Keynote: John F. Sowa

Language, Ontology, and the Semantic Web

Abstract: The Semantic Web is based on the foundation of logic and ontology introduced by Aristotle and developed in over 2000 years of work by philosophers and logicians. Since the 1960s, research and development in artificial intellience, database systems, and programming languages extended that foundation. From the mid 1990s to 2005, Tim Berners-Lee and his colleagues applied it to the Semantic Web. During the past 15 years, research in AI created new opportunities, but it has also posed challenges that were not foreseen in 2005. This talk will analyze the issues and their implications for future development.

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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