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RISE Invites Professor Daniel Amyot of the University of Ottawa

The Center for Research in Informatics, Sciences and Engineering (RISE) at the American University of Kuwait (AUK), invited Dr. Daniel Amyot, a Professor at the School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science at the University of Ottawa, Canada, to give a lecture at the American Corner in the AUK Library. The lecture was titled “The User Requirements Notation and its Application to Legal Compliance,” and was open to members of the AUK community and the public.

Dr. Amir Zeid, Director of RISE, opened the event by introducing Professor Amyot to the attendees and speaking of some of his works. The visiting lecturer then took to the podium and began his lecture, which revolved around Modeling Language, a course he teaches at an undergraduate level at the University of Ottawa on a semester-basis. He stated that modeling languages are part of the core knowledge of all computer majors and that all the students should be familiar with at least one modeling language, as they are important languages to know. He also explained that there are many types of modeling languages and they are used throughout many fields.

Professor Amyot defined The User Requirements Notation (URN) as a modeling language that aims to support the elicitation, analysis, specification, and validation of requirements. He explained the basic components of the notation and potential applications. He added that URN was standardized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU-T) in 2008 with extensive improvements in 2012. He offered two complementary views for modeling requirements and business processes first was GRL (the Goal-oriented Requirement Language) which is used for stakeholder goals and indicators, and the second one was UCM (Use Case Maps) which is used for scenarios and high-level architectures. He gave an introduction to the basic concepts and notations of URN. Then focused on specific modeling styles that are used to model laws and regulations. After that he began explaining the Analysis techniques for reasoning about compliance and decision making and how that GRL helps to make it simpler.

Finally he presented examples of some of the work and papers that he has done over the years, some of which were done with his students, and recommended some papers that can be found online to those who are interested in this field.

Daniel Amyot is Professor at the School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science of the University of Ottawa, which he joined in 2002 after having worked for Mitel Networks as a senior researcher. He has a Ph.D. and an M.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Ottawa, as well as a B.Sc. from Laval University.

His research interests include software engineering, scenario-based and goal-based requirements engineering, business process modeling, aspect-oriented modeling, regulatory compliance, and healthcare informatics, and has produced over 150 publications in these areas. Over the past decade, Amyot led the standardization of the User Requirements Notation at the International Telecommunication Union and collaborated with many Canadian hospitals on different e-health applications. He is on the editorial boards of SoSyM, Empirical Software Engineering, and the Journal of Software. He is also the General Chair of the 23rd IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference.

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