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[health-ont] Ontolog Invited Speaker Presentation - Conrad Bock - Thu 2

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From: "Peter P. Yim" <peter.yim@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 24 Jan 2005 09:57:59 -0800
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Dear Ontolog Members,    (01)

Further to our earlier announcement, please be reminded that Mr. Conrad 
Bock (from the US National Institute of Standards and Technologies) will 
be giving a talk entitled: "**PSL and Flow Models**" during our upcoming 
regular conference call session.    (02)

*Conference call-in details: *    (03)

Date: Thursday, Jan. 27, 2005
Start Time: 10:30am PST / 1:30pm EST (World Time: 
Session Duration: 1.5 ~ 2 Hours
Dial-in Number: 1-702-851-3330 (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Participant Access Code: "686564#"    (04)

**PSL and Flow Models**    (05)

Abstract:    (06)

This presentation compares the way processes are described in the 
Process Specification Language (PSL) versus flow models, which are the 
most common technique in industry. It focuses on the fundamental 
differences in approach, and gives a short introduction to the way PSL 
works, with the advantages and disadvantages of each technique. It 
describes an application of PSL that is not possible in flow models: 
behavior classification. It illustrates that PSL makes some process 
descriptions simpler by allowing the designer to represent as little as 
necessary to reflect their intent. It also highlights the way ambiguity 
is easily mistaken for abstraction.    (07)

*About the Speaker: *    (08)

Mr. Conrad Bock is a computer scientist at the US National Institute of 
Standards and Technology specializing the Process Specification Language 
(PSL), the Unified Modeling Language and modeling language semantics. 
Among other responsibilities, he has been developing process ontologies 
based on the PSL. He has been Workgroup Lead for UML 2 Activities and 
Actions, and one of the developers of the UML repository model at the 
Object Management Group. He has also been NIST's representative on the 
HL7 Clinical Decision Support Technical Committee. Conrad received his 
MS in computer science from Stanford University.    (09)

More details on the session can be found on our wiki at:
http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?ConferenceCall_2005_01_27    (010)

Please point your browser to this wiki page during the session. 
Shared-screen support (VNC session) will also be available and be 
started 5 minutes before the call.    (011)

Look forward to have you at the session.    (012)

Regards. -ppy    (013)

P.S. to help us with the logistics, please add your name under the 
"expected" attendees section 
) if you are planning to attend, and haven't responded otherwise.
Tx. -ppy
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