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 Semantic Web technology, healthcare and mobile computing. In particular, this includes expressive rule-and ontology-based reasoning applied to clinical decision support, and materialized and virtual data integration; with a potential focus on how these approaches can benefit from mobile deployment.

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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; Syed Sibte Raza Abidi

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

Semantic Web Journal, Forthcoming.

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


William Van Woensel; Sven Casteleyn

A Mobile Query Service for Integrated Access to Large Numbers of Online Semantic Web Data Sources Journal Article

Web Semant., 36 (C), pp. 58–76, 2016, ISSN: 1570-8268.

Links | BibTeX | Tags: Cache replacement, Data caching, Data indexing, Data integration, Mobile Computing, Open world assumption


William Van Woensel

Mobile Semantic Query Distribution with Graph-Based Outsourcing of Subqueries Inproceedings

Proceedings of International Workshop on Mobile Deployment of Semantic Technologies (MoDeST 2015), 2015.

Links | BibTeX | Tags: Mobile Computing, Querying Distributed RDF


William Van Woensel; Sven Casteleyn; Elien Paret; Olga De Troyer

Mobile Querying of Online Semantic Web Data for Context-Aware Applications Journal Article

IEEE Internet Computing Special Issue (Semantics in Location-Based Services), 15 (6), pp. 32–39, 2011, ISSN: 1089-7801.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Mobile Computing, Semantic Web


The idea is to have here a list of my non-academic interests.

A lifetime ago I developed a few websites. You can find them here:

  • BeersFromBelgium.eu: a Web 2.0 website with a huge database on Belgian beers. Users can keep a list of tasted and to-taste beers, get beers recommended based on their beer preferences, and add/edit existing beers.
  • VW Heaters: a webshop for both professional and household heating equipment.
  • VW Cleaners: a webshop for industrial and professional cleaning equipment, including vacuum cleaners, pressure washers and the like.