Tuesday, August 28, 2012

IntelliFest 2012, Java, Rules and Expert Systems


As I've stated before, to me Java is a wonderful lady.  I really like her, possibly love her.  We've dated on more than one occasion since we started hanging out in 1997, and I think I can call her a really good friend.  However, I'm not married to her. I'm married to OPSJ, Drools, ILOG JRules, Blaze Advisor, Jess, etc., etc.  Java is my mistress, my love, my flame.  Expert systems are my many wives. I'm also married to the world of Unix and C/C++.   Since I'm a consultant, I'm a polygamist.  I have my favorite wife but I'm married to all of them.

So, when I state an opinion please understand that you guys are married to Java whereas I am more of a philanderer; forever taking pleasure from her beauty, reveling in her former simplicity and functionality, supporting her, but rarely going out in public with her.  When I do go out in public with her, the community whispers about us - mostly about me - and some aspersions are cast recklessly about the neighborhood concerning my character.  :-)

BTW, even though I may be verbose at times, I rarely "rant" about anything, unless the issue concerns such as things that touch on the nerves of the entire community. I'm just having fun with a bunch of guys who seem to have the same interests that I have.  I like the old adage, "If you're not having fun at what you're doing you're either doing the wrong thing or you're doing it wrong."  :-)

So, on that idea of fun, this October 22 - 26 if you can find it in your schedule, come out to San Diego (especially Delmar Beach - WOW!!!) and hang out with some real Uber-Geeks such as

  • Dr. Charles Forgy (who invented Rete, Rete 2, Rete III and Rete-NT) who will be talking on "Where Does Time Go?" - dealing mostly with the problem of benchmarking, one of my favorite topics.
  • Gary Riley (Yes! The inventor of CLIPS - C Language Interface for Production Systems and co-author of THE seminal text book on AI system used in almost all universities today) will be there speaking on "Implementation Comparison of Three Production Systems" 
  • Dr. Stephen Grossberg (who invented Adaptive Reasoning Technology and is considered to be THE God Father of mathematically-based neural networks along with his wife, Dr. Gail Carpenter) who will be talking on "Mind, Brain and Autonomous Artificial Intelligence."  
  • Dr. Doug Lenat (inventor of Cyc, world's largest real knowledgebased system and founder of CycCorp) will be speaking on "Grappling With Human Consensus Reality Knowledge: Lessons From the Trenches"  If you didn't know it, Cyc has about 6 million rules dealing with everything from how sentences are composed to general purpose rules, something that ordinary rulebased systems simply cannot handle.
  •  Dr. Wolfgang Laun (Research Specialist with Alcatel / Thales of Austria) of both Drools and Jess fame will be hosting a boot camp on "Design Patterns in Production Systems" - something that we in this field have been clamoring for incessantly for many years now.  Well, I have...
  • Kenny Shi (Software Engineering Manager for eBay) will be speaking on "Emotional Business Rules" that deals with fraud detection.
  • Carol Ann Berlioz-Matignon (formerly of Neuron-Data, ILOG, VP of FICO, Co-Founder and CEO of Sparkling Logic), a true visionary of the industry who has led rulebased systems further and faster than any ever though possible, will be speaking on "Rules, Business Rules, Decisions, Big Decisions."  This should prove popular with both geek and business analysts.
  • Neil Raden (James Taylor's partner at one time and uber-geek in Decision Management) will be speaking on "Decision Management on Steroids: Will Big Data Tools Trump Rules?"  Truly this one will draw lots of controversy if nothing else.
  • Paul King (Founder and CEO of ASERT) will be hosting a talk on "Leveraging Scripting Languages and DSLs for Expressing Rules"
  • Helgi Helgason (Founder and CEO of Peseptio) will be talking on "Attention Capabilities of AI Systems"
  •  James Owen (Founder of KBSC, working in the field with Neuron Data, ILOG, FICO, OPSJ, writer for InfoWorld in the field since 2003, etc, etc) once again will be talking about benchmarks.  (Surely you didn't think I would leave my name out of this list?  Did you?  Really?)
  • Dr. Jacob Feldman (founder and CEO of Open Rules) will be speaking on "Modeling and Solving Decision Optimization Problems".  Don't miss this one if at all possible!
  • Rajat Monga (Engineer at Google who is working DistBelief - a framework for brain-inspired large-distributed neural networks that is driving progress in areas such as vision and speech) who will be speaking on "Deep Learning at Large Scale".
  • Carlos Seranno-Morales (the other half of Sparkling Logic, the inventor of Advisor, formerly of Neuron Data, FICO, etc, super-Uber-guru) will be speaking on "Converting a Ton of Data Into An Ounce of Knowledge"  Carlos had a knack of making something extremely technical understandable by most everyone and his talks are always very technical so don't miss this one!! 

ALSO, IntelliFest will have Boot Camps!  Red Hat Drools with Mark Proctor et cie will be hosting their annual introduction to Drools and Advanced Drools.  Jason Morris of Jess Fame (the one and only authorized instructor for Jess) will be there as well.  Wolfgang will, of course, have boot camp the day before the conference begins as well.  His talk is shown above but I think it's the boot camp so come a day early if don't want to miss his "talk."  

We are still missing some really great speakers from previous ORF conferences, especially those two or three from Canada and Mexico.  Hard times seem to have hit everywhere.  We also haven't had many speakers from PegaSystems, Visual Rules, Corticon or FICO this year.  Just Sparkling Logic, ILOG and Drools.  Most of our guys seem to be from the big name guys of Google, eBay and the hard-core sciences.  Check out http://www.IntelliFest.org for more information or to register.

So, be there or be square.  :-)


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