ESTC2008: Semantic Technology - understanding the business impact

ESTC2008: Semantic Technology - understanding the business impact

Learn how Europe is driving the market for semantic technologies forward in over 30 presentations by leading businesses and researchers
European Semantic Technology Conference (ESTC2008)
September 24-26, 2008, Vienna, Austria

The final conference program is now available and contains over 30 presentations, keynote talks, tutorials and panel sessions. Program highlights include:
- Experts talking about Semantic Search: new kind of methodologies and innovative information retrieval technologies used for specialized search engines, like Hakia, Matrixware and seekda.
- Presentations dealing with the question of how Semantic solutions can improve Business Intelligence - interoperability of data, systems and organizations.
- Pharma companies like UCB and AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals will present case studies about using semantics in managing pharmaceutical data.
- High level experts from industry and governmental institutions like Michael Brodie from Verizon, John Davies from BT and Richard Benjamins from Telefonica taking part in 3 prominent panels about: 1) Does semantics bring business intelligence to search, 2) Semantic Technology: encouraging industrial uptake, 3) Commercializing New Technology

ESTC2008 is Europe‘s most prominent and authoritative conference focusing on the growth of the ICT semantic technology markets. Participants of ESTC learn how to develop a cohesive strategy for managing semantic technology initiatives. ESTC2008 provides invaluable opportunity to meet fellow peers or rub shoulders with some of ICT industry‘s major players.

Four tutorials will will kick-start the first conference morning. The official conference opens with the keynote presentation of Hans Uszkoreit titled “Getting at the Semantics of Texts”. The afternoon presentations range from “Semantic Supercomputing” to “A Paradigm Shift: From Business to Knowledge Processes”. A panel discussion around “Large Scale Data and Service Volume” followed by a reception at the City Hall Vienna will round up the first conference day.

The topical subject of the “Internet of Services” will be the focus of Orestis Terzidis’ (SAP) keynote talk on Thursday morning. Several presentations and a roundtable discussing “How do Semantic Technologies Deliver Business Value?” will accomplish the morning session. The experts from Thomson Reuters Peter Jackson and Barak Pridor will talk about “Extraction and Resolution Capabilities for Entities, Events and Facts” in the second keynote of the day. In addition to the presentations. the afternoon comprises a panel session around the topic “Commercializing New Technology”, two roundtables and the STI International Business Idea Contest. The imposing gala dinner at the Palais Ferstl in the evening promises to be the social highlight of the conference.

Yahoo’s expert Hugo Zaragora will start the third conference day with the keynote talk “Improving Search with Semantic Technologies”. After the presentations on Friday morning, the conference will close with a panel session discussing the essential topic “Semantic Technology: Encouraging Industrial Uptake”.

Wanted: Semantic Applications with innovative and commercial character
Award: Up to 5,000 € for the best idea
Deadline: 15th of September 2008

ESTC2008 is sponsored by some of the leading organizations pioneering the adoption of semantic technology. Amongst them are Europe’s most successful developers and vendors of semantic technology solutions that have already been implemented in large international companies. Participants have the opportunity to gain insight and learn more about these companies and their services during the exhibition.
Gold Sponsors: Austria Wirtschaftsservice, DERI Galway, iSoco, Matrixware, Metatomix, Neon, Ontos, Ontotext, seekda, Theseus, W3C
Semantic Exchange Partners: Aduna, BeInformed, Expert System, iQser, Netbreeze, Project 10x, Semantic System
Silver Sponsors: Active, Franz Inc., Innoraise, LarKC, Service Web 3.0, Soa4All, Talis

Register now with the Business Partner Code and save 80 €! (Regular subscription 600 €)
Business Partner Code: R2D23CP

We are pleased to offer you a variety of hotels nearby the venue of ESTC2008, the Palais Niederösterreich and close to the city centre. Hotel room reservation can be processed online:

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