Atwood Technology Announces Keynote Speakers for Atlantic Workshop on Semantics and Services

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The future of the internet is upon us as leading researchers and champions of business come together in Miramichi, New Brunswick on May 18th to clear the road to better business results through the use of Semantics and Services.

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Atwood Technology Inc., producer of Human Semantic Technology, announces two keynote speakers for the upcoming Atlantic Workshop on Semantics and Services being held in Miramichi, New Brunswick, on May 18, 2011. The two keynote speakers are Fredericton, New Brunswick-based Dr. Harold Boley and Baltimore, MD, USA-based Mr. Samuel Chance.

Dr. Boley will speak on the topic “Linked Objects and Linked Rules Unified on the Social Semantic Web,” and Mr. Chance will discuss “Leveraging Semantic Web Technologies for Improved Decision Making.”

Dr. Boley is an adjunct professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of New Brunswick, and he is the leader of the Semantic Web Laboratory at National Research Council Canada’s Institute for Information Technology. His specification of Web rules through Rule Markup Language (RuleML) has found broad acceptance and use. The combination of RuleML with Web Ontology Language (OWL) to Semantic Web Rule Language (SWRL) has become the main input to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Recommendation Rule Interchange Format (RIF). In addition, Dr. Boley’s work on Rule Responder has enabled the deployment of distributed applications for the Social Semantic Web.

Mr. Chance retired from the U.S. Navy in 2006 and has since served as an Information Technology Architect. Mr. Chance’s Master's thesis dealt with Semantic Web Technologies, and he has over 28 years of experience in electronics, communications, and the design, development, deployment, and lifecycle support of distributed systems. Mr. Chance has broad technical expertise in Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), Semantics-Based Computing, Intelligent Agent Systems, and Knowledge Management Systems.

He articulated an engineering construct in 2004 called "Semantic Service-Oriented Architecture" (SSOA), which provides a solution to allow analysts to focus centrally on analytical (i.e., business) tasks with a viable approach to enable effective sharing of capabilities and enhanced collaboration among disparate organizations.

He has been a keynote speaker and presented papers in myriad public U.S. and international engagements, such as the Semantic Technologies Conference, International Standards Organization Open Forums, Object Management Group, and the Department of Defense Intelligence Information Systems (DODIIS) Worldwide Conference. Mr. Chance continues to develop SSOA and to expand the capabilities for implementing semantic technologies.

He currently serves as the Principal Technology Consultant at Inovex Information Systems, a leading provider of information technology solutions and services to the U.S. Government and private industry.

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