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[ontolog-forum] SDForum 5/22 event: Web 3.0 Semantics? Silicon Valley Me

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From: AJ Chen <ajchen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 02 May 2007 02:08:26 -0700
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We are organizing an event on May 22 for people in silicon valley to meet with semantic web world experts. See below for the program. There will be also a free exhibition right before the event, which is presented by the Semantic Tech Conference 2007. I thought some of you might be interested.
AJ Chen, PhD
Palo Alto, CA

SDForum Semantic Web SIG Special Event
(co-located with Semantic Technology Conference)

Web 3.0 Semantics? Silicon Valley Meets the World Experts

In this interactive panel discussion we will explore the business and technology implications of the emerging semantic technology standards and tools. Leading experts from across the industry will explain how this technology is already making an impact in our healthcare system, government agencies, enterprise software tools and consumer applications. But more importantly, we’ll ask our esteemed panelists to take a broad and sweeping view of the way that these new data management approaches may fundamentally change our everyday lives in the future. Along the way, and with audience participation, the moderator will challenge our panelists to rebuke the Semantic Web conventional wisdom in an attempt to cut through the fog of misplaced expectations and hyperbole to discover if the Web 3.0 phenomenon is more than a passing fad.

Our respected panelists include Eric Miller, President of Zepheira and former Activity Lead for all W3C Semantic Web Working Groups, Susie Stephens of Eli Lilly and current Chair of the W3C Semantic Web Education and Outreach Group, Ramanathan V. Guha of Google, Co-Creator of RDF and invited expert to both DARPA and W3C working groups, Mills Davis of Project10x and current co-Chair for the Federal CIO Council’s Semantic Interoperability Community of Practice, Sandeep Maripuri, Senior Associate with Booz Allen Hamilton and an architect supporting several US Government R&D programs that leverage Semantic Web technologies. The Moderator for this Panel will be Jeffrey Pollock, a Senior Director with Oracle, former CTO of two semantic-tech startups and author of Adaptive Information, a John Wiley & Sons book about semantic technologies.

Time: Tuesday, May 22nd 2007, 7pm – 9pm
Location: Fairmont Hotel, 170 South Market St, San Jose, CA  (direction)

4:30pm – 7:00pm   Free Exhibition from Semantic Technology Conference

7:00pm  - 7:30pm   Registration  (FREE for members and non-members)

7:30pm  -  8:15pm  Position Statements from Panelists

8:15pm  -  9:00pm  Panel Discussion and Audience Questions

Panelist Bios: 

·        Mills Davis, Managing Director, Project10x
Mills Davis is the founder and managing director of Project10X, specializing in industry research and strategic programs. Mills consults with technology manufacturers, global 2000 corporations, and government agencies on next-wave semantic technologies and solutions. Mills serves as lead for the Federal CIO council’s Semantic Interoperability Community of Practice (SICoP) research into the business value of semantic technologies. Also, he is a founding member of the AIIM interoperable enterprise content management (iECM) working group, and a founding member of the National Center for Ontology Research (NCOR).

·        Ramanathan V. Guha, Member Technical Staff, Google
Guha is a computer scientist who joined Google in 2005 where he is responsible for Google's Custom Search Engine project. Previously, he was a researcher at the IBM Almaden Research Center.  Earlier, he co-founded Epinions, an early user feedback and community site. From 1997 to 1999, Guha was at Netscape, where, together with the W3C, he created the Resource Description Framework (RDF). While at Netscape, he also authored the first version of RSS and helped start the Open Directory Project. Previously, Guha worked at Apple Computer where he developed the Meta Content Framework (MCF) format. Prior to that, he was the co-leader of the Cyc project, where he was responsible for the Cyc language, upper ontology and Cyc natural language system. Guha earned a BTech in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras, an MS in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University.

·        Sandeep Maripuri, Senior Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton
Sandeep Maripuri is a Senior Associate with Booz Allen Hamilton where he designs and implements data sharing architectures that apply service-oriented concepts and semantic technologies.  In his current role, Sandeep acts as an architect and delivery lead for Applied Research & Development efforts within the Federal Government.   Prior to joining Booz Allen Hamilton, Sandeep held architecture and engineering positions in large consulting firms and software companies. These included Ernst & Young LLP and Modulant, where he was an architect and lead engineer for one of the first commercially-available semantic data interoperability platforms.

·        Eric Miller, President, Zepheira
Eric Miller is the President of Zepheira which provides solutions to effectively integrate, navigate and manage information across boundaries of person, group and enterprise. Most recently, Eric led the Semantic Web Initiative for the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) at MIT. During his work at the W3C, Eric's responsibilities included the architectural and technical leadership in the design and evolution of the Semantic Web.  Before joining the W3C, Eric was a Senior Research Scientist at OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. in Dublin, Ohio and the co-founder and Associate Director of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative. Eric holds a Research Scientist position at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory where he is a PI on the MIT SIMILE project focused on developing robust, open source tools based on Semantic Web technologies that improve access, management and reuse among digital resources.

Susie Stephens, Senior Researcher, Eli Lilly
Dr Susie Stephens joined Eli Lilly in early 2007 as a Principal Research Scientist for open innovation. Her role is to identify and foster external collaborations that complement Lilly’s research and business priorities in integrative informatics and tailored therapeutics. Previously, Dr Stephens worked at Oracle where she led the development of the company’s core infrastructure to enhance its capabilities for the life sciences industry. As such, she was heavily involved in providing support for RDF and OWL within the Oracle Database. Dr Stephens is chair of W3Cs Semantic Web Education and Outreach Interest Group, and coordinates the BioRDF activity within the W3C Health Care and Life Sciences Interest Group.

Moderator Bio:

·        Jeffrey Pollock, Senior Director, Oracle Fusion Middleware
Mr. Pollock is a technology leader and author of the enterprise software book "Adaptive Information" (John Wiley & Sons 2004). Currently a Senior Director with Oracle’s Fusion Middleware group, Mr. Pollock was formerly an independent consultant for the Defense Department, Vice President of Technology at Cerebra and Chief Technology Officer of Modulant, developing semantic middleware platforms and inference-driven SOA platforms from 2001 to 2006. Throughout his career, he has architected, designed, and built middleware solutions for Fortune 500 and US Government clients. Prior to Modulant, Mr. Pollock was a Principal Engineer with Modem Media and Senior Architect with Ernst & Young’s Center for Technology Enablement. He is also a frequent speaker at industry conferences, author for industry journals, active member of W3C and OASIS, and formerly an engineering instructor with University of California at Berkeley’s Extension on the subjects of object-oriented systems, software development process and enterprise systems architecture.


SDForum Call-for-Assistance:

We are looking for a volunteer to help with on-site registration. If you are interested in helping the Semantic Web SIG or have any question, please contact us.


AJ Chen (ajchen at web2express.org),
Jeff Pollock (jeff.pollock at oracle.com)
SDForum Semantic Web SIG Co-Chairs


Event Co-Sponsor:

Semantic Technology Conference (www.semantic-conference.com) 
May 20-24, 2007
Fairmont Hotel * San Jose, California

The Semantic Technology Conference is the foremost place to learn about the business opportunities and commercial applications in semantic technologies.  Over 600 people attended last year and more are expected in 2007.  Send question to info@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

* SF Forum members receive $200 discount on conference registration fees. Register at http://www.semantic-conference.com/2007/invitations/sdforum07.html

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