Keynote Speakers

“Towards Data-driven Models of Human Behavior”

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Nuria Oliver, Telefonica Research, Spain

Auditorium, 4th Floor, Blue Cube Wednesday, October 1, 2014 9:00-10:20 Abstract: We live in a world of data, of big data, a big part of which has been generated by  humans  through  their  interactions  with  both the physical and digital world.  A  key  element  in  the  exponential growth of human behavioral data  is  the  mobile  phone.  There  are almost as many mobile phones in the world as humans. The mobile phone is the piece  of  technology with the high- est levels of adoption in human history. We carry  them with us all through the day (and night, in many cases), leaving digital traces of our physical interacti- ons. Mobile phones have become sensors of human activity in the large scale and also the most personal devices. In my talk, I will present some of the work that we are doing at Telefonica Re- search  in  the  area  of modeling humans from large-scale human behavioral data, such  as  inferring  personality,  socioeconomic  status,  attentiveness to messages or taste. I  will  highlight  opportunities  and  challenges associated with building data-driven models of human behavior. Biography: Nuria Oliver is currently the Scientific Director and founder of the User,  Data  and  Media  Intelligence  research  areas  in Telefonica Research (Barcelona, Spain).  She  is  responsible  for  the  HCI, Mobile Computing, Big and Personal Data Mining, User Modeling and Multimedia Research Areas. Nuria received the BSc (honors) and  MSc degrees  in  Electrical Engineering and  Computer  Science  from  the  ETSIT  at  the Universidad  Politecnica of Madrid (UPM), Spain, in 1992 and 1994 respectively. She  received  her  PhD degree  from  the  Massachusetts Institute  of  Technology (MIT),  Cambridge, MA, in June 2000. From July  2000  until  November 2007,  she was a resear- cher  at Microsoft Research  in Redmond, WA.  At  the end of 2007, she retur- ned to Spain to create and  lead  the  Multimedia Scientific Team at Telefonica Research in Barcelona. Since March 2009, she  is  also Scientific Director for the Data Mining & User Modeling research areas in Telefonica Research. It is an exciting opportunity to do research in her own country. Her  research  interests include mobile computing, personal and big data ana- lysis, smart environments, context awareness, multimedia data analysis, reco- mmender systems, statistical machine learning and data mining, artificial inte- lligence,  health  monitoring,  social  network  analysis,  computational  social sciences,  and  human computer interaction. She  is  currently working on the previous  disciplines  to  build  human-centric intelligent systems and improve the work with technology. Nuria has written over 80 scientific  papers  in international  conferences, jour- nals and  book  chapters. Her work has been widely recognized by the scienti- fic community  with  over 7000 citations. According to Google Scholar Nuria is the most cited female computer scientist in Spain. Nuria  has  over  30  patent applications and granted patents. She is also in the program committee and a reviewer  of  the  top  conferences  in  her  research areas (IJCAI, IUI, UMAP, ACM  Multimedia,  ICMI - MLMI,  SocialComp,  Interaccion,  PervasiveHealth, MIR, LoCA, MMM, CVPR, Ubicomp, MobileHCI, ICCV, AAAI, etc...). She was program co-chair of IUI 2009 and of MIR 2010, general conference co-chair of UMAP 2011,  industry-day  co-chair  of  IJCAI  2011,  track  co-chair  of  ACM WWW 2013 and track founder and co-chair in ACM MM 2014, among others. She believes in the power of technology to empower and increase the quality of  life  of  people.  She  has  received a number of awards, including a Rising Start Award by the Women's Forum for the Economy and Society (2009), MIT’s ‘TR100 Young Innovators Award’ (2004) and the First Spanish Award of EECS graduates (1994). Besides  her scientific publications, she is very inte- rested  in  making science available to the general public. She has been a te- chnology writer for Tecno2000 magazine and ‘El Pais’ newspapers, among o- thers. Her work has been featured on multiple newspapers, magazines, radio and TV stations both in Spain and the US. She has been featured in EL PAIS Sunday magazine as one of a few 'female directors in technology' (2012), na- med Rising Talent  by  the  Women's Forum for Economy & Society (October 2009), one of the 'most influential young women in Spain' (MujerHoy Magazi- ne, 2012), one of '100 leaders of the future ' by Capital Magazine (May 2009) and one of the 'Generation XXI: 40 Spanish youngsters that will make news in the Third Millenium ' by EL PAIS (2000).

