SDForum 5/22 event: Web 3.0 Semantics? Silicon Valley Meets the World Experts

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

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

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

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*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,
Jeff Pollock (jeff.pollock at
SDForum Semantic Web SIG Co-Chairs

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*Event Co-Sponsor: *

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May 20-24, 2007
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