Steering Committee


Enrico Motta



Prof. Enrico Motta is Professor in Knowledge Technologies at the Knowledge Media Institute (KMi) of the Open University in UK. His research spans a variety of aspects related to knowledge and media technologies, including ontology engineering, semantic web, knowledge-intensive problem solving, human-computer interaction, question answering, intelligent data integration, semantic search, and artificial intelligence. In particular much of his current work focuses on the integration of different types of computing technologies (such as, semantic, web, linguistic, and media technologies) to develop new solutions to the problems of locating and integrating information on the web and supporting users in making sense of complex models. He has authored over 280 refereed publications in international journals, conferences and workshops and his h-index is 48. Prof. Motta is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies and Associate Editor of the Journal of Web Semantics and IEEE Intelligent Systems. In 2003 he founded the ground-breaking International Summer School on Ontology Engineering and the Semantic Web, which will celebrate its 10th edition in 2013. 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 won the best paper award at the 2008 and 2009 Asian Semantic Web Conferences. He has acted as advisor to strategic research boards and governments in several countries, including US, UK, The Netherlands, Austria, Finland, and Estonia, and collaborated with several major organizations over the years, including Nokia, Rolls-Royce, Fiat, Philips, and the United Nations, to name just a few.


Asun Gomez-Perez



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.
Her main research areas are: Ontological 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 Ontological Engineering and co-author of a book on Knowledge Engineering. She has been co-director of the summer school on Ontological 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.

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.