Jeff Z. Pan received his Ph.D. in computer science from The University of Manchester in 2004, on the topic of Description Logics: Reasoning Support for the Semantic Web. He joined the faculty in the Department of Computing Science at University of Aberdeen in 2005. He is now the Deputy Director of Research of the department. His research focuses primarily on knowledge representation and reasoning, in particular scalable ontology reasoning, querying and reuse, and their applications (such as Semantic Web, Advertising, Healthcare, Software Engineering and Multimedia). He is a key contributor to the W3C OWL2 standard. He leads the work of the TrOWL Tractable OWL2 reasoning infrastructure. He is widely recognised for his work on scalable and efficient ontology reasoning; he gave tutorials on this topic in e.g. AAAI2010, ESWC2010, ESWC2011, SemTech2011 and the Reasoning Web Summer School (2010 and 2011).
Dr Pan is a member of the Advisory Committee in the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), an international organisation for setting up Web standards such as HTML, RDF and OWL. He is a Primary Member Representative of Object Management Group (OMG), a leading proponent of Business-IT integration standards. He chairs the OWL task force on uncertainty reasoning. He also chaired the W3C Multimedia Semantics Incubator Group and the Software Engineering Task Force in the Semantic Web Best Practice and Deployment (SWBPD) Working Group. His group is currently actively contributing to several W3C technical groups, including the OWL, SPARQL, Provenance and RDB2RDF. He co-edited a number of W3C technical reports, such as "XML Schema Datatypes in RDF and OWL". He is a Board Member of Semantic Technology Institute International (STI2).
Dr. Pan has over 100 refereed publications. He and his colleagues won the Best Paper Award in the 2006 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Web Intelligence (WI-2006) and the Best Student Paper Award in the 5th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC2006). He served/serves as Program Chair of the First International Conference on Web Reasoning and Rule System (RR2007, which is the first Semantic Web conference on Reasoning), of the Ontology and Reasoning Track in the Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC2010) and of the Doctoral Consortiums in the 9th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC2010) and in the 8th Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC2011).
Dr. Pan is a founding member of the International Conference on Web Reasoning and Rule System and the Joint International Conference on Semantic Technologies. He co-founded the Fuzzy RuleML Technical Group. He is an Editor of the International Journal on Semantic Web and Information Systems (IJSWIS), an Aear Editor of the Journal of Web Semantics (JWS) and is on the Editorial Board of the journal of Big Data Research. He serve/served as a guest editor of special issues of a number of international journals, such as the Journal of Web Semantics, the Journal of Logic and Computation, the Journal on Data Semantics and IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics Part C (Applications and Reviews).
Dr. Pan is the coordinator of the EU IAPP K-Drive project. He has contributed to several high-profile projects, such as the highly prestigious, EPSRC-funded Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration on Advanced Knowledge Technologies (AKT) and the European Commission FET project Wonder Web, which effectively contributed to the creation of the W3C OWL Web Ontology Language. He has also led The Aberdeen University's contribution to several EU-funded and national projects, such as the European Commission Network of Excellent Knowledge Web project, the MOST project and the K-Drive project.