Introduction to the Semantic Web Tutorial

26 - 30 October 2008
Sean Bechhofer is a Lecturer in the Information Management Group of the University of Manchester, having spent the period from 1993 to 2004 as a Research Fellow. His research interests are centered around the technologies required to implement and deliver the Semantic Web and over the last ten years, he has helped produce a number of tools and infrastructure to support the use of Semantic Web technology. Through the COHSE project, Sean was involved in marrying together hypermedia and semantics, producing an early example of a Semantic Web system. He was primarily responsible for the development of OilEd, one of the first ontology development tools to utilise DL style reasoning. He was a participant in the W3C WebOnt Ontology Language Working Group, providing an implementation of a validating parser for OWL along with supporting infrastructure for the use of OWL in applications. Sean is also currently Research Area Manager for the EU Network of Excellence KnowledgeWeb, an EU thematic network that co-ordinates leading research groups in the Semantic Web area. He has given a number of invited talks and tutorials and has published over fifty articles in journals, conferences and workshops.
Website | Sean Bechhofer

Fabio Ciravegna is professor of Language and Knowledge technologies at the University of Sheffield, UK. His interests are on the intersection between the Semantic Web, Information Extraction and (large scale) Knowledge Management. He is the director of the EU Integrated project X-Media ( on Large Scale Knowledge Management across Media which involves 15 partners and has a budget of €13.6M. He is also principal investigator in IPAS (, a project jointly sponsored by the UK DTI and Rolls-Royce plc on advanced knowledge management in the aerospace industry. He collaborates with a number of companies including Rolls-Royce, Fiat, Kodak Eastman and Lycos. From 2002-2005 he was director of the European project _Dot.Kom_, a project on Information Extraction from Text for Knowledge Management. Fabio holds a PhD from the University of East Anglia and a Doctorship from the University of Torino, Italy.
Website | Fabio Ciravegna

Prof. John Domingue is the Deputy Director of the Knowledge Media Institute at The Open University, UK. He has published over 100 refereed articles in the areas of semantic Web services, semantic web, ontologies and human computer interaction. Up until last year he was the Scientific Director of DIP an EU Integrated Project (IP) on semantic Web services which involved 17 partners and had a budget of 16M Euros. Also last year he Chaired the European Semantic Web conference. Currently he is the Scientific Director of SUPER another EU IP which unites semantic Web services and business process modeling. Prof. Domingue also currently sits on the Steering Committee for the European Semantic Conference Series, is a co-Chair of the WSMO working group and a co-Chair of the OASIS Semantic Execution Environment Technical committee.
Website | Prof. John Domingue

Jérôme Euzenat is senior research scientist at INRIA (Montbonnot, France). He has set up and leads the INRIA Exmo team dedicated to "Computer-mediated communication of structured knowledge" which is also part of the Laboratoire d'Informatique de Grenoble (Grenoble computer science lab). Dr Euzenat has contributed to reasoning maintenance systems, object-based knowledge representation, symbolic temporal granularity, collaborative knowledge base construction, multimedia document adaptation and semantic web technologies. His all time interests are tied to the relationships holding between various representations of the same situation. Hence, his interest in connecting heterogeneous ontologies. His work on heterogeneity, partially carried out in Knowledge web, has been recently published as a book, Ontology matching, written in collaboration with Pavel Shvaiko.
Website | Jérôme Euzenat

Aldo Gangemi is senior research scientist at the Institute for Cognitive Sciences and Technology of the Italian National Research Council. He is co-founder of the Laboratory for Applied Ontology, a leading research unit in the areas of conceptual modeling, formal ontology, and ontology engineering.

His research topics include knowledge engineering, the semantic web, NLP, and business modeling, with more than 100 international refereed publications.

He has been working in Italian and EU projects, spanning from the pioneering biomedical ontology project Galen (1992) to the ongoing project NeOn. He also coordinates the Italian National Research Council research programme on semantic intrawebs.

