Dr. Jeff Pan is visiting IBM Italia

Starting from 2 June 2016, Dr. Jeff Pan from the University of Aberdeen has being visiting IBM Italia for his secondment.

Jeff Z. Pan received his Ph.D. in computer science from The University of Manchester in 2004, on the topic ofDescription Logics: Reasoning Support for the Semantic Web. He joined the faculty in the Department of Computing Science at University of Aberdeen in 2005. He is now the Deputy Director of Research of the department. His research focuses primarily on knowledge representation and reasoning, in particular scalable ontology reasoning, querying and reuse, and their applications (such as Semantic Web, Advertising, Healthcare, Software Engineering and Multimedia). He is a key contributor to the W3C OWL2 standard. He leads the work of the TrOWL Tractable OWL2 reasoning infrastructure. He is widely recognised for his work on scalable and efficient ontology reasoning; he gave tutorials on this topic in e.g. AAAI2010, ESWC2010, ESWC2011, SemTech2011 and the Reasoning Web Summer School (2010 and 2011).

Dr Pan is a member of the Advisory Committee in the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), an international organisation for setting up Web standards such as HTML, RDF and OWL. He is a Primary Member Representative of Object Management Group (OMG), a leading proponent of Business-IT integration standards. He chairs the OWL task force on uncertainty reasoning. He also chaired the W3C Multimedia Semantics Incubator Group and the Software Engineering Task Force in the Semantic Web Best Practice and Deployment (SWBPD) Working Group. His group is currently actively contributing to several W3C technical groups, including the OWL, SPARQL, Provenance and RDB2RDF. He co-edited a number of W3C technical reports, such as “XML Schema Datatypes in RDF and OWL”. He is a  Board Member of Semantic Technology Institute International (STI2).

Dr. Pan has over 100 refereed publications. He and his colleagues won the Best Paper Award in the 2006 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Web Intelligence (WI-2006) and the Best Student Paper Award in the 5th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC2006). He served/serves as Program Chair of the First International Conference on Web Reasoning and Rule System (RR2007, which is the first Semantic Web conference on Reasoning), of the Ontology and Reasoning Track in the Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC2010) and of the Doctoral Consortiums in the 9th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC2010) and in the 8th Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC2011).

Dr. Pan is a founding member of the International Conference on Web Reasoning and Rule System and the Joint International Conference on Semantic Technologies. He co-founded the Fuzzy RuleML Technical Group. He is an Editor of the International Journal on Semantic Web and Information Systems (IJSWIS), an Aear Editor of the Journal of Web Semantics (JWS) and is on the Editorial Board of the journal of Big Data Research. He serve/served as a guest editor of special issues of a number of international journals, such as the Journal of Web Semantics, the Journal of Logic and Computation, the Journal on Data Semantics and IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics Part C (Applications and Reviews).

Dr. Pan is the coordinator of the EU IAPP K-Drive project. He has contributed to several high-profile projects, such as the highly prestigious, EPSRC-funded Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration on Advanced Knowledge Technologies (AKT) and the European Commission FET project Wonder Web, which effectively contributed to the creation of the W3C OWL Web Ontology Language. He has also led The Aberdeen University’s contribution to several EU-funded and national projects, such as the European Commission Network of Excellent Knowledge Web project, the MOST project and the K-Drive project.

Dr. José Manuel Gómez-Pérez is doing his secondment in Aberdeen

Starting from 19 MAY 2016, Dr. José Manuel Gómez-Pérez  from Expert System IBERIA SL (ESI) has been doing his secondment in the University of Aberdeen.

Dr. José is the R&D Director of Expert System Iberia where he provides technological and business leadership with a focus on semantic data management, advanced search interfaces and text analytics. At iSOCO, he led R&D and consulted for companies such as Coca-Cola, HAVAS, British Telecom and Repsol. He served as research fellow at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid in areas involving the Semantic Web, distributed systems and software engineering. José Manuel has led numerous initiatives funded both by national and EU bodies, as well as top global companies. A regular contributor to scholarly and industry publications, he serves on several editorial boards and program committees. He received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid where he was awarded the Juan de la Cierva grant for Postdoctoral Research.

During this secondment, Dr. José will cooperate with the researchers in the University of Aberdeen and work on workpackage 9 in the K-Drive project.

Veronica Villa from Expert Systems is doing her secondment in Aberdeen

Starting from 15 MAY 2016, Veronica Villa from Expert Systems has been doing her secondment in the University of Aberdeen.

Veronica is a senior staff working on linguistic analysis in the Expert System. She will transfer the knowledge on linguistic analysis, conceptualization of structure knowledge, and applications of linguistics on  semantic search, dialogue system, knowledge discovering, etc.



IBMers’ secondment in MAY

In May 2016 we welcome the secondment of 4 IBMers from IBM Italia to Aberdeen; they are Dr. Marco MontiFernanda Perego, Alessandra Coletti, and Emanuela Valle.

