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The Semantic Web: What can it do?

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Lecturer: Dr. James Hendler, Director, Semantic Web and Agent Technologies

The World Wide Web is often referred to as a web of information, but is it? When you ask a query on the web you get pointers to pages, not answers. If you're looking for something beyond text, you're often unable to find it. The next generation of the Web, already in the works, aims to fix this by making more of the content on the web "understandable" to the programs that help us find, filter and use what is out there. In this talk, I will describe this new generation of the web, discuss some of the technologies that will help to power it, and consider some of the ways in which it may be used to create new and powerful web applications beyond the capabilities of the current web.

James Hendler is a Professor at the University of Maryland where he is the Director for Semantic Web and Agent Technology at the Maryland Information and Network Dynamics Laboratory. He has joint appointments in the Department of Computer Science, the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies and the Institute for Systems Research, and he is also an affiliate of the Electrical Engineering Department. He has authored close to 150 technical papers in the areas of artificial intelligence, robotics, agent-based computing and high performance processing. Hendler was the recipient of a 1995 Fulbright Foundation F Fellowship, is a member of the US Air Force Science Advisory Board, and is a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence. He is also the former Chief Scientist of the Information System.

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