Invited Keynote Speakers

Ruqian Lu

Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science, CAS
CAS Key Lab of Management, Decision and Information Systems


Ruqian Lu is a professor of computer science of the Institute of Mathematics, Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science, at the same time an adjunct professor of Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Peking University. He is also a fellow of Chinese Academy of Sciences. His research interests include artificial intelligence, knowledge engineering, knowledge based software engineering, formal semantics of programming languages and quantum information processing. He has published more than 180 papers and 10 books. He has won two first class awards from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and a National second class prize from the Ministry of Science and Technology. He has also won the Hua Loo-keng Mathematics Prize from the Chinese Mathematics Society. 

Korchestration and the Korc Calculus

Abstract: The orchestration technique has been popular in various fields of computing science and has got different names, such as computation orchestration, service orchestration, business orchestration, cloud orchestration, etc. Most of them have similar but slightly different meanings. In accordance with this, languages programming orchestration such as Orc, BPEL and Now have been developed. However, we have noticed there are two important aspects that are still less studied in orchestration research. They are orchestration for full cycle knowledge service and big data driven orchestration. We propose the concept of korchestration, which is short for knowledge orchestration, to fill this gap. At the same time we introduce the Korc calculus as a conservative extension of Orc calculus towards application of orchestration techniques in the above mentioned two areas. The various new features of Korc include weakly open world assumption, abstract knowledge source assumption, Boolean site calls, parallel logic programming, massive parallelism, fault tolerant computing, etc. 

Gheorghe Cosmin Silaghi

Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Professor and chair of Business Information Systems


Gheorghe Cosmin Silaghi is professor and chair of Business Information Systems at Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania. With a joint background on Business Informatics, Computer Science Engineering and Artificial Intelligence, he approached topics from distributed systems with tools from economic theory and artificial intelligence. His main research interests include resource management, dependability and security in heterogeneous computing environments like clouds, grids and peer-to-peer systems, developing models for resource negotiation and reputation.

Multi-criteria resource negotiation and scheduling for hybrid distributed computing infrastructures

Abstract: Assembling and jointly using different types of computing infrastructures like grids and clouds is an increasingly met phenomenon. To achieve this goal, research communities are building bridging technologies between the various sorts of infrastructures. These infrastructures are characterized by positive attributes like cost effectiveness, reliability, high performance and greenness. With this respect, joint commercial exploitation and increased user satisfaction represent contradicting challenges. To advance towards these goals, we will discuss two aspects of the interaction between resource providers and consumers: negotiation and scheduling in a multi-criteria setup. While both types of players possess limited knowledge about the opponents, we will design two interaction mechanisms allowing for service levels establishment and jobs placement, given the mitigation between providers and consumers.

Pericles Loucopoulos

University of Manchester, UK
Professor in Computer Science


Professor Loucopoulos holds a B.Sc. in Mathematical Sciences and M.Sc. and PhD degrees in Computer Science. After a spell in the City during which time he was involved in developing state of the art computer-based information systems for financial applications he moved to Manchester to take up a post at UMIST where in 1990 he was elected to a Chair in Information Systems. He currently holds a fractional appointment at the Manchester Business School and at Harokopio University of Athens. He has held visiting appointments at Université de Paris I – Sorbonne (France), the University of the Aegean (Greece), the Delhi Institute of Technology (India), the Athens University of Economics and Business (Greece) and the University of Technology (Malaysia). He has acted as a scientific expert for UK, Greek, Italian, Austrian, Canadian, Belgian and Swiss Governmental institutions.
He has taught at Bachelors, Masters, MBA and Executive Programmes and has successfully supervised 27 PhD students most of whom hold key posts in academia and industry.
He is Fellow of the British Computer Society, a member of the Steering Committees of (a) the IEEE International Conferences on Research Challenges in Information Sciences, (b) Advanced Information Systems Engineering (CAiSE), (c) Evaluation of Novel Approaches to SE (ENASE). He is on the European Advisory Board of the AIS SIG on Systems Analysis and Design, and a member of the WG8.1 of the International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP).
He is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Requirements Engineering and also serves as Associate Editor on 15 other journals.
He is the holder of the 2005 UK OR Society’s President’s Medal. In 2008 he received the Edelman Laureate medal, as a finalist of the 2005 INFORMS Franz Edelman award competition. He has served as General Chair or Programme Chair of over 25 international conferences and has been a member of over 300 Programme Committees of international conferences.
His research work focuses on supporting the transformation of large, complex and dynamic enterprise systems through the provision of information systems. Theoretical results derived from his research have been applied on industrial scale problems in a variety of domains, such as banking, utilities, large-scale sports events etc. His research has been supported by numerous research grants funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the Commission of the European Union, the USA National Science Foundation and industry. He has initiated and managed projects worth €22M of which €5M was awarded to his research group.
He has authored 10 books, 12 book chapters, and edited 5 volumes of conference proceedings. He has published in leading journals such as ACM TOSEM, IEEE Trans on SMC, Information Systems, Information Systems Journal, Journal of Systems and Software, Information and Software Technology, Expert Systems, Internet Research, CAIS and many others.

Enterprise Knowledge Modelling: Facilitating Flexible Dynamically Changing Systems

Abstract: Turbulence is in the nature of business environments. Changes brought about because of different requirements such as social, political, technical and economic, exert pressures on organisations to respond in a timely and cost effective way to these challenges. In such an unstable environment information system developers are challenged to develop systems that can meet the requirements of dynamically changing organisations in a flexible manner.
Against this dynamic business backdrop, emergent application software is regarded as a key component in the service industry of tomorrow. The effective and efficient development of such systems can have a major impact on the economic value of digital companies – that is companies for which enterprise software becomes the decisive driver behind product and service innovation.
Rapid organisational change, knowledge-intensity of goods and services, the growth in organisational scope, and information technology, have all intensified organisational needs for a more formal approach to dealing with enterprise knowledge. In addition virtual organisations that are made up of complementary allied entities place greater demands on knowledge sharing.
This talk advances a position, based on research work and the application of this work on many industrial and commercial applications, which states that, “central to successful business evolution through the use of information technology is Enterprise Knowledge Modelling”. Enterprise Knowledge Modelling involves many facets of the information systems domain including considerations such as technical (business processes, flow of information etc.), organisational and social (policies, structures and work roles etc.) and teleological (purposes and reasons). Conceptual modelling plays a central role in the way that one can capture, reason, represent, use for negotiation and agreement between many stakeholders and discover new knowledge from legacy systems.