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 Dr. Alan FishAlanFish Alan Fish is an authority in Decision Modelling and Decision Management, especially in the support and/or automation of organisational decision-making. With over 30 years experience in this field, he has been responsible for many projects at the forefront of current technology. He invented the “Decision Requirements Diagram” (DRD) which exposes the structure of a domain of decision-making, and developed Decision Requirements Analysis (DRA): a methodology for building and using such decision models. He is the author of “Knowledge Automation: How To Implement Decision Management in Business Processes” (Wiley), and a co-author of the OMG specification Decision Model and Notation (DMN).
 Prof. Jan Vanthienen


Jan Vanthienen received his PhD degree in Applied Economics from KU Leuven, Belgium. He is a full professor of Information Systems at the Department of Decision Sciences and Information Management, KU Leuven and (co-)authored more than 200 full papers in international journals and conference proceedings. His research interests include information and knowledge management, business rules, decisions and processes, and business analysis and analytics. He received an IBM Faculty Award on smart decisions, and the Belgian Francqui Chair at FUNDP. Currently he is department chair at the Department of Decision Sciences and Information Management of KU Leuven.
 Denis Gagné


 For over a decade Denis Gagné has been a driving force in the majority of international BPM standards in use today. He is a member of the Workflow Management Coalition (WfMC) Steering Committee, chair of the Business Process Simulation Working Group (BPSWG), and co-Editor of the XPDL 2.2 process definition standard. For the Object Management group (OMG), Denis is the Chair of the BPMN Interchange Working Group (BPMN MIWG), and a member of the Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN), Case Management Model and Notation (CMMN) team and Decision Management (DMN) team.
Dr. Jacob Feldman


Dr. Jacob Feldman is the CTO of OpenRules, Inc., a NJ corporation that created and maintains the highly popular Open Source Business Rules and Decision Management System commonly known as “OpenRules” ( He has extensive experience in development of decision support software using business rules, optimization, and machine learning technologies for real-world mission-critical applications. He is a frequent presenter at the major business rules events and a contributor to and other Decision Management social forums. Jacob is also a Specification Lead for the JCP standard JSR-331. In 2017 Dr. Feldman published a new book “DMN in Action with OpenRules
Helmut Simonis


Helmut Simonis is a senior research fellow at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics in Cork, Ireland, working on the combination of Machine Learning and Optimization. He has contributed to the area of Constraint Programming since 1986, has been involved in multiple start-up companies, and is a past president of the Association for Constraint Programming. Current research interests are automatically learning constraint models from example solutions, and improving decision making under uncertain forecasts.
 Mark Proctor 


