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Dr. Markus Krötzsch

Information Technology/Representation of Knowledge, Technical University, Dresden

Markus Krötzsch

Markus Krötzsch

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The representation of knowledge is the machine-readable representation of human knowledge that facilitates its intelligent and automatic processing with a computer. This basic technology thus allows large and/or complex amounts of data to be handled intelligently in a wide range of applications. Knowledge representation research focuses on three areas: formal foundations, development and optimisation of software systems, and their application. Markus Krötzsch has made an important contribution to all three of these areas during his doctoral studies at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), as a researcher at the University of Oxford, and as the leader of an Emmy Noether independent junior research group at the Technical University in Dresden. One of his achievements is the creation of Wikidata, a "Wikipedia of Data" which supplies Wikipedia articles in every language with data which had already been available in millions of articles. For example, using the "semantic" wiki developed by Krötzsch, it is now possible to answer the question of which of the ten largest cities in the world currently has a female mayor.

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