Conference by Prof. Oscar Pastor

LOURIM Louvain-La-Neuve, Mons


oscarThe Louvain School of Management Research Institute (ILSM)


is pleased to invite you to the conference,


Using Conceptual Model Technologies for Understanding the Human Genome: From an “Homo Sapiens” to an “Homo Genius”


by Prof. Oscar Pastor,

Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain
                      Peter Chen 2016 Award

Wednesday, 12th October 2016 at 4:30
Room Doyens 32 (Place des Doyens, 1 – 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve)


The conference will be introduced by Prof. Jean Vanderdonckt (ILSM & ICTeam)
Free Access

Everybody accepts that understanding the Human Genome is a big challenge for the humanity. It will take at the very least decades to achieve such a goal reasonably well. But new advances that are showing promising results come continuously. Day after day new data are is provided and new information is derived from them. As DNA sequencing technologies improve and evolve, it is an evidence that the rate of data generation at a local level is increasing dramatically. In this scenario, assuring the interoperability and consistence of data at the global level becomes both a challenge and a need. To face these problems adequately, the most advanced Information Systems design technologies are strongly required, to cover the needs of better data capture, organization and storage, improved data analysis and interoperability, and more efficient data standardization with the support of foundational ontologies. This principle is in the “Genome” of this keynote. Using Advanced Conceptual Model and Data Technologies, there is an opportunity to understand the secrets of life that the Genome Code hides. More and more data that relate genotype and phenotype are available, with especially attractive clinical applications. These ideas will be approached in the keynote, showing that the challenge of understanding the human genome can suppose a conceptual revolution: understanding the genome could allow to improve human being features, something never before in the hand of we, humans. This the idea of the title: Homo Sapiens becoming Homo Genius being able to understand and manage the principles of life, and subsequently improve then. ,

Full Professor and Director of the Research Center on "Métodos de Producción de Software (PROS)” at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (Spain). He received his Ph.D. in 1992. He was a researcher at HP Labs, Bristol, UK. He has published more than two hundred research papers in conference proceedings, journals and books, received numerous research grants from public institutions and private industry, and been keynote speaker at several conferences and workshops. Chair of the ER Steering Committee, and member of the SC of conferences as CAiSE, ESEM, ICWE, CIbSE or RCIS, his research activities focus on conceptual modeling, web engineering, requirements engineering, information systems, and model-based software production. He created the object-oriented, formal specification language OASIS and the corresponding software production method OO-METHOD. He led the research and development underlying CARE Technologies that was formed in 1996. CARE Technologies has created an advanced MDA-based Conceptual Model Compiler called IntegraNova, a tool that produces a final software product starting from a conceptual schema that represents system requirements. He is currently leading a multidisciplinary project linking Information Systems and Bioinformatics notions, oriented to designing and implementing tools for Conceptual Modeling-based interpretation of the Human Genome information.