Artificial Intelligence

Open PHACTS: Addressing the Social-Technical Challenges of Pharmacological Data Integration

Thursday, January 12, 2012, 11:00am - 12:00pm PSTiCal
11th fl Large CR #1135
Paul Groth

Abstract:  In this talk, I will provide an overview of the EU Open PHACTS ( project that aims to develop a integrated platform for pharmacological data that is viable for both academic and industry use. The Open PHACTS consists of 22 partners including major pharmaceutical companies such as AstraZeneca, GSK, Novartis, and Pfizer. In particular, I discuss how we are applying Semantic Web techniques to address social challenges in providing a comprehensive and coherent view of pharmacological data.




Paul Groth is an assistant professor in the Knowledge Representation and Reasoning Group at the VU University of Amsterdam. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Southampton (2007) and has done research at the University of Southern California. His research focuses on mechanisms for enabling multi-institutional systems. This includes research in data provenance, scientific workflow and knowledge sharing with over 50 publications in these areas (H-index 23). Paul is co-chair of the W3C Provenance Working Group developing a standard for provenance interchange. Currently, he is a key contributor to Open PHACTS ( - a project to develop a provenance-enabled platform for pharmacological information.  He also works on the Semantically Mapping Science project looking at new ways to understand science through traces on the Web.


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