit Sheth
Kno.e.sis Center, Wright State University

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Brief Bio of Dr. Amit Sheth
Amit Sheth is an educator, researcher, and entrepreneur. He is the LexisNexis Ohio Eminent Scholar for Advanced Data Management and Analysis at Wright State University, where he directs the Kno.e.sis center for Knowledge enabled Information & Services Science. Earlier, he was a professor at the University of Georgia, where he founded and directed the LSDIS lab, widely recognized as a leading international research group in the areas of semantic Web, SOA and workflows. Before that, he served in R&D groups at Bellcore, Unisys, and Honeywell. His research has led to several commercial products and two companies in the areas of Workflow Management and Semantic Web, which he founded and managed in various executive roles. Professor Sheth is an IEEE Fellow and has received recognitions such as the IBM Faculty award. He has published over 250 papers and articles many of which are highly cited (h-index > 44), given over 190 invited talks and colloquia including 28 keynotes, (co)-organized/chaired 28 conferences/workshops, and served on around 120 program committees. He is on several journal editorial boards and is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal on Semantic Web and Information Systems (IJSWIS).


Services are pervasive in today's economic landscape, and services-based architectures are rapidly being adopted as IT infrastructure. The need for a broader perspective on services that takes in people and organizational descriptions in addition to just technical interface descriptions has already been recognized as part of an overall vision of Services Science outlined by IBM. To this mix, we also add the middleware and distributed computing component that enable better implementations and interoperability for Service Oriented Architecture (SOA).
In this context, we present the Semantic Services Science (3S) modeling framework to support service descriptions that capture system/technical, human, organizational and business value aspects. We assert that ontology-based semantic modeling and descriptions can be used to energize services across the broad service spectrum. We describe how 3S approach could be used along four points in this spectrum: (1) semantic descriptions of standard Web services (with the help of SAWSDL and semantic policy descriptions); (2) semantic descriptions of lightweight Web services (with the help of semantic annotation of REST services—SAREST) and semantic mashups (smashups) using Web 2.0 technologies (e.g., REST, AJAX); (3) semantics at the middleware (communication, configuration and adaptation); and (4) ontology-based profiling of people and organizational aspects of the assets associated with the business and knowledge services. This vision can also be expanded to include artifacts in the software cycle. We outline some of the advantages this approach offers in software reuse, versioning, and model-driven development. Such processes would be critical to the agile businesses that are part of our global and networked economy.

Keynote Lecture 2 - Trends in Business Process Analysis: Using Process Mining to Find out What is Really Going on in Your Organization

Dr. Wil van der Aalst

Eindhoven University of Technology

The Netherlands

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Brief Bio of Dr. Will van der Aalst
Prof.dr.ir. Wil van der Aalst is a full professor of Information Systems at the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e) having a position in both the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and the department of Technology Management. Currently he is also an adjunct professor at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) working within the BPM group there. His research interests include workflow management, process mining, Petri nets, business process management, process modeling, and process analysis. Wil van der Aalst has published more than 70 journal papers, 12 books (as author or editor), 200 refereed conference publications, and 20 book chapters. Many of his paper are highly cited and his ideas have influenced researchers, software developers, and standardization committees working op process support. He has been a co-chair of many conferences including the International Conference on Cooperative Information Systems, the International conference on the Application and Theory of Petri Nets, and the Business Process Management conference, and is an editor/member of the editorial board of several journals, including the Business Process Management Journal, the International Journal of Business Process Integration and Management, the International Journal on Enterprise Modelling and Information Systems Architectures, and Computers in Industry.
Business process analysis ranges from model verification at design-time to the monitoring of processes at run-time. Much progress has been achieved in process verification. Today we are able to verify the entire reference model of SAP without any problems. Moreover, more and more processes leave their ``trail'' in the form of event logs. This makes it interesting to apply process mining to these logs. Interestingly, practical applications of process mining reveal that reality is often quite different from the idealized models, also referred to as "PowerPoint reality". Future process-aware information systems will need to provide full support of the entire life-cycle of business processes.
Recent results in business process analysis show that this is indeed possible, e.g., the possibilities offered by process mining tools such as ProM are breathtaking both from a scientific and practical perspective.
Keynote Lecture 3 - Cancelled


Keynote Lecture 4 - Information Logistics in Networked Organisations: Issues, Concepts And Applications

