Abstract: Theoretical and practical research complement each other, and their synergy is essential to developing advanced information systems. I will illustrate this using examples from my research in ontology languages, reasoning, and big data management. I will also discuss how we can foster interest in combining theory and practice in undergraduate and postgraduate education.
Short bio: Dr Boris Motik completed his undergraduate and master's degrees at the University of Zagreb. After a stint in the software development industry in the USA and Germany, in 2002 he embarked on his PhD studies at the University of Karlsruhe (today known as the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) under supervision of Prof. Rudi Studer. He completed his studies in 2006 and then started his postdoc in the group of Prof. Ian Horrocks at the University of Manchester. Finally, he was appointed to a university lecturer post at the University of Oxford in 2007.
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