Computer Society Forms Technical Committee on Semantic Computing

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 10 September, 2010 – The IEEE Computer Society has established a technical committee on semantic computing, a field that explores the connection between Web content and user intentions.

The Technical Committee on Semantic Computing began as a task force. It was recently elevated to technical committee status by the Computer Society Technical and Conference Activities Board.

”Knowledge acquisition has not kept up as the world’s data increases exponentially annually. Semantic computing can allow humans to interact with technical devices and machines, including robots, as well as to access large knowledge resources in an intuitive fashion,” said John Walz, vice president of the Computer Society’s Technical and Conferences Activities Board.

The committee will be chaired by Phillip C-Y Sheu, an IEEE Fellow and professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of California Irvine’s Henry Samueli School of Engineering.

“Semantic computing is in line with Web 3.0, the next generation of Web that is characterized by semantic Web and the Internet of ‘things,’, and may be even broader as it also includes computing driven by natural language and all computational content such as software, devices, and processes,” said Sheu, co-editor of “Semantic Computing” (IEEE Press/Wiley, 2010). “I believe it will impact essentially every part of our life.”

Walz added that he welcomes Sheu contributing his research and organizational and leadership skills to lead the new Technical Committee.

Semantic computing requires the development of new, synergized technologies from natural language processing, data and knowledge engineering, software engineering, computer systems and networks, communication, signal processing, pattern recognition, and other technologies.

IEEE has established two conferences to support the field since 2007—the annual IEEE International Conference on Semantic Computing (ICSC) and the annual IEEE International Summer School on Semantic Computing.

Get involved

The committee is looking for Computer Society members to serve as executive members of various subcommittees and special interest groups tasked with establishing working partnerships with other organizations, producing a roadmap for research and development, and identifying the capacity for technical standards in semantic computing. Those interested can contact Sheu at IEEE members are also encrouagedwelcome to join the committee as general members at

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