Dr. Kurt Sandkuhl

Jönköping University



Brief Bio of Dr. Kurt Sandkuhl
Kurt Sandkuhl is a full professor of information engineering in the School of Engineering at Jönköping University in Sweden. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from Technical University of Berlin in Germany and his postdoctoral lecturing qualification from Linköping University in Sweden. Before joining Jönköping University in 2002, Kurt was a scientific employee at Technical University of Berlin (1988-1994), and department manager (1996-2000) and division manager (2000-2002) at Fraunhofer-Institute for Software and Systems Engineering in Berlin. In 1993, he received the innovation award “Dr.-Ing.-Rudolf-Hell-Innovationspreis” from Linotype-Hell AG, Germany. Kurt has taught courses on software engineering methods, development of distributed applications, computer-supported collaborative work, information logistics, information modeling, software quality management, information logistics and graduate seminars in information systems. His current research interests are in computer-supported collaborative work, information logistics, ontology engineering and electronic publishing. Kurt has published three books and more than 50 papers in journals and international conferences. Furthermore, he was Program Chair and General Chair for several workshops on collaborative engineering and information logistics.
Accurate and readily available information is a crucial basis for decision making, problem solving, or performing knowledge intensive work. Routine activities and well-defined work flows are supported in this respect by sophisticated solutions, like enterprise information systems or enterprise resource planning systems. But for deviations from daily routine, ad-hoc processes, work in distributed teams with changing members or seemingly unstructured innovation activities, quickly finding the right information for the given purpose often is a challenge. Recent studies show that users spend a lot of time in searching for the right information which causes unnecessary delays and costs. In networked organisations with geographically distributed work force and processes, this challenge is even more substantial due to dynamically changing project teams or shortcomings in systems interoperability. Research in information logistics addresses these challenges with an aim to improve information flow, i.e. applying logistic principles to information supply. Starting from industrial needs, this presentation discusses challenges, selected concepts and solutions for demand-oriented information supply. Relevant research fields contributing to this area are context modelling, ontology engineering, semantic matching and information retrieval.
Keynote Lecture 5 - Service-Oriented Architecture: One Size fits Nobody

Dr. Christoph Bussler

BEA Systems, Inc.



Brief Bio of Dr. Christoph Bussler
Christoph Bussler (http://hometown.aol.com/chbussler) is Staff Software Engineer at BEA Systems, Inc., working in the core WebLogic application server product development organization. Before joining BEA, Chris was architect at Cisco Systems, Inc. in San Jose, CA, USA, responsible for the service-oriented architecture at Cisco Systems' Quote-to-Cash business unit. Before taking this position he was Science Foundation Ireland Professor at the National University of Ireland, Galway in Ireland and Executive Director of the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI). In addition to his role as Executive Director of DERI, Chris led the Semantic Web Services research group at DERI. Before DERI he was Member of Oracle’s Integration Platform Architecture Group based in Redwood Shores, CA, USA. He was responsible for the architecture of Oracle’s next generation integration product providing EAI, B2B and ASP integration. Prior to joining Oracle he was at Jamcracker, Cupertino, CA, USA, responsible for defining Jamcracker’s ASP aggregation architecture, Netfish Technologies (acquired by IONA), Santa Clara, CA, USA, responsible for Netfish’s B2B integration server, The Boeing Company, Seattle, WA, USA, leading Boeing’s workflow research and Digital Equipment Corporation (acquired by Compaq, acquired by Hewlett-Packard), Mountain View, CA, USA, defining the policy resolution component of Digital’s workflow product.

He has a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Erlangen, Germany and a Master in computer science from the Technical University of Munich, Germany. Chris published a book titled 'B2B Integration', two books on workflow management, over 100 research papers in journals and academic conferences, he gave tutorials on several topics including B2B integration, workflow management and service-oriented architectures and he was keynote speaker at many conferences and workshops.

Conceptually it is tempting to declare every piece of functionality a service, put all these services on an enterprise service bus, compose these services into meaningful business logic and provide all at runtime for execution. Real information technology environments are, however, not that simple and require a lot more differentiation and sophistication. This presentation outlines different scenarios that lead to different types of requirements that cannot be addressed by one single service-oriented architecture (SOA) and implementation approach. Instead, I will argue for different types of SOAs that are fit for different requirements and application scenarios.
Keynote Lecture 6 - Introducing an IT Capability Maturity Framework

