Invited Speakers

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Ontology Design Patterns for Large-Scale Data Interchange and Discovery

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Ontology design patterns have been conceived as modular and reusable building blocks for ontology modeling. Motivated by our ongoing work on Earth Science applications, we show how ontology design patterns also lend themselves to large-scale data integration under heterogeneity. In particular, they simplify several key aspects of the ontology application life cycle, including collaborative modeling and updates, incorporation of different perspectives, data-model alignment, and social barriers to adoption.

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Pascal Hitzler is Director of the Data Semantics Laboratory at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, U.S.A. From 2004 to 2009, he was Akademischer Rat at the Institute for Applied Informatics and Formal Description Methods (AIFB) at the University of Karlsruhe in Germany, and from 2001 to 2004 he was postdoctoral researcher at the Artificial Intelligence institute at TU Dresden in Germany. In 2001 he obtained a PhD in Mathematics from the National University of Ireland, University College Cork, and in 1998 a Diplom (Master equivalent) in Mathematics from the University of T\"u{}bingen in Germany. His research record lists over 250 publications in such diverse areas as semantic web, neural-symbolic integration, knowledge representation and reasoning, machine learning, denotational semantics, and set-theoretic topology. He is Editor-in-chief of the Semantic Web journal by IOS Press, and of the IOS Press book series Studies on the Semantic Web. He is co-author of the W3C Recommendation OWL 2 Primer, and of the book Foundations of Semantic Web Technologies by CRC Press, 2010 which was named as one out of seven Outstanding Academic Titles 2010 in Information and Computer Science by the American Library Association's Choice Magazine, and has translations into German and Chinese. He is on the editorial board of several journals and book series and on the steering committee of the RR conference series, and he frequently acts as conference chair in various functions, including e.g. General Chair (RR2012), Program Chair (AIMSA2014, ODBASE2011, RR2010), Track Chair (ESWC2013, ESWC20111, ISWC2010), Workshop Chair (K-Cap2013), Sponsor Chair (ISWC2013, RR2009, ESWC2009). For more information, see http://www.pascal-hitzler.de.

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Arianna Betti is Professor of Philosophy of Language at the University of Amsterdam. After studying historical and systematic aspects of ideas such as axiom, truth and fact (Against facts, MIT Press, 2014), she is now trying to trace the development of ideas such as these with computational techniques. She has been doing research at the universities of Krakow, Salzburg, Graz, Leiden, Warsaw and Lund and held research grants among others from the European Research Council, the Italian CNR, and the Dutch NWO and CLARIN-NL. She is a member of the Young Academy of KNAW and several other international organisations dealing with research policy and topics such as science and society, open access and sustainability of research.

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Oscar Corcho is an Associate Professor at Universidad Politecnica de Madrid. His research activities are focused on Semantic e-Science and Real World Internet, although he also works in the more general areas of Semantic Web and Ontological Engineering. In these areas, he has participated in a number of EU projects (DrInventor, Wf4Ever, PlanetData, SemsorGrid4Env, ADMIRE, OntoGrid, Esperonto, Knowledge Web and OntoWeb), Spanish R&D projects, as well as privately-funded projects like ICPS funded by the World Health Organisation, and HALO funded by Vulcan Inc. Previously, he worked as a Marie Curie research fellow at the University of Manchester, and was a research manager at iSOCO. He holds a degree in Computer Science, an MSc in Software Engineering and a PhD in Computational Science and Artificial Intelligence from UPM. He was awarded the Third National Award by the Spanish Ministry of Education in 2001. He has published several books (including "Ontological Engineering" which is used as a reference book in many universities worldwide), and more than 100 papers in journals, conferences and workshops. He has participated in the organisation or in the programme committees of many relevant international conferences and workshops.