Why? The Lab aims at performing research and development in semantic technologies. Besides its European and Italian research projects, it has one motivating use case in the development of semantic web applications for the CNR scientific organization and Italian Public Administration, jointly with the Information Systems Unit of CNR.
Who? STLab people include either local collaborators working partly or full time for the Lab, or external people that share R&D interests with the Lab (see also people page). The founders are Aldo Gangemi (scientific coordinator), Alfio Gliozzo, Valentina Presutti, and Alberto Salvati (technology coordinator). Researchers include also Alessandro Adamou (PhD), Andrea Nuzzolese (PhD), Paolo Ciancarini (associate researcher), Eva Blomqvist, Francesco Draicchio, Alberto Musetti, Antonio d'Agata, Enrico Daga, Gianluca Troiani, Geri Steve, Claudio Baldassarre, Stefania Capotosti. Former researchers include Jos Lehmann (currently at Un. of Edinburgh), Carola Catenacci, Massimilano Ciaramita (currently at Google Research), Malvina Nissim (currently at Un. of Bologna), and Alfio Gliozzo (currently at IBM Watson Research Center).
Know How STLab competences include methods, best practices, tools and reusable models for ontology design, linked data, knowledge engineering, Web science, natural language processing, and knowledge extraction that hybridizes ontology and natural language engineering.
Themes Current research at STLab (see also research page) focuses on the following aspects of semantic technologies: Semantic Web and Web of Data (Web 3.0); ontology design patterns; empirical knowledge engineering; semantic search and corporate knowledge management based on ontologies and linked data; ontology-driven document generation and semantic wikis; collaborative tools for ontology design; adaptive eLearning; semantic interoperability.
Applications Typical application domains include organizational, business, industrial, legal, biomedical, e-government, and agricultural information systems. The Web is the main context for STLab technologies and data.