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"Aboutness"­ in the Magnet semantic engine

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!!

Abstract:

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."

Bio:

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.

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  • David K.

    Terrific meetup in all respects

    1 · June 30, 2015

    • Stefano P.

      Thank you, David! Thank you for your active participation!

      July 11, 2015

  • Gerry S.

    Bummed that I couldn't make it

    Was it recorded?

    Ditto to Gene's comment below on follow-up items.

    June 30, 2015

    • Stefano P.

      Sorry Gerry, no recording available.

      July 11, 2015

  • Gene M.

    Walid and Stefano: Thank you for this thought-provoking "topic". Could you please follow-up with:
    1. Further reading (E.g. web-sites, wikipedia-topics, books, journal articles, conference papers, etc.) in:
    a. Philosophy of meaning/intention/ontology, etc.
    b. Related works published by you or others.
    2. Related datasets and tools
    a. NIST validation corpus
    b. Tools/Algorithms (public domain or proprietary)

    1 · June 29, 2015

    • Gene M.

      Thank you Walid!

      July 9, 2015

    • Walid S.

      You are very welcome Gene. Looking forward to seeing you in another meetup!

      July 9, 2015

  • Janice K.

    Informative presentation. The speaker was also a great role model in the manner in which he answered all questions.

    1 · June 29, 2015

  • avner k.

    interesting subject; great speaker

    June 30, 2015

    • Walid S.

      Thank Avner! I enjoyed chatting with you. Looking forward to seeing you again in future meetups

      July 9, 2015

  • David J.

    Interesting and probably powerful approach. Need more information about underlying technologies. Because it is being patented?

    2 · June 30, 2015

    • Walid S.

      Underlying technology is GOFAI (good old fashion AI) - definitely not based on the currently popular paradigm which is "quantitative/data-­based" i.e., statistical, NNs, or Machine Learning. And yes, the technology is being patented

      July 9, 2015

  • Madhav P.

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    July 7, 2015

  • Walid S.

    Hello everyone, Again thank you all for attending, and I have enjoyed meeting you and enjoyed our chats and Q/A interaction.

    I have seen may great comments here (thanks again!) and quite a bit of interesting questions. I am running behind in a few tasks that must urgently be finished. I will certainly answer all of the questions the best I can, and but I will do this over this long weekend.

    Best...

    2 · July 1, 2015

  • Gerry S.

    Thanks for posting the slides!

    July 1, 2015

  • Stefano P.

    The slides of the talk have been posted to the 'Files' section (under the 'More' menu). Enjoy and thanks again to Walid Saba, and Klangoo for making them available.

    1 · June 30, 2015

  • Michael M.

    Can an event organizer edit this event to add a question to ask attendees for their full ID name? Thanks!

    1 · June 22, 2015

    • Stefano P.

      Michael, thank you for the suggestion. We will implement this next time.

      June 30, 2015

  • Dan S.

    Very interesting presentation, with helpful and informative Q&A.

    2 · June 30, 2015

  • Tara R.

    Very interesting and engaging presentation. I am very excited to see the power of "real semantics" being exploited for real world applications.

    2 · June 30, 2015

  • Larry S.

    Very interesting take on words, topics and concepts in a dynamic ontology. I like this example of "semantic objects" and look forward to seeing more robust uses than language translations and publishing recommendations.

    2 · June 30, 2015

  • Mike P.

    Interesting talk, very engaging speaker, thanks!

    1 · June 29, 2015

  • Michael M.

    Just arrived, lots of empty seats

    June 29, 2015

  • Michael M.

    Just realized I got on the YES list. Is it too late to come?

    June 29, 2015

  • David K.

    I look forward to meeting technologists interested in tackling exciting real-world knowledge management challenges. [masked]

    1 · June 20, 2015

    • Stefano P.

      Looking forward to seeing you at the meetup!

      1 · June 20, 2015

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