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[ontolog-forum] Re: Proceedings from the Ontolog Invited Speaker Sessio

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From: "Peter P. Yim" <peter.yim@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 08 Dec 2005 18:33:03 -0800
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We had an brilliant session today with Dr. James Spohrer, 
Director of Services Research at IBM's Almaden Research Center. 
Dr. Spohrer's talk was entitled "Services Sciences, Management, 
Engineering (SSME): A next frontier in education, innovation, and 
economic growth and the role of knowledge representation 
techniques in services innovation."    (01)

Thank you very much, Jim, for sharing your work and insight, as 
well as posing to us some of the challenges and the role 
ontologies could play in this new frontier. We also want to thank 
Dr. Douglas Engelbart for spending time with us, and for having 
inspired a lot of Dr. Spohrer's work. Thanks are also due to Dr, 
E. Michael Maximilien from Jim's research organization, for 
helping organize this event with me. And, as always, 
appreciations to all who came, participated and helped contribute 
to yet another great Ontolog session.    (02)

The digitized (mp3) audio recording of the entire session has
now been posted. That will be archived in our knowledge 
repository for reference and download by anyone interested. See 
details at:
Dr. Spohrer's input today adds true value to this collective 
knowledge and intelligence that our community is building.    (03)

Thanks & regards.  =ppy    (04)

P.S. Our next couple of major events have already been lined up:    (05)

Next week, on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2005,  Mr. Duane Nickull and Mr. 
Kurt Conrad will be moderating a Technical Discussion Session on 
"Ontology Applications and Implementations". A number of real 
cases will be presented and discussed. Check out the details at 
our wiki session page at: 
http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?ConferenceCall_2005_12_15    (06)

Prominent ontologist and one of our Ontolog co-conveners, Dr. Leo 
Obrst from MITRE, will be presenting to the community on 
Thursday, January 12, 2006. His talk will be on: "What is an 
ontology? - A Briefing on the Range of Semantic Models" ... you 
don't want to miss this talk, whether you are just beginning to 
find out "What is an ontology?", or a software engineer 
implementing ontology driven application, or even if you are a 
seasoned ontologist. Please refer to details on the Ontolog wiki 
closer to the time for details.    (07)

Mark your calendars ... and, RSVP (by emailing me at 
<peter.yim@xxxxxxxx> offline) if you are planning to join us on 
the Dec. 15 "Ontology Applications and Implementations" 
discussion session.  =ppy
--     (08)

> Peter P. Yim wrote Sat, 12 Nov 2005 17:47:29 -0800:
>> We are pleased to announce that Dr. James Spohrer, from IBM's Almaden 
>> Research Center, will be presenting to the community. His talk is 
>> entitled: "*Services Science, Management, and Engineering* (SSME)"
>> *Conference call-in details*:
>> Date: Thursday, Dec. 8, 2005
>> Start Time: 10:30am PST / 1:30pm EST / 18:30 UTC (World Time:
>> Session Duration: 1.5 ~ 2 Hours
>> Dial-in Number: +1-702-851-3330 (Las Vegas, Nevada, USA)
>> Participant Access Code: "686564#"
>> VNC shared-screen support available
>> Topic: *Services Science, Management, and Engineering* (SSME)
>> *Abstract*:
>> Services sciences, Management and Engineering (SSME) hopes to bring 
>> together ongoing work in computer science, operations research, 
>> industrial engineering, business strategy, management sciences, social 
>> and cognitive sciences, and legal sciences to develop the skills 
>> required in a services-led economy.
>> Services are the application of knowledge and skills for the 
>> co-production of value for the service recipient. As such, a 
>> fundamental aspect of service engagement is the representation of the 
>> knowledge that the parties involved in the service process use to 
>> communicate and collaborate. Ontology development is one approach to 
>> knowledge codification that allows it to be human and machine 
>> processable and therefore help and facilitate the service enactment.
>> Paths to service innovations, especially for services deployed over 
>> the Web (i.e., Web services and software as a service) will 
>> increasingly require better knowledge representation techniques. For 
>> instance, to automatically (or semi-automatically) discover, engage, 
>> and enact Web services solutions on the intranet as well as the 
>> internet as a whole.
>> SSME’s primary objective is to discover means for all types of service 
>> innovation; therefore, placing ontology and other knowledge 
>> representation techniques at the center stage of the SSME agenda.
>> *About the Speakers*:
>> *Jim Spohrer* is the Director of Services Research at IBM's Almaden 
>> Research Center in San Jose, CA, focused on innovations for IBM Global 
>> Services (IGS), a people-intensive, information-intensive business of 
>> over 170,000 professionals worldwide that accounts for half of IBM's 
>> yearly revenues. Human sciences, On-Demand Innovation Services (ODIS), 
>> deep industry knowledge of future trends, and operations technology 
>> are areas of active exploration.
>>  From 2000-2003, at IBM, he was CTO of IBM's Venture Capital Relations 
>> Group, where he identified technology trends and worked to establish 
>> win-win relationships between IBM and VC-backed portfolio companies. 
>> Previously, Dr. Spohrer directed the IBM Almaden Research Center's 
>> (ARC) Computer Science Foundation Department, and before that was 
>> senior manager and co-strategist for IBM's User Experience / Human 
>> Computer Interaction Research effort.
>>  From 1989-1998, at Apple, he was a DEST (Distinguished Engineer, 
>> Scientist, and Technologist) and program manager of learning 
>> technology projects in Apple's Advanced Technology Group (ATG). He 
>> lead the effort to create Apple's first on-line learning community and 
>> vision for anytime, anywhere e-learning. From 1978-1982, he developed 
>> speech recognition algorithms and products at Verbex, an Exxon 
>> Enterprises company.
>> Spohrer received a B.S. in physics from MIT in 1978 and a Ph.D. in 
>> Computer Science from Yale University in 1988. In 1989, Jim lived in 
>> Rome, Italy where he was a visiting scholar at the University of Rome 
>> La Sapienza, and lecturer at major universities across Europe. Jim has 
>> published broadly in the areas of speech recognition, empirical 
>> studies of programmers, artificial intelligence, authoring tools, 
>> online learning communities, open source software, intelligent 
>> tutoring systems and student modeling, new paradigms in using 
>> computers, implications of rapid technical change, as well as the 
>> coevolution of social, business, and technical systems. Jim has also 
>> helped to establish two education research non-profit web sites: The 
>> Educational Object Economy and WorldBoard: Associating Information 
>> with Places. Jim is a frequent advisor to the National Science 
>> Foundation, U.S. Department of Education, and other groups 
>> http://www.merlot.org & http://www.newmediacenters.org on the 
>> implications of rapid technological change to the future of education.
>> *Refer to details on the session wiki page at*:
>> http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?ConferenceCall_2005_12_08
>> This will be a virtual session over an augmented conference call. The 
>> session is expected to start with 45 min. ~ 1 Hour presentation 
>> followed by an extended discussion between the participants and the 
>> speaker. The entire session will be recorded and made available as 
>> open content under the prevailing Ontolog IPR policy (see: 
>> http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?WikiHomePage#nid32).
>> I look forward to having you at this open session. Please pass the 
>> announcement along to those who might be interested to join us too. 
>> All are welcomed. *RSVP* by by emailing me at <peter.yim@xxxxxxxx> 
>> offline.
>> Regards. =ppy
>> Peter P. Yim
>> Co-convener, Ontolog
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