stanford research institute

Digital Enterprise Research Institute

The Digital Enterprise Research Institute, DERI, is an international network of independent research organisations aiming at developing Semantic Web technologies and promoting standards. It was established as a Centre for Science, Engineering and Technology (CSET) in 2003 with funding from the Science Foundation Ireland.

DERI has several locations, the largest one being DERI Galway at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and several smaller annexes: DERI Stanford at Stanford University, California, USA and DERI Seoul at Seoul National University.

Professor Stefan Decker is the director of DERI Galway. Professor Hong-Gee Kim is the director of DERI Seoul, Prof. Michael Genesereth the director of DERI Stanford.

After nearly five years of operation DERI has become an internationally recognised institute in semantic web research, education and technology transfer which directly contributes to the Irish government’s plan of transforming Ireland into a competitive knowledge economy. As a CSET, DERI brings together academic and industrial partners to boost innovation in science and technology, with its research focused on the Semantic Web. In the past five years DERI has developed into an internationally leading research centre, as documented by its large number of high-quality publications in core conferences. DERI has acquired significant additional research funding from the European Union and Enterprise Ireland, rivalling the amount of the original CSET grant.

DERI has attracted companies to set up subsidiaries in Galway, for example, Cyntelix, which provides the seed for the Silicon Valley inspired “DERI Land”, an eco-system of companies and research partners composed around DERI know-how and technologies, which intends to transform the region into a technological powerhouse. DERI’s success over the last five years has also attracted further multi-national and local companies which expand its range of core industrial partners from Hewlett Packard to include Nortel, Cisco, Ericsson, IBM, Storm, and Celtrak.

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