Archives: November 2013

Semantic Web Jobs: Microsoft


Microsoft is looking for a Solutions Architect – Data Insights to work anywhere in the US and travel at least 50% of the time. According to the post, this position: “Designs and assembles robust and scalable Data Insights solutions (BigData/Business Analytics/Business Intelligence). Creates and leads architecture design, evaluate and assess technologies, define approach for engineering of productized solution accelerators, and enable industrialized delivery. Leads the creation of proof-of-concept pilots and the development of prototypes to prove solutions, technologies and business process interactions.  Drives the design of user interaction models, workflows and user interfaces, if applicable. Explores and develops new solutions in collaboration with research and product groups to support new analytics initiatives.” Read more

Adchemy and the Next Wave of Search


Jim Edwards recently wrote an article in Seattle PI stating, “Adchemy, the Foster City, Calif., adtech startup, sold its lead generation business to XL Marketing earlier this month. So we thought it was a good time to check in with Murthy Nukala, the company’s founder and CEO, to see where Adchemy is going now. Business Insider named Adchemy one of our hottest adtech startups recently in part because the company has taken a huge amount of venture capital funding — $119 million over eight years. Its backers include Accenture and Microsoft. (For contrast, Rocket Fuel, which staged an IPO this year, had taken only $77 million before it went public.) Nukala is also a prominent brain in the adtech world: He attended both MIT and Harvard Business School.” Read more

RPI Professor Deborah McGuinness Named AAAS Fellow


RPI reports that “Web scientist and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Tetherless World Research Constellation Professor Deborah L. McGuinness has been selected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). McGuinness is one of 388 newly selected members awarded the honor because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications, according to AAAS. This year’s AAAS fellows will be formally announced in the November 29 issue of Science, a publication of the AAAS.” Read more

Reason To Be Thankful: Being Named A Fast-Growing Tech Company

rsz_thankful_imageIt’s got to be a happy Thanksgiving for a number of tech companies that made their way to Deloitte’s recently-released Technology Fast 500. The 2013 ranking of the fastest-growing tech companies based in North America also has something to show for anyone who’s doubted that there’s money to be made taking advantage of semantic and other Web 3.0 concepts, a look at the list should show it’s time for the doubting to stop.

Have a look at some of the winners with their overall rankings:

#2 Acquia. Drupal claims the title of being the first mainstream content management system to support semantic web technology in its core. The Drupal-powered project Acquia was co-founded by Drupal creator Dries Buytaert to provide cloud, SaaS, and other services to organizations building websites on Drupal – and has on staff software engineer Stéphane Corlosquet, who had a big hand in bringing those semantic capabilities to Drupal’s core. In fact, Corlosquet spoke at the most recent SemTechBiz about Acquia as an example of a Drupal-powered project managing its content as Linked Data.

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Semantic Technology Job: Apple


Apple is looking for a Siri Software Engineer – Data in Santa Clara, CA. The post states, “Play a part in the next revolution in human-computer interaction. Contribute to a product that is redefining mobile computing. Create groundbreaking technology for large scale systems, spoken language, big data, and artificial intelligence.  And work with the people who created the intelligent assistant that helps millions of people get things done — just by asking. Join the Siri Data team at Apple… The Siri data team is responsible for the analytics of Siri usage, the preparation and serving of data that Siri uses to answer questions, and the sophisticated algorithms that use the data to improve Siri’s accuracy.” Read more

Fujitsu Supports Artificial Brain Project with Prep School Test Challenge


Tokyo, Nov 25, 2013 – (JCN Newswire) – Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. and Japan’s National Institute of Informatics (NII) announced today that under NII’s “artificial brain” project, known as “Todai Robot Project – Can a Robot Pass the University of Tokyo (Todai) Entrance Exam?,” for short, their entry has taken a practice exam held by Yoyogi Seminar – Education Research Institute, a leading Japanese preparatory school.


