Wednesday, November 15, 2006

The 2006 edition of the IST Conference, Nov. 22, Helsinki

Next week, I will give two presentations at the IST conference about applications using Semantic Technology in enterprises and public organisations. One presentation is a general one discussing the market (estimated size, drivers, and inhabitants) for Semantic Technology, several applications (both for corporate and public Semantic Web), and some barriers this type of technology is likely to encounter. The presentation can be downloaded here.

Date, time and place: Intelligent Content and Semantics, 22 November 2006, 14:00-15:30, The Helsinki Fair Centre, room Lappeenranta

The other presentation discusses a semantic application for Spanish judges, and in particular recent judges. In order to become a judge in Spain, one has to pass a public exam held as a competition. Only the top performers are invited to become judge. Once accepted, the recent judge gets all responsibilities, but has still little practical knowledge. The system we are building provides a solution for this problem in the form of an intelligent FAQ system. We built a high-quality corpus of about 1000 frequently asked question-answer pairs, collected and maintained, based on interviews with more than 400 judges. The judges can query the system in natural language (e.g. "I have given an injunction of protection and the woman is asking me for a withdrawal of the measure. Should I withdraw it?"), and get as result a list of related question answer pairs. In addition, it provides a list of documents with related sentences to the answer.

The novelty of the system is they way in which relevant question-answer pairs are retrieved, namely based on domain semantics, represented in ontologies. We can say that –to some extent- the system “understands” the user query, and based on this understanding, provides relevant results. The presentation can be here.
The session is called: Building Semantic Knowledge Applications and the program is:

11.00 – 11.05 Introduction and overview
Dr. John Davies
11.05 – 11.15 A Semantic Application for Spanish Judges
Dr. V. Richard Benjamins
11.15 – 11.25 Large-scale semantic web applications
Professor Enrico Motta
11.25 – 11.35 A case study in semantic web services
DIP project representative
11.35 – 11.55 Providing Intelligent Content by Using Web Semantics and Web Mining
Dr. Pinar Senkul, Dr. Marko Grobelnik, Professor Josiane Mothe
11.45 – 11.55 The Role of Language - Extending the Semantic Web towards Web Pragmatics
Professor Kurt Englmeier
11.55 – 12.10 Cost estimation for ontology engineering
Prof. Rudi Studer
12.10 – 12.30 Panel discussion
Facilitated by Dr John Davies


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