Application Keynote Lecture
Prof. Steffen Staab (University of Southampton)
Modelling the Web
The Web reflects the connections and biases we experience in our life. Modelling these connections is not only of value in itself, it also helps us to better understand the observations we can make on the Web. In this talk, I will show some examples of how we model voting systems, physical-social systems and knowledge networks that we have observed on the Web.
Steffen Staab is full professor for Databases and Information Systems at the Universitšt Koblenz-Landau, Germany, and has a chair for Web and Computer Science at University of Southampton, UK. He studied in Erlangen (Germany), Philadelphia (USA) and Freiburg (Germany) computer science and computational linguistics. In his research career he has managed to avoid almost all good advice that he now gives to his team members. Such advise includes focusing on research (vs. company) or concentrating on only one or two research areas (vs. considering ontologies, semantic web, social web, data engineering, text mining, peer-to-peer, multimedia, HCI, services, software modelling and programming and some more). Though, actually, improving how we understand and use text and data is a good common denominator for a lot of Steffen's professional activities.