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STI International Alumni

Prof. Elena Simperl

Elena Simperl obtained her doctoral degree in Computer Science from the Free University of Berlin, and diploma in Computer Science from the Technical University of Munich. She is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a former Turing Fellow, and has held positions in Germany, Austria and the University of Southampton prior to joining King's College London in 2020. Elena's research interests focus upon the intersection between AI and crowd computing, in helping designers understand how to build socio-technical systems that combine machine algorithms with human and social capabilities. Her accolades include involvement in over twenty European and national research projects such as INSEMTIVES (EU FP7), RENDER (EU FP7) and QROWD (EU H2020) – as well as leading two European data incubators, ODINE and Data Pitch. Her professional portfolio also includes work with SOCIAMEUCLID, and the Southampton Data Science Academy. Finally, she has served as Chair and Programme Chair of the European and International Semantic Web Conference series, the European Data Forum, and the European Semantic Technologies conference.

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. 

Prof. Lora Aroyo

Prof. Lora Aroyo is a Full Professor at the Web & Media group, Department of Computer Science, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Within the framework of the Network Institute she is involved in several research projects focusing on semantic search, recommendation systems and event-driven access to multimedia collections online. In 2001 she was awarded with a Ph.D on a thesis entitled "Tasks-based Approach to Information Handling Support for Web-based Education" from the University of Twente, The Netherlands. She has been a member of the STI International Board.

Prof. Sören Auer

Prof. Sören Auer is head of the Enterprise Information Systems department at Fraunhofer IAIS and professor for Computer Science at the University of Bonn. Prior to joining the University of Bonn and Fraunhofer IAIS in 2013, he founded the "Agile Knowledge Engineering and Semantic Web" research group at the University of Leipzig and worked at the TU Chemniz as well as at the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include semantic technologies, knowledge representation, engineering & management, as well as information systems. He was a founding chair of the European Data Forum and now leads its steering committee. Prof. Auer coordinated the FP7 flagship project LOD2 - Creating Knowledge out of Interlinked Data till 2014 and is now serving as coordinator of the H2020 CSA BigDataEurope and the H2020 MCSA ITN WDAqua – Answering Questions using Web Data. He serves on the board of directors of the Big Data Value Association. His research group has gained world-wide reputation with projects like DBpedia, SlideWiki, LinkedGeoData and OntoWiki. Technologies developed in his department are in use by notable companies.

Dr. Jürgen Bock

Dr. Jürgen Bock is working at the Corporate Research department of KUKA Robotics and is responsible for the topics Smart Data and Infrastructures. Before joining KUKA in 2015 he lead the Knowledge Management department at the FZI Research Center for Information Technology, Germany. He finished his PhD in 2012 in the area of Ontology Alignment using Biologically-inspired Optimisation Algorithms. While working at the FZI as scientific employee and later as project and team leader, he contributed to the German flagship project THESEUS, as well as to several EU FP7 projects, e.g., SEALS and INTUITEL, as well as to numerous other nationally funded research projects.

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.

Dr. Maria Maleshkova

Dr. Maria Maleshkova is an Assistant Professor at the Computer Science Department III of the University of Bonn. Before, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Karlsruhe Service Research Institute (KSRI) and the Institute of Applied Informatics and Formal Description Methods (AIFB) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Her research work covers the Web of Things (WoT) and semantics-based data integration topics as well as work in the area of the semantic description of Web APIs, RESTful services and their joint use with Linked Data. Prior to that, she was a Research Associate and a PhD student at the Knowledge Media Institute (KMi) at the Open University, where she worked on projects in the domain of SOA and Web Services.

Dr. Ioan Toma

Dr. Ioan Toma is the COO and co-founder of ONLIM where he is in charge of operation and product management and is also involved in the research activities of the company. He has also been working as a senior researcher at the Semantic Technology Institute Innsbruck, University of Innsbruck, Austria. His current research areas include Semantics, Intelligent Assistants, Social Media, Services and Linked Data. He received his Ph.D in Computer Science from the University of Innsbruck, Austria, with a thesis on Modelling and Ranking Semantic Web Services based on Non-functional properties and a Diploma of Engineering and a Master`s degree in Computer Science from the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania. He has been involved in a number of research projects at national and European level, he published around 85 articles. Dr. Toma had also co-organized multiple workshops and has been a member of many conference and workshop program committees. 

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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Won Kwang University

University of Innsbruck


Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

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