Mark Proctor is co-creator of Drools and Red Hat Platform Architect
 Carlos Serrano-Moralescarlos-serrano-morales-CTO Carlos Serrano-Morales is a co-founder & CTO at Sparkling Logic. Carlos started his career working for major European technology projects as well as at the European Space Agency, focusing on distributed real-time systems and real-time diagnosis software. He later co-founded a startup providing front-office trading systems for the European derivatives financial market.He joined AI pioneer Neuron Data in its early days, worked on Nexpert Object, expert system leader, and then was at the origin of Blaze Advisor, which helped bring about the BRMS revolution to business applications. He was later responsible for all Decision Management technologies at FICO, including business rules, predictive analytics, optimization and decision analysis, as well as the company’s Enterprise Architecture group.Carlos is now co-founder and CTO for Sparkling Logic, where he has helped create the next generation award-winning Decision Management platform with SMARTS™. Carlos holds a number of patents in real-time and decision management systems, and is a frequent speaker at trade conferences.
Carole-Ann Berliozcarole-ann-matignon-CPO Carole-Ann is co-founder and CPO of Sparkling Logic, a leader in Decision Management technology. Over her 15+ years in Decision Management, she has consistently brought innovation in the business rules and decision management space, which has been recognized by leading industry analysts Gartner and Forrester.  She holds several patents in decision management and adaptive modeling. Carole-Ann started her career building Expert Systems and Business Intelligence dashboards, then specialized in Business Rules / Optimization at ILOG and finally led the vision and direction for Blaze Advisor & Decision Management tools at FICO.  She is a passionate & renowned blogger and speaker.
Susara van den HeeverSusara Susara (Sarette) van den Heever is an IBM Data Science Practice Leader – Prescriptive Analytics. She possesses deep expertise in data science, advanced analytics and optimization. Passionate about making businesses more efficient, by bringing the power of data science to decision-makers.
 Dan SelmanDanSelman.png Dan Selman holds a BEng in Civil Engineering with Computing and an MSc in Artificial Intelligence. He is the CTO at Clause and chairs the Accord Project Technology working group. He has been developing enterprise business rules engines for BEA Systems, ILOG and IBM since 1998. He was the Chief Architect for IBM Decision Server Insights, a near real-time platform for situation detection that combines rules, Java and analytics, and a lead developer for Hyperledger composer.
Dr. Jerome SimeonJeromeSimeon Jerome Simeon holds a PhD in Computer Science from Paris-Sud University. He is the Chief Scientist at Clause and the lead designer for Jura, the Accord Project language for smart legal contracts. He has twenty years experience in programming languages, databases and formal methods and has published in numerous international conferences and journals. Before joining Clause, he was a research scientist at Bell Labs and at IBM, working on XML, BigData, business rules, conversational systems, and a lead developer for the Q*cert verified compiler.
Dr. Jan PurchaseJanPurchase Dr Jan Purchase has been working in investment banking for 20 years, the last 14 of which he has focused exclusively on helping clients with business decision management, decision modelling (in TDM and DMN), business rules management and business process modelling. He is a founder of Lux Magi Financial Rules ( a company specializing in delivering, training and mentoring all of these concepts to financial organizations. Lux Magi has been applying decision modelling to the automation of finance and regulatory compliance since 2011 to support their clients in becoming and remaining compliant with ever changing regulations. Dr Purchase is co­author (with James Taylor) of the book Real World Decision Modeling with DMN a comprehensive guide to decision modelling with DMN.
 Dr. Jolyon CoxJolyonCox Dr. Jolyon Cox  is a Development Director at RapidGen Software Ltd. Jolyon has more than 45 years’ experience of software development in a variety of fields including nuclear physics, engineering and medical research as well as commercial software, using languages and tools ranging from FORTRAN, to C++, JavaScript and XSLT. For more than 30 years he has overseen development at RapidGen Software Ltd. of a commercial toolset layered on RPL – a native decision table language which compiles directly into highly-performant machine code. He is currently leading the development of RapidGen’s DMN execution engine which translates model XML directly into RPL and compiles it on the fly into executable code.
David Petchey 

David Petchey is an IT architect with 27 years’ experience in investment banking covering many products and many parts of the business process from research through to accounting and regulatory. He has served as business architect lead on 3 separate accounting engines, inventing a radical new architecture to support more sophisticated rule sets representing complex accounting treatments and regulatory mandates. For the last 7 years he has had a lead architect role, focused on using Business Decisions and Decision Modelling (in DMN) to represent executable Business Requirements in accounting and treasury compliance. This allowed the addition of structure, clarity and brevity to proposed rulesets. David is currently working on ways to integrate machine learning into financial decision models.
 Brian StuckyBrianStucky A recognized thought leader in decision management, Brian Stucky brings three decades of experience designing and implementing business rule and process management systems. Domain experience includes the secondary mortgage market, credit card processing, mutual fund portfolio analysis, insurance underwriting, and Federal civilian agencies.Brian works closely with decision management vendors and frequently speaks at professional events. He was a contributing author to three decision management books, currently serves on the editorial board of the Business Process Management Institute and has well over 60 publications. Brian is now in his fourth year as co-chairman of the Mortgage Industry Standards and Maintenance Organization Business Rule Exchange Workgroup. His efforts there have resulted in finalizing the Decision Model and Notation (DMN) standard as the official mortgage industry standard.
Yoshihito NakayamaNakayama Yoshihito Nakayama received the B.E., M.E. degrees from Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, in 1990, 1992 respectively. After graduating, he joined NTT DATA and then founded NTT DATA INTRAMART CORPORATION in 2000. NTT DATA INTRAMART has acquired No. 1 share in the Japanese workflow market and listed on TSE Mothers in 2007. Currently it has installed over 5000 companies in Japan and Asia mainly. On one hand, he is enrolled in doctoral course at School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo. He received the best paper special award at ISSJ (Information Systems Society of Japan) in 2017. His research interest includes BPM, Decision Management, Process Mining, and workflow. He is a member of the ISSJ, IEICE, and IPSJ.
Daniel Schmitz-HübschSchmitz-Huebsch Daniel Schmitz-Hübsch is a Software Developer at Materna GmbH.Daniel holds a Master degree in Business Informatics with focus on mobile oriented analysis of business processes. For five years, he has been involved in the modelling and technical implementation of business process- and decision management systems. As a software developer for an independent IT company, he is responsible for the development of high-availability decision applications using rule engines like IBM Operational Decision Management.
Ulrich Striffler


