AI for Business Agility - AAAI 2011 Spring Symposium (AI4BA 2011)

Venue: Stanford University

Location: Palo Alto, California, United States

Event Date/Time: Mar 21, 2011 End Date/Time: Mar 23, 2011
Paper Submission Date: Oct 08, 2010
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Business Agility is a topic of increasing interest, in particular boosted by the recent global financial crisis. For any business, anticipating changes and adapting quicker and more efficient is a challenge and various approaches such as cloud computing, Business-IT-Alignment, or context modelling try to provide solutions.
There are two arbitrary principles leading to agility: change and maturating. Whereas the first is an explicit transformation of an enterprise architecture or well-defined part of it from a status A to a status A', the latter can be viewed as being a continuous improvement.
Working on these various aspects of agility could bring together (research) communities of Enterprise Architecture Modelling and Artificial Intelligence.

Here is a preliminary list of potential questions to be considered in talks and discussions:

  • How can change and maturity for business agility be modeled and measured?

  • How can enterprise architecture models for the alignment of business and IT be formalised?

  • What is the relation of enterprise ontologies and Enterprise Architecture frameworks?

  • How can anomalies in an Enterprise Architecture (e.g. defined roles which never appear in business processes) be detected?

  • What Business Intelligence techniques can be applied to discover patterns that are indicators for both maturing and changes?

  • How can agile business processes be modeled?

  • Are Business Rules an appropriate approach for requirements modelling and compliance?

  • Can Web 3.0 and Semantic Web Services be used to implement agile process orchestration and choreography allowing for new forms of cooperation in virtual organisations?

  • What techniques can be used to evaluate the degree of interoperability of an implemented Enterprise Architecture?

  • How can human-related aspects (e.g. social, cultural and collaboration issues) in an Enterprise Architecture be designed and formalized?

The symposium on Business Agility aims to bring together the various communities to learn and benefit from each other in order to avoid pitfalls on one hand side and provide the ground for synergetic co-operations. Besides researchers, the participation of business people would be highly beneficial for providing input about real-world business requirements.

Relevant topics that would be considered for contributions to the symposium include but are not limited to:

  • Semantically enriched enterprise architecture models

  • Enterprise Ontologies

  • Knowledge Maturing and Learning

  • Context awareness

  • The role of ontologies in context modelling

  • Collaborative (context) ontology modelling

  • Identification of opportunities for change

  • Logical sensors for context change

  • Cross-border and inter-organizational services

  • Machine Learning of patterns for change

  • Data mining, process mining and text mining

  • Business Rules

  • Business Rules Modelling and Management

  • Service Oriented Architectures

  • Component Based Applications

  • Semantic Web Services and agents for Business Agility

  • Semantic and technical interoperability

  • Integration of heterogeneous data sources

  • Design of socio-technical systems

Submission (via easychair, please see the "submissions" link on the conference website):

Prospective participants are invited to submit research papers (up to 12 pages) or position papers (up to 4 pages), in PDF format, via the symposium website. Papers should be prepared using the format for AAAI Press proceedings or technical reports. More details on manuscript preparation are available at the AAAI Press Author Instructions page ( All submissions will be reviewed by the program committee.

Important Deadlines:

  • 08.10.2010 Submissions due to organizers 05.11.2010 Notifications of acceptance sent by organizers

  • 03.01.2011 Accepted camera-ready copy due to organizers

For more information about the "AI for Business Agility" symposium see the symposium website