Talk Title: Thinking Big – AI at Web Scale
The true promise of the Web can’t be realised by the lone programmers and simple applications of Web 1.0; it can’t even be realised by the advanced interfaces and hordes of contributing users of Web 2.0 – it can be realised by individuals and groups of humans collaborating with individual and cloud connected computers. That’s Web 2.0. What will it take to make computers into effective collaborators? It will take heterogeneous, ubiquitous reasoning at massive scale – the aim of the EU funded LarKC project; It will take semantically rich shared representations – the aim of OpenCyc (and other, linked projects); it will take more sophisticated reasoning, including probabilistic and contextual reasoning, and it will take sophisticated, social, human-computer and computer-interfaces.
In this talk, I’ll focus on Cycorp Europe and our effort in the LarKC project, and describe how we hope it will start to tie our work, and the work of others, together to produce a truly knowledgeable, collaborative, intelligent Web.
Dr. Michael Witbrock serves as the Vice President for Research at Cycorp, Inc. and as CEO of Cycorp Europe. At Cycorp, he has overall responsibility for corporate research, and is particularly interested in automating the process of knowledge acquisition and elaboration, extending the range of knowledge representation and reasoning to mixed logical and probabilistic representations, and in validating and elaborating knowledge in the context of task performance, particularly in tasks that involve understanding text and communicating with users. Michael received his PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon in 1996 and a BSc in Psychology from Otago University, in New Zealand, in 1985.
Prior to joining Cycorp, he was Principal Scientist at Terra Lycos, working on integrating statistical and knowledge based approaches to understanding web user behavior; a research scientist at Just Systems Pittsburgh Research Center, working on statistical text summarization; and a systems scientist at Carnegie Mellon on the Informedia spoken and video document information retrieval project. He is author of numerous publications in areas ranging across knowledge representation and acquisition, neural networks, parallel computer architecture, multimedia information retrieval, web browser design, genetic design, computational linguistics and speech recognition, and is the holder of four US patents.
The 2008 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Web Intelligence (WI 2008) and International Conference on Intelligent Agent Technology (IAT 2008) will be held in Sydney, Australia, December 9-12, 2008.