Archives: July 2013

Semantic Web Jobs: CACI

CACI is looking for an Oracle Applications Developer in Beavercreek, OH. According to the post, “As a member of the CACI team you will provide quality requirements and design services for the program. In the role of Technical MDDI/Lead, you could expect to: Follow CMMI Level 3 processes that are integrated with the customer’s processes to include assuring the implementation of tailored processes on the program. Contribute to the overall technical design for all requirements specified in the System Requirements Document (SRD). Contribute to as well as author the required Oracle OUM related documentation for assigned areas. Participate in the definition and prototype of the Oracle R12 software configuration baseline. Ensure the development and delivery of all required documentation in accordance with the Integrated Master Schedule.” Read more

Announced: Program for NYC Semantic Technology & Business Conference

Semantic Technology & Business Conference - October 2-3, 2013 in New York CityThe initial program has been announced for the next Semantic Technology & Business Conference in New York. The conference will take place October 2-3, 2013 at the New Yorker Hotel. This marks the second time this conference series has been to the Big Apple.

Eric Franzon, Conference Series Chair, said, “We are very excited about this conference. In addition to an already great program, we will be announcing other sessions, including must-see keynotes, in coming weeks, so we are excited for a very strong program full of solid learning and networking opportunities.”

Attendees will have the opportunity to explore semantic technologies in practice and to learn from the expert practitioners and business leaders who have already found value in semantic applications.


No More Imaginary Friends: This Teddy Bear Actually Talks to Your Kids

Russell Holly of reports, “If you’re one of the many who experience the first generation Furby toys in your childhood, you can stop cringing now. Supertoy Teddy is an attempt at Siri-style natural language communication inside a WiFi-enabled teddy bear. Smartphones are trying really hard to feel more like personal assistants in some really basic ways right now. Siri and Google Now serve different purposes for some people, but they both rely on offsite processing of natural language for commands. You speak into your phone, and the command happens quite quickly in most cases, but the actual processing of that information happens elsewhere. As a result, it is difficult to put this kind of technology in what would otherwise seem like really obvious places.” Read more Raises $2.6M to Make the Internet More Manageable

Rebecca Grant of VentureBeat reports, “ has scooped up $2.6 million to mold vast amounts of Internet content into more manageable form. The company combines semantic analysis with human curation to help brands publish relevant content. Its technology crawls 10 million pages across the Web, analyzes it, and makes personalized content suggestions for users based on their areas of interest. Users pick and choose the items they find interesting or relevant and publish them to their personal or organizational site. ‘A growing number of people, professionals, businesses and brands have to publish online to develop their visibility, reputation, and brand,’ said founder Guillaume Decugis in an interview with VentureBeat. ‘This is time-consuming, and it is hard to produce relevant quality content to rise above the noise. We help them find content that relates to their areas of expertise so they can feed their sites, social media channels, search engines, and newsletter’s.” Read more

The Power of Algorithmic Marketing

Joshua Goff of recently wrote, “A massively disruptive transformation is taking place at leading companies – a disruption that could rewrite the entire traditional marketing canon. Instead of gut instinct and experience, companies are turning to big data, algorithms and automation to win and retain customers. Algorithmic marketing is an approach for scientifically managing a full range of marketing issues. Issues that include targeted offers, communications and pricing. It employs advanced analytical methods, including predictive statistics, machine learning and natural language text mining. It harnesses data such as customer location and behavioural information, along with powerful computing systems to match customers with context-sensitive products and services.” Read more

Semantic Web Jobs: Syapse

Syapse is looking for a Software Developer: Genomic Data Components in Palo Alto, CA. According to the post, “We are looking for a savvy developer to join us in bringing a world of actionable data into clinical genomics applications. Biomedical data exemplify the rule that data sets are most valuable when combined. At Syapse, we are building a powerful data platform for the lab measurements, clinical data, curated knowledge, genomic results, and other information upon which genomic diagnostic labs depend. We are looking for a colleague to join us with an initial focus on extending our data integration efforts. Integration targets range from large, publicly available data sets to live medical record systems. You will be resourceful and able to set up prototypes and internal systems quickly, meticulous and able to build high quality production components, and undaunted by scientific nature of the problem domain.” Read more

Robot Astronaut ‘Kirobo’ Ready for Launch to International Space Station

Santa Clara, CA July 24, 2013 — The Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, the University of Tokyo, Toyota Motor Corp., Dentsu Inc. and Robot Garage have announced that under the auspice of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), that they developed a robot astronaut called Kirobo who would travel to and stay at the International Space Station (ISS).

Kirobo is expected to be loaded onto the supply ship “Kounotori” #4 bound for ISS via an H-2B #4 rocket that is scheduled to be launched on August 4th, 2013.  Read more

Data Integration is Key for Improving Customer Experience

One of the more prominent application areas for semantic technology, particularly in the ever-evolving world of Big Data, is data integration. Randy Heffner of Computer World UK recently published an article that discusses how effective data integration improves digital customer experiences and the role semantic analysis plays in that process. The article states, “Today, continual experience optimisation is… difficult because of: (1) Multiple interaction channels. You must collect, correlate, and analyze data in a coherent way across multiple channels of customer interaction. A single customer interaction may cross between channels or even use more than one channel at the same time. (2) Many back end servers. You must integrate data from multiple back end servers including recommendation engines, commerce, mobile application servers, digital asset management, community, collaboration, messaging, and more. (3) The need for rapid change. You must quickly change any or all of your digital experiences and back end services based on what you’ve learned. (4) The need for contextual experiences. You must use each individual customer’s context to dynamically adjust experiences in real-time.” Read more

Last Call Working Draft of RDF 1.1 Concepts, Semantics Published

Ivan Herman of the W3C reports, “The W3C RDF Working Group has published two Last Call Working Drafts: (1) A Last Call Working Draft of RDF 1.1 Concepts and Abstract Syntax. The Resource Description Framework (RDF) is a framework for representing information in the Web. Comments are welcome through 6 September. (2) A Last Call Working Draft of RDF 1.1 Semantics. This document describes a precise semantics for the Resource Description Framework 1.1 and RDF Schema. It defines a number of distinct entailment regimes and corresponding patterns of entailment. It is part of a suite of documents which comprise the full specification of RDF 1.1. Comments are welcome through 6 September.” Read more

Telco Giant Takes Another Semantic Step

Starting today, if you’re a customer of Singapore Telecommunications Ltd. in Malaysia, you’re going to be able to expand your notions of a more personalized web experience.

The company’s SingTel Digital Life Division has partnered with Nara to integrate its proprietary cloud-based neural network technology into its products. Nara today is best known for providing personalized restaurant recommendations: Its “digital DNA” algorithm adds up the sum of what it learns of what each person likes and doesn’t like regarding dining venues in order to serve up restaurant choices (see our story here).

Personalized experiences for SingTel customers will start at the restaurant level, too, with the Malaysia rollout followed by the debut of these services in Australia and Singapore. Nara always has said that its technology can expand beyond the restaurant domain, however, and a spokesperson for the company says such plans are still in the works, though she can’t provide a more definitive timeline.

The deal is not the first semantic matchup for SingTel, south-east Asia’s largest telecom operator.

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