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Welcome to the homepage of Christophe Debruyne. I am currently a postdoctoral researcher affiliated with the ADAPT centre at Trinity College Dublin in the domain of Semantic Web and Linked Data. Before joining TCD, I was affiliated with both the Insight Centre for Data Analytics at NUI Galway and the Digital Repository of Ireland part of the Royal Irish Academy investigating Linked Data applications for the cultural heritage domain. I am also lecturer affiliated with the WISE Lab of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), which is part of the Department of Computer Science of the Faculty of Science and Bio-engineering Sciences.

In 2013, I obtained a PhD in computer science with a dissertation entitled "Grounding Ontologies with Social Processes and Natural Language". In my thesis, I investigated the role of the exchange of natural language definitions of concepts (called glosses) in the social interactions that take place when a community of stakeholders is collaboratively constructing ontologies. Before that, I obtained a BSc in Applied Computer Science at Hogeschool Gent (University College Gent) in 2005, a BSc in Computer Science and a Msc in Applied Sciences and Engineering: Computer Science at the VUB in 2007 and 2009 respectively. I started working at STARLab as a developer in 2007. You can find more information about my education and work experience on my LinkedIn page.

My research interests include: Ontology Management, Ontology Engineering, Ontology Reuse, Ontology Languages (RDFS, OWL, etc.), Semantic Web and Linked Data. I'm also interested in the latest developments concerning Web 2.0.

Contact Information

(E) chrdebru-[at]-vub.ac.be
(E) debruync-[at]-scss.tcd.ie

Publications

Book Chapters

  1. C. Debruyne and P. De Leenheer. Business Semantics as an Interface between Enterprise Information Management and the Web of Data: A Case Study in the Flemish Public Administration. In M. A. Aufaure and E. Zimányi, editors, eBISS 2012, volume 138 of LNBIP, pages 208-233. Springer, 2013. (Presented in 2012, published in 2013.)

Proceedings

  1. C. Debruyne, H. Panetto, M. Meersman, T. Dillon, G. Weichhart, Y. An, and C. A. Ardagna, editors. On the Move to Meaningful Internet Systems: OTM 2015 Conferences - Confederated International Conferences: CoopIS, ODBASE, and C&TC 2015, Rhodes, Greece, October 26-30, 2015, Proceedings, volume 9415 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, 2015
  2. I. Ciuciu, H. Panetto, C. Debruyne, A. Aubry, P. Bollen, R. Valencia-Garcia, A. Mishra, A. Fensel, and R. Ferri, editors. On the Move to Meaningful Internet Systems: OTM 2015 Workshops - Confederated International Workshops: OTM Academy, OTM Industry Case Studies Program, EI2N, FBM, INBAST, ISDE, META4eS, and MSC 2015, Rhodes, Greece, October 26-30, 2015, Proceedings, volume 9416 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, 2015
  3. D. O’Sullivan, R. Brennan, K. Feeney, S. Collins, N. Harrower, P. Turchin, and C. Debruyne, editors. Proceedings 1st International Workshop on Computational History 2014, 2014 (Available at http://kdeg.scss.tcd.ie/1st-international-workshop-computational-history)

Journal Articles

  1. C. Debruyne and P. De Leenheer. Using a Method and Tool for Hybrid Ontology Engineering: an Evaluation in the Flemish Research Information Space. Journal of Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce Research, 9(2):48-63, 2014.
  2. C. Debruyne, T-K Tran, and R. Meersman. Grounding Ontologies with Social Processes and Natural Language. Journal on Data Semantics, 2(2-3):89-118, 2013.

