U.S. Department of Energy

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

The Evolving Landscape for Ontologies and Semantic Technologies

Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Dr. Deborah McGuinness
Open source ontologies exist in most domains, often developed and maintained by communities, and are in broad usage in a wide range of domains and applications. In this talk, trends in ontologies, their usage, and their supporting semantic environments will be introduced, as well as describing successes and challenges through the use of examples.
Speaker Bio

Dr. Deborah McGuinness is the Tetherless World Professor of Computer and Cognitive Science, and the founding director of the Web Science Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is a leading authority on the semantic web and has been working in knowledge representation and reasoning environments for over 25 years. Deborah's primary research thrusts include work on explanation, trust, ontologies, eScience, open data, and semantically-enabled schema and data integration. Prior to joining RPI, Deborah was the acting director of the Knowledge Systems, Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and Senior Research Scientist in the Computer Science Department of Stanford University. Deborah is also widely known for her leading role in the development of the W3C Recommended Web Ontology Language (OWL) and her work on earlier description logic languages and environments. She has built and deployed numerous ontology environments and ontology-enhanced applications, including some that have been in continuous use for over a decade at AT&T and Lucent, and two that have won deployment awards. She has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers and has authored granted patents in knowledge based systems, ontology environments, configuration, and search technology. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a recipient of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Robert Engelmore Award.


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