Prof. Wendy Hall is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton, UK, and Dean of the Faculty of Physical and Applied Sciences. She was Head of the School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) from 2002 to 2007. One of the first computer scientists to undertake serious research in multimedia and hypermedia, she has been at its forefront ever since. The influence of her work has been significant in many areas including digital libraries, the development of the Semantic Web, and the emerging research discipline of Web Science. Her current research includes applications of the Semantic Web and exploring the interface between the life sciences and the physical sciences. She is Managing Director of the Web Science Trust. In addition to playing a prominent role in the development of her subject, she also helps shape science and engineering policy and education. Through her leadership roles on national and international bodies, she has shattered many glass ceilings, readily deploying her position on numerous national and international bodies to promote the role of women in SET, and acting as an important role model for others. She became a Dame Commander of the British Empire in the 2009 UK New Year's Honours list, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in June 2009. She was elected President of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) in July 2008, and the first person from outside North America to hold this position. Until July 2008, she was Senior Vice President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, is currently a member of the UK Prime Minister's Council for Science and Technology, and is a founder member of the Scientific Council of the European Research Council. She was President of the British Computer Society (2003-4) and an EPSRC Senior Research Fellow from 1996 to 2002.
Prof. Stefan Decker is a professor at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and director of the Digital Enterprise Research Institute. Previously he worked at ISI, University of Southern California (2 years, Research Assistant Professor and Computer Scientist), Stanford University, Computer Science Department (Database Group) (3 Years, PostDoc and Research Associate), and Institute AIFB, University of Karlsruhe (4 years, PhD Student and Junior Researcher). In October 2003 Stefan moved to Ireland to help setting up DERI, leading the Semantic Web research group as a Senior Research Fellow and Adjunct Lecturer. Since July 2006 Stefan is full professor at NUI Galway and director of the Digital Enterprise Research Institute in Galway. His current research interests include the Semantic Web, metadata, ontologies and semi-structured data, web services, and applications for Digital Libraries, Knowledge Management, Information Integration and Peer-to-Peer technology. He published over 100 papers as books and journal, book, conference, and workshop contributions. He co- organised around 35 scientific workshops and conferences and has edited several special issues of scientific journals. He was editor-in-chief of Elsevier’s Journal of Web Semantics, editorial committee member of the Electronic Transactions on Artificial Intelligence (ETAI) (the Semantic Web), the Journal on Internet Research and the Journal on Web Intelligence and Agent Systems (WIAS) and is recognised as one of the most widely cited Semantic Web scientists. Stefan has an H-index of 30. Some of his papers are cited more than 500 times. His dissertation work was quoted as one of the inspirations for the DARPA DAML program, which span the Semantic Web effort.
Dr. Harith Alani is a senior lecturer at the Knowledge Media Institute, where he is heading a group specialising in Social Semantics. Dr Alani is also a fellow of the Web Science Trust. Previously to joining KMi, Dr Alani was a senior research fellow at the School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton. Dr Alani has published more than 70 articles in various top class journals and conferences, and has been involved as a principle investigator in several European and national research projects. Dr Alani is a frequent member of organisational committees of Semantic Web conferences. He is the Semantic Web In-Use track chair for ISWC 2011, and chair of the Sensor Web track for ESWC 2011. Dr Alani's research interests include social semantics, web science, ontology searching and ranking, semantic network analysis, eGovernment, offline-online social network tracking and analysis.
Prof. Abraham Bernstein is a Full Professor at the Department of Informatics (Institut für Informatik) of the University of Zurich. He mainly conducts research on the Semantic Web and Knowledge Discovery. His work draws from both social science (organizational psychology/sociology) and technical (computer science, artificial intelligence) foundations. Before coming to Zurich he was an Assistant Professor, at the Information Systems Department in New York University's Stern School of Business, and received a Ph.D. at MIT's Sloan School of Management, where he worked with Prof. Thomas W. Malone at the Center for Coordination Science.
Dr. John Breslin is a lecturer in the School of Engineering and Informatics, NUI Galway. He is also co-leader and founder of the Social Software Unit at DERI. He is co-author of the book "The Social Semantic Web". John is also the Tutorials & Workshops Chair for the forthcoming ICWSM-11 conference. He is the founder of the SIOC project, which aims to interlink online communities with semantics. John has received a number of web awards, including Golden Spider and Net Visionary awards for the Irish community website boards.ie, which he co-founded in 2000. John is a director of boards.ie Ltd. and co-founder of Adverts Marketplace Ltd. He is founder of the New Tech Post, a web-based publisher of daily articles focusing on forthcoming technology areas in business, mobile and social media. He is also co-founder of StreamGlider, Inc., a real-time multimedia newsreader and dashboard. He is an advisor to CrowdGather, Inc., a large forum network.
Dr. Bernie Hogan is a Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute. He specializes in novel methods for online data capture and analysis, especially via social media. Recent work has focused on the capture analysis of Facebook networks, particularly through his application namegenweb, which downloads a social network for visualization in network programs such as NodeXL. Past work included an online audit study of racism on Craigslist, pen and paper methods for visualizing social networks, the analysis of profile photos and techniques for online surveys of spouses and partners. Bernie received his dissertation from the University of Toronto in 2009, working with pioneer sociologist of Internet and social networks, Barry Wellman. This thesis won the Dordick award for Best Dissertation from the communication and technology section of the International Communication Association.
Dr. Marcel Karnstedt received his Diploma (M.Sc.) in 2003 from the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Germany. He successfully finished his Ph.D. in 2009 at the Databases & Information Systems Group at the Ilmenau University of Technology, Germany. Since March 2009 he has been working as a postdoc with DERI, National University of Ireland, Galway. His research interests are on large-scale data management, query processing, and data & information mining. His academic record lists more than 50 publications in areas like P2P databases, distributed query processing, stream and graph mining, and social network analysis.
