C. Maria Keet
Dr. C. Maria Keet
School of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science
University of KwaZulu-Natal
Tel: (+27) 031 260 1035
Fax: (+27) 031 260 7001
Blog: keet blog
email: keet at ukzn.ac.za
CV, short bio, publications, and my Google Scholar profile
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- Logic-based knowledge representation, focussed on representing biological knowledge (biological reality)
- conceptual modelling & ontology languages (Description Logics (& OWL), Object-Role Modeling, etc.)
- relations in (bio-)ontologies, such as parthood and other part-whole relations
- Ontology development
- Biological data characteristics - Granularity
Brief outline research projects
I am currently working mainly on various aspects of ontology engineering, and the ontology authoring aspects in particular--including semantics of relations, abstraction, and modularization--and on formal (temporal) conceptual data modelling. In addition to theoretical foundations of topics in ontology engineering, I lead or am involved in application development of some of the ontology engineering methods, such as ONSET for foundational ontology selection and explanation and OntoPartS to chose a part-whole relation. I also conduct experiments in ontology engineering, and, since recently, also a crowdsourcing experiment (COMMUTERM). Specific subject domains for the AI application areas include cell biology, ecology, data mining, and peace research.
Read more about current research and participation/PI in funded projects and/or check the Publications page for concrete results.
Teaching (in 2013)
- Ontologies and Knowledge Bases (COMP720). 16 credits BSc in CS Honours course, 2011, 2012, 2013. Download the new 2013 Lecture Notes)
- Databases (details in the CS Moodle page) (COMP306), 16 credits, 3rd year BSc in CS module, UKZN, 2012, 2013.
- Computing for Natural Scientists (COMP106), 16 credits, semester 2, 2013.
- Honours project topics (have been distributed upon registration)
Some material that may be useful for doing your project:
Thesis Project Management
- previous courses
(Dr.ir.drs.) C. Maria Keet (PhD, MSc, MA, BSc(hons)) is a Senior Lecturer with the School of Computer Science, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, and member of the UKZN/CSIR-Meraka Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research. She focuses on logic-based knowledge representation, ontology and Ontology, and conceptual data modelling in general and as applied to biological data and knowledge, which has resulted in some 55 peer-reviewed publications, most of them as main author, at venues including KR, EKAW, ESWC, ER, CIKM, Applied Ontology, and the Journal of Biomedical Informatics. She is PI on a DST/MINCyT-funded bi-lateral project with Argentina on ontology-driven conceptual modelling and on a UKZN-funded project on crowdsourcing an isiZulu terminology. She was involved in the EU FET FP6 TONES, EU IRSES FP7 Net2, and EU FP7 e-Lico projects, coordinated the development of the WONDER system for intelligent access to biological data, and has served in over 25 Program Committees of international workshops and conferences and reviewed for 14 journals. She is a NRF-rated researcher (Y1).
Before her employment at UKZN, Maria was a non-tenured Assistant Professor (ricercatore a tempo determinato) at the KRDB Research Centre, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy. She obtained a PhD in Computer Science at the KRDB Research Centre in 2008, following a BSc(honours) 1st class in IT & Computing from the Open University UK in 2004, and 3.5 years work experience as systems engineer in the IT industry with its vocational training (MSCE, ASE, ITIL). In addition to computer science, she obtained an MSc in Food Science (Microbiology) from Wageningen University and Research Centre, the Netherlands, in 1998, and an MA 1st class in Peace & Development Studies from the University of Limerick, Ireland, in 2003.