Juan Sequeda
Tue 04 Sep 2018, 14:30 - 15:30
IF 4.31/4.33

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An early vision in Computer Science has been to create
intelligent systems capable of reasoning on large amounts of
data. Today, this vision can be delivered by integrating
Relational Databases with the Semantic Web using the W3C
standards: a graph data model (RDF), ontology language (OWL),
mapping language (R2RML) and query language (SPARQL). The
research community has successfully been showing how intelligent
systems can be created with Semantic Web technologies, dubbed now
as Knowledge Graphs.  However, where is the mainstream industry
adoption? What are the barriers to adoption? Are these
engineering and social barriers or are they open scientific
problems that need to be addressed?

This talk will chronicle our journey of deploying Semantic Web
technologies with real world users to address Business
Intelligence and Data Integration needs, describe technical and
social obstacles that are present in large organizations, and
scientific and engineering challenges that require attention.


Juan F. Sequeda is the co-founder of Capsenta, a spin-off from
his research, and the Senior Director of Capsenta Labs. He holds
a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Texas at
Austin. His research interests are on the intersection of Logic
and Data and in particular between the Semantic Web and
Relational Databases for data integration, ontology based data
integration and semantic/graph data management.  Juan is the
recipient of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, received 2nd
Place in the 2013 Semantic Web Challenge for his work on
ConstituteProject.org, Best Student Research Paper at the 2014
International Semantic Web Conference and the 2015 Best Transfer
and Innovation Project awarded by Institute for Applied
Informatics. Juan has been the General Chair of 2018 Alberto
Mendelzon Workshop on Foundations of Databases (AMW2018), PC
chair of the ISWC 2017 In-Use track, is on the Editorial Board of
the Journal of Web Semantics and member of multiple program
committees (ISWC, ESWC, WWW, AAAI, IJCAI). Juan is a member of
the Linked Data Benchmark Council (LDBC) Graph Query Languages
task force and has also been an invited expert and standards
editor at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

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