Dr. Annie I. Antón
Professor in the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

Date: June 5th

Time: 9:15 – 10.15

Title: How to Help Systems Engineers Deal with Privacy Law

Abstract:The emergence of global privacy regulations have placed challenging constraints on the design of software. This keynote will address how GDPR, the California Consumer Privacy Act, and over 100 other nations’ privacy laws are changing the requirements facing systems engineers. It will put forth strategies for systems engineers to address this growing complexity as they seek to achieve compliance and uphold individuals’ fundamental rights to privacy.

Bio: Dr. Annie I. Antón is a Professor in (and former chair of) the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. She has served the national defense and intelligence communities in a number of roles since being selected for the IDA/DARPA Defense Science Study Group in 2005-2006. Her current research focuses on the specification of complete, correct behavior of software systems that must comply with federal privacy and security regulations. In 2016, she was appointed by President Barack Obama to the 12-person bi-partisan Commission on Enhancing Cybersecurity for the Nation. Antón currently serves on various boards, including: the NIST Information Security & Privacy Advisory Board, and the Future of Privacy Forum Advisory Board. She is a former member of the U.S. DHS Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee, the CRA Board of Directors, the NSF Computer & Information Science & Engineering Directorate Advisory Council, the IEEE Computer Society Research Board, an Intel Corporation Advisory Board, the DARPA ISAT Study Group, the USACM Public Policy Council, the Advisory Board for the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington, DC, the Georgia Tech Alumni Association Board of Trustees, the Microsoft Research University Relations Faculty Advisory Board, the CRA-W, and the Georgia Tech Advisory Board (GTAB). Prior to joining the faculty at Georgia Tech, she was a Professor of Computer Science in the College of Engineering at the North Carolina State University. Antón is a three-time graduate of the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, receiving a Ph.D. in 1997 with a minor in Management & Public Policy, an M.S. in 1992, and a B.S. in 1990 with a minor in Technical and Business Communication. Antón served as the Olympic Envoy to Equatorial Guinea during the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. In 2006, she was honored with an award for “Most Influential Paper of ICRE 1996” at RE’06 for her 1996 paper entitled “Goal-Based Requirements Analysis”. Her 1994 IEEE Software paper with co-authors Colin Potts and Kenji Takahashi was ranked the #10 most highly cited IEEE Software paper in its 25th Anniversary issue. In 2015 she was recognized nationally by Alpha Delta Pi Sorority with the Outstanding Alumnae Achievement Award for Contribution to Profession. She is a former associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, former cognitive issues area editor for the Requirements Engineering Journal, and a former member of the International Board of Referees for Computers & Security. From 2008-2012 she served as co-Vice Chair of the ACM U.S. Public Policy Executive Committee. She is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, a member of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) National Leadership Honor Society, a senior member of the IEEE, and an ACM Distinguished Scientist.

Dr. Ethan Hadar
Managing Director, Chief Scientist Europe and Middle East, Accenture Labs

Date: June 6th

Time: 9:00 – 10.00

Title: The post-digital era – technology trends and needed research

Abstract: The digital era is here. Digitization enables companies today to understand their customers with a new depth of granularity. There are more digital ecosystems and potential partners to help companies create holistic experiences. Companies are facing entirely new set of expectations from customers, employees and business partners, combining innovative services and hyper-personalization to change the way the market itself works. Now we are entering the post- digital era, in which companies are asking what’s next? Companies must first earn a level of trust that meets their customers, employees and business partners’ goals, and they must use that trust responsibly. Such changes include addressing privacy, safety, ethics, and governance questions. This keynote presents Accenture Technology Vision 2019 which outlines five technology trends and challenges for research organizations and universities. The first trend outlines the new generation of technologies of Distributed Ledger, Artificial Intelligence, Extended Reality, and Quantum Computing, and applying these technologies in combination. The second through fifth trends describe what this post digital world will look like from the lens of consumers, employees, security and overall market dynamics. The keynote contains insights from executive leaders of Accenture discussing the vision and trends definition including examples.

Bio: Dr. Ethan Hadar is the Managing Director and Chief Scientist of Europe, Middle East and Africa for Accenture Labs. Accenture Labs’ seedbed and innovation hub are driving innovation in Cyber Security, Autonomous Objects, AI, Connected World and Industrial IoT, Smart Industrial Engineering, and Software Engineering. As an example, Accenture Labs and Cyber Fusion Center in Tel Aviv mission is to develop game-changing technologies that assist companies to best understand, prioritize, and remediate not only the threats they face, but also those challenging their ecosystem, while recognizing the business impacts those vulnerabilities pose to partners. Reframing risk to proactively make security a part of business discussions helps companies to begin and view their own business the way attackers do, leading to better preparation overall. Hence, Accenture’s Agile Security, invented by Dr. Hadar, improves business decision-making by helping businesses and security owners to prioritize security actions that are most critical to their business. Prior to joining Accenture, Dr. Hadar worked in the US, Europe, Asia, Middle East and Israel with IBM Research, CA Technologies, AGT, and HP. He served as Senior Vice President for research, CTO, and Chief Architect. Dr. Hadar is a distinguished engineer with 57 patents and 63 peer reviewed published articles and over 50 invited talks at customers and scientific global conferences. He is a faculty member of Zefat Academic College, Department of Information Systems, and holds a PhD in Operations Research and Systems Analysis and M.Sc. in Mechatronics from Technion, Israeli Institute of Technology.

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Prof. Maurizio Lenzerini, PhD
Professor of Data and Knowledge Management at the Department of Computer, Control, and Management Engineering of Sapienza University of Rome

Date: June 7th

Time: 9:00 – 10.00

Title: Direct and reverse rewriting in data interoperability

Abstract: Data interoperability refers to the issue of accessing and processing data from multiple sources in order to create more holistic and contextual information for improving data analysis and decision-making. A fundamental component of all data interoperability frameworks is the mapping. Indeed, put in an abstract way, any interoperability scenario is characterized by an architecture constituted of various autonomous nodes which hold information, and which are linked to other nodes by means of mappings. A mapping is a statement specifying that some relationship exists between pieces of information held by one node and pieces of information held by another node. It turns out that there are two fundamental ways, called direct and reverse query rewriting, respectively, to make use of mappings when performing query-oriented data interoperability tasks. The goal of this talk is to provide an account of both direct and reverse rewritings, focusing in particular on Ontology-based Data Management, which is a data interoperability scenario aiming at exploiting Knowledge Representation and Reasoning techniques for Data Management.

Bio: Maurizio Lenzerini is a Professor of Data and Knowledge Management at the Department of Computer, Control, and Management Engineering of Sapienza University of Rome. He is conducting research on Database Theory, Data Management, Knowledge Representation, Automated Reasoning, Knowledge Graphs, and Ontology-based Data Access and Integration. He is the author of more than 300 publications on the above topics, and has delivered around 40 invited talks. According to Google Scholar he has an h-index of 78, and a total of 25200 citations (January 2019). He is the recipient of two IBM Faculty Awards, a Fellow of EurAI (European Association for Artificial Intelligence), a Fellow of the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery), a Fellow of AAAI (Association for the Advance of Artificial Intelligence), an ER Fellow, and a member of the Academia Europaea – The European Academy. He is a logic, basketball, and Bob Dylan enthusiast.

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