Keynote Speaker - May 6th

Prof. Andrea Omicini,
Department of Computer
Science and Engineering
(DISI) of the Alma Mater Studiorum
UniversitÓ di Bologna

Title of talk
Event-Based vs. Multi-Agent Systems: Towards a Unified Conceptual Framework

Event-based systems (EBS) are nowadays the most viable sources of technologies and solutions for large-scale distributed applications. On the other hand, multi-agent systems (MAS) apparently provide the most viable abstractions and coherent methods to deal with complex distributed systems, in particular when advanced features – such as mobility, autonomy, symbolic reasoning, knowledge management, situation recognition – are required. In this talk we discuss how the core concepts of EBS and MAS can in principle be matched and integrated, providing a sound conceptual ground for a coherent discipline for the engineering of complex software systems.


Andrea Omicini holds a PhD in Computer & Electronic Engineering from the Alma Mater Studiorum – UniversitÓ di Bologna, Italy, and is currently a Full Professor at DISI, the Department of Computer Science and Engineering of the University of Bologna.
He published almost 300 articles on coordination, multi-agent systems, intelligent systems, programming languages, Internet technologies, middleware, simulation, software engineering, pervasive systems, self-organisation.  On the same subjects, he edited 13 international books, and guest-edited 15 international journal special issues.
He held several talks and tutorials at international conferences and schools; supervised or evaluated a number of PhD theses, both national and international; organised and chaired many international conferences and workshops.
Currently, he is Member of the Editorial Board of: ACM Transactions on Autonomous and Adaptive Systems (TAAS); ACM Applied Computing Review; Intelligenza Artificiale; BioData Mining.
He was the Chair of the SIG on Agents and Multi-Agent Systems of the Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence (AI*IA), and the ACM Representative in the IFIP Technical Committee 12 "Artificial Intelligence". Currently, he is Member of the Board of Director of the European Association for Multi-Agent Systems (EURAMAS).

Keynote Speaker - May 7th


Prof. dr. ir. Wil van der Aalst, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e).
Title of talk
Change Your History: Learning from Event Logs to Improve Processes

Process mining provides new ways to utilize the abundance of data in enterprises. Suddenly many organizations realize that survival is not possible without exploiting available data intelligently. A new profession is emerging: the data scientist.  Just like computer science emerged as a new discipline from mathematics when computers became abundantly available, we now see the birth of data science as a new discipline driven by the torrents of event data available today. These event data enable new forms of analysis facilitating process improvement. Process mining provides a novel set of tools to discover the real process, to detect deviations from some normative process, and to analyze bottlenecks and waste. Process mining will be an integral part of the data scientist's toolbox.
However, lion's share of process mining focuses on the "as-is" situation rather than the "to-be" situation. Techniques like simulation can be used to do "what-if" analysis but are not driven by event data and as a result, improvements can be very unrealistic. Techniques for predictive analytics are data-driven but often focus on well-structured decision problems. Operational processes within complex organizations cannot be mapped onto a simulation model or simple decision problem.
This talk introduces process mining and provides a novel approach directly operating on event logs rather than process models. Instead of trying to create or modify process models, this approach works directly on the event log itself. It aims to improve history. By showing concrete improvements in terms of partly modified event logs, managers, analysts, and end-users can learn earlier mistakes and inefficiencies. This is similar to analyzing a lost soccer match in detail to improve a team's performance in the next game.

Prof. dr. ir. Wil van der Aalst is a full professor of Information Systems at the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e). He is also the Academic Supervisor of the International Laboratory of Process-Aware Information Systems of the National Research University, Higher School of Economics in Moscow. Moreover, since 2003 he has a part-time appointment at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). At TU/e he is the scientific director of the Data Science Center Eindhoven (DSC/e). His personal 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 175 journal papers, 17 books (as author or editor), 400 refereed conference/workshop publications, and 60 book chapters. Many of his papers are highly cited (he one of the most cited computer scientists in the world and has an H-index of 114 according to Google Scholar) and his ideas have influenced researchers, software developers, and standardization committees working on process support. He has been a co-chair of many conferences including the Business Process Management conference, the International Conference on Cooperative Information Systems, the International conference on the Application and Theory of Petri Nets, and the IEEE International Conference on Services Computing. He is also editor/member of the editorial board of several journals, including Computing, Distributed and Parallel Databases, Software and Systems Modeling, the International Journal of Business Process Integration and Management, the International Journal on Enterprise Modelling and Information Systems Architectures, Computers in Industry, Business & Information Systems Engineering, IEEE Transactions on Services Computing, Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing, and Transactions on Petri Nets and Other Models of Concurrency. In 2012, he received the degree of doctor honoris causa from Hasselt University. In 2013, he was appointed as Distinguished University Professor of TU/e and was awarded an honorary guest professorship at Tsinghua University. He is also a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen), Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities (Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen) and the Academy of Europe (Academia Europaea).

Keynote Speaker - May 8th

Prof. Gregory O'Hare,
CLARITY: Centre for Sensor Web Technologies, School of Computer Science & Informatics.
Director, Earth Institute,University College Dublin (UCD).

Title of talk
Collaborative Sensing: Delivering an Intelligent and Adaptive Sensing Infrastructure

This paper advocates the need for collaborative sensing which demands that individual sensors collaborate and operate as a collective. To achieve this vision it is necessary for networks to be imbued with distributed intelligence and the capacity to both reason and opportunistically collaborate. The pushing of such computational demands into a computationally challenged network is contrary to considered wisdom. This talk
contests that benefits can accrue from such in network
collaborative intelligence.

Gregory O'Hare completed his studies at the University of Ulster graduating with a B.Sc, M.Sc and Ph.D. He held the position of Head of the Department of Computer Science at University College Dublin (UCD) 2001-2004. Prior to joining UCD he has been on the Faculty of the University of Central Lancashire (1984-86) and the University of Manchester (1986-1996).

He is a Associate Professor within the School of Computer Science & Informatics at UCD. He has published some 426 refereed publications in Journals and International Conferences, 7 books and has won significant grant income (ca €28.00M). O'Hare is an established researcher of international repute. His research interests are in the areas of Distributed Artificial Intelligence and Multi-Agent Systems (MAS), and Mobile & Ubiquitous Computing and Wireless Sensor Networks.

He has supervised some 30 Ph.D and 29 M.Scs to completion in his career to date. He referees extensively for Journals, International Conferences and funding agencies including the European Commission, Enterprise Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, the National Science Foundation (US). He serves on the Editorial Review Board of the International Journal of Agent Technologies and Systems (IJATS), International Journal of Mobile Human Computer Interaction (IJMHCI) and the International Journal on Knowledge Based Intelligent Engineering Systems.

In 2003 he received the prestigious Cooperative Information Agents (CIA), System Innovation Award for ACCESS: An Agent Architecture for Ubiquitous Service Delivery. O'Hare is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Fellow of the Irish Computer Society a member of the ACM, AAAI and a Chartered Engineer. He is the Chair of the European Research Consortium on Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM) Working Group on Sensor Web. He has also held a prestigious Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Principal Investigator Award 2003-2007. He is one of the Principal Investigators and founders of the Science Foundation Ireland funded (€16.4M) Centre for Science and Engineering Technologies (CSET) entitled CLARITY: The Centre for Sensor Web Technologies (2008-2013).

In 2008-2009 he secured a Visiting Research Fellowship to the University of Oxford. In 2010 he was awarded a Fulbright Scholar visiting position at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  He is a Visiting Professor at Ulster University. He is currently the Director of the Earth Institute at University College Dublin a large multi-disciplinary research Institute.