- Confirmed speakers
Regius Professor of Geology Emeritus of the University of Edinburgh and president of CODATA, UK
He is interested in the behavior of glaciers and ice sheets. The role they play in influencing the nature of climate change, the way in which they change through time, and their impact on other parts of the Earth system, particularly in eroding and transporting debris, changing the landscape, their impact on sub-surface rocks and fluids, and on the engineering properties of the Earth.
Professor of the RWTH Aachen University, Director of the Fraunhofer FIT Research Institute, Germany
Professor Decker’s research interests include semantic web, Open Data, collaborative systems, and Networked Knowledge. He coined and established the term Social Semantic Desktop for Personal Knowledge Management with Semantic Web Methods and initiated a large scale EU project (Budget: 17.5 M Euro) dubbed NEPOMUK which included multinationals like IBM, HP and SAP, small companies like Cognium, research institutes like FZI, DFKI, L3S and DERI, application partners like Institute Louis Pasteur, and a dissemination partner like Edge-IT (Mandriva Linux). He and Ian Horrocks created an RDF representation for the Description Logic SHIQ. The result was merged with XML-based OIL. Then the RDF part of OIL was the main input for DAML+OIL (I was member of the DAML+OIL Joint Committee), which in turn was the main input for OWL - the Web Ontology Language. His work on Ontobroker (joint work with Dieter Fensel and Michael Erdmann) was cited as an inspiration for the DARPA DAML program, which heavily influenced the Semantic Web effort and lead to the development of OWL.
Professor and Associate Director of Data Science Program, Indiana University, USA
Professor Ding’s research interests are Bibliometrics, Semantic Web, Data-Driven Science of Science, Scholarly Communication Healthcare, Data-Driven Knowledge Discovery, and Social Network. She has been involved in various NIH, NSF and European-Union funded projects. She has published more than 200 papers in journals, conferences, and workshops, and served as the program committee member for more than 180 international conferences.
She is the co-editor of book series called Semantic Web Synthesis by Morgan & Claypool publisher. She is co-author of the book "Intelligent Information Integration in B2B Electronic Commerce" published by Kluwer Academic Publishers, and co-author of the book chapter in "Spinning the Semantic Web" published by MIT Press. She is the co-editor in chief for Journal of Data and Information Science, and serves as the editorial board member for Scientific Data (Nature), and several other top journals in Information Science and Semantic Web. She is the co-founder of Data2Discovery Company advancing cutting edge technologies in data science. Her current research interests include data-driven science of science, data-driven discovery, Semantic Web, scientific collaboration, and the application of Web Technology.
Professor and Director, Rensselaer Institute for Data Exploration and Applications, USA
Professor Hendler’s research interests are in the semantic web and artificial intelligence. Hendler held a longstanding position as professor at the University of Maryland where he was the Director of the Joint Institute for Knowledge Discovery and held joint appointments in the Department of Computer Science, the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies and the Institute for Systems Research. Hendler was the Director for Semantic Web and Agent Technology at the Maryland Information and Network Dynamics Laboratory. He is a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, the British Computer Society, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the AAAS and the Association for Computing Machinery. Hendler served as an "Internet Web Expert" for the U.S. government, providing guidance to the Data.gov project, and in September 2013 he was appointed as the Open Data Advisor for NY State. In 2015, he was appointed a member of the US Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee (HSSTAC) and in 2016 appointed to the National Academies Board on Research Data and Information. Hendler was co-author, with Tim Berners-Lee and Ora Lassila, of the article "The Semantic Web" which appeared in Scientific American in 2001.
