BINUS International Office

Rhio Sutoyo: International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies

8 – 10 May 2013, Germany
Rhio Sutoyo, School of Computer Science, BINUS UNIVERSITY

First, I want to say thank you to BINUS University that has supported me for the 9th International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies (WEBIST 2013) which was held in Aachen, Germany on 8 – 10 May 2013. I joined the seminar to present my paper titled “FactRunner: Fact Extraction over Wikipedia”. The goal of our research is to extract structured information from sentences by utilizing links (metadata) in Wikipedia. These links are used as an important indicator for the relevance of the linked information. Our research shows that a natural language parser combined with Wikipedia markup can be exploited for extracting facts in form of triple statements with a high accuracy. I presented my paper in front of 20 participants. They were eager to ask questions about my research. There were 4 people who presented their own topics in one session.

The participants of the seminar come from various countries such as USA, Korea, India, China, Indonesia, Australia, Portugal, Canada, Italy, Finland, Greece, and many more. Although I am not able to attend all of the sessions because it was scheduled parallelly, I am grateful to be able to exchange some information with several people in the seminar. One of the them is Andias Wira-Alam. He is an Indonesian and currently working in GESIS – Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences, Cologne, Germany. He and his team took on the problem of finding coherency between two terms (concepts) in the Web. Their solution is linking two concepts by following paths of hyperlinks and collecting short text snippets. In short, the goal of their research is to provide users with an overview about the coherency, