Curriculum Vitae



Yun-Heh (Jessica) Chen-Burger



Room 4.08, Appleton Tower

Artificial Intelligence Applications Institute, CISA, Informatics

The University of Edinburgh, UK



+44-131- 650-2756 (direct) +44 131 650 2732 (AIAI)



+44-131- 650-6513 (AIAI)





Taiwan, British



Chinese (Mandarin), Taiwanese, English, Basic German



June 2001

Informatics, The University of Edinburgh

Doctor of Philosophy, title: “Formal Support for an Informal Business Modelling Method”. Description for the Research work is given in the "Selected Experiences" section.

July 1995

Department of Artificial Intelligence, The University of Edinburgh

MSc in Artificial Intelligence, Knowledge Based Systems Scheme: courses attended include Knowledge Representation, Expert Systems, Bayesian Networks, Case Based Reasoning, Neural Networks, Mathematical Reasoning, Object-Oriented Database Systems (sit-in), Prolog, Clips and Lisp.

May 1991

University of Missouri, Kansas City, USA

MSc in Computer Science, Networking and Telecommunications Programme: courses attended include Telecommunication Networks, Network Architecture, Data Encryption, Local Area Networks, Applied Stochastic Models, Design and Analysis of Algorithms, Advanced Computer Architecture, Operating Systems and Pascal. 

May 1988

SooChow University, Taipei, Taiwan

Bachelor Degree in Business Studies, major in Economics: courses attended include Macro and Micro Economics, Quantity Analysis, Monetary Banking, Financial Policies and Statistics.

May 1985

National Taipei City College of Business,  Taipei, Taiwan

College Degree in Business Studies, major in Banking and Insurance: Basic and Middle Accounting, Bank Accounting, Insurance Policies, Taxation, Data Processing and COBOL. (The education provided in the college is recognised as equivalent to the first two years of studies at a University.)


Sep. 1999- Present

AIAI, Centre for Intelligent Systems and their Applications, The University of Edinburgh

Research Fellow. Open-ended position. Research in Knowledge Management, Advanced Knowledge Technologies, Semantic Web and Grid Computing. Leading and participating Grid Computing projects. Developing Multi-Perspective Enterprise Models for both commercial and research projects. Innovation of Enterprise Modelling Methodologies. Developing Knowledge Based Systems.  Leading and participating knowledge management commercial projects. Participating advanced research projects. Teaching university courses and supervising research student projects.

Oct. 1996 – Apr. 1999

Department of Artificial Intelligence, The University of Edinburgh

Tutor for various MSc and undergraduate courses and Projects (Programming in Prolog and general AI topics)

Aug. 1995 – Aug 1998

IBM United Kingdom Ltd.

Researcher, involved in various R&D projects: more details are given in the "Selected Experiences" section

Oct. 1994 - June 1995

British Council, Scotland

Technical Marketing Consultant

Oct. 1994 - June 1995

Technology Project Services, Edinburgh, Scotland

Business Management Consultant Assistant, Workshop Organiser

Jan. 1993 - June 1993

Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre, Edinburgh, Scotland

Database Developer

May 1991 - Aug. 1991

Midland Asset Management Inc. Kansas City, USA

Software Developer

Aug. 1990 – May 1991

University of Missouri, Kansas City, USA

Teaching Assistant

Jan. 1989 - May 1991

Greater Kansas City Chinese School, Kansas City, USA

Teacher for Chinese Language

May 1987 - Dec. 1987

IBM, Taipei, Taiwan

Technical Services Operator

Publications: (selected)

         Michelle Bachler, Simon Buckingham Shum, Yun-Heh (Jessica) Chen-Burger, Jeff Dalton, David De Roure, Marc Eisenstadt, Jeremy Frey, Jiri Komzak, Danius Michaelides, Kevin Page, Stephen Potter, Nigel Shadbolt and Austin Tate. Collaboration in the Semantic Grid: a Basis for e-Learning, Grid Learning Services. The 7th International Conference on Inteligent Tutoring Systems (GLS'2004). The GRID Learning workshop (ITS'2004), August 30th, 2004, Maceio, Brazil . (Best Paper Award)

         Yun-Heh Chen-Burger and Dave Robertson. Automating Business Modelling. Book Series of Advanced Information and Knowledge Processing, Springer Ver-Lag, October 2004.

         Yun-Heh Chen-Burger, Fang-Pang Lin (2005) A Semantic-based Workflow Choreography for Integrated Sensing and Processing. The 9th IEEE International Workshop on Cellular Neural Networks and their Applications, Hsin-chu, Taiwan, May 28-30, 2005.

         Li Guo, Dave Robertson, Yun-Heh (Jessica) Chen-Burger. Business Process Model Based Multi-agent System Development. The Second International Workshop On Collaboration Agents: Autonomous Agents for Collaborative Environments, September 20, 2004 - Beijing, China.

