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Introduction: Ora Lassila, Nokia Research Center

From: Ora Lassila <ora.lassila@nokia.com>
Date: Sat, 01 Apr 2006 08:57:42 -0500
To: <public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org>
Message-ID: <C053F106.17D6B%ora.lassila@nokia.com>

Hi all,

I have recently joined the HCLSIG and I thought a brief introduction would
be appropriate.

I am a Research Fellow at the Nokia Research Center (in Cambridge, MA). I
have been working on Semantic Web technologies for the past 10 years, and
before that worked on various large systems involving knowledge
representation (steel mill scheduling, military logistics planning,
spacecraft operation planning, etc.). As far as the Semantic Web goes, I
very much subscribe to Jim Hendler's a-little-semantics-goes-a-long-way
-philosophy.

I was a co-author of the original RDF specification. I am currently an
elected member of the W3C Advisory Board. Before joining Nokia 10 years ago,
I worked at Carnegie Mellon University, Helsinki University of Technology,
my own startup, etc.

I am particularly interested in the use of Semantic Web technologies in
mobile and ubiquitous computing. Lately, looking at the application of
Semantic Web technologies to the information modeling and management issues
in the life sciences community, I have started thinking about combining the
two (ubiquitous computing and life science information management, that is).

My current project is described here:

  http://research.nokia.com/research/projects/swapme/

In the context of this project, I am currently working on issues of
"Semantic Web browsing", and have built a tool called "OINK" to investigate
the matter:

  http://wiki.nrcc.noklab.com/SwapMe/OINK

OINK is built on top of Nokia Research Center's open-source Semantic Web
toolkit called "Wilbur" (I am the author of Wilbur as well). We plan to
open-source OINK in the near future. Recent experiments of browsing (part
of) the UniProt data with OINK made me think that this tool could be useful
in the life sciences community.

Regards,

    - Ora Lassila

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Ora Lassila  mailto:ora.lassila@nokia.com  http://www.lassila.org/
Research Fellow, Nokia Research Center Cambridge
Visiting Scientist, MIT/CSAIL
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