Jianwen Su

Jianwen Su is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He received his BS/MS degrees from Fudan University and his PhD degree from the University of Southern California. He held visiting positions at INRIA and Bell Labs, was/is an adjunct professor at Fudan, Peking, and Donghua Universities in China. His research concerns data modeling and query languages, scientific databases, formal verification, web services, and business process/workflow management. His current work focuses on modeling and analysis of business processes concerning compositions and management with an emphasis on fully incorporation of data in logical models. His work on data with nested structures, incremental query evaluation, constraint databases, web services, and data-centric workflow is widely known and cited. Dr. Su received two IBM Faculty Awards, was a keynote speaker at several international workshops/conferences including ICSOC 2012 and WS-FM 2013. He served/is serving on program committees of many conferences in databases (PODS, ICDT, VLDB, ICDE, EDBT, etc.) and services computing (ICSOC, BPM, WS-FM, ICWE, ICWS, etc.). He was a general co-chair of ICSOC 2013, the general chair of SIGMOD 2001, the PC chair of PODS 2009, and a program co-chair of a few other database/services computing conferences. He served on the Executive Committees of ACM SIGMOD and PODS, editorial boards for IJFCS and JCST, and is an associate editor of IJCIS.

Keynote Abstract

The conceptual elevation of data in business workflow modeling was first proposed by Nigam and Caswell in their 2003 paper. The research community responded to this new idea enthusiastically. In the past decade, there have been numerous research activities concerning the interactions between business workflow/activities and data in many aspects of business workflow management. Earlier work on workflow with data focused on development of workflow modeling languages that incorporate modeling of data needed for workflow, workflow modeling tools concerning formal verification and collaborative support for workflow, monitoring of KPIs, mining process models in presence of data, runtime workflow data management, business-process-as-a-service, etc. Many of these advancements have or will have impact on design/modeling, analysis, implementation of individual business workflow models in the development of workflow management (software) systems.

However, there is still a lack of techniques for developing a suite of “interrelated” workflows, an important challenge for the second decade. Interrelated workflows are a cluster of workflows (models and/or enactments) that share data and other resources, are collectively constrained by regulations and policies, influence KPIs as a group, and likely execute in the same administrative organizations. Many current practical applications of workflow systems are in urgent need for tools and techniques for workflow clusters. In this talk, we formulate a broad “Enterprise Process Framework” (EPF) to address this need and outline a few initial technical details. An EPF combines techniques developed in data integration and data-centric workflow research, elevates data modeling from individual workflow models to a cluster of interrelated workflow models, considers runtime data management issues for all workflows in the group. We discuss several interesting research challenges arising from EPF. (This is a joint work with Lijie Wen and Jian Yang.)

Guy Vézina

Dr. Guy Vézina is Director General S&T Army (DGSTAR), leading the Canadian Army S&T and Scientific Advisor to the Chief of the Canadian Army. DGSTAR and his team work at building strong partnership within DND and with national and international organizations. As DG DRDC Valcartier (‘06-‘13), he led programs in Protection and Combat Systems, Surveillance and Counter-measures, Command, Control and Intelligence Systems and Cyber Security. As Director S&T C4ISR (’03–‘06), he managed the Joint C4ISR R&D program, interfacing with the Canadian Space Agency, the Communication Security Establishment Canada in addition to the US and Allied Space Programs. Previously, Section Head of the Information and Knowledge Management and the System of Systems Sections (‘98 – ‘03) and Program Manager of the Land Information Operations and National Command & Surveillance Thrusts. Dr. Vézina has been active within national and international organizations and currently chairs the 5-eyes Contested Urban Environment Challenge. He also chaired several scientific activities and review boards. From ‘88 to ‘92 he was the Research Assistant at the CSIRO in Canberra, Australia. Dr. Vézina holds a Ph.D. from the Australian National University, Canberra Centre for Information Science Research. Additionally, he has an M.S.E.E. from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Electrical and Computer Engineering and a B.Sc. Electrical Engineering from University Laval, Quebec.

Keynote: Ubiquitous Computing and the Opportunities and Threats for Defence and Security

The advent of the ubiquitous computing paradigm with its ever increasing complexity will transform defence and security, particularly as we consider operating within more connected urban environments. With a selecting of mission-critical scenarios, we explore potential implications of IoT concepts and technologies. We identify some adoption challenges and threats which deserve more investigations. The applications considered range from human sensing, blue and red force situation awareness, human cooperation through dispersed operations, to the coordination of (semi-) autonomous systems. Of particular interest are hardware devices that collaborate and act with one another or with human actors. If defence and security stakeholders rely on such ubiquitous computing environment, there is little doubt that it will be subject to adversarial threats, both physical ones and trust ones. Building resilience in such context requires multi-disciplinary considerations from embedded hardware and networks, all the way to data analytics.

