Everything Old is New Again



Re-examining solved problems—when is it necessary?  Desirable?  Counterproductive?  This question lies at the basis of cyclical, spiral, and incremental approaches to management, knowledge discovery, and product development and maintenance.  In a mildly humorous overview, we consider triggers and tradeoffs, and the complications arising from hard problems, knowledge-intensive domains, and collaboration. In this keynote address solved problem will be revisited—causes, costs, benefits, tradeoffs and triggers, with emphasis on complex problems, collaboration and software development.

Short Bio

Professor Thomas J. Marlowe is Program Advisor for Computer Science, have been a member of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at SetonHallUniversity for over 30 years, and have taught a wide variety of courses in both disciplines. Professor Marlowe enjoys working with students and with professional colleagues– almost all his research is collaborative. His professional interests include in mathematics, abstract algebra and discrete mathematics; in computer science, programming languages, real-time systems, and software engineering, and in information science, collaboration and knowledge management. The connection between graphs and algebraic structures is a recurrent theme.

Professor Marlowe has Ph.D. in Computer Science, from Rutgers, The State University, and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Rutgers, The State University. Professor Marlowe has many Publications and Academic Distinctions. He has over 70 publications in refereed conferences and journals in mathematics, computer science and information science. Some of the more recent and more significant include:

  • T.J. Marlowe, N. Jastroch, V. Kirova, M. Mohtashami, “A Classification of Collaborative Knowledge,” Special Session on Collaborative Knowledge Management, Workshop on Knowledge Generation, Communication and Management (KGCM 2010), to appear, June 2010.
  • T. J. Marlowe, V. Kirova, “High-level Component Interfaces for Collaborative Development: A Proposal”, Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics, and Informatics, 7 (6), pages 1-6, 2009.
  • Rountev, S. Kagan, T. J. Marlowe, “Interprocedural Dataflow Analysis in the Presence of Large Libraries”, Proceedings of CC 2006, 216, Lecture Notes in Computer Science 3923, 2006.
  • S. P. Masticola, T. J. Marlowe, B. G. Ryder, “Multisource Data Flow Problems”, ACM Transactions on Programming Languages and Systems, 17 (5), 777 -803, September 1995.
  • D. Stoyenko, T. J. Marlowe, “Polynomial-Time Program Transformations and Schedulability Analysis of Parallel Real-time Programs with Restricted Resource Contention”, Journal of Real-Time Systems, 4 (4), 1992.
  • T. J. Marlowe, B. G. Ryder, “Properties of data flow frameworks: A unified model”, Acta Informatica, 28 (2), 121 -164, 1991.

Professor Marlowe is member of more than 10 Ph. D. thesis and 5 M.S. thesis committees, member of more than 20 conference program committees, and reviewer for numerous conferences, journals, and grants. He is the founder of an ongoing professional conference, and co-founder of a new workshop on collaboration.

Enterprise IT as Knowledge Keeper



Due to IT Automation and Cloud delivery, services provided by tomorrow’s Enterprise IT department shall shift from managing devices and applications to knowledge services. By taking on responsibility as keeper and courier of organizational knowledge, IT departments will remain mission critical. This talk will delve into challenges and innovation necessary on the path to this transformation.

Short Bio

Dr. Ruth Bergman is the director of HP Labs in Israel. Ruth joined HP in October, 2001, and has since led research in information analytics, knowledge management and image analysis, with numerous projects transferring to products creating new business opportunities. Her research interests include machine learning, data mining and image analysis. Ruth holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT and a Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science from the University of California, San Diego.

Why is knowledge like an iceberg?



The tip of the iceberg” is a useful phrase when describing the obvious with a vast and unknown element attached. Structures or entities such as societies, cities and regions are visible and obvious on the surface but are also vast unknown interactions of individuals and their knowledge networks operating continuously, on multiple scales (scalable adaptive complex systems). These systems and their knowledge networks have not always been clearly understood or received the attention they deserve. When considering the vast variety of perturbations that impact the daily dynamics through to design for cities and regions, the how and why of these adaptive complex systems really is the tip of the iceberg. The basis for new methodological approaches are emerging, reflecting the demands of dynamic analysis of field work and the like, including reflection of the evolving living systems – the knowledge networks of the unknown.

