I am an Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Cape Town, in Cape Town, South Africa. My research interests are in logic-based knowledge representation, ontology engineering and Ontology, and controlled natural languages for them; more information can be found on my homepage at http://www.meteck.org.

In my spare time, I dance, try to stay fit, and read books. I used to be the webmaster of the Professors without Borders site (dormant at the moment) and did activities more or less related to it, such as being an active member of Informatici Senza Frontiere, translated the booklet The nonviolent personality into English, and was a FUB delegate in the WorldMUN, among other things.

The blog posts cover a range of topics and some of them are more related to my prior education and current research than others are. My education in a nutshell: a PhD in Computer Science (2008) at the KRDB Research Center, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, with a thesis about granularity, a BSc(honours) 1st class in IT & Computing (2004) from the Open University, UK with a thesis on biological databases and conceptual data modelling, an MA 1st class in Peace & Development Studies (2003) from the University of Limerick, Ireland with a thesis on terrorism and game theory, and a MSc in Food Science free specialisation (Microbiology) (1998) from Wageningen University and Research Centre, the Netherlands with theses in (soil and food) microbiology.

Before returning fulltime to academia in 2002, I spent time ‘out there’ in industry for 3.5 years, mainly as a systems engineer in the IT industry (mainly Eurologic Systems [bought by Adaptec] and Compaq [merged with HP], in Ireland).

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