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Mark Willkinson

Polytechnic University of Madrid, and University of British Columbia.

http://www.hli.ubc.ca/research/PIs/Wilkinson.html

http://wilkinsonlab.info/ 

 

Dr Mark Wilkinson is an Isaac Peral Distinguished Researcher at the Center for Plant Biotechnology and Genomics, Polytechnic University of Madrid, and Adjunct Professor of Medical Genetics in the Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia. His research over the past decade has focused on the problem of enabling bio/medical researchers to execute their own data manipulation and analysis. Much of this work has involved the application of "semantics" to both scientific data and the analytical services that operate on them. He was founder of the BioMoby Semantic Web Service interoperability framework which, at its peak, included more than 1600 bioinformatics data-sources and tools. More recently he created SADI - a set of design practices that enhance interoperability between semantic Web services - and SHARE, a novel query resolver that combines a workflow engine with a logical reasoner to dynamically generate, and execute, a data retrieval and analysis workflow in response to questions posed by the user. His work on supporting multi-lingual end-user query construction in SHARE won first prize for "Best Demonstration of Semantic Technology" at the Semantic Web Applications and Tools for Life Sciences 2010 meeting in Berlin. He is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Biomedical Semantics, and is an invited expert for the W3C's Semantic Web in Health Care and Life Sciences Interest Group. Mark has a Ph.D. in Botany from the University of British Columbia.

 

Source: http://www.unbsj.ca/sase/csas/data/hwsw2012/keynote.html 

 

Olivier Rovellotti 

Director

Natural Solutions
www.natural-solutions.eu 

 

Funder and CEO of Natural Solutions, a SME company aiming at providing IT consulting services to environmental scientists. After a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Trinity College Dublin and a career in consulting firms around the world he decided to reorient his life around his love for nature. During his stay in ECWP (a Moroccan based project on desert study) he developed very good understanding of ecological concepts. He then decided to bring his twenty years of IT expertise in the battle towards better Biodiversity Informatics infrastructure for the next millennium. 

 
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