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Tara Raafat Haonan Qiu Marcus Nölke Peter Crocker Ora Lassila Ian Horrocks

The Momentum Behind Semantic Reasoning and Why It’s Here to Stay

A Talk by Haonan Qiu , Ian Horrocks , Ora Lassila , Marcus Nölke , Peter Crocker and Tara Raafat

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About this Talk


What does reasoning have to offer? How does it add so much value to data? Who is using it and why should I care?

All questions that we’re delighted to answer.

Access to data has exploded over the last decade, but it leaves us asking what to make of it all? Often lacking quality, reasoning is required to enrich data by adding context and insights, serving up knowledge, not just numbers.

This expert panel will explore the who, what, why, and how of reasoning: Its foundations, its advancements over the years, and its bright future.

Google, Amazon and Facebook are just a few of the giants implementing reasoning today to great effect. With that said, this is not a tool exclusive to the Fortune 500—intelligence is buried in data everywhere, a valuable asset at any scale.

Key Topics

  • A technical introduction to reasoning
  • Reasoning in industry
  • Getting started with reasoning
  • The future of reasoning

Target Audience

  • Developers
  • Data Engineers
  • Technical Leaders
  • Management
  • CxOs
  • Investors


  • To introduce the concepts of reasoning & the theoretical foundations that support it.
  • To explore the role of reasoning in industry—who, what, why, and how.
  • To examine the opinions of sector leaders as to the future of reasoning.What is the current state of the art, how and where is it used in the wild?

Session outline:

Meet the panel

An introduction to reasoning

  • What separates a knowledge graph from a simple graph?

  • What is semantic reasoning?

  • Logical consequences, facts & axioms

  • The reasoning standards and beyond

Where is reasoning used in production?

  • What kind of problems are being solved with reasoning?

  • Who uses this technology?

  • What is the current state of reasoning in industry?

From data modelling to the technical stack

  • What are your options for reasoning today?

  • Where can reasoning be deployed? From Cloud to Edge to on-device

  • What performance can you expect from a system with reasoning?

Where do I start?

  • What do I need before I start reasoning?

  • Who has the skills I need?

  • My company is resistant, why should they change?

Reasoning a future

  • What does the future of reasoning look like?

  • What are the challenges?

  • How will we get there?


  • A series of short presentations by reasoning experts, each followed by a discussion from the panel, coordinated by moderator.

  • Audience interaction and questions are encouraged.

  • 2 hours running time.


Novice to Advanced

Prerequisite Knowledge


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01 December 2021, 01:00 PM

01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

About The Speakers

Haonan Qiu

Haonan Qiu

Knowledge Graph Specialist, BMW Car IT

Haonan Qiu is the Knowledge Graphs Specialist at BMW Car IT, formerly a Senior Software Engineer at ChinaSoft International. She strives to utilize cutting-edge semantic technologies for industrial use cases.

Ian Horrocks

Ian Horrocks

Co-Founder, Oxford Semantic Technologies

Prof. Ian Horrocks is the leading authority on reasoning systems and semantic technologies, leads the Data and Knowledge research group at the University of Oxford, and is a co-founder of Oxford Semantic Technologies.

Ora Lassila

Ora Lassila

Principal Graph Technologist, Amazon Neptune

Ora Lassila is a Principal Graph Technologist in the Amazon Neptune graph database group. He has a long experience with graphs, graph databases, ontologies, and knowledge representation. He was a co-author of the original RDF specification as well as a co-author of the seminal article on the Semantic Web.

Marcus Nölke

Marcus Nölke

Cost Value Engineer & Data Analyst, Siemens Energy

Since 2016 I work at Siemens Energy in Supply Chain Management on the interface between procurement, engineering and supplier to identify product cost-out opportunities. One major task is to collect and analyze pricing data across product lines and business units. To enhance our data analytics platform I develop data pipelines in the Cloud infrastructure.

Peter Crocker

Peter Crocker

CEO, Oxford Semantic Technologies

As CEO for Oxford Semantic Technologies (OST), Peter strives to answer clients’ questions using semantic technologies delivered by RDFox.

Tara Raafat

Tara Raafat

Semantic/Metadata Architect, CTO Office at Bloomberg LP

Tara Raafat is a semantic technologies specialist with over a decade of experience in semantic knowledge modeling and knowledge driven applications in domains including but not limited to finance, healthcare, industrial symbiosis and insurance. In her current role she strategizes the use of semantic metadata across Bloomberg.