During this secondment they will strengthen the cooperation between IBM Italia and the University of Aberdeen, on investigation of various applications leveraged by Semantic technologies and IBM Cognitive Computing solutions – IBM Watson, which is a technology platform that uses natural language processing and machine learning to reveal insights from large amounts of unstructured data.

[K-Drive] Seminar: IBM Watson offering and some insights on IBM Cloud and BlueMix

Today (8 April 2016) morning we were glad to welcome Fernanda from IBM Italia to give a seminar titled  “IBM Watson offering and some insights on IBM Cloud and BlueMix” at the Department of Computing Science in the University of Aberdeen.

This is one of the knowledge transfer activities carried out during Fernanda’s secondment in Aberdeen from 24 March 2016 to 10 April 2016, hosted by Dr. Jeff Pan from the University of Aberdeen. During this period, the research activities she involved are mainly focused on cognitive computing, together with Dr. Marco Monti and Dr. Yuting Zhao, both  from IBM Italia, and Dr. Jeff Pan.

In these days, IBM has been promoting cognitive computing business globally concentrated on IBM Watson, which is a technology platform that uses natural language processing and machine learning to reveal insights from large amounts of unstructured data. As the cloud development platform, IBM Bluemix enables the users to build and run one’s apps to access a catalog of services and APIs from IBM, third-parties, and communities that can help automate integrating new functionality into one’s products such as Watson, analytics, security, DevOps, and more.


[BCN News] IBM partners with Aberdeen University to bring Watson to medical research

IBM2[BCN news March 18, 2016 Written by Jamie Davies] The University of Aberdeen has recently announced a partnership with IBM, which will allow students and staff to utilise Watson Engagement Advisor.

IBM scientists are collaborating with researchers at the university on the EU Marie Curie K-Drive project, an initiative which explores a number of different use cases for big data and knowledge graphs, including the treatment of cancer. The results of the project will also form the foundation of any proposals put forward by the university for the EU Horizon 2020 Programme.

Cognitive represents an entirely new model of computing that includes a range of technology innovations in analytics, natural language processing and machine learning,” said Paul Fryer, Academic Initiative Leader at IBM. “The collaboration between IBM and the University of Aberdeen, which builds on a long-standing relationship, aims to help nurture the next generation of innovators; and is the first initiative of this type in Scotland.

The university is now one of four in the UK to have access to the Watson Engagement Advisor, which will be used by students and staff to forward their cognitive computing research.

The partnership with IBM is an exciting opportunity to advance our research in this area,” said Dr Jeff Z. Pan, coordinator of the K-Drive project at the university. “Cognitive computing is empowering human decision-making processes by understanding and exploiting data which is structured and unstructured, and our research is focused on how to make the best use of both types of data.”

Watson’s marketing messaging has primarily focused around the commercialization of artificial intelligence and big data. The partnership with the University of Aberdeen and the K-Drive project builds on IBM’s efforts to demonstrate the real-world viability. Over recent weeks, IBM has announced a number of collaborations to utilize the Watson proposition, including with Mastercard and the Honda Formula One team.

IBM and Honda announced that Watson technology would be incorporated into the McLaren Honda Formula One cars and pits to improve performance and racing decisions in real-time. The sensors will collect data from a number of different sources including driver timing, fuel flow rates and engine performance. The partnership is in reaction to new regulations that required all Formula One cars to use hybrid engines and limited fuel consumption during races.

With the rapid growth of the Internet of Things, by 2025, every car will be connected in some way exuding vast amounts of streaming data ranging from traffic updates to health of the vehicle, operations and more,” said Harriet Green, GM for Watson IoT at IBM. “We are excited to team with Honda to provide sophisticated cognitive IoT capabilities and analytics to combine data directly from the F1 racing vehicles with other sources, allowing Honda to not only enhance its vehicles that are built for speed, but to also be more friendly to our environment.


Welcome Jaime Biosca onboard

From 5 March 2016 Jaime Biosca from ESI will start his secondment in the University of Aberdeen.

Jaime had gained a Master in Artificial Intelligence from a joint master program by Universitat de Barcelona (UB), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) and Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV). Jaime joined Expert System (Barcelona) from January 2015. Before that he had been working in iSOCO (Barcelona) as a software engineer. He also had working experience in Hewlett-Packard (Barcelona), and École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (ENST Télécom Paris) in France.

During his secondment, Jaime will focus on text mining which is related to the WP9.


K-Drive seminar

On 26 Feb 2016, Veronica Villa from Expert System gave a seminar titled “COGITO technology: Building knowledge using semantic technologies” in Aberdeen.

In this seminar, she introduced the state-of-the-art work of COGITO on linguistic analysis, conceptualize structure knowledge, and applications i.e. semantic search, dialogue system, knowledge discovering, etc.

The audience included: Dr. Jeff Pan, Dr. Adam Wyner, and Jhonatan Garcia from University of Aberdeen, and  Dr. Marco Monti, Dr. Yuting Zhao, Fernanda PeregoAlessandra Coletti, Emanuela Valle from IBM Italia, and Anna Cuccovillo, Eliana Bombieri from Expert System.