Thematix actively participates in standards work at the Object Management Group (OMG) and Open Travel Alliance, and partners have also participated in several W3C working groups and in ANSI/INCITS DM32 (Metadata Standards – the US Tag to ISO JTC 1 SC32 WG2). We regularly attend and present at business and relevant academic conferences, including the Semantic Technology Conference, International Semantic Web Conference, and others such as INCOSE, Semantic Technologies for Intelligence, Defense, and Security (formerly Ontology for the Intelligence Community), Open Travel Alliance conferences, and so forth. We work closely with a number of universities that are well known in the field, including the Stanford Bio-Medical Informatics Research group (responsible for Protégé, among other tools), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Tetherless World Constellation, the University of Southern California’s Information Sciences Institute, University of Aberdeen, Freie Universität Berlin’s Corporate Semantic Web group, and corporate research organizations such as SRI’s AI Center, in order to maintain currency and participate in advanced research as resources permit.
Thematix also provides information architecture, ontology development, and related software engineering services to government and commercial customers, as well as representing our customers’ requirements in a number of standards activities. Recent information architecture, ontology development, and related government services activities include contracts with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, SRI, and Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (as a subcontractor to the DoD). For the DARPA XG program, we developed a policy authoring, evolution, and awareness architecture supported by modular reasoning, to address problems ranging from conflict detection in regulatory policies to optimizing network node behavior. This architecture and approach, which was extended for DARPA’s SAPIENT and National Cyber Range (NCR) programs, involves understanding and acting on a combination of contextual information and applicable policies, as well as explaining reasoning results through research in explanations and provenance conducted by Dr. Deborah McGuinness (RPI). Thematix’s ontology development methodology and technologies evolved out of research conducted in the late 1990’s on the DARPA/Tri-Services Rapid Prototyping of Application Specific Signal Processors (RASSP) program to support concurrent engineering and design reuse.