University of Alcala (UAH)

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The University of Alcala, (UAH) whose origins date back to the year 1499, is currently one of the medium-sized Spanish universities, with 15 faculties and more than twenty thousand students. It is located approximately 30 km. outside of Madrid, in the city of Alcalá de Henares, named a World Heritage site by UNESCO in December 1998, in recognition of the fact that Alcalá was the first university town, planned as such, in the world. The Computer Science Department is located at the Polytechnic School, created in 1989, and counts with a staff of more than sixty full time persons. The Department is responsible for the Bs.C, Ms.C. and Ph.D. degrees on Computer Science and its main research areas are e-learning and interactive systems, knowledge engineering and fuzzy logic. The Information Engineering Research Unit is one of the active groups in the Department of Computer Science at Universidad de Alcala, and it has produced a significant research activity in the fields of learning technology and Semantic Web applications in the last 6 years. This group led the EU STREP project LUISA on applying semantic web services to the tasks of selecting, composing and negotiating learning objects, and participated as major technical partner in the eContent plus project Organic.Edunet were it coordinated the technical specification and system deployment work contributing to the technical representation of the educational metadata schema, as well as the design and implementation of the Organic.Edunet Web portal, adding services such as semantic-based search and retrieval. Now the group coordinates other European projects such as the ICT PSP project VOA3R, the ICT PSP project Organic.Lingua and the FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES agINFRA.

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