Frank van Harmelen is a Dutch Computer Scientist and Professor in Knowledge Representation & Reasoning in the AI department at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. After studying mathematics and computer science in Amsterdam, he moved to the Department of AI in 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. In 1995 he joined the AI research group at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, where he now leads the Knowledge Representation and Reasoning Group. Since 2000, he has played a leading role in the development of the Semantic Web, which aims to make data on the web semantically interpretable by machines through formal representations. In recent years, he pioneered the development of large scale reasoning engines. He is scientific director of The Network Institute, and of the LarKC project, aiming to develop the Large Knowledge Collider, a platform for very large-scale semantic web reasoning.
Nicky Hekster is the Technical Leader for Healthcare & Lifesciences within IBM Nederland B.V. He has a focus on the conception, design and validation of solutions to a variety of challenges in the complete healthcare ecosystem, including start-ups. Next to eHealth and Big Data, he is an expert on the application of IBM’s Watson computer to Health, Healthcare and Lifesciences. From 2010 to 2014, Nicky was the vendor co-chair of IHE Netherlands (Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise), in which capacity he contributed to coordinated use of standards in The Netherlands for regional and national exchange of healthcare information. He has been a guest-lecturer at a number of universities in The Netherlands and Belgium. Nicky holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics, which he earned form the Univ. of Amsterdam.