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Subject: 2nd CfP International workshop on Decision-oriented BusinessApplications (DOBA)

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      International workshop on Decision-oriented Business
         Applications: Experiences and Challenges (DOBA)

                     September 5, 2011

               co-located with the IEEE CEC'11
                   Luxembourg (Luxembourg)

              Paper submission: Jun 24, 2011



DOBA intends to gather together the community of business users in charge 
of decision-support business applications. The workshop will be a means for 
practitioners to share and exchange experiences, best practices, critical 
visions, success stories, and to define a possible roadmap to the future.

Important dates
* Submission deadline:  Jun 24, 2011
* Notification of acceptance: Jul 8, 2011
* Camera-ready paper submission: Jul 22, 2011
* Workshop: Sept 5, 2011

Decision-oriented applications are complex due to the underlying business 
policies and require the participation of many stakeholders, from business 
experts over analysts to IT developers. In current practice, business users 
do not own their applications, as their construction and maintenance inevitably 
require having other agents involved. In the recent years, progress has been 
made in standardization of modeling and knowledge representation languages, 
as well as advances in methodologies and theoretical foundations for policy 
acquisition and execution. It is becoming increasingly feasible to reduce the 
coupling between policies and their implementations, and to empower users to 
independently interact with the part of a business application that is relevant 
to them, including the decision modeling process. One approach towards achieving 
this objective is to separate understandably the representation of the knowledge 
at the business, operational and execution levels, on the one hand; and the 
business vocabulary from the business rules, on the other. At the same time, 
it must be possible to merge them at any moment in order to provide integrated 
ownership, combined execution and consistency checking.

Topics of interest
The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

* Lessons learnt in business modeling using business languages
* From models to solutions: transforming business specifications into rule-based software
* Acquisition of business policies from text: NLP in action
* Integrated management and maintenance of business models, ontologies and rules
* Decision-modeling to bridge the gap between business requirements and implementations
* Experiences in efficiency and scalability of BRMS and reasoners
* Best practices for consistency maintenance of ontologies and rules over time
* End-to-end coherence: traceability and change propagation
* BRMS tools interoperability: standards and open challenges
* Giving ownership of business applications back to business users
* Appropriate languages for business knowledge reuse and adaptability
* Usability in decision-support business applications
* Model documentation: understanding business policies
* Experiences in cost reduction and improved time to market using ontologies and rules combinations
* Use cases for state-of-the-art decision-support systems: actual requirements and expected benefits

The following types of contributions are welcomed:

* Full papers, up to 8 pages.
* Position papers, up to 5 pages.
* Posters (both 2-page extended abstracts or final posters).

Workshop Chairs
* Patrick Albert, IBM, France
* Roman Korf, ontoprise, Germany
* Emilio Rubiera, Fundación CTIC, Spain

Program Committee
* Diego Berrueta, Fundación CTIC, Spain
* Christian De Sainte Marie, IBM, France
* Adil El Ghali, IBM, France
* Miguel Iglesias, ArcelorMittal, Spain
* Jeroen Hoppenbrouwers, PNA, Netherlands
* Eva Maria Kiss, ontoprise, Germany
* Luis Polo, Fundación CTIC, Spain
* Peter Rosina, Audi, Germany

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