Executive Director of CODATA, France
Dr Hodson is an expert on data policy issues and research data management and has recently contributed to reports on Current Best Practice for Research Data Management Policies and on strategic research data management infrastructure development for a consortium of UK research institutions. He sits on numerous project Steering Boards and strategic Working Groups in the area of research data. He is a co-chair of the GEO Data Sharing Working Group, to which CODATA has made a longstanding contribution; he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Dryad Data Repository, a not-for-profit initiative to make the data underlying scientific publications discoverable, freely reusable, and citable; and he sits on the Scientific Advisory Board of CESSDA, the European data infrastructure for the social sciences. He is co-chair of the OECD Global Science Forum Project on Sustainable Business Models for Data Repositories and co-chair of the CODATA-RDA Data Working Group for Research Data Science Summer Schools.
Professor of Computer Network Information Center (CNIC), CAS, China
His research is focused on scientific data infrastructure design and development, scientific data citation and publication, data intensive computing and data science. He has been leading scientific data sharing in Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) for more than 10 years, and he has been pushing forward research data sharing and data publication in China. He led the design, development and implementation of the CAS Scientific Data Cloud (http://www.csdb.cn) for data sharing, big data analysis and large-scale data-Intensive scientific research. He also leads the development and services of the National Data Sharing Network for Basic Research, funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology, which coordinates scientific research data sharing among universities, institutions and other research organizations.
Professor of Department of Computer Science and Technology Tsinghua University, China
Professor Li’s research interests are Semantic Web and Semantic Web Services, text and social network mining. Currently, her research focuses on studying key technologies in semantic content management, and applying them in the domains of news, social networks, and web services. She has published more than 90 papers in international journals and conferences including SIGIR, SIGMOD, SIGKDD, ISWC, CIKM, JoDS, JoWS etc. She won Wang Xuan Award for Science and Technology Achievement in News Domain.
Director of World Data Center for Microorganisms, Institute of Microbiology, CAS, China
Dr. Juncai Ma is the Director of the Center for Microbial Resource and Big Data, Institute of Microbiology, CAS. He is also the Director of WFCC-MIRCEN World Data Center for Microorganisms (WDCM) (http://www.wdcm.org/）, Director of Biotechnology and Bioindustry Information Committee, Chinese Society of Biotechnology, Executive Board member of World Federation for Culture Collections(WFCC) . Dr. Ma is mainly engaged in research on bioinformatics, big data, cloud computing and cloud storage technologies in microbial resource data, super large-scaled full-text retrieval technology, and the development of global microbial resource network. He started the initiative to construct an effective information environment called Global Catalogue of Microorganisms (GCM) which provides database management systems to culture collections and collects strain catalogue information to form an integrated database. As one of effective supports in the implementation of Nagoya Protocol (NP), GCM has contained information of 386,094 strains, which includes 47,182 bacterial, fungal and archaea species from 110 collections in 43 countries. Dr. Ma contributes to building microorganisms cloud platform, WHO influenza database, international bioinformatics resources mirror network (Bio-mirror). He developed the microbial resources data—specification on data management and publication in microbial resource centers (mBRCs), which has been agreed to establish a project group to further develop ISO/PWI 21710. He also compiled 2016 Microbial Resource Development Report for China.
Professor and Dean, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Professor Marchionini research interests are Information interaction, human-computer interaction, human-centered computing, information retrieval, digital libraries, information architecture, digital government, cyberspace identity, information policy. He was PI for multiple grants from the National Science Foundation's Digital Government Program that focused on helping people find and understand government statistical data, Integration of Data and Interfaces to Enhance Human Understanding of Government Statistics: Toward the National Statistical Knowledge Network. He served for ten years as the Director of Evaluation for the Perseus Project (a digital library devoted to classical culture) and served for two years as the General Editor of Hypertext Publications for the Association of Computing Machinery. He was the Conference Chair for ACM Digital Library '96 Conference and for the 2006 ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries.
