Ora Lassila is a Principal Graph Technolgist in the Amazon Neptune team. Earlier, he was a Managing Director at State Street, heading their efforts to adopt ontologies and graph databases. Before that, he worked as a technology architect at Pegasystems, as an architect and technology strategist at Nokia Location & Commerce (aka HERE), and prior to that he was a Research Fellow at the Nokia Research Center Cambridge. He was an elected member of the Advisory Board of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) in 1998-2013, and represented Nokia in the W3C Advisory Committee in 1998-2002. In 1996-1997 he was a Visiting Scientist at MIT Laboratory for Computer Science, working with W3C and launching the Resource Description Framework (RDF) standard; he served as a co-editor of the RDF Model and Syntax specification.
Much of his research work at the Nokia Research Center focused on the Semantic Web and particularly its applications to mobile and ubiquitous computing. He collaborated with several US universities, and was an active participant in the DARPA Agent Markup Language (DAML) program.
His positions before that include Project Manager at the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University and Research Scientist at the CS Laboratory of Helsinki University of Technology (now Aalto University). He has also worked as a software engineer in several companies (including his own start-up). He is the author of more than 100 conference papers and journal articles. Dr. Lassila holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Helsinki University of Technology (renamed Aalto University some years ago).