21st International Conference on Web Information Systems Engineering (WISE 2020)
20-24 Oct 2020
Amsterdam and Leiden, Netherlands
WISE 2020 Keynotes

Keynote One


Title: Semantics and Reasoning in the Big Data Era


Grigoris Antoniou (University of Huddersfield, UK)


Date and Time: 9:10-10:00, October 20, 2020
Zoom Conference Room One


Data originating from the Web, sensor networks and social media result in increasingly huge datasets. The so called Big Data creates new opportunities for advanced applications in domains ranging from smart cities to intelligent healthcare, hence the increasing interest in academia and industry. Usually Big Data is associated with machine learning / data mining. This talk will argue that semantic and knowledge technologies have an important role to play. Traditionally, reasoning approaches have mostly focused on complex knowledge structures/programs and centralized in-memory data, so the question arises whether and how they can be adapated to scale sufficiently to meet the Big Data challenges. This talk will review seminal work on large-scale massively parallel RDFS reasoning, before turning its attention to more recent works addressing more complex reasoning tasks. The talk will conclude with a number of open research challenges in the area, and possible applications in the legal domain in the context of the EU-funded MIREL project.


Grigoris Antoniou is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Huddersfield, UK. Previously he has held professorial appointments at the University of Crete (where he was also Head of the Information Systems Laboratory at FORTH-ICS, the top-rated research institute in Greece), Griffith University, Australia, and the University of Bremen, Germany. His research interests lie in semantic technologies, particularly knowledge representation and reasoning and semantics for big data, and its application to ambient intelligence, e-health, and transportation. He has published over 200 technical papers in scientific journals and conferences. He is author of three books with international publishers (MIT Press, Addison-Wesley); his book “A Semantic Web Primer” is internationally the standard textbook in the area, and has been or is about to be translated to Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Spanish and Greek. His research has attracted over 11.000 citations. In recognition of his work, he was elected an EurAI Fellow in 2006, joining the prestigious list of the best AI researchers in Europe. He is member of three editorial boards of journals, including Artificial intelligence Journal, has organised a number of conferences and workshops (including leadership positions at ESWC 2010 and 2011), and has served in numerous programme committees. He has led a number of national and international research projects, and has participated in many more. University of Huddersfield inspiring global professionals.


Keynote Two


Title: Human-centric App and Web Engineering


John Grundy (Monash University)


Date and Time: 9:00-9:50, October 21, 2020
Zoom Conference Room One


Humans are a key part of software development, including customers, designers, coders, testers and end users. In this talk I discuss several examples from our recent work on handling human-centric issues when engineering software systems, with a focus on mobile, web and smart home apps. This includes reporting usability defects; personality impact on aspects of software development, specifically testing and requirements; understanding interpersonal issues in agile practices ; incorporating end user emotions into software requirements engineering; using living labs for eHealth app development; and the use of human-centric, domain-specific visual models for non-technical experts to specify and generate systems, without the need for developers at all. I assess the usefulness of these approaches and discuss key future directions.


John Grundy is Australian Laureate Fellow and Professor of Software Engineering in the Faculty of IT, Monash University. He has been an academic leader for nearly 20 years and had various leadership roles at University of Auckland, Swinburne University of Technology, Deakin University and now Monash University. He teaches in the area of software engineering, his research focuses on automated software engineering and human-centric software engineering, and he has a number of industry R&D and consulting projects. He is Fellow of Automated Software Engineering, Fellow of Engineers Australia, Chartered Professional Engineer, Engineering Executive, and Senior Member of the IEEE.

John leads the "Human-centric Software Engineering" - HumaniSE - research lab.

In his 5 year Laureate Fellowship he will be researching new approaches to engineering software systems that fully take into account the "human" aspects of end users and team members. This project aims to find fundamentally new ways to capture and use human-centric software requirements during model-driven software engineering and verifying that systems meet these requirements. There are major issues with misaligned software applications in terms of accessibility, usability, emotions, personality, age, gender, and culture. It aims to address these through new conceptual foundations and modelling techniques for their support during software engineering. The intended outcomes are enhanced theory, models, tools and capability for next-generation software engineering with these critical elements. Significant benefits are expected to include greatly improved software quality, developer productivity and cost savings.

More information for John can be found at https://sites.google.com/site/johncgrundy/.


WISE2020 Workshop Keynote


Title: Introduction into conversational agents for mental health


Willem-Paul Brinkman (Technical University of Delft, Netherlands)


Date and Time: 9:10-10:00, October 22, 2020
Zoom Conference Room One


The WHO expects mental disorders to represent 15% of the global burden of disease by 2020. Advancement in technology creates an opportunity to address the need for mental health care. In this talk, I will specifically look at how we can use conversational agents in this context. I will discuss how we can use them to support individuals during an intervention or help them with monitoring but also to collect self-reported data. During the presentation, I will discuss examples from my current and past research. They include (embodied) conversational agents for social anxiety and PTSD treatment; offering support for insomnia therapy; and data collection to assess core believes.


Willem-Paul Brinkman (PhD) is an associate professor at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. His primary research interests are human-computer interaction, behaviour change support systems, specifically eHealth systems including virtual reality therapy systems, and conversational agents. He is fascinated by eHealth systems that include conversational agents that offer psychological support. His ultimate objective is to establish an autonomous eHealth system with a digital psychologist that can assist individuals in achieving a broad set of behaviour change goals ranging from overcoming mental illness to lifestyle modification for coping with a chronic disease. He is, therefore, determined to build these systems and establish an empirically grounded understanding of them. For this, he works on several research grants that focus on these type of eHealth systems. They include systems for the treatment of patients with social anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder patients, insomnia, and depression.





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