INTRODUCTION: Dieter Fensel (better a bit late than never)

Dieter Fensel (1960) obtained in 1989 a Diploma in Social Science
at the Free University of Berlin and a Diploma in Computer Science
at the Technical University of Berlin. In 1993 he was awarded a
Doctor's degree in economic science (Dr. rer. pol.) at the University of
Karlsruhe.  From November 1989 to July 1994 he worked as a research
scientist at the University of Karlsruhe, Institute AIFB. From August
1994 to October 1996 he worked as a guest scientist at the University
of Amsterdam, department SWI in the group of Prof. Wielinga. From
November 1996 to October 1999, he worked as a senior scientist
at the institute AIFB, University of Karlsruhe. In December 1998 he
received his Habilitation in Applied Computer Science. Since Ocotber
1999, he works as a Associate Professor at the Vrije Universiteit
Amsterdam. His current research interests include knowledge
engineering, knowledge management, intelligent information
integration and electronic commerce.

He published around 150 papers as books and journal, book, conference,
and workshop contributions. He co-organised around 100 scientific workshops
and conferences and has edited several special issues of scientific journals.
He is associated editor of the Knowledge and Information Systems:
An International Journal (KAIS), IEEE Intelligent Systems, and the Electronic
Transactions on Artificial Intelligence (ETAI). He is involved in several 
and internal research projects, for example, in the IST projects H-Techsight,
IBROW, Multiple, Obelix, Ontoknowledge, Ontoweb, and Wonderweb.
Here he is the project coordinator of Ontoknowledge and Ontoweb.
He also received grants from the Human Capital and Mobility programme
of the EC and the Deutsche Forschungsgesellschaft. He gave more than
40 courses at Berufsakademien, Fachhochschulen and Universities.
Topics were about: Formal Specification Languages, Software Engineering,
Data Warehouse, World Wide Web, Electronic Commerce, and Agent-
based Information Access. He supervised around thirty master theses and
Ph.Ds and won the Carl-Adam-Petri-Award of the Faculty of Economic
Sciences from the University of Karlsruhe (2000).

Dieter Fensel is the author of the books Ontologies: Silver Bullet for
Knowledge Management and Electronic Commerce, Springer-Verlag, Berlin,
2001; Problem-Solving Methods: Understanding, Development, Description,
and Reuse, Lecture Notes on Artificial Intelligence (LNAI), no 1791,
Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 2000; and The Knowledge Acquisition and
Representation Language KARL, Kluwer Academic Publisher, Boston, 1995.

Dieter Fensel
Division of Mathematics & Computer Science,
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam,
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