The 12th International Semantic Web Conference
and the 1st Australasian Semantic Web Conference
21-25 October 2013, Sydney, Australia

Keynote - Jane Hunter

Jane Hunter

Semantic Big Data in Australia - from Dingoes to Drysdale

This keynote will describe a number of projects being undertaken at the University of Queensland eResearch Lab that are pushing Semantic Web technologies to their limit to help solve grand challenges in the environmental, cultural and medical domains. In each of these use cases, we are integrating multi-modal data streams across space, time, disciplines, formats and agencies to infer and expose new knowledge through rich multi-layered and interactive visualizations. We are developing hypothesis-based query interfaces that provide evidence to validate or refute hypotheses and decision support services that recommend the optimum actions given current or predicted scenarios. We are using ontologies to influence and adapt government policies by linking policy-driven implementations, investments and management actions to real world indicators. Through evaluation of the methods and assessment of the achievements associated with the OzTrack, eReef, Skeletome and Twentieth Century in Paint projects, I will highlight those Semantic Web technologies that have worked for us and our user communities, those that haven't and those that need improvement. Finally, I will discuss what I believe will be the major outstanding research challenges facing Semantic Big Data in the next 5 years and those research areas with the greatest potential for impact.

Jane Hunter is the Director of the eResearch Lab in the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering at the University of Queensland. She has a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge and prior to joining UQ as a Professorial Research Fellow, she was a Senior Research Fellow in the Distributed Systems Technology CRC (DSTC). She has published over 100 papers, applying semantic web technologies to knowledge management in fields as diverse as animal tracking, nano-materials optimization and art conservation. She is an active member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee for Data in Science, the Executive Committee for Australasian Association for Digital Humanities and the World Data System Scientific Committee.