Knowledge Technologies Conference 2002 / March 11-14, 2002 - Westin Seattle Hotel - Seattle, WA - USA




Keynote Addresses

Monday, March 11 - 9:00 am

Dr. Richard L. Ballard
Chief Scientist
Knowledge Foundations, Inc.

Once & Future Knowledge
Dr. Ballard looks back at the past 20 years of knowledge science and engineering achievement to sketch an outline of Knowledge Industry Formation and Emergence over the next 20 years. He employs a succession of nationally important space, military, and high level government decision tools and knowledge bases from this past to define the barriers to knowledge tool and product development. He highlights the approaches that overcome these barriers and promise revolutionary products and services the public has yet to understand or even to imagine. He sees these next few years as the birth of an industry. He sketches major markets, then the production processes and economics that will shape its early evolution. Ballard opens the door to a compelling new vision of knowledge based computing and a revolutionary world where knowledge is gained, but never lost.

Biography: Dr. Ballard is the founder and creator of KFI’s technology. His background includes hands-on executive management of numerous start-up companies including Co-Director and Founder of Apple Foundations for Steve Jobs and Mike Markula, and Founder/Chairman of the TALMIS Division of International Data Corporation for Patrick McGovern. Dr. Ballard has received 128 software citations, developed 21 Educational Software Workshops and 3 Management Software Workshops, and has been published in 35 publications and technical reports. As a University of California professor and researcher, he has developed and taught numerous classes over 15 years. Dr. Ballard will manage all R&D; functions as well as supporting with sales activities.

Monday, March 11 - 9:45 am

Dr. Claude Vogel
Founder and Chief Technology Officer
Semio Corporation

Fasten Your Taxonomies; Hold on for the Classification Revolution

Biography: Dr. Claude Vogel, the founder and Chief Technology Officer of Semio Corporation, is a foremost authority in Cognitive Anthropology. He earned Ph.D. degrees in Social Anthropology (1976) and Cultural Anthropology (1992) at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris. He is the former Director of the Computational Semiotics Laboratory at the University Leonard de Vinci in Paris, and an Associate Professor of Computational Semiotics at the University of Montréal. Dr. Vogel engages in ongoing research -- and has published more than 70 pieces, including nine books -- on the subjects of software engineering, cognitive design, social organizations, and semiotics.

Wednesday, March 13 - 2:00 pm

John Sowa
Chief Scientist
Genumerix, Inc.

Negotiation Instead of Legislation
For years, the Holy Grail of IT has been a magical solution to the problem of making incompatible systems interoperable. The most common approach is to legislate some new kind of language, framework, schema vocabulary, terminology, nomenclature, ontology, or metadata. Whatever it is called, the legislators promise that it will somehow convert the knowledge cacophony of the World Wide Web into a knowledge symphony.

Yet for any given task, people manage to work together without reorganizing the totality of all the knowledge soup in their heads. Instead of legislation, they use negotiation to make the minimal adjustments needed to get the job done. To make negotiation possible among computer systems, several processes must be accomplished: defining the task to be done, mapping the task-related concepts to the available structures of each system, and making adjustments only when necessary. This talk discusses the mechanisms of negotiation, analyzes their implications for system design, and shows how they can enable legacy systems to interoperate in dynamically changing environments.

Biography: John F. Sowa spent thirty years working on research and development projects at IBM. He is now the chief scientist at a new company, Genumerix Inc., which is developing software to deal with the kinds of problems discussed in this talk. He has a BS degree in mathematics from MIT, an MA in applied mathematics from Harvard, and a PhD in computer science from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He is a fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, he has participated in ANSI and ISO standards projects for conceptual graphs, knowledge sharing, and ontology, and he has written and edited many books and papers on those topics.


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