As an enthusiastic ontologist interested in ontology evaluation I have developed OOPS! (OntOlogy Pitfall Scanner!) that has been broadly accepted by a high number of users worldwide being used from around 60 different countries, integrated with third-party software and used in private enterprises. I am also interested in supporting ontological engineering activities in collaborative and distributed environments, for what I co-lead the development of OnToology, a Git-based system for ontology management. Regarding ontology standardization activities, I am involved in the development of the Web of Things vocabulary (W3C) and the SAREF ontology (European Telecommunication Standard Institute). Finally, another of my interests is ontology reuse, for what I collaborate with the Linked Open Vocabularies initiative and also reuse it for ongoing research purposes.


  • February 2016: PhD on Artificial Intelligence (Cum laude) – Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
  • September 2010: Master in Artificial Intelligence – Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
  • April 2009: Engineer in Computer Science – Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain

Professional experience

  • (March 2016 – Present) Post Doc Researcher at Ontology Engineering Group – Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM)
  • (October 2007 – February 2016) Pre Doctoral Researcher at Ontology Engineering Group – (UPM)

Ontology development:

Some of the ontologies I have contributed to are (see latest developments at my GitHub profile):


From 4 indexed journal papers, 6 conference papers, 3 book chapters, 4 demo papers, 19 workshop papers, 1 not indexed journal and 1 proceedings editor the most relevant ones are (see more at my google scholar profile):

  • M. Poveda-Villalón, A. Gómez-Pérez, M.C. Suárez-Figueroa. “OOPS! (OntOlogy Pitfall Scanner!): An On-line Tool for Ontology Evaluation”. International Journal on Semantic Web and Information Systems (IJSWIS). IGI Publishing. 2014. DOI:
  • G. Aguado-de-Cea, E. Montiel-Ponsoda, M. Poveda-Villalón, O.X. Giraldo-Pasmin. “Lexicalizing Ontologies: The Issues Behind The Labels”. 10th International Conference on Terminology and Artificial Intelligence (AESLA 2015). Madrid, Spain. 2015.
  • M.C. Suárez-Figueroa, M. Kamel, M. Poveda-Villalón. “Benefits of Natural Language Techniques in Ontology Evaluation: the OOPS! Case”.10th International Conference on Terminology and Artificial Intelligence. ISBN: 978-2-9174-9025-9. Paris, France. 2013
  • Pierre-Yves Vandenbussche, Ghislain A. Atemezing, María Poveda-Villalón, Bernard Vatant. “Linked Open Vocabularies (LOV): a gateway to reusable semantic vocabularies on the Web”. Semantic Web Journal. ELSEVIER. 2017. DOI:
  • Janne Parkkila, Filip Radulovic, Daniel Garijo, María Poveda-Villalón, Jouni Ikonen, Jari Porras, Asunción Gómez-Pérez. “An ontology for videogame interoperability”. Multimedia Tools and Applications. Springer US. 2016.
  • As editor: Mauro Dragoni, María Poveda-Villalón, Ernesto Jimenez-Ruiz. “OWL: Experiences and Directions – Reasoner Evaluation (13th International Workshop, OWLED 2016, and 5th International Workshop, ORE 2016, Bologna, Italy, November 20, 2016, Revised Selected Papers)”. Springer International Publishing Switzerland. 2017. DOI:

Research stays (predoctoral):

  • University of Liverpool. Liverpool, United Kingdom. (23rd March 2011 – 04th June 2011)
  • Free University of Berlin. Berlin. Germany (12th March 2012 – 1st June 2012)
  • Mondeca. Paris. France (1st March 2013 – 30th June 2013)


  • Semantic Web journal “Semantic Web Outstanding Paper Award 2017” for the paper “Linked Open Vocabularies (LOV): a gateway to reusable semantic vocabularies on the Web”.
  • Diploma to one of the three best technologies presented during the “III Curso de Comercialización de Tecnologías UPM” in November 201
  • ACTUAUPM 2015 Award to one of the 10 best business ideas of UPM. March 2015.
  • IAOA prize of OntologySummit2013 hackathon for the project Clinics Ontohub OOR OOPS Integration. 2013.