Professor and Director of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Informatics Research, Stanford University, USA
Professor Musen’s research relates to intelligent systems, reusable ontologies, metadata for publication of scientific data sets, and biomedical decision support. His group developed Protégé, the world’s most widely used technology for building and managing terminologies and ontologies. He is principal investigator of the Center for Expanded Data Annotation and Retrieval (CEDAR). CEDAR is a center of excellence supported by the NIH Big Data to Knowledge Initiative, with the goal of developing new technology to ease the authoring and management of biomedical experimental metadata. Dr. Musen chairs the Health Informatics and Modeling Topic Advisory Group for the World Health Organization’s revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) and he directs the WHO Collaborating Center for Classification, Terminology, and Standards at Stanford University. Early in his career, Dr. Musen received the Young Investigator Award for Research in Medical Knowledge Systems from the American Association of Medical Systems and Informatics and a Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation. In 2006, he was recipient of the Donald A. B. Lindberg Award for Innovation in Informatics from the American Medical Informatics Association.Barend Mons
Professor and Chair of the High Level Expert Group on the European Open Science Cloud Medical Center, The Netherlands
Professor Barend plays a leading role in the international development of ‘data stewardship’ for biomedical data. For instance, he is head-of-node of Elixir-NL. Elixir is a pan-European project to develop and foster bioinformatics infrastructure across the member states. The focus of the contribution of the Bio Semantics group is on developing an interoperability backbone for biomedical applications in general and rare disease in particular.
Product Manager, Wikimeidia, Germany
She is a people geek and studied computer science at the University of Karlsruhe. And she is a free software and free culture enthusiast. She dedicates a lot of my free time toKDE as the President of KDE e.V
Professor and Director of Data to Insight Center, Indiana University, USA
Professor Pale has broad research and governance interest in information, in long-term preservation and access to scientific data, and in enabling computational access to large and complex data for broader use. Her specific research interests are in metadata and data provenance, trusted data repositories and enclaves, data analysis and text mining of big data, and workflow systems. Plale teaches in the Data Science Program at Indiana University Bloomington. She is deeply engaged in interdisciplinary research and education and has substantive experience in developing stable and useable scientific cyberinfrastructure. She is Co-Chair of Technical Advisory Board of Research Data Alliance (RDA) and a member of RDA/US Steering Committee.
Professor and Dean, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
His current research focuses on the development of formal ontologies for scientific and cultural objects and application of those ontologies in information system design, scientific publishing, and data curation in the sciences and humanities. His publications include articles in Communications of the ACM and Science as well as in journals and conference proceedings in library and information science.
Professor and Director of Big Data Center, Chongqing Institute of Green and Intelligent Technology, CAS, China
His research interests are Big Data Processing & Data Mining, Intelligent Information Processing, and Recommendation Systems. He has published more than 40 papers and he is principal investigator of several NSFC research projects and involves in many important scientific programs.
Professor, Indiana University, USA
Professor Stirling is responsible for developing areas of collaboration with industry and other data science related institutions. He holds a Masters of Business Administration and Masters of Health Science Degrees from the University of Florida and comes to Indiana University from the high tech industry. He teaches classes in Applied Data Science Consulting, as well as an introductory course in data science entitled Perspectives in Data Science. He works with outstanding data scientist and faculty entrepreneurs and experts in data analysis. He has worked with the National Science Foundation (NSF) business innovation projects at Indiana University (NSF I-Corps) providing guidance as a mentor and lecturer in data science as a part of the Informatics program.
Associate Professor of Department of Computer Science and Technology Tsinghua University, China
Professor Tang’s research interests include social network theories, data mining methodologies, machine learning algorithms, and semantic web technologies. He became ACM Professional member in 2006, IEEE member in 2007, and CCF Distinguished Member in 2015. His group developed an academic search system named Arnetminer (http://arnetminer.org), in which we aim to provide comprehensive services for academic communities. He won Newton Advanced Fellowship Award, 2012 CCF Young Scientist Award, 2012 NSFC Excellent Young Scholar, etc.
