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STI International Alumni

Prof. Grigoris Antoniou

Grigoris Antoniou is Professor of Semantic and Knowledge Technologies at the University of Huddersfield. His main research interests are knowledge representation and reasoning, semantic web technologies and their applications in various domains. He has published over 200 papers and three books, including "A Semantic Web Primer" by MIT Press, now in its 3rd edition. He participates in a number of European projects, including the PlanetData Network of Excellence, PRELIDA Coordination Action and SemData International Research Exchange. He has been Program Committee and Conference Chair of ESWC 2010 and ESWC 2011, respectively. He is an ECCAI Fellow since 2006. 

Dr. John Davies

Dr. John Davies is Chief Scientist in BT‘s ICT Research Practice. He was involved in the creation of STI International and served as Vice-President, Realisation for 3 years. His interests include the application of semantic technologies to smart cities, business intelligence, information integration, service-oriented environments and knowledge management. He has written and edited many papers and books in these areas. He was Project Coordinator of the SEKT and ACTIVE European FP integrated research projects and currently runs a number of nationally-funded semantic technology projects. He founded and chaired of the European Semantic Technology Conference series and he has served on the program committees of many conferences in related areas and was co-founder of the ESWC conference series. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Chartered Engineer.

Alexander Wahler

Alexander Wahler is co-founder and CEO of seekda. Seekda offers innovative Software applications of a new generation. Based upon recent research results from the World Wide Web seekda is developing high-end industry booking solutions for e-Tourism. In seekda he is in charge of strategic planning, internationalization and R&D.

He has been an entrepreneur in the IT sector for more than ten years; Alexander has been CEO and Treasurer of STI International from June 2007 till May 2012. He has co-founded and organized a number of successful scientific and industrial conferences in the area of semantic technologies (e.g. European Semantic Technology Conference, Future Internet Symposium, STI Summit) and was involved in a couple of research projects (e.g. FP7 Projects Service Web 3.0 or notube).

Alexander Wahler has graduated in electrical engineering at the University of Technology Vienna, where he has been developing a tourism platform as an academic assistant.

Prof. Hannes Werthner

Hannes Werthner is Professor for e-commerce at the Vienna University of Technology, before that he was Professor for Information Systems at the University of Innsbruck; Professor for Information Systems at the Vienna University of Economics; and Professor for Computer Science and e-commerce at the University of Trento. Currently he is also the Director of the Vienna PhD School of Informatics as well as the i2c (Informatics Innovation Center) at the Vienna University of Technology. He was member of the ISTAG strategic advisory board for the European research program IST in FP5, and is on the editorial board of several journals. For his work in the field of e-tourism IFITT (International Federation for IT and Tourism) awards the yearly "Hannes Werthner Tourism and Technology Lifetime Achievement Award" to an individual from academia, industry or government who has made significant contributions to the advancement of the e-tourism field. 

Hannes Werthner holds a Master and Ph.D. from the Vienna University of Technology. He studied Computer Science at the Technical University of Vienna, was visiting professor at several universities, and was a fellow from the Austrian Schrödinger foundation. His research activities cover - besides semantic web - a wide range from e-commerce and e-tourism, Internet-based Information systems, Service engineering, Recommender systems and Web science. 

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