Dr. Martin Curley

Intel Corporation



Brief Bio of Dr. Martin Curley
Martin Curley is Senior Principal Engineer and Global Director of IT Innovation at Intel Corporation managing a network of Intel® IT Innovation centres developing advanced IT solutions. Previously Martin held a number of IT Management positions for Intel including Director of IT Strategy and Technology based in Sacramento, California and Fab14 Automation Manager based in Dublin, Ireland. Martin has also held IT management positions at General Electric in Ireland and Philips in the Netherlands. Martin has a degree in Electronic Engineering and a Masters in Business Studies from University College Dublin, Ireland. Martin is author of “Managing Information Technology for Business Value” published by Intel Press Jan 04 and now in its third re-print.
This paper presents an IT Capability Maturity Framework (IT CMFTM) to help manage the Enterprise IT capability in a holistic value based fashion, using a production function model which links management of the IT Budget and IT Capability to the management of Value. This model draws upon existing academic research to develop a firm level process theory of how IT can be managed to continuously optimize the value delivered from IT. Additionally the model draws upon key constructs and concepts from the software capability maturity model (Paulk, 1993) to propose maturity states for four inter-related macro-processes which are important for value delivery. For each macro process a maturity curve is described which provides a roadmap of improving process and outcome maturity with respect to each process. Empirical evidence is shared which supports that improving maturity in each of these four strategies is statistically significant in leading to increased business value from IT.
Keynote Lecture 7 - Driving Ahead: Joint Enterprise-Embedded Computing in Smart Clouds, Smart Dust and Intelligent Automobiles

Dr. K. Venkatesh Prasad

Ford Motor



Brief Bio of Dr. K. Venkatesh Prasad
K. Venkatesh Prasad is the founding leader of Ford Motor Company's Infotronics Technologies Research & Advanced Engineering Group, based at Ford's Research and Innovation Center in Dearborn, Michigan. Prasad is responsible for the global activities of the Infotronics technology cluster, one of twelve such clusters within the Ford Research and Advanced Engineering (R&AE) Organization. In this capacity, Prasad oversees the research, architecture, standards, applications development and vehicle system integration of a broad spectrum of electrical, electronics & embedded software technologies.
Prasad received his formal education broadly in Electronics, Communications, & Computer Engineering from the NIT-Trichy, India (B.E., 1980), IIT-Madras, India (M.S., 1984), Washington State University, Pullman, WA (M.S., 1987) and Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ (Ph.D., 1990). Prasad is engaged in a number of professional society activities and is currently the associate editor of a special issue of the Proceedings of the IEEE on "The Advanced Automobile".
We seldom recognize the presence of the reliable computing modules embedded deep within the automobiles many of us drive on a daily basis.
These modules control engine & transmission systems, chassis & safety systems, vehicle-body systems and comfort & convenience systems, including entertainment systems. For almost thirty years now computing in automobiles and the associated "intelligent" functions have been realized using on-board embedded systems.

The emergence of automobile telematics about eleven years ago changed this computational framework, as data was exchanged between the embedded systems in the vehicle and the remote enterprise computing systems at the service or call-centers.

In this talk, we drive ahead to a time when mobile embedded systems in automobiles will communicate not just with remote enterprise computing centers or "smart clouds," but also with embedded units or "smart dust,"
located just around the automobile. A joint enterprise-embedded computing framework will be presented along with illustrative examples of associated technology concepts and what this may bring to the consumer experience.

Keynote Lecture 8 - Enterprise Information Systems for Use: From Business Processes to Human Activity

Dr. Larry Constantine
University of Madeira, Portugal and
Constantine & Lockwood Ltd., USA


Brief Bio of Dr. Larry Constantine
Larry L. Constantine, IDSA, ACM Distinguished Engineer, is an award-winning designer specializing in interaction design and design  methods for supporting user performance in complex interaction-critical applications.
One of the pioneers of software engineering whose current work centers on activity-centered and usage-centered interaction design, he has contributed numerous concepts and techniques forming the foundations of modern practice in software engineering and applications design and development. His design innovations include multiple patents in human-machine interaction. His publications in both the computer sciences and human sciences include over 175 articles and papers plus 17 books, including Software for Use, winner of the Jolt Award as best book of 1999. Constantine is Chief Scientist with Constantine & Lockwood, Ltd., the international design consultancy he co-founded, and Director of the Laboratory for Usage-centered Software Engineering (LabUSE) a research and development initiative at the University of Madeira, Funchal, Portugal, where he is a professor in the Department of Mathematics and Engineering.
The success and business impact of enterprise information systems often depends heavily on usability. Enhancing the performance of actual users in the context of their real-world activities must be a major design focus of information systems design. The richest information and most advanced functionality is of limited value if it is not useful and easily used within the context in which it is needed. Human-computer interaction is always embedded in a larger context of human activity that is complex and changeable. Activity theory provides a framework for understanding the full richness of human activity, and activity modeling offer a means for building systematic, simplified models that enable the design of information systems that support user performance within the complexity of human interactive activity. Recent advances in activity modeling and the relationship to user modeling and business process modeling will be presented.
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