• Semantic Web: Special Event Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - 06:30PM to 09:00PM
    Regency Ballroom, Fairmont Hotel
    San Jose, CA
    Web Apps & E-Commerce

Semantic Web: Special Event




    SDForum Semantic Web SIG Event

    SDForum Semantic Web SIG Special Event
    (co-sponsored by and co-located with 2008 Semantic Technology Conference)

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    Panel Discussion: Will semantics give web search a face-lift?

    Thanks to Google, Yahoo and others like them, web search technology has been so successful that everyone simply enters a few words into the ubiquitous search box for answers to just about anything. However, the search engine's huge success has also made us accept a long, albeit instant, listing of sometimes irrelevant search results.  It won't be a surprise that many consumers think that what these search engines currently provide is the best we can ever get.  Are we fooled by the relative success of search engines? What is the next big innovation in search technology? This exciting panel discussion will focus on how semantic technologies are shaping the next generation of web search. Fernando Pereira, Research Director from Google and Peter Mika from Yahoo, will talk about how the market leaders use semantics to refine their already popular search engines. Startup companies will present their disruptive semantic approaches that may results in a new breed of search engines, speakers including Jer Miller from Wikia, Christian Hempelmann from Hakia, and Mark Fasciano from General Sentiment. After individual presentations, the panel and the audience will debate on whether and how semantics can really give web search a face-lift.


    6:30-7:00 pm registration and networking
    7:00-8:00 pm short presentation from panelists (5-10 min each)
    8:00-9:00 pm Q&A

    Dr. Fernando Pereira, Research Director, Google Inc.
    Jer Miller, Search Project Lead, Wikia
    Dr. Christian Hempelmann, CSO, Hakia
    Dr. Mark Fasciano, Co-Founder, General Sentiment
    Dr. Peter Mika, Researcher, Yahoo Inc.
    Moderator: Dr. AJ Chen, Technical Architect, Healthline Networks Inc.

    Time: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM, May 20, 2008
    Location: Regency Ballroom, Fairmont Hotel, 170 South Market St.,  
    San Jose, CA 95113, USA  (For direction, see http://www.semantic-conference.com/travel/)
    Price: $15 at the door. Free for SDForum members and SemTech Conference attendees. No pre-registration required.

    Event Co-Sponsor: 
    Semantic Technology Conference (www.semantic-conference.com
    May 18-22, 2007
    Fairmont Hotel, San Jose, California

     For more information, contact SDForum Semantic Web SIG Co-Chair AJ Chen (ajchen at web2express.org) or Jeff Pollock (jeff.pollock at oracle.com).

    Speaker Bios:

    Dr. Fernando Pereira, Research Director, Google Inc.
    Fernando Pereira is research director at Google. His previous appointments include chair of the Computer and Information Science department at University of Pennsylvania, head of the Machine Learning and Information Retrieval department at AT&T Labs, and research and management positions at SRI International. He received a Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Edinburgh in 1982. His main research interests are in machine-learnable models of language and biological sequences. He has over 100 research publications on computational linguistics, machine learning, bioinformatics, speech recognition, and logic programming, and several patents.  He was elected Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence in 1991 for his contributions to computational linguistics and logic programming, and he was president of the Association for Computational Linguistics.

    Jeremie Miller, Search Project Lead, Search Wikia Labs
    Jeremie Miller is the founder of the Jabber project, having created the XMPP protocol and written the first Jabber server. He is now working on tearing down the walls of Search and establishing an open source foundation complimented with a distributed open protocol for search.

    Dr. Christian Hempelmann, CSO, Hakia
    Dr. Hempelmann's research is in the field of computational linguistics, with recent publications in ontological semantics and parsing technology. He has also worked on the linguistics of humor since 1995, focusing on the linguistic and cognitive mechanisms of verbal as well as visual humor, in particular puns, on which he is preparing a monograph. Prior to coming to hakia, Dr. Hempelmann worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute for Intelligent Systems at the University of Memphis and as an assistant professor in computational linguistics at Georgia Southern University. He took an M.A. in English linguistics and Religious Studies from the University of Hannover, Germany, and an M.A. in English from Youngstown State University. Dr. Hempelmann holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Purdue University, where he is an adjunct assistant professor for linguistics.

    Dr. Mark Fasciano, Co-Founder, General Sentiment
    Dr. Fasciano co-founded General Sentiment with Professor Steve Skiena from Stony Brook University.  General Sentiment’s mission is to aggregate and synthesize Internet news and blog sources on a global scale to support business decisions for consumer product marketing and financial markets. Prior to helping start General Sentiment, Mark launched FatWire Software in 1996.  As CEO, Mark helped grow grew the company in ten years to become a leading Web Content Management software provider, doing over $30M in sales with over 400 customers in nine countries around the world including GM, Ford, Channel, JPMorgan Chase, Best Buy, Banco Santander, Allied Irish Bank, and Walmart. Mark graduated from Cornell UniversityUniversity of Chicago. His doctoral thesis from the AI Lab at Chicago described a system for planning and acting in real-time, uncertain worlds. with degrees in English and Computer Science, and received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the

    Dr. Peter Mika, Researcher, Yahoo Inc.
    Dr. Peter Mika is a researcher at Yahoo! Research Barcelona. He holds an MSc and PhD degree (cum laude) in Computer Science from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2002, 2007), and a BS degree from the Eötvös LorÁnt University in Hungary (1997). His interdisciplinary work in the field of Social Networks and the Semantic Web earned him a Best Paper Award at the International Semantic Web Conference in Galway, 2006 and a First Prize at the Semantic Web Challenge of 2005. He is author of the book "Social Networks and the Semantic Web", published by Springer Verlag in July, 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.

    Dr. AJ Chen, Technical Architect, Healthline Networks Inc.
    AJ Chen, Ph.D., is an advocate of semantic web and digital health. As a Technical Architect at Healthline.com, he applies semantic search approach in developing healthcare search engine for consumers. Working with open communities, he is also exploring new approaches for sharing semantic data openly on the web, including co-chairing the SDForum Semantic Web SIG and coordinating the scientific publishing task force for W3C’s Semantic Web HCLS Group. From 2000 to 2006, Dr. Chen had been developing new genome sequencing technologies for personalized medicine, playing technical and product management roles at Hyseq, Callida Genomics, and Complete Genomics.  Previously, Dr. Chen worked with Nobel Prize winner Dr. Barry Marshall to commercialize new treatments and diagnostics in China. Dr. Chen earned his Ph. D. in Biochemistry from U. of Utah in 1994 and did postdoctoral research after joining an Immunology lab at Harvard Medical School and Duke Medical School.



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