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Bernardo Cuenca Grau

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Professor Bernardo Cuenca Grau
Royal Society Fellow
Associate Professor
Supernumerary Fellow, Oriel College
(+44) 1865273887

Room 305, Wolfson Building, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3QD


My research interests are in knowledge representation, ontologies and ontology languages, description logics, automated reasoning and applications in areas such as bio-medical information systems and Semantic Web.


I am an associate professor at the Department of Computer Science and currently hold a University Research Fellowship awarded by the British Royal Society. I am a supernumerary fellow of  Oriel College, and a member of the Information Systems group led by Prof. Georg Gottlob and Prof. Ian Horrocks. Prior to that, I was a postdoctoral Research Officer at the University of Oxford and a Research Fellow at the University of Manchester. My predoctoral research was fully funded by a prestigious fellowship awarded by the Spanish government (Beca de Ministerio para la Formacion del Profesorado Universitario), which allowed me to split my PhD research between Spain and the University of Maryland at College Park in the United States.


Doctoral Study in Computer Science

Students working towards their D.Phil (PhD) are an integral part of the Information Systems Group, and make a vital contribution to our research. As a result of a generous donation from Google, we currently have a number of fully funded studentships available in addition to our usual range of studentships and other scholarships . See our studentships page for further details, and information about other funding opportunities .

Software Tools

I have been involved in the design of several tools for ontology management and reasoning. These include the ontology matching tool LogMap , the ontology reasoners MORe and PAGOdA , and the semantic faceted search system SemFacet


The OWL 2 Activity, New Semantic Web Journal, Chinese food at home, Google Scholar, ISG projects, Tools, The LogMap Web Interface

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Modular Reuse of Ontologies: Theory and Practice

Bernardo Cuenca Grau‚ Ian Horrocks‚ Yevgeny Kazakov and Ulrike Sattler

In J. of Artificial Intelligence Research (JAIR). Vol. 31. Pages 273−318. 2008.

Structured Objects in OWL: Representation and Reasoning

Boris Motik‚ Bernardo Cuenca Grau and Ulrike Sattler

In Karl Aberer‚ Key−Sun Choi‚ Natasha Fridman Noy‚ Dean Allemang‚ Kyung−Il Lee‚ Lyndon J. B. Nixon‚ Jennifer Golbeck‚ Peter Mika‚ Diana Maynard‚ Riichiro Mizoguchi‚ Guus Schreiber and Philippe Cudré−Mauroux, editors, Proc. of the 17th Int. World Wide Web Conference (WWW 2008). Pages 169–182. Beijing‚ China. April, 2008. ACM Press.

A Logical Framework for Modularity of Ontologies.

Bernardo Cuenca Grau‚ Ian Horrocks‚ Yevgeny Kazakov and Ulrike Sattler

In IJCAI 2007‚ Proceedings of the 20th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence‚ Hyderabad‚ India‚ January 6−12‚ 2007. Pages 298−303. 2007.





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