Paul F. Uhlir
Technical Advisory Board Member, Research Data Alliance, AAAS Fellow, USA
Professor Uhlir spent most of his career at the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), in Washington, DC. Paul’s main professional area of emphasis has been on issues at the interface of science, technology, and law, with primary focus on research data and information policy and management. Paul is the author or editor of 27 books, and over 70 technical articles. He has been involved in numerous consulting and pro bono activities, and speaks worldwide on a broad range of information policy and management issues. He has served as private-sector adviser to the US Department of State for the U.N. World Summit on the Information Society and for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, and advised several other national governments. He has chaired or co-chaired various committees on data policy and legal issues at the Group on Earth Observations, the Research Data Alliance, CODATA, the Global Biodiversity Information Facility, and UNESCO. In 1997 he received the National Research Council’s Special Achievement award for his work on international data policy and in 2010 he was awarded the International CODATA Prize for Outstanding Achievement in the World of Scientific and Technical Data. In 2011, he became a Fellow of the AAAS.
Professor and Director of the State Key Laboratory for Management and Control of Complex Systems Institute of Automation, CAS, China
Professor Wang research interest includes Modeling, analysis, and control mechanism of complex systems; Linguistic Dynamic Systems (LDS); intelligent control systems; intelligence and security informatics, and social computing. He was the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Intelligent Control and Systems from 1995 to 2000, the Series on Intelligent Control and Intelligent Automation from 1996 to 2004, and the president of IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society from 2005 to 2007. Since 1997, he has served as General or Program Chair of more than 20 IEEE, INFORMS, ACM, ASME conferences. Fei-Yue Wang is member of Sigma Xi and an elected Fellow of IEEE, INCOSE, IFAC, ASME, and AAAS. In 2007, he received the 2nd Class National Prize in Natural Sciences of China and awarded the Outstanding Scientist by ACM for his work in intelligent control and social computing. He received IEEE ITS Outstanding Application and Research Awards in 2009 and 2011, respectively.
Professor in School of Software, Dalian University of Technology (DUT), China
Dr. Feng Xia is currently a Professor in School of Software, Dalian University of Technology (DUT), China. He is founding Director of The Alpha Lab (http://thealphalab.org/), Head of Department of Cyber Engineering, and Assistant Dean of School of Software. He is/was on the Editorial Boards of over 10 int'l journals. He has served as the General Chair, PC Chair, Workshop Chair, or Publicity Chair of over 30 int'l conferences (including workshops). He is also the Guest Editor of over 10 journal special issues and a (founding) organizer of several conferences (e.g. CPSCom, iThings, and BigScholar). Dr. Xia has authored/co-authored two books (research monographs published by Springer), over 230 scientific papers in int'l journals and conferences (such as IEEE TC, TMC, TBD, TCSS, TPDS, TETC, THMS, TVT, TII, TIE, ACM TOMM, WWW, JCDL, MobiCom, and INFOCOM) and 3 book chapters, and has edited 3 int'l conference proceedings and 4 books (in Chinese). He has contributed to the development of 8 copyrighted software systems and 18 filed patents. He has an h-index of 31, an i10-index of 103, and a total of more than 3600 citations to his work according to Google Scholar. His name has been included on Elsevier's Most Cited Chinese Researchers for three consecutive years (2014-2016). Dr. Xia received a number of awards, including, e.g. WWW 2017 Best Demo Award and IEEE UIC 2013 Best Paper Award. His research interests include computational social science, big data, and mobile social networks. He is a Senior Member of IEEE (Computer Society, SMC Society) and ACM (SIGWEB), and a Member of AAAS.
Professor, Deputy Director of Research Center for Brain-inspired Intelligence, Institute of Automation, CAS, China
He is generally interested in Brain-inspired Artificial Intelligence, Brain Simulation, Brain-inspired Cognitive Robotics, Knowledge Representation and Reasoning. His research on Brain-inspired Intelligence is to propose and implement a Cognitive Computation Model for Brain-inspired Artificial General Intelligence, which is the "brain" for future intelligent living systems.