Professor Frank van Harmelen was appointed as the guest professor of Wuhan University in the School of Information Management
2015-12-01 04:00:31

On November 13th, national coordinator of the Dutch National Research Assessment procedure, director of the Network Institute, and full professor of computer science department, VU University, Amsterdam, professor Frank van Harmelen was appointed as the guest professor of Wuhan University at the School of Information Management. Besides he also gave a wonderful academic lecture for the faculty and students in the school.

The appointment ceremony was held in meeting room 313 of the School of Information Management. Professor Zhisheng Huang and professor Annette Ten Teije from VU University, Amsterdam, and professor Fei Li who is the vice president of Wuhan University, professor Xiangting Yu who is the administrative vice minister of the Wuhan University School of Medicine, professor Qing Fang who is the dean of the Information Management School , Wuhan University, and professor Yaolin Zhou who is the associate dean of the School of Information Management and representatives of the teachers and students attended the ceremony.

At the beginning of the ceremony, professor Qing Fang made a short introduction of professor Harmelen. Then vice president of Wuhan University, professor Fei Li gave a speech and issued the appointing certificate of the guest professor of Wuhan University to professor Frank van Harmelen. He welcomed and congratulated professor Frank van Harmelen for being the guest professor on behalf of Wuhan University. After that student representative presented a bouquet to professor Harmelen and wore the badge of Wuhan University for him. At last, professor Harmelen expressed that he was honored to be the guest professor of Wuhan University which has a history of more than one hundred years and he would make unremitting efforts to promote bilateral cooperation between two parties.

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Before the ceremony, professor Frank gave an academic lecture with the title of ‘The Biggest Knowledge-Base in History’ to the faculty and students . The lecture was hosted by professor Yaolin Zhou who is the associate dean of the School of Information Management. Professor Harmelen gave the lecture from three perspectives, the new tendency of knowledge base, the significant social impact and the work we could do at present and in the future. He thought knowledge base has always playing a critical role in the research of constructing intelligent machine. Though knowledge base has been applied successfully in the fields of medical diagnosis, industrial design and judicial reasoning, those knowledge bases were in small scale and were confined in certain fields relatively. He said that in the past of fifteen years, knowledge representation has made big progress and created the distributed knowledge base which include tens of billions descriptions and billions of entities and the contents has extended from medicine to natural science, from political to amusement, from specializing knowledge to encyclopedia knowledge. Those huge knowledge bases were distributed in thousands of web servers from all over the world. Google and Yahoo used them for providing search results. Sear and Kmart used them for the production chain. BBC and the New York Times used them for managing and strengthening the news content. And these knowledge bases were also applied by governments from UK, USA and EU for publishing information to publics. At present and in the future, the large scale knowledge bases were of significant importance to us, and we could explore for more new research problems. In the end, the audience raised questions actively and professor Harmelen gave detailed explanations.

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