Master's Thesis Defense!

Sragvi Nidamarti successfully defended his Master’s Thesis ‘Addressing Trust Concerns in the Electric Vehicle Supply Chain: A Knowledge Graph Approach’. The study discusses the socio-economic impact of EV batteries and addresses the trust concerns surrounding it.

Committee : Roberto Yus (University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA) ; Tim Finnin (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) ; Manas Gaur(University of Maryland, Baltimore County); Konstantinos Mersinas (Royal Holloway University of London)

Customers are increasingly interested in electric vehicles in comparison to gasoline vehicles, resulting in a significant rise in sales in recent years. This change is heavily attributed to factors such as high-quality manufacturing and environmental concerns. However, customers may have concerns regarding the eco-friendliness of the manufacturing process involved and the socio-economic impact (labor law violations) of batteries, possibly due to the newness of the technology involved and a lack of transparency in the process and supply chain. This thesis presents a system to help build trust around this concern. It has a knowledge graph that acts as a base representing standard elements of trust, constructed as an integration of state-of-the-art ontologies in the field. It also includes knowledge about the manufacturing process and the supply chain. With this information, the system uses a mechanism to address the concerns using SPARQL queries that can, among others, label potential trust issues in the manufacturing of electric vehicles. We showcase a use case in which we identify trust issues in certain popular EV manufacturers.

Roberto Yus
Roberto Yus
Assistant Professor

My research interests include Data Management, Knowledge Representation, the Internet of Things, and Privacy.