- Sören Auer (Universität Bonn - Fraunhofer IAIS)
- Philippe Beaune (Institut Henri Fayol - ENS Mines Saint-Étienne)
- Jérôme David (INRIA/LIG - Université Pierre Mendès France)
- Frédérique Laforest (Laboratoire Claude Chappe - Télécom Saint-Étienne)
- Christoph Lange (Universität Bonn - Fraunhofer IAIS)
- Pierre Maret (Laboratoire Hubert Curien - Université Jean Monnet)
- Xavier Serpaggi (Institut Henri Fayol - ENS Mines Saint-Étienne)
- Thomas Steiner (LIRIS / Google)
- Antoine Zimmermann (Institut Henri Fayol - ENS Mines Saint-Étienne)
Confirmed keynotes, instructors and tutors
Universität Bonn / Fraunhofer
Prof. Sören Auer holds the chair for Enterprise Information Systems at University of Bonn and leads a research group at Fraunhofer Insitute for Analysis and Information Systems (IAIS). Sören has made substantial contributions to social and semantic web technologies, knowledge engineering, usability, as well as databases and information systems. Sören is author of over 80 peer-reviewed scientific publications. Sören is leading the European Union’s FP7-ICT flagship project LOD2 comprising 15 partners from 11 countries. He is co-founder of several high-impact research and community projects such as DBpedia, SlideWiki.org, LinkedGeoData and OntoWiki. organiser and co-programme chair of renowned scientific conferences, area editor of the Semantic Web Journal, serves as an expert for industry, EC, W3C and advisory board member of the Open Knowledge Foundation.
MKi, Open University
Mathieu d’Aquin is a Research Fellow at the Knowledge Media Institute of the The Open University. He obtained is PhD in 2005 from the University of Nancy, France, where he worked on concrete applications of semantic technologies in the medical domain. He is now leading research around concrete solutions for the realization of applications producing and consuming linked data, as well as on more fundamental aspects of the Semantic Web (ontology modularization, evolution and matching, Semantic Web reasoning and analysis). He has been a key member in a number of European projects applying linked data and Semantic Web technologies in a variety of concrete scenarios. Recently, I have been working on aspects related to the use of semantic technologies and the Semantic Web for monitoring and managing online personal information. Mathieu d’Aquin was Vice-Chair for the 2010 conference on Web Intelligence, Chair of the Ontology Track at the Extended Semantic Web Conference 2011, Vice-director of the International Summer School on Ontological Reasoning and the Semantic Web in 2009 and 2011, senior programme committee member for the International Semantic Web Conference in 2011, Poster and Demo chair of EKAW 2012. He was also program chair for the K-CAP 2013 conference in Banff, Canada and Programme chair of the ESWC 2014 PhD Symposium. Mathieu d’Aquin was recognised in 2011 as one of the 10 most promising young researchers in artificial intelligence, through the “AI 10 to watch” award from the prestigious magazine IEEE Intelligent Systems, and has won numerous other awards especially related to innovative applications of semantic technologies.
University of Birmingham
Aba-Sah Dadzie is a research fellow with the HCI Centre at the University of Birmingham, UK. She currently works on the EU project JuxtaLearn and the AHRC-funded project Cultural Intermediation, both of which involve UI design to support exploratory information discovery. She spent nearly 7 years with the OAK Group at the University of Sheffield, where she worked on Semantic Web-driven knowledge management and user-centred visual analytics, with application largely to enterprise organisations. She has worked on a number of EU and UK research council and UK DTI-funded projects, including X-Media, Time to Change and IPAS. She has over 40 peer-reviewed publications and reviews for a number of conferences and journals. She is a founding co-chair of the 'Making Sense of Microposts' Workshop series and co-organised a conference tutorial on IR from Semantic Web Data and on HCI for the Semantic Web. Having worked in industry prior to returning to academia, a key criterion of her research is to ensure that it has application and utility in the wider world.
Université Pierre-Mendès France, INRIA-LIG, Grenoble
Jérôme David is associate professor at Université Pierre-Mendès France in Grenoble, France and conducts his research in Laboratoire d'Informatique de Grenoble (LIG), in a research group of the Institut Nationale de Recherche en Informatique et Automatique (INRIA). His main interest is in ontology matching and data interlinking.
INSIGHT, National University of Ireland, Galway
Stefan Decker is the director of INSIGHT Galway, formerly known as DERI, and Full Professor at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Previously, he worked at ISI, University of Southern California (2 years, Research Assistant Professor and Computer Scientist), Stanford University, Computer Science Department (Database Group) (3 Years, PostDoc and Research Associate), and Institute AIFB, University of Karlsruhe (now KIT Karlsruhe) (4 years, PhD Student and Junior Researcher). He is one of the most cited authors in the field of the Semantic Web.
Paul Groth is an assistant professor in the Web & Media Group at the VU University of Amsterdam and a member of its Network Institute. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Southampton (2007) and has done research at the University of Southern California. His research focuses on dealing with large amounts of diverse contextualized knowledge with a particular focus on the web and science applications. This includes research in data provenance, web and data science, knowledge and data integration and knowledge sharing. Paul was co-chair of the W3C Provenance Working Group that created a standard for provenance interchange and is co-author of Provenance: an Introduction to PROV. Currently, he is a key contributor to Open PHACTS, a project to develop a provenance-enabled platform for large scale pharmacological information. He blogs at http://thinklinks.wordpress.com/ and you can find him on twitter: @pgroth.
