Background and activities
Dr. Steven Vercruysse's research focus is to build a bridge between human and computer understanding.
His main work is a user-friendly language & tool (VSM) that helps scientists (like biologists) to manually collect and encode any kind of information from the scientific literature, into a computable form. In a single interface, one can capture diverse research findings, with full contextual details. One can represent any type of complex knowledge into a precise, computable, and easily-readable form.
- To apply the VSM method to additional research areas where complex knowledge needs to be managed in a computable form.
- To connect VSM to existing technologies: both to semantic, defeasible, automated reasoning; and to explainable machine learning.
- To develop an interdisciplinary, open platform (SciCura) where scientists can transform the results of any scientific publication into a computation-ready form. (Like a Wikipedia, where each page corresponds to a research paper, but showing all its new findings in a form that is both human- and computer-understandable).
This forms the basis for automated reasoning assistance over large-scale, real-world knowledge; i.e. a digital brain to address society's most intricate problems, which involve complex systems (like cancer, brain, climate, security).
We look for new partnerships and funding for this broadly applicable knowledge-capturing method. The technology can definitely facilitate the many projects where it is essential to collect and integrate computable knowledge.
Additional use-cases also serve as inspiration to mature VSM and fulfill its potential for global applicability.
- MSc in Physics - 2000
- MSc in Computer Science - 2002
- PhD in Biotechnology (Computational Biology) at Ghent University - 2008
- Full-Stack Web Development - 2015
- PostDoc at NTNU - 2008-'11
- Associated Researcher - 2011-'15
- Researcher at NTNU - 2016-'19
- Visiting Researcher at Berkeley Lab - 2019
- Independent Consultant, Researcher - 2020
Scientific, academic and artistic work
Displaying a selection of activities. See all publications in the database
- (2016) Gene regulation knowledge commons: community action takes care of DNA binding transcription factors. Database: The Journal of Biological Databases and Curation.
- (2016) SciCura: Shared, General-purpose Curation in the Life Sciences. Biocuration 2016 ; 2016-04-10 - 2016-04-14.
- (2012) Putting Semantics in Systems Biology. META. vol. 2012 (3).
- (2012) Jointly creating digital abstracts: dealing with synonymy and polysemy. BMC Research Notes. vol. 5 (601).
- (2012) OLSVis: an animated, interactive visual browser for bio-ontologies. BMC Bioinformatics. vol. 13.