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INCOSE Orlando - October 2013 Chapter Meeting

INCOSE Orlando

Thursday, October 17, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT)

INCOSE Orlando - October 2013 Chapter Meeting

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Engineering Semantics into Systems


Richard Biehl, PhD


Thursday,  17 October 2013


UCF Business Incubator – Central Florida Research Park, Room 116
3267 Progress Drive, Orlando, FL 32826


Dinner & Networking: 5:45-6:15pm

Chapter Business: 6:15pm

Guest Speaker Presentation 6:30-7:30pm


The meeting is open to all; you do not need to be an INCOSE member to attend.

If you are not a member, we invite you to become a member of the Orlando Chapter of INCOSE at https://www.incose.org/cc_orders/joinINCOSE.cfm


None. Dinner is provided courtesy of INCOSE Orlando chapter with RSVP


About the Presentation:

We’ve gotten very good in recent years at better engineering the syntax of the data that defines or flows through our systems.  Markup languages like HTML and XML, and modeling languages like UML and SysML, have dramatically increased the rigor with which information is communicated and shared among digital and social systems.  The rise of “big data” has increased the urgency of having such control over information.  But for all the increased syntactic rigor, our systems still rarely understand the meaning of what is being conveyed; the semantics.  The human-machine interface relies on the semantic abilities of the human participant, but even that becomes limiting as big data overwhelms the knowledge and reasoning of the human role.  To effectively process information going forward, we need to engineer semantics into our systems so that our systems can reason and learn on behalf of the human participant that is increasingly being left out of the flow of big data.

This presentation illustrates the use of semantic ontologies in the engineering of various aspects of complicated and complex systems. Drawing on examples from healthcare informatics, we’ll look at how a variety of upper level, middle tier, and domain-specific ontologies can be used in the systems engineering process in defining requirements, determining architecture, developing designs, implementing systems, and monitoring controls.  The result is systems that incorporate semantics into their underlying capabilities, enabling reasoning and learning not available to systems that stop at the layer of syntax.

The examples in this presentation are drawn from the healthcare sector, but the topic isn’t limited to healthcare. Semantic engineering is needed in every field that deals with complex data in large volumes.  The specific middle tier ontologies that will be used to illustrate the concepts include the Information Artifact Ontology (IAO) developed in the intelligence community of the defense sector, and two health related ontologies: the Ontology for Biomedical Investigations (OBI) and the Ontology of General Medical Science (OGMS).  Through the use of ontology technologies, we can engineer reasoning and learning into systems independently of the actual semantic content of the ontologies themselves.

About The Speaker:

Richard Biehl is a senior IT quality professional with 35 years of experience specializing in quality assurance, logical and physical data architectures, and strategic planning for the application of information technology.  In addition to currently helping healthcare organizations implement data warehouses, he teaches Healthcare Data Architecture, Management Information Systems, Project Management, and Quality Engineering at the University of Central Florida. Rick holds a Ph.D. in Applied Management & Decision Science and an M.S. in Educational Change & Technology Innovation from Walden University, as well as ASQ certifications as both Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB) and Certified Software Quality Engineer (CSQE).

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When & Where

UCF Business Incubator – Central Florida Research Park, Room 116
3267 Progress Drive
Orlando, FL 32826

Thursday, October 17, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT)

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INCOSE Orlando

The mission of the Orlando chapter of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) is to foster the definition, understanding, and practice of World Class Systems Engineering in industry, academia and government.

We host monthly meetings and tutorials that provide a wide range of technical topics important to engineers in the Orlando area from aerospace and defense to bio-medical.

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