The Semantics Technology and Applications Research Laboratory (VUB STARLab), founded by Prof. Dr. Robert Meersman, has been VUB's focal point in research on databases and semantics. STARLab contributes to a new state of the art in information-based technologies, both with research and development, and by applying our expertise to real-life situations.

Thesis topics now online

New STAR Thesis topics are now online! You can find them under "Teaching". Do not hesitate to come over or contact us for more information.

North-South-South project "Pilot Research Data Center"

28/01/2013 - 09:00
03/02/2013 - 14:28

The North-South-South (NSS) Workshop on "Pilot Research Data Centre" will be held from Monday, 28 January, till Sunday, 3 February 2013, in The Reef Hotel, Nyali Beach, Mombasa (Kenya).STARLab will give a tutorial on ontologies.

Kenya is a country in East Africa that lies on the equator with the Indian Ocean to its south-east. Kenya has a land area of 580,000 km2 and a population of a little over 43 million residents.The country is named after Mount Kenya, a significant landmark and second among Africa's highest mountain peaks. Its capital and largest city is Nairobi.

STARLab dinner

23/11/2012 - 19:00
23/11/2012 - 23:00

The STARLab dinner and Robert's birthday party took place in a Chinese restaurant in Antwerp.

All the best to STARs!

Visiting researchers from Moscow Aviation Institute, State University of Aerospace Technologies, Russian

29/11/2012 - 14:00
29/11/2012 - 15:30

Moscow Aviation Institute (State University of Aerospace Technology) (Russian: Московский авиационный институт) is one of several major engineering higher education establishments in Moscow. On 29.11.2012 from 14 till 15h30, the following Russian professors and researchers from Moscow Aviation Institute, State University of Aerospace Technologies, Russian will pay a visit to STARLab.

• Ir. Rushana Anamova (also from JSC Radiofizika, antennas designing company, Moscow)

• Prof. Sergey Borisov 

• Dr. Anton Ivanov 

• Ir. Viktoriia Mukhina (from Hochschule Heilbronn, Germany)

DiYSE got the ITEA Achievement awards 2012 (Silver Medal)

30/10/2012 - 09:00
31/10/2012 - 18:00

On 30-31 October, the ITEA & ARTEMIS Co-summit 2012 was held in CNIT - La Défense in Paris, France. It was the 5th edition of the Co-summit, organised by ITEA 2 – the EUREKA Cluster on software-intensive systems and services and by the ARTEMIS Joint Undertaking on embedded systems. Nearly 700 participants from industry, academia, public authorities and press attended this key European event. This year’s theme was: Sharing a vision for ICT innovation.

3rd bachelor projects 2012-2013 now online!

Third bachelor project descriptions for STARLab are now online. Visit http://starlab.vub.ac.be/website/teaching or contact Christophe Debruyne for more information.


25/09/2012 - 10:26
31/03/2013 - 10:26

In conjunction with the 12th International OnTheMove (OTM 2013) Conferences (Graz, Austria, 09~13 September 2013), we will organize parallel workshops as for the past years.

OTM 2013 is composed of three main conferences:

OTM SeDeS 2012 Workshop

The OTM SeDeS workshop has a LinkedIn Group. It's address is http://www.linkedin.com/groups/International-Semantics-Decision-Support-SeDeS-4521314. We welcome the workshop participants to join this group.

On the basis of request, the presentations, papers, photos and discussions from this workshop will be published in this LinkedIn Group.

VUB Research Day

11h speeddate at STOA B
12h lunch at STOA B
13h brainstorm in groups (DINF)
15h presentations (E.012)
16h30 reception at STOA B

OSCB progress meeting

02/07/2012 - 14:00
02/07/2012 - 15:00

Christophe Debryne, Ioana Ciuciu, Andres DOMINGUEZ BURGOS, Koen Kerremans, Kien , Christan, Frederik Temmermans, Bart Jansen, Alejandro Vaisman and Yan Tang

IEEE IUCC 2012 conference

25/06/2012 - 09:37
27/06/2012 - 11:37

Yan Tang and Ioana G. Ciuciu have attended the 11th IEEE International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing and Communications (IUCC-2012) at Liverpool, UK (June 25~27, 2012). The conference covers the technologies of computing and communications have undergone a series of evolutionary innovation over the past decades and improved the quality of human life significantly. Computing and communications in the 21st century faces an ever-increasing number of great challenges and revolutionary developments. Ubiquitous Computing and Communications is a revolutionary paradigm that aims to provide pervasive and reliable computing solutions and communication services anytime and anywhere.

