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Short Bio

I am Associate Professor at University of Economics, Prague, Czech Republic, and one of lead persons of the Knowledge Engineering Group. My research interests can be very roughly divided into the data/text/web mining thread (probably with marginal relevance to the OWL WG) and the knowledge modelling thread, foremost ontological engineering and PSM issues. I was moderately involved in the research related to OWL predecessors within the OntoWeb project; see e.g. this page, clearly deprecated by now, as illustration of my long-term interest in ontological conceptualisation problems. Currently I act as local contact person for two EU projects featuring ontological research, K-Space and MedIEQ; it is actually K-Space that delegated me to the OWL WG. I am also local contact person in Knowledge Web, where my institute is non-funded member; our main engagement there is in the ontology matching field - we organise one of the OAEI tracks. More info on my background can be found at my CV page.

I must confess I am completely new to W3C in terms of active participation, but I hope I will be able to absorb the WG's working mechanisms and etiquette soon (pardon me if it is not always the case at the beginning).

Contact Info

For contacting me please use e-mail or my office phone +420 224095495.

Expected Contribution

I expect the work of the WG should yield a new version of the OWL language that would allow to create ontologies

  • less squeezed wrt. the 'most natural' conceptualisation, in the design phase
  • but still eligible for automated reasoning, in the exploitation phase.

As my own contribution I foresee the following:

  • Reflection of frequently used structural/logical design patterns, including but not limited to those devised by SWBPD - OEP
  • Proposals for (often extra-logical) features that would encourage the inclusion of information usable by ontology matching tools as well as transformation to/from some alternative representations, such as XML Topic Maps
  • Together with other representatives of K-Space, reflection of the needs of multimedia semantics applications, one of which being the issue of uncertainty processing.