As a principal scientist for Nuance’s research and development efforts in voice recognition and natural language processing, Peter Patel-Schneider plays an important role in creating intelligent and proactive systems that allow people to have more humanlike interactions with some of the most commonly used and heavily relied upon technology and devices, from consumer electronics to healthcare solutions.
Peter’s proven expertise and innovative thinking in the areas of description logics and ontology languages were recently acknowledged, as he received the 2013 Semantic Web Science Association (SWSA) Ten-Year Award for the paper he co-authored in 2003 with Ian Horrocks of the University of Oxford, titled, “Reducing OWL Entailment to Description Logic Satisfiability.”
Each year the SWSA Ten-Year Award recognizes the highest impact paper from the International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC) ten years prior, meaning Peter is being honored for the paper he co-authored with Ian in 2003. The award serves as a prestigious honor to the paper that has emerged as the most meaningful and impactful in its focus area for a 10-year period, which speaks to the importance it has acquired after it was initially published.
Peter has been involved in artificial intelligence research for over 30 years. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 1987, and worked in Bell Labs Research for over two decades. Peter has made central contributions to a number of description logics and ontology languages and systems, including the Classic family of knowledge representation systems, the DLP description logic reasoner, the W3C Resource Description Framework (RDF), and the W3C OWL Web Ontology Language. His award-winning paper showed the formal correspondence between OWL and description logics, leading the way to formally correct reasoning systems for OWL.
Please join us in congratulating Peter on this most worthy achievement.