Speakers & Tutors



Dr Claudia d’Amato is a research assistant at the University of Bari – Computer Science Department. She obtained her PhD in 2007 from the University of Bari, Italy, defending the thesis titled “Similarity Based Learning Methods for th Semantic Web. She pioneered the research on Machine Learning methods for ontology mining that still represents her main research interest. During her research activity she won several best paper awards. She is member of the editorial board of the Semantic Web Journal. She served/is serving as Program Chair at ESWC 2014, Vice-Chair at ISWC’09, Machine Learning Track Co-Chair at ESWC’12-’13, PhD Symposium chair at ESWC’15 and Workshop and Tutorial Co-Chair at ISWC’12, EKAW’12, ICSC’12. She served/is serving as a program committee member of a number of international conferences in the area of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Semantic Web such as AAAI, IJCAI, ECAI, ECML, ISWC, WWW, ESWC. She was also co-organizers of the International Workshop on Inductive Reasoning and Machine Learning on the Semantic Web at ESCW’09-’11 and the International Uncertainty Reasoning Workshop at ISCW’07-’11.

Mathieu d'Aquin



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. He was also director of the LUCERO project responsible for setting up the Open University’s Linked Data platform – http://data.open.ac.uk. 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 will also be program chair for the K-CAP 2013 conference in Banff, Canada. 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.

Oscar Corcho



Oscar Corcho is an Associate Professor at Departamento de Inteligencia Artificial (Facultad de Informática , Universidad Politécnica de Madrid), and he belongs to the Ontology Engineering Group. 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 (Wf4Ever, PlanetData, SemsorGrid4Env, ADMIRE, OntoGrid, Esperonto, Knowledge Web and OntoWeb), and Spanish R&D projects (CENITS mIO!, España Virtual and Buscamedia, myBigData, GeoBuddies), and has also participated in privately-funded projects like ICPS (International Classification of Patient Safety), 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, from which “Ontological Engineering” can be highlighted as it is being used as a reference book in a good number of university lectures worldwide, and more than 100 papers in journals, conferences and workshops. He usually participates in the organisation or in the programme committees of relevant international conferences and workshops.



Philippe Cudre-Mauroux is a professor and the director of the eXascale Infolab at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. Previously, he was a postdoctoral associate working in the Database Systems group at MIT. He received his Ph.D. from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology EPFL, where he won both the Doctorate Award and the EPFL Press Mention in 2007. Before joining the University of Fribourg, he worked on distributed information and media management for HP, IBM Watson Research (NY), and Microsoft Research Asia. He was Program Chair of the International Semantic Web Conference in 2012 and General Chair of the International Symposium on Data-Driven Process Discovery and Analysis in 2012 and 2013. He recently won the MICS Swiss National Center in Research 2001-2012 CS Award, a Verisign University Award, and a Google Faculty Award. His research interests are in next-generation, Big Data management infrastructures for non-relational data.


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Frank van Harmelen is professor in Knowledge Representation and Reasoning at the VU University Amsterdam. He has been involved in the Semantic Web research programme since it’s inception in the late ’90s. He is one of the co-designers of the W3C ontology representation language OWL, and was involved in the design of Sesame, one of the most widely used RDF repositories world wide. He is co-author of the Semantic Web Primer, the first textbook on Semantic Web technologies, now translated into 5 languages. He was scientific director of the Large Knowledge Collider (LarKC), which aimed to build a platform for very large scale distributed reasoning. Besides research into the fundamental questions such as inconsistency, scalability, heterogeneity, and dynamicity, he is also involved in a wide variety of applications of semantic technologies, among others in medicine, the pharmaceutical industry, scientific publishing and e-science. His work on the Sesame triplestore received the 2012 “ISWC 10 year impact award”, and he was elected member of the European Academy of Science in 2014.



Laura Hollink is a researcher at the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (Centre for Math and Computer Science) in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She obtained her PhD in 2006 from the VU University Amsterdam with her thesis titled ‘Semantic Annotation of Visual Resources’. Consecutively, she worked as a postdoc and later as an Assistant professor at VU University Amsterdam and Delft University of Technology. Laura’s research interests are in the creation and use of Linked Open Data – modelling, creating links between heterogeneous and often cross-media collections, and semantic search – as well as evaluation and usage analysis. Her recent work on linking media archives to political event data (www.polimedia.nl) has won the LinkedUp Veni Challenge in 2013, and and is currently a finalist for the LODLAM Challenge 2015. Laura is organizer of the USEWOD workshop series about Usage Data of the Web of Data, which has so far been held five times at ESWC and WWW. USEWOD stimulates research into how Linked Open Data is being used by releasing the ‘USEWOD dataset’ of usage logs of several Linked Data servers, including DBPedia and Bioportal. She was one of the initiators of a new track in the Ontology Alignment Evaluation Initiative (OAEI) on linking ‘very large crosslingual resources’ from 2008 until 2011. She was chair of the PhD symposium at ESWC2013 and the Linked Data track at ESWC2014.


