John Domingue

KMi, Open University and
President of STI International (UK)

Prof. John Domingue is the Director of the Knowledge Media Institute at The Open University and the President of STI International, a semantics focused networking organization. He has published over 250 refereed articles in the areas of semantics, the Web and eLearning. His current work focuses on how blockchains (which underpins Bitcoin) can enhance educational value eco systems (see and its relationship to Linked Data. He currently serves as: the OU representative to W3C; the Chair of the Steering Committee for the ESWC Conference Series and the Project Coordinator for the European Data Science Academy.

Claudia d'Amato

Computer Science Department - University of Bari (IT)

Claudia d’Amato is a research assistant (in tenure track for associate professorship) at the University of Bari – Computer Science Department. She obtained her PhD in 2007 from the University of Bari, Italy, defending the thesis titled “Similarity Based Learning Methods for th Semantic Web. She pioneered the research on Machine Learning methods for ontology mining that still represents her main research interest. She is member of the editorial board of the Semantic Web Journal and the Journal of Web Semantics. She served/is serving as Program Chair at ISWC 2017, ESWC 2014, Vice-Chair at ISWC’09, Journal Track chiar at WWW 2018, Machine Learning Track Chair at ESWC’12-’13-’16-’17 and PhD Symposium chair at ESWC’15. She served/is serving as a program committee member of a number of international conferences in the area of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Semantic Web such as AAAI, IJCAI, ECAI, ECML, ISWC, WWW, ESWC.

Sebastian Rudolph

Computational Logic Group,
TU Dresden (DE)

Sebastian obtained a PhD in Mathematics from TU Dresden in 2006, before joining Rudi Studer’s Knowledge Management Group in Karlsruhe, where he received his habilitation in Computer Science in 2011. Since 2013, he is a full professor for computational logic at TU Dresden. His main research interests comprise Artificial Intelligence (especially Knowledge Representation and Reasoning), Database Theory, NLP and others.
Research stays have lead Sebastian to places as diverse as Oxford, Montpellier, Rennes, Santiago de Chile and Vienna. Sebastian co-authored several textbooks on Semantic Web technologies. He recently received an ERC Consolidator Grant to support his research on the decidability boundaries of logic-based Knowledge Representation.

Ruben Verborgh

Ruben Verborgh

IDLab, Ghent University/imec (BE)

Fraunhofer FIT (DE)

Maria-Esther Vidal

Leibniz Information Centre For Science and Technology University Library (DE), and Universidad Simon Bolivar (VEN)

I am a full-professor at the Computer Science Department, Universidad Simón Bolívar (2005-Current). With the support of my students and colleagues, I lead the Semantic Web Group and have developed a variety of tools to solve a wide range of Semantic Data Management Problems. I am mainly interested in the development of techniques to address the problems of: Publishing and Consuming (Linked) Open Data, Query Rewriting, Optimization and Execution, Ranking, Link Prediction, and Benchmarking and Evaluation. I am the Dean Assistant for Research and Development in Applied Science and Engineering at the Universidad Simón Bolívar (2011-Current). I love to teach: Symbolic Logic, Databases, and Semantic Web.

Marieke van Erp

Marieke van Erp

DHLab, KNAW Humanities Cluster (NL)

Marieke van Erp leads the Digital Humanities Lab at the KNAW Humanities Cluster in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She holds a PhD in computational linguistics from Tilburg University where she applied digital humanities methods on historic textual sources from the Naturalis Biodiversity Center. Her research focuses on semantic analysis of text to extract entities and events. She worked in the Semantic Web group and Computational Lexicology and Terminology Lab at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam on bringing together the fields of natural language processing and semantic web.

Aldo Gangemi

Aldo Gangemi

University of Bologna and
National Research Council (IT)

Aldo Gangemi is full professor at University of Bologna, and associate researcher at Italian National Research Council, Rome. He has co-founded the Semantic Technology Lab at ISTC-CNR. His research focuses on Semantic Technologies as an integration of methods from Knowledge Engineering, the Semantic Web, Linked Data, Cognitive Science, and Natural Language Processing. His theoretical interests concentrate upon the representation and discovery of knowledge patterns from data, ontology, natural language, and cognition, across multiple application domains. He has published more than 200 papers in international peer-reviewed journals, conferences and books, and seats as EB member of Semantic Web, Applied Ontology, and Web Semantics journals.