Invited Speakers


SPEAKING INFORMALLY (provisional title)

Pat Hayes (IHMC, Univ West Florida)


Carole Goble (University of Manchester, UK)

The School of Computer Science, The University of Manchester, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK


Knowledge engineers (The Montagues) work on knowledge management techniques and technologies that should benefit the Life Scientist. Life Scientists (The Capulets) have practical, realistic problems and are a community of enthusiastic early adopters of knowledge technologies. Despite the obvious mutual benefit, these two communities often find themselves in conflict, mostly due to misunderstandings over motivations, poor self-awareness, and reluctance to compromise. In the opening plenary for the 2nd Standards and Ontologies for Functional Genomics ( I compared their rivalries and reconciliations to the conflict between the houses in Romeo and Juliet [1]. This hit a nerve with the audience of mainly Capulets. Throughout the meeting delegates identified themselves as Montagues or Capulets. I will conduct a repeat performance for an audience of mainly Montagues. Sweeping generalizations will be made throughout for the sake of effect.

[1] Goble, C.A., and Wroe C.J., The Montagues and the Capulets, in Comparative and Functional Genomics December 2004, vol. 5, no. 8, pp. 618-622(5)