Deborah McGuinness

Professor and Tetherless World Senior Constellation Chair
Computer Science
Deborah McGuinness is a leading expert in knowledge representation and reasoning languages and systems and has worked in ontology creation and evolution environments for over 20 years. Most recently, McGuinness is best known for her leadership role in semantic web research, and for her work on explanation, trust, and applications of semantic web technology, particularly for scientific applications. “I am interested in making smart systems that help people and machines function better,” said McGuinness. “My slant on this work is to research, develop, and use semantic technologies that allow people and machines to represent, reason with, visualize, and explain information in ways that support understanding and (re)use.   My application areas cover a wide range of domain areas, but often in earth and space science informatics and health informatics.”


Ph.D., Knowledge Representation, Rutgers University

M.S., Computer Science, University of California at Berkeley

B.S., Computer Science, Duke University

B. A., Mathematics, Duke University

Focus Area

Ontologies, Semantic Web, Linked Open Data, Semantic eScience, Health and Life Science Informatics, Environmental Informatics , Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, Knowledge Graphs

Selected Scholarly Works