Posted on

As a symposium, the focus of US2TS will be on discussions and community building, and thus there is no paper track. However, everybody is invited and encouraged to bring an A1-sized poster to the poster session. Please indicate during the registration whether you plan on bringing a poster as space is limited. The program will run from 8:30am-5pm on Thursday and 8:30am-3pm on Friday.

The registration desk will be open from 8:00am on March 1, and will be located in the Lobby of the NEC (Neuroscience Engineering Collaboration) building. The plenary sessions will take place in room NEC 101, next to the registration desk.


March 1st, 2018
8:30-9:00 Opening
9:00-10:00 Keynote by Craig Knoblock
10:00-10:30 Coffee Break
10:30-12:00 Session I (Cross Cutting Technologies)
• Deborah L. McGuinness, Rensselaer Polytechnics Institute
• Achille Fukoue, IBM TJ Watson Research Center
• Michael Grüninger, University of Toronto
• Tim Finin, University of Maryland Baltimore County
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:30 Session II (Publishing and Retrieving)
• Dan Brickley, Google
• Rob Sanderson, J. Paul Getty Trust
• Philip Schreur, Stanford Library
• Brian Ulicny, Thomson Reuters
2:30-3:30 Poster Session and Coffee Break
3:30-5:00 Breakout Sessions
5:00 Leave towards Reception (until 8:00pm)



March 2nd, 2018
8:30-10:00 Session III (Space and Time)
• Peter Fox, Rensselaer Polytechnics Institute
• Karl Grossner, World History Center, University of Pittsburgh
• Eric Kansa, OpenContext
• Werner Kuhn, Center for Spatial Studies, UC Santa Barbara
• Ryan Shaw, University of North Carolina
10:00-10:30 Coffee Break
10:30-12:00 Session IV (Life Sciences)
TBA
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-1:45 Report on Breakout Results
1:45-2:00 Perspectives on Open Knowledge Networks with Chaitan Baru, NSF
2:00-2:30 Quo Vadis? Keynote by Yolanda Gil
2:30-3:00 Townhall & Closing Ceremony
3:00-3:30 Coffee and Informal Wrap Up

Opening Keynote by Craig Knoblock

Title: From Artwork to Cyber Attacks: Lessons Learned in Building Knowledge Graphs using Semantic Web Technologies

Abstract:   Over the last few years we have been building domain-specific knowledge graphs for a variety of real-world problems, including creating virtual museums, combating human trafficking, identifying illegal arms sales, analyzing changes to the built environment using maps, and predicting cyber attacks. We have developed a variety of techniques to construct such knowledge graphs, including techniques for extracting data from online sources, aligning the data to a domain ontology, and linking the data across sources. In his talk I will present these techniques and describe our experience in applying Semantic Web technologies to build knowledge graphs for real-world problems.

Bio: Craig Knoblock is a Research Professor of both Computer Science and Spatial Sciences at the University of Southern California (USC), Director of the Intelligent Systems Division at the Information Sciences Institute, and Associate Director of the Informatics Program at USC. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University and his Master’s and Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in computer science. His research focuses on techniques for describing, acquiring, and exploiting the semantics of data. He has worked extensively on source modeling, schema and ontology alignment, entity and record linkage, data cleaning and normalization, extracting data from the Web, and combining all of these techniques to build knowledge graphs. He has published more than 300 journal articles, book chapters, and conference papers on these topics. Dr. Knoblock is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), a Fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), past President and Trustee of the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI), and winner of the 2014 Robert S. Engelmore Award.

Quo Vadis? Keynote by Yolanda Gil

In this talk, Yolanda Gil will summarize the results of the symposium, reflect on key findings and topics, and combine this with a look into the future of our domain.

Bio: Dr. Yolanda Gil is Director of Knowledge Technologies at the Information Sciences Institute of the University of Southern California, and Research Professor in Computer Science and in Spatial Sciences. She received her M.S. and Ph. D. degrees in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University, with a focus on artificial intelligence. Dr. Gil uses semantic web technologies in diverse science domains to advance research in semantic workflows and metadata capture, social knowledge collection, and computer-mediated collaboration. She is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and Past Chair of its Special Interest Group in Artificial Intelligence. She is also Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), and was elected as its 24th President in 2016.

Confirmed invited speakers/panelists include:

  • Chaitan Baru, National Science Foundation
  • David Booth, Yosemite Project
  • Dan Brickley, Google
  • Tim Finin, University of Maryland Baltimore County
  • Peter Fox, Rensselaer Polytechnics Institute
  • Michael Grüninger, University of Toronto
  • Melissa Haendel, Oregon Health & Science University
  • Eric Kansa, OpenContext
  • Craig Knoblock, University of Southern California
  • Werner Kuhn, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Matt Lange, University of California, Davis
  • Rob Sanderson, J. Paul Getty Trust
  • Philip Schreur, Stanford Library
  • Ryan Shaw, University of North Carolina
  • Brian Ulicny, Thomson Reuters

Session coordinators:

  • Achille Fukoue, IBM TJ Watson Research Center
  • Karl Grossner, World History Center, University of Pittsburgh
  • Jim Hendler, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Chris Mungall, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

You can find a flyer for the event here.