Basser Seminar Series

Business process compliance: Models, semantic annotations and resolution procedures

Speaker: Professor Aditya Ghose
Director, Decision Systems Lab, School of Computer Science and Software Engineering, University of Wollongong

Time: Friday 21 August 2009, 4:00-5:00pm
Location: The University of Sydney, School of IT Building, Lecture Theatre (Room 123), Level 1

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Abstract

Compliance management has assumed considerable importance as a consequence of relatively recent legislation such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. There is a growing recognition that business processes, both in the form of process designs as well as process instances, are central to compliance management. This talk will describe a set of research and tool development efforts underway at the Decision Systems Lab at the University of Wollongong, focusing mainly on compliance modelling (how do we effectively represent compliance requirements, process designs and enterprise structures that they impinge upon?), compliance checking (where are the compliance violations?), compliance resolution (how do we fix compliance violations?) and compliance monitoring (how compliant are we?). The talk will describe a new scheme for semantic annotation of BPMN models, currently implemented in the ProcessSEER tool. It will describe how these semantics can be leveraged to obtain guidance on process re-design in the face of compliance violations, as well as for compliance checking/monitoring.

Speaker's biography

Professor Ghose holds PhD and MSc degrees in Computing Science from the University of Alberta, Canada (he also spent parts of his PhD candidature at the Beckman Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and the University of Tokyo) and a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India. While at the University of Alberta, he received the Jeffrey Sampson Memorial Award. . His research has been funded by the Australian Research Council, the Canadian Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, the Japanese Institute for Advanced Information Technology (AITEC) and various Australian government agencies as well as companies such as Bluescope Steel, CSC, Holocentric and Pillar Administration. He has been an invited speaker at the Schloss Dagstuhl Seminar Series in Germany and the Banff International Research Station in Canada. He has also been a keynote speaker at several conferences, and program/general chair of several others. He is a senior technical advisor to several companies in the areas of constraint programming and business process management, both in Australia and Canada. He reviews for well-regarded journals such as Artificial Intelligence, the IBM Systems Journal and the Journal of Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems, serves as assessor (Ozreader) for the Australian Research Council and as an external reviewer for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada and the Science Foundation of Ireland. He is a research leader in the CRC for Smart Services, Co-Director of the Centre for Oncology Informatics and Co-CI of an ARC Discovery project on the use of ontologies in software engineering.