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RDF, OWL, and Rules

a tutorial at EDOC2010, Vitoria, Brazil, October 2010

Speaker: Pascal Hitzler


The Semantic Web is gaining momentum. Its technologies have been established in the portfolio of information management research, and currently find considerable take-up by industry. At the heard of Semantic Web is the representation of knowledge by so-called ontology languages, and those foremost in use are the W3C-Recommended standards RDF and OWL. In this tutorial, we will present both RDF and OWL in depth, and will also discuss the relationship of the latter formalism with rules.




Speaker Biography

Pascal Hitzler is assistant professor at the Kno.e.sis Center for Knowledge-enabled Computing, which is an Ohio Center of Excellence at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, U.S.A. From 2004 to 2009, he was Akademischer Rat at the Institute for Applied Informatics and Formal Description Methods (AIFB) at the University of Karlsruhe in Germany, and from 2001 to 2004 he was postdoctoral researcher at the Artificial Intelligence institute at TU Dresden in Germany. In 2001 he obtained a PhD in Mathematics from the National University of Ireland, University College Cork, and in 1998 a Diplom (Master equivalent) in Mathematics from the University of Tübingen in Germany. His research record lists over 140 publications in such diverse areas as semantic web, neural-symbolic integration, knowledge representation and reasoning, denotational semantics, and set-theoretic topology. He is Editor-in-chief of the IOS Press journal "Semantic Web - Interoperability, Usability, Applicability" and the IOS Press book series "Studies on the Semantic Web". He is vice-chair of the steering committee of the conference series on Web Reasoning and Rule Systems (RR), and the RR2010 PC co-chair. He is co-chair of the 2010 International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC) "Semantic Web In Use" and "Industry" tracks and co-chair of the 2011 Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC) "Reasoning" track. He is co-author of the W3C Recommendation "OWL 2 Primer", of the first German introductory textbook to the Semantic Web published by Springer Verlag, and of the book "Foundations of Semantic Web Technologies" by CRC Press, 2009. For more information, see his web page.