OnTheMove Federated Conferences & Workshops

10/09/2012 - 10:56
14/09/2012 - 10:56

This year's OTM event will be held in Rome, Italy, from 10 - 14 September 2012.
Current and future software needs remain focused towards the development and deployment of large and complex intelligent and networked information systems, required for the internet- and intranet-based systems in organizations, and covering a very wide range of application domains as well as technology and research issues.

Third International OTM Workshop on Semantics and Decision Making (SeDeS’12)

10/09/2012 - 10:41
14/09/2012 - 10:41

Rome, Italy, September 10th~14th, 2012

Decision support has been gradually evolved in both the fields of theoretical decision support studies and practical assisting tools for decision makers since 1960’s. The goal of decision support is to enhance decision processes in an accurate and efficient manner. Its application fields vary from business processes, business information management, system analysis, robotics, medical decision support, programming, project management, eGovernment & eBusiness, eLearning & eTraining, market analysis, judicial support, smart objects and ubiquitous systems.

New STAR Position Paper

18/06/2012 - 12:08
20/06/2012 - 12:08

Dr. Ioana Ciuciu presented "Social Network of Smart-Metered Homes and SMEs for Grid-based Renewable Energy Exchange" at IEEE DEST 2012 in Campione d'Italia.

STARLab at Shanghai University

17/05/2012 - 07:01
18/05/2012 - 07:01

Dr Yan Tang from STARLab gave a speech on "Ontology, Business Rules and Decision Tables" hosted by Prof. Liu Yue from School of Computer Engineering and Science, Shanghai University. Prof. Liu Yue, Prof. Zhang Bo Feng and Prof. Xu Dong etc. have attended this speech.

TEMPUS review meeting

12/01/2012 - 09:00
13/01/2012 - 18:00

Members of the Palestinian eGovernment Academy visited STAR Lab at Vrije University Brussels in Belgium, from January 11, 2012 to January 14, 2012 as a part of the academy activities. The goal of this visit is to review and evaluate the training program (6 tutorials, 300 teaching hours), which are Data and Business Process Modeling, Data Integrating and open Information System, Process Integration and Services Oriented Architectures, Ontology Engineering and Lexical Semantics, Information Security and Legal Information and IT laws.

During the meeting the tutorials were discussed with highly experienced professionals in the mentioned fields.

On the Move Federated Conferences and Workshops

The OTM 2011 federated conferences and workshops are organized in Crete, Greece (17~21 Oct. 2011)

Current and future software needs remain focused towards the development and deployment of large and complex intelligent and networked information systems, required for the internet- and intranet-based systems in organizations, and covering a very wide range of application domains as well as technology and research issues.

New Thesis Topics: 2011-2012

STARLab thesis topics for 2011-2012 can be found here. Additional topics are regularly added. If you find a topic that interests you, but does not completely fit your interests or you have an idea that fits the research of STARLab, do not hesitate to contact us.

Seminar "Cloud Computing: Issues and Challenges"

07/07/2011 - 15:00
07/07/2011 - 17:00

Professor Tharam DillonOn Thursday 7 July 2011 at 15:00 D2.01 Prof. Dr. Tharam Dillon - Research Professor and head of R&D of the Digital Ecosystems and Business Intelligence Institution at Curtin University in Western Australia - will hold a seminar entitled "Cloud Computing: Issues and Challenges". The seminar is open to anyone. Confirm your attendance by sending an email to chrdebru@vub.ac.be.

The seminar is organized in the context of the INNOViris Strategic Platforms project "Open Semantic Cloud for Brussels" (http://www.oscb.be). 

Zhenzhen Zhao's visit at STARLab

26/04/2011 - 12:00
15/05/2011 - 17:00

Zhenzhen Zhao works at Institut Télécom, Télécom SudParis as a HCI researcher and is currently pursuing a PhD on the topic of end-user driven service creation. Her current research interests include user perceptions of web mashups, front-end web page customization and social networks. She received her M.S. in Telecom Engineering from the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT), China.


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