Dear Knowledge Engineers,
I'm happy to announce our next event! We're excited to host Walid Saba, CTO and co-founder of Klangoo. Dr. Saba will talk about the semantic engine Magnet, aa system capable of acquiring and connect knowledge across multiple languages. Please find below the abstract of the talk and Dr. Saba's bio!
Thanks to the kindness of Thomas Pinckney and Anne Chatterton from eBay Inc., and Claudia Perlich from Dstillery, we are going to host this event on Monday, June 29th 2015, at the eBay, Inc. NY offices located at 625 Avenue of the Americas, 3rd Floor New York, NY 10011, at 6:30 PM. Refreshments and some food also kindly offered by the eBay crew. Thanks, eBay!!
** Important Note **: In order to get access to the building and be admitted to the meetup you need to have your FIRST AND LAST NAME in the RSVP. RSVPs that don't have first and last name clearly spelled out will not be considered valid, and admission will not be granted.
Also we need a volunteer for handling admissions to the meetup. If you're interested in participating, please let us know!!
Determining the subject-matter (or the “aboutness”) of a piece of text is key to determining relevancy. But determining “aboutness” requires at least three steps: (i) accurate word-sense disambiguation (going from words to concepts/meanings); (ii) going from simple (semantic network) concepts to a potentially infinite set of ‘compound concepts’, which we call topics; and (iii) determining the set of key topics in a piece of text. In this talk we will describe this process and its implementation in the Magnet semantic engine. Through a number of live demonstrations we will show how discovering the true “aboutness” of text can result in near perfect semantic recall and precision, as well as in cross-language semantic matching."
Walid Saba is a Co-Founder and the CTO of Klangoo, the developer of the Magnet semantic engine. He has over 20 years of experience in information technology, holding various positions at such places as the American Institutes for Research, AT&T Bell Labs, Metlife, Nortel Networks, IBM and Cognos.
He has also spent 7 years in academia where he taught computer science at the University of Ottawa, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, the University of Windsor, the American University of Beirut, and the American University of Technology.
He has published over 35 technical articles, including an award winning paper that was presented in Germany at KI-2008.
Walid holds an MSc in Computer Science from the University of Windsor, and a PhD in Computer Science from Carleton University, which he obtained in 1999.