William Van Woensel

About Me

I am currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the NICHE Research Group at Dalhousie University. Previously, I was a teaching assistant for 6 years at the WISE Research Lab at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. I finished my PhD dissertation, titled “Mobile, client-side context-provisioning via the integrated querying of online semantic web data”, to obtain the degree of Doctor in Sciences in 2013.

Research Interests

My research interests lie at the crossroads of Knowledge Representation and Reasoning (KRR), Machine Learning and Mobile Computing applied to Health Informatics. In particular, this includes expressive rule-and ontology-based reasoning applied to clinical decision support; with a focus on how these approaches can benefit from mobile deployment.

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William Van Woensel; Syed Sibte Raza Abidi

Benchmarking Semantic Reasoning on Mobile Platforms: Towards Optimization Using OWL2 RL Journal Article

Semantic Web Journal, 2018.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Mobile Computing, OWL2 RL, Semantic Web reasoning

Hossein Mohammadhassanzadeh; Samina Abidi; William Van Woensel; Syed Sibte Raza Abidi

Investigating Plausible Reasoning over Knowledge Graphs for Semantics-based Health Data Analytics Inproceedings

Data Exploration in the Web 3.0 Age (DEW) conference track at 27th IEEE International Conference on Enabling Technologies: Infrastructure for Collaborative Enterprises (WETICE’18), IEEE, Paris, France, 2018.

Links | BibTeX | Tags: Plausible reasoning, Query Rewriting, Semantic Analytics, Semantic Web reasoning

William Van Woensel; Syed Sibte Raza Abidi

Optimizing Semantic Reasoning on Memory-Constrained Platforms using the RETE Algorithm Inproceedings

15th Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC 2018), pp. 682-696, Springer LNCS, Heraklion, Greece, 2018.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Mobile Computing, OWL2 RL, RETE, Semantic Web reasoning


William Van Woensel; Patrice C. Roy; Syed Sibte Raza Abidi

Achieving Pro-Active Guidance of Patients through ADL via Knowledge-Driven Activity Recognition and Complex Semantic Workflows Inproceedings

10th International Conference on Semantic Web Applications and Tools for Life Sciences, CEUR, Rome, Italy, 2017.

Links | BibTeX | Tags: Activity Recognition, Ambient Intelligence, Semantic Web reasoning

Hossein Mohammadhassanzadeh; William Van Woensel; Samina Raza Abidi; Syed Sibte Raza Abidi

Semantics-based Plausible Reasoning to Extend the Knowledge Coverage of Medical Knowledge Bases for Improved Clinical Decision Support Journal Article

Journal of BioData Mining, 10 (7), 2017.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Analogical reasoning, Inductive generalization, Medical knowledge bases, Plausible reasoning, Semantic Web reasoning