AIC Seminar Series
Description Logics and Semantic Web Language Extensions
Notice: hosted by Guizhen Yang
Date: Wednesday, December 7th 2005 at 10:30am
Location: EJ228 (Directions)
Description Logic-based ontologies play a key role in the Semantic Web. They
can be used to describe the intended meaning of Web resources and can exploit
powerful Description Logic (DL) reasoning tools, so as to facilitate machine
understandability of Web resources. I will present a use case in Bioinformatics
to illustrate how to apply DL reasoning.
Although the Semantic Web standard ontology language OWL is rather expressive,
it has a very serious limitation on datatypes; i.e., it does not support
customised datatypes. It has been pointed out that many potential users will be
able to adopt OWL unless this limitation is overcome. Accordingly, the Semantic
Web Best Practices and Development Working Group sets up a task force to
address this issue. After identifying some key requirements of a datatype
extension of OWL (DL), I will present two novel extensions of OWL (DL) and how
they satisfy the identified requirements. The approach here can be generalised
to a wide range of decidable DL-based ontology languages that provide
customised datatypes and datatype predicates.
I will conclude this talk by briefly mentioning some other extensions of OWL,
such as rules, fuzziness and metamodeling etc.
Dr. Jeff Z. Pan is a Lecturer in the Department of Computing Science at the
University of Aberdeen. Jeff’s main research interests lie in knowledge
representation, ontologies and the Web. His work has focused on the design of
logics and ontology languages, automated reasoning, in particular the
development of reasoning techniques for the logics underpinning ontology
languages, and the applications of all the above (such as the Semantic Web).
During 2000-2003, he was working on his Ph.D. project in the School of Computer
Science at the University of Manchester with Prof. Ian Horrocks, who has
recently been awarded the 2005 Roger Needham Award from the British Computer
Society and Senior Research Fellowship by the Engineering and Physical Sciences
Research Council (EPSRC). Jeff’s Ph.D. research topic was "Description Logics:
Reasoning Support for the Semantic Web".
Before coming to Aberdeen, Jeff was a PostDoc researcher in the School of
Computer Science at the University of Manchester, coordinating the "Semantic
Web Language Extension" work package in the Knowledge Web project. He is a
co-author of RDFS(FA) and an invited reviewer of the Semantic and Abstract
Syntax of the OWL Web ontology language. He is a co-coordinator of both the
Software Engineering and the Multimedia Task Forces in the W3C Semantic Web
Best Practices and Deployment Working Group. His proposal on adding customised
datatypes into OWL (DL) has been published in a W3C note, which addresses how
to use XML Schema datatypes in RDF and OWL. He is a member of the RuleML
steering committee, and he is co-chairing the Fuzzy RuleML Technical Group.
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