Prof Maria-Esther Vidal
Prof. Dr. (Universidad Simón Bolívar) Maria-Esther Vidal (f) is the head of the Scientific Data Management group at TIB and a full professor (on-leave) at Universidad Simón Bolívar (USB) Venezuela. Her interests include Big data and knowledge management, knowledge representation, and semantic web. She has published more than 130 peer-reviewed papers in Semantic Web, Databases, Bioinformatics, and Artificial Intelligence. She has co-authored one monograph, and co-edited books and journal special issues. She is part of various editorial boards (e.g., JWS, JDIQ), and has been general chair, co-chair, senior member, and reviewer of several scientific events and journals (e.g., ESWC, AAAI, AMW, WWW, KDE). She is leading data management tasks in the EU H2020 projects iASiS and BigMedylitics, and has participated in BigDataEurope, BigDataOcean; she is the supervisor of WDAqua (MSCA-ETN project). She has been visiting professor in different universities (e.g., UMD, UPM, UPC, KIT, U. Nantes). In the past, she has participated in international projects (e.g., FP7, NSF, AECI), and led industrial data integration projects for more than 10 years (e.g., Bell South, Telefonica).