Prof. Scott Kirkpatrick has a background in physics (AB Princeton, PhD Harvard) and 15 years of developing new technologies at IBM’s TJ Watson Research Center before coming to the Hebrew University in 2000. His interests now are in the large scale structure and evolution of the Internet and in application technologies for the edge. He has been coordinator or partner in several FP6 and 7 IPs and STREPs. He has published recently on phase transitions occurring in combinatorial optimization problems and on ways of observing structure in networks by k-pruning. He is a fellow of the IEEE, APS and AAAS.
Prof. Enric Plaza holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science by the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) and is Research Professor of the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC). His research takes place at the Barcelona Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (IIIA) since 1988, where he is currently head of the Learning Systems Department. He has worked on knowledge acquisition, case-based reasoning, and machine learning in a dozen of European and Spanish projects. He has chaired three international conferences on A.I. fields and has authored over 120 scientific papers, among them one that is the most cited paper in the field of case-based reasoning. His research is now focused on new techniques for case-based reasoning, learning in the framework of multiagent systems and on the use of ontologies in that framework. Currently, he is working on learning from communication using computational argumentation. He is member of a dozen program committees annually for international conferences, plus other conferences and workshops. He is ECCAI fellow and has served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the ACIA (Catalan Association for Artificial Intelligence) during four years and frequently publishes articles for AI popularization.
Dr. Marc A. Smith is a sociologist specializing in the social organization of online communities and computer mediated interaction. He founded and managed the Community Technologies Group at Microsoft Research in Redmond, Washington and led the development of social media reporting and analysis tools for Telligent Systems. Smith leads the Connected Action consulting group and lives and works in Silicon Valley, California. Smith co-founded the Social Media Research Foundation, a non-profit devoted to open tools, data, and scholarship related to social media research. His research focuses on computer-mediated collective action: the ways group dynamics change when they take place in and through social cyberspaces. He received a B.S. in International Area Studies from Drexel University in Philadelphia in 1988, an M.Phil. in social theory from Cambridge University in 1990, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from UCLA in 2001. He is an affiliate faculty at the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland. Smith is also a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Media-X Program at Stanford University.
Prof. Steffen Staab is the director of Institute WeST - Web Science and Technologies and of the Institute for Computer Science of the University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany. Before his current position Prof. Staab held positions as researcher, project leader and lecturer at the University of Freiburg, the University of Stuttgart/Fraunhofer Institute IAO, the University of Karlsruhe and at Ontoprise GmbH. His research led to over 100 refereed publications and 7 books, including the recent Handbook on Ontologies. In his previous work, he has originally developed the concept of semantic portals, the notion of ontology learning and was among the first to consider emergent semantics as an important research topic.
Dr. Derek Greene is a Research Fellow at the School of Computer Science and Informatics, University College Dublin. As part of the Clique Research Cluster, his focus is on network analysis and community finding, with a particular emphasis on dynamic mobile and social media networks. Dr. Greene's previous work at Trinity College Dublin related to the application of spectral and matrix factorisation methods for the unsupervised exploration of text corpora.
Dr. Siegfried Handschuh is a Senior Lecturer at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) and leader of the Semantic Collaboration research stream, as well as of the Semantic Information System and Language Engineering Group (SmILE), at the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI). Siegfried holds Honours Degrees in both Computer Science and Information Science and a PhD from the University of Karlsruhe. He published over 100 papers as books and journal, book chapters, conference, and workshop contributions, mainly in the areas of Annotation and Authoring for the Semantic Web, Knowledge Acquisition, Information Visualization and Social Semantic Collaboration. His publication record includes prestigious journal and conferences such as Computer Networks, IEEE Transactions, Journal of Web Semantics, ACM SIGIR, WWW, ISWC and ESWC. Since 2000 he has initiated, participated and/or coordinated several R&D projects at an international level, such as DAML (US DARPA), aceMedia (EU IP), HALO 2 (Vulcan Inc.), Knowledge Web (EU NOE) and Nepomuk (EU IP), FAST (EU STREP), NET2 (EU IRSES) and Digital.me (EU STREP).
Dr. Michael Hausenblas is a Research Fellow at DERI, NUI Galway, where he leads the Linked Data Research Centre. He is the project co-ordinator of the European Commission FP7 Support Action LOD Around-The-Clock (LATC) and involved in several community efforts in the Open Data realm. He focuses on Linked Data standards, foundations and certain application domains, including Government Linked Data. Michael has been contributing to the Linked Open Data project since its early days in 2007 and participated in various standardisation activities at W3C, where he currently acts as a co-chair of the RDB2RDF Working Group.
Dr. Daniele Quercia is Horizon researcher at the University of Cambridge (UK). he is interested in computational social science, web science, and social computing. Previously, he was postdoctoral associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA) where he studied social networks in a city context. For his Ph.D. at UC London (UK), he created mobile social-networking algorithms. During his Ph.D. he was a Microsoft research Ph.D. scholar and MBA technology fellow of LBS, and he also interned at the National Research Council in Barcelona and at NII in Tokyo. He studied at PoliTO (Italy), KIT (Germany), and UIC (USA). He is a senior member of Wolfson College , honorary research fellow at UC London, and member of the 'ordine degli ingegneri di torino'.
Dr. Markus Strohmaier is an Assistant Professor at the Knowledge Management Institute, Faculty of Computer Science at Graz University of Technology. His main research objective is to understand the fundamental mechanisms that govern social processes and the collective cognitive output produced by such social-computational systems. This work aims at advancing a Science of the Web, i.e. a new avenue for research focused on the World Wide Web as an engineered artifact that fundamentally transforms the way humans work, live and interact with each other.