Archives: April 2014

Semantic Web Jobs: Decision Resources Group

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Decision Resources Group is looking for a Lead Ontology Developer in Burlington, MA. According to the post, “We are seeking a Lead Ontology Developer to develop and build a central governance platform for storing and managing a wide range of ontology/ taxonomy domains. Access to ontology/taxonomic resources will be service-based from both customer-facing and internal products. This ontology project will eventually form the basis of advanced knowledge representation efforts and the delivery of knowledge-based products at Decision Resources Group. The Lead Ontology Developer will be responsible for the technical architecture, design and implementation of concept-based ontologies that can support multiple taxonomic views of varied and complex structure across several health-related domains including; organization, geography, person, drug, disease, etc.” Read more

Elliot Turner of AlchemyAPI on Natural Language Processing

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Seth Grimes posted to Smart Data Collective a conversation he had with Elliot Turner of AlchemyAPI. He asked Turner, “How well are we doing with Natural Language Processing, noting that formally, ‘processing’ includes both understanding and generation, two parts of a conversation?” Turner responded, “Google has trained us to search using keywords, and this won’t change overnight. But the trend is easy to spot: the interactive question-answering capabilities made famous by IBM’s Watson will become commonplace, offered at a fraction of today’s costs and made available as easy-to-integrate web services.” Read more

WorldCat Releases 197 Million Nuggets of Linked Data

worldcatRichard Wallis of OCLC reports on his Data Liberate blog, “A couple of months back I spoke about the preview release of Works data from WorldCat.org.  Today OCLC published a press release announcing the official release of 197 million descriptions of bibliographic Works. A Work is a high-level description of a resource, containing information such as author, name, descriptions, subjects etc., common to all editions of the work.  The description format is based upon some of the properties defined by the CreativeWork type from the Schema.org vocabulary.  In the case of a WorldCat Work description, it also contains [Linked Data] links to individual, OCLC numbered, editions already shared from WorldCat.org.” Read more

Semantic Technology Jobs: Google

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Google is searching for a Machine Translation Engineer in Mountain View, CA. According to the post, “As Machine Translation Engineer for Localization, you are at the forefront of making Google products truly global. As a member of the team, you utilize your superior technical aptitude and deep understanding of Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing to create the best Machine Translation solutions to address Google Localization business needs. You collaboratively work in cross functional teams to define a new technology framework, persuasively communicate your architectural recommendations to stakeholders, and build, deploy, maintain, and own machine translation solutions for Localization. You are entrepreneurial, detail-oriented, comfortable working in a very dynamic environment, and have a desire to work with Machine Translation technology.” Read more

Rovi Launches Personalized Discovery Solution

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Mari Silbey of Light Reading reports, “Just two months after acquiring Veveo for $62 million in cash, Rovi has launched a new Personalized Discovery Solution combining its own entertainment metadata with Veveo’s voice-enabled semantic search technology. The solution for pay-TV operators offers predictive search and a content recommendation platform. Rovi’s metadata supplies contextual program information, while Veveo’s machine-learning technology — also called its ‘Knowledge Graph’ — adapts to a viewer’s behavior over time to refine and personalize the user interface experience. Rovi Corp. is also including Conversation Services in its new search-and-recommendation engine. Built by Veveo Inc. , this technology enables an interactive dialog between users and the on-screen program guide. Veveo Chief Marketing Officer Samrat Vasisht once described the service as ‘Siri for your TV,’ referring to Apple Inc. ‘s voice recognition software.” Read more

