Department of Computer Science
University of Cape Town
Tel: (+27) 021 650 2667
Fax: (+27) 021 650 3551
Blog: keet blog
email: mkeet at cs.uct.ac.za
CV, short bio, publications, and my Google Scholar profile
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Knowledge Engineering -- See als the KnowledgE ENgineering (KEEN) Team webpage
- Ontology Engineering (foundations, methods, tools)
- Relations in ontologies, such as their foundations, parthood and other part-whole relations
- Conceptual modelling & ontology languages (Description Logics, OWL, Object-Role Modeling, etc.)
- Natural language generation
- Logic-based knowledge representation
Brief outline research projects
I am currently working mainly on various aspects of ontology engineering, and the ontology authoring aspects in particular--including semantics of relations, abstraction, and modularization--the interface with natural language, and on ontology-driven (temporal) conceptual data modelling. In addition to theoretical foundations of topics in ontology engineering, methods such as FORZA and DiDOn, I lead or am involved in application development of some of the ontology engineering methods, such as TTDonto for test-driven development, ONSET for foundational ontology selection and explanation, and OntoPartS to chose a part-whole relation. I also conduct experiments in ontology engineering, and branched out into natural language generation for isiZulu in particular. Specific subject domains for AI application areas include cell biology, ecology, data mining, and peace research.
Read more about current research and participation/PI in funded projects and/or check the Publications page for concrete results.
Teaching (in 2019)
- Ontology Engineering. MSc in CS Honours course, 2019-present. (roughly block I and II of this textbook).
- Social Issues and Professional Practice [Ethics] (part of CSC1016S; 1st year CS course), semester 2, 2016-present. HTML version of the 2016 SIPP background reader
- Social Issues and Professional Practice (Ethics) (CSC5014Z), MSc in IT conversion masters, 2018-present.
- Compilers I (CSC4021Z), 4th year BSc in CS honours module, 2019-present.
- Research methods (part of CSC4019Z), 4th year BSc in CS honours module, 2019-present.
previous years and courses
(Dr.ir.drs.) C. Maria Keet (PhD, MSc, MA, BSc(hons)) is an Associate Professor with the Department of Computer Science, University of Cape Town. She focuses on logic-based knowledge representation, ontology and Ontology, and conceptual data modelling, which has resulted in over 90 peer-reviewed publications, most of them as main author, at venues including KR, EKAW, ESWC, ER, CIKM, Applied Ontology, Data and Knowledge Engineering, and the Journal of Biomedical Informatics. She is PI on a NRF-funded (CPRR-grant) project on a grammar engine for Nguni languages, and was PI on an DST/MINCyT-funded bi-lateral project with Argentina on ontology-driven conceptual modelling and on a UKZN-funded project on crowdsourcing an isiZulu terminology. She was involved in the EU FET FP6 TONES, EU IRSES FP7 Net2, and EU FP7 e-Lico projects, coordinated the development of the WONDER system for intelligent access to biological data, and has served in over 25 Program Committees of international workshops and conferences and reviewed for 14 journals. She is a NRF-rated researcher (C1).
Before her employment at UCT, Maria was Senior lecturer at the School of Computer Science, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and before that, a non-tenured Assistant Professor (ricercatore a tempo determinato) at the KRDB Research Centre, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy. She obtained a PhD in Computer Science at the KRDB Research Centre in 2008, following a BSc(honours) 1st class in IT & Computing from the Open University UK in 2004, and 3.5 years work experience as systems engineer in the IT industry with its vocational training (MSCE, ASE, ITIL). In addition to computer science, she obtained an MSc in Food Science (Microbiology) from Wageningen University and Research Centre, the Netherlands, in 1998, and an MA 1st class in Peace & Development Studies from the University of Limerick, Ireland, in 2003.