ISI Stars in Semantic Web Research

November 4, 2016

An ISI team consisting of Linhong Zhu, Majid Ghasemi-Gol, Pedro Szekely, Aram Galstyan and Craig Knoblock won Best Research Paper at the 15th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC) that ended October 21st, 2016.

Their paper explores use of links between different instance types to perform entity resolution on RDF graphs with multiple node types. Last year, a 20-person team led by Pedro Szekely captured IWSC's Best Applied Paper for its work on building and using knowledge graphs to combat human trafficking.

The latest award marks a record in Semantic Web honors for ISI. Over the past five years, ISI has won more Best Paper awards at the two most prestigious semantic web conferences than any other university or industry participant. The events are the IWSC and its counterpart, the European Semantic Web Conference (EWSC). Beginning in 2012, the tally shows that ISI captured four Best Paper awards across both conferences. IBM and Stanford University tied with three each; and Leipzig University and the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile tied with two each.

Semantic Web is an extension of World Wide Web Consortium standards that provide a common framework for data sharing and reuse across application, enterprise and community boundaries. Such a framework allows content from heterogeneous sites to be combined in unforeseen ways, and enhances matching between users and content. The vision: a knowledge- based network that weaves together human knowledge, making that knowledge processable to support intelligent machine behavior.

"We're so proud that research performed at ISI in the semantic web area is receiving such high praise from our fellow researchers around the world," says Yigal Arens, ISI's intelligent systems division director. "It's a testament both to the individuals who did this excellent work and to the supportive environment weâ&euro&tradeve worked hard to create at ISI."

The honors demonstrate that ISI has become a Semantic Web powerhouse, although it's often not the first ISI strength that comes to mind. The ESWC describes itself as "a major venue for discussing the latest scientific results and technology innovations around semantic technologies," while the IWSC bills itself as "the premier international forum for intelligent processing of data on the web." The 2016 IWSC event was chaired by Yolanda Gil, and conference award statistics were compiled by Pedro Szekely.