Professor of Computer Science, University of Manchester
Robert Stevens is a Professor of Computer Science at the School of Computer Science at the University of Manchester. His primary research area is in knowledge representation, particularly in its application to the biomedical domain.
The basic stance in his approach is that data is only as good as its metadata – we need to know what we’re talking about – and that ontologies are a good way of delivering that meaning to data. The common part of this research has been how people build, use and interact with the complex artefacts that are logic based ontologies.
Within this broad aim, there are threads of research on both the development and use of ontologies from the work he has led, some of which are TAMBIS – transparent Access to Multiple Bioinformatics Information Systems, GONG – Gene Ontology Next Generation, and the Kidney and Urinary Pathway Knowledgebase.