The 8th Summer School on Ontology Engineering and the Semantic Web (SSSW'11)

July 10, 2011 - July 16, 2011. Cercedilla, near Madrid (Spain)

Important Dates

  • 10-Jan-2011 - Registration opens
  • 31-Mar-2011 - Registration closes
  • 29-Apr-2011 - Notification of acceptance
  • 20-May-2011 - Deadline for payments
  • 10-Jul-2011 - Summer school starts
  • 16-Jul-2011 - Summer school ends


The Open University Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Yahoo! Research Barcelona
SmartProducts SemsorGrid4Env SEALS
IR Group at UAM Talis iSOCO
IKS Digital.Me WeGov
NeOn Technologies Foundation Atos Origin


  • Talis student grant announced
  • New invited speaker announced: Harith Alani
  • Registration open
  • Summer School Announced
  • Website launched

Invited Speakers

Harith Alani

Harith Alani (The Open University, UK)

Harith Alani is a senior lecturer at the Knowledge Media institute (KMi), where he is heading a group specialising in social semantics. He is also a fellow of the Web Science Trust, and from 2000-2009 he worked as a senior research fellow at the School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS), University of Southampton. He is on the editorial board of the Semantic Web Journal (SWJ), and a member of the newly established IFIP working group on Social Semantics (IFIP WG12.7). He has published more than 70 articles, and served in the organisation committee of 15 international semantic web conferences and workshops. He is the chair of the ISWC 2011 Semantic Web In-Use track, and a chair of the Sensor Web track for ESWC 2011. He has been involved as a researcher and principle investigator in several Semantic Web research projects. His main research interests are social semantics, web science, ontology searching and ranking, and offline-online social network tracking and analysis.

Manfred Hauswirth

Manfred Hauswirth (Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI) and National University of Ireland)

Since July 2006 Manfred Hauswirth is Vice-Director of the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI), Galway, Ireland and professor at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG). He holds an M.S. (1994) and a Ph.D. (1999) in computer science from the Technical University of Vienna. From January 2002 to September 2006 he was a senior researcher at the Distributed Information Systems Laboratory of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). Prior to his work at EPFL he was an assistant professor at the Distributed Systems Group at the TU Vienna. His main research interests are on semantic sensor networks, sensor networks middleware, large-scale semantics-enabled distributed information systems and applications, peer-to-peer systems, Internet of things, self-organization and self-management, Semantic Web services, and distributed systems security. He has published over 100 papers in these domains, he has co-authored a book on distributed software architectures and several book chapters on P2P data management and semantics. He has served in over 150 program committees of international scientific conferences and was program co-chair of the Seventh IEEE International Conference on Peer-to-Peer Computing in 2007 and general chair of the Fifth European Semantic Web Conference in 2008. He is a member of IEEE and ACM and is on the board of WISEN, the Irish Wireless Sensors Enterprise Led Network , and the scientific board of the Corporate Semantic Web research center at FU Berlin. His hobbies are music, reading, skiing, travelling, and since very recently - golf.

Jim Hendler

Jim Hendler (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)

Jim Hendler is the Tetherless World Professor of Computer and Cognitive Science, and the Assistant Dean for Information Technology, at Rensselaer. He is also an faculty affiliate of the Experimenal Multimedia Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) and he also serves as a Director of the international Web Science Research Initiative and is a visiting Professor at the Institute of Creative Technology at DeMontfort University in Leicester, UK. Hendler has authored about 200 technical papers in the areas of artificial intelligence, Semantic Web, agent-based computing and high performance processing. One of the inventors of Semantic Hendler was the recipient of a 1995 Fulbright Foundation Fellowship, is a member of the US Air Force Science Advisory Board, and is a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence and the British Computer Society. He is also the former Chief Scientist of the Information Systems Office at the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and was awarded a US Air Force Exceptional Civilian Service Medal in 2002. He is the Editor-in-Chief emeritus of IEEE Intelligent Systems and is the first computer scientist to serve on the Board of Reviewing Editors for Science.

