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The 2013 STI Semantic Summit

STI Summit 2013
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 to Friday, July 19, 2013

Summer Attendees from Europe, Russia and Koreaenjoing the Suzdal sunshine

Summit Attendees from Europe, Russia and Korea enjoing the Suzdal sunshine



KAIST CSE at a Glance

Personalized Context-Aware Health Avatar in Smart Phone Environment

DIADEM: Domains to Databases

EVENTOS "OntoQuard": A Native RDF Store Server for Semantic Web

WiseKB, WiseQA, Exobrain

Semantic Web Activity in Russian Univerisities

Semantic Web in Russia

STI Strategic Summit 2013

Horizon 2020: Hardcopy

The 2013 STI Semantic Summit, is limited to 50 invitation-only participants. It will take place over 3 days starting at noon July 17, 2013 and end at noon July 19, 2013 and will consist of highly interactive sessions that will engage all participants. With the exception of a small number of invited talks, sessions will be dominated by short presentations and animated discussions. The Summit will not be a conference or a presentation of research results.

The STI Executive Board and the STI Fellows have initially selected the following themes:

  • Creating Value out of Web Data
    • Visualizing
    • Ad-hoc data integration
  • Crowd data curation
  • Web Data quality, evolution and dynamics

Attendees may submit a position paper on one of the following topics or on a theme about which the submitter is passionate by April 12, 2013:

  • Strategic perspectives
  • Grand challenges
  • Application potential for semantic technologies
  • Semantic technology trends
  • Significant challenges of a pragmatic, practical nature
  • Topics for a 5 year research and development agenda
  • State-of-the-art: Where we are, key issues and challenges


The following tentative agenda will be modified based on the topics that emerge from the participant position papers. Session formats will consist of a mixture of short invited talks, participant statements from position papers, moderated discussions, and brilliant interjections all designed to actively engage all participants.

Wednesday July 17, 2013  

Opening session Sören Auer and John Domingue


Keynote Georg Gottlob

Chair: John Domingue


 Coffee break

Session I: Semantic Web in Russia
Short talks from Russian Semantic Web  Community members and discussion:
 * Daniel Hladky (W3C Russia),
 * Victor Klintsov (Avicomp),
 * Dmitry Mouromtsev (IFMO)
Chair: Sören Auer


Thursday July 18, 2013  

Session II: Semantic Issues/Challenges in Korea

Chair: Anna Fensel 


 Coffee break


Session II (continued): Semantic Issues/Challenges in Korea

Chair: Anna Fensel 



Session III: Data Science Curriculum: Concepts and Delivery methods
Chair: John Domingue

 Coffee break


STI2 Executive Board Meeting (for STI2 Executive Board Only)

Open Ad Hoc Meetings


STI2 General Assembly (STI2 Members and Partners Only)

Open Ad Hoc Meetings


 City tour



Friday July 19, 2013  

Session IV: Future Funding and Collaboration around Semantics in Europe and Beyond

Chair Sören Auer




Richard Benjamins, Telefonica Digital, Spain

Richard BenjaminsShort Bio:

Dr. V.R. Richard Benjamins is Director of Business Intelligence at Telefonica Digital, the newly created digital branch of Telefoncia. Before that he was responsible for Global BI programs across TEF footprint, and Director of User Modelling, where he was responsible for research and development in areas related to customer intelligence. His responsibilities included the development and technology transfer of products in areas including data mining, big data, targeted advertising, personalisation, and privacy. Richard is a frequent speaker on big data, BI and analytics events. Previously he was Director of Technological Strategy at the same company which he joined in July 2007. Before that he was director and board member at Intelligent Software Components (iSOCO), which he co-founded in 1999 and he led its international positioning as a Semantic Web company. Based on his work, iSOCO were granted the National Award for Computer Science. Dr. Benjamins has held positions at the Technical University of Madrid, the University of Amsterdam, the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, the University of Paris-South, France, and the Spanish Artificial Intelligence Research Institute in Barcelona. He has published over 100 scientific articles ( in books, journals and proceedings, covering areas such as artificial intelligence, knowledge-based systems, semantic web and technology transfer. He has been guest editor of several journal special-issues and co-chair of numerous international workshops and conferences. He is on advisory boards of several start-ups and international research projects. He is general chair of the K-CAP 2013 Conference.

Georg Gottlob, The Vienna University of Technology (TU Vienna), Austria

Georg GottlobShort Bio:

Georg Gottlob is a Professor of Computing Science at Oxford University and an Adjunct Professor at TU Wien. His interests include data extraction, database theory, graph decomposition techniques, AI, knowledge representation, logic and complexity. More recently, Gottlob has been interested in ontology-enhanced databases and ontological query-answering. He and his co-workers have introduced the Datalog+/- language family that uses Datalog variants for uniformly expressing both ontological rules and database integrity constraints. Gottlob has received the Wittgenstein Award from the Austrian National Science Fund, is an ACM Fellow, an ECCAI Fellow, a Fellow of the Royal Society, and a member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the German National Academy of Sciences, and the Academia Europaea. He chaired the Program Committees of IJCAI 2003 and ACM PODS 2000, was the Editor in Chief of the Journal Artificial Intelligence Communications, and is currently a member of the editorial boards of journals, such as CACM and JCSS. He is the main founder of Lixto, a company that provides tools and services for web data extraction. Gottlob was rexcently awarded an ERC Advanced Investigator's Grant.


Conference Chair

  • Sören Auer, University of Leipzig, Germany
  • John Domingue, The Open University, United Kingdom, STI President


All registrations have to be send to by May 10, 2013.


  • STI Board Members – €100
  • Others - €250


Local Organisers



STI Summit 2013 takes place in Suzdal. Suzdal is part of the Golden Ring around Moscow and with its almost 1000 years of history one of the most exciting destination in Russia.

Hotel Information:

  • Pushkarskaya Sloboda Hotel
  • Lenina str. 45, Vladimir Oblast, Suzdal, Russia 
  • Tel: +7 (49231) 2-33-03
  • Email:

Visa & Travel

Please be aware, that you need a visa for traveling to Russia (cf. [1]). The easiest way is to arrange a visa through a local travel agency (e.g. [2] in Germany). Alternatively, you can obtain an invitation letter through a visa invitation service (e.g. [3]) and apply for a visa at the Russian embassy in your country.
Suzdal is located 250km east of Moscow. There are several options for traveling from Moscow to Suzdal:
1. Take the high-speed train from Moscow to Vladimir (2h) and a taxi to the hotel in Suzdal (40min). This option might be preferable, when you spend a night in Moscow.
2. Take a direct taxi shuttle service from the airport or some other location (approx. 100 Euro, 3-4h, e.g. [4]). Please let us know when you plan to arrive in Moscow and we will try to support you and possibly arrange taxi sharing.

Responses to the Event

Event type: 


Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)


University of Innsbruck

Universidad Politecnica



University of Aberdeen

Won Kwang University

The Open University