Semantic Knowledge for Commodity Computing: Myth or Reality? Information and Knowledge Acquisition: Has the Problem Been Solved?


July 19, 2011


Evelyne Viegas, Deborah McGuinness, Haixun Wang, and Shoshanna Budzianowski


Microsoft Research, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Microsoft Research Asia, Microsoft


Evelyne Viegas chairs this session at Faculty Summit 2011, which includes the following presentations.

  • Semantic Knowledge for Commodity Computing-Overview—Evelyne Viegas, Microsoft Research
  • Ontologies for Real World—Deborah McGuinness, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • A Probabilistic Knowledgebase for Text Understanding—Haixun Wang, Microsoft Research
  • Data Challenges in the Real World—Shoshanna Budzianowski, Microsoft”


Evelyne Viegas, Deborah McGuinness, Haixun Wang, and Shoshanna Budzianowski

Evelyne Viegas, is responsible for the Online Technologies and Web Cultures initiative in the External Research & Programs team at Microsoft Research in Redmond WA, U.S. Prior to her present role, Evelyne has been working as a Technical Lead, and Program Manager at Microsoft delivering Natural Language Processing components to projects for MSN, Office, and Windows. Before Microsoft, and after completing her Ph.D. in France, she worked as a Principal Investigator at the Computing Research Laboratory in New Mexico on an ontology-based Machine Translation project. She has edited the following books: “Computational Lexical Semantics” Cambridge University Press and “Breadth and Depth of Semantic Lexicons” Kluwer Academic Press. Her current research interests include approaches and experiences to make the web more “intelligent” and safer with a focus on finding information, sitting at the desktop or while on the move.

Haixun Wang is a researcher at Microsoft Research Asia in Beijing, China. Before joining Microsoft, he had been a research staff member at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center for 9 years. He was Technical Assistant to Stuart Feldman (Vice President of Computer Science of IBM Research) from 2006 to 2007, and Technical Assistant to Mark Wegman (Head of Computer Science of IBM Research) from 2007 to 2009. Haixun Wang has published more than 120 research papers in referred international journals and conference proceedings. He is associate editor of IEEE Transactions of Knowledge and Data Engineering (TKDE), Journal of Computer Science and Technology (JCST). He is PC co-Chair of CIKM 2012, ICMLA 2011, WAIM 2011. Haixun Wang got the ER 2008 Conference best paper award (DKE 25 year award), and ICDM 2009 Best Student Paper run-up award.