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Best In-Use Paper Award

Published: Wed 08 July 2015
Best In-Use Paper Award

Dr Dhaval Thakker from the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science has been awarded the best in-use paper award at the 12th Extended Semantic Web Conference.

The paper, titled ‘PADTUN - Using Semantic Technologies in Tunnel Diagnosis and Maintenance Domain’ presented work carried out as part of a European Union Project, focusing on development of a Decision Support System (DSS) for the maintenance of road and train tunnels.

Nowadays organisations managing a large inheritance of old tunnels and underground structures are confronted with the need to guarantee the full safety of use while optimising their overall maintenance costs. The DSS developed as part of this work facilitates the decision-making process concerning tunnel diagnosis and assisting maintenance experts in defining the appropriate strategy of inspections and maintenance operations.

Written by Dhaval Thakker, Vania Dimitrova, Anthony G. Cohn and Joaquin Valdes, one of the most important things to note about the paper is the innovative use of semantic web technologies to capture tacit knowledge from experts and using reasoning for calculating tunnel regions with similar pathologies.

Dr Dhaval Thakker explains further: “The Extended Semantic Web Conference is one of the major conferences in the area of Semantic Web. It feels greatly satisfying to be rewarded for applying Semantic Web research to a real world problem.”

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