Markus Krötzsch is a research group leader at the Department of Computer Science of the Technical University of Dresden. He obtained his Ph.D. at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in 2010, and thereafter worked as a researcher and departmental lecturer at the University of Oxford until October 2013. His research is focused on ontology languages, reasoning, and data access. Notable projects he was involved in include the standardisation of the OWL 2 Web Ontology Language, the semantic content management system Semantic MediaWiki, the efficient ontology reasoner ELK, and, most recently, Wikipedia's open knowledge base Wikidata.
Universität Bonn / Fraunhofer
Christoph Lange has led a sub-group in the Enterprise Information Systems group at the University of Bonn, Germany, and the “Organized Knowledge” department at the Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems (IAIS) since 2013. He holds a Ph.D. from Jacobs University Bremen, Germany, for enabling collaboration on semiformal mathematical knowledge by semantic web integration. His research is broadly concerned with representing expressive knowledge in complex domains in a formal but scalable way using linked open data, which enables machine support with quality assessment, retrieval, publishing, collaborative authoring, etc. Application domains range from scholarly communication to enterprise information integration. Christoph has organised numerous conferences, challenges and workshops on semantic web and intelligent computer mathematics topics.
Axel Polleres joined the Institute of Information Business of Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Wien) in Sept 2013 as a full professor in the area of "Data and Knowledge Engineering". He obtained his Ph.D. and habilitation from Vienna University of Technology and worked at University of Innsbruck, Austria, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain, the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI) at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and for Siemens AG's Corporate Technology Research division before joining WU Wien. His current research interests include Knowledge Representation, Data Management, Semantic Web technologies, and Linked Open Data. He has worked in several European and national research projects in these areas. Axel has published more than 100 articles in journals, books, and conference and workshop contributions and co-organised several international conferences and workshops in the areas of logic programming, Semantic Web, data management, Web services and related topics and acts as editorial board member for SWJ and IJSWIS. Moreover, he actively contributed to international standardisation efforts within the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) where he co-chaired the W3C SPARQL working group.
Eric Prud'hommeaux is a sanitation engineer employed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) at MIT. While at W3C, he has developed and implemented several computer communication standards, contributing in the process to open source projects like libwww, Apache, Mozilla, MySQL and SWObjects. He is working with other standards organizations like HL7, CDISC and FDA to add Web technology to existing clinical informatics practice. Eric's focus on scalable, machine-useful knowledge led him to work with XML, XML Protocols and finally the Semantic Web. His research on semantic exploitation of existing infrastructure (relational databases, XML services, etc.) provides him with a reallistic but optimistic insight into how to stitch the world's knowledge together.
HPI, Universität Potsdam
Harald Sack is Senior Researcher at the Hasso Plattner Institute for IT Systems Engineering (HPI) at the University of Potsdam, Germany. He obtained a PhD in theoretical computer science from the University of Trier in 2002. After working as a postdoc at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, he received a visiting position at HPI, where he established the research group 'Semantic Technologies and Multimedia Retrieval' which he is heading. His areas of research include semantic technologies, knowledge discovery, ontological engineering, multimedia analysis & retrieval as well as semantic enabled retrieval. He was involved in various national and international research projects including the THESEUS research program of the German government (2009-2012) and codeveloped technologies for future multimedia libraries (CONTENTUS). He is coinitiator of the DWerft project, funded by the German ministry of education and research that focuses on semantic data integration in the media value chain (20142017). Harald Sack is charter member and general secretary of the 2008 founded German IPv6 Council. He serves as Senior PC member, PC member or Chair of numerous international conferences and workshops related to semantic technologies and multimedia retrieval. Harald Sack has published more than 90 papers in international journals and conferences including standard textbooks on networking technologies and Linked Data. He is cofounder of yovisto GmbH and member in the German DBpedia chapter.
Université Lyon / Google
Thomas Steiner is a proud dad-of-three, a Customer Solutions Engineer at Google Germany GmbH, Hamburg, Germany, a cand. PhD at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain, and a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Lyon, France. His main research interests these days are the Semantic Web, Social Networks, Multimedia Semantics, Linked Data, and the architectural style REST. He holds two Master of Computer Science degrees, one from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany and the other from the École Nationale Supérieure d'Informatique et de Mathématiques Appliquées de Grenoble, France. In addition to that, he works on making the Internet a better place, tweets as @tomayac and blogs at blog.tomayac.com.
École des mines de Saint-Étienne
Antoine Zimmermann gratuated from the École Nationnale Supérieure d'Informatique et de Mathématiques Appliquées de Grenoble and got a Master of Science from the Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France. He hold a Doctorate in Computer Science from Université Joseph Fourier, where he defended his thesis in October 2008. Between February 2009 and September 2010, he worked at the Digital Enterprise Research Institute, at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Between October 2010 and August 2011, he was a lecturer at Institut Nationale de Sciences Appliquées de Lyon (INSA Lyon) and a researcher at Laboratoire d'InfoRmatique en Image et Système d'information (LIRIS). Since September 2011, he is teaching at École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint Étienne and conducts his research in Institut Henri Fayol. His research interests are related to knowledge representation and reasoning in open, decentralised environments such as the World Wide Web, where the notion of context of information is key. This leads him to investigate the fields of contextual reasoning, annotated logics, reasoning with provenance, time, uncertainty, fuzziness, access control; the Semantic Web, the Web of data, Linked Data, open data. Antoine is a believer in open standards and has participated in W3C standardisation groups OWL 2 and RDF 1.1. He is the main organiser of the Web Intelligence Summer School on the Web of Data, WISS 2014.