Frank van Harmelen

Titels Prof. dr.
Initials F.A.H.
Main position Hoogleraar VU / Scientific director the LarKC project
Chair Knowledge Representation & Reasoning
Domain Natural Sciences and Engineering
Employed by Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Faculteit der Exacte Wetenschap, Afdeling Informatica
De Boelelaan 1081
1081 HV Amsterdam
tel.  020 598 7731
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Frank van Harmelen is a prominent researcher in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). The aim of his research is to develop computers that can think and reason for themselves. That requires a logic-based method of organising data so that it can be accessed by computers. Van Harmelen is one of the founders of the Semantic Web, a system for describing web data that computers can read and use to perform tasks. The rules for the Semantic Web have since been incorporated into the standards governing the World Wide Web. Van Harmelen and his research group also turned the Dutch Breast Cancer Guidelines into data that is interpretable by computers.