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AIC Seminar Series

Applications of the Semantic Web for the Life Sciences

Kenneth BaclawskiNortheastern University and Harvard Medical School

Date:  Tuesday, August 9th 2005 at 2:30pm

Location:  EJ228  (Directions)


Scientists heavily use the web, but the web is geared much more toward human interaction than automated processing. While the web gives scientists access to information, it does not allow them to easily integrate different data sources or to incorporate additional analysis tools. The Semantic Web addresses these problems by annotating web resources and by providing reasoning and retrieval facilities from heterogeneous sources. The advantages of semantic annotation include the capability for semantic-based search and data mining, improved interoperability of data sources and applications, and more accurate repurposing of data. This talk will present some of the tools and services that currently exist and are being developed with an emphasis on applications in the life sciences.

   Bio for Kenneth Baclawski

Kenneth Baclawski is an Associate Professor in the College of Computer and Information Science at Northeastern University and is also affiliated with the Harvard Medical School. Professor Baclawski’s primary research area is ontology based computing. This includes research in the Semantic Web, formal (ontology-based) methods for software engineering and software modeling, ontology-based methods in bioinformatics, sensor networks and wireless communication, and high-performance semantically rich information retrieval. Professor Baclawski holds 9 U.S. patents and various international patents. He has authored over 70 professional articles in such journals and conferences as the National Academy of Science, Information Systems, the International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology, the Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing, and the International Semantic Web Conference. He has served on numerous peer review panels and program committees for the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the Association for Computing Machinery. He is a co-founder of three companies dealing with various aspects of ontology-based computing.

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