Emerging Tech SIG: Shrinking the Meaningless Web:



  • Semantic Technologies for 2007


    Presentation Overview

    Shrinking the Meaningless Web: Semantic Technologies for 2007

    The semantic web has always been about delivering more knowledge, not more information. While some proponents are fighting standards wars, others are just getting on with new applications. Join us as five experts discuss the emerging market and its emerging technologies.

    Our panelists are Peter Rip of Crosslink Capital, Lew Tucker of Radar Networks, Giovanni Tummarello of Dbin, Alain Rappaport of Medstory, and Ramana Rao, founder of Inxight Software.

    After short presentations, the panel will entertain your questions. No matter whether you are new to the semantic web or already deep into the “next big thing”, you should leave with a better understanding of new opportunities and of new tools to help get you there.



    Peter Rip – General Partner, Crosslink Capital. Peter joined Crosslink in 2006 as a general partner, and focuses on software, Internet services and infrastructure, and consumer services. Peter brings over 25 years of experience as a successful entrepreneur, venture investor, and institutional investor. He has focused exclusively on early stage technology companies. Before becoming a venture investor, Peter co-founded Silicon Compiler Systems, a major IC design automation software company acquired by Mentor Graphics in 1991. He began venture investing in 1992. He has specialized in investing in early stage companies, several of which have been acquired by AOL, CA, HP, Microsoft and others. Prior to joining Crosslink, Peter was a Managing Director at Leapfrog Ventures and the Managing Director of Knight Ridder Ventures.

    Lew Tucker, Ph.D. - Vice-President, Chief Technology Officer of Radar Networks. Mr. Tucker has two decades of achievements leading advanced technology ventures in the Internet, Artificial Intelligence, and parallel architecture. Prior to joining Radar Networks, he was Vice-President of AppExchange at salesforce.com where he created and drove the growth of the AppExchange platform and online marketplace. In addition to his role at salesforce.com, Mr. Tucker spent 10 years at Sun Microsystems, Inc., where he was Vice-President of Internet Services, having overall corporate responsibility for Sun Microsystem’s presence on the World Wide Web. Earlier as a core member of the first JavaSoft executive team and evangelist for the advancement of the Java technology platform he delivered Sun’s technology strategy at conferences, industry panels, and financial analyst briefings. These included presentations given at InternetWorld, JavaOne96, JavaOne97, JavaOne98, RedHerring, Byte Research Forum and other CTO conferences worldwide. Before coming to Sun, Mr. Tucker was Director of Development and Advanced Software at Thinking Machines, Inc., where he conducted research into machine learning, A.I., and contributed to the architecture and development of the massively parallel Connection Machine supercomputer. Mr. Tucker holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Polytechnic Institute of Technology, and a B.A. in Biology from Cornell University. He has authored numerous papers on computer architecture, AI, and machine intelligence. Before entering the computer field, he was an Assistant Professor in Neurobiology at Cornell University Medical College and early pioneer in the use of computer technology for the mapping of brain function.

    Giovanni Tummarello, Ph.D. – Chief Architect, Dbin, & CEO, Sensible Logic. Giovanni Tummarello is the driving force behind the DBin project. DBin is the first, general purpose, complete Semantic Web Application; and in general it has been also a source of innovative ideas and concepts. Dr. Tummarello has a formal background in signal processing and machine learning, but has spent most of his Ph.D. and postdoc studies on Multimedia Metadata and Semantic Web technologies. He currently works at Universita' Politecnica delle Marche, where he leads the SeMedia group. He is also the CEO of Sensible Logic, a startup focused on Semantic Web consulting and the creation of applications based on the DBin platform.

    Alain T. Rappaport, M.D. Ph.D. - Dr. Rappaport is Founder and CEO of Medstory. He was previously (1985-1996) Co-Founder, President, and Chief Scientist of Neuron Data, Inc., a world leader in artificial intelligence and other business-critical software components. He was a post-doctoral fellow and is currently Adjunct Faculty in the School of Computer Science and Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. In 1997-1999, he held an appointment as Senior Advisor, Office of the Director, Center of Excellence For Information Technology, National Aeronautics and Space Administration. He is a founding member of the Innovative Applications of Artificial Intelligence (IAAI) Conference. He has published in the areas of artificial intelligence, cognitive science and neurosciences, in conferences, workshops and major journals. Dr. Rappaport received his M.D. from the Necker Children Hospital School of Medicine, René Descartes University, Paris, France, and his Ph.D. in Molecular Pharmacology from the Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris, France.

    Ramana Rao – Founder and former CTO, Inxight Software. Ramana Rao is currently advising a number of startups as he develops possible next ventures in the information intelligence space. He was most recently Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Inxight Software, a spinout from Xerox PARC. Across Inxight's 10 year history, Ramana developed, managed, and evangelized Inxight's strategic vision, products, and technology as well as played key roles in funding, marketing, and sales. Previously at PARC for ten years, Ramana performed pioneering work in intelligent information access, digital libraries, information visualization, and user interfaces. His work includes 25 patent filings and many highly-cited research papers. He received bachelor's and master's degrees in computer science and engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


    Event Logistics


    Cubberley Community Center

    4000 Middlefield Road, Room H-1

    Palo Alto, CA


    7:00 - 7:20 p.m. Registration / Networking / Refreshments / Pizza

    7:20 - 9:00 p.m. Presentation



    $15 at the door for non-SDForum members

    No charge for SDForum members

    No registration required

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