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Roberto Navigli is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science of the Sapienza University of Rome. He was awarded the Marco Cadoli 2007 AI*IA Prize for the best doctoral thesis in Artificial Intelligence and the Marco Somalvico 2013 AI*IA Prize for the best young researcher in AI. He is the recipient of an ERC Starting Grant in computer science and informatics on multilingual word sense disambiguation(2011-2016) and a co-PI of a Google Focused Research Award on Natural Language Understanding.His research lies in the field of Natural Language Processing (including word sense disambiguation and induction, ontology learning from scratch, large-scale knowledge acquisition, open information extraction and relation extraction). He has served as an area chair of ACL, WWW, and *SEM, and a senior program committee member of IJCAI. Currently he is an Associate Editor of the Artificial Intelligence Journal, a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Natural Language Engineering, a guest editor of the Journal of Web Semantics, and a former editorial board member of Computational Linguistics.



Axel Ngonga is the co-lead of the AKSW research at the University of Leipzig (http://aksw.org). He studied Computer Science and Physics at the University of Leipzig and Frauhofer IAO. His research interest revolve around Semantic Web technologies, especially link discovery, machine learning and natural-language processing. Axel has developed/led the development of several widely used Semantic Web frameworks such as LIMES and FOX.  He has (co-)authored more than 100 reviewed publications and has received manifold awards including best research paper awards at CiCLING 2008, ISWC 2011 and 2014 as well as ESWC 2013 and 2014. He has also won several challenges such as the I¹Challenge 2013 and the Big Data Challenge at ISWC 2013.



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 doctorate 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 research focuses on querying and reasoning about ontologies, rules languages, logic programming, Semantic Web technologies, Web services, knowledge management, Linked Open Data, configuration technologies and their applications. 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.



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. Her research is currently focused on extracting knowledge patterns from the Web. She has worked as one of the key researchers in EU funded projects such as NeOn and IKS, for the latter she is the scientific responsible of the CNR partner team. She started the ontologydesignpatterns.org 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 “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.


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Steffen studied in Erlangen (Germany), Philadelphia (USA) and Freiburg (Germany) Computer Science and Computational Linguistics. Afterwards he worked as researcher at Uni. Stuttgart/Fraunhofer and Univ. Karlsruhe, before he became professor in Koblenz. In his research career he has managed to avoid almost all good advice that he now gives to his team members. Such advise includes focusing on research (vs. company) or concentrating on only one or two research areas (vs. considering ontologies, semantic web, social web, data engineering, text mining, peer-to-peer, multimedia, HCI, services, software modelling and programming and some more). Though, actually, improving how we understand and use text and data is a good common denominator for a lot of Steffen’s professional activities.

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Luc Steels has been active in many areas of AI since the late nineteen seventies when working and studying at the MIT AI Laboratory. In the early nineteen eighties he played a role in developing knowledge-level models of expertise which gave rise to the first ontologies. (See: L Steels(1990) Components of Expertise. AI magazine 11 (2), 28-49). Later on he was influential in the movement within Artificial Life towards behavior-based robots (See: Steels, L. (1993) The Artificial Life Roots of Artificial intelligence. Artificial Life journal 1 (1_2), 75-110). His most recent work is focusing on trying to simulate the emergence and evolution of language and meaning with physical humanoid robots. (See: Steels, L. (2011) Modeling the cultural evolution of language. Physics of Life Reviews. 8(4) 330-356.). Steels was founding director of the University of Brussels (VUB) Artificial Intelligence laboratory (in 1983) and of the Sony Computer Science Laboratory in Paris (in 1996). He is currently an ICREA fellow at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology (UPF-CSIC), Barcelona.



Marıa-Esther Vidal is a Full Professor of the Computer Science Department and Dean Assistant for Research on Applied Science and Engineering at the Universidad Simón Bolívar, Caracas, Venezuela. Her research in information management covers information integration, federated databases, graph data management, Linked Open Data, and the Semantic Web. Maria-Esther has addressed some of the most important challenges in selecting and modeling sources, rewriting queries, cost based optimization, graph query processing and optimization, and benchmarks for federated SPARQL query processing. Her proposed strategies have had significant relevant from the early days of information integration in the Web, in the late 90s, and to the emergence of the Semantic Web and SPARQL endpoints. She has published her research results in the premier conferences and journals in Database Management, Artificial Intelligence, and the Semantic Web.