Dr Walid EL ABED

Walid el Abed received his PhD in Linguistics and Computer Science from Franche‑Comté University, Besancon, France. His research was fundamentally oriented on the proposition of a new model called the Semantic Meta Model (SMM) (Meta Modèle Sémantique - MMS). The SMM is the heart for a new system generation “NIXUS” (Natural Intelligence eXpanded Universal System”. In the “NIXUS” universe, the static “attribute-value” couple from Harris is depolarized and the “Value” lifecycle becomes independent from the “Attribute” lifecycle. The occurrences of a specific semantic network are dynamically obtained by the contextual polarization of its attributes and values responding to the semantic rules of the desired state to be realized for that context. Dr el Abed’s thesis is still considered as confidential and requires special access authorization. However, the SMM and the polarization technique have led to numerous applications. The first application was a data-processing kernel for the multilingual interrogation of databases in natural language. The SMM was also proposed as a method and a technique for Information Filtering. It has also been used to define a pivot model between the machine and the Semantics of Business Vocabulary and Business Rules (SBVR). Finally, the SMM resulted in the creation of a new science and discipline: Data Excellence.

While being a researcher at the Research Centre Lucien Tesnière specialized in Computational Linguistics and Natural Language Processing, Walid el Abed has extended his research in the field of Data Science and Data Excellence. This led him to found Global Data Excellence Ltd., which created the Data Excellence Management System (DEMS) enabling governing and maximizing the value of enterprise data.

Walid el Abed introduced the Data Excellence discipline as a philosophical, economical, political and organizational model at Franche-Comté University. He gave lectures in the discipline at the same university in the domain of Natural Language Processing for Master and PhD students. He gave lectures in other courses, which include amongst others software engineering, databases, and the Semantic Metamodel. Moreover, he intervenes as a lecturer in other universities such as the CNAM (Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers) and the Paris Dauphine University as well as the Fribourg University of Law in Switzerland. He also supervises several students in their theses, projects and internships.

Dr Walid el Abed is responsible of several international communities and administrations. He is an active member of the Research Centre Lucien Tesnière and also a member of the European experts in charge of the expertise of European projects in the domain of Information Management, Natural Language Processing and Artificial Intelligence. He has co-founded several French and Swiss associations such as EXQI (Excellence, Quality, Information) and ARD (Amicale Romande de la Donnée).

PhD thesis: EL ABED W. (2001), Méta modèle sémantique et noyau informatique pour l'interrogation multilingue des bases de données en langue naturelle (théorie et application), mention très honorable avec félicitations du jury, PhD thesis under the direction of Sylviane Cardey, Centre de Recherche Lucien Tesnière, Université de Franche-Comté, Besançon. (Semantic Meta Model and data-processing kernel for the multilingual interrogation of databases in natural language (Theory and application).)

Main publications and conferences proceedings:

Feuto Njonko P. B.,  Cardey S., Greenfield P., El Abed W.,  (2014).  RuleCNL: A Controlled Natural Language for Business Rule Specifications: In Proceedings of the  4th Workshop on Controlled Natural Language (CNL 2014), LNCS, vol 8625, Galway, Ireland, August 20-22, ISBN: 978-3-319-10222-1, pp. 66-77.

Feuto Njonko P. B.,  Cardey S., Greenfield P., El Abed W.,  (2013). Domain Specific Language based on the SBVR Standard for Expressing Business Rules, In Proceedings of the 17th IEEE International Enterprise Distributed Object Computing Conference Workshops (EDOCW), Vancouver, Canada, September 9-13, Published by the IEEE Computer Society, ISBN: 978-0-7695-5085-5, pp. 31 - 38.

El Abed W., Feuto P. B., (2012), Governance of organizational data and information, Chapter of the Computer Science Handbook, Third Edition- Information Systems and Information Technology, Editor: Tucker & Topi, Taylor and Francis Group LLC, USA, 2012.

