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ICTERI 2013 Invited Talks and Speakers

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

ICTERI Keynote Talk: A Knowledge-Based Bio-Economy and the “Green Triple-Helix” of Biotechnology, Synthetic Biology, and ICT

Wolf-Ekkehard Matzke
Keynote Speaker: Wolf-Ekkehard Matzke, MINRES Technologies GmbH, Germany

Abstract: Over the last decades economies around the globe have transformed into a knowledge-based economy (KBE). Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has served as the principal enabling technology for this transformation. Now biology becomes another major pillar – producing a knowledge-based bio-economy (KBBE). The challenges faced by biotechnology push the requirements for ICT in many ways to the extreme and far beyond its basic utility function. In particular, it is valid for synthetic biology which aims to break ground on the rational design and construction of artificial biological systems with ICT as its backbone for bio-design automation (BDA). This could be best illustrated using a metaphor of a “green triple-helix”, where “green” stands for environmental consciousness and “triple-helix” visualizes the inter-dependency of biotechnology, synthetic biology, and ICT as the helical strands. The talk will explore this inter-dependency in dynamics. High level ICT requirements will be identified and discussed along the dimensions of education, research and industry with the emphasis on synthetic biology and BDA. The guidelines for the architecture and implementation of an open BDA platform will be presented so that interested ICT researchers and practitioners will better understand the biology-specific ICT challenges of the KBBE.

ICTERI Invited Talk: From Collegial to Collaborative: A Movement of Higher Education Institutions Standing Alone in a World of Huge Challenges, including a Tough Economy, to Consortiums of Institutions Banding Together to Create a Position of Strength

Gary L. Pratt
Invited Speaker: Gary L. Pratt, Eastern Washington University, USA

Abstract: Colleges and universities compete for students, faculty, and business, industry, and research partnerships with quality programs, strong faculty, research opportunities, affordable cost, and high student success factors. Yet, at the infrastructure level, most of these institutions provide many similar information technology services and support. On top of this, many of these institutions struggle to provide this quality infrastructure because of a variety of factors, including: shrinking budgets, minimal strategic planning, and a lack of institutional vision of information technology as a strategic asset.
This presentation will showcase best practice examples of how higher education institutions can band together, to create strong consortium relationships that can help all partners in this relationship move forward as a strong force. Examples will include actual successes experience by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Educations Distance Learning Advisory Committee (DLAC), the Washington Legislative Technology Transformation Taskforce (TTT), and the Washington Higher Education Technology Consortium (WHETC).These successes range from statewide strategic planning efforts, to significant consortial purchasing contracts, to collaborative technology systems, services, and training opportunities.
This presentation will show that institutions can be stronger working together than working individually.

ICTERI Invited Talk: General Theory of Interaction and Cognitive Architectures

Alexander A. Letichevsky
Invited Speaker: Alexander A. Letichevsky, Glushkov Institute of Cybernetics, Ukraine

Abstract: The challenge of creating a real-life computational equivalent of the human mind is now attracting the attention of many scientific groups from different areas of cybernetics and Artificial Intelligence such as computational neuroscience, cognitive science, biologically inspired cognitive architectures etc. The report presents a new cognitive architecture based on insertion modeling, one of the paradigms of a general theory of interaction, and a basis for multiagent system development.
Insertion cognitive architecture is represented as a multilevel insertion machine which realizes itself as a high level insertion environment. It has a center to evaluate the success of its behavior which is a special type agent that can observe the interaction of a system with external environment. The main goal of a system is achieving maximum success repeated. As an agent this machine is inserted into its external environment and has the means to interact with it.
The internal environment of intelligent cognitive agent creates and develops its own model and the model of external environment. If the external environment contains other agents, they can be modeled by internal environment which creates corresponding machines and interprets those machines using corresponding drivers, comparing the behaviors of models and external agents. Insertion architecture is now under development on the base of Insertion modeling system, developed in Glushkov Institute of Cybernetics.