Oren Etzioni will present “Everything I know I Learned from Google: Machine Reading of Web Text”
Abstract: Is it possible to capture a massive body of
high-quality knowledge from the Web? my talk will describe our KnowItAll
research project, which has been investigating this and related questions o
ver the last five years. We have scaled and generalized information
extraction methods to process arbitrary Web text, and to handle unanticipated
concepts, but many challenges remain. One the most formidable challenges
is moving from extracting isolated nuggets of information to capturing a
coherent body of knowledge that can support automatic inference. My talk
will highlight this and other exciting directions for future work.
About Oren Etzioni
Oren Etzioni is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of
Washington's Computer Science Department, and the founder and director
of the university's Turing Center. He received his Ph.D. from Carnegie
Mellon in 1990, and his B.A. from Harvard in 1986. Etzioni has authored
of over 100 technical papers on topics ranging from intelligent agents
to data mining and Web search. In 2005, he was awarded the IJCAI
Distinguished Paper Award for "A Probabilistic Model of Redundancy in
Information Extraction". He received a National Young Investigator
Award in 1993, and was chosen as a AAAI Fellow a decade later.
Etzioni is the founder of three companies. Most recently, he is the
founder of Farecast (www.farecast.com), a company that utilizes data
mining to inform consumers about the right time to buy their air tickets.
His work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal,
NPR, SCIENCE, The Economist, TIME Magazine, Business Week, Newsweek,
Discover Magazine, Forbes Magazine, Wired, and elsewhere.