Maria Keet (PhD, MSc, MA, BSc(hons)) is a tenured Senior Lecturer with the Department of Computer Science, University of Cape Town, South Africa. She has taught multiple courses on ontology engineering at various universities yearly since 2009, as well as related courses, such as databases and theory of computation. Her research focus is on knowledge engineering with ontologies and Ontology, and their interaction with natural language and conceptual data modelling, which has resulted in over 100 peer-reviewed publications at venues including KR, FOIS, EKAW, K-CAP, ESWC, ER, CIKM, COLING, INLG, Applied Ontology, Data and Knowledge Engineering, and the Journal of Web Semantics, including best paper awards at EKAW’12 and K-CAP’17. She has been a PI on NRF and DST funded projects, and she was involved in several EU projects (TONES, Net2, e-Lico). She has been (co-)PC chair of the ESWC’14 track on ontologies, OWLED’14, and ISAO’16, is local chair of FOIS’18, and has served on many Program Committees of international workshops and conferences and reviewed for journals.
Before her employment at UCT, Maria was a tenured Senior Lecturer at the School of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and before that, a non-tenured Assistant Professor at the KRDB Research Centre, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy. She obtained a PhD in Computer Science at the KRDB Research Centre in 2008, following a BSc(honours) 1st class in IT & Computing from the Open University UK in 2004, and 3.5 years work experience as systems engineer in the IT industry. In addition to computer science, she obtained an MSc in Food Science (Microbiology) from Wageningen University and Research Centre, the Netherlands, in 1998, and an MA 1st class in Peace & Development Studies from the University of Limerick, Ireland, in 2003.