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Ian Horrocks

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Professor Ian Horrocks FRS
Professor of Computer Science
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My research interests include knowledge representation, ontologies and ontology languages, modal and description logics, automated reasoning, implementation and optimisation of reasoning systems, and applications in areas such as e-Science and the Semantic Web.


A complete list of my publications, along with downloadable pdfs. Lists of selected, recent, and most-cited publications are also available. If you are a glutton for punishment you could also look at my Google Citations profile, or my DBLP entry.


Slides from selected keynotes, seminars, tutorials and other presentations.

Tools & Datasets

The group has developed many tools , including, e.g., HermiT , a highly optimised OWL 2 reasoner, ELK , a consequence based OWL 2 EL reasoner, PAGOdA , a pay-as-you-go OWL 2 query answering system, RDFox , a highly scalable RDF triple store, and SemFacet , a semantic faceted search system. We also maintain a library of ontologies and datasets .

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 .

Other Links

link DBOnto — an EPSRC platform grant.
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Selected Publications

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Ontology Based Access to Exploration Data at Statoil

Evgeny Kharlamov‚ Dag Hovland‚ Ernesto Jimenez−Ruiz‚ Davide Lanti‚ Hallstein Lie‚ Christoph Pinkel‚ Martin Rezk‚ Martin G. Skjæveland‚ Evgenij Thorstensen‚ Guohui Xiao‚ Dmitriy Zheleznyakov and Ian Horrocks

In Proc. of International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC). 2015.

BootOX: Practical Mapping of RDBs to OWL 2

Ernesto Jimenez−Ruiz‚ Evgeny Kharlamov‚ Dmitriy Zheleznyakov‚ Ian Horrocks‚ Christoph Pinkel‚ Martin G. Skjæveland‚ Evgenij Thorstensen and Jose Mora.

In Proc. of International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC). 2015.

A Preliminary Approach on Ontology−Based Visual Query Formulation for Big Data

Dmitriy Zheleznyakov Ahmet Soylu Martin G. Skjæveland Martin Giese Ian Horrocks Ernesto Jiménez−Ruiz Evgeny Kharlamov

In 7th Research Conference on Metadata and Semantics Research (MTSR). Vol. 390 of Communications in Computer and Information Science. Pages 201−212. Springer. November, 2013.

Acceptance rate: 32%





Completed Projects

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Past Students

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Despoina Magka
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Frantisek Simancik