Martin Hepp

Martin Hepp (Universität der Bundeswehr München)

Martin Hepp is a professor of general management and e-business at Universität der Bundeswehr München in Germany, where he heads the e-business and Web Science Research Group, and the CEO of Hepp Research GmbH. His key research interest is in using structured, linked data on a Web scale for e-business, in particular matchmaking and product data reuse. As part of his research, he developed the GoodRelations and eClassOWL ontologies, now widely used by companies like BestBuy and Yahoo for describing offers on the Web. Also, he was the organizer of more than fifteen workshops and conference tracks on conceptual modeling, Semantic Web topics, and information systems and member of more than sixty conference and workshop program committees, including ASWC, ESWC, IEEE CEC/EEE, and ECIS, and is an associate editor of the International Journal on Semantic Web and Information Systems (IJSWIS).

Peter Mika

Peter Mika (Yahoo! Research, Spain)

Peter Mika is a researcher at Yahoo! Research, Barcelona, focusing on Semantic Web technologies. He obtained a PhD in 2007, from the Business Informatics group of the Faculty of Sciences (FEW) at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. His interdisciplinary work in the field of Social Networks and the Semantic Web earned a Best Paper Award at the International Semantic Web Conference in Galway, 2006 and a First Prize at the Semantic Web Challenge of 2005. He is also author of the book "Social Networks and the Semantic Web", published in 2007 by Springer Verlag. He has been involved in several large European Semantic Web projects such as On-To-Knowledge, SWAP (Semantic Web and Peer-to-Peer) and WonderWeb. He is chief developer in a number of open source projects, including the Elmo API for the Sesame RDF store (see, and From November, 2005 he is a co-chair of the Semantic Web Challenge, together with Michael Uschold (2005) and Jennifer Golbeck (2006).

Steffen Staab

Steffen Staab (University of Koblenz-Landau)

Steffen Staab is professor for databases and information systems at the University of Koblenz-Landau. He is director of the institute for Web Science and Technologies (West; and of the institute for computer science ( His interests are related to many aspects of Web Science, such as Semantic Web, Web Retrieval, Social Web, Multimedia Web, Software Web and Interactive Web. Steffen held positions as researcher, project leader and lecturer at the University of Freiburg, the University of Stuttgart/Fraunhofer Institute IAO, and the University of Karlsruhe and he is a co-founder of Ontoprise GmbH.


Mathieu d'Aquin

Mathieu d'Aquin (The Open Universty, UK)

Mathieu d'Aquin is a research fellow at the Knowledge Media institute (KMi) of the Open University in Milton Keynes, UK. His research activities focus on the Semantic Web, and especially on methods and tools to build intelligent applications relying on formalised knowledge distributed online. Mathieu has in particular been involved in the development of the Watson Semantic Web search engine, and in many applications of its APIs.
As part of several projects, Mathieu has worked on many aspects of building and exploiting the Semantic Web, including ontology building, ontology modularization, ontology matching, ontology evolution, ontology publication, etc. More recently, he has been working on aspects related to the use of semantic technologies and the Semantic Web for monitoring and managing online personal information, as well to the realisation of applications producing and consuming linked data (see the project for example).

Sean Bechhofer

Sean Bechhofer (University of Manchester, UK)

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.

Fabio Ciravegna

Fabio Ciravegna (University of Sheffield, UK)

Fabio Ciravegna is Director of Research and Innovation in the Digital World at The University of Sheffield. He is also professor of Language and Knowledge Technologies at the Department of Computer Science of the same university where he leads the Organisations, Information and Knowledge Group. His interests are at the intersection between the Semantic Web, Information Extraction and (large scale) Knowledge Management. He is principal investigator in 3 European projects on Semantic Technologies and two industrial projects funded by Rolls-Royce plc. Until February 2010 he was the director of the EU Integrated project X-Media on Large Scale Knowledge Management across Media which involving 15 partners and has a budget of €13.6M.
Finally he is director of, a university spin out company providing semantic systems and solutions for knowledge management.
Fabio holds a PhD from the University of East Anglia and a Doctorship from the University of Torino, Italy.

Jerome Euzenat

Jérôme Euzenat (INRIA Rhone-Alpes, France)

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 ontology matching has been recently published as an eponymous book written in collaboration with Pavel Shvaiko.

