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[protege-discussion] NCBO Webinar: David Hau, Dec. 1 at 10:00am PST

Trish Whetzel plwhetzel at
Wed Nov 24 13:21:38 PST 2010

The next NCBO Webinar will be presented by Dr. David Hau, Acting Director of
Semantic Infrastructure at the Center for Biomedical Informatics and
Information Technology (CBIIT) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Dr.
Hau will present on "Making Easy Things Easy and Lowering the Barrier to
Entry in caBIG with Semantic Web Technologies" on Wednesday, December 1 at
10:00am PST.  Below is information on how to join the online meeting via
WebEx and accompanying teleconference. For the full schedule of the NCBO
Webinar presentations see:

I will describe how the NCI Semantic Infrastructure 2.0 lowers the barrier
to entry for the Cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid (caBIG) by supporting a
"linear value proposition" which accommodates to a wide spectrum of
interoperability needs and deployment contexts, essentially "making easy
things easy". I will present the Enterprise Conformance and Compliance
Framework in this context, and describe the beginning part of the value
curve enabling participation in caBIG to be as easy as possible, and at the
same time, offering incremental return and guidance from tooling to move up
the value curve in computable semantic interoperability. I will describe use
of community ontologies for informational semantics, and use of WSDL/WADL
for behavioral semantics, and our recent collaboration with Eric
Prud'hommeaux from the W3C Semantic Web Health Care and Life Sciences (HCLS)
Interest Group, on semantic workflow composition using WSDL and pre- and
post-conditions and RDF / SPARQL reasoning. I will also mention support of
ontologies in the Semantic Infrastructure 2.0, support of transformation
between UML 2, HL7 MIF, and OWL ontology using the Eclipse Modeling
Framework (EMF), and the use of OWL reasoning for quality checking in models
derived from domain analysis models (DAMs) such as BRIDG.

David Hau is the Acting Director of Semantic Infrastructure at the Center
for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology (CBIIT) at National
Cancer Institute (NCI). In this role, he is the government sponsor for the
"Semantic Infrastructure 2.0" project at NCI, redesigning the semantic
strategy and framework to support the Semantically Aware Service Oriented
Architecture (sSOA) at NCI, and to align with the center's mission of
enabling a "Learning Healthcare System" to realize Personalized Medicine.
David has over 10 years of experience in software development and project
management. Prior to joining NCI, David spent six years working at various
startups and established companies in Silicon Valley, on software
development projects ranging from handheld prescription to chronic disease
management to mail server and storage area network (SAN) management. David
holds an MD from Johns Hopkins Medical School, an MS in computer science and
a BS in electrical engineering from MIT, and completed his internship in
internal medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. His thesis
project at MIT was completed at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories in Bristol, UK
under the MIT VI-A Internship Program, on machine learning of qualitative
cardiovascular models from patient monitoring signals, and was among the
chosen theses presented at the EECS MasterWorks Colloquium at MIT that
year.  David is NCI's representative to the Advisory Committee at W3C, where
he actively seeks to consume W3C standards in NCI projects, and to use NCI's
experience to inform and contribute back to the standards development effort
at W3C.

Topic: NCBO Webinar Series
Date: Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Time: 10:00 am, Pacific Standard Time (San Francisco, GMT-08:00)
Meeting Number: 926 719 478
Meeting Password: ncbo

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Trish Whetzel, PhD
Outreach Coordinator
The National Center for Biomedical Ontology
Ph: 650-721-2378
whetzel at
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