Ulrich Striffler is a Senior Consultant at Materna GmbH. Ulrich has a degree in computer science with a focus on eHealth and artificial intelligence. For 30 years he has been working as a software engineer and architect, case and process modeler and requirement engineer. Within the last six years he has been involved in the modelling of business process- and decision- management systems with BPMN and lately with DMN as well. As a requirements and method engineer for an independent IT company in Germany, he is responsible for the development of high-availability decision applications for the government.
Dr. Octavian PatrascoiuOctavian Octavian Patrascoiu is currently working in the R&D department at Goldman Sachs. After graduation he pursued an academic career at the University of Craiova (Romania) and University of Kent (UK). After 15 years in the academia he moved into software industry. Before joining Goldman Sachs he had collaborations with software companies such as Logica CMG, IBM, Verilog, Telelogic, and TLC.
He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Kent, UK. His research interests are in the area of Programming Languages, Machine Learning and Model Drive Software Engineering. He is author of four books on programming languages, programming techniques and programming language processors. He is the author, coauthor or co-editor of more than fifty research papers on programming languages, natural language processing, machine learning, model driven software development and other areas.
 Wilfried KurthWilfriedKurth Wilfried Kurth works for IT AXA Switzerland in the field of Enterprise Architecture. He has been involved in information architecture for many years. In 2013, he introduced the “The Decision Model” method to business analysts and ensured that decisions modeled in the business could be automatically converted into decisions executable for a rule engine. In 2017 he introduced the DMN specification and a standard modeling tool for DMN to the business analysts. For 4 years he has been training business analysts in decision modeling and supporting project teams and product teams in the creation of decision models.
Walter BerkowiczWalterBerkowicz Walter Berkowicz is the Chief Architect who is responsible for the architectural direction supporting Life Technology Solutions and alignment with enterprise architectural direction of Allstate. Walter has lead a number of efforts implementing Decision Modeling for over five years. Among the projects leveraging decision modeling include Life – New Business, Document Generation, as well as a number of Proof of Concepts.
Mark Woods Mark Woods is Allstate’s Principal Architect working with all of Allstate’s Product and Technology groups both representing their needs on large horizontal initiatives as well as advocating solutions that require “horizontal thinking” to best serve Allstate’s customers and agents. Since 2017 Mark has led the effort to formally establish the adoption of Decision Modeling across the Allstate enterprise.
 Roy RobinsonRoyRobinson Roy Robinson is a Director of Product at Boxever. Roy has spent the past 10 years as a product specialist working with SaaS businesses to build out data and analytics platforms. He has a wealth of experience in building scalable real time decisioning products which leverage the latest data science techniques in both the security and customer experience fields. Roy has a passion for user experience and practical applications of AI. Roy has a Masters in Mathematics and Computer Science from Queens University, Belfast and is a SciFi and Fantasy novel fanatic!
 Alan GilesAlanGiles Alan Giles is a Co-Founder and the CTO at Boxever. He is a highly accomplished software technologist, software visionary, and entrepreneur with over 14 years’ experience leading, developing and delivering highly scalable and fault tolerant distributed systems. He is passionate about large-scale systems, cloud security, and building new architectures to support petabyte-scale data processing. In addition to developing world-class technology for the travel industry, Alan is a mentor and advisor in the Dublin startup scene and you can even find him occasionally at an all-night hackathon.
Matteo Mortari Matteo Mortari is a Software Engineer at Red Hat, where he contributes in Drools development and support for the DMN standard. Matteo graduated from Engineering with focus on enterprise systems with a thesis involving rule engines which sparked his interests and influenced his professional career since. He believes there is a whole new range of unexplored applications for Expert Systems (AI) within the Corporate business; additionally, he believes defining the Business Rules on the BRMS system not only enables knowledge inference from raw data but, most importantly, helps to shorten the distance between experts and analysts, between developers and end-users, business stakeholders.
Martin de VilliersMartinDeVilliers Martin de Villiers is a Technical Lead at Medscheme South Africa. He has 17 years experience in Information Technology, mostly in a technical or technical lead role on various projects delivering software solutions to corporate business. 8 of his years was at Medscheme South Africa in the healthcare industry. The last 2 years was learning and implementing a solution using Decision Analysis and DMN. His role in the project until now was Technical lead but it will morph into something like Stream Lead, from April 2018. This will mean dealing with both the Business (requirement) and Technical (solution) pieces.
Tim StephensonTimStephenson Tim Stephenson came to decision management from the associated field of business process management where he has participated in numerous standards within the WfMC and OMG for over a decade. With the Decision Model and Notation’s emergence in 2014 and 15 he saw the opportunity to finally pull these related fields into the closer harmony that real world use had long called for and founded Currently Tim runs a consultancy practice at and hosted process and decision execution systems at

