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Bernardo Cuenca Grau

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Dr Bernardo Cuenca Grau
Royal Society Fellow
Research Lecturer
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.


Bernardo grew up in Valencia (Spain) and attended the University of Valencia. He is a lecturer at the Department of Computer Science and currently holds a prestigious University Research Fellowship awarded by the British Royal Society. He is also a supernumerary fellow of  Oriel College, University of Oxford. He is a member of the Information Systems group led by Prof. Georg Gottlob and Prof. Ian Horrocks. 

Prior to that, he was a postdoctoral Research Officer at the University of Oxford and a Research Fellow at the University of Manchester. His 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 him to split his PhD research between Spain and the United States, and he was a visiting student at the University of Maryland at College Park.

His predoctoral and postdoctoral research have covered many different aspects of ontology-based technologies, including (but not limited to) modularity, reuse, formalisms and languages, reasoning, information hiding and privacy, debugging and repair, management and versioning, as well as mapping and integration.

He has been a recipient of several awards, including a Royal Society Fellowship, and an outstanding paper award from the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI). He was a Program Committee Chair of the 2009 Description Logics Workshop and is on the editorial board of the Semantic Web Journal, published by IOS Press.

He is currently the Principal Investigator of the EPSRC-funded projects LogMap  and Score! and is also an investigator in the FP7 IP project Optique. He has participated in the past in several other EU and EPSRC-funded projects, many of which involved interaction and collaboration with users and industrial partners. He is currently involved in the design of the tools LogMap (an ontology matching system) and MORe (a modular OWL reasoner).

He was one of the initiators of the OWL 2 proposal and has co-edited several of the OWL 2 recommendation documents. He was an organiser of the first two editions of the highly successful workshop OWL:Experiences and Directions (OWLEd), which was crucial for gathering support from the community to start a working group within the W3C.


The OWL 2 Activity

New Semantic Web Journal

Chinese food at home

Google Scholar

ISG projects


The LogMap Web Interface


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PC Membe, Twenty-fourth Conference of the American Association of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-2010)

PC Member, 19th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI 2010)

PC Member, 23thd International Workshop on Description Logics (DL 2010)

Selected Publications

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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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