MariaDr. Maria Maleshkova from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) was visiting the SDA group on the 11th of October 2017.

Maria Maleshkova is a postdoctoral researcher at the Karlsruhe Service Research Institute (KSRI) and the Institute of Applied Informatics and Formal Description Methods (AIFB) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Her research work covers the Web of Things (WoT) and semantics-based data integration topics as well as work in the area of the semantic description of Web APIs, RESTful services and their joint use with Linked Data. Prior to that, she was a Research Associate and a PhD student at the Knowledge Media Institute (KMi) at the Open University, where she worked on projects in the domain of SOA and Web Services.

Prof. Jens Lehmann invited the speaker to the bi-weekly “SDA colloquium presentations”. 40-50 researchers and students from SDA attended. The goal of her visit was to exchange experience and ideas on semantic web techniques specialized for smart services, including Internet of Things, Industry 4.0 technologies and many more. Apart from presenting various use cases where smart services have helped scientists to get useful insights from sensor data, Dr. Maleshkova shared with our group future research problems and challenges related to this research area and shown that what is so smart about Smart Services?

As an outcome of this visit, we expect to strengthen our research collaboration networks with KIT, mainly on combining semantic knowledge and distributed analytics applied on SANSA.