Short bio

Currently, Dr. Susu Nousala is researcher in sustainable design at AaltoUniversity (Finland), and Research Fellow at the (Australasian Centre for the Governance and Management of Urban Transport) Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne. Dr. Nousala was Research Fellowat SIAL (Spatial Information Architecture Lab), RMIT Design and Social Context, School of Architecture and Design, RMITUniversity.

Her areas of research interest include embedded practice, tacit knowledge networks (complex adaptive systems) understanding the value and transference of tacit knowledge in socio-technical networks and complex systems. She is also involved in the development and coordination of a research group focusing on the theory, ontology and management of organizational knowledge. To date she is the author and co-author of over 20 refereed journal and conference papers, as well as book chapters. She has been successful in managing and securing funding for several National and International grants and projects.

She earned her Ph. D. at the Aerospace Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering, RMIT University.

Reflecting Between Understanding and Acting



We live by a model that tells us we should understand in order to act. Yet babies do the opposite: they act in order to understand. This is the key lesson that Piaget taught us. In a more recent cybernetic interpretation, acting and understanding form a mutually dependant circularity. What is important is what happens between them (their interaction) within the mind of the agent who acts and understands. I argue this is powered by reflection, i.e., deep, contemplative thinking. I will explore how this relates to Behaviours in my own Theory of Objects; von Foerster’s recursive eigen forms; and Schoen’s reflection in action. Finally, I will bring these ideas towards Umpleby’s account of Soros’ reflexive economics.

Short Bio

Ranulph Glanville is professor of Architecture and Cybernetics at the Bartlett, UCL; of Research Design at St Lucas, Brussels and Ghent;  of Research in Industrial Design Engineering, The Royal College of  ARt, London; and Adjunct professor of design research at RMIT  University, Melbourne. He has published more than 300 works, and has an art and design practice. He is on the editorial board of 7 journals and is an officer of 5 societies, including fellow, vice  president and president elect of the American Society for  Cybernetics. He has 2 PhDs and a DSc: his 1975 cybernetics PhD has been selected by the British Library as one of 6000 key predigital  PhDs, to be digitized.

He has published extensively in all four fields. He has taught in universities around the world. Although he took early retirement from a full time post in the UK he currently holds posts at UCL, London, UK, where he is a Professor of Architecture and Cybernetics, Sint Lucas Brussels and Gent, where he is Professor of Architectural Research, and Professor and senior visiting Research Fellow at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, Melbourne, Australia. He travels the world advising universities as a professor of odd jobs. He has consulted in a variety of areas from a mental health hospital to a bank and from universities to the creation of CAD systems for designers. He was awarded a DSc, recognising his research in cybernetics and design.

Communicative Praxis in the Age of Globalization



The winner of the 2012 JIBS [Journal of International Business Studies]Decade Award is Professor Keith Brouthers, for his 2002 article “Institutional, Cultural and Transaction Cost Influences on Entry Mode Choice and Performance”. This seminal scholarship underscores entry mode selection as modified by three variables: transaction cost, institutional context, and cultural context, as measured by market potential and investment risk. The two cultural context variables examine: (1) profit conversion/repatriation risks, (2) nationalization risks, (3) cultural similarity, and (4) political, social, and economic conditions.

This keynote address proposes adding within-culture communication styles to broaden cultural context by employing the LMR [Linear-active, Multi-active, and Reactive] framework.

Short Bio

Dr. White is the Program Director for both the Study Abroad in Transition Economies [China/Russia/South Africa] and for the Business Mediterranean Style: Study Abroad in Greece & Turkey Program. She is also the Director of the Robinson Honors Program and the Director of Robinson Business Learning Community.

Internationally, Dr. Marta Szabo White has lectured at The RONALD H. BROWN INSTITUTE for SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA and the UNIVERSITIÉ PANTHÉON-SORBONNE. She is the recipient of several teaching awards, including the 2004 Outstanding Teacher at Georgia State University, the 1999, 2003 and 2009 J. Mack Robinson College of Business Faculty Recognition Award for Outstanding Teaching, the 2002 Board of Advisors Teaching Excellence Award, the 2002 International Education Excellence Award, the 2005 Master Teacher Certificate Award and the nomination for the 2008 J. Mack Robinson College of Business Faculty Recognition Award for Outstanding Teaching.

