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Truth is Lie: Rules & Semantics from a Crowd Perspectives

  • Speaker:   Dr.  Lora Aroyo  (VU University Amsterdam)
  • Host:   Stephen Pettifer
  • 29th April 2015 at 14:00 in Kilburn Lecture Theatre 1.4
Processing real-world data with the crowd leaves one thing absolutely clear - there is no single notion of truth, but rather a spectrum that has to account for context, opinions, perspectives and shades of grey. CrowdTruth is a new framework for processing of human semantics drawn more from the notion of consensus then from set theory.
Lora Aroyo is an associate professor of Computer Science at VU University in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where she heads the Web & Media group. Dr. Aroyo is an internationally known expert in multimedia interaction. Her research work is focused on semantic technologies for modeling user and context in recommendation systems and personalized access of online multimedia collections, e.g.cultural heritage collections, multimedia archives and interactive TV.She has organized a numerous events on crowdsourcing, social web and cultural heritage. Lora is actively involved in the Semantic Web community as a program chair for the European and the International Semantic Web Conferences in 2009 and 2011, as conference chair for the ESWC 2010 Conference. She is also actively involved in the Personalization and User modeling community as vice-president of the User Modeling Inc. In 2012 and 2013 she won IBM Faculty Awards for her work on CrowdTruth: An approach to crowdsourcing for ground truth data, in the context of adapting IBM Watson system to medical domain. Web: twitter: @laroyo slideshare:
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