Introducing OWL 2: A Panel and Community Discussion – SemTech 2009 Audio

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Michael A Smith, Clark & Parsia LLC
Deborah L. McGuinness, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)
Ivan Herman, World Wide Web Consortium
Zhe Wu, Oracle Corp.
Ian Horrocks, Oxford University

OWL 2 is the first major revision of OWL, a key semantic technology standard, and is on-track to become a W3C standard in late Spring 2009, just in time for a panel-led community discussion about the opportunities provided by OWL 2.

The panel will be composed of acknowledged OWL 2 experts who’ve helped shape the new revision, including Ivan Herman, Semantic Web lead at W3C; Deborah McGuinness, well-known educator and researcher in ontology-based computing; as well as vendor representatives from Oracle and Clark & Parsia LLC.
The conversation will focus on new features of OWL 2, including the new profiles, as well as usability enhancements that make OWL 2 better suited for a wide-range of real world problems. The panelists will also give insights into the general trends for OWL and OWL 2 adoption among business, government, health care, and related fields. The panel will speak to the rationale behind many design decisions and provide unique insight into the issues surrounding successful adoption of OWL 2. There will be ample opportunity for the audience to shape the discussion during Q&A.

Introducing OWL- A Panel and Community Discussion.mp350.78 MB
Speakers Profiles:

Michael Smith
Clark & Parsia LLC

Mike Smith is a Senior Engineer at Clark & Parsia LLC, a software
development and consulting firm specializing in the development and
application of artificial intelligence technologies. Mike is a member
of the W3 OWL WG, participates actively in the OWL community, and
publishes content at He is one of the
primary developers of Pellet, the open source OWL reasoner, and
contributes to the Protégé and OWL API projects. He holds B.S. and
M.S. degrees in Systems and Information Engineering from the
University of Virginia.

World Wide Web Consortium
Oxford University

Ian Horrocks is a Fellow of Oriel College Oxford and a Professor in the Oxford University Computing Laboratory. He is internationally recognised for his work on ontology languages and reasoning systems. He was centrally involved in the development of the OIL, DAML+OIL and OWL ontology languages, and is co-chair of the W3C Working Group that is developing OWL 2. He has published more than 150 articles in conferences, journals and books. In 2005 he received the BCS Roger Needham award for his his pioneering work in the Semantic Web and was also awarded an EPSRC Senior Research Fellowship.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Professor Deborah McGuinness is co-directing the Tetherless World Constellation at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. For the previous 9 years Dr McGuinness led or co-led the Knowledge Systems Lab at Stanford University. Dr. McGuinness is a leading expert in knowledge representation and reasoning languages and systems, and has worked in ontology creation and evolution environments for over 25 years. She has done foundational work in ontologies, having built and deployed numerous ontological environments during the course of her career in AT&T Bell Laboratories and Lucent Technologies. Her work on languages (including OWL, DAML+OIL, OIL, CLASSIC) is aimed at providing languages that enable the next generation of web applications. She leads efforts at RPI on among other things, explainable systems, accountable social collaborative environments, and semantic eScience. She is on numerous advisory boards for academic and commercial startups and serves as CEO of McGuinness Associates.


Zhe Wu received his PhD in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2001. He received his BE from the Special Class for Gifted Young, University of Science & Technology of China in 1996. He is currently a Consultant Member of Technical Staff working on semantic technologies in New England Development Center, Oracle. As an Oracle representative, he participates the W3C OWL (OWL 2) working group. And he served on UDDI standard specification technical committee from August 2003 to September 2005. His work and research interests are in Semantic Web technologies, logical inferencing, database, web services, nonlinear optimization, computer security, and computer networks