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James Hendler (born April 2, 1957) is an artificial intelligence researcher at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institutemarker, USAmarker, and one of the originators of the Semantic Web.

Background and research

Dr Hendler held a longstanding position as professor at the University of Marylandmarker where he was the Director of the Joint Institute for Knowledge Discovery and held joint appointments in the Department of Computer Science, the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies and the Institute for Systems Research. Hendler was the Director for Semantic Web and Agent Technology at the Maryland Information and Network Dynamics Laboratory, and a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence and the British Computer Society.

In June 14, 2006, James A. Hendler was appointed senior constellation professor of the Tetherless World Research Constellation at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institutemarker, and he became a professor at that institute starting on January 1, 2007. Hendler has appointments in Computer and Cognitive Sciences, and is also the Assistant Dean for Information Technology.

Hendler helps lead the Tetherless World Constellation on increasing access to information at any time and place without the need for a “tether” to a specific computer or device. Researchers envision an increasingly web-accessible world in which personal digital assistants (PDAs), cameras, music-listening devices, cell phones, laptops, and other technologies converge to offer the user interactive information and communication. Hendler is also one of the directors of the Web Science Research Initiative.

He is also the Editor in Chief Emeritus of IEEE Intelligent Systems and is the first computer scientist to serve on the Board of Reviewing Editors for Science.

He is a former member of the US Air Force Science Advisory Board and a former Chief Scientist of the Information Systems Office at the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). During his tenure there, he was responsible for projects such as CoABS - Control of Agent Based System, which led to the creation of other Agent-based projects: Taskable Agent Software Kit (TASK) and DARPA's Agent Markup Language (DAML) - the latter of which was involved in funding the emerging Semantic Web area .

Hendler was co-author, with Tim Berners-Lee and Ora Lassila, of the article "The Semantic Web" which appeared in Scientific American in 2001, now the most cited paper in the Semantic Web area.

Books and awards


  • Semantic Web for the Working Ontologist (w/ Dean Allemang) Morgan Kaufmann (2008) ISBN 0123735564
  • Spinning the Semantic Web (ed) MIT Press (2005) ISBN 026256212X
  • Robots for Kids (ed) Morgan Kaufmann (2000) ISBN 1558605975
  • Massively Parallel Artificial Intelligence (ed) AAAI Press (1994) ISBN 0262611023
  • Expert Systems: The User Interface (ed) Ablex Pub (1988) ISBN 0893914290
  • Integrating Marker-Passing and Problem Solving. Lawrence Erlbaum (1987) ISBN 0898599822


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