In addition to striving for excellence and innovation in the practice of teaching, many of her contributions to the scholarship of teaching stem from her collaborations with the Duke CIBER, which have resulted in the publication of several Cross-Cultural Negotiation Simulations; the implementation of the ALBION in China simulation in Singapore, detailed in a 2004 Special Issue of Global Business Languages; and more recently, her role as ICE Teaching Consortium Advisor, the dissemination of CultureActive [pioneered by Richard Lewis] and ICE [initiated by Duke], both cross-cultural assessment tools grounded in the LMR [Linear-active, Multi-active, and Reactive] framework. Other research interests include strategy/structure/performance linkages.

Fostering Partnerships between Industry and Academia to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education


There is a growing concern in the United States regarding the declining state of education and college enrollment for degrees in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). As part of a STEM Outreach program, MITRE is partnering with the Career Technical Education Foundation (CTEF) to take an active role working to encourage school districts to seek out and take advantage of opportunities for their students to learn and apply STEM-related constructs and emerging technologies in a contextually relevant setting.  A sustainable model for fostering partnerships between Industry and Academia is presented.

Short Bios

Dr. Robert Cherinka is a Senior Principal Information Systems Engineer for the MITRE Corporation, located in Tampa, Fl.  His expertise is in software and process engineering, with a focus toward XML-based web service and agile development technologies.  Bob is currently a Department Head for Agile Engineering and Interoperability, leading a distributed team of IT professionals located at 7 MITRE locations in developing and applying emerging technologies that enable information services and interoperability across several major US Government domains.  Dr. Cherinka earned a Ph.D. and M.S. in computer science from OldDominionUniversity, Norfolk, Virginia, leading research in static analysis and testing techniques for component-based systems.  In addition, he earned a B.S. in computer science in 1987 from the University of Pittsburgh.  After 6 years in the US Air Force, he joined MITRE in 1993.

Mr. J. Paul Wahnish is the president and founder of CTEF (Career Technical Education Foundation, Inc.), and a member of SAE, ASME.  Mr. Wahnish received his Political Science bachelor’s degree from University of South Florida and then attended Stetson College of Law.  He started several engineering companies including: Wahnish Consulting, Inc, and Metro Automotive Marine Accessories, Inc.  While traveling the globe as an entrepreneurial owner of several businesses it became apparent to Mr. Wahnish that the structure of education in the United States was not preparing today’s students to fill the workforce needs for tomorrow.  In 2001, he sold one of the engineering companies and began a new career as a professional educator.  He received his State of Florida certification in Social Studies and Technology Education and recently served as the Department Chair at the Academy of Engineering at EastLakeHigh School.  He has grown the school from 22 students at its inception seven years ago to 600 students. In 2008 the Academy achieved the Center of Excellence from PinellasCounty and was recognized by Project Lead the Way as one of the Top 10 Best Engineering Academies in the U.S.

In 2010 STEMflorida awarded CTEF the STEM Business and Education Award recognizing CTEF as the best program producing the STEM proficient workforce needed by Florida employers. Mr. Wahnish received recognition at the 2010 Tampa Bay Technology Forum (TBTF) as an Industry Achievement Award winner.  CTEF won TBTF’s Community Supporter of the Year Award, as an organization making a significant impact on advancing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) initiatives and educational programs in the region.  Mr. Wahnish was additionally honored by TBTF for Outstanding Leadership, and received a finalist award for his significant and positive impact on the region’s technology community with his demonstrated leadership.  The Tampa Bay Times Newspaper elaborated on CTEF’s STEM SUMMIT and its contribution to STEM education and industry in 2011; in 2012 Mr. Wahnish was featured in the top 20 best people making a difference in TampaBay.

Mr.Joseph Prezzama is a Lead Communications Engineer and task leader the MITRE Corporation, located in Tampa, FL.  Joseph leads MITRE work program in support of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for a Department of Defense customer.  His expertise is in the areas of tactical communications and strategic enterprise planning.  In 1996, Mr. Prezzama earned a Masters of Science in Software Engineering from Monmouth University, Eatontown, New Jersey.  Prior to that, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Trenton State College, Ewing, New Jersey.  He is a member of and has been published in AFCEA, and is a senior member of the IEEE, IEEE Communications Society.

