The organisers can be contacted
here. The organisers are:

Robert Stevens

I am a Bioinformatics Lecturer in the BioHealth Informatics GroupGroup at the University of Manchester. I have a B.Sc. in biochemistry; an M.Sc. in biological Computation; and a D.Phil. in Computer Science: A blend of Biology and Computer Science, that I use within my main research area of Bioinformatics. My main areas of interest within this domain are the use of ontologies and the reconciliation of semantic heterogeneity within bioinformatics resources. I am particularly interested in the communal building of ontologies -- enabling domain experts to use the power of formal, expressive languages, such as the Web Ontology Language (OWL).

Phillip Lord

Dr Phillip Lord is a Research Associate working on the myGrid project. Originally gaining his doctorate in molecular biology and genetics, he has subsequently moved into bio and medical informatics. He has been responsible for development of several ontologically driven applications, and conducted research into similarity measures over the Gene Ontology, probably the most widely used ontology in the biological domain. For the last two years he has been working on the myGrid project, aiming to enable bioinformatics service discovery, with the use of Description Logics. During this time he has been involved in the development of, and published on, an API for the emerging W3C standard OWL, Web Ontology Language, and applied this to a service discovery infrastructure.

Robin McEntire

Current Projects

Director of Knowledge-Based Systems, Robin leads projects that leverage ontologies, software agents and text mining systems. He works in the Informatics and Knowledge Management (IKM) Department.


Robin has over 25 years experience in the Computer Science field and a broad background which includes the design and development of advanced AI systems as well as the design, development and delivery of complex information integration systems. Specifically, he has led efforts for the development of standards for agent communication languages (KQML), implementations of those language specifications, and the application of those languages in various contexts. He also spent considerable time developing Knowledge Representation systems, and working with knowledge base to database integration.

Since joining GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in 1998, Robin has been one of the leaders in bringing advanced technologies into the GSK environment. As Director of Knowledge- Based Systems, he has led teams to develop intelligent agents and ontology-based components for integration work in support of GSK's research scientists. In addition, he has led efforts to integrate text mining systems into GSK in support of the GSK scientists and decision makers, in collaboration with the Information Management Department.

Robin serves on advisory boards for a number of academic projects including myGrid, CLEF and WonderWeb and is an active collaborator on the EU-funded GOAT project.

Robin currently lives just outside Philadelphia, PA, with his wife Judy and his sons Simon, Caleb and Jacob.

Jim Butler

Current Projects

Knowledge Engineer for projects in the Informatics and Knowledge Management (IKM) Department, in particular those focusing on Biological Networks, Text-Mining and Ontologies.


Jim started his collegiate career in chemistry, moved onto biochemistry for his PhD, then completed a post doctorate in molecular biology and genetics. This multi-disciplinary background suited Jim well for his role as Knowledge Engineer. His first job as a consultant developed into a full time employee position at the former SB starting on October 22, 2000. Jim likes combining his background in the sciences with IT to participate in making software that can increase the efficiency of many scientists at GSK.

Jim's role as a Knowledge Engineer at GSK requires him to facilitate the communication between scientists and software engineers during the creation of software. This process includes collaborating with scientists to determine tasks to address as well as interacting with software engineers to describe and explain the tasks. He must also identify the data sources required and map the data source fields needed to address the tasks. Jim also tests and evaluates software as it is being produced in addition to monitoring released software and assisting scientists in using and benefiting from new software.

Jim currently lives in Phoenixville with his wife Lynn and daughter Eileen Mei.