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[protege-owl] Invited talk by Professor Ian Horrocks, followed by two sessions on "OWL 2" - Thursdays: July-22, July-29 & Aug-5, 2010

Peter Yim peter.yim at
Mon Jul 19 12:19:11 PDT 2010

We have the good fortune of having invited Professor Ian Horrocks
(University of Oxford, and co-chair of the W3C OWL 2 Working Group,
among other roles) to share his knowledge and insights with us in the
next three weeks. He will give his invited talk this week, and then
champion back-to-back sessions on "OWL 2" in the two weeks that
follow. I am, therefore, really excited to announce the following
events and am inviting you to come join us.

*******************  Hightlights *******************

*  Thu 22 July 2010 - Ontolog Invited Speaker, Professor Ian Horrocks,
giving a talk on "Scalable Ontology-Based Information Systems"  -
Session Chair: Dr. Leo Obrst (Ontolog; MITRE) - see details on the
session page at: ...
RSVP now!

*  Thu 29 July 2010 - Ontolog Forum Session: OWL 2 session-1 entitled
"OWL 2: The Next Generation" - with presentation by: Professor Ian
Horrocks followed by open discussion among the participants

*  Thu 5 August 2010 - Ontolog Panel Session: OWL 2 session-2 entitled
"OWL 2: Tools and Applications" - Chair: Professor Ian Horrocks -
Panelists: Mr. Matthew Horridge (Manchester), Dr. Andreas Harth
(Karlsruhe), Dr. Timothy Redmond & Dr. Tania Tudorache (Stanford), Dr.
Evren Sirin (Clark & Parsia), Dr. Zhe (Alan) Wu & Dr. Eric S. Chan


*  "Scalable Ontology-Based Information Systems" - Thu 22 July 2010 -
Ontologies and ontology based systems are becoming increasingly
important in meeting the demand for more powerful and flexible
information systems. Requirements for such systems include the need to
deal with incomplete and semi-structured information, to integrate
information from heterogeneous sources, to employ richer and more
flexible schemas, and for query answers to reflect both knowledge and
data. Provision of such enhanced capabilities must, however, be in
addition to, and not instead of, the well-established features of
existing database systems, in particular their robust scalability.
Achieving this is, of course, extremely challenging. In his
22-Jul-2010 invited talk, Professor Ian Horrocks (University of
Oxford) will present some recent research efforts that tackle this
problem, including investigations of tractable fragments, new
algorithmic techniques, new optimisations and the exploitation of
relational database technology. ... See details (agenda, dial-in
information, etc.) on the session page at: ...
RSVP now!

*  "OWL 2: The Next Generation" - Thu 29 July 2010 - This is the first
of two back-to-back sessions devoted to the "newly" adopted OWL 2
standard. In this session, Professor IanHorrocks (co-chair of the W3C
OWL 2 Working Group) will focus on telling us what this Web Ontology
Language (OWL) standard, adopted less than a year ago (27 Oct 2009 to
be exact), is all about. Professor Horrocks will start by providing
some background on OWL, then explains what is new in OWL 2. He will go
on to explain how each of the three OWL 2 Profiles (OWL 2 EL, OWL 2 QL
& OWL 2 RL) are defined, and what they are best suited for.
Participants are welcome to come find out or discuss other aspects of
OWL and OWL 2. We will have ample time for an open Q & A and general
discussion after Professor Horrock's presentation on the OWL 2
standard. ... Please refer to details on the session page at:

*  "OWL 2: Tools and Applications" - Thu 29 July 2010 - This is the
second of our two back-to-back sessions devoted to OWL 2. Our session
chiar, Professor Ian Horrocks has brought together an expert panel of
OWL 2 researchers and developers to show us some of the
state-of-the-art in OWL 2 tools and applications. Again, we will have
about ample time for open discussion after all the panel briefings.
The panelists and their presentations will include Mr. Matthew
Horridge (Manchester) on "The OWL 2 API," Dr. Andreas Harth
(Karlsruhe) on "The NeOn Toolkit," Dr. Timothy Redmond and Dr. Tania
Tudorache on "Protege 4," Dr. Evren Sirin on "Pellet," and, Dr. Zhe
(Alan) Wu and Dr. Eric S. Chan on "Applying Oracle Semantic
Technologies to Integrated Enterprise Collaboration." ... Please refer
to details on the session page at:

These sessions will be delivered as augmented conference calls
(webinars). Like all Ontolog virtual events, they are open and free of
charge. Anyone who is interested, or (better still) who may have
something to contribute, is welcome. Please refer to event details on
the session page, to which the hyperlink is given above, where you
will find the session agenda, conference call dial-in, slides and
other pertinent information. Feel free to pass this invitation along
to colleagues who may also find these sessions to be of interest.

*RSVP* by emailing Peter Yim at <peter.yim at> offline with your
name, affiliation and session you are attending (or add yourself
directly to the session page if you are already an Ontolog or OOR
community member) so that we can prepare enough resources to support
everyone. [Please state clearly the date of the session you are
registering for in your rsvp message.]

These sessions will be recorded and made available in a publicly
accessible archive. Therefore, before participating, please make sure
you are cognizant of our IPR policy (ref:

Regards. =ppy

Peter Yim
Co-convener, ONTOLOG

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