Aldo Gangemi

Aldo Gangemi (ISTC-CNR, Italy)

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.

Asun Gomez-Perez

Asun Gomez-Perez (Universidade Politecnica de Madrid, Spain)

Prof. Dr. Asunción Gómez-Pérez is Full Professor at the Univ. Politécnica de Madrid. She is the Director of the Artificial Intelligence Department (2008) and Director or the OEG at UPM (1995). 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. She main research areas are: Ontology Engineering, Semantic Web and Knowledge Management. She led at UPM the following EU projects: Ontoweb, Esperonto, Knowledge Web, NeOn, SEEMP, OntoGrid, ADMIRE, DynaLearn, SemSorGrid4Env, SEALS and MONNET. She coordinated OntoGrid and now she is coordinating SemSorGrid4Env and SEALS. She is also leading at UPM projects funded by Spanish agencies. The most relevants are: España Vitual, WEBn+1, GeoBuddies and the Spanish network on Semantic Web. She has published more than 150 papers and she is author of one book on Ontology Engineering and co-author of a book on Knowledge Engineering. She has been co-director of the summer school on Ontology Engineering and the Semantic Web since 2003 up to now. She was program chair of ASWC'09, ESWC'05 and EKAW'02 and co-organiser of many workshops on ontologies. She reviews papers in many conferences and journals.

Tom Heath

Tom Heath (Talis, UK)

Tom Heath is Lead Researcher at Talis Systems Ltd, a global leader in the research, development and commercial exploitation of Linked Data and Semantic Web technologies. At Talis, he is responsible for leading internal research exploring how Linked Data affects the sharing and reuse of data, the value and insights that can be derived from this data, and the implications of these changes for human-computer interaction. Tom has a PhD in Computer Science from The Open University. He has been the recipient of a number of awards in the Semantic Web field, including First Prize in the 2007 International Semantic Web Challenge, and STI International PhD of the Year 2008/9.

Enrico Motta

Enrico Motta (The Open University, UK)

Prof. Enrico Motta is Professor of Knowledge Technologies at the Knowledge Media Institute (KMi) of The Open University in UK. He is one of the leading scientists in the world in the area of Semantic Technologies and the author of more than 200 refereed publications. Over the years, Prof. Motta has obtained about £7M in research funding and has led KMi's contribution to numerous high-profile projects, such as the EPSRC-funded Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration on Advanced Knowledge Technologies (AKT), as well as several EU-funded ones. In particular he was the Co-ordinator and Scientific Director of the ¤14M NeOn FP6 Integrated Project, which has produced a number of innovative technologies to enable efficient ontology engineering in a Semantic Web-centric context.
Prof. Motta has acted as advisor on strategic research programmes to several national and international organizations in a variety of countries, including US, UK, Italy, The Netherlands, Austria, and Estonia. He has also collaborated with several major organizations, including Nokia, Rolls-Royce, Fiat, Philips, and the United Nations, to name just a few.
Prof Motta is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, member of the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Web Semantics and IEEE Intelligent Systems, and Founder and Director of the International Summer School on Ontology Engineering and the Semantic Web. Together with Tom Heath he won the Semantic Web Challenge at the 2007 International Semantic Web Conference and, in collaboration with members of his research group, he has won the best paper award for the last two years at the 2008 and 2009 Asian Semantic Web Conferences.

Valentina Presutti

Valentina Presutti (ISTC-CNR, Italy)

Valentina Presutti received her Ph.D in Computer Science in 2006 at the University of Bologna (Italy). Currently, she is a researcher at the Semantic Technology Laboratory of the National Research Council (CNR) in Rome. She has worked as one of the key researchers in the EU funded project NeOn and IKS, for the latter she is the scientific responsible of the CNR partner team. She started the initiative, which she actively participates in as one of the editors in chief. She has published in international journals/conferences/workshops on topics such as semantic web and ontology design. She also teaches “Software engineering” at the University of Rome "La Sapienza", and “Knowledge management” at the University of Bologna. She works as consultant for private and public organizations. Her research interests include semantic web, ontology design, collaborative knowledge/content management, and ontology-based software engineering.