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.

New research project: Open Semantic Cloud for Brussels (OSCB)

OSCB LogoVUB STARLab leads a new project called "Open Semantic Cloud for Brussels"(OSCB) started on February 1st, 2011. OSCB aims to cover Brussels with a cloud of structured and interlinked information elements produced by "atomizing" a collection of relevant databases and other resources. Linked Data is a global initiative to interlink resources on the Web using two "simple" technologies: Uniform Resource Identifiers (URI) for accessing the resources and the Resource Description Framework (RDF) for representing knowledge and annotating those resources.

TEMPUS 4 meeting at STARLab

08/12/2010 - 09:00
10/12/2010 - 18:00

DYSE review meeting in Finland

08/11/2010 - 12:00
10/11/2010 - 12:00

VUB STARLab has participated in the ITEA 2 DiYSE Project (Do-it-Yourself Smart Experiences: Supporting Users in Creating Aware, Interactive & Flowing Experiences in an Internet-Of-Things World) review meeting (Nov. 9, 2010) and general assembly meetings (Nov. 8 and 10. 2010). It started to snow in the morning of Nov. 9, 2010. The atmosphere was warm although it was very cold outside.

OnTheMove Academy

On Sunday the 24th of October, OnTheMove Academy took place at at the Aldemar Knossos Royal Village Hotel and Conference Center in Hersonissou, Crete, Greece. It was organized as one of the OnTheMove Conferences and  Workshops.

DYSE won the reward of best exhibitor at ITEA & ARTEMIS Co-summit 2010!

26/10/2010 - 08:00
27/10/2010 - 18:00

Yesterday at the closing session of the ITEA2-Artemis Co-Summit (aka ITEA2 Symposium), among the nearly 60 stand at the ITEA2 floor, one project received the Exhibition Award 2010: it was: DiY Smart Experiences (DYSE)! VUB STARLab is one of the DYSE partners.

The approximately 500 visitors of the co-summit voted, and decided that we have done a great job bringing clear messages on the value DiYSE is progressively delivering.

Panel discussion (EI2N and SeDeS'2010)

27/10/2010 - 16:00
27/10/2010 - 17:30

We had a panel discussion on the role of Ontology Engineering (OE) in Enterprise Interoperability (EI) in the afternoon, on Oct. 27th, 2010. It lasted for an hour and half. Critical issues concerning OE and EI have been discussed. We really appreciate how active all the participants were to pose and answer questions.

The slides used for the panel discussion can be downloaded here.

OTM SeDeS 2010 Workshop

27/10/2010 - 13:55

Today, the 1st International Workshop on Semantic & Decision Support (SeDeS'2010) successfully took place at at the Aldemar Knossos Royal Village Hotel and Conference Center in Hersonissou, Crete, Greece.

OTM 2010 Conferences and Workshops

24/10/2010 - 09:15
29/10/2010 - 18:00

This year's OTM event will be held at the Knossos Royal Village Hotel in Hersonissou, Crete, Greece, from 25 - 29 October 2010.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.

Its official website is: http://www.onthemove-conferences.org

Seminar "The Power and Limits of Relational Technology in the Age of Information Ecosystems" by Michael Brodie

20/10/2010 - 15:00
20/10/2010 - 17:00

On Wednesday the 20th of October 2010 at 15h in room D.2.06, Dr. Michael Brodie (Chief Scientist Verizon USA) will hold an interactive seminar entitled “The Power and Limits of Relational Technology in the Age of Information Ecosystems” in which he aims to discuss the ideas that he will present at a keynote carrying the same title later that month. 

Visiting Greek Interoperability Center

11/10/2010 - 08:00
11/10/2010 - 18:00

This is Dr. Yan Tang's second visit paid to Creek Interoperability Center (GIC). The visit lasts for four weeks.

In the picture (up, click to enlarge it), Ioanna Makarouni (NTUA, Greece), Fenareti Lampathaki (NTUA), Yan Tang (VUB, Belgium), Emmanouil Ntanos (NTUA), Bahareh Rahmanzadeh Heravi (Brunel University, UK), left to right

(down) Yan Tang with Prof. Gregoris Mentzas (NTUA)

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STAR at INRIA, France and University of Geneva, Switzerland

28/06/2010 - 09:00
07/07/2010 - 13:00

Dr. Ioana Ciuciu visited INRIA, Sophia-Antipolis, France and MIRALab, University of Geneva, Switzerland from 28 June - 7 July, based on the International Mobility Contract (IMC) of the 3DAH Project. The principle of the IMC is to give researchers the opportunity of working with a different partner team for a short period of time.

