Maria Sokhn is a professor at the HES-SO, the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Western Switzerland Valais. She is the head of the Data Semantics Lab (DS Lab) and also VP of the eGov Innovation Center.
Maria Sokhn holds a PhD from Telecom Paris Tech in 2011 in multimedia knowledge management and visualization in collaboration with the CERN. She graduated from the Engineering Faculty of Saint Joseph University, with a Computer and Communication Engineering diploma, and holds a specialized master diploma from Telecom Paris Tech in Multimedia production and creation
Her current research activities interests are the mobility and touristic citizen centric services. She especially focus her work on accessibility for people with disabilities and therefore to reduce inequalities among the population. Her field of research also includes Linked Open Data and she recently participated in an Open Data hackathon in the food field.
She also successfully creates multiple private-public projects sustained by the CTI, the Commission for Technology and Innovation in order to accompany private companies on the path of innovation in their field: webcasting, pharmaceutical, knowledge management...
The Data semantics lab focus on Semantic Computing, Linked Data, Information Extraction, Knowledge Management, Natural Language Processing (NLP), Data Visualisation, Business process modelling and Mobile technologies.
The eGov Innovation Center is an e-government competence center that promotes innovation in the public sector