Internet Giants Competing for Best Image Search, Deep Learning

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Derrick Harris of GigaOM recently wrote, “With all the money being spent on, and all the futuristic talk about about big data, machine learning, artificial intelligence and all things in between, it’s easy to forget that Microsoft and Google — two of the companies leading research in these technologies — still have large businesses in web search. So as cool and potentially life-altering as AI might be in fields such as medicine, we’ll probably continue to see the signs of things to come in search engines first. It’s big business and a great testing ground. Take, for example, Microsoft Bing’s new predictions feature that tries to predict the outcomes of popular fan-voting show such as The VoiceAmerican Idol and Dancing with the Stars. Bing does this by analyzing a number of signals, including searches, Twitter and Facebook data, and, presumably the outcomes of previous episodes.” Read more

Semantic Web Jobs: Five9

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Five9 is looking for an NLP/Information Retrieval Engineer in San Ramon, CA. According to the post, “Five9 is a leader in Cloud based Call Center solutions and one of the Bay Area’s fastest growing companies. To complement our rapid growth, we are actively looking for a talented and experienced NLP Engineer to join our Social Development group, which is based out of San Ramon, CA and Madrid, Spain. Five9 offers a very competitive base salary, full benefits package, and employee stock purchase plan. Five9 is a high energy environment with lots of room for personal and professional growth.” Read more

Top Tech Companies Setting Their Sights on True Artificial Intelligence

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Brandon Bailey of San Jose Mercury News reports, “The latest Silicon Valley arms race is a contest to build the best artificial brains. Facebook, Google and other leading tech companies are jockeying to hire top scientists in the field of artificial intelligence, while spending heavily on a quest to make computers think more like people. They’re not building humanoid robots — not yet, anyway. But a number of tech giants and startups are trying to build computer systems that understand what you want, perhaps before you knew you wanted it. ‘It’s important to position yourself in this market for the next decade,’ said Yann LeCunn, a leading New York University researcher hired to run Facebook’s new A.I. division in December. ‘A lot is riding on artificial intelligence and content analysis, and on being smarter about how people and computers interact’.” Read more

UPMC Doctor Pushing the Possibilities of NLP in Health Care

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Rajiv Leventhal of Healthcare Informatics reports, “The goal of clinical decision support (CDS) is to aid decision making of healthcare providers by providing easily accessible health-related information at the point and time it is needed. As such, natural language processing (NLP) technology is instrumental in using free-text information to drive CDS. In 2011, the Burlington, Mass.-based voice recognition technology company Nuance and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) signed a 10-year joint development agreement to create speech and clinical language understanding -enabled technologies.” Read more

Crisis in the Ukraine Could Impact Outsourced Semantic Projects

ukraineThe last few months have been witness to the Ukraine crisis, with antigovernment demonstrations in the wake of former President Viktor Yanukovych tightening ties with the Kremlin, his fleeing the country following a rebellion against him, and the annexation of Crimea by Russia. Tensions continue between Ukraine, which plans new presidential elections for May 25, and Russia. Just today, the mayor of Kharkiv, reportedly an opponent of the pro-West protests, was shot in the back, while the U.S. is imposing new sanctions on Russian government officials, including two members of President Putin’s inner circle and 17 companies linked to that inner circle.

Obviously, there are big issues at stake here about sovereignty and nation destabilization, but the situation also has implications for the IT sector. That includes the advancement of semantic projects around the world.

The Semantic Web Blog, for example, recently heard from a contractor working on a semantic project for a website that the effort has fallen a bit behind schedule due to, among other things, geopolitical events. One of its developers was a Russian national working in Ukraine who left the country when Putin annexed Crimea, he said.

Another source who preferred to remain anonymous, and whose semantic technology and IT outsourcing company is located in another Eastern European country, said that his company has already been contacted by a few businesses in the U.S. that had been securing services from software companies in both the Ukraine and Russia. Because of the situation, he said, these companies told him that they are now exploring their options in Eastern European countries that are members of the European Union. In such locations, including his home country, they can find great engineers and still quite competitive rates on the labor side, he noted.

That said, it was clear that that wasn’t the road to new business that this semantic tech executive prefers to travel down, as he noted that World War II and the Soviet occupation of Eastern Europe is still within the living memory of people in these countries.

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