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Prof. Dr. Anna Fensel (former name: Anna V. Zhdanova) is a Full Professor in Artificial Intelligence and Data Science at Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen, the Netherlands. Previously, she was an Associate Professor and Senior Assistant Professor at STI Innsbruck, Department of Computer Science, University of Innsbruck, Austria, and prior to this worked as a Senior Researcher at FTW – Telecommunications Research Center Vienna, Austria, and a Research Fellow at the University of Surrey, UK, and as a project employee at DERI Innsbruck, University of Innsbruck, Austria. Anna has earned both her habilitation (2018) and her doctoral degree (2006) in Computer Science at the University of Innsbruck. Prior to that, she has received a diploma in Mathematics and Computer Science equivalent to the Master degree in 2003 from Novosibirsk State University, Russia. Anna has been extensively involved in European and national projects related to Semantic technologies, e.g. as a consortium coordinator (EURegio project REEeT, FFG projects TourPack, SESAME-S and SESAME, ÖAD project RESIDE), a partner project manager (H2020 OntoCommons, H2020 smashHit, Eurostars WordLiftNG, Interreg KI-Net, BMWi-FFG CampaNeo, H2020 ENTROPY, FFG DALICC, FFG OpenFridge, FP7 CSA BYTE, FP7 CA BIG, FP7 CA PRELIDA, FP7 STREP m:Ciudad, FP7 NoE PlanetData, AAL PeerAssist, FP6 IST IP SPICE, FP5 IST project Esperonto) as well as a technical contributor in other numerous projects. She has been a co-organizer or a Program Committee member of more than 100 scientific events including being in chair roles at top events such as SEMANTiCS and ESWC, a reviewer for numerous journals and a project proposals evaluator for funding agencies (EU H2020 and FP6, Eureka-Eurostars, national funding). She is a (co-)author of ca. 150 refereed publications.

Ongoing projects: Horizon Europe SoilWise, ASPAR_KR (WUR).

Recently finished projects: H2020 OntoCommons, H2020 smashHit, Eurostars WordLiftNG, I-KNOW-FOO (WUR), BMWi-FFG CampaNeo, Interreg KI-Net, H2020 ENTROPY, FFG DALICC

Open university position with me in collaboration with Rijk Zwaan: Web Plug-in for Text Annotation in Omics Domain (“Gene to Trait”).

A limited number of further funded PhD student and Post Doc positions are available with me at Wageningen University. I also accept new Master thesis students and PhD students with scholarships/own funding, and further scholarships and project involvement options are available. Contact me directly for details. 

Upcoming events:

My inaugural lecture on becoming a full professor took place on October 19, 2023, 16:00 CET at Wageningen University, Omnia building, room: Podium. My inaugural lecture and a ceremony can be viewed online, see: 

I have been PC Chair of RuleML+RR 2023: 7th International Conference on Rules and Reasoning. Read the proceedings: Fensel, A., Ozaki, A., Roman, D., & Soylu, A. (Eds.). (2023). Rules and Reasoning: 7th International Joint Conference, RuleML+ RR 2023, Oslo, Norway, September 18–20, 2023, Proceedings (Vol. 14244). Springer Nature. 

Co-founded start-up company: ONLIM

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E-Mail: anna.fensel at

Skype: anna.v.zhdanova


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