Dr. Rudi Studer recently gave a talk at Yahoo! about semantic technologies, and answered a set of follow-up questions about the future of semantic search.
Dr. Studer is a professor in Applied Informatics at University of Karlsruhe, also a director of the Karlsruhe Service Research Institute, an interdisciplinary center designed to spur new concepts and technologies for a services-based economy. His areas of research include ontology management, semantic web services, and knowledge management. He has been a past president of the Semantic Web Science Association and has served as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Web Semantics.
In addition to his duties as director of the KSRI, Dr. Studer is a vice president for Semantic Technologies Institute International and helped found ontoprise GmbH, an enterprise software company built around deploying semantic technologies.