Portrait of Prof Grigoris Antoniou Prof Grigoris Antoniou

g.antoniou@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472147



Born in Greece, Grigoris studied computer science at Karlsruhe (Germany), and in 1989 he completed his PhD at Osnabrueck (Germany) on program verification. After spending a few more years in Osnabrueck, he emigrated to Australia in 1994, where he stayed until 2001. During that period he moved up the academic ladder, becoming Professor at Griffith University in 1999. His research in that period was mainly concerned with issues of knowledge representation.

Australia was nice and offered ample research funding possibilities, but it was too far away from home, so he decided to return to Europe. After a short stay in Bremen, he became Professor at the University of Crete in 2002, where he spent the next 10 years. From 2004 to 2011 he was, in addition, Head of the Information Systems Laboratory at FORTH, the top-rated research institution in Greece.

During that decade, he expanded his research interests to include semantic technologies, as well as a number of application areas. He was happy to see significant recognition of  his work, becoming an ECCAI Fellow in 2006; and to witness great impact through the publication of his book “A Semantic Web Primer” which has become the standard textbook in this area and has been translated to Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Spanish. And privately, he found someone who was silly enough to marry him, and became a happy, but sometimes annoyed, father of two sons.

A combination of family preferences and general developments in Greece led to his decision to move once more, and join Huddersfield in 2012. He is determined to continue his research on semantic and knowledge technologies and their applications, seeking to take advantage of existing national funding opportunities and the international outreach of the UK. At the same time, he hopes  that, by bringing in his research expertise and network of research collaborations across Europe and beyond, he will make a significant contribution towards Huddersfield’s  continued strengthening in terms of research quality, impact and reputation.

Research and Scholarship

My research interests lie mainly in the theory, implementation and application of knowledge representation and semantic technologies. Particular interests on the theoretical side include:

  • Foundations of ontology languages
  • Knowledge dynamics
  • Nonmonotonic reasoning
  • Foundations of rule-based systems
  • Reasoning about context.

Particular interests on the application side include:

  • Ambient intelligence
  • E-Commerce: declarative business rules, electronic contracts, automated agent negotiations
  • Web-based systems: Semantic Web, Web services, context-aware systems
  • Applications of ontology-based systems: e-Learning, Knowledge Management, bioinformatics, cultural information systems

Recently, a major focus of my work is to apply semantic technologies in ambient intelligence environments. Ambient intelligence promises to deliver novel services to the right people at the right time at the right place, taking into account the context of the users. Knowledge technologies promise to play a key role in representing and exploiting contextual information. 


  • ECCAI Fellow (since 2006)
  • BCS Fellow (since 2012)
  • HEA Fellow (since 2012)
  • Adjunct Professor, Griffith University, Australia (since 2008)
  • Keynote speaker at ONTOBRAS 2015
  • Keynote speaker at WIMS 2014
  • Invited speaker at ICTERI 2012
  • Invited speaker at RuleML 2011
  • Invited speaker at ADBIS 2010

Research Degree Supervision

I am interested in research supervision within my general areas of expertise: knowledge systems, semantic technologies, management of large data sets, and their applications in various domains, including Web systems, ambient intelligence and e-science.

Current opportunities

Postgraduate research opportunities with Prof Grigoris Antoniou

Enterprise Activities

Current/recent research projects

  • MIREL. European Commission H2020, Marie-Skoldowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange, HUD budget: Euro 180K ($120K). Role: Principal Investigator (2016-2019)
  • Distributed Rule-based Activity Recognition in the SPHERE house. EPSRC / SPHERE project, HUD budget: £25K. Role: Principal Investigator (2015-2016)
  • SimplifAI. InnovateUK competition “Solving Urban Challenges with Data”, HUD budget: £60K. Role: Co-Investigator (2015-2016)
  • Research contract with BT, HUD budget: £57K. Role: Principal Investigator (2015-2016)
  • SemData: Semantic Data Management. European Commission FP7, Marie-Curie International Research Staff Exchange Scheme, HUD budget: Euro 120K (£100K). Role: Principal Investigator (2013-2017)
  • PRELIDA: Preserving Linked Data. European Commission FP7, Coordination Action, HUD budget: Euro 152K (£120K). Role: Principal Investigator (2013-2014)
  • A framework for scalable ontology enrichment and change. Australian Research Council Discovery Grant, AUD 315K. Role: Partner Investigator (2013-2015)
  • Efficient multi-context systems for heterogeneous information reasoning and sharing. Australian Research Council Discovery Grant, AUD 210K. Role: Partner Investigator (2011-2013)
  • Rule-based reasoning systems for complex and dynamic ontologies. Australian Research Council Discovery Grant, AUD 150K. Role: Partner investigator (2010-2012)
  • PlanetData. European Commission FP7, Network of Excellence, FORTH budget: Euro 280K. Role: Principal Investigator (2010-2014)
  • APARSEN. European Commission FP7, Network of Excellence, FORTH budget: Euro 300K. Role: Co-Investigator (2010-2014)

Activities in scientific societies

  • Member of the ECCAI (European Coordinating Committee on Artificial Intelligence) Board (2008-2014)
  • Treasurer of Semantic Technologies \institutes International (STI2) (2012-2013)
  • Member of the IFIP Working Group on the Semantic Web (since 2004)

Editorial Boards

  • Editor, Knowledge and Information Systems
  • Editor, International Journal of Artificial Intelligence Tools
  • Editor, Intelligent Decision Technologies
  • Editor, International Journal of Logic-Based Intelligent Systems
  • Editorial Board member, Intelligence Science Series, World Scientific Publishers

Recent organisation of journal special issues

  • Guest editor, Journal of Web Semantics, Special Issue on Semantic Web Dynamics (2011)
  • Guest editor, Journal of Logic and Computation, Special Issue on Ontology Dynamics (2009)

Current/recent conference leadership

  • Organizer, Dagstuhl Seminar on Semantic Data Management (2012)
  • Steering Committee member, Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC) (2011-2015)
  • Conference Co-Chair, MIWAI 2015
  • General Co-Chair, RuleML 2012
  • General Chair, 8th Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC’2011)
  • Advisory Committee member, 22nd International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI’11)
  • Advisory Committee member, WIMS'11, The International Conference on Web Intelligence, Mining and Semantics
  • PC Co-Chair, 7th Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC’2010)
  • PC Co-Chair, 2009 IEEE International Conference on e-Business Engineering (ICEBE 2009), Macau, China

Teaching and Professional Activities


  • Module leader CMS3416 Semantic Web
  • Module leader CHS2517 Large Systems Environments

Research interests:

  • Discrete mathematics, theory of computation
  • Logic, knowledge representation, artificial intelligence
  • Semantic Web

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