Artificial Intelligence


Three things they should have put in the manual (if there was a manual), by Jason Riesa

June 6, 2012

by Jason Riesa

I was asked to contribute an article about my time at ISI as a graduate student, but when you get your PhD you are no longer supposed to always do what you are told, so I thought I would modify the scope a bit. Young researchers are often bad at maintaining structure and good at digging and diving deep into their narrow research topic and staying there. Neither of these are helpful for crossing the boundary from young researcher to seasoned scientist. Here are three things I learned while a PhD student at ISI that helped me along.

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Professor Lise Getoor

June 6, 2012

Prof. Lise Getoor ( of U Maryland is 
visiting ISI for 6 weeks this summer. Lise is an expert on machine 
learning, entity resolution, collective classification and many other 
topics. Her temporary home is in Rm 903. Please stop by and say hi.


Posted by Kristina Lerman

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New AAAI Fellow from ISD: Yolanda Gil

May 23, 2012

I'm very happy to announce that Yolanda Gil has just been elected a Fellow of AAAI.

AAAI's announcement stated that Yolanda received this honor, "For significant contributions to intelligent user interfaces, knowledge capture, representations for web-based science, and for leadership in the AI community."

Congratulations to Yolanda for this well deserved honor!



submitted by: Yigal Arens

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Best Research Paper at MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference

May 15, 2012


(Slightly delayed, but we just found out.)
Rajiv Maheswaran, Yu-Han Chang, Aaron Henehan and Samantha Danesis won the grand prize at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference for their paper, "Deconstructing the Rebound with Optical Tracking Data."  The conference was held in Boston in March 2012.
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Welcome to Ying Zhang

May 1, 2012

Please welcome Ying Zhang, who will be visiting us for one year.  Ying is a faculty member in China and will be working with us on the semantics of geospatial data.  Her office is 958 right now, but she will be moving to 917 in a few weeks.  Here is a picture, so you will recognize her when you see her in the halls.

Craig Knoblock

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Welcome to our visitors Madalina, Laura and Eva

May 1, 2012

Please stop by and say hi to two of our newest visitors: Madalina Georgescu and Laura Banarescu, SDL,  are spending three weeks at ISI working with Kevin and I on a joint project on semantics-based MT. They are in office 901.
Submitted by Daniel


Please welcome Eva Hasler, a student of alumnus Philipp Koehn at the University of Edinburgh, who is visiting us for a few weeks. Her research is in statistical machine translation and she is in office 962.

Submitted by David

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Dr. Rumi Ghosh

April 24, 2012

Rumi Ghosh successfully defended her dissertation titled "Disentangling the Network: Understanding the Interplay of Topology and Dynamics in Network Analysis" on April 23. Her committee, which consisted of Kristina Lerman, Shanghua Teng, Yan Liu and Peter Monge (Annenberg School of Communication), listened with interest as Rumi presented results of her research showing how dynamic processes affect our view of network structure.

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George Konstantinidis receives Award at EDBT/ICDT 2012

April 18, 2012

ISD PhD student George Konstantinidis received the best submission award at the PhD workshop of the EDBT/ICDT 2012 Joint Conference on database theory and technology. The conference was held March 26-30, 2012, in Berlin.

The title of George's paper was "Towards Scalable Data Integration under Constraints", and it is based on the thesis research he is doing with Jose Luis Ambite.

Feel free to contact George <> to get a copy of the paper and to discuss it with him.

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Just How Contagious Are Ideas?

October 12, 2011

The language of contagious disease has long infected computer science. Decades ago, information security pioneer Len Adleman of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering applied the term "virus" to malicious code that could take over computers.

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