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