WebOnt Introduction

Greetings everyone,

My name is Jeff Heflin and I am an invited expert to this working group.
I am a member of the Joint US/EU Ad hoc Agent Markup Language Committee,
which designed the DAML+OIL language, and have been working on Semantic
Web technologies since 1997 (although I wasn't using that particular
buzz word back then). I was a co-author of the SHOE language [1] which
was one of the first languages for knowledge representation on the Web.
I developed substantial portions of the full suite of software tools for
this language, including annotation tools, a web crawler, and various
query interfaces. I have been closely involved in two real world
applications of these technologies. The first was in the food safety
domain at the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The
second was an application for Intelink, the internet of the U.S.
Intelligence community. Under the excellent guidance of Dr. James
Hendler, I completed my dissertation titled "Towards the Semantic Web:
Knowledge Representation in a Dynamic, Distributed Environment" [2], and
received my Ph.D. from the University of Maryland this past summer.
Currently, I am an assistant professor in the Department of Computer
Science and Engineering at Lehigh University, where my research will
cover all areas of the Semantic Web. For more information about my
background or publications, please visit my home page [3].

I believe the work we have ahead of us is very exciting and important,
and look forward to working with all of you.


Jeff Heflin
Assistant Professor
Lehigh University

[1] http://www.cs.umd.edu/projects/plus/SHOE/
[2] http://www.cse.lehigh.edu/~heflin/pubs/#heflin-thesis
[3] http://www.cse.lehigh.edu/~heflin/

Received on Monday, 5 November 2001 17:15:47 UTC