Paris, France28-31 October 2019

Program > Keynote speakers





Prof. Dr. Sudha Ram

Title: Leveraging Artificial Intelligence and Big Data to create Enterprises of the Future

Abstract : The phenomenal growth of social media, mobile  applications, sensor based technologies and  the Internet of Things is generating a flood of  “Big Data” and disrupting our  world in many ways. Simultaneously, we are seeing many interesting developments in machine learning and Artificial Intelligence  (AI) technologies and methods. In this talk I will examine  the paradigm shift caused by recent developments in AI and Big Data and ways to harness their power to  create a smarter enterprise computing environment. Using examples from health care, smart cities, education, and businesses in general,   I  will  highlight  challenges and  research opportunities for developing an enterprise of the future.

Bio: Sudha Ram is Anheuser-Busch Endowed Professor of MIS, Entrepreneurship & Innovation in the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona.  She has joint faculty appointments as Professor of Computer Science, member of BIO5 Institute, and Institute for Environment.  She is the director of  the INSITE: Center for Business Intelligence and Analytics at the University of Arizona.  Dr. Ram received a Ph.D.  from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1985.  Her research is in the areas of Enterprise Data Management, Business Intelligence, Large Scale Networks and  Big Data Analytics.  Her work uses different methods such as machine learning, statistical approaches, ontologies and conceptual modeling. Dr. Ram has published more than 200 research  articles in refereed journals, conferences and book chapters.

She has received more than $60 million in research funding from organizations such as, IBM, Intel Corporation, SAP, Ford, Raytheon Missile Systems, US ARMY, NIST, NSF, NASA, and Office of Research and Development of the CIA. Dr. Ram served as the senior editor for Information Systems Research, and is currently  a senior editor of Journal of AIS and on the editorial board for many leading Information Systems journals. She is also a co-editor in chief of the Journal on Data Semantics and a founding editor for Journal of Business Analytics. She is a cofounder of the Workshop on Information Technology and Systems (WITS) and serves on the steering committee of many workshops and conferences including the Entity Relationship Conference (ER).  Dr. Ram has published articles in such journals as Communications of the ACM, IEEE Expert, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, Information Systems, Journal of MIS,  Information Systems Research, Management Science, and MIS Quarterly.  

She received  the IBM faculty Development Award and UA Leading Edge Innovator in Research Award in 2007 and 2012.  She is a Fellow of the Association for Information Systems (AIS). Her research has been highlighted in several media outlets including UANEWS,  Arizona Alumni Magazine, International Journalism Festival,  NPR news, and New York Times. She was a  speaker for a TEDx talk in December 2013 on “Creating a Smarter World with Big Data”.  

For more information please  visit her  The University of Arizona or the INSITE research center.


Mark McGregor

Title: Why It’s Time to Rethink Enterprise Architecture

Abstract: For more than 25 years Enterprise Architects have often struggled to get traction in their organization, constantly fighting for budget, and often failing to get budget for tooling.

For most of that time the focus has been on frameworks, methods and tools – If we want to change our results, we need to change our approaches. As with any other business or IT discipline, business outcomes are the new currency of success, so what needs to change and how do we make those changes.

In this session Mark McGregor will explore some of the new ways of thinking you may need to adopt. Mark will share insights learned from his 25 plus years of talking and working with Enterprise Architects, software vendors and of course his time as an industry analyst with Gartner.

Bio: A former Research Director at leading IT industry analysis firm Gartner, Mark has an extensive background in enterprise architecture, business process management and change management, having held executive positions with a number of technology companies. Since retiring from Gartner he now works as an independent strategist with clients such as Changepoint, Erwin, Mega, Planview, Signavio and LeanIX

Mark has authored or co-authored four books on business and process management, including “Thrive! How to Succeed in the Age of the Customer” and “In Search of BPM Excellence” and  “People Centric Process Management.  Widely respected for his knowledge and views on business change, he is the creator of “Next Practice” and has variously been described as a ”BPM Guru”, a “Thought Leader” and a “Master of Mindset”

Mark is passionate about the people aspects of change, he has spent much of the last fifteen years travelling the world, learning, teaching and researching the cultural aspects of change and how executives perceive business and process improvement In this capacity he has literally taught hundreds of people and been fortunate to interview and interact with many CEO’s

Mark holds certifications in Six Sigma, PRINCE2, Sales, Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Hypnosis! Mark suggests that it is the variety of his studies, which provide the depth he offers to his clients, in his words “It is the difference that makes the difference”

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Prof. Dr. Fabian M. Suchanek

Title: A hitchhiker’s guide to Ontology

Abstract: In this talk, I will give an overview of our recent work in the area of knowledge bases. I will first talk about our main project, the YAGO knowledge base. In this context, I will present our work on the automatic correction of regular expressions. I will then talk about knowledge mining. This includes rule mining (finding semantic correlations in the knowledge base), as well as predicting the completeness of the data in a knowledge base. I will then present our work on automatically correcting errors in Wikidata, and on translating SPARQL queries to Unix Bash commands. Finally, I will talk about applications of knowledge bases in the domain of computational creativity and the digital humanities.

