Semantic Web: Intelligence at the Interface



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    Intelligence at the Interface
    a technology showcase organized by Tom Gruber

    The interfaces we use to interact with the world's information are getting smarter. Web portals gave us someone else's idea of the content we should see. Then came search engines, which let us tell the system what we want, one query at a time. We are about to see the next wave -- intelligence at the interface -- in which the system knows about us, our information, and our physical environment. With knowledge about our context, an intelligent system can make recommendations and act on our behalf. This SD Forum event -- a special repeat performance -- will showcase live demos of four exciting new examples of intelligence at the interface developed by Bay Area companies.

    • SRI will demonstrate an intelligent assistant system called CALO that came out of an ambitious program of AI research. It learns about your documents, email, people, schedules, and meetings, and learns even more as you use it. It helps you organize your information world, prepare for meetings, create presentations, and find information in the context of your work.
    • Yahoo! Research Berkeley will demo ZoneTag and Zurfer, mobile-phone photo-driven applications that use your social, spatial, and temporal context to support and enhance key user tasks on the mobile device. They intelligently help you capture, upload, tag, view and search for photos on your mobile device, minimizing requirements on explicit input and user attention.
    • PARC will demonstrate a mobile leisure guide, codenamed Magitti, which recommends places to visit in an urban environment. It pays attention to your time, location, past behavior and preferences and it also infers your current and future activity type to better target its recommendations.
    • Radar Networks will demonstrate Twine, a newly announced online service based on their Semantic Web platform that helps people organize, find, and share their information more intelligently. It knows about the semantic content of information of all sorts, from web content to email.

    Panelist Bios:

    Adam Cheyer is currently a Program Director in SRI's Artificial Intelligence Center, where he serves as Chief Architect of the CALO/PAL project. Previously, Mr. Cheyer was VP of Engineering at Dejima, a mobile solutions company, and before that, VP of Engineering at Verticalnet, an enterprise software provider. As Senior Scientist and Co-Director of the Computer Human Interaction Center (CHIC) at SRI International, Mr. Cheyer led a multidisciplinary team of researchers exploring web services, distributed knowledge, and pervasive computing.

    AnchorDr. Mor Naaman, Yahoo! Research Berkeley
    Mor Naaman is a research team lead at Yahoo! Research Berkeley (Yahoo! Advanced Development Research). His research focuses on context-based tools and algorithms for interacting with media. Mor has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University. His research in the Stanford Infolab also focused on management of digital photographs, thereby allowing (and requiring!) him to take photos throughout his working life. In previous careers, Mor was a professional basketball player as well as a software developer and a college radio DJ.


    Dr. Bo Begole, PARC
    Bo Begole is the manager of the Ubiquitous Computing Research Area at the Palo Alto Research Center. He is an applied computer science researcher who invents technologies for novel user-level applications. His past work includes systems that provide synchronous collaboration of single-user applications, computer-mediated communication, distributed interpersonal awareness, sensor-based interpretability detection, temporal pattern modeling and prediction, media device interoperability, and context-aware mobile systems. He is a co-Chair of the 2008 conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW 2008), to be held in San Diego, CA, USA on 8-12 Nov 2008. Bo received a B.S. in 1992 in Mathematics from Virginia Commonwealth University, an M.S. in 1994 and a Ph.D. in 1998 in Computer Science from Virginia Tech. Prior to his studies, Bo served in the US Army as an Arabic language translator specializing in Egyptian, Libyan and Iraqi dialects.

    Victoria Bellotti, PARC
    Victoria Bellotti is a Principal Scientist and manager of the Socio-Technical and Interaction Research (STIR) group at PARC. She studies people to understand their practices, problems and requirements for future technology. She also designs and analyzes systems, focusing on user needs and experience and is an inventor on multiple patents and pending patent applications. Her past work encompasses domains such as transportation, process control, computer-mediated communication, collaboration and ubiquitous computing. Victoria is best known for her research on personal information management and task management. However, more recently, she has been focusing on user-centered design of context- and activity-aware computing systems.

    Nova Spivack is one of the leading voices of the emerging Semantic Web, often referred to as Web3.0.  Nova founded Radar Networks to develop semantic social software. The company just launched Twine, a revolutionary new way to share, organize, and find information. In 1994, Nova co-founded EarthWeb (IPO 1998). Nova has worked at Individual, Xerox/Kurzweil, Thinking Machines, and also with SRI International on the DARPA CALO program and nVention. Nova founded Lucid Ventures, and co-founded the San Francisco Web Innovators Network. As a grandson of management guru Peter F. Drucker, Nova shares his grandfather’s interests in the evolution of knowledge work. In 1999 Nova flew to the edge of space in Russia with Space Adventures.

    Moderator Bio:

    Tom Gruber is an innovator in technologies that augment human intelligence, individually and collectively.  At Stanford University he did foundational work in Ontology Engineering and the precursors of Semantic Web technology.  During Web 0.1, he built the first public library for sharing ontologies on the Web; led the team that deployed the first virtual document applications on the Web that generate natural language explanations in response to questions; and invented the first widely-used open source application that turns email conversations into collective memories on the Web.  During Web 1.0, he led technology development at Intraspect, an enterprise software company that pioneered the space of Collaborative Knowledge Management -- software that helps large, distributed communities of professional people contribute to and learn from a collective body of knowledge.  During Web 2.0, he led technology development at, a popular user-contributed content site where travelers from around the world find and share their travel experiences.  During Web 3.0, he is working on technologies that will bring intelligence to the interface.

    For More Information:

    AJ Chen, Ph.D., Sr. Search Engineer,
    Jeffrey Pollock, Senior Director, Oracle Fusion Middleware

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    Hanson Bridgett, 425 Market St.  26th floor, San Francisco CA 94105

    Agenda - December 13, 2007
    6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Registration / Networking / Refreshments / Pizza
    7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Presentation

    $15 at the door for non-SDForum members
    No charge for SDForum members


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