Conference Papers

  1. C. Debruyne, B. Walshe, and D. O'Sullivan. Towards a project centric metadata model and lifecycle for ontology mapping governance. In M. Indrawan-Santiago, M. Steinbauer, Ismail Khalil, and G. Anderst- Kotsis, editors, Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Information Integration and Web-based Applications & Services, Brussels, Belgium, December 11-13, 2015, pages 361–370. ACM, 2015
  2. C. Debruyne, O.D. Beyan, R. Grant, S. Collins, and S. Decker. On a linked data platform for irish historical vital records. In S. Kapidakis, C. Mazurek, and M. Werla, editors, Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries - 19th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries, TPDL 2015, Poznan ́, Poland, September 14-18, 2015. Proceedings, volume 9316 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science, pages 99–110. Springer, 2015
  3. C. Debruyne and N. Nijs. Using a reputation framework to identify community leaders in ontology engineering. In R. Meersman, H. Panetto, T. S. Dillon, J. Eder, Z. Bellahsene, N. Ritter, P. De Leenheer, and D. Dou, editors, On the Move to Meaningful Internet Systems: OTM 2013 Conferences, volume 8185 of LNCS, pages 677-684. Springer, 2013.
  4. O. Kovalenko, C. Debruyne, E. Serral, and S. Biffl. Evaluation of technologies for mapping representation in ontologies. In R. Meersman, H. Panetto, T. S. Dillon, J. Eder, Z. Bellahsene, N. Ritter, P. De Leenheer, and D. Dou, editors, On the Move to Meaningful Internet Systems: OTM 2013 Conferences, volume 8185 of LNCS, pages 564-571. Springer, 2013.
  5. Y. Tang-Demey and C. Debruyne. SDRule-L: Managing Semantically Rich Business Decision Processes. In C. Huemer and P. Lops, editors, EC-Web, volume 152 of LNBIP, pages 59-67. Springer, 2013.
  6. C. Debruyne and C. P. Vasquez. Exploiting Natural Language Definitions and (Legacy) Data for Facilitating Agreement Processes. In D. Winkler, S. Biffl, and J. Bergsmann, editors, SWQD, volume 133 of LNBIP, pages 244-258. Springer, 2013.
  7. C. Debruyne and R. Meersman. GOSPL: A Method and Tool for Fact-Oriented Hybrid Ontology Engineering. In T. Morzy, T. Härder, and R. Wrembel, editors, ADBIS, volume 7503 of LNCS, pages 153-166. Springer, 2012.
  8. C. Debruyne and R. Meersman. Semantic Interoperation of Information Systems by Evolving Ontologies through Formalized Social Processes. In J. Eder, M. Bieliková, and A. M. Tjoa, editors, ADBIS, volume 6909 of LNCS, pages 444-459. Springer, 2011.
  9. Y. Tang, C. Debruyne, and J. Criel. Onto-DIY: A Flexible and Idea Inspiring Ontology-Based Do-It-Yourself Architecture for Managing Data Semantics and Semantic Data. In R. Meersman, T. S. Dillon, and P. Herrero, editors, OTM Conferences (2), volume 6427 of LNCS, pages 1036-1043. Springer, 2010.
  10. C. Debruyne, P. De Leenheer, and R. Meersman. A Method and Tool for Fact Type Reuse in the DOGMA Ontology Framework. In R. Meersman, T. S. Dillon, and P. Herrero, editors, OTM Conferences (2), volume 5871 of LNCS, pages 1147-1164. Springer, 2009.