Bio: Fabian M. Suchanek is a full professor at the Telecom Paris University in Paris. He obtained his PhD at the Max-Planck Institute for Informatics under the supervision of Gerhard Weikum. In his thesis, Fabian developed inter alia the knowledge base YAGO, one of the largest public general-purpose knowledge bases, which earned him a honorable mention of the SIGMOD dissertation award. Fabian was a postdoc at Microsoft Research in Silicon Valley (reporting to Rakesh Agrawal) and at INRIA Saclay/France (reporting to Serge Abiteboul). He continued as the leader of the Otto Hahn Research Group “Ontologies” at the Max-Planck Institute for Informatics in Germany. Since 2013, he is an associate professor at Télécom Paris University in Paris, and since 2016 a full professor. Fabian teaches classes on the Semantic Web, Information Extraction and Knowledge Representation in France, in Germany, and in Senegal. With his students, he works on information extraction, rule mining, ontology matching, and other topics related to large knowledge bases. He has published around 80 scientific articles, among others at ISWC, VLDB, SIGMOD, WWW, CIKM, ICDE, and SIGIR, and his work has been cited more than 9000 times. His 2007 paper on YAGO won the Test of Time Award of the WWW 2018 conference.


Prof. Dr. Henderik A. Proper

Title: Enterprise Modelling in the Digital Age: Challenges and Opportunities


In this (interactive) keynote we explore challenge and opportunities of enterprise modelling in the digital age.
We start by first reflecting on the role, or even the raison d'être, of enterprise modelling, including the important notion RoME (Return on Modelling Effort). Based on this understanding, we then look at the role of modelling in modern day enterprises, that are increasingly "digitally-powered" and "fuelled-by-data", while operating in a socio-economical environment that increasingly generates "black swan" events.  Can enterprise modelling help navigate such challenges. Finally, we take a look at how enterprise modelling itself can benefit from digital technologies (including advanced HMI, AI, big-data, etc). Will AI replace enterprise modellers?

Bio: Henderik A. Proper is an FNR PEARL Laureate, and Head of Academic Affairs of at the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) in Luxembourg, and senior research manager within its IT for Innovative Services (ITIS) department. He also holds an adjunct chair in Computer Science at the University of Luxembourg

Erik has a mixed background, covering a variety of roles in both academia and industry. His professional passion is the further development of the field of enterprise engineering, and enterprise modelling in particular. His long experience in teaching and coaching a wide variety of people enables him to involve and engage others in this development. He has co-authored several journal papers, conference publications and books. His main research interests include enterprise engineering and enterprise modelling, which includes enterprise architecture, systems theory, business/IT alignment and conceptual modelling.

Erik received his Master's degree from the University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands in May 1990, and received his PhD (with distinction) from the same University in April 1994. In his Doctoral thesis he developed a theory for conceptual modelling of evolving application domains, yielding a formal specification of evolving information systems. After receiving his PhD, Erik became a senior research fellow at the Computer Science Department of the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. During that period he also conducted research in the Asymetrix Research Lab at that University for Asymetrix Corp, Seattle, Washington. In 1995 he became a lecturer at the School of Information Systems from the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. During this period he was also seconded as a senior researcher to the Distributed Systems Technology Centre (DSTC), a Cooperative Research Centres funded by the Australian government.

From 1997 to 2001, Erik worked in industry. First as a consultant at Origin, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and later as a research consultant and principal scientist at the Ordina Institute for Research and Innovation, Gouda, The Netherlands. In June 2001, Erik returned to academia, where he became an adjunct Professor at the Radboud University Nijmegen. In September 2002, Erik obtained a full-time Professorship position at the Radboud University Nijmegen. 

In January of 2008, he went back to combining industry and academia, by combining his Professorship with consulting and innovation at Capgemini, with the aim of more tightly combining his theoretical and practical work. Finally, in May 2010 Erik moved to the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology as a PEARL chair, while also continuing his chair at the Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands. As of June 2017, Erik holds an adjunct chair at the University of Luxembourg.

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