In my research I am interested in applying techniques from automated theorem proving, logic, and complexity theory to knowledge representation and reasoning, and in particular for reasoning in description logics and ontology languages. The topics of my works are quite diverse. I have been working with Hans de Nivelle on the development of resolution-based procedures for various fragments of first-order logic, with Boris Motik on resolution-based procedures for description logics, and with Bernardo Cuenca Grau, Ian Horrocks and Ulrike Sattler on the topic of modularity in ontolgies. Recently, I have been working with Birte Glimm on role conjunctions in expressive description logics, and with Ian Pratt-Hartmann on complexity of graded modal logics. The primary focus of my current work is consequence-based ontology reasoning procedures. I develop a prototype reasoner CB based on such a procedure.
Currently I am working as a Research Assistant at the Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford and researcher co-investigator for the EPSRC-funded project ConDOR. Previously I was a Research Associate at the University of Manchester funded by the EPSRC project REOL and a PhD student in the Max-Planck-Institut fuer Informatik, Saarbruecken, Germany. I obtained my PhD degree in computer science from the University of Saarland in Germany and my first degree in mathematics from the Moscow State University in Russia.
Doctoral Student Despoina Magka's paper entitled 'Ontology-Based Classification of Molecules: a Logic Programming Approach' has received the best paper prize at the 2012 Semantic Web Applications and Tools for Life Sciences workshop [more information].
Boris Motik was recently successful in gaining an EPSRC Early Career Fellowship. The 5 year project, MaSI3: A Massively Scalable Intelligent Information Infrastructure, focuses on Ontology-based Data Management Systems (ODMSs). These are a new kind of data management system specifically designed to deal with complex data, by using natural language queries often across multiple relevant sources [more information].
Yavor Nenov's PhD thesis "Computability of Euclidean Spatial Logics" has been awarded the Best Thesis Prize of the School of Computer Science at the University of Manchester [more information].
Ian Horrocks has been elected to join Academia Europæa, an eminent organization for European scholars. Academia Europæa was founded in 1988 and has over 2000 members, including around 40 Nobel Laureates [more information].
The Jaume I University of Castellon (Spain) has awarded a "Premio extraordinario de doctorado" (roughly translated as a Extraordinary Doctoral Award) to Ernesto Jimenez-Ruiz who is now a postdoctoral researcher at Oxford's Department of Computer Science [more information].