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ICTERI 2015 Keynote Talks and Speakers

ICTERI organizers are pleased to announce our distinguished speakers who will give:

ICTERI Keynote Talk: Rigorous Semantics and Refinement for Business Processes

Klaus-Dieter Schewe
Keynote Speaker: Klaus-Dieter Schewe, scientific director of the Software Competence Center Hagenberg, honorary Professor at
Johannes-Kepler-University Linz and director of the Christian Doppler Laboratory for Client-Centric Cloud Computing in Hagenberg, Austria

Klaus-Dieter Schewe studied Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Bonn, Germany. He received his PhD in Mathematics 1985 from University of Bonn, and his DSc in Theoretical Computer Science 1995 from Brandenburgian University of Technology. In between he worked 5 years in industry and industrial research with Bosch, Philips and others. He was an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Clausthal University of Technology from 1994 until 1999, and a Full Professor of Information Systems at Massey University, New Zealand 2000-2008. He led the New Zealand Information Science Research Centre 2002-2010. Since 2010 he is the scientific director of the Software Competence Center Hagenberg, honorary Professor at Johannes-Kepler-University Linz and director of the Christian Doppler Laboratory for Client-Centric Cloud Computing in Hagenberg, Austria.
His main research interests are in mathematical and logical aspects of Software Science, formal specification and semantics, complex data structures and database theory, and internet-enabled systems including cloud computing, web services and web information systems. He is the co-founder of conference and workshop series such as Foundations of Data and Knowledge Systems (FoIKS), Semantics of Data and Kowledge Bases (SDKB), Asia-Pacific Conference on Conceptual Modelling (APCCM) and Conceptual Modelling of Services (CMS). To date he has published over
270 articles in journal and conference proceedings. In New Zealand he received twice the reward as a "Distinguished Researcher".

Abstract: Modelling information systems in general is a complex endeavour, as systems comprise many different aspects such as data, functionality, interaction, distribution, context, etc., which all require different models. In addition, models are usually built on different levels of abstraction and the switch from one of these levels to another one should be seamless. The talk will focus on business process models, and outline the horizontal integration of models for control flow, message flow, event handling, interaction, actors, data handling and exception handling. The method is based on Abstract State Machines (ASMs), which are used to formally define the semantics of each of the individual models. Furthermore, vertical integration is achieved by further refining the involved ASMs in a development process that is targeting the executable specification of a workflow engine that is enriched with components for data and dialogue handling and exception processing. Throughout the process rigorous quality assurance methods will be applied.


ICTERI Keynote Talk: Smart Learning Environments: a Shift of Paradigm

David Esteban
Keynote Speaker: David Esteban, Founder and Managing Director at TECHFORCE, Barcelona Area, Spain

David Esteban combines experience from responsibilities and activities in the field of applied Research & Development and in Innovation, having provided business and strategic consultancy for the private sector and for the public sector (European, Central, Regional and Local level). He is experienced in international business promotion and in entrepreneurship development, having found and being shareholder of several IT-related international companies both from services and industrial activities. Since 1987, David is active in European RTD Programmes. He serves as a partner and manager in European RTD projects and also as an independent expert, including programme policy development and support. Mr. Esteban is an experienced reviewer, evaluator and panel rapporteur for the European Commission. He evaluated proposals and reviewed projects in a number of ICT-related domains, for programmes like Telematics, ACTS, IST, TenTelecom, eTEN, FP6-IST, CIP-ICT-PSP, FP7 and Horizon 2020. He has been involved in the assessment, evaluation and review of a number of large-scale projects and European R+D+I instruments.

Abstract: The incorporation of ICT as a supporting mechanism in educational processes has already been proved as an important driver in reinforcing both teaching and learning. The extensive development of Learning Management Systems (LMS), software platforms aimed at supporting and articulating e-learning, education courses and training programs, is already backed by a relevant ICT industry, with significant market penetration. The emergence of the new concept of Smart Learning Environments (SLEs) is shifting the main focus of LMSs on courseware towards a more efficient and effective approach focused on teaching and learning processes, thus in the students themselves and in the teachers as key players. The evolving concept of SLEs encompasses blending educational technologies with appropriate considerations and guidance developed by pedagogical and educational neuroscience domains, thus opening up room for interesting scientific and technological challenges.