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VU University Amsterdam

I work at the Free University of Amsterdam on RDF and FOAF and other things. I try to do my bit to help improve the Web and it's place in all our lives. Ideally my work has some large parts of open standards, open source or open content; on a good day (eg. in FOAF project collaborations), all three.


Aidan Hogan is a post-doctoral researcher at the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI), National University of Ireland, Galway. His research interests focus on consuming Linked Data, where he has published various contributions on crawling, ranking, indexing, reasoning and querying over large crawls of RDF Web data, as well as related issues concerning data quality. He received his PhD from DERI in 2011; his thesis presented various use-cases for reasoning over Linked Data, analyses of the use of RDFS and OWL on the Web, as well as scalable, distributed and robust algorithms for reasoning over heterogeneous Linked Data corpora. Aidan is one of the main contributors to the Semantic Web Search Engine (SWSE) project, and is one of the co-founders of the Pedantic Web group which gently encourages Linked Data publishers to fix their exporters (where necessary).

Ontotext AD

Dr. Barry Norton is a Solutions Architect for Ontotext AD, providing consultancy and training services on OWLIM, a highly scalable semantic repository. He holds a PhD from the University of Sheffield and has worked in high-profile European projects on Semantic Technology also at the Open University, STI Innsbruck and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. He is posters/demo chair at this year's ESWC conference, formerly the services track chair. He has been a tutor and organising committee member for several Summer Schools in the area, including SSSC (Berkeley), SSSW (Cercedilla) and the ESWC school (Crete).

Knowledge Media Institute

Matthew Rowe is a postdoctoral research associate working at the Knowledge Media Institute in the UK. His current work explores behaviour analysis in order to predict community evolution and attention to content on social web platforms, as part of the EU funded project ROBUST within which he is a work package leader. His PhD, completed in 2010, explored automated techniques for the disambiguation of identity web references, where such techniques were supported by data leveraged from the Social Web. He has published over 34 publications in 4 years including papers within the Journal of Web Semantics, the Semantic Web Journal and the International and European/Extended Semantic Web Conferences. Matthew was co-organiser of the Making Sense of Microposts workshop and coordinator of the Semantic Technologies activity at ESWC 2011, and will chair the Social Web and Web Science Track at ESWC 2012.

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

I am currently working as a senior researcher at the Institute of Applied Informatics and Formal Description Methods (AIFB) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). I hold a PhD in Computer Science from the Free University of Berlin and a Diploma in Computer Science from the Technical University of Munich. I have held research and teaching positions at the Technical University of Munich (2002-2003), the Free University of Berlin (2003-2007), and the Semantic Technology Institute (STI) Innsbruck at the University of Innsbruck,  Austria (2007-2009) before joining KIT in January 2010.

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Denny Vrandečić is director of the Wikidata project at Wikimedia Deutschland. He received a PhD at the Institute AIFB at the Karlsruhe Institue of Technology KIT and was a researcher at the Laboratory of Applied Ontology LOA in Rome and the Information Sciences Institute ISI at the University of Southern California USC in Los Angeles. He co-developed Semantic MediaWiki, consulted Freebase, was the founding administrator of the Croatian Wikipedia, founding member of the Wikimedia Research Council, co-organizer of several workshops at WWW and ISWC, and co-chair of tracks at Wikimania, ESWC, and AAAI. He worked in the EU-funded projects SEKT, ACTIVE, and RENDER, project Halo funded by Vulcan Inc., and the BMBF-funded projects SMART and Cora.