         Li Guo, Yun-Heh Chen-Burger, Dave Robertson. Mapping a business process model to a semantic web services model. 2004 IEEE International Conference on Web Services, July 6-9, 2004, San Diego, California, USA.

         Yun-Heh Chen-Burger, Kit-Ying Hui, Alun D. Preece, Peter M. D. Gray, Austin Tate. Supporting Collaboration through Semantic-based Workflow and Constraint Solving. The 14th International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management (EKAW) 2004 5-8th October 2004 - Whittlebury Hall, Northamptonshire, UK.

         Chapter of book, “Formal Support for Adaptive Workflow Systems in a Distributed Environment”, Workflow Handbook 2003, Editor: Layna Fischer, published in association with the Workflow Management Coalition, Future Strategies Inc., USA, April 2003. (Workflow Management Coalition is one of the most influential standard organisations for business process modelling and workflow.) 

         Chapter of book: "Knowledge Sharing and Inconsistency Checking on Organisation Knowledge", Knowledge Management and Organizational Memories, Editors: Rose Dieng-Kuntz, Nada Matta. Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers, Boston Hardbound, ISBN 0-7923-7659-5, July 2002.

         International Journal of Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering, 1999. "Formal Support for an Informal Business Modelling Method".

         Informatics Report Series: EDI-INF-RR-0154, School of Informatics, The University of Edinburgh, Oct 2002. “Informal Semantics for the FBPML Data Language”. 

         European Conference of Artificial Intelligence, Knowledge Management and Organisational Memories Workshop, 2002. “Enterprise Modelling: A Declarative Approach for FBPML”. 

         The 17th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, IJCAI 2001, Knowledge Management and Organizational Memories Workshop and its proceedings, Seattle, Washington, August 2001. “Knowledge Sharing and Inconsistency Checking on Multiple Enterprise Models”.

         Informatics Report Series, University of Edinburgh, EDI-INF-RR-0036, Feb 2001. “Knowledge Based Multi-Perspective Framework For Enterprise Modelling”.

         PhD Thesis: "Formal Support for an Informal Business Modelling Method", The School of Artificial Intelligence, The University of Edinburgh, 2000.

         The 13th International Conference on Applications of Prolog (INAP 2000), Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, October 20-22, 2000. Workshop on Supporting Organisational Learning: Knowledge Management and Case-based Reasoning (SOL'2000). “A Modelling Support Framework for Enterprise Knowledge Capturing, Sharing and Reusing”.

         European Conference of Artificial Intelligence, Knowledge Management and Organizational Memories workshop, Berlin, 2000. “A Case-Based Reasoning Framework for Enterprise Model Building, Sharing and Reusing”.

         The DARPA-JFACC Symposium on Advances in Enterprise Control, November 1999, San Diego, USA . "Knowledge-Based Automatic Verification and Validation for Business Models".

         The Tenth International Conference on Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering, 1998. It was selected as one of the best papers for the conference by the program committee. This paper is also a DAI research paper no. 891 at The University of Edinburgh. "Formal Support for an Informal Business Modelling Method".

         Technical Paper DP174 at The University of Edinburgh, Thesis Proposal: "The Formalisation of Business Modelling" , 1996.

         The 15th annual Conference of the British Computer Society Specialist Group on Expert Systems, Cambridge, 1995. "KBST: A Support Tool for Business Modelling in BSDM"

         MSc. Thesis for Knowledge Based System Scheme: "KBST: A Support Tool for Business Modelling in BSDM", The University of Edinburgh, 1994.

         MSc. Thesis for a Telecommunication and Networking Program: "Data Transmission Over An Insecure Channel" , The University of Missouri, Kansas City, 1991.


Program Committee and Reviewer for Journals:

Honours and Activities: (Selected)

July 9-13, 2005

The Seventeenth Innovative Applications of AI Conference (AAAI 2005). The Planning and Scheduling for Autonomic Computing, Grid and Web Services Workshop. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Workshop Organiser

May 9-12, 2005

The 5th IEEE International Symposium on Cluster Computing and the Grid. Cardiff, UK

Conference Session Chair

July 2004 - present

The Semantic Web and Information Systems: Cultivating The Semantic Web Vision in Information System Newsletter

Residence Columnist for the Semantic Web Technologies Column

April 2003

The University of Cap Town, South Africa

External examiner for PhD Degree, thesis title: “A framework for the analysis and evaluation of generic enterprise models”, student name: Jean-Paul van Belle

Sep. 2001

The University of Edinburgh

Examiner for Master Degree by Research thesis proposal, student name: Chris Lin

Oct. 2001 – Present

The University of Edinburgh

First supervisor for MSc student project, second supervisor for PhD student research

Dec. 1998 – Present

The International Journal of Knowledge and Information Systems

Reviewer for paper publications in the journal

Apr. 2000 – Aug. 2002

Informatics, The University of Edinburgh

Organiser for The AIAI/IRR Informatics Seminar Series

2000 – Present

AIAI, The University of Edinburgh

Organiser for various workshops

May 2001

Informatics Jamboree 2001, The University of Edinburgh

Invited Speaker for Research Associate Panel 

May 2000

Informatics Jamboree 2000, The University of Edinburgh

Invited Speaker

Mar. 2000

Innovation Programme and System Engineering Workshop: ESRC's Innovation Programme, and the EPSRC's Systems Engineering for Business Process Change programme. 

