Robert Meersman

Ph.D in Applied Mathematics at the Free University Of Brussels (VUB) in 1976, on research in numerical analysis performed at Carnegie-Mellon University.

Appointed as Full Professor at VUB in 1995. Founded the Semantics Technology and Applications Research Laboratory (STARLab) there. Director of STARLab since.

Earlier positions include the University of Antwerp (UIA, 1975-78), Control Data Corp. (Data Management Lab, Brussels, Belgium, 1978-83). Worked there on the definition of the NIAM (now ORM) method as well as languages (RIDL) and first tools for this methodology. Founded the InfoLabs at University of Limburg (Belgium, 1983-86) and at University of Tilburg (The Netherlands, 1986-95) respectively where he held the Chair of Databases.

Current research is focused on ontologies and their relationship to databases and the semantic web, enterprise interoperability, and on design methodologies and tools specifically crafted for community-driven development of ontologies, concentrated in the DOGMA Project at VUB STARLab. Participated/es in numerous EU projects (FP4-FP7) involving applications of these subjects, and in STARLab's spinoff company Collibra (2008). Published over 110 indexed papers.