Keynote

  1. R. Meersman and C. Debruyne. Hybrid Ontologies and Social Semantics. In DEST 2010, pages 92-97. IEEE Press, 2010.

Workshop Papers

  1. K. Fatema, C. Debruyne, D. Lewis, D. O’Sullivan, J. Morrison, and A. Al Mazed. A semi-automated methodology for extracting access control rules from the european data protection directive. In Proceedings of IPWE 2016, 2016 (accepted for publication)
  2. C. Debruyne and D. O'Sullivan. R2RML-F: Towards Sharing and Executing Domain Logic in R2RML Mappings. In Proceedings of the Workshop on Linked Data on the Web, LDOW 2016, co-located with the 25th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW 2016), Montreal, Canada, April 12th, 2016, 2016 (accepted for publication)
  3. D. Grant, C. Debruyne, R. Grant, and S. Collins. Creating and consuming metadata from transcribed historical vital records for ingestion in a long-term digital preservation platform - (short paper). In On the Move to Meaningful Internet Systems: OTM 2015 Workshops, pages 445–450, 2015
  4. R. Shosha, C. Debruyne, and D. O’Sullivan. Towards an adaptive tool and method for collaborative ontology mapping. In On the Move to Meaningful Internet Systems: OTM 2015 Workshops, pages 319–328, 2015
  5. C. Debruyne. The relation between a framework for collaborative ontology engineering and Nicola Guarino's terminology and ideas in "formal ontology and information systems". In 1st International IFIP Working Conference on Value-Driven Social Semantics and Collective Intelligence (VaSCo), 2013. (Presented in 2013, published in 2015.)
  6. O. Beyan, C. Breathnach, S. Collins, C. Debruyne, S. Decker, D. Grant, R. Grant, and B. Gurrin. Towards Linked Vital Registration Data for Reconstituting Families and Creating Longitudinal Health Histories. In Knowledge Representation for Health Care KR4HC 2014. Organized under the "Vienna Summer of Logic 2014" multi-conference, 2014.
  7. C. Debruyne and I. Ciuciu. User satisfaction of a hybrid ontology-engineering tool. In Y. Tang Demey and H. Panetto, editors, On the Move to Meaningful Internet Systems: OTM 2013 Workshops, volume 8186 of LNCS, pages 414-423. Springer, 2013.
  8. Y. Tang Demey and C. Debruyne. Metis: The sdrule-l modelling tool. In Y. Tang Demey and H. Panetto, editors, On the Move to Meaningful Internet Systems: OTM 2013 Workshops, volume 8186 of LNCS, pages 492-502. Springer, 2013.
  9. C. Debruyne, C. P. Vasquez, K. Kerremans, and A. D. Burgos. A Methodological Framework for Ontology and Multilingual Termontological Database Co-evolution. In P. Herrero, H. Panetto, R. Meersman, and T. S. Dillon, editors, OTM Workshops, volume 7567 of LNCS, pages 220-230. Springer, 2012.
  10. I. Ciuciu and Christophe Debruyne. Assessing the User Satisfaction with an Ontology Engineering Tool Based on Social Processes. In P. Herrero, H. Panetto, R. Meersman, and T. S. Dillon, editors, OTM Workshops, volume 7567 of LNCS, pages 242-251. Springer, 2012.
  11. N. Alkhaldi and C. Debruyne. Comparing XML Files with a DOGMA Ontology to Generate Ω-RIDL Annotations. In R. Meersman, T. S. Dillon, and P. Herrero, editors, OTM Workshops, volume 7046 of LNCS, pages 581-590. Springer, 2011.
  12. C. Debruyne, P. De Leenheer, G. van Grootel, P. Spyns, and S. Christiaens. Publishing Open Data and Services for the Flemish Research Information Space. In O. De Troyer, C. B. Medeiros, R. Billen, P. Hallot, A. Simitsis, and H. Van Mingroot, editors, ER Workshops, volume 6999 of LNCS, pages 389-394. Springer, 2011.
  13. D. Meersman and C. Debruyne. Purchase Intent, Online Offers and Product Innovation: Misunderstandings in the Ménage à Trois. In W. Abramowicz, L. A. Maciaszek, and K. Wecel, editors, BIS (Workshops), volume 97 of LNBIP, pages 132-143. Springer, 2011.
  14. C. Debruyne. On the Social Dynamics of Ontological Commitments. In R. Meersman, T. S. Dillon, and P. Herrero, editors, OTM Workshops, volume 6428 of LNCS, pages 682-686. Springer, 2010.
  15. P. De Leenheer, C. Debruyne, and J. Peeters. Towards Social Performance Indicators for Community-based Ontology Evolution. In Workshop on Collaborative Construction, Management and Linking of Structured Knowledge (CK2009), collocated with the 8th International Semantic Web Conference. CEUR-WS, 2009.
  16. C. Debruyne, J. Peeters, and A. Z. Arrassi. Semi-automated Consensus Finding for Meaning Negotiation. In R. Meersman, Z. Tari, and P. Herrero, editors, OTM Workshops, volume 5333 of LNCS, pages 183-192. Springer, 2008.
  17. P. De Leenheer and C. Debruyne. DOGMA-MESS: A Tool for Fact-Oriented Collaborative Ontology Evolution. In R. Meersman, Z. Tari, and P. Herrero, editors, OTM Workshops, volume 5333 of LNCS, pages 797-806. Springer, 2008.

Posters, Abstracts and Demos

  1. C. Debruyne, O. Beyan, S. Decker and S. Collins. Using Semantic Technologies to Create Virtual Families from Historical Vital Records, 1st EUON Workshop, 2014.
  2. C. Debruyne. RTÉ Content Discovery Project. Presented at the 4th Plenary of Research Data Alliance, 2014.
  3. T-K Tran and C. Debruyne. Towards Using OWL Integrity Constraints in Ontology Engineering. In P. Herrero, H. Panetto, R. Meersman, and T. S. Dillon, editors, OTM Workshops, volume 7567 of LNCS, pages 282-285. Springer, 2012.
  4. C. Debruyne. Demo Paper: A Tool for Hybrid Ontology Engineering. In P. Herrero, H. Panetto, R. Meersman, and T. S. Dillon, editors, OTM Workshops, volume 7567 of LNCS, pages 302-305. Springer, 2012.
  5. C. Debruyne, P. De Leenheer, and R. Meersman. Empowering enterprise data governance with BSG. In M. A. Musen and Ó. Corcho, editors, K-CAP, pages 197-198. ACM, 2011.
  6. C. Debruyne, D. Meersman, M. Baert, and R. Hansenne. Community Driven Requests for Proposals - Applying Semantics to Match Customer Purchase Intents to Vendor Offers. In J. Cordeiro and J. Filipe, editors, WEBIST, pages 525-530. SciTePress, 2011.
  7. C. Debruyne, Q. Reul, and R. Meersman. GOSPL: Grounding Ontologies with Social Processes and Natural Language. In S. Latifi, editor, ITNG, pages 1255-1256. IEEE Computer Society, 2010.
  8. C. Debruyne, Q. Reul, J. Criel, and L. Claeys. An approach for defining actions in rules of the casensa application. In ITEA2 Symposium, 2009.

