Dr. René Witte is currently a tenured associate professor within the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering at Concordia University in Montréal, Canada, where he is heading the Semantic Software Lab. Previously, he worked at Universität Karlsruhe (TH) (now Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, KIT) in Germany within Prof. Dr. Peter C. Lockemann's research group at the Institute for Program Structures and Data Organization (IPD). He also has more than five years of professional work experience in the IT and software industry. Dr. Witte received his Diplom (the German equivalent of a M.Sc.) in Informatics (Computer Science) in 1996 and his "Dr.-Ing." (Doctor of Engineering) in 2002, both from the Faculty of Informatics at Universität Karlsruhe. During the last 10 years, he co-authored more than 70 publications and received four best paper&poster awards. His research has been funded by major funding agencies and industry, including NSERC, MITACS, and the DRDC, and spans both national and international cooperations. He has also given invited talks and conference keynote speeches on multiple occasions and is a frequent reviewer for international conferences, workshops, and projects.
Current Research Interests
My current research focuses on semantic computing, in particular the development of productive semantic systems and the applications of semantic technologies in different application domains. In particular, I work on topics intersecting the areas of software engineering, natural language processing (NLP) and text mining, semantic desktops, knowledge management, and information systems. A particular emphasis is placed on research and development in close collaboration with domain experts, including diverse application areas such as building engineering, language engineering, biomedical research, software engineering, information system engineering, and social science. Please see the Web page of my Semantic Software Lab for more information.
Related research interests include:
- Ontologies and the Semantic Web, as well as related research in collaborative information systems, "Web 2.0/3.0", personalization, information retrieval, open linked data, and online communities and networks;
- Open Science related issues, in particular, open access, open data, and the software engineering challenges for supporting the reproducibility of experiments;
- Knowledge Representation, particularly the management of uncertain and imprecise information, the topic of my dissertation;
- Free Software/Open Source related research: their licenses and development models;
- "Techno-Political" issues, as well as their influences on research, development and deployment of IT systems, including: patents, copyright, DRM (digital rights/restrictions management), privacy, security, surveillance, biometrics, cryptography, and related topics.
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