Semantic Search on the Rise
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  Peter Mika   Peter Mika
Senior Research Scientist
  Thanh Tran   Thanh Tran
Assistant Professor / CTO
San Jose State University / Graphinder


Wednesday, August 20, 2014
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Level:  Technical - Advanced

Semantic Search technology pushes the boundaries of keyword search by trying to understanding user queries in terms of real world entities and relationships, and in the end, providing concrete answers instead of ranking documents. The topic of Semantic Search is attracting a growing community of researchers and practitioners who are developing a diverse set of methods addressing a variety of use cases. In this presentation, we aim to provide a comprehensive overview of the rather fragmented field of semantic search systems, and discuss the differences in the techniques underlying them. Both the application of Semantic Web technologies to the Information Retrieval problem and vice versa, the application of IR techniques to Semantic Web problem are covered. We will illustrate the diversity of the field by examples from academic as well as applied projects.

Peter Mika is a Senior Research Scientist at Yahoo!, based in Barcelona, Spain. Peter is working on the applications of semantic technology to Web search. He received his MSc and PhD in computer science (summa cum laude) from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He is the author of the book 'Social Networks and the Semantic Web' (Springer, 2007). In 2008 he has been selected as one of "AI's Ten to Watch" by the editorial board of the IEEE Intelligent Systems journal. Peter is a regular speaker at both academic and technology conferences and serves on the advisory board of a number of public and private initiatives. He represents Yahoo! in the leadership of the collaboration with Google, Bing and Yandex.

Thanh has 10 year experiences working with semantic search technologies as software engineer for IBM and capgemini and assistant professor for Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Stanford University (visiting). He has published seminal work in Semantic Search research and helped to establish an international Semantic Search community through technology bench-marking activities, tutorials and the series of workshops called SemSearch. His work is published in over 40 top-tier journals / conference proceedings, earned prizes and a best paper award and led to successful industry collaboration with companies such as Yahoo! and IBM. Currently, he serves as assistant professor at San Jose State University and director of Graphinder, a semantic search technologies company co-founded with researchers from the team he previously managed at KIT.

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