Other presentations

MSc Theses Supervised

As advisor

Activities

Participation in projects and working groups

Talks and Attended Conferences

Other activities

Teaching

2015-2016Lecturer "Open Information Systems" (MSc)
 Coordination Bachelor Thesis (3rd BSc)
 Coordination Research Internship Bachelor Thesis (3rd BSc)
2014-2015Lecturer "Open Information Systems" (MSc)
 Lecturer "Information Systems" (3rd BSc, MSc)
 Lecturer "Web Technologies" (MSc)
2013-2014Lecturer "Open Information Systems" (MSc)
 Lecturer "Information Systems" (3rd BSc, MSc)
 Teaching assistant "Foundations of Computer Science 1" (1st BSc)
2012-2013Teaching assistant "Advanced Databases" (MSc)
 Teaching assistant "Database Theory" (MSc)
 Teaching assistant "Open Information Systems" (MSc)
 Teaching assistant "Information Systems" (3rd BSc, MSc)
 Teaching assistant "Foundations of Computer Science 1" (1st BSc)
2011-2012Teaching assistant "Advanced Databases" (MSc)
 Teaching assistant "Database Theory" (MSc)
 Teaching assistant "Open Information Systems" (MSc)
 Teaching assistant "Information Systems" (3rd BSc, MSc)
 Teaching assistant "Foundations of Computer Science 1" (1st BSc)
 Teaching assistant "Introduction to Databases" (1st BSc)
 Teaching assistant "Databases" (MSc)
 Teaching assistant "Programming Project 2" (2nd BSc)
2010-2011Teaching assistant "Advanced Databases" (MSc)
 Teaching assistant "Database Theory" (MSc)
 Teaching assistant "Open Information Systems" (MSc)
 Teaching assistant "Information Systems" (3rd BSc, MSc)
 Teaching assistant "Foundations of Computer Science 1" (1st BSc)
 Teaching assistant "Introduction to Databases" (1st BSc)
 Teaching assistant "Databases" (MSc)
 Teaching assistant "Programming Project 1" (1st BSc)
2009-2010Teaching assistant "Advanced Databases" (MSc)
 Teaching assistant "Database Theory" (MSc)
 Teaching assistant "Open Information Systems" (MSc)
 Teaching assistant "Information Systems" (3rd BSc, MSc)
 Teaching assistant "Foundations of Computer Science 1" (1st BSc)
2008-2009Teaching assistant "Advanced Databases" (MSc)
 Teaching assistant "Database Theory" (MSc)
 Teaching assistant "Open Information Systems" (MSc)
 Teaching assistant "Information Systems" (3rd BSc, MSc)

I was also an assistant (pro bono) for Web Information Systems taught by prof. dr. Meersman at UHasselt in 2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2011-2013.

Miscellaneous

Erdös Number

My Erdös number is 5:

  1. Christophe Debruyne, Pieter De Leenheer, Robert Meersman: A Method and Tool for Fact Type Reuse in the DOGMA Ontology Framework. OTM Conferences (Monterrey, Mexico, 2009), 1147-1164, LNSC, 5871, Springer, Berlin, 2009.
  2. Meersman, R.; Rozenberg, G. Two-level meta-controlled substitution grammars. Mathematical foundations of computer science (Proc. Sixth Sympos., Tatranská Lomnica, 1977), 390-397. LNSC, 53, Springer, Berlin, 1977.
  3. Herman, G. T.; Lee, K. P.; van Leeuwen, J.; Rozenberg, G. Characterization of unary developmental languages. Discrete Math. 6 (1973), 235-247.
  4. van Leeuwen, J.; Santoro, N.; Urrutia, J.; Zaks, S. Guessing games and distributed computations in synchronous networks. Automata, languages and programming (Karlsruhe, 1987), 347-356, LNSC, 267, Springer, Berlin, 1987.
  5. Erdös, P.; Koren, I.; Moran, S.; Silberman, G. M.; Zaks, S. Minimum-diameter cyclic arrangements in mapping data-flow graphs onto VLSI arrays. Math. Systems Theory 21 (1988), no. 2, 85-98.

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