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.
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.