More than 500 semantic web researchers will travel to Bethlehem October 11-15 for the 14th International Semantic Web Conference.

“ISWC is the preeminent conference that focuses on the semantic web,” says Jeff Heflin, associate professor of computer science and engineering. “It has a history of presenting the very best academic work in the field while providing a forum to discuss applied use of semantic techniques and demonstrate new software applications.”

Heflin worked with colleagues at Lehigh and with Discover Lehigh Valley to put together the winning bid to host the conference. The organizing committee has members from eight countries, and conference attendees will represent six continents. ISWC draws top academics, leading corporations, and representatives of governmental standards bodies.

Lehigh will host some of the same researchers at the 12th OWL: Experiences and Directions (OWLED) to be held at Lehigh October 9-10. That event aims to establish a global forum for the OWL (Web Ontology Language) community.