Barbara Starr

SemanticFuse founder Barbara Starr has over 20 years experience in artificial intelligence, software design, question-answering systems, reasoning engines, search engine design and other semantic technologies.

She worked as Principal Investigator for SAIC on the ARDA ACQUAINT program, which was the genesis for Watson at IBM. She also worked on the DARPA HPKB program, which was one of the precursors to the Semantic Web. For HPKB, Starr acted as Principal Investigator and Chief Architect for 17 universities and institutions (MIT, Stanford, ISI, SRI, CMU, Northwestern, etc.) and was responsible for the entire system architecture design, managing the integration. Starr also worked on the DARPA PAL program for two years, which was the genesis for SIRI, now available on the iPhone.

Recruited to the United States, from a teaching position while studying for her doctoral degree, to build expert trading systems on Wall Street, Starr has worked in the area of Semantic Technologies for the past 2 decades in many domains, having watched the evolution and adoption of the Semantic Web. Starr now provides services such as Semantic SEO, Semantic Technology consulting and product feed optimization and streamlining for e-commerce sites and other enterprise level businesses.

Starr is a published author and speaker at conferences such as the Semantic Technology and Business (SemTech) and ICSC. She is the founder of the Semantic Web Meetup in San Diego CA, as well as several other meetup groups. She is a governing board member of the Semantic Computing Consortium and is industry chair for IEEE International Conference on Semantic Computing.

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