Organising Committee

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 – 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.



Valentina Presutti received her Ph.D in Computer Science in 2006 at the University of Bologna (Italy). Currently, she is a researcher and scientific coordinator at the Semantic Technology Laboratory of the National Research Council (CNR), in Rome. Her research interests includes ontology design, knowledge representation, knowledge integration, knowledge extraction, and human-robot interaction. She is currently working on ontology design patterns for linked data publishing and on natural language-based interaction between robots and people with dementia. She actively contributes to the Semantic Web community. She has been committed in various organisation and scientific roles including General Chair of ESWC 2014 and Program Chair of ESWC 2013 and iSemantics 2012. She started the series of workshops on ontology design patterns and the associated initiative, and she is a board member of the Ontology Design Pattern Association.

Support Team

Enrico Daga

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Support Team Member

Enrico Daga is a Project Officer working on Linked Data at the Knowledge Media Institute of the Open University. His is in particular responsible for the maintenance and evolution of . Enrico is also doing a PhD on linked data integration, maintenance and reuse. He previously worked at the Italian National Research Council as “Technology Expert”, where he developed a mature technological background especially in client-server environments.

Anna Lisa Gentile


Support Team Member

Anna Lisa Gentile is a Research Associate in the oak research group at The University of Sheffield, Department of Computer Science. Her research interests include Information Extraction, Named Entities, Semantic Web, Linked Data. She is currently working on the LODIE project: Web Scale Information Extraction via Linked Open Data, funded by EPSRC.

Andrea Nuzzoles


Support Team Member

Andrea Giovanni Nuzzolese is a Ph.D. Student in Computer Science at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering of the University of Bologna, working on Knowledge Pattern extraction in a Web context. He is also member of the Semantic Technology Laboratory of the ISTC-CNR and a committer of the Apache Software Foundation through contributing to the Apache Stanbol Project aimed at providing a set of reusable components for semantic content management

Silvio Peroni


Support Team Member

Silvio Peroni holds a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and he is a post-doc at the University of Bologna. He is one of the main developers of SPAR (Semantic Publishing and Referencing) Ontologies that permit RDF descriptions of bibliographic entities, citations, reference collections and library catalogues, the structural and rhetorical components of documents, and roles, statuses and workflows in publishing. Among his research interests are Semantic Web technologies, markup languages for complex documents, design patterns for digital documents and ontology modelling, and automatic processes of analysis and segmentation.

Ilaria Tiddi


Support Team Member

Ilaria Tiddi is a full time PhD student at the Knowledge Media Institute of the Open University working on Semantic Web technologies and Knowledge Discovery. Her research focuses on exploiting Linked Data to reveal and explain the unknown behaviour of data. The concerned areas are mostly Linked Data and Knowledge Discovery, but she also work(ed) on Knowledge Interpretation, Data Mining, Machine Learning.

Martina Sangiovanni


Communications manager

Martina Sangiovanni has been working within the communication and administration area for the Semantic Technology Laboratory (STLab) of the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies (ISTC) of the National ResearchCouncil (CNR) since January 2015. In 2015 she graduated in Theories and Methodsof Communication at the University of Milan.
She is passionate about graphic design, video editing, social media and event organisation, and takes care of dissemination actions through press releases and social networks.