International web reasoning event heads to Aberdeen

An international summer school and conference focusing on the development of intelligent web reasoning technologies is heading to Aberdeen, following a successful bid by a University academic working at the forefront of research in the area.

The International Reasoning Web Summer School and Web Reasoning and Rules Conference will take place at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) on 5-11 September.

Dr Jeff Pan from the University’s School of Natural and Computing Sciences worked alongside Team Aberdeen - a collaboration of expertise from Aberdeen City and Shire Council, AECC, Aberdeen International Airport, RGU, The University of Aberdeen and VisitAberdeenshire - to secure the summer school and conference for the city.

Dr Pan is co-ordinator of the EU Marie Curie K-Drive project, which is investigating ways of understanding and utilising big data and knowledge graphs for applications, such as those in the treatment of cancers.

He said: “The research areas of semantic web, knowledge graph and linked data have received a lot of attention in academia and the IT industry recently with the aim of enriching the existing web with data and processing methods to provide systems with intelligent capabilities.

“For example, the use of knowledge graphs in Google not only provides users with more precise search results, but is having a significant impact on search engine optimisations for content marketers, so it is an important and growing area of interest.

“The objective of the Reasoning Web summer school and conference is to prepare the next generation of researchers to use these technologies, and we will use examples from ongoing scientific projects, such as the EU Marie Curie K-Drive project, which is constructing and exploiting knowledge graphs in order to support applications and intelligent systems.”

Sales Manager at AECC and TeamAberdeen Member, Steven Daun, said: “Having Reasoning Web Summer School in Aberdeen will allow the exceptional research which is taking place in the region to be showcased to an international audience, as well as promote Aberdeen as a destination of choice for many other national and international conferences.”

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