Integrative Potential of Case studies and Methodologies



This workshop will introduce participants to Case Studies and Method by showing the possibilities they generate for the Integration of Academic Activities

A mix of presentation, exercises and discussion, the topics to be covered will include:

  • What is the case method?
  • Different types of case study and how they are used
  • Steps in developing authentic case studies: from recruiting sites to publication
  • Facilitating case discussions in the classroom
  • Measuring case method learning outcomes
  • Publishing case studies
  • Opportunities for funding case method projects
  • Broader impacts of case method on the individual and institution

Short Bio

The facilitator, Dr. T. Grandon Gill, has extensive experience in case method research, as well as in writing cases for classroom use and facilitating case discussions. His MBA and DBA are both from HarvardBusinessSchool, where the case method originated. He is author of the book Informing with the Case Method (2011, Informing Science Press) and recently became the founding editor of Journal of Information Technology Education: Discussion Cases, a publication outlet for case studies in the MIS, IT and informing science fields. Interested participants will be encouraged to remain in touch with the facilitator for possible participation in future grant initiatives and workshops.

The New Science of Cybernetics (NSC): Goals, Modes and Cognitive Gains



The presentation will be focused on the new science of cybernetics (NSC) which has been developed in two volumes over the last years. The new science of cybernetics can be viewed as a transformation of Heinz von Foerster’s vision of second-order cybernetics and can be described as a science of self-reflexivity or as a science of living systems by living systems for living systems.

The talk will start with the main differences between two stages in the evolution of science which have been labeled as Science I and Science II. Science I corresponds to the organization of science from its initial modern phase in the 16th century to the 1940s and 1950s approximately. Science I is the long-term period of majestic clockworks, culminating at an early stage in the “Principia Mathematica” of Sir Isaac Newton in 1687. In contrast, Science II operates with blind watchmakers (Richard Dawkins) or, to use another metaphor from Karl R. Popper, works in a configuration of clouds.

The major part of the presentation will be centered on three areas.

  • First, the lecture wants to provide a short general historical account on the co-evolution of three different layers of scientific research at the first-order, the zero-order and the second-order level.
  • Second, the presentation will offer an overview on the three different modes of the new science and cybernetics (NSC) and their current cognitive potentials.
  • Finally, the lecture will point out the major differences between first-order cybernetics as a transdisciplinary first-order research field and second-order cybernetics as a transdisciplinary domain at the second-order level.

Relevant Literature:

Müller, K.H. (2008), The New Science of Cybernetics. The Evolution of Living Research Designs, vol. I: Methodology. Wien:edition echoraum

Müller, K.H. (2011), The New Science of Cybernetics. The Evolution of Living Research Designs, vol. II: Theory. Wien:edition echoraum

Short Bio

From 1997 to 2001, Karl H. Müller was head of the Departments of Political Science and Sociology at the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS) in Vienna. Currently, he is head of WISDOM, Austria’s infra-structural centre for the social sciences and President of the Heinz von Foerster Society.

His main research interests range from issues in complex modeling within the social sciences and from interdisciplinary analyses of innovation processes in science, technology and economy to the history and the current potential of inter- and transdisciplinary research, to the frontiers of second order cybernetics and radical constructivism or to the newly emerging risk-potentials for contemporary societies in general.

His recent publications reflect these various interests, namely Market Expansion and Knowledge Integration. Double Movements within Modernity (Frankfurt:Campus-Verlag 1999), Socio-Economic Models and Societal Complexity. Intermediation & Design (Marburg:Metropolis-Verlag 1998), Advancing Socio-Economics (together with J. Rogers Hollingsworth and Ellen Jane Hollingsworth) (Lanham: Rowman&Littlefield 2002), An Unfinished Revolution? Heinz von Foerster and the Biological Computer Laboratory 1958 – 1976 (Wien:edition echoraum 2007) (together with Albert Müller), Gordon Pask, Philosopher Mechanic. An Introduction to the Cybernetician’s Cyberrnetician (Wien:edition echoraum 2007)(together with Ranulph Glanville), The New Science of Cybernetics. The Evolution of Living Research Designs. Vol. I. Methodology (Wien:edition echoraum 2008), Modern RISC-Societies. Towards a New Paradigm for Societal Evolution (Wien:edition echoraum)(together with Ivan Svetlik et al.) and The New Science of Cybernetics. The Evolution of Living Research Designs. Vol. II. Theory (Wien:edition echoraum 2011).

