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ERCIM Cor Baayen Award 2007 for Boris Motik

Boris Motik from University of Oxford, United Kingdom, has been awarded the 2007 Cor Baayen Award for a most promising young researcher in computer science and applied mathematics by ERCIM, the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics.

In a tight competition with 17 finalists, ERCIM has awarded Boris Motik for the outstanding quality of his work concerning reasoning algorithms and systems for Description Logics (DLs) - a family of knowledge representation formalisms with applications in numerous areas of computer science. DLs provide the basis for the Web Ontology Language (OWL) - the ontology language defined by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) that has become the de facto standard for ontology development in fields as diverse as geography, geology, astronomy, agriculture and the life sciences. Boris has already made wide ranging contributions to research, including both new theoretical results, and practical systems that promise to change our notion of tractability in ontology reasoning. His output is impressive: in spite of the fact that he only completed his PhD in 2006, he has already published more than 40 articles in leading international conferences and journals, and won the best paper prize at the 2005 International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2005) for his paper "On the Properties of Metamodeling in OWL". Boris studied for his Bachelor's and Master's degrees at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing at University of Zagreb, Croatia, where he received the faculty award Josip Lon?ar for the best student of the generation. Boris's PhD work at Technical University Karlsruhe, Germany, broke new ground in scalable reasoning for ontology languages. His contributions were not only theoretical: he implemented a new reasoning system (KAON2) based on his reasoning algorithms and demonstrated that, on relatively simple ontologies with large data sets, the new system can answer queries several orders of magnitude faster than existing tableau based implementations. This work is of great importance to the future of the Semantic Web and ontology language applications more generally, where an inability to deal with large volumes of data has been a serious impediment to wider adoption. This is illustrated by the fact that Boris's work is already the basis for a commercial ontology management system being marketed by ontoprise GmbH. About the Cor Baayen Award The Cor Baayen Award is awarded each year to a most promising young researcher in computer science and applied mathematics. The award was created in 1995 to honour the first ERCIM President. The award consists of a cheque for 5000 Euro together with an award certificate. The selected fellow is invited to the ERCIM meetings in Autumn. Detailed description and rules: Contact: Cor Baayen Award coordinator László Monostori, SZTAKI E-mail:


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