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.

You can find my blog here!


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

A Semantic Web-based Approach to Plausible Reasoning for Improving Clinical Knowledge Engineering Conference

IEEE International Conference on Biomedical and Health Informatics, Las Vegas, 2016.

Abstract | BibTeX | Tags: Clinical Decision Support Systems, Plausbile Reasoning, Semantic Web


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

Multi-Strategy Semantic Web Reasoning for Medical Knowledge Bases Inproceedings

Proceedings of International Workshop on Biomedical Data Mining, Modeling, and Semantic Integration: A Promising Approach to Solving Unmet Medical Needs (BDM2I2015), 2015.

Links | BibTeX | Tags: Health Informatics, Knowledge Based Systems, Ontology, Semantic Web


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

William Van Woensel; Sven Casteleyn; Olga De Troyer

A Generic Approach for On-The-Fly Adding of Context-Aware Features to Existing Websites Inproceedings

De Bra, Paul ; Grø nbaek, Kaj (Ed.): Proceedings of the 22nd Conference on Hypertext and Hypermedia, pp. 143–152, ACM, Eindhoven, Netherlands, 2011, ISBN: 978-1-4503-0256-2.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Semantic Web


Sven Casteleyn; William Van Woensel; Olga De Troyer

Assisting Mobile Web Users: Client-Side Injection of Context-Sensitive Cues into Websites Inproceedings

Kotsis, Gabriele ; Taniar, David ; Pardede, Eric ; Saleh, Imad ; Khalil, Ismail (Ed.): Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Information Integration and Web-based Applications & Services, pp. 443–450, ACM, Paris, France, 2010, ISBN: 978-1-4503-0421-4.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: mobile application, Semantic Web

William Van Woensel; Sven Casteleyn; Olga De Troyer

Applying Semantic Web Technology in a Mobile Setting: The Person Matcher Inproceedings

Benatallah, Boualem ; Casati, Fabio ; Kappel, Gerti ; Rossi, Gustavo (Ed.): Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Web Engineering, pp. 506–509, Springer-Verlag, Vienna, Austria, 2010, ISBN: 3-642-13910-8, 978-3-642-13910-9.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Semantic Web


Sven Casteleyn; William Van Woensel; Kees van der Sluijs; Geert-Jan Houben

Aspect-Oriented Adaptation Specification in Web Information Systems: A Semantics-based Approach Journal Article

New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia, 15 (1), pp. 39–71, 2009, ISSN: 1361-4568.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Aspect-orientation, Semantic Web


Pieter Bellekens; Kees Van Der Sluijs; William Van Woensel; Sven Casteleyn; Geert-Jan Houben

Achieving Efficient Access to Large Integrated Sets of Semantic Data in Web Applications Inproceedings

Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Web Engineering, pp. 52–64, IEEE Computer Society, Yorktown Heights, NY, USA, 2008, ISBN: 978-0-7695-3261-5.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Query Optimization, Reasoning, Semantic Web


Sven Casteleyn; William Van Woensel; Geert-Jan Houben

A Semantics-Based Aspect-Oriented Approach to Adaptation in Web Engineering Inproceedings

Proceedings of the 18th Conference on Hypertext and Hypermedia, pp. 189–198, ACM, Manchester, UK, 2007, ISBN: 978-1-59593-820-6.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: 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.