Conference on Semantics in Healthcare and Life Sciences (CSHALS)

Keynote Speaker - Dr. Yolanda Gil

Dr. Yolanda Gil
Associate Director for Research, Intelligent Systems Division, USC/ISI
Research Professor of Computer Science
Information Sciences Institute
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA

Presentation Title:
Semantics for Computational Workflows: A Top Ten List

Presentation slides (.pdf)

In the coming decades, computational experimentation will push the boundaries of current science infrastructure in terms of inter-disciplinary scope and integrative models of the phenomena under study.  A key emerging concept is computational workflows, which provide a declarative representation of complex scientific applications in terms of the interrelated data retrieval and processing tasks and their mapping to the underlying computational environment.  In this talk, I will give an overview of the benefits of using workflows for scientific data analysis, including the management of distributed computations, provenance recording, and reproducibility.  I will introduce semantic workflows, which exploit a variety of metadata about data characteristics and data processing algorithms to assist users with significantly more complex analytical tasks.  Semantic workflows enable new capabilities for automated workflow generation, reuse, validation, and experiment design that have the potential to increase scientific productivity by orders of magnitude.  I will conclude with an overview of the research challenges that lie ahead and the broader benefits of having semantic workflows more widely adopted.

Dr. Yolanda Gil is Director of Knowledge Technologies at the Information Sciences Institute of the University of Southern California, and Research Professor in the Computer Science Department. She received her M.S. and Ph. D. degrees in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Gil leads a group that conducts research on various aspects of Interactive Knowledge Capture. Her research interests include intelligent user interfaces, knowledge-rich problem solving, scientific and grid computing, and the semantic web. An area of recent interest is large-scale distributed data analysis through semantic workflows. Dr. Gil was elected to the Council of the American Association of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) in 2003, and was program co-chair of the AAAI conference in 2006. She served in the Advisory Committee of the Computer Science and Engineering Directorate of the National Science Foundation. Dr Gil was recently elected chair of the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Artificial Intelligence (ACM SIGART). She leads the W3C Provenance Group, an effort to chart the state-of-the-art and possible standardization efforts in this area.

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