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UWF Seminar Series – Oct 26 @ 10am

Location: SSE Building, Rm 348

Topic: Where is the Semantics in the Semantic Web?
Presenter: Dr. Patrick Hayes, IHMC

Abstract:┬áThe Web is tied together by Universal Resource Identifiers, often called ‘web addresses’. The standard story about Web architecture is that a URI “identifies” something which, when accessed, emits “representations”: think of a website sending out HTML in response to a http GET request. The Semantic Web, however, uses URIs as logical names which refer to things. These two ideas about what URIs mean have an uneasy relationship, and debates about how best to explain this relationship have been long, often confused, often heated, and are still happening. These debates involve issues and ideas from network theory, Web architecture, formal logic and even the philosophy of language, fields which have never before needed to be related. Right now, the main Web architecture authority , the W3C TAG (Technical Architecture Group), has this matter on the agenda for its forthcoming meeting.

This talk will survey this rather tangled area, outline the main issues and ideas and summarize the various debate positions. (If the TAG has emitted a ruling by the time the talk is given, we will do our best to explain it.) Finally, we will outline a new proposal for extending RDF, the base notation of the Semantic Web, to provide for Web contexts to disambiguate URI meanings.


Lecture to cover ‘Space Policy, JFK and Space Exploration’

Lecture to cover ‘Space Policy, JFK and Space Exploration’

The Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition will host a public lecture by John Logsdon on Oct. 27, at the IHMC, 40 South Alcaniz Street.

Logsdon’s topic for the event will be “Space Policy, JFK, and Space Exploration.”

A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., and the lecture will begin at 6 p.m.┬áHors d’oeuvres and wine will be served.

Seating for the event is limited.

Those planning to attend should e-mail, or call 202-4462.

Past IHMC lectures can be viewed at

AITP Speaker from IHMC – Mar 2, 4pm

On behalf of John Coffey, AITP Chapter Advisor:

I want to invite you to the next Association of Information Technology Professionals speaker meeting, Tuesday, March 2, 4:00pm, bldg. 4, rm. 350.
Several cool things will happen:

  • award the AITP scholarships
  • announce the winners of the AITP Intramural Programming Competition
  • hear from Dr. Sharon Heise from IHMC.
  • eat some pizza

About the talk:

Speaker: Dr. Sharon Heise
The Institute for Human and Machine Cognition
Topic: “Inventing the future at IHMC.”
Tuesday, March 2, 2010,
4:00 p.m.
Building 4, Room 350.

Dr. Heise will provide a fascinating overview of the unbelievably cool technology being developed at IHMC. For more on IHMC, visit this link:

Dr Heise is Associate Director for the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition. She previously served 20 years in the United States Air Force, where she was most recently Director of the Mathematics and Information Sciences Directorate at the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). Dr Heise holds the Ph.D. degree in Control Engineering from Cambridge University, England. She is an associate fellow of the AIAA and a senior member of the IEEE.