Cross-Cultural Student Seminar for Communication Training in Multidisciplinary Field


Misunderstanding often occurs in multidisciplinary field, because each field has its own background of thinking.  Communication training is important for students, who have a potential to develop multidisciplinary field.  Because each nation has its own cultural background, communication in an international seminar is not easy, either.  A cross-cultural student seminar has been designed for communication training in multidisciplinary field of study.  Students from variety of background have joined in the seminar.  Equations and figures are effective tools for communication in the field of science.

The seminar works well for communication training in the multidisciplinary field of study of biomedical engineering.

Short Bio

Professor Shigehiro Hashimoto is Doctor of Medicine from KitasatoUniversity in 1987, and Doctor of Engineering from Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1990. He is the current Associate to the President and Dean of Admissions Center of the KogakuinUniversity (Japan).

Professor Hashimoto was Research. Associate at the School of Medicine, Kitasato University, (1981-1989), Asst. Prof. in the School of Medicine, Kitasato University (1989-1994), Assoc. Prof. Osaka Institute of Technology (1994-2001), and Professor at Osaka Institute of Technology (2001-2011). He also was professor and Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Osaka Institute of Technology (2005) and Director of its MedicalEngineeringResearchCenter (2005-2011)

Dimensionalities of Knowledge Discovery using Data, Text and Web Mining



This talk will summarize research of Dr. Segall that pertains to knowledge discovery obtained with the applications of data, text and web mining. Data/Text/Web mining is the informatics methodology and systemics study of finding hidden patterns in large-scale sets of alphanumeric data/text/web respectively.

This presentation will discuss the applications of data mining to the dimensionality of micro-array databases. Micro-arrays are huge collections of spots that contain massive amounts of compressed data. Micro-arrays are used by researchers in life sciences for genetics because DNA contains so much information on a micro-scale. For example, each spot of a micro-array thus could contain a unique DNA sequence. This research has also been extended to include statistical quality control of microarray gene expression data. This presentation will also discuss the applications of text and web mining to linkage discovery of related documents in a repository and the use of semantic rules for identification of similar records. The results of using web mining technologies for customer and marketing surveys are also discussed.

Short Bio

Dr. Richard S. Segall is Professor of Computer & Information Technology at ArkansasStateUniversity in Jonesboro, AR. He holds BS and MS in mathematics, MS in operations research and statistics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, and PhD in operations research form University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He has served on the faculty of TexasTechUniversity, University of Louisville, University of New Hampshire, University of Massachusetts-Lowell, and West VirginiaUniversity. His publications have appeared in journals including International Journal of Information Technology and Decision Making (IJITDM), International Journal of Information and Decision Sciences (IJIDS), Applied Mathematical Modelling, Kybernetes: International Journal of Systems and Cybernetics, and Journal of the Operational Research Society (JORS). He has book chapters in Encyclopedia of Data Warehousing and Mining, Handbook of Computational Intelligence in Manufacturing and Production Management, and Handbook of Research on Text and Web Mining Technologies.

His research interests include data mining, text mining, web mining, database management, and mathematical modeling. His research has been funded by U.S. Air Force, NASA, Arkansas Biosciences Institute (ABI), and Arkansas Science & Technology Authority (ASTA). He is a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Data Mining, Modelling and Management (IJDMMM), The Open Cybernetics and Systemics Journal, and The Open Medical Informatics Journal. He is a member of the Arkansas Center for Plant-Powered Production (P3), recipient of Session Best Paper awards at the 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics (WMSCI) conferences, and served as Local Arrangements Chair of the 2010 MidSouth Computational Biology & Bioinformatics Society (MCBIOS) Conference.