K-CAP 2007
The Fourth International Conference on Knowledge Capture

28-31 October 2007
Whistler, BC

K-CAP 2007 is sponsored by ACM SIGART and held in cooperation with AAAI

Invited Speakers

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

Picture of 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.