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The Semantic Web Has Gone Mainstream! Wanna Bet?

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In 2005, I started learning about the so-called Semantic Web. It wasn’t till 2008, the same year I started my PhD that I finally understood what the Semantic Web was really about. At the time, I made a $1000 bet with 3 college buddies that the Semantic Web would be mainstream by the time I finished my PhD. I know I’m going to win! In this presentation, I will explain what the Semantic Web is and show you why it is already mainstream. The Semantic Web is enabling better web search, saving IT companies millions of dollars a year, helping researchers share data, discover new drugs... and this is just the beginning. If you have heard about the Semantic Web but never cared to spend time understanding what it is or if you are a skeptic and want to challenge me… this presentation is for you.


Juan Sequeda PhD Student The University of Texas

I am a
- PhD student in Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin
- NSF Graduate Research Fellow
- Advocate of Semantic Web and Linked Data technologies: RDF, RDFa, OWL, SPARQL
- Researcher interested in Databases, NoSQL and Data Integration
- Founder at Capsenta
- Creator of Ultrawrap, an RDB2RDF system
- Invited Expert on the W3C RDB2RDF Working Group
- Editor of W3C spec "A Direct Mapping of Relational Data to RDF"
- Executive Director at Semantic Web Austin
- Blogger at
- Salsa dancer

Peter Mika Sr Research Scientist Yahoo!

Peter Mika is a Senior Research Scientist and Data Architect at Yahoo!, based in Barcelona, Spain. Peter is working on the applications of semantic technology to Web search. He received his BS in computer science from Eotvos Lorand University and his MSc and PhD in computer science (summa cum laude) from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. His interdisciplinary work in social networks and the Semantic Web earned him a Best Paper Award at the 2005 International Semantic Web Conference and a First Prize at the 2004 Semantic Web Challenge. From 2006 to 2009, he has been a co-chair of the Semantic Web Challenge. Mika is the youngest member elected to the editorial board of the Journal of Web Semantics. He is the author of the book 'Social Networks and the Semantic Web' (Springer, 2007). In 2008 he has been selected as one of "AI's Ten to Watch" by the editorial board of the IEEE Intelligent Systems journal. Peter is a regular speaker at both academic and technology conferences and serves on the advisory board of a number of public and private initiatives.

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