Mohammed Odeh: Heads the Software Engineering Research Group in the Faculty of Environment and Technology of the University of West of England and is KHCC Professor of Cancer Care Informatics. Mohammed has co-founded Cancer Care Informatics as a dedicated initiative and discipline that includes the 1st International Conference on Cancer Care Informatics, the 1st MSc in Cancer Care Informatics taught, and a research program jointly run by King Hussein Cancer Center and the University of Jordan, with input from the University of West of England, Bristol, UK. He is also the co-founder and co-editor in chief of the forthcoming International Journal on Cancer Care Informatics. He has more than 34 years of research and development experience in the engineering of software systems with an in-depth interest in Systems of Systems software engineering applied to cancer care and aerospace, Knowledge-driven Requirements Engineering, and Bridging the Gap between Business Processes and IT Systems. Mohammed was co-organiser of the 5th IEEE CloudCom Conference in December 2013 and introduced the first Requirements Engineering for Cloud Computing (RECC) in the IEEE CloudCom Conference. He has been the UWE Bristol principal investigator on the OntoREM (Ontology-driven Requirements Engineering Methodology) and as a joint inventor of OntoREM with Dr. Kossmann from Airbus, with a US patent that has been fully granted. He was an associate editor of the INCOSE/Wiley Systems Engineering and sat on the editorial board of the IAJIT journal. Also, he is on the steering committee of the ACIT conference series. He has been UWE Bristol co-investigator on EU FP5, FP6, and FP7 projects. Mohammed was the program leader and co-organizer of the 2015 EICM Conference in Bristol, UK.
Cancer Care Informatics is concerned with the employment of informatics to empower the process of cancer care, where the cancer patient is holistically the focus in the cancer care journey involving all the concerned stakeholders. A number of socio-technical systems work together in order to serve the holistic process of care for the cancer patient. Hence, cancer care will emerge as systems of systems arrangement – of autonomous and heterogeneous systems – providing cancer care software services during the cancer patient journey, including lifelong services for all stakeholders concerned. In this keynote, a systems and software engineering holistic approach will be presented that has already led to the establishment of the new discipline of cancer care informatics. A number of sub-disciplines will be critically explored in empowering the process of cancer care, including the employment of requirements engineering, information strategy, and architecture, quality governance, change management, cancer bioinformatics with reference to advances in next-generation sequencing vs. optical mapping, cancer genetic counselling cancer registries and cancer surveillance, data analytics for cancer processes improvement, etc. Throughout the delivery of this keynote speech, a number of examples will be provided to state-of-the-art research and development work, where informatics have been contributing to the holistic empowerment of the process of cancer care.