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Semantic Web SIG: Semantics-Powered Search in Enterprises and Communities

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  • Title: Semantics-Powered Search in Enterprises and Communities

    Presentations:

    We have used several meetings in the past to cover applications of semantic technologies in web search and web intelligence. But, the power of semantics does not stop there. In fact, semantics and natural language processing have been powering search in enterprises and recently have started to make impact on community and social search. These topics will be the focus of SDForum semantic web SIG’s January event.

    Our first speaker Edwin Cooper, founder of InQuira, will present InQuira’s semantic search technologies and his perspectives on the power of semantics. InQuira’s semantics products are powering many enterprises in all kinds of industries. The second speaker Jennifer Dulski, co-founder and CEO of Center’d, will share her startup’s story. They are using NLP to make personal planning easier and smarter within web communities, including local and social search.  After the presentations, it will be your turn to ask questions and learn more insight from the speakers on how to leverage the power of semantics in your world.

    Speaker Bios:

    Edwin Cooper, Founder and Chief Scientist, InQuira

    Edwin Cooper has been actively involved in natural language search for over ten years. While a PhD student, Edwin conceived of and led the OnPoint project, a Web-based information retrieval system with a natural language interface. He left graduate school to start a search engine company, which continues today as InQuira. He has a BA in History and BS in Cognitive Science from the University of California San Diego, an MA in the History and Philosophy of Science from Indiana University, and may someday return to the University of Chicago to complete his PhD in Computer Science.

    Jennifer Dulski, CEO of Center’d

    Dulski is a co-founder and the chief executive officer at Center'd. Prior to Center'd, she held a variety of senior executive roles at Yahoo! during the past nine years, including group vice president and general manager (VP/GM) of local markets and commerce; VP/GM of Yahoo! Autos and VP of business unit marketing. As group VP/GM of Yahoo!'s local markets and commerce division, Jennifer was responsible for the strategy, operations and P&L for Yahoo!'s local, maps, shopping, travel, autos and real estate businesses. Under Jennifer's leadership, all of those businesses became No. 1 or No. 2 in their category for the first time in Yahoo!'s history (ComScore, Sept., 2007). Prior to that, Jennifer was the founder and executive director of Summerbridge Pittsburgh, an academic program for at-risk students. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in psychology from Cornell University. Jennifer also holds an M.B.A. from Cornell University's Johnson Graduate School.

    Agenda:



    6:30pm-7:00pm 

      Registration / Networking / Refreshments / Pizza

    7:00pm-7:45pm

      Enterprise search presentation by Edwin Cooper, Founder of InQuira.

    7:45pm-8:30pm

      Community search presentation by Jennifer Dulski, CEO of Center’d

    8:30pm-9:00pm

      Q&A.



    For more information, visit: www.sdforum.org/SemanticSIG