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Boris Motik wins Cor Baayen Award for work on OWL reasoning

From: Ian Horrocks <ian.horrocks@comlab.ox.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2007 15:59:27 +0100
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To: Semantic Web <semantic-web@w3.org>

I'm sure that everyone will want to join me in congratulating Boris  
Motik on his achievement in winning this year's ERCIM Cor Baayen  
Award. Boris is currently working at the Oxford University Computing  
Laboratory, but was until recently at the University of Manchester  
School of Computer Science, and prior to that was a PhD student in  
Rudi Studer's group at AIFB/FZI---all W3C member organisations.

The award, created in 1995 to honour the first ERCIM President, is  
given annually to "a most promising young researcher in computer  
science and applied mathematics"  (see http://www.ercim.org/activity/ 
cor-baayen.html). Boris received the award in recognition of his  
innovative and highly influential work on reasoning algorithms and  
systems for Description Logics, and in particular his work on  
scalable reasoning for OWL DL ontologies containing very large  
numbers of individuals. The quality of this work is indicated by the  
fact that, in spite of there being several very strong contenders for  
this year's award, the vote was unanimous amongst the 13 countries  
that evaluated the finalists.

The award will be officially announced in the forthcoming ERCIM news,  
and Boris is expected to receive the award in Warsaw at the October  
meeting (22-24) of the ERCIM member directors, where he will also  
present a talk on his work.

Regards,
Ian
Received on Tuesday, 18 September 2007 15:00:06 GMT

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