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NASA-Ontolog-KMWG OKMDS mini-series Session-02 - Thu 13-Dec-2007     (1)

  • Subject: Ontology in Knowledge Management and Decision Support (OKMDS): Making Better Decisions     (1A)
  • Panel Session Title: Making Better Strategic Decisions, by Asking If It Is Going To Get Better or Worse - the SOFI Method and the System to Implement it     (1B)

(click on above links to view the full size images) . . . . . . Source: courtesy Jeanne Holm NASA/JPL     (1I)

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Attendees     (1K)

Background     (1M)

This "Ontology in Knowledge Management and Decision Support (OKMDS)" mini-series is a collaboration between NASA, Ontolog and the (US) Federal Knowledge Management Working Group (KMWG) and is co-organized by a team of individuals from various related communities passionate about creating the opportunity for an inter-community, collaborative exploration of the intersection between Ontology, Knowledge Management and Decision Support, that could eventually lead us toward "Better Decision Making."     (1M1)

The mini-series will span a period of about six months (Nov-2007 to May-2008), during which we will be featuring Talks, Panel Discussions and Online Discourse on pertinent issues. We expect all the talks and panel discussion events to be offered in both 'real world' (augmented conference calls) and 'virtual world' (Second Life) settings.     (1M2)

Refer to details about this mini-series at the OKMDS project homepage at:     (1M3)

Agenda & Proceedings: OKMDS mini-series Session-02     (1N)

  • Session Format: this is a virtual session conducted over an augmented conference call. This virtual event is also featured concurrently at the NASA/JPL Explorer Island in the "Second Life" virtual world settings.     (1N1)

Title: Making Better Strategic Decisions, by Asking If It Is Going To Get Better or Worse - the SOFI Method and the System to Implement it     (1O)

Abstract     (1P)

Simply ask "If It Is Going To Get Better or Worse", and then just go with the decision that would get things better for us! This almost seems intuitively obvious ... until we delve seriously into the issue, and start wondering:     (1P1)

  • what are the pertinent factors that would affect whether it is going to get better or worse?     (1P2)
  • are these factors independent of one another?     (1P3)
  • how far back should we look? how far out should we project?     (1P4)
  • "better or worse" for whom, anyway?     (1P5)
  • how can we even reach these people?     (1P6)
  • who should we ask? ... the experts? or ask as many people as we can?     (1P7)
  • do we have data? enough? ... how much is enough anyway?     (1P8)
  • how about "too much data" into too many formats - how can we handle these massive amount of data? ... numeric, linguistic, multimedia, structured, unstructured, ...     (1P9)
  • are the inputs or answers binary? deterministic? stochastic?     (1P10)
  • ... the list of questions go on and on.     (1P11)

Invited to join us will be a panel made up of some of the designers, researchers, implementers and advisors of the "State of the Future Index (SOFI)" methodology and system from the Millennium Project* team, which started working on this project since year 2000.     (1P12)

The SOFI team is on track to cast their R & D and Futures Research work into a collaborative open knowledge system. They are bringing to bear the people, the process and the technology to that job. They intend to harness some of the best legacies passed on to us, as well as state-of-the-art approaches in information management and technology, knowledge management, quantitative analysis, qualitative analysis, service oriented architecture, web 2.0, Delphi, RTDelphi, as well as semantic technologies. The use of ontologies and ontological engineering will be central to their approach in the next phase of the work, that will enable their tapping into virtual communities and disparate systems to come up with the collective intelligence to provide strategic decision support.     (1P13)

Come find out what they have done and how they plan to take this forward. Let us share what the team has learned so far, and discuss how some of that learning can be applied elsewhere.     (1P14)

About the Panelists & Contributors     (1P15)

Mr. PeterYim is the project director for the State of the Future Index ("SOFI") System project. He is the CEO of CIM Engineering, Inc. (dba. "CIM3") and a co-convener of Ontolog.     (1P15A)
Mr. TedGordon is a co-founder and Sr. Research Fellow of the Millennium Project, a world renowned futures researcher, one of the original pioneers of the Delphi Method, and the creator of the SOFI and RTDelphi Methods. He is a graduate engineer a specialist in planning and policy analysis, an inventor and an entrepreneur. He is also former chief engineer for the (NASA) Saturn program at McDonnell Douglas.     (1P15B)
Mr. AdamCheyer is an advisor to the SOFI System project, and a member of the implementation team for the Phase-1 SOFI System project. He is currently Program Director at the SRI Artificial Intelligence Center, where he serves as Chief Architect of the CALO/PAL project, an ambitious effort to create a next-generation personal cognitive assistant that learns and self-improves, by integrating state-of-the-art AI technologies from 22 research institutions, universities, and commercial companies.     (1P15C)
Professor KenBaclawski (Northeastern University) is a Mathematician and a researcher in High-Performance Ontology-Based Computing. He joins the SOFI team to introduce Bayesian Network techniques and other ontology-driven approaches to the SOFI algorithm and system.     (1P15D)
Dr. PatCassidy is an advocate for upper ontology standardization. He chairs the SICoP ONTACWG and leads the COSMO effort. He joins the SOFI team to develop a Conceptual Defining Vocabulary (CDV) which can then be used, as a foundation ontology, by the broad spectrum of domain experts to represent knowledge in their respective domain.     (1P15E)
Mr. DuaneNickull is an advisor to the SOFI System project, and a member of the architectural and design team for the next phase of the SOFI System project. He has headed numerous Standardization efforts and has been, among others, Vice Chair of the United Nations Centre for Facilitation of Commerce and Trade (UN/CEFACT) where he oversees the United Nations Electronic Business strategy and architecture, and Chair of the Technical Committee for the OASIS Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) Reference Model. Mr. Nickull is a Senior Strategy Analyst for Adobe Systems.     (1P15F)
Dr. DeniseBedford is currently Senior Information Officer at the World Bank as well as adjunct professor at the Catholic University and Georgetown University. She is a member of the SOFI Advisory Committee, and sits on this panel to provide an outside-in perspective, both from the vantage points of (a) the WorldBank's database being a key data source for SOFI, and (b) research analysts and policy makers from institutions like the World Bank, are be among key targeted users of SOFI and the SOFI System.     (1P15G)
Dr. JerryGlenn is an internationally acclaimed futurist, advisor and speaker on the global situation and prospects for the future. He co��-founded and directs the Millennium Project, a leading global participatory think tank supported by international organizations, governments, corporations, and NGOs; with some 2000 participants located in 26 nodes spread throughout the world.     (1P15H)

Resources     (1P16)

Questions, Answers & Discourse     (1P17)

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