The Uncertain Enterprise: Achieving Adaptation through Digital Twins and Machine Learning   

by Professor Tony Clark, Engineering & Applied Science Computer Science, Aston University

PoEM keynote

Abstract: Modern Enterprise Systems are no longer able to operate in a certain world. Such systems must be deployed and maintained in an ever-changing ecosystem and must adapt their goals and operating processes in order to be effective. It is increasingly challenging to be certain about requirements during enterprise system development. This talk proposes that we need new technologies and approaches for the design, development and deployment of modern enterprise systems so that the process is both economic and effective. Simulation, in the form of a Digital Twin can be used to help design, maintain and transform systems where interaction with the real-world is uneconomic or infeasible. Machine Learning can be used to achieve adaptable systems where the requirements are uncertain or where the system must adapt to changes in its ecosystem or its goals. The talk will outline a vision and conceptual approach based on Digital Twins and Machine Learning to improve enterprise systems and will set out challenges for the research community in order to realise this vision.

Bio: Tony Clark is a Professor and Deputy Dean (Education) in the College of Engineering and Physical Science at Aston University. He has experience of working in both Academia and Industry on a range of software projects and consultancies. While at Marconi Research Ltd (1985-1994) he worked in both Software Engineering and Knowledge Based Systems, and was responsible for designing systems for recognising aircraft behaviour, fusing sonar data, and for designing and implementing an AI Toolkit, the first of its kind in the UK. He has worked on languages for Object-Oriented specification and design including contributing to a range of Industry standards (UML 2.0, MDA, QVT, MOF). He co-founded a spin-out company selling UML-based meta-tools and consultancy to a number of blue-chip companies including BT, BAES, BSkyB and Citibank. His recent work addresses the issue of supporting decision making and uncertainty in enterprise systems.

Tony is an editorial board member of the Journal of Software and System Modelling, the Journal of Enterprise Modelling and Information Systems Architectures and the Journal of Object Technology, has edited several special issues including IEEE Software and SoSyM, and was co-chair of the MODELS conference in 2011. He is PC Chair of the Innovations in Software Engineering Conference for 2021.

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