Basser Seminar Series

Conceptual schemas and ontologies for data access: myths and challenges

Speaker: Professor Enrico Franconi
Speaker Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy

When: Wednesday DATE, 6 April, 4:00-5:00pm

Where: The University of Sydney, School of IT Building, SIT Lecture Theatre (Room 123), Level 1

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In the talk I will first argue that well-founded conceptual modelling and ontology design is required to support intelligent information access. Then, I will show how the foundational and computational problems to be faced are non-trivial. The talk will make use of examples based on UML and Entity-Relationship diagrams.

Speaker's biography

Enrico Franconi is professor at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy, where he is the director of the KRDB Research Centre for Knowledge and Data. His main research interest is on knowledge representation and reasoning technologies applied to databases - and in particular description logics, temporal representations, conceptual modelling, intelligent access to information, natural language interfaces. Recently he has been involved as Principal Investigator of the European projects "SEmantic Webs and AgentS in Integrated Economies" (SeWAsIE), of the European Network of Excellence "Realizing the Semantic Web" (KnowledgeWeb), of the European Network of Excellence "Interoperability Research for Networked Enterprises Applications and Software" (InterOp), of the European basic research project "Foundations of Data Warehouse Quality" (DWQ), of the Marie Curie Action "A Network for Enabling Networked Knowledge" (NET2), and as co-investigator of the European basic research project "Thinking Ontologies" (Tones). He is the author of more than 180 publications in international workshops, conferences, and journals.