Intelligent Systems Division

ISI Takes Laurels in Semantic Web Research

Over the past five years, ISI has captured more Best Paper awards at the two most prestigious Semantic Web conferences than any other university or industry participant.  The events are the European Semantic Web Conference (EWSC) and International Semantic Web Conference (IWSC), held in May and October this year, respectively. 

Beginning in 2012, the tally shows that ISI captured four Best Paper awards; IBM and Stanford University tied with three each; and Leipzig University and the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile tied with two each.

The honors demonstrate that, while ISI may not traditionally be thought of as a Semantic Web powerhouse, we actually are.  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.”

 “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 we’ve worked hard to create at ISI."

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.

Our thanks to Pedro Szekely for sacrificing part of a Sunday afternoon to compile these impressive statistics.