Background and activities

I am an associate professor at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) since 2014. I was previously a senior scientist at SINTEF Digital, a senior engineer at DNV GL, a postdoctoral research fellow at University of Oslo, and a visiting researcher at University of Oxford. I received my PhD degree in computer science in 2012 from University of Leuven. 

My main research interests fall into ontology-driven information systems and ontology-driven design of information systems from a human-computer interaction perspective. My recent research activities are related to data integration, management, and access for industrial and open data using the Semantic Web and Linked Data technologies and principles. My research interests span: end-user development, the Semantic Web, knowledge representation, digitalisation, and Big Data. 

I have taken part in several large EU projects (Horizon 2020, FP7, FP6, Erasmus etc.) such as TheyBuyForYou, Optique, iCamp, ROLE, LEGIS, LEFIS, and TREE. I was the technical manager for TheyBuyForYou project. I currently sit on the editorial boards of Journal of Web Semantics and Data Technologies and Applications and organised several conferences including DeclarativeAI 2020 (RuleML 2020, Reasoning Web School 2020, and DecisionCAMP 2020).

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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Journal publications


  • Gutiérrez-Basulto, Víctor; Kliegr, Tomas; Soylu, Ahmet; Giese, Martin; Roman, Dumitru. (2020) Rules and Reasoning. 4th International Joint Conference, RuleML+RR 2020, Oslo, Norway, June 29 – July 1, 2020, Proceedings. Springer. 2020. ISBN 978-3-030-57977-7. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) (1).

Part of book/report

  • Dessalk, Yared Dejene; Nikolov, Nikolay; Matskin, Mihhail; Soylu, Ahmet; Roman, Dumitru. (2020) Scalable Execution of Big Data Workflows using Software Containers. MEDES '20: Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Management of Digital EcoSystems.
  • Samuelsen, Simen; Nikolov, Nikolay; Soylu, Ahmet; Roman, Dumitru. (2020) An Approach for Representing and Storing RDF Data in Multi-model Databases. 14th International Conference on Metadata and Semantics Research (MTSR 2020).
  • Zhou, Baifan; Svetashova, Yulia; Pychynski, Tim; Baimuratov, Ildar; Soylu, Ahmet; Kharlamov, Evgeny. (2020) SemFE: Facilitating ML Pipeline Development with Semantics. CIKM 20 : The 29th ACM international conference on information and knowledge management : Virtual Event Ireland, October 19-23, 2020..
  • Kharlamov, Evgeny; Skjæveland, Martin G; Hovland, Dag; Mailis, Theofilos; Jimenez-Ruiz, Ernesto; Xiao, Guohui; Soylu, Ahmet; Horrocks, Ian; Waaler, Arild. (2018) Finding Data Should be Easier than Finding Oil. 2018 IEEE International Conference on Big Data (Big Data), Seattle, 10-13 Dec. 2018.
  • Kharlamov, Evgeny; Brandt, Sebastian; Giese, Martin; Jimenez-Ruiz, Ernesto; Kotidis, Yannis; Lamparter, Steffen; Mailis, Theofilis P.; Neuenstadt, Christian; Özcep, Özgür; Pinkel, Christoph; Soylu, Ahmet; Svingos, Christoforos; Zheleznyakov, Dmitriy; Horrocks, Ian; Ioannidis, Yannis; Möller, Ralf; Waaler, Arild. (2016) Enabling semantic access to static and streaming distributed data with optique: demo. Proceedings of the 10th ACM International Conference on Distributed and Event-based Systems, DEBS '16, Irvine, CA,USA, June 20 -24.
  • Kharlamov, Evgeny; Mailis, Theofilis P.; Bereta, Konstantina; Bilidas, Dimitris; Brandt, Sebastian; Jimenez-Ruiz, Ernesto; Lamparter, Steffen; Neuenstadt, Christian; Özcep, Özgür; Soylu, Ahmet; Svingos, Christoforos; Xiao, Guohui; Zheleznyakov, Dmitriy; Calvanese, Diego; Horrocks, Ian; Giese, Martin; Ioannidis, Yannis; Kotidis, Yannis; Möller, Ralf; Waaler, Arild. (2016) A Semantic Approach to Polystores. Proceedings 2016 IEEE International Conference on Big Data.
  • Soylu, Ahmet; Giese, Martin. (2015) Qualifying Ontology-Based Visual Query Formulation. Flexible Query Answering Systems 2015 Proceedings of the 11th International Conference FQAS 2015, Cracow, Poland, October 26-28, 2015.
  • Soylu, Ahmet; Kharlamov, Evgeny; Zheleznyakov, Dmitriy; Jiménez-Ruiz, Ernesto; Giese, Martin; Horrocks, Ian. (2015) Ontology-Based Visual Query Formulation: An Industry Experience. Advances in Visual Computing 11th International Symposium, ISVC 2015, Las Vegas, NV, USA, December 14-16, 2015, Proceedings, Part I.
  • Soylu, Ahmet; Giese, Martin; Jimenez-ruiz, Ernesto; Kharlamov, Evgeny; Zheleznyakov, Dmitriy; Horrocks, Ian. (2014) Why not simply Google?. NordiCHI '14 : Proceedings of the 8th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Fun, Fast, Foundational, Oct 26-30 2014, Helsinki, Finland.
  • Giese, Martin; Calvanese, Diego; Haase, Peter; Horrocks, Ian; Ioannidis, Yannis; Kllapi, Herald; Koubarakis, Manolis; Lenzerini, Maurizio; Moeller, Ralf; Oezcep, Oezguer; Rodriguez-muro, Mariano; Rosati, Riccardo; Schlatte, Rudolf; Schmidt, Michael; Soylu, Ahmet; Waaler, Arild. (2013) Scalable End-user Access to Big Data. Big Data Computing.
  • Soylu, Ahmet; Giese, Martin; Jimenez-ruiz, Ernesto; Kharlamov, Evgeny; Zheleznyakov, Dmitriy; Horrocks, Ian. (2013) OptiqueVQS—Towards an Ontology-based Visual Query System for Big Data. Fifth International Conference on Management of Emergent Digital EcoSystems, MEDES '13, Luxembourg, Luxembourg, October 29-31, 2013.
  • Soylu, Ahmet; Skjæveland, Martin G; Giese, Martin; Horrocks, Ian; Jimenez-ruiz, Ernesto; Kharlamov, Evgeny; Zheleznyakov, Dmitriy. (2013) A Preliminary Approach on Ontology-Based Visual Query Formulation for Big Data. Metadata and Semantics Research 7th Research Conference, MTSR 2013, Thessaloniki, Greece, November 19-22, 2013. Proceedings.
  • Mödritscher, Felix; Taferner, Wolfgang; Soylu, Ahmet; De Causmaecker, Patrick. (2011) Visualization of Networked Collaboration in Digital Ecosystems through Two-mode Network Patterns. Proceeding of the International Conference on Management of Emergent Digital EcoSystems (MEDES'11).
  • Soylu, Ahmet; Wild, Fridolin; Mödritscher, Felix; Desmet, Piet; Verlinde, Serge; De Causmaecker, Patrick. (2011) Mashups and Widget Orchestration. Proceeding of the International Conference on Management of Emergent Digital EcoSystems (MEDES'11).