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Masahiro Mori received the B.E. degree from Graduate School of Science & Engineering, The Saitama University, Japan. After graduating, he joined NTT DATA INTRAMART CORPORATION in 2009. Currently he is belonging to the Digital Business Department. His research interest includes BPM, Decision Management, Process Mining, and workflow.
Dr. Yoshiaki Narusue yoshiaki_naruse Dr. Yoshiaki Narusue received the B.E., M.E., and Ph.D. degrees from the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, in 2012, 2014, and 2017 respectively. Currently, he is a Research Associate with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Systems, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan. He received the second-best student paper award at IEEE Radio and Wireless Symposium in 2013, Hiroshi Harashima Academic Encouragement Award in 2013, and TECO Green Tech Contest Bronze Award in 2016. His research interest includes wireless power transfer, wireless communication, and the Internet of Things. Dr. Narusue is a member of the IEEE, IEICE, and IPSJ.
Dr. Hiroyuki Morikawahiroyuki_morikawa Dr. Hiroyuki Morikawa received the B.E., M.E., and Dr. Eng. degrees in electrical engineering from The University of Tokyo, Japan, in 1987, 1989, and 1992, respectively. From 2002 to 2006, he was a Group Leader of the NICT Mobile Networking Group. Since 1992, he has been with The University of Tokyo, where he is currently a Full Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Systems. His research interests are in the areas of big data/Internet of Things/machine-to-machine (M2M), sensor networks, wireless communications, and network services. He received more than 50 awards including the IEICE Best Paper Award in 2002, 2004, and 2010, the IPSJ Best Paper Award in 2006, the JSCICR Best Paper Award in 2015, the Info-Communications Promotion Month Council President Prize in 2008, the NTT DoCoMo Mobile Science Award in 2009, the Rinzaburo Shida Award in 2010, and the Radio Day Ministerial Commendation in 2014. He served as a Technical Program Committee Chair for many IEEE/ACM conferences and workshops, the Vice President for IEICE, the Vice Chair for the OECD Committee on Digital Economy Policy, and the Director for the New Generation IoT/M2M Consortium. He serves on numerous telecommunications advisory committees and also serves as a consultant to government and companies.
Thibaut Bender ThibautBender Thibaut Bender completed his studies in Business and Information Systems Engineering at KU Leuven, inspired by innovation and continuous development. He began a business career in 2018 as freelance Project member at Air Cargo Belgium where he was involved in quality dashboard development and participating in the Blockchain based digital release right experiment.  Jumping into a new opportunity next year, he will start a master in international management and strategy.
Faruk HasićFarukHasić Faruk Hasić is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Decision Sciences and Information Management at KU Leuven. His research interests include process- and decision-aware information systems with an emphasis on integrated process and decision modelling and mining. His research has been published in leading journals and conferences such as Decision Support Systems, International Conference on Business Process Management, and International Conference on Cooperative Information Systems.