Declarative AI 2020

Rules, Reasoning, Decisions, and Explanations

24 June - 1 July 2020, Virtual

Declarative AI 2020 goes virtual by keeping the planned dates and extending the submission deadlines!

The registration is free of charge.


DEREK MIERS, Sr Director at Gartner (United Kingdom)

What The Real World Needs From Decision Management, Reasoning and AI

Derek Miers is a Sr Director Analyst at Gartner and has been an industry analyst and consultant for more than 25 years, focused on the areas of digital transformation, business architecture, process management and technology innovation. He has been advising major organizations across industry and government. Prior to Gartner, Mr. Miers worked in research and consulting companies including Forrester Research where he published over 60 reports on business architecture, digital transformation and business process management. He covered business and enterprise architecture, digital transformation and business process management. He has been advising major organizations across industry and government. His deep competence is around process modeling/automation and enterprise architecture, especially as they relate to setting up, scaling and running major digital transformation initiatives. He focuses on how the use of models drive adaptability and agility; how they inform, connect and translate technology strategy into digital transformation initiatives; and then on into operational execution and analytics. He has developed a range of co-creation techniques for driving engagement in change programs and scaling transformation efforts. His primary focus is on establishing governance around change programs, innovation and transformation initiatives, linking that back to organizational and corporate/business strategy. That also entails establishing Centers of Expertise (CoEs) and other vehicles for scaling the engagement of the business and the adoption of technology. He also covers business process architecture and the fusion of design thinking through into operational excellence. That process architecture also includes the industrialization/harmonization of processes across federated enterprises, as well as the methods and techniques associated with knowledge workers and their processes.

DIETER FENSEL, Professor at University of Innsbruck (Austria)

Knowledge Graphs: Methodologies, Tools, and Selected Use Cases

Dieter Fensel is a full professor at University of Innsbruck. In 1989, he earned both his Master in Social Science (Free University of Berlin) and his Master in Computer Science (Technical University of Berlin). In 1993, he was awarded his Doctoral degree in Economic Science, Dr. rer. pol. (Doctorate on Political Science), from the University of Karlsruhe. In 1998 he received his Habilitation in Applied Computer Science. Throughout his doctoral and post-doctoral career, Prof. Dr. Fensel has held positions at the University of Karlsruhe (AIFB), the University of Amsterdam (UvA), and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU). In 2002, he took up a Chair of Computer Science at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. In 2003, after receiving a large grant acquired from the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), he founded the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI) at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and became the Scientific Director. In 2006 he created the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI) at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, and became the Founding Director. In 2007, he established the Semantic Technology Institute International (STI2), which is organized as a collaborative association of interested scientific, industrial and governmental parties of the world wide Semantic Web and Service community that share a common vision. His current research interests focus upon the usage of semantics in 21st century computer science. He is co-founder of several scientific events such as the European Semantic Web Conference Series (ESWC), International Semantic Web Conference Series (ISWC), and the TourismFastForward (TFF). He has published over 300 papers via scientific books and journals, conferences, and workshop contributions. He has co-organized over 300 academic events, and is an associated editor of various special issues of scientific journals.

EYKE HÜLLERMEIER, Professor at Paderborn University (Germany)

Multilabel Rule Learning

Eyke Hüllermeier is a full professor in the Heinz Nixdorf Institute and the Department of Computer Science at Paderborn University, Germany, where he heads the Intelligent Systems and Machine Learning Group. He studied mathematics and business computing, received his PhD in computer science from the Paderborn University in 1997, and a Habilitation degree in 2002. Prior to returning to Paderborn in 2014, he spent two years as a Marie Curie fellow at the Institut de Recherche en Informatique de Toulouse (France) and held professorships at the Universities of Dortmund, Magdeburg and Marburg. His research interests are centered around methods and theoretical foundations of artificial intelligence, with a specific focus on machine learning and reasoning under uncertainty. He has published more than 300 articles on these topics in top-tier journals and major international conferences, and several of his contributions have been recognized with scientific awards. Professor Hüllermeier is Co-Editor-in-Chief of Fuzzy Sets and Systems and serves on the editorial board of various other journals, including Machine Learning, Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery, and the International Journal of Approximate Reasoning. He is a coordinator of the EUSFLAT working group on Machine Learning and Data Mining and the head of the IEEE CIS Task Force on Machine Learning.

ARILD WAALER, Professor at University of Oslo (Norway)


Arild Waaler is director of SIRIUS - Centre for Scalable Data Access in the Oil and Gas Domain. He has over the last decade been a driving force for establishing collaboration between academic research and industry, both initiating and leading several cross-sector projects including Optique. His main research interest lies in the Knowledge representation. After finishing a degree in 1989, Waaler graduated as dr. philos in Philosophy in 1995 within Philosophical logic. He then had research positions at University of Oxford, in logic, and at the Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre in Copenhagen with a project in the History of Philosophy. After a teaching post at Finnmark College, Waaler became professor at the Dept. of Informatics at University of Oslo in 2006, when he started to build up the collaboration that eventually turned into SIRIUS.

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