François Dion

Mr. François Dion is a passionate and visionary leader, recognized for being an excellent unifier while being very committed. He is the proud President of Levio, a high-growth company, specialized in transforming organizations and information technologies since 2013. Mr. Dion graduated in Business Administration and has been successful since. He started by creating a construction company and kept on developing his entrepreneurial capacities in creating a consulting company in information technologies, in which he devoted himself for 5 years. In 1998, Mr. Dion joined Société Conseil Groupe LGS Québec where he held different key positions and was promoted Vice-President and Head of Operations of the Quebec City Branch. Since 2013, Mr. Dion is President and Head of operations of Levio, a rapidly growing consulting firm he proudly created. Levio has a very enviable reputation on the market. Simultaneously to his civilian career, Mr. Dion had been an active member in the Canadian Armed Forces for a period of 20 years. He has held several functions and was promoted to the rank of Commander of the oldest French-Canadian regiment, the Voltigeurs de Québec. Very involved in his community, M. Dion contributes actively by participating in different committees and organizations, such as Centraide and Mon avenir TI. He encourages his collaborators to participate to different causes in order to be part of a better community.

Keynote Abstract

Levio Consulting specializes in delivering benefits through the delivery of complex and high visibility projects in large organizations. Levio’s CEO, François Dion will share his experience and perspective on how to transform high-risk projects into resounding successes. To illustrate his point, he will refer to the major transformation program currently underway in Desjardins General Insurance Group that he is currently leading, as an expert consultant.

Like every other major insurance companies in the world, Desjardins has been facing mounting pressure to digitize its service delivery model and reduce the go-to-market time to roll-out new products. For this reason, Desjardins launched a major initiative to modernize its core IT systems and business processes. In the wake of Desjardins’ acquisition of State Farm’s Canadian operations in 2015, it quickly became obvious that integrating State Farm’s systems and business processes would be a major undertaking that would have a profound impact on Desjardins’ already underway modernization program.

Benoit Montreuil

Benoit Montreuil is the Coca-Cola Material Handling & Distribution Chair in the Stewart School of Industrial & Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech where he is Director of the Physical Internet Center and a leader of the Supply Chain & Logistics Institute. Dr. Montreuil is leading the International Physical Internet Initiative, engaging academic, industry and government leaders worldwide into research and innovation projects on smart, hyperconnected and sustainable logistics, supply chains, transportation, businesses and regions. His main research interests generically lie in developing concepts, methodologies and technologies for creating, optimizing, transforming and enabling businesses, supply chains and value creation networks to thrive in a fast evolving hyperconnected world. He stands at the crossroads of industrial and systems engineering; operations research; computer sciences; operations, logistics, supply chain, strategic management; and sustainability science. His research builds mostly on a synthesis of optimization modeling and mathematical programming, discrete & agent-based simulation modeling, systems science & design theory.

Dr. Montreuil is a world-renowned scientist who has introduced in collaboration with students and colleagues an imposing set of paradigm-challenging leading edge contributions through nearly four decades of research, shared through 250 scientific publications, 250 scientific communications and numerous keynote speeches at international scientific and professional conferences. He has extensive advisory, entrepreneurial and collaborative research experience with industry and government. Though his career, he has received numerous awards, recently including DC Velocity’s Rainmaker of the Year and The Physical Internet Pioneer Award for his outstanding and inspiring vision.

Keynote: Towards Smart Hyperconnected Supply Chains and Logistics Systems: Challenges for Enterprise Computing

The advent of the Physical Internet is shaking the dominant paradigms underlying the visions, models, processes and decisions taken by businesses concerning supply chains and logistics systems. It transforms the way physical objects such as goods and food are moved, deployed, realized, supplied, designed and used across the world, aiming for order-of-magnitude improvements in efficiency, sustainability, capability and resilience. It opens a new era of smart hyperconnected supply chains, logistics systems, businesses and regions. Using illustrative cases from several industries and businesses, we first present the essence of this fundamental transformation. Then we proceed to demonstrate that it induces new challenges and opportunities for enterprise computing, notably requiring a rethinking of enterprise applications and platforms. We finally emphasize the research and innovations opportunities.