Business Rules Forum

Thursday | 3:20pm - 4:40pm | Track
Room: Beech

Attendee Box Lunch

Panel Session: Rules on the Web – Where are We Now?


Speaker Photo: Dr. Said Tabet

Dr. Said Tabet

Senior Technologist and GRC Strategist, EMC Corporation


Speaker Photo: Benjamin Grosof PhD

Benjamin Grosof PhD

CTO, Coherent Knowledge Systems

Speaker Photo: Dr. Adrian Paschke

Dr. Adrian Paschke

Professor, Freie Universitaet Berlin (FUB)

Speaker Photo: Mark Proctor

Mark Proctor

JBoss Rules Lead, Red Hat, Inc.

Speaker Photo: Paul Vincent

Paul Vincent

CTO, Business Rules and CEP, TIBCO




    Joint Business Rules Forum / RuleML Boxed Lunch Session

    The W3C Rule Interchange Format (RIF) is an important component of rules on the web. At the time of the 2009 BR Forum, RIF was ‘almost ready’. Then, requests for public comment produced a lot of interesting and valuable discussion and RIF became a W3C Recommendation in June 2010. The OMG’s Revision Task Force for Semantics of Business Vocabulary and Business Rules (SBVR) found that some of the issues from version 1.0 took longer to resolve than expected. SBVR Revision 1.1 is on track for submission in September 2010.

    This kind of rescheduling doesn’t always happen - the OMG’s specification for Production Rule Representation (PRR) was published as expected and is now well into its first revision – but it isn’t unusual (or unexpected) in development of standards.

    People whose work is based on rules – researchers, tool developers, industry practitioners – cannot wait for publication of the standards. They have to work from the best view they have of drafts of the standards, develop workable solutions, and adapt as and when necessary as drafts are updated. Related standards also appear: Version 2 of W3C’s Web Ontology Language (OWL2) became a recommendation in October 2009; the specification of Version 2 of the Business Modeling and Notation Specification (BPMN 2) was accepted by the OMG in June 2010.

    So, the theme for this panel session is: where are we now? How are we actually applying these standards in practice, and what do we expect to have to do in future to make best use of them?

    If you are interested in rules on the Web, pick up a boxed lunch and come to this joint BR Forum and RuleML panel session.


    Dr. Said Tabet is leading the Governance Risk and Compliance (GRC) Strategy within the Office of the CTO at EMC Corporation. He is also serving as the chair of OCEG Technology standards. Prior to joining EMC, Said was a principal consultant in Business Rules, Business Process Automation and GRC. Said is actively involved in ISO, OMG, W3C, OASIS, CSA, IETF. He is the co-founder of RuleML, co-chair of CSA SME Council and actively involved in LegalRuleML, Cloud Computing, Cyber Security, Business Rules and Modeling. Said is a regular speaker at industry and academic conferences, author and organizer of International workshops.


    Benjamin Grosof is Co-founder and CTO of Coherent Knowledge Systems, and an industry leader in knowledge representation, reasoning, and acquisition, esp.: rules, logical methods in natural language processing, semantic technology/web, and machine learning.

    Prof. Dr. Adrian Paschke is head of the Corporate Semantic Web chair at the Freie Universitaet Berlin. He is director of RuleML, vice-director of the Semantics Technologies Institute Berlin and the Berlin Semantic Web Meetup. He is co-chair of the Reaction RuleML TG, founding member of the Event Processing Technical Society (EPTS) and co-chair of the EPTS-Reference-Architecture WG, OASIS Legal RuleML TC, voting member of OMG, and co-editor of the W3C Rule Interchange Format (RIF), Reaction RuleML and the new OASIS LegalRuleML. He leads open-source projects such as Prova, RuleResponder, RBSLA, and research projects such as Corporate Semantic Web and the transatlantic BPM EduNet. The presented work about LegalRuleML for patent law reasoning has been partially supported by the IES Fact Screening and Transformation Project (FSTP):

    Mark Proctor received his B Eng in Engineer Science and Technology and then his M Sc in Business and Information Systems; both from Brunel University, West London.  His M Sc thesis was in the field of Genetic Algorithms; which is where he first got his interest for anything AI related.  Mark became involved in the Drools expert system project at an early stage and soon became its project lead.  Mark then joined JBoss (later acquired by RedHat) as an employee when the Drools project was federated into the JBoss JEMS stack.  Having developed a powerful expert system, Mark is now turning his attention to other declarative paradigms in an effort to unify them to allow for richer domain modeling environments.

    Paul Vincent is a long time practitioner of the business rules approach, including R&D into real-time expert systems, working for a decision management company, and now at middleware and event processing specialist TIBCO Software. He has also been involved in W3C RIF and OMG PRR rule standards, and currently event-related and decision model standards.

    Paul Vincent is a veteran of the rules industry, having started on Intelligent Systems for Monte Carlo simulation models before moving to C and Java-based business rules engines and BRMS tools, and more recently CEP and the business real-time rule engine TIBCO BusinessEvents. At TIBCO he also works on Monitoring Systems including one of the most widely deployed rules engines in systems today, TIBCO Hawk. Industry groups he supports include the Event Processing Technical Society Reference Architecture Group and the OMG standards body for the Decision Model and Notation.

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