Semantic Web and Data Integration: new technologies and applications to industry


The goal of the workshop is to improve our understanding of the challenges faced by industry that are related to data and knowledge management and knowledge representation, particularly in the area of data integration and semantic web technologies. We will also hear about new techniques that can be applied to these challenges, including a report on existing projects sponsored by Oxford's DBOnto project in these areas, several of which involve collaborations between industry and academic partners. Finally, we want to identify areas where more collaborative research is needed. One of the main aims of the DBOnto project is to promote interaction with industry and other centres of excellence, and it can fund networking, research visits, and feasibility studies.

The workshop will be a 2-day event so as to allow time for presentations and demonstrations from industry participants as well as from academics. It will be held on Thursday 26th and Friday 27th May 2016 at the Alan Turing Institute (headquartered within the British Library). This is a newly established UK national institute for data science, with a central location in London.



  • Thursday 26th May
  • 09:45-10:00 Opening & Introduction [slides]
  • 10:00-11:00 Industry challenges I: health and biology
  • 10:00-10:15 Orsolya Bali, B2i Healthcare - Empowering evidence-based medicine with semantic data analysis [slides]
  • 10:15-10:30 Tony Burdett, EBI - Facilitating semantic alignment of EBI services [slides]
  • 10:30-10:45 Jamie Ferguson, Kaiser Permanente - Current Challenges in Health Care Enterprises [slides]
  • 10:45-11:00 Martin Romacker, Roche - Getting Semantic Technologies into the Business: Major issues and Key Success Factor [slides]
  • 11:00-11:30 Coffee & posters/demos
  • 11:30-12:30 Tutorial: "Trends in Scalable Stream Processing: Parallelism & Programmability"
    (Peter Pietzuch, Imperial College) [slides]
  • 12:30-14:30 Lunch & posters/demos
  • 14:30-15:30 Tutorial: Randomised algorithms in databases
    (Graham Cormode, University of Warwick) [slides]
  • 15:30-16:00 Coffee & posters/demos
  • 16:00-17:15 Industry challenges II: energy/health
  • 16:00-16:15 Kejie Li, Biogen - Data challenges in the pharmaceutical industry [slides]
  • 16:15-16:45 Laurent Pierre, EDF Energy - The challenges of deploying semantic technologies at EDF [slides]
  • 16:45-17:15 Stephan Grimm, Siemens - Semantics-related Challenges in Data Analytics Applications [slides]
  • 17:15-17:30 Discussion
  • 19:00-22:00 Dinner (York & Albany)
  • Friday 27th May
  • 09:00-09:15 Review
  • 09:15-10:00 Industry challenges III: data management infrastructure
  • 09:15-09:30 Michael Schmidt, Metaphacts - Graph database applications: Mastering the heterogeneity challenges [slides]
  • 09:30-09:45 Zhe Wu, Oracle - How can RDF and OWL coexist with Property Graph [slides]
  • 09:45-10:00 Douglas Santry, NetApp - The Effects of Modern Storage Trends on Databases [slides]
  • 10:00-11:00 Breakout sessions
  • 11:00-11:30 Coffee & posters/demos
  • 11:30-12:30 Tutorial: Ontology based data access (OBDA)
    (Ian Horrocks, University of Oxford) [slides]
  • 12:30-14:30 Lunch & posters/demos
  • 14:30-15:30 Breakout sessions
  • 15:30-16:00 Future directions & close
  • 16:00- Excursion (to be confirmed)

  Posters & Demos

  • Estimating the Number of Answers to CQs using Graph Summarisation [poster]
  • ArtForm - Dynamic analysis of JavaScript validation in web forms [poster]
  • Learning Regression Models over Factorized Views [poster]
  • Semantic Technologies for Data Analysis in Health Care [poster]
  • KeywDB: Keyword Driven Mapping Construction [poster]
  • Ontology-mediated Analytic Query Answering [poster]
  • PDQ: A Platform for Reformulating Queries [poster]
  • SemFacet: Semantic Faceted Search [poster]
  • SOMM: Industry Oriented Model Management Tool [poster]

All presentations and posters can be downloaded as a zip file.

Guest List

  • Molham Aref, LogicBlox Inc
  • Orsolya Bali, B2i Healthcare
  • Andrew Bate, University of Oxford
  • Michael Benedikt, University of Oxford
  • Tony Burdett, EBI
  • Bernardo Cuenca Grau, University of Oxford
  • Graham Cormode, University of Warwick
  • Jamie Ferguson, Kaiser Permanente International
  • Stephan Grimm, Siemens
  • Thomas Heinis, Imperial College
  • Peter Hendler, Kaiser Permanente International
  • Ian Horrocks, University of Oxford
  • Pan Hu, University of Oxford
  • Ernesto Jimenez-Ruiz, University of Oxford
  • Evgeny Kharlamov, University of Oxford
  • George Konstantinidis, University of Oxford
  • Pierre LeMarre, EIFER
  • Kejie Li, Biogen
  • Rodrigo Lopez Serrano, EBI
  • Despoina Magka, Facebook
  • Bruno Marnette, Enki
  • Boris Motik, University of Oxford
  • Yavor Nenov, University of Oxford
  • Charalampos (Babis) Nikolaou, University of Oxford
  • Dan Olteanu, University of Oxford
  • Alina Petrova, University of Oxford
  • Laurent Pierre, EDF Energy
  • Peter Pietzuch, Imperial College
  • Nicholas Pinks, Sixth Stage
  • Robert Piro, University of Oxford
  • Martin Romacker, Roche
  • Alessandro Ronca, University of Oxford
  • Douglas Santry, NetApp
  • Andreas Savvides, Twitter
  • Michael Schmidt, Metaphacts
  • Evgeny Sherkhonov, University of Oxford
  • Ben Spencer, University of Oxford
  • Giorgio Stefanoni, University of Oxford
  • Jared Tanner, University of Oxford
  • Efthymia Tsamoura, University of Oxford
  • Esin Turkbeyler, Roke Manor Research Ltd
  • Brandon Ulrich, B2i Healthcare
  • Zhe Wu, Oracle