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Vertical Search Works maintains and develops the Excalibur semantic web search engine, a long-standing project inherited from Convera Technologies, and the Editorial Related Advertising system, inherited from FirstLight ERA. Together these use semantic and linguistic processing of web pages to provide vertical search portals and context-sensitive advert placement. Behind the scenes, Excalibur relies on a large scale WordNet-style general ontology, extended for the various verticals that are supported. This is used to latch and disambiguate concepts within unstructured natural language text. The semi-structuring provided by RDF embedding is also used to derive additional information.

About the Speakers

Gerald Burnand
Gerald has over 25 years of experience in the domain of computer science and spent the last 10 years dealing with semantic search technologies. Gerald has a passion for problems that involve large amount of data and require distributed computation. In the last 13 years with VSW, Gerald has collaborated on projects ranging from video analysis and video broadcasting platform to enterprise search and web scale search engine. Gerald Burnand holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science, Management and Finance from the University of Geneva, Switzerland.

Gavin Matthews
Gavin has an M.A. in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge and has experience in CAD/CAM (EDS, Unigraphics, Shape Data), memory management and garbage collection (Harlequin, Ravenbrook, Geodesic Systems), artificial intelligence (Cycorp) and semantic search (Convera, Vertical Search Works). He is currently Vice President of Research for Vertical Search Works.