Reasoning Web Summer School to Take Place at AECC


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The 12th international Reasoning Web Summer School and Web Reasoning and Rules Conference will take place at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) on 5-11 September.

The research areas of Semantic Web, Knowledge Graph and Linked Data have received a lot of attention in academia and the industry recently with the aim of enriching the existing web with data and processing methods to provide systems with intelligent capabilities.

The Summer School is primarily intended for advanced undergraduate, Masters and Ph.D. students, postdoctoral researchers and young researchers and will be open to senior researchers from other areas wishing to learn about the reasoning aspects of the industry.

The announcement comes following a successful bid by Dr Jeff Z. Pan from the School of Natural and Computing Science at the University of Aberdeen. Dr Pan worked alongside TeamAberdeen, a collaboration of expertise from Aberdeen City and Shire Council, AECC, Aberdeen International Airport, RGU, The University of Aberdeen and VisitAberdeenshire, to secure high profile conferences for the city. TeamAberdeen support by helping with conference organisation, sourcing hotel accommodation, identifying superb venues and support in the management of conference budgets. The event received subvention funding from VisitAberdeenshire which was match funded by VisitScotland’s Conference Bid Fund.

The Reasoning Web summer school will offer participants a packed programme of tutorials from world leading researchers on Web Reasoning. Participants of the Web Reasoning conference will enjoy keynote speeches, oral and poster presentation sessions, and a doctorial consortium, all allowing them to expand their knowledge on the subject matter and present their research within their specialist field. A wide variety of activities are on offer as part of the social programme, allowing researchers the chance to see Aberdeen City and Shire by visiting Dunnottar Castle or exploring Old Aberdeen on a walking tour. Aberdeen City Council will host a Civic Reception at the Town House followed by dinner.

Dr Jeff Z. Pan, Coordinator of the EU Marie Curie K-Drive project and Chair of the Summer School said, “ Semantic technologies, such as Knowledge Graphs, become a big deal in modern IT industry. The use of knowledge graph in Google not only provides users with more precise search results but also change the game of Search Engine Optimisations for content marketers significantly. Knowledge graphs are widely used in many applications domains, such as energy, healthcare and finance. Reasoning technologies, on the one hand, help maintain the quality of knowledge graphs with consistency checking, and on the other hand, enable intelligent services by computing implicit information from explicit knowledge and data.”

“The objective of the Reasoning Web summer school is to prepare leaders of the next generation of researchers on reasoning technologies. It provides state of the arts results from on going scientific projects, such as the EU Marie Curie K-Drive project, which is coordinated by the University of Aberdeen and is about constructing and exploiting knowledge graphs in order to support applications and intelligent systems, such as cognitive systems.”

“Each year, the Reasoning Web summer school will publish a book of lecture notes for tutorials in the summer school. As it is the 12th summer school this year, we will have the 12th lecture notes this year.”

Sales Manager at AECC and TeamAberdeen Member, Steven Daun, said “Having Reasoning Web Summer School in Aberdeen will allow the exceptional research which is taking place in the region to be showcased to an international audience, as well as promote Aberdeen as a destination of choice for many other national and international conferences.”


About the University of Aberdeen

Founded in 1495, the University of Aberdeen is Scotland’s third oldest and the UK’s fifth oldest university, and is consistently ranked among the top 1% of the world’s universities.

The University’s Department of Computing Science has a long-standing reputation in Intelligent Systems, with world recognised expertise in areas such as knowledge technologies, multi-agent systems and natural language generation.

In the most recent UK research quality assessment (REF 2014) the department was ranked 16th in the UK in terms of research intensity, with 70% of its research assessed to be world leading or internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour, and 100% being internationally recognised.

For more information about the K-Drive project, visit: The K-Drive project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 286348.

For more information about Dr Jeff Z. Pan’s research, visit:


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