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[ontolog-forum] Ontolog Invited Speakers - Dr. David Ferrucci - Thu 200

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From: "Peter P. Yim" <peter.yim@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 08 May 2006 02:54:56 -0700
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We are pleased to announce that Dr. David Ferrucci, a Senior 
Manager from IBM Research, will be presenting to the community on 
his talk entitled: "Putting the Semantics in the Semantic Web: An 
overview of UIMA and its role in Accelerating the Semantic 
Revolution" on Thursday May 11, 2006.    (02)

This is the 5th event in our series of talks and discussions that 
revolve around the topic: "Ontologizing the Ontolog Body of 
Knowledge" during which this community will explore the "what's" 
and "how's" to the development of a semantically interoperable 
application, using the improved access to the content of Ontolog 
as a case in point.    (03)

*Conference call-in details*:    (04)

Date: Thursday, May 11, 2006
Start Time:  10:30 AM PDT / 1:30 PM EDT / 17:30 UTC
   (World Time:
Session Duration: ~2 Hours
Dial-in Number: +1-641-696-6600 (Iowa)
Participant Access Code: "686564#"
Shared-screen support will be available    (05)

Topic: *Putting the Semantics in the Semantic Web: An overview of 
UIMA and its role in Accelerating the Semantic Revolution*    (06)

*Abstract*: (by Dave Ferrucci)    (07)

The dream of the semantic web as well as the future of 
information and knowledge management applications will rely on 
the rapid and massive explication of intended meaning (i.e., 
semantics) in unstructured information sources (e.g, text 
documents, video, speech etc). This talk will discuss the 
importance of embracing and deploying automatic semantic 
discovery, in spite of less that perfect accuracy, to help enable 
the semantic web, as well as an emerging class of advanced search 
applications we refer to a Knowledge Gathering and Synthesis 
applications. It will introduce IBM's recent contribution of UIMA 
(http://www.ibm.com/research/uima ) to the open-source community 
and discuss how this work will help accelerate the production and 
application of automated semantic discovery.    (08)

*About the Speakers*:    (09)

*Dr. David Ferrucci* is a Research Staff Member and Senior 
Manager at IBM’s T.J. Watson’s Research Center. He manages the 
Semantic Analysis and Integration department which is focused on 
technologies and architectures for discovering relevant knowledge 
in unstructured information and leveraging the results in a wide 
range of business intelligence and information management 
solutions. Principal research thrusts in his department include 
knowledge gathering and synthesis, automated question answering, 
semantic search, knowledge integration and the Unstructured 
Information Management Architecture (UIMA). His team includes 
world-class NLP, IR and Knowledge Representation researchers and 
software engineers. Dr. Ferrucci is the chief architect for UIMA 
(http://www.ibm.com/research/uima). This project provides the 
architectural and software foundation for accelerating and 
integrating a broad collection of efforts in advanced search, 
text and multi-modal analytics across six of IBM’s Research labs 
and several large government-sponsored projects. UIMA has become 
the standard platform for developing and delivering multi-modal 
analytics into IBM products and services aimed at solutions that 
help customers exploit the value in unstructured information 
sources. Its application outside of IBM, across research, 
industry and government is growing rapidly and helping to advance 
the science and application of text analytics. Throughout Dr. 
Ferrucci’s academic and professional career he has focused on 
designing computer systems to help people discover, represent, 
integrate, manage, and apply real-world knowledge. He is 
published in the field of logic and knowledge representation, 
architectures for natural language engineering, interactive 
document configuration, automated question answering and story 
generation. Dr. Ferrucci earned his PhD in computer science at 
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.    (010)

*Refer to details on the session wiki page at*:
http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?ConferenceCall_2006_05_11    (011)

This will be a virtual session over an augmented conference call. 
The session is expected to start with a 45 min. ~ 1 Hour 
presentation followed by an extended discussion between the 
participants and the speaker. The entire session will be recorded 
and made available as open content under the prevailing Ontolog 
IPR policy (see: 
http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?WikiHomePage#nid32).    (012)

As usual, this Ontolog event is open to all. I look forward to 
having you at this session. Please pass the announcement along to 
those who might be interested to join us too.    (013)

*RSVP* by by emailing me at <peter.yim@xxxxxxxx> offline.    (014)

Regards. =ppy    (015)

Peter P. Yim
Co-convener, Ontolog
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