TAS3 General Assembly, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK

10/06/2010 - 10:00
10/06/2010 - 17:00

 The 3rd TAS3 General Assembly took place on 10th June at the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK.

Quentin Reul, Dr. Gang Zhao and Dr. Ioana Ciuciu attended the meeting on behalf of STARLab.

About Canterbury: a lovely place to visit, full of history. Easily reachable from London St. Pancras Station.


2nd 3D Anatomical Human Summer School, Chania, Crete, Grece

22/05/2010 - 09:00
24/05/2010 - 17:00


The second 3D Anatomical Human Summer School was held in Chania, Crete, between 23-24 May 2010. The Summer School was preceded by the 3DAH Internal Meeting, on 22nd May 2010. The two events took place at Minoa Palace Hotel in Chania (see right picture).

Dr. Ioana Ciuciu attended the meeting on behalf of STARLab.



STAR at Greek Interoperability Center

15/03/2010 - 09:00
19/03/2010 - 18:00

The Greek Interoperability Center is an organization supported by the EC 7th Framework Programme. The main goal of the Greek Interoperability Centre is to establish a new research centre targeting eGovernment and eBusiness Interoperability Research. The Greek Interoperability Centre aims at becoming a premium research centre in the field of Interoperability, forming a strong regional pole of research and technology in Europe.

3DAH Internal meeting in Aalborg, Denmark

16/03/2010 - 09:00
17/03/2010 - 13:00

Dr. Han Kang and Dr. Ioana Ciuciu attended the 9th 3DAH Internal meeting, which took place in Aalborg, Denmark.                                         

Next 3DAH event: 3DAH Summer School 23-24 May, Shania, Crete.





Dr. Ioana Ciuciu and Dr. Kang Han visited MIRALab of University of Geneva from January 18th to January 29th, based on the Intenal Mobility Contract of 3DAH.

Prof. Dr. Zhiwen Yu

Prof. Dr. Zhiwen Yu will visist STARLab and give a talk on Feb. 8, 2010. He is currently a professor at the School of Computer Science, Northwestern Polytechnical University, P. R. China. He received his B.Eng, M.Eng and Ph.D degree of Engineering in computer science and technology in 2000, 2003 and 2005 respectively from the Northwestern Polytechnical University. He has worked as a research fellow at the Academic Center for Computing and Media Studies, Kyoto University, Japan from Feb. 2007 to Jan. 2009, and a post-doctoral researcher at the Information Technology Center, Nagoya University, Japan in 2006-2007.

Prolix final general assembly meeting at Suffolk, UK

19/01/2010 - 12:00
22/01/2010 - 17:00

EC Prolix project successfully ended on 1/12/2009. The final general assembly meeting has been held at Bedford Lodge Hotel in New Market, Suffolk, UK from Jan. 20th, 2010 till Jan. 22nd, 2010. Jan. 19th is the internal meeting for the preparation. 

Yan Tang and Gang Zhao attended the meeting on behalf of STARLab. 

About Bedford Hotel: Yan loves the 19M heated indoor swimming pool.

About Suffol: It is too small to pay a visit.

About the weather: It is better than Brussels (same time)


STARLab New Year Lunch

11/01/2010 - 12:00
11/01/2010 - 14:00

We had STARLab New Year lunch at la quincaillerie, which resides at Ixelles, Rue Du Page 45, Brussels.

We choose there because of beautiful 80's decoration and good food (see the picture on the right from the official website: http://www.quincaillerie.be/). 


STARLab Christmas dinner

18/12/2009 - 19:00
18/12/2009 - 23:00

On Dec. 18, 2009, we had a STARLab Christmas dinner at an Ethiopian restaurant. 

It was a great dinner. Everyone enjoyed it so much. Good food in huge quantities, good wine, beautiful waitresses, warm environment and above all ... good company!

The restaurant is called Kokob - the name is very exotic!

Address: Rue des Grands Carmes 10, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Telephone: 02 511 19 50 

Kokob in media:


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