Under the Todai Robot project, Fujitsu Laboratories has been conducting joint research and participating as the core members of the math team. The overall project, led by NII professor Noriko Arai, commenced in 2011 with the goal of enabling an artificial brain to score high marks on the test administered by the National Center for University Entrance Examinations by 2016 (the “Center Test”), and crossing the threshold required for admission to the University of Tokyo by 2021. Read more

Diffbot and Semantria Team Up for Better Text Analytics

DiffbotJordan Novet of Venture Beat reports, “Analyzing text on the Internet to measure how positive it is — product reviews on, for example — has become easier and less expensive with tools from AlchemyAPI, Semantria, and other companies. But finding the text actually worth mining can be a chore in itself. To do this, Semantria has announced a formal partnership with a company called Diffbot that does the grunt work of finding important passages. Diffbot uses what it calls ‘computer vision’ technology to scour websites for meaningful information, shedding things like complex surrounding Web code. It then churns out clean text for analysis. Once Diffbot supplies Semantria with the structured text, Semantria assesses its meaning and tone. Semantria’s goal is to “bring text and sentiment analysis into the hands of a nontechnical person in under 3 minutes and for less than $1,000,” according to founder and chief executive Oleg Rogynskyy.” Read more

Help For HealthCare: Mapping Unstructured Clinical Notes To ICD-10 Coding Schemes

Photo of Amit ShethThe health care industry – and the American citizenry at large – has been focused of late on the problems surrounding the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the federal website’s issues foremost among them. But believe it or not, there are other things the healthcare industry needs to prepare for, among them the October 1, 2014 date for replacing the World Health Organization’s International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems ICD-9 code sets used to report medical diagnoses and inpatient procedures by ICD-10 code sets. ICD-9 uses 14,000 diagnosis codes which will increase to 68,000 in ICD-10, which is a HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) code set requirement.

Natural language processing has had the primary role in many solutions aimed at transforming large volumes of unstructured clinical data into information that healthcare IT application vendors and their hospital customers can leverage. But there’s an argument being made that understanding unstructured text of clinical notes that contain a huge stash of information and then mapping them to fine-grained ICD-10 coding schemes requires a combination of NLP, advanced linguistics, machine learning and semantic web technologies, and Amit Sheth, professor of computer science and engineering at Wright State University and director of the Kno.e.sis Center is making them. (See our story yesterday for a look at how the NLP market is evolving overall, including in healthcare.)

“ICD-10 has thousands of codes with millions of possible permutations and combinations. A rule-based approach is not effective to cover the huge number of ICD-10 codes.” Sheth says. Extracting the correct concepts, identifying the relationship between these concepts and mapping them to the correct code is a major challenge, with codes often formed by information from various sections of a clinical document that itself is subject to individual physicians’ style of recording information, among other factors.

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Semantic Web Jobs: Orbis Technologies


Orbis Technologies is looking for a Software Developer – Java in Annapolis, MD. The post states, “Depending on skill and experience, a Software developer performs in these areas: Technical contributor to various project phases from development through implementation of advanced web technology solutions for commercial and government clients. Projects will include integration of Open Source software with developed web services to create custom solutions for our clients. Uses Java and other programming languages to develop high quality software designs and programs. Uses configuration management tools to accurately track changes/updates. Takes initiate and ownership of project tasks and works to complete on-time. Demonstrates strong interest and desire to use and learn new tools as necessary for different projects.” Read more

Desti, the Travel Companion App, Introduces New iPad Features


MENLO PARK, Calif. — November 21, 2013 — Today Desti, a top 10 travel app in the Apple App Store, announces a suite of new features for its marquee iPad application that makes planning trips, far and near, easier than ever before.


[Read our previous Desti coverage.]


Desti has expanded its app to make planning road trips visual and painless, save and search vacation rentals, as well as allow users to connect with friends to organize trips together and log their travel history. This smart travel app provides a unique travel planning experience that cuts organizing time in half by aggregating any information travelers could want about a location, restaurant or activity all in one place, and making it easily searchable. Read more