Invited Speaker

Aug. 1995 - Jul. 1998 

IBM United Kingdom Ltd.

Awarded a PhD Scholarship

Aug. 1995 – Sep. 1998

The University of Edinburgh

Organiser for The SSP/Knowledge Based Systems Group Seminar

Oct. 1995 – Sep. 1996

The Edinburgh Taiwanese Student Society


Oct. 1993 – Sep. 1994

The Edinburgh Taiwanese Student Society

Member of Steering Committee and Activity Organiser

Aug. 1988 - May 1990

University of Missouri, Kansas City, USA

Received The University Chancellor Award

Nov. 1984 - May 1985

The National Taipei City College of Business, Taipei, Taiwan

Member of University Debating and Speech Team; School Representative to receive Chancellors from USA and Canadian Universities

Selected Experiences:

         Reviewer for papers/chapters in conferences, journals and books: The International Journal of Data and Knowledge Engineering, Elsevier Computer Science; The International Journal of Knowledge and Information Systems (KAIS); IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering; IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering; Book Chapter in "GRID COMPUTING: SOFTWARE ENVIRONMENTS AND TOOLS", Jose C. Cunha and Omer F. Rana (Eds), Springer Verlag, 2004; PKAW 2002: The 2002 Pacific Rim Knowledge Acquisition Workshop.

         Project manager for Grid Computing Advanced Research Project.

         IRC (Inter-disciplined Research Council) CoAKTinG Project (Collaborative Advanced Knowledge Technologies in the Grid): I work independently as well as collaboratively with AKT participants.

         IRC (Inter-disciplined Research Council) AKT (Advanced Knowledge Technologies) Project: I work independently as well as collaboratively with AKT participants. My main research area is to formalise and provide formal support for enterprise modelling methods within the context of organisation and knowledge management.

         Independent work as a first supervisor for MSc project, and as a co- and 2nd supervisor for PhD students. 

         Short commercial course/workshop: I design and run applied AI techniques courses and workshops for commercial clients. The main areas are Case-Based Reasoning, Business Process Modelling, Knowledge Engineering, Management and Ontology.

         Technology Transfer Project for industry: I lead Technology Transfer Project for a commercial client in the area of rich process representation, business process modelling and workflow system.

         Air Force Operation Enterprise Modelling Project: I work independently to develop Multiple Perspective Enterprise Models as a part of six teams. During the project, I work independently to create a Meta-Model, a BSDM Business Model, an interaction model using RAC Diagram, and several models using UML. I also developed a tool (KBST-EM) that is similar to the tool built during my PhD project to support my model building activities. KBST-EM is capable of automatic representing knowledge from the model and translating components between different methods.

         PhD research project on the formalisation and use of business models: I have developed a formal method that can be used to support a business modelling method (IBM's BSDM). Based on this formal method, I have also developed a framework and a knowledge based tool  (KBST-BM) to support the development lifecycle for building business models. The tool supports the storage, navigation and retrieval of business models. It automatically represents knowledge and provides intelligent inferencing ability to explicitly display implications of a business model.  Based on the formal method, the tool  is able to perform automatic verification and validation on models with the appropriate error correction advice. The dynamic aspects of  a business model can be displayed and forecasted using the simulation capability of the tool; the model building knowledge can be stored in an internal library and reused to provide automatic model  building guidance based on CBR techniques. The development of the formal method and the tool is entirely my own effort.

         Research project: participating in The Enterprise Project aimed at building a knowledge based tool - "Toolset"; tasks involved knowledge acquisition from clients, model building using an adapted IDEF3 method and the evaluation of "Toolset". Other participants of the project were members of AIAI, IBM, Unilever, and Lloyd's Register.

         Commercial project: participant in a Reverse Engineering Project, led by IBM; I independently carried out tasks such as reverse engineering a system written in C++ into the object-oriented modelling language OMT  and Booch; and a comparison of OO modelling tools:  Rational Rose and Paradigm Plus.

         Programming languages: Prolog, Clips, Lisp, SQL, C, C++, Pascal, Basic, Maple, COBOL.

         Database systems: Ingres, ObjectStore.

         Machine platforms: Unix (Sun Workstation), Microsoft Windows, Mac OS.

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