From Model Driven to Ontology Driven Software Development
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  Jeff Z. Pan   Jeff Z. Pan
Reader (non-chair Professor)
University of Aberdeen


Wednesday, August 20, 2014
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Level:  Technical - Intermediate

How many of us realize the central role that software play in modern technologies for dealing with grand challenges in areas like health care, engineering, and climate change? This talk is about a new level of quality for software products, by showing how ontologies offer many services to take Model Driven Software Development into Ontology Driven Software Development, so that all involved specifications, models, and programs can statically be checked for consistency and that developers are guided on how to continue. This talk will address the following questions, among others, that software architects and developers might be interested in:

  • How can we employ the power of ontologies and their well-elaborated languages for the development of graph-based models in MDSD?
  • Can we employ ontologies for requirements specifications, filling the “black hole” of the computation independent model (CIM) in MDSD?
  • Can we use an ontology reasoned to help us to causally connect platform-independent model (PIM) with platform-specific model (PSM)?
  • Is it possible to reason about the static and dynamic semantics of software models in MDSD?

Jeff Z. Pan is a Reader (non-chair Professor) in the Department of Computing Science at University of Aberdeen. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Manchester in 2004. His research focuses primarily on knowledge representation, data understanding and exploitation, in particular on efficient and scalable semantic reasoning and querying for improving data exploitation. He has over 100 refereed publications on related topics. He is a key contributor to the W3C OWL2 standard (see e.g. the well-known TrOWL reasoner, He is an editor of the International Journal on Semantic Web and Information Systems (IJSWIS) and serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Web Semantics (JoWS) and Big Data Research. He is a general chair of the 4th Joint International Conference on Semantic Technology (JIST2014). He was a Program Chair of RR2007, JIST2011, and of the Doctoral Consortiums in ISWC2010 and ESWC2011.

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