KEYNOTE SPEAKERS


Prof. Dr. Marlon Dumas

University of Tartu, Estonia

Title
Business process analytics: from insights to predictions

Abstract
Business process analytics is a body of methods for analyzing data generated by the execution of business processes in order to extract insights about weaknesses and improvement opportunities, both at the tactical and operational levels. Tactical process analytics methods (also known as process mining) allow us to understand how a given business process is actually executed, if and how its execution deviates with respect to expected or normative pathways, and what factors contribute to poor process performance or undesirable outcomes. Meantime, operational process analytics methods allow us to monitor ongoing executions of a business process in order to predict future states and undesirable outcomes at runtime (predictive process monitoring). Existing methods in this space allow us to predict, for example, which task will be executed next in a case, when, and who will perform it? When will an ongoing case complete? What will its outcome be and how can negative outcomes be avoided? This keynote will present a framework for conceptualizing business process analytics methods and applications. The talk will provide an overview of state-of-art methods and tools in the field and will outline open challenges and research opportunities.

Biography
Marlon Dumas is Professor of Information Systems at University of Tartu and Scientific Leader at the Estonian Software Technologies and Applications Competence Centre (STACC). He is also chair of the Starting Grants panel for Computer Science and Informatics at the European Research Council. In the past, he has been faculty member at Queensland University of Technology and visiting researcher at SAP Research, Australia. His research interests span across the fields of software engineering, information systems and business process management. His ongoing work focuses on combining data mining and formal methods for analysis and monitoring of business processes. He has published extensively in conferences and journals across the fields of software engineering and information systems. He is co-inventor of seven granted US/EU patents and co-author of the textbook "Fundamentals of Business Process Management" (Springer, 2013).



Prof. Dr. Marko Bajec

University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Title
Smart city as a platform-based ecosystem

Abstract
While for a “smart city” there is no generally accepted definition, there exists a wide understanding of what a smart city should bring to its citizens. It is believed that it should create conditions for sustainable economic growth and safe and quality life for individuals and communities through (ICT-based) smart management. Ultimately, the goal is to create the environment in which people will want to live. In most circumstances, this is associated with the availability of/access to health and social security, the ease of use of public services, efficient mobility, security, job and business opportunities etc. How to achieve that remains an open question and a challenge for the 21st century. In this keynote, we will describe a program of R&D projects that were launched in late 2016 under the umbrella of Slovenian Smart Specialization. The talk will focus on research and development challenges in relation to information systems and databases.

Biography
Marko Bajec is Professor of Information Systems and Databases at the Faculty of Computer & Information Science, University of Ljubljana. He is the Head of the Laboratory for Data Technologies and IoT Demo Center. From 2013 to 2017, he acted as a Vice Dean for Economic Affairs at the Faculty for Computer and Information Science. His research is focused on data-intensive information systems and technologies. In the last decade, he has led or coordinated more than 20 R&D projects in total amount exceeding 30 FTE. For his research work and contribution in transferring knowledge to industry, he received several awards and recognitions.



Dr. Milan Zdravković

University of Niš, Serbia

Title
Next-generation Enterprise Information Systems for the Future Internet – Vision of IFAC TC5.3

Abstract
The rapid changes of socio-economic and technological environment in which the enterprises operate today continuously generate new requirements for the evolution of both theoretical and practical aspects of the Enterprise Information Systems (EIS). This evolution creates the complexity which cannot be handled by the traditional architectures. The constant pressure of requirements for more data, more collaboration and more flexibility launched the discussions on the Next Generation EIS (NG EIS) which is federated, omnipresent, model-driven, open, reconfigurable and aware. All these properties imply that the future enterprise system is inherently, natively interoperable in the Future Internet. This keynote presents the discussion that spans several research challenges of the future interoperable enterprise systems, specialized from the existing general research priorities and directions of IFAC TC5.3 Technical Committee for Enterprise Integration and Networking of the International Federation for Automatic Control.

Biography
Dr. Milan Zdravković is R3 researcher, currently working at the University of Niš. He is the author of more than 50 papers in the fields of enterprise information systems, semantic interoperability, Collaborative Networked Organizations, and Internet of Things. He is the member of IFAC TC5.3 (IFAC Technical Committee for Enterprise Integration and Networking) committee of the International Federation of Automatic Control, IFIP (International Federation for Information Processing) TC5 (Information Technology applications) Working Group 5.8 "Enterprise Interoperability" and SOCOLNET (Society of Collaborative Networks) International Technical and Scientific Association. He worked as editor or reviewer for top scientific journals, chair and member of PC of the respected international conferences. He participated in 10 FP6/FP7/H2020 projects. He works as a private expert for European Commission in WG Network Management and WG Portal Administrators, of EURAXESS network.



Prof. Inguna Skadiņa

University of Latvia

Title
Languages of Baltic Countries in Digital Age

Abstract
Today, when we are surrounded by intelligent digital devices – computers, tablets and mobile phones, it is important that we can communicate with these devices in a natural language. More important is possibility to communicate in our native language, and, with the help of language technologies to overcome language barriers. This keynote will focus on language resources and tools that facilitate use of languages of Baltic countries in digital environment, allow to minimize language barriers, facilitate social inclusion, and support more natural human-computer interaction, making digital services more “human”. Most important achievements in language technologies that help to narrow technological gap and minimize threat of digital extinction will be discussed.

Biography
Inguna Skadiņa is a professor at Faculty of Computing of University of Latvia (UL). She has been working for over 25 years on language technologies for less resourced languages. Her current research interests include language resources and tools, machine translation and human-computer interaction. I.Skadiņa is a national coordinator of CLARIN research infrastructure in Latvia. She is also chief scientific officer of language technology company Tilde and senior researcher at the Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science, UL. I.Skadiņa has led and participated in many EU and nationally funded projects related to language technologies, including scientific coordination of FP7 ACCURAT project and ICT PSP META-NORD project, and recent participation in H2020 QT21 project. Her current research activities include scientific coordination of large scale national project “Neural Network Modelling for Inflected Natural Languages”. I.Skadiņa is the author of more than 50 publications. She is a member of several professional organisations, expert of the Latvian Council of Sciences.