El Abed W., (2012), L’excellence des données :valorisation et gouvernance, Chapitre 8 de l'ouvrage : La Qualité et la Gouvernance des Données au service de la Performance des Entreprises, HERMES Science Publishing Ltd, Juin 2012.

El Abed W., (2012), Connecting Business Operations with IT Business Process with Mature MDM, UCB case study, Master Data Management Summit and Data Governance Conference Europe 2011, London, UK March, 23-25 April 2012.

El Abed W., (2012), The Data Excellence: Valuation and governance, Keynote, AAPG GEOSCIENCES TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOPS: E&P Data Management Workshop, Dead Sea, Jordan, April 16-18 2012.

El Abed W., Jin G., Cardey S., Durbec S. (2011), La gouvernance des données dans un contexte de sécurité globale, In Actes du WISG 2011, Workshop Interdisciplinaire sur la Sécurité Globale, Université de Technologie de Troyes, 26 & 27 Janvier 2011, 7 pages, CD-ROM.

El Abed W., (2011), Linking Data Quality Metrics to Business Value and Risk, Tutorial, Data Governance & Information Quality Conference (DGIQ), San Diego, California, USA, June 27, 2011.

El Abed W., (2011), Govern the value and impact of Data on Business operations
(Framework & System), IAIDQ Webinars, 15 June 2011.

El Abed W., (2011), Introduction to Data Excellence, Tutorial, Data Governance Conference Europe 2011, London, UK March 2011.

El Abed W., (2011), Master Data Management (MDM): Rêve ou illusion ?, Article, Switzerland, ICT Journal February 2011.

El Abed W., (2010), Comment créer un modèle de gouvernance des données fiable et pérenne, Formation Agrée, Conférence Data Excellence Paris, La Maison des Polytechniciens, Paris, France, December 2010.

El Abed W., (2010) Data Quality in Mergers and Acquisitions for the proceedings of the Data Governance Conference, San Diego, USA, June 2010.

El Abed W., Fisher T. (2010) Measuring the Business Impact of Data Governance, Alcatel- proceedings for the Enterprise Data World Conference, San Francisco, California, USA, 14-18 March 2010.

El Abed W., (2009), The Data Excellence Framework to Improve Global Safety and Security, in ISMTCL Proceedings, International Review Bulag, PUFC, ISSN 0758 6787, ISBN 978-2-84867-261-8, pp 94-99.

El Abed W., (2009), Data Governance: A Business Value-Driven Approach, a White Paper, USA, November 2009.

El Abed W., (2009), Mergers and Acquisitions: The Data Dimension, a White Paper, USA, May 2009.

El Abed W., (2009) « The Data Excellence Framework», I-CHLAR International Conference on Hospitality & Leisure Applied Research, The Hague, Netherlands, 2009.

El Abed W., (2008), Global Data Excellence: How are other organizations approaching the challenge of delivering quality global data? How might PwC benefit from these approaches and potential solutions?, The Global Information Conference 2008 Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC), “Rising above the Numbers”, Estoril, Portugal.

El Abed W., (2008), " Data Excellence Framework from Vision to Execution and Value Generation in Global Environment» Information and Data Quality Conference, San Antonio, Texas, USA.

El Abed W., (2008), "Global Data Excellence Framework from Vision to Value Generation"Data Management & Information Quality Conference Europe, London, UK.

Cardey S., EL Abed W., Greenfield P.,(2001) “Exploiting semantic methods for information filtering”, "Filtrage et résumé automatique de l'information sur les réseaux", in Actes du 3ème Colloque du Chapitre français de l'ISKO (International Society for Knowledge Organization), Université de Paris X, 5 et 6 juillet 2001.

El Abed W., (1999) Metabase for the interrogation of infocenters in natural language; Meta Model proposition, BULAG n° 24, 1999.

El Abed W., (1997) System for the interrogation of relational databases in natural language, BULAG, Acts of the international colloquium FRACTAL 1997, Besançon, France.