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Toronto Girl Geek Dinner #17: The Semantic Web and Artifical Intelligence

Tonight is the final Toronto Girl Geek Dinner of 2009. There are still a few spots left if you’d like to join us.

Since launching in 2007, hundreds women in the Toronto technology community have participated in our events. We always have a quality time networking and stretching our brains to think about technology in new ways.

We are really fortunate to welcome Dr. Sheila McIlraith, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto, as our featured speaker.

As our guest speaker, Sheila will touch upon the following topics:

  • cognitive robotics — creating thinking robots
  • what cognitive robotics has to do with the semantic web
  • some of the long-term societal influences of Artificial Intelligence research

Sheila McIlraith is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto. Prior to joining U of T, Prof. McIlraith spent six years as a Research Scientist at Stanford University, and one year at Xerox PARC. McIlraith’s research is in the area of knowledge representation and reasoning. She has 10 years of industrial R&D experience developing artificial intelligence applications. McIlraith is the author of over 50 scholarly publications. She is an associate editor of the journal Artificial Intelligence and past program co-chair of the International Semantic Web Conference. McIlraith’s early work on Semantic Web Services has had notable impact. Her research has also made practical contributions to the development of next-generation NASA space systems and to emerging Web standards.

Special thanks to Hover for their sponsorship of our fall 2009 events. Check them out at for your Domain and Email needs.