Seminars at the Faculty of Informatics

Semantic Search: research and applications

The Faculty of Informatics is pleased to announce a seminar given by Peter Mika

DATE: Monday, March 22nd, 2010
PLACE: USI Università della Svizzera italiana, room SI-006, Informatics building (Via G. Buffi 13)
TIME: 15.30

While most current research in Web Retrieval aims at improving search over hypertext, the Semantic Web promises to break new boundaries in search by transforming the content itself into a form that is more easily processable by machines. In this talk, we will begin by showing some of the common techniques for acquiring and publishing (meta)data on the Semantic Web and the nature of this data. We introduce the notion of semantic search, and in particular the different roles that semantics can play in various parts of the IR process from document processing to query analysis, ranking and result presentation.  We show some of the existing prototypes for semantic search from both research and industry, and discuss our efforts toward evaluating semantic search systems. We close with a discussion of active research topics in the field.

Peter Mika is a researcher and data architect at Yahoo!, working on the applications of semantic technology to Web search. He received his BS in computer science from Eotvos Lorand University and his MSc and PhD in computer science (cum laude) from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. His interdisciplinary work in social networks and the Semantic Web earned him a Best Paper Award at the 2005 International Semantic Web Conference and a First Prize at the 2004 Semantic Web Challenge. From 2006 to 2009, he has been a co-chair of the Semantic Web Challenge. Mika is the youngest member elected to the editorial board of the Journal of Web Semantics. He is the author of the book 'Social Networks and the Semantic Web' (Springer, 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. Peter is a regular speaker at conferences, and a participant of the Semantic Web Gang podcast series.

HOST: Prof. Fabio Crestani