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ICTERI 2016 Keynote Talks and Speakers

We are pleased to announce our distinguished speakers who will give:

ICTERI Keynote Talk: The Internet of Things – Technical Challenges for Interoperability

Keynote Talk Slides (PDF) by Sandra Stinčić Clarke

John Davies

Sandra Stincic Clarke
Keynote Speakers: John Davies, Chief Researcher, Internet of Things, BT Group plc; Sandra Stincic Clarke, Principal Researcher, Internet of Things, BT Group plc

Dr Davies is Chief Researcher in the BT Future Business Technology practice, where he leads a team focussed on Internet of Things. He has a strong track record of research and innovation and his current research interests are Internet of Things, Semantic Technology and Text Analytics. He has authored over 50 scientific publications and several books. He is the author of several patents and is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Chartered Engineer. He holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from University of Essex, UK. He has won a number of industry awards for his work. He is a regular speaker and chair at international conferences including ISWC, WIMS and ESWC. He provides thought leadership on IoT technologies and has led a number of large collaborative research programmes with national, EU and international funding.

Sandra Stincic Clarke is Principal Researcher in British Telecommunications’ Future Business Technology research practice, where her work is focussed mainly on the Internet of Things space. Her research interests include Internet of Things, Semantic Technology, Distributed Systems and Web Services and their industrial application. She also has a significant expertise in sensor related technologies and IOT transport applications. Sandra has a number of publications in her areas of interest and holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computing from University of Zagreb. She is a member of the British Computer Society and has won several industry awards for her work on IOT and smart cities. She provides thought leadership on IoT technologies to BT and has been involved in a number of large collaborative research programmes with national, EU and international funding, most recently managing BT’s contribution to the Hypercat ( project.

Abstract: In this talk, we look at the various players in the Internet of Things ecosystem and explain the critical role of an information broker in an open ecosystem. We look at the challenge of data interoperability in the IoT context and describe the HyperCat standard, a specification for representing and exposing Internet of Things data catalogues to improve data discoverability and interoperability. The central idea is to enable distributed data repositories (data hubs) to be used jointly by applications through making it possible to query their catalogues in a uniform machine-readable format. This enables the creation of “knowledge graphs” of available datasets across multiple hubs that applications can exploit and query to identify and access the data they need, whatever the data hub in which they are held. This is achieved through employing the same principles on which linked data and the web are built: data accessible through standard web protocols and formats (HTTPS, JSON, REST); the identification of resources through URIs; and the establishment of common, shared semantics for the descriptors of datasets. We exemplify by way of several live demonstrations of IoT applications which use data from HyperCat-enabled data hubs.

ICTERI Invited Tutorial: Building Agreed Vocabularies and Data Structures for Successful Open City Data Sharing

Invited Tutorial Slides (PDF) by Prof. Corcho

Oscar Corcho
Tutor: Oscar Corcho, Assoc. Prof., Departamento de Inteligencia Artificial, Facultad de Informática, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Oscar Corcho is an Associate Professor at Departamento de Inteligencia Artificial, Facultad de Informática, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), where he co-leads the Ontology Engineering Group (OEG). He is also the co-founder of Localidata, a start-up company that develops information technology services focused on open data. Previously, he worked as a Marie Curie research fellow at the University of Manchester, and was a research manager at iSOCO. He holds an MSc in Computer Science and Software Engineering, and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from UPM.

For his work as a researcher and educator, Prof. Corcho was awarded the Third National Award by the Spanish Ministry of Education in 2001. At Localidata, he is mainly focused on helping cities in improving their open data management processes. Improvements are sought by taking as much advantage as possible of the open data that the cities are already releasing, and coming to agreements on how to expose their data in a homogeneous manner. In this scope of activity, Prof. Corcho also looks at helping developers in making use of the wealth of open data that public and private institutions are releasing. At OEG-UPM, his research activities are mainly focused on Ontological Engineering, Linked Data, Semantic e-Science and the application of semantics to the Internet of Things (IoT).

Abstract: Existing EU directives and national laws on the reuse of Public Sector Information have motivated the creation of a large set of open data portals across Europe (following a global worldwide trend towards openness in the publication of open data). This is also the case in Spain, where the national government and national agencies, as well as regional governments and institutions, and local city councils, have started publishing actively open data in their corresponding portals. However, this wealth of data has been generated in a bottom up fashion, what means that the selection of the datasets to be published is done by those publishers independently, and that the formats and data structures in which such datasets are available are generally very heterogeneous. This generates problems for those companies and individuals who want to reuse such data across several institutions.
This tutorial will present the work that has been done in the context of one of the Spanish normalisation working groups towards the definition of an open data maturity model for cities and for the selection of a set of ten datasets to be published by cities, and which is now being extended to handle many more datasets. The goal of this tutorial is to show how this process could also be applied in other countries and by other cities in different parts of the world.

ICTERI Keynote Talk: Service Orientation as a Paradigm of Computing

Keynote Talk Slides (PDF) by Prof. Reizig

Prof. Wolfgang Reisig
Keynote Speaker: Wolfgang Reisig, full professor at the Computer Science Institute of Humboldt‐Universitaet zu Berlin, Germany.

Prof. Reisig studied Physics and Computer Science in Karlsruhe and Bonn, where he graduated with a masters degree in 1974. He served as a research assistant and assistant professor at the University of Bonn and at RWTH Aachen, where he received his PhD in 1979. He was a visiting professor at Hamburg University 1983/1984, and a project manager at Gesellschaft fuer Mathematik und Datenverarbeitung (GMD) at St. Augustin. He received his Habilitation from the University of Bonn in 1987 and hold the position of a professor at Technical University of Munich, 1988‐1993. Since 1993 he is a full professor at Humboldt‐Universitaet zu Berlin. He twice kept the position of the manager of the Institute (1994‐1996 and 2002‐2004) and was the Dean of the faculty of Natural Sciences II, 1996‐1998.
Prof. Reisig was a senior research fellow at the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) in Berkeley, California in 1997 and got the "Lady Davis Visiting Professorship" at Technion, Haifa (Israel) in 2000-2001. In 2002 and 2005 he received the IBM Faculty Award for his contribution to Cross-organizational Business Processes and the Analysis of Service Models. In 2006, he held the Beta Chair of Technical University of Eindhoven. Prof. Reisig has been a scientific visitor at Microsoft Research in Redmond, WA for several months in 2007 and 2009. He has ben the speaker of the PhD school on Service-oriented Architectures for the Integration of Software‐based Processes, exemplified by Health Care Systems and Medical Technology (SOAMED) 2010-2015.
Prof. Reisig is a member of the European Academy of Sciences, Academia Europaea. He published and edited numerous books and articles on Petri Net Theory and Applications. He is a Member of the Petri Net Conference Steering Committee since 1982 and a co‐editor of the journal "Software and Systems Modeling“.

Abstract: Typical University curricula teach computable functions over symbol chains as the central topic of Theoretical Computer Science. This is motivated by the idea that the essentials of any kind of computation processes can be abstracted to computable functions. We challenge this idea, motivated by the observation that modern ICT embedding systems are reactive, communicating, and non-terminating. Neither do they compute functions, nor do they always process symbol chains. An obvious example are service-oriented architectures with their “always on” principle. An adequate, unique theory for such (and many other) architectures is missing; instead we witness a lot of different approaches and modeling techniques.
This talk surveys published proposals that attack the above problem. We try to discriminate fundamental notions and concepts such as refinement and composition, concurrency, and locality, as they prevail in different modeling techniques for service-oriented and other architectures. Those ideas lead to a fresh look at some aspects of education, research, and Industrial Applications of ICT.