Dr.-Ing. Ali Khalili
Postdoctoral Researcher
Knowledge Representation &
Reasoning Research Group

Dept. of Computer Science
Faculty of Sciences
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
The Netherlands

About me

My name is Ali Khalili (in Persian 'علی خلیلی'). I am a Semantic Web and HCI researcher and enthusiast. My main research interests lie in user interfaces and applications of the Semantic Web technologies. My PhD thesis focused on a semantics-based user interface model for content annotation, authoring and exploration. I devised the WYSIWYM (What You See Is What You Mean) UI model to deal with semantically-enriched content.
I have worked as a Web designer and developer for several years and have expertise in different Web technologies like PHP, JavaScript, NodeJS, etc. Application such as RDFaCE, SlideWiki and conTEXT are some examples of my development work.
I am originally form Iran and have been abroad (Germany, Netherlands) since 2009 to continue my education. I am married and my wife (Bita) is a pharmacist and pharmaceutical technology researcher. Besides my academic work, I enjoy reading novel and poetry books especially from Persian poets (e.g. Khayyam, Saadi, Hafez, Rumi). I also enjoy watching and playing soccer.

Education history

VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands
2010-2011
Research Assistant
Software & Service Engineering Group
K.N.Toosi University of Technology (K.N.Toosi), Tehran, Iran
2007-2009
M.Sc., IT Engineering (e-commerce)
Shahid Beheshti University (SBU), Tehran, Iran
2003-2007
B.Sc., Software Engineering

Honors & Awards

Best-paper Award of the 36th IEEE Signature Conference on Computers, Software, and Applications (COMPSAC) 2012 for the paper
The RDFa Content Editor - From WYSIWYG to WYSIWYM.
Creative Innovation Project Award 2014 for OpenCourseWare Excellence from OCW Consortium
for developing the SlideWiki OpenCourseWare platform.
1st Prize of the AI Mashup Challenge 2014 (for the conTEXT Mashup platform).
Best-application Prize at WoLE2013 challenge (Doing Good by Linking Entities), WWW2013 workshops (for the Pharmer project).
Best-poster Award at Leipzig Research Festival for Life Sciences 2012.
Nominated for best-paper award in the 5th International Conference on Computer Supported Education (CSEDU 2013) for the paper "CrowdLearn: Crowd-sourcing the Creation of Highly-structured E-Learning Content".
Nominated for best-paper award in the 18th International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management (EKAW 2012) for the paper "SlideWiki: Elicitation and Sharing of Corporate Knowledge using Presentations".
Elsevier Travel Grant to attend the Beyond the PDF 2 conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands (March 2013).

Software projects developed by me

Linked Data Reactor
A framework for building reactive and reusable Linked Data components.
SlideWiki
A platform for collaborative authoring of OpenCourseWare.
conTEXT
Lightweight Text Analytics using Linked Data.
RDFaCE
A WYSIWYM interface for authoring of semantic content.
Pharmer
A WYSIWYM interface for authoring of semantic medical prescriptions.

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