Keynote: John F. Sowa

Language, Ontology, and the Semantic Web

Abstract: In 2000, Tim Berners-Lee proposed a vision for the Semantic Web that was more ambitious than the results delivered in 2005. Research in the past 15 years produced advanced technology in artificial intelligence, language processing, and reasoning methods, both formal and informal. But many systems are proprietary, incompatible with one another, and too complex for widespread adoption. Among the most important requirements, trusted systems were never adequately implemented. This talk surveys promising developments and suggests ways of adapting them to the Semantic Web.

Bio: John F. Sowa spent thirty years working on R & D projects at IBM. He has a BS from MIT, an MA from Harvard, and a PhD from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He is a fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), a cofounder of VivoMind Research, LLC, and a fellow of Kyndi, Inc. With his colleagues at VivoMind and Kyndi, he has developed novel methods for using logic and ontology for reasoning and language understanding. The language of conceptual graphs, which he designed, has been adopted as one of the three dialects of the ISO standard 24707 for Common Logic.

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