“Future of MBE/MDE/MDD in the Industry — Open Source is the

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Francis Bordeleau, Ericsson, Canada

Auditorium, 4th Floor, Blue Cube Thursday, October 2, 2014 9:00-10:15 Abstract:   Model - Based  Engineering  (MBE)  has   proven   to    be  highly successful in  many  different  contexts  in  large  software  organizations  like Ericsson over the last  decades. As a result, modeling is now used  for a wide range  of  aspects,  including,  software design, system modeling,  information modeling, network architecture modeling, and business process modeling. However, key issues are currently limiting the  broader adoption of MBE in the industry. We  believe that the  main  limiting factors  at this point are related to the tools. Main issues include the lack of proper support for customization and DSML development, and  the  lack  of capabilities to support  a broad range of development aspects that are considered  key by end-users, including testing, tracing and debugging, deployment on multicore and multi-processor platforms,  deployment  analysis  and  validation, design  space  exploration, variability  modeling  and  product  line  management,  and  model / tool inte- grations. These problems plus the lack of evolution of the commercial tools over the last years has led to conclude that the traditional approach based on proprietary technologies has failed and that we need a new solution based on open source. In this context, the emergence of Papyrus as an industrial-grade open  source  modeling  tool has the potential to be a real game changer as it provides the required basis for the establishment of a new MBE era based on a true collaboration  between  the  industry and the research community. Such collaboration  is  in  our  opinion  the  only  way  to  develop  a  complete MBE development environment that will provide support for the broad set of capabi- lities required by end-users. In this presentation, we discuss: Ericsson's experience with MBE over the last 20  years  using  commercial  proprietary tools; the main motivations and plan for the development of an industrial - strength open source modeling tool so- lution based on Papyrus; the key importance of establishing a vibrant commu- nity composed of end-users,  commercial  suppliers, and research/academia; the impact of open source on the business model for modeling tool providers; and the main challenges and opportunities for the next years. Biography:  Francis Bordeleau is Product Manager in the Software Develop- ment  group  at  Ericsson. His  main  areas  of  responsibilities include model- based engineering and modeling tools. In this role, he is  responsible for defi- ning product specification and  roadmap, developing  business  cases, mana- ging budget, managing open source initiatives, and collaborating with other companies, researchers, and academia. Francis  has  over  20  years  of experience in MBE and software engineering; researching, working, consulting, and collaborating with numerous companies worldwide.  Prior  to  joining  Ericsson  in  May 2013, Francis was the Founder and CEO of Zeligsoft from 2003 to 2013, a  provider  of domain specific Model Based Engineering (MBE) tooling solutions for distributed real-time embedded systems, and Director of Tooling Business for PrismTech from 2010 to 2013. He  was  also  an  Assistant  Professor  at  the School of Computer Science of Carleton University from 1997 to 2006. Francis  holds  a B.Sc. in  Mathematics  from  University of Montreal (1989), a Bachelor of Computer Science from University of Quebec (1991), and a Mas- ter in Computer Science (1993) and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering (1999) from Carleton University.

“Why Formal Modeling Language Semantics Matters”

