The research group Knowledge Management (WIM) headed by Prof. Dr. York Sure-Vetter and Prof. Dr. Rudi Studer is one of the world wide leading institutions in the area of semantic technologies. Topics addressed by the group include methods for knowledge management in enterprises, technologies for realizing the Semantic Web vision, and research questions in the area of information management and engineering as well as Web-based services. Topics of particular interest are the application of semantic technologies for information and application integration, the development of scalable and powerful reasoning techniques, seamless integration of Web 2.0 and Semantic Web technologies, and intelligent access to existing knowledge.
Semantic representation of knowledge by means of ontologies and metadata provides the methodological basis for this work. Leveraging intelligent methods for information extraction together with data-, text-, and Web-mining techniques, facilitates semi-automated creation of ontologies as well as metadata and enables customization of applications to the behavior of a user. Application areas of these intelligent semantic methods are Web Service technology, Peer-to-Peer-Systems and Grid-Applications. Often realizing these applications requires interdisciplinary cooperations with groups from other research areas such as economics or law.
In order to foster exploitation of research results the group closely collaborates with the group Information Process Engineering (IPE) at the FZI Research Center and with the start-up company ontoprise GmbH. Furthermore, the group Knowledge Management is involved in many co-operations with companies and other research institutes, both on a European and a national level. Currently, the group is participating in several EU-funded projects, including NEON, XMedia, Active and SOA4All, and several projects funded by the German Research Foundation such as MULTIPLA, ReaSem and the Graduate School Information Management and Market Engineering.