Guest Editors' Introduction: Rule Representation, Interchange, and Reasoning in Distributed, Heterogeneous Environments
N. Bassiliades is with the Department of Informatics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece.
G. Governatori is with NICTA, Queensland Research Laboratory, PO Box 6020, St Lucia QLD 4067, Australia.
A. Paschke is with the Institute for Computer Science, Department of Computer Science and Mathematics, Freie Universitaet Berlin, Königin-Luise-Straße 24 - 26, 14195 Berlin, Germany.
J. Dix is with the Department of Informatics, Clausthal University of Technology, Julius-Albert-Str. 4, 38678 Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Germany.
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Nick Bassiliades received the PhD degree in parallel knowledge base systems from the Department of Informatics at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, in 1998. He is currently an associate professor in the Department of Informatics at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. His research interests include knowledge-based systems, rule systems, agents, and the semantic Web. He has published more than 100 papers in journals, conferences, and books, and coauthored an international book on parallel, object-oriented, and active knowledge-based systems and a Greek book on artificial intelligence. He was on the program committee of more than 45 and on the organizational committee of five conferences/workshops. He has been involved in several projects concerning knowledge-based systems, intelligent agents, e-learning, web services, semantic Web, rules, ontologies, etc., leading seven of them. He is a member of the Board of the Greek Artificial Intelligence Society, a director of RuleML, Inc., and also a member of the Greek Computer Society, the IEEE, and the ACM.
Guido Governatori received the PhD degree in legal informatics in 1997 from the University of Bologna. Since then, he held academic and research positions at Imperial College, Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology and The University of Queensland. Currently, he is the education director of the NICTA Queensland Research Laboratory where he also leads the Business Process Compliance Project. His research interests include nonclassical logics, computational logic, and defeasible reasoning and their applications to normative reasoning, agents, and business processes. He edited 12 books and special issues and has published more than 170 papers in scholarly journals, conference proceedings, and books. He is a RuleML Inc director, serves in the Asia-Pacific Committee of the Association for Symbolic Logic, the editorial board of Artificial Intelligence and Law, and is member of the IEEE and the ACM.
Adrian Paschke received the PhD degree in logic programming and rule-based Information systems from the Technical University Munich. Currently, he is professor at the Freie Universitaet Berlin where he is the chair of Corporate Semantic Web, director of RuleML Inc., vice director of the Semantics Technologies Institute Berlin (STI Berlin), and research director at the Centre for Information Technology Transfer (CITT) GmbH. He is the steering committee chair of the RuleML Web Rule Standardization Initiative (RuleML), founding member of the Event Processing Technology Society (EPTS), chair of the Reaction RuleML technical group, chair of the EPTS Reference Architecture working group (EPTS RA), voting member of OMG, and active member of several W3C groups such as the W3C Rule Interchange Format working group (W3C RIF), where he is an editor of the W3C RIF standard. His research interests include knowledge representation and logic-based AI, corporate semantic web, pragmatic web and agent systems, and business information systems. He is a member of the IEEE.
Jürgen Dix received the PhD degree in nonmonotonic reasoning and logic programming from Karlsruhe University of Technology in 1992. He received the habilitation degree in information systems for his thesis on disjunctive deductive databases in 1996 from the Technical University of Vienna. He is currently a full professor of artificial intelligence at Clausthal University of Technology, where he also serves as dean of the Faculty. His research interests include foundations for agent systems, knowledge representation, and logic-based AI. He coauthored two monographs, edited 30 books and special journal issues, and published more than 200 papers in refereed conferences and workshops. He was on the program committee of more than 130 conferences/workshops and organized more than 40. He is on the editorial boards of eight journals and a member of the IEEE and the ACM.