Sebastian Rudolph

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Prof. Sebastian Rudolph

ProfessorTechnische Universität DresdenInternational Center for Computational Logic Computational Logic

Since April 2013 I am full professor for Computational Logic at the Institute for Artificial Intelligence at the Faculty of Computer Science at the Technische Universität Dresden. My research interests comprise Artificial Intelligence, in particular Knowledge Representation and Reasoning using diverse formalisms (such as Description Logics, Existential Rules and Formal Concept Analysis) and their applications in diverse areas, for instance Semantic Technologies. I deal with problems ranging from theoretical foundations (e.g., decidability and complexity of reasoning tasks) to practical deployment (ontology modeling, interactive knowledge acquisition). In 2017, I received an ERC Consolidator Grant for investigating general principles of decidability in logic-based knowledge representation.

Before returning to Dresden, I spend the years 2006 to 2013 as a postdoctoral researcher, project leader and later Privatdozent (similar to associate professor) in Rudi Studer's Knowledge Management group at the Institute AIFB of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, where I obtained my habilitation in 2011. Before I had completed my PhD in Algebra and my studies for highschool teaching in mathematics, physics and computer science at the TU Dresden.

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David Carral, Markus Krötzsch, Maximilian Marx, Ana Ozaki, Sebastian Rudolph
Preserving Constraints with the Stable Chase
In Benny Kimelfeld and Yael Amsterdamer, eds., Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Database Theory (ICDT 2018), volume 98 of Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), 12:1--12:19, March 2018. Schloss Dagstuhl--Leibniz-Zentrum fuer Informatik
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David Carral, Pascal Hitzler, Hilmar Lapp, Sebastian Rudolph
On the Ontological Modeling of Trees
In Oscar Corcho, Matthew Horridge, David Carral, Rinke Hoekstra, eds., Proceedings of the 8th Workshop on Ontology Design and Patterns (WOP 2017) co-located with the 6th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2017), Vienna, Austria, October 21, 2017., volume 2043, February 2018. CEUR Workshop Proceedings
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Patrick Koopmann, Sebastian Rudolph, Renate A. Schmidt, Christoph Wernhard
Proceedings of the Workshop on Second-Order Quantifier Elimination and Related Topics (SOQE 2017)
Volume 2013 of CEUR Workshop Proceedings, 2017.

Sebastian Rudolph, Lukas Schweizer, Satyadharma Tirtarasa
Wolpertinger: A Fixed-Domain Reasoner
In Nadeschda Nikitina, Dezhao Song, eds., ISWC 2017 Posters & Demonstration Track, October 2017
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Sebastian Rudolph, Lukas Schweizer
Not too Big, Not too Small…Complexities of Fixed-Domain Reasoning in First-Order and Description Logics
In Oliveira Eugénio, Gama João, Vale Zita, Lopes Cardoso Henrique, eds., Progress in Artificial Intelligence: Proceedings of the 18th EPIA Conference on Artificial Intelligence, EPIA 2017, Porto, Portugal,, volume 10423 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 695-708, September 2017. Springer

Sebastian Rudolph, Lukas Schweizer
Not too Big, Not too Small ... Complexities of Fixed-Domain Reasoning in First-Order and Description Logics
In Alessandro Artale, Birte Glimm and Roman Kontchakov, eds., Proceedings of the 30th International Workshop on Description Logics, volume 1879 of CEUR Workshop Proceedings, July 2017.
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Shima Asaadi, Sebastian Rudolph
Gradual Learning of Matrix-Space Models of Language for Sentiment Analysis
, August 2017. Proceedings of the 2nd Workshop on Representation Learning for NLP, ACL2017
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Sebastian Rudolph
Succinctness and tractability of closure operator representations
Theoretical Computer Science, 658, Part B:327 - 345, January 2017
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Sarah Alice Gaggl, Sebastian Rudolph, Lukas Schweizer
Fixed-Domain Reasoning for Description Logics
In Gal A. Kaminka, Maria Fox, Paolo Bouquet, Eyke Hüllermeier, Virginia Dignum, Frank Dignum, Frank van Harmelen, eds., Proceedings of the 22nd European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI 2016), volume 285 of Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications, 819 - 827, September 2016. IOS Press
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Shima Asaadi, Sebastian Rudolph
On the Correspondence between Compositional Matrix-Space Models of Language and Weighted Automata
Proceedings of the ACL Workshop on Statistical Natural Language Processing and Weighted Automata (StatFSM 2016), August 2016

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Suggested Thesis Topics

Completed Theses


A Grand Unified Theory of Decidability in Logic-Based Knowledge Representation

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EMCL (offered until 2017)
European Master's Program in Computational Logic


Quantitative Logics and Automata


Wolpertinger is fixed-domain reasoner