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Re: [ontolog-forum] Proceedings from the Ontolog Invited Speaker sessio

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From: "Peter P. Yim" <peter.yim@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 12 May 2006 04:44:14 -0700
Message-id: <4464750E.1020209@xxxxxxxx>
We had a great session with Dr. David Ferrucci from IBM Research 
who presented his talk on: "Putting the Semantics in the Semantic 
Web: An overview of UIMA and its role in Accelerating the 
Semantic Revolution." David made a compelling case for the use of 
the open-source UIMA (Unstructured Information Management 
Architecture) architecture and framework. David explained to us 
the rationale behind the design and the UIMA technology. He also 
put forth some use cases and showed us how UIMA could, for 
example, enable semantic search for the masses and raise the bar 
in search technology and the efficacy of the web.    (01)

Our appreciations go out to our invited speaker, Dr. Ferrucci for 
sharing this technology and his insights with us. I would also 
like to thank Ontolog community member and Dr. Ferrucci's IBM 
Research colleague, Dr. E. Michael Maximilien, for helping us 
invite Dr. Ferrucci to give this talk, and for introducing our 
speaker at the beginning of the session. And, as always, thanks 
to all the participants who joined us.    (02)

Proceedings of the session are captured at our wiki page, at: 
http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?ConferenceCall_2006_05_11    (03)

In particular, full audio recording of the session is now 
available too - see: 
Dr. Ferrucci's input today adds yet another important piece to 
the collective intelligence and body of knowledge that our 
community is building.    (04)

Best regards.  =ppy    (05)

P.S. Errata: wrong date on the subject line in the previous 
(announcement) message. It should have read: " ... Thu 
2006.05.11"  =ppy
--    (06)

Peter P. Yim wrote Mon, 08 May 2006 02:54:56 -0700:
> 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.
> 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.
> *Conference call-in details*:
> 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
> Topic: *Putting the Semantics in the Semantic Web: An overview of UIMA 
> and its role in Accelerating the Semantic Revolution*
> *Abstract*: (by Dave Ferrucci)
> 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.
> *About the Speakers*:
> *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.
> *Refer to details on the session wiki page at*:
> http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?ConferenceCall_2006_05_11
> 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).
> 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.
> *RSVP* by by emailing me at <peter.yim@xxxxxxxx> offline.
> Regards. =ppy
> Peter P. Yim
> Co-convener, Ontolog
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