His work in ontology engineering concentrates on collaborative aspects of ontology lifecycle, ontology design patterns, reengineering methods for ontology construction, organizational knowledge management, foundational ontologies (he's one of the designers of DOLCE), and metamodels for lexical knowledge bases.
Website | Aldo Gangemi

Prof. Asunción Gómez-Pérez is Professor at the Univ. Politécnica de Madrid and director or the OEG at UPM. She has a B.A. in Computer Science (1990), M.S.C. on Knowledge Engineering (1991), Ph.D. in Computer Sciences (1993) and MS.C. on Business Administration (1994). She was visiting (1994-1995) the Knowledge Systems Laboratory at Stanford University. She also was the Executive Director (1995-1998) of the Artificial Intelligent Laboratory at the School.

The most representative projects she is participating are: SEEMP (FP6-23747), NeOn (FP6-027595), OntoGrid (FP6-511513) as project coordinator, Knowledge Web NoE (Fp6-507482) acting as Scientific Vice-director, Esperonto (IST-2001-34373), the OntoWeb (IST-2000-25056) thematic network, and also the MKBEEM (IST-1999-10589) project.

She has published more than 150 papers on the above issues. She has led several national and international projects related with ontologies and the semantic web funded by various institutions and/or companies related. She is author of one book on Ontological Engineering and co-author of a book on Knowledge Engineering.

She has been codirector of the summer school on Ontological Engineering and the Semantic Web in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. She was program chair of ESWC'05 and was of EKAW'02. She has been co-organizer of the workshops and conferences on ontologies at ECAI-04, IJCAI-03, ECAI-02, IJCAI-01, ECAI-00, IJCAI-99, ECAI-98, SSS-97 and ECAI-96. She has tought tutorials on Ontological Engineering at the summer schools.
Website | Prof. Asunción Gómez-Pérez

Prof. Jim Hendler is the Tetherless World Senior Constellation Chair at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he directs the "Future of Information" Project and has appointments in the Department of Computer Science and the Cognitive Science Dept. He also serves as the Associate Director of the Web Science Research Initiative headquartered at MIT. Hendler has authored about 200 technical papers in the areas of artificial intelligence, Semantic Web, agent-based computing and high performance processing. He is the Editor in Chief of IEEE Intelligent Systems and is the first computer scientist to serve on the Board of Reviewing Editors for Science.
Website | Prof. Jim Hendler

David Martin is a Senior Computer Scientist in the Artificial Intelligence Center at SRI International, where he has been on the research staff since 1994. He has worked extensively in the field of agent-based systems, and was one of the principal designers of the Open Agent Architecture (OAA). He was a Principal Investigator for SRI's DAML (DARPA Agent Markup Language) project, and serves as chair of the research coalition that developed OWL-S, a service description ontology for the Semantic Web. He was also co-chair of the language subcommittee of The Semantic Web Services Initiative (SWSI).

He has organized several Semantic Web Services workshops, and was a co-chair of the World Wide Web Consortium's 2005 Workshop on Frameworks for Semantics in Web Services. He is engaged in several projects that are technologies.
Website | David Martin

Dr. Mathieu d'Aquin is a researcher at the Knowledge Media Institute of the Open University (United Kingdom). He obtained a PhD from the University of Nancy, France, where he worked on real-life applications of semantic technologies to medical knowledge management and decision support. As a member of the EU Integrated Project NeOn, his main research interests concern techniques such as modularization and alignment for ontology management, as well as infrastructures to support the development of next generation Semantic Web applications (the Watson Semantic Web search engine). As such, Mathieu is involved in the development of several Semantic Web applications, covering various topics (e.g. ontology building, ontology alignment, semantic search) and domains.
Website | Dr. Mathieu d'Aquin

Natasha Noy is a Senior Research Scientist at Stanford Medical Informatics. She is a principal member of the Protégé group, where she works on tools for ontology management, including versioning, mapping, and modularization of ontologies. She is currently involved in the design of the next-generation Protégé system that will support collaborative development of ontologies. Natasha is also affiliated with the National Center for Biomedical Ontologies, where she works on community-based approaches to ontology evaluation, review, and alignment.
Website | Natasha Noy