Frank van Harmelen

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Frank van Harmelen
Born 1960 (age 54–55)
Fields Semantic Web[1]
Institutions Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam
Alma mater University of Edinburgh
Thesis On the Efficiency of Meta-level Reasoning (1989)
Academic advisors Alan Bundy[2]
Doctoral students Manfred Aben
Ronald Siebes
Annette ten Teije[2]

Frank van Harmelen (born 1960) is a Dutch Computer Scientist and Professor in Knowledge Representation & Reasoning in the AI department at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Currently he is scientific director of the LarKC project,[3] "aiming to develop the Large Knowledge Collider, a platform for very large scale semantic web reasoning."[4][5][6]


After studying mathematics and computer science in Amsterdam, Frank van Harmelen moved to the Department of AI of the University of Edinburgh, where he was awarded a PhD in 1989 for his research on meta-level reasoning. While in Edinburgh, he "co-developed a logic-based toolkit for expert systems, and worked with Alan Bundy on proof planning for inductive theorem proving".[2][4]

After his PhD research, he moved back to Amsterdam where he worked from 1990 to 1995 in the SWI Department under Prof. Bob Wielinga, on the use of reflection in expert systems, on the formal underpinnings of the CommonKADS methodology for Knowledge-Based Systems. In 1995 he joined the AI research group at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, where he co-lead the On-To-Knowledge project, one of the first Semantic Web projects. He was appointed full professor in 2002, and is leading the Knowledge Representation and Reasoning Group. Currently he is scientific director the LarKC project aiming to develop the Large Knowledge Collider, a platform for very large scale semantic web reasoning.[4]


Frank van Harmelen's research interests include artificial intelligence, knowledge representation and the semantic web, approximate reasoning and Medical Protocols. He was one of the co-designers of the Web Ontology Language (OWL) and the Ontology Inference Layer (OIL), and has published books on meta-level inference, on knowledge-based systems, and on the Semantic Web.


Frank van Harmelen has published several books and over 100 research papers,[6] Books:

  • 1989. Logic-Based Knowledge Representation. With P. Jackson and H. Reichgelt. The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 1989. ISBN 0-262-10038-X.
  • 1991. Meta-level Inference Systems F. van Harmelen. Research Notes in AI. Pitmann, Morgan Kaufmann, London, San Mateo, California, 1991. ISBN 1-55860-196-1
  • 2003. Towards the semantic web: ontology-driven knowledge management With John Davies and Dieter Fensel (eds.) John Wiley & Sons, 2002, ISBN 0-470-84867-7
  • 2004. A Semantic Web Primer (Cooperative Information Systems). With Grigoris Antoniou. MIT Press. ISBN 0-262-01210-3
  • 2004. Information Sharing on the Semantic Web. With Heiner Stuckenschmidt. Springer. ISBN 3-540-20594-2
  • 2008. Handbook of Knowledge Representation. With V. Lifschitz and B. Porter, Elsevier, 2008. ISBN 978-0-444-52211-5.

Articles, a selection:


  1. ^ Horrocks, I.; Patel-Schneider, Peter; van Harmelen, Frank (2003). "From SHIQ and RDF to OWL: The making of a Web Ontology Language" (PDF). Web Semantics: Science, Services and Agents on the World Wide Web 1: 7–26. doi:10.1016/j.websem.2003.07.001.  edit
  2. ^ a b c Frank van Harmelen at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  3. ^ LarKC project
  4. ^ a b c Homepage of Frank van Harmelen at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam". Retrieved 6 October 2008.
  5. ^ Frank van Harmelen's publications indexed by Google Scholar, a free service provided by Google
  6. ^ a b Frank van Harmelen's publications indexed by the DBLP Bibliography Server at the University of Trier

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