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Just a reminder that we need ALL proposed white paper abstracts in NOT LATER THAN 15 April 2009. However, the earlier that the abstracts are submitted, the easier will be our job since our "Approval Committee" is scattered around the world. Abstracts will be reviewed for

Technical focus
Potential interest to attendees

Possible subjects are:
Innovations to Rulebased Technology
Solutions to Technical Problems in Rulebased Technology
Homeland Security (problems with many object / many rules)
Processing Plants (Decisions on cracking tower problems)
Oil Rig or Building Design using Constraints
Shift Schedules using Constraint Based Programming
Scheduling Aircrafts, Trains, Taxis, Buses, etc.
Product Catalog Management
Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
Logistics (FedEx, UPS, etc.)
Configuration Problems (Aircraft, Computers, etc)
Complex Event Processing (Sliding Window Problem)
Rulebased Forecasting [my talk... :-) ]
Who gets a bailout and who doesn't :-)

Remember, this is a "sharing" conference where technical guys tell other technical guys HOW they did something. We have seen plenty of PPTs about WHAT someone did, but we want to know how they did it. For example, if you had to architect 20K rules and several thousand objects, how did you determine HOW to break out the rules into the various rule sets. If you wrote something that utilized CEP then tell us HOW you solved the CEP problem. What I'm going to share is the rational behind the RBF process, including the statistics, theory, etc. Almost any business person should be really interested in reviewing their forecasting theory and statical classes. :-)

Approvals for the abstracts will be sent out at the end of April or before so that you can get started on the white paper itself. At the end of the conference, the white papers will be collected into a Conference Proceedings. Whether they will be sold as bound copies (very expensive) or as electronic versions (no security in this one) we have not decided at this point. Probably, we will wait until we get the abstracts in before we make any kind of decision on that front.

The white paper itself must be submitted NOT LATER THAN 15 JULY 2009. Again, the earlier the better. The overhead that supports that goes along with the white paper must be submitted NOT LATER THAN 30 AUGUST 2009 in order to have it ready for the attendees.

At this point permit me to point out that we are not trying to be Geeks talking to Geeks about Geek things and nobody else should attend. Not at all! If you are a CIO, CTO, CEO or Senior Business Analysts then OF COURSE you are most welcome at October Rules Fest! Especially if you want to learn about the "internals" of how a rulebased system actually works - something that I wish all business guys would do. (Also, it's a great place to meet the Uber Geeks of the Rulebased Industry if you are looking for someone to help with your projects.)


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