Science and Innovation Network
Microsoft Research



Department of Computing Science, University of Glasgow
University of Glasgow

University of Leicester

Practical Semantic Astronomy 2009. Glasgow, Scotland. 2-5 March

Keynote Speakers

Danny Ayers

Danny works for Talis, a company that provides an infrastructure for building Semantic Web applications.

Peter Fox

Peter Fox is Tetherless World Constellation Chair and Professor of Earth and Environmental Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Previously, he spent 17 years at the High Altitude Observatory of the National Center for Atmospheric Research as Chief Computational Scientist. Fox's research specializes in the fields of solar and solar-terrestrial physics, computational and computer science, information technology, and grid-enabled, distributed semantic data frameworks. This research utilizes state-of-the-art modeling techniques, internet-based technologies, including the semantic web, and applies them to large-scale distributed scientific repositories addressing the full life-cycle of data and information within specific science and engineering disciplines as well as among disciplines.

Antoine Isaac

Antoine is a member of the Knowledge representation and reasoning group of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He also works at the Koninklijke Bibliotheek in the Hague.

He is currently working on the STITCH and TELplus projects. These projects apply ontological alignment and mapping techniques in the Cultural Heritage field.

Antoine is involved with the specification of SKOS, a mechanism for representing metadata and controlled vocabularies.

Amedeo Napoli

Amedeo is the research director of the Orpailleur team at the LORIA research laboratory in Nancy, France.

The Orpailleur group aim to extract knowledge units from databases by designing knowledge-based systems for reasoning and solving problems in a given domain.

Joel Sachs

Joel is a researcher in the Computer Science department at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in the USA. He is working on integrating ecological and environmental data on the semantic web, with a focus on invasive species. He uses data mining to extract information from earth science data, space science data, and e-commerce server logs.

Robert Stevens

Robert is a senior lecturer in the Bio and Health Informatics Group at the University of Manchester in the UK. He uses his past experience in Biochemistry, biological computing, and computer science to guide his research in bioinformatics.

His research focuses on the development and use of ontologies to describe biology to make knowledge about molecular biology computationally useful. He is particularly interested in the communal building of ontologies -- enabling domain experts to use the power of formal, expressive languages, such as the Web Ontology Language (OWL).

He is also interested in e-Science with the use of the taverna workbench from the myGrid project to industrialise the bioinformatics analysis of data. Ontologies and semantic description of content through ontologies also plays a part in this e-Science research.