  • Soylu, Ahmet; De Causmaecker, Patrick; Duval, Erik; Desmet, Piet. (2012) Exploiting metadata, ontologies and semantics to design/enhance new end-user experiences for adaptive pervasive computing environments. Leuven University Press. 2012. ISBN 978-90-8649-518-4.
  • Kolmos, Anette; Kuru, Selahattin; Hansen, Hans; Eskil, Taner; Podesta, Luca; Flemming, Fink; De graaff, Erik; Uwe wolff, Jan; Soylu, Ahmet. (2007) Problem Based Learning. 2007.


  • Turk, Philip; Soylu, Ahmet; Simperl, Elena; Corcho, Oscar; Grobelnik, Marko; Roman, Dumitru; Fernandez, Maria; Gatti, Stefano; Taggart, Chris; Skok Klima, Urška; Ferrari Uliana, Annie; Makgill, Ian; Lech, Till Christopher. (2018) TheyBuyForYou: Enabling Procurement Data Value Chains. ESOCC 2018 ; Como. 2018-09-12 - 2018-09-14.
  • Kharlamov, Evgeny; Giese, Martin; Jimenez-ruiz, Ernesto; Skjæveland, Martin G; Soylu, Ahmet; Zheleznyakov, Dmitriy; Bagosi, Timea; Console, Marco; Haase, Peter; Horrocks, Ian; Marciuska, Sarunas; Pinkel, Christoph; Rodriguez-muro, Mariano; Ruzzi, Marco; Santarelli, Valerio; Fabio Savo, Domenico; Sengupta, Kunal; Schmidt, Michael; Thorstensen, Evgenij; Trame, Johannes; Waaler, Arild. (2013) Optique 1.0: Semantic Access to Big Data: The Case of Norwegian Petroleum Directorate's FactPages. International Semantic Web Conference 2013 (Posters & Demos) ; Sydney. 2013-10-23.