Ruben Verborgh – Professor of Decentralized Web Technology
By empowering people to take control of their own data, we create a sustainable ecosystem of unprecedented innovation. The future belongs not to data harvesters, but to smart reusers.Ruben Verborgh
I’m a Professor of Decentralized Web Technology at IDLab of Ghent University – imec and a Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Martin School within the University of Oxford.
I’m the Head of Data Interoperability at Inrupt and an advisor to other companies. From this hybrid academic and industrial perspective, my professional mission is to support Solid in inspiring, transforming, and reshaping our data-driven society.
As a computer scientist, I investigate how decentralized knowledge graphs on the Web can lead us into the post-Big Data era, where companies realize that data harvesting as a business model is a dead end. The future consists of lots of small data that is linked. People will be in control of where they store their data and with whom they share it, independently of the services they use. I’m researching and implementing technologies that enable us to effect this socio-economic change on both a local and a global scale.
Discover my ongoing research through my recent publications:
Reinforcement Learning-based SPARQL Join Ordering Optimizer poster
Proceedings of the 20th Extended Semantic Web Conference details BibTeX
RDF Surfaces: Computer Says No workshop
Proceedings of the 1st Workshop on Trusting Decentralised Knowledge Graphs and Web Data details full text BibTeX
Distributed Social Benefit Allocation using Reasoning over Personal Data in Solid workshop
Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop on Data Management for Knowledge Graphs details full text BibTeX
Trusting Decentralised Knowledge Graphs and Web Data at the Web Conference conference
Companion Proceedings of the ACM Web Conference 2023 details full text BibTeX
Distributed Subweb Specifications for Traversing the Web journal
Theory and Practice of Logic Programming details full text BibTeX
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