The Semantic Puzzle

Pascal Hitzler

Ontologies at ECAI08

Brief report from the 18th European Conference on Artificial IntelligenceArtificial intelligence (AI) is the intelligence of machines and the branch of computer science that aims to create it. Textbooks define the field as "the study and design of intelligent agents,", ECAI2008,  which was just held in Patras, Greece.  We had great weather and roughly 700 participants. We even had some very good talks. And Semantic Web keeps filtering into other areas of AI research. Two of the four invited talks were heavily semantic. Monnique Thonnat talked about ontologies for boosting computer vision. Georges Metakides talked about the forming Web Science effort. Ontologies and the underlying logics played a prominent role in the Knowledge Representation sessions. And I couldn’t help but noticing that Semantic MediaWiki frequently popped up as a discussion topic in the breaks…