José Meseguer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

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Auditorium, 4th Floor, Blue Cube Friday, October 3, 2014 9:00-10:30 Abstract: The point of modeling languages is not just modeling, but modeling as  a  powerful  means  of making software development  much more reliable, reusable, automated, and cost effective. For all  these purposes, model trans- formations, as a disciplined technique to systematically relate models within a modeling  language  and  across  languages, play  a crucial role. In particular, automatic code generation from models is one of its great advantages. As in the case of  programming  languages  and compilers for such languages — which can be seen as a  specific, special case of modeling  languages  and model transformations — there  are  two  ways  of  going  about all this: (i) the usual, engineering way of building and using practical tools, like parsers, com- pilers,  and  debuggers  and, likewise,  modeling  tools and model transforma- tions,  where  the  semantics  is  implicit  in the tools themselves and informal; and (ii) a formal semantics based approach, where the different languages in- volved  are  given a formal semantics and correctness issues, such as the co- rrectness of programs and models, and of compilers and model transformers, can be addressed head-on with powerful methods. It seems fair  to  say  that, both for programming and for modeling languages, the usual  engineering  approach  is  at  present  the  prevailing  one.  But this should  not blind  us  to the existence of intrinsically superior technological po- ssibilities for the future. Futhermore,  the  reasons for taking formal semantics seriously   are   even   more   compelling   for  modeling  languages  than  for programming languages. Specifically, the following crucial advantages can be gained: 1. Formal Analysis of Model-Based Dessigns, to uncover costly design errors much earlier in the development cycle. 2. Correct-by-Construction Model Transformations based on formal patterns, that can be amortized across many instances. 3. Modeling-Language-Generic formal analysis tools that are semantics- based and can likewise be amortized across many languages. 4. Correct-by-Construction Code Generators, a burning issue for cyber- physical sys- tems, and a must for high-quality, highly reliable implementations. Althought the full potential for enjoying all these advantages has yet to be ex- ploited and much work remains ahead, none of this is some pie-in-the-sky day dreaming.  There  is  already  a  substantial  body of research, tools, and case studies  demonstrating  that  a  formal semantics based approach to modeling languages  is  a  real  possibility. For example, formal approaches to modeling language semantics based  on: (i) type theory, (ii) graph  transformations, and (iii)  rewriting  logic,  all  converge  in  giving  strong  evidence about the many practical  advantages  that  can  be gained. Besides discussing in more detail the issues involved, the talk will give a  report  from the trenches based on my own personal involvement in advancing semantics - based approached to mo- deling  and  programming  languages.  In  particular, I will discuss relevant ad- vances within the rewriting logic semantics project, which explicitly aims at ba- sing  both  programming  and modeling languages on a formal executable se- mantics;  and  at  developing  language-generic, semantics-based formal ana- lysis tool and methods. Biography: Dr. José Meseguer received his Ph.D. in Mathematics  from  the University of Zaragoza, Spain.   He  is  Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign (UIUC).  Prior to moving to UIUC he was a Principal Scientist as  the  Stanford  Research Institute  (SRI), after having held postdoctoral  positions  at the University of California at Berkeley and IBM Research.  He was also an Initiator Member of Stanford University's Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI). Dr.  Meseguer  has  made  fundamental  contributions in the frontier between mathematical logic, executable formal specification and verification, declara- tive  programming languages, programming methodology, programming lan- guage  semantics,  concurrency,  and  security.  His work  in  all  these areas, comprising  over  300 publications, is  very  highly  cited.  His contributions  to security include fundamental concepts such as nointerference, browser secu- rity verification, new algorithms and verification techniques to defend systems against Denial of Service (DoS) attacks, and new symbolic techniques to ana- lyze  cryptographic  protocols  modulo complex algebraic properties that have been embodied in the Maude-NPA Protocol Analyzer.  He is the creator of re- writing logic, a very flexible computational logic to specify concurrent systems.  The  2012  rewriting logic bibliography has about 1,000 publications The Mau- de rewriting logic language is one  of  the most advanced and efficient execu- table formal specification  languages worldwide.  It  supports  a wide range of formal analyses, including symbolic simulation, search, model  checking, and theorem proving.  It is also an advanced declarative concurrent language with sophisticated object - oriented features and powerful module composition and reflective meta-programming capabilities.  He, his collaborators, and other re- searchers  have  used  Maude and its tool environment to build sophisticated systems and tools, and to specify and analyze many systems, including cryp- tographic   protocols,   network   protocols,   web  browsers,  cyber - physical systems, models of cell biology, executable formal semantics of programming and software  modeling  languages,  formal  analyzers for conventional code, theorem provers, and  tools  for  interoperating  different  formal systems.  He has given numerous invited lectures at international  scientific  meetings  and has  taught  advanced  courses  on his research at leading American, British, German, Spanish, Italian,  and  Japanese  universities and research centers.  He has also served in numerous program committees of international scien- tific conferences and as editor of various scientific journals.
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ACM/IEEE 17th International Conference on Model Driven

 Engineering Languages and Systems

The MODELS 2014 Keynotes will feature a distinguished set of speakers who will help to motivate discussion across the days of the conference. Information about the MODELS 2014 Keynote speakers and the abstracts of their talks can be found below.