Semantic Web and Databases Workshop, April 8, 2006
Keynote Talks

Keynote Talks

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Managing and Integrating Enterprise Data with Semantic Technologies
Susie Stephens, PhD
Principal Product Manager, Oracle

The Semantic Web has reached a level of maturity that allows RDF and OWL to be adopted by large commercial software companies. Many of the products that are based on these standards promise the ability to provide more effective solutions to the increasing IT complexity that many industries are facing. This presentation will describe Oracle's interest in being an early adopter of Semantic Web technologies, as well as providing a technical overview of the RDF Data Model in the latest release of the Oracle Database. Experiences gained from implementing Semantic Web technologies will also be provided.

Dr. Susie Stephens joined Oracle in 2002 to lead the development of the Database, Application Server and Collaboration Suite, to further enhance their capabilities as a powerful infrastructure platform and analytical engine for drug discovery. As such, she was heavily involved in the implementation of an RDF Data Model in the latest release of the Oracle Database. She now guides Oracle in its continued adoption of Semantic Web technologies, and represents Oracle in discussions with W3C regarding standards in this area. She has presented at a number of Semantic Web conferences that include RuleML 2005, and Semantic Technologies 2006; and has written articles on the Semantic Web that have been published in IEEE Intelligent Systems and Current Opinions in Drug Discovery and Development. Dr. Stephens worked at Sun Microsystems for many years prior to joining Oracle.


From the Bench to the Bedside: The role of Semantics in enabling the vision of Translational Medicine
Vipul Kashyap, PhD
Senior Medical Informatician, Partners HealthCare System

Biomedical research and healthcare clinical transactions are generating huge volumes of information. Biomedical research literature doubles every 19 years and AIDS literature in particular doubles every 22 months. Biomedical research is now an information-based science marked by factory-scale sequencing generating huge amounts of data. A clinician, on the other hand, needs approximately 2 million facts to practice. There is a critical need to speed "translation" of genomic research insights into clinical research and practice and vice versa. In this talk, we will discuss the challenges faced by a healthcare enterprise in realizing the vision of Translational Medicine. In this talk, we will discuss some of these challenges, such as:

  • The need to create structured and semantic representations of genotypic and phenotypic data such as orders, observations, molecular diagnostic test results, etc.
  • The need for as-needed data and information integration achieved in an incremental and cost-efficient manner.
  • The need for actionable decision support for suggesting molecular diagnostic tests in response to phenotypic information and therapies in response to genotypic test results.
  • The need for knowledge update, propagation and consistency to keep abreast of the rapid pace of knowledge discovery being witnessed in the life sciences, a crucial pre-requisite to reduce the cost of knowledge acquisition and maintenance.

There is a need and applicability of semantic web-based specifications and technologies to address the above challenges. We will present semantics-based approaches to address the challenges enumerated above. The role and applicability of various semantic web standards (such as RDF and OWL) in the proposed solutions will also be discussed.

Vipul Kashyap, PhD is a Senior Medical Informatician in the Clinical Informatics Research & Development group at Partners HealthCare System and is currently the chief architect of a Knowledge Management Platform that enables browsing, retrieval, aggregation, analysis and management of clinical knowledge across the Partners Healthcare System. One of his responsibilities is to evaluate semantic web technologies and products and architect their integration and deployment into Partners Information Systems. Vipul received his PhD from the Department of Computer Science at Rutgers University in New Brunswick in the area of semantics and has worked on semantics and knowledge-based approaches for information and knowledge management. Before coming to Partners, Vipul has held positions at MCC, Telcordia (Bellcore) and was a fellow at the National Library of Medicine. Vipul has published 2 books on the topic of Semantics, 40-50 articles in prestigious conferences and journals; and has participated in panels and presented tutorials on the topic of semantic technologies. Vipul sits on the technical advisory board of an early stage company developing semantics-based products, and represents Partners on the W3C advisory committee and the HealthCare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP).

We thank our sponsors, LSDIS Lab of the University of Georgia and the Software Telecommunications Group of the University of Waterloo