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Artificial Intelligence: The Smartest Tool for Decision Makers
Lobna Karoui, AI Strategist for Fortune 500 & President of AI Exponential Thinker, United States

Semantic Models for Trustworthy Systems: A Hybrid Intelligence Augmentation Program
Giancarlo Guizzardi, University of Twente, Netherlands

Making Talents and Leadership Ready for the Digital Era: Challenges and Direction for Higher Education
Kecheng Liu, Henley Business School, The University of Reading, United Kingdom

 

Artificial Intelligence: The Smartest Tool for Decision Makers

Lobna Karoui
AI Strategist for Fortune 500 & President of AI Exponential Thinker
United States
 

Brief Bio
Dr. Lobna Karoui is AI Strategist for Fortune 500 & CAC40. She is a Google recognized Expert about “Disruption, Empathy and Trust” and one of the 1000 AI experts in the world who signed “Autonomous Weapons: an Open Letter” with Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk. Dr. Karoui graduated from CentraleSupelec and Yale. As Data and AI thought leader, Dr. Karoui is invited as a contributor at Forbes, MIT, Women Forum Economic and society and as a speaker at Harvard University, Stanford, Amazon, Bloomberg. Dr. Lobna Karoui is the President of AI Exponential Thinker with the mission to educate and empower 1 Million young people, horizon 2030, about TRUST Technologies, Artificial Intelligence Opportunities and the needed skills for the Future. As a Futurist, researcher and podcast producer, she invites Exponential Thinkers from various organizations such as Google, Amazon, Nvidia, WEF, Harvard to share their visions about the Future of Work and Education in this time of Exponential Technologies.


Abstract
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Semantic Models for Trustworthy Systems: A Hybrid Intelligence Augmentation Program

Giancarlo Guizzardi
University of Twente
Netherlands
 

Brief Bio
Giancarlo Guizzardi is a Full Professor of Software Science and Evolution as well as Chair and Department Head of Semantics, Cybersecurity & Services (SCS) at the University of Twente, The Netherlands. He is also an Affiliated/Guest Professor at the Department of Computer and Systems Sciences (DSV) at Stockholm University, in Sweden. He has been active for nearly three decades in the areas of Formal and Applied Ontology, Conceptual Modelling, Enterprise Computing and Information Systems Engineering, working with a multi-disciplinary approach in Computer Science that aggregates results from Philosophy, Cognitive Science, Logics and Linguistics. He is the main contributor to the Unified Foundational Ontology (UFO) and to the OntoUML modeling language. Over the years, he has delivered keynote speeches in several key international conferences in these fields (e.g., ER, CAiSE, BPM, IEEE ICSC). He is currently an associate editor of a number of journals including Applied Ontology and Data & Knowledge Engineering, a co-editor of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing series, and a member of several international journal editorial boards. He is also a member of the Steering Committees of ER, EDOC, and IEEE CBI, and of the Advisory Board of the International Association for Ontology and its Applications (IAOA). Finally, he has recently been inducted as an ER fellow.


Abstract
Cyber-human systems are formed by the coordinated interaction of human and computational components. In this talk, I will argue that these systems can only be designed as trustworthy systems if the interoperation between their components is meaning preserving. For that, we need to take the challenge of semantic interoperability between these components very seriously. I will discuss a notion of trustworthy semantic models and defend its essential role in addressing this challenge. Finally, I will advocate that engineering and evolving these semantic models as well as the languages in which they are produced require a hybrid intelligence augmentation program resting on a combination of techniques including formal ontology, logical representation and reasoning, crowd-sourced validation, and automated approaches to mining and learning.



 

 

Making Talents and Leadership Ready for the Digital Era: Challenges and Direction for Higher Education

Kecheng Liu
Henley Business School, The University of Reading
United Kingdom
www.henley.ac.uk/people/person/professor-kecheng-liu/
 

Brief Bio
Kecheng Liu, Fellow of the British Computer Society and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, currently holds the position of Professor of Applied Informatics at the University of Reading. Additionally, he serves as the Director of the Digital Talent Academy. With a diverse range of roles, including academic lead, senior advisor, and consultant, his extensive experience spans areas such as business and IT strategies, information management, and digital leadership and transformation in both public and private sectors. As a prominent researcher, he has published 300 papers in various journals and conferences and has authored and edited 25 books on topics ranging from organisational semiotics to business and IT strategy alignment, digital leadership, as well as business informatics (e.g. in big data analytics and AI for business transformation, healthcare and green finance).


Abstract
In the rapidly evolving landscape of the digital era, there is an unprecedented demand for talents and leadership capable of contributing to and guiding businesses through ongoing transformations. This keynote will initially address the challenges that universities face in cultivating graduates with the necessary qualities and explore potential visions and directions. The presentation will introduce a constructivist paradigm, increasingly recognized and adopted in higher education. It will examine the implications for the design and delivery of curricula and educational programs, providing both discussion and practical demonstrations. The keynote will draw on several cases to illustrate content within and beyond the academic curriculum, encompassing industrial expectations and the practices of UK universities. Attendees from both the education and industrial sectors will gain insights and align expectations in the pursuit of educating and cultivating high-quality graduates and talents poised to make a significant impact in the digital world



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