Ruben is a professor of semantic web technology at IDLab, Ghent University – imec, and a research affiliate at the Decentralized Information Group of CSAIL at MIT. Additionally, he acts as a technology advocate for inrupt and the solid ecosystem of apps that let you keep your own data. He aims to build a more intelligent generation of clients for a decentralized web at the intersection of linked data and hypermedia-driven web APIs. Through the creation of linked data fragments, he introduced a new paradigm for query execution at web-scale. He has co-authored two books on linked data, and contributed to more than 250 publications for international conferences and journals on web-related topics.