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Engineering Industrial Ecosystems in a Networked World
Mihaela Ulieru

Professor Ulieru is co-founder and was the General Chair of the 1st IEEE-IES Industrial Informatics Conference which she organised in Calgary/Banff, Canada in 2003. She is on the governing board of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, and co-chairs the Industrial Agents Technical Committee which she founded (at the time as a sub-committee) in 2003. Dr. Ulieru was awarded the Junior Nortel Chair at the University of Calgary in 1998. She founded in 2001 the Canadian GAIN (Global Agents Integration Network) that joined the research efforts of 19 Universities and Research Institutes across the Country working together with the industry to develop intelligent web services for collaborative virtual organizations. Several international consortia were involved, among which the Intelligent Manufacturing Systems Consortium and the Foundation for Intelligent Physical Agents. In 2002 she founded (under contract of international cooperation with Berkeley Initiative in Soft Computing) the Emergent Information Systems Laboratory at the University of Calgary which she led until she left Calgary for the prestigious NSERC Canada Research Chair award at the University of New Brunswick in 2005. In the same year she co-founded and was the Scientific Director the Canadian Network of Centers of Excellence in Privacy, Security and Trust (PST-Net). Professor Ulieru is an expert in distributed intelligent systems, topic on which she is a frequent Keynote and Tutorial speaker as well as distinguished visiting professor internationally. She acts as expert on several national and international review panels and most recently was invited on the NSERC International Strategy Advisory Panel, NSF Cyber-Systems Review Panel and NSERC Strategic Projects Panel on Safety and Security. Her current research is focused on distributed intelligent environments (coined as 'ambient intelligence') and their applications to e-Health, emergency response management and intelligent manufacturing. Along her career she raised her two boys (George - 1987 and Mircea - 1989) as single parent. She is a native of Romania.

Speech Summary

As pioneering founder of the INDIN Conferences Professor Ulieru will revisit the major milestones that shaped the industrial informatics community since the first meeting she chaired and organized in Canada in 2003. The talk will underline the co-evolutionary progress from collaborative automation to the extended and integrated global enterprise through which INDIN developed mirroring the paradigm shifts in networking and communications under five years of tumultuous technological transformations. Latest trends that support the dynamic interplay of distributed intelligent technologies and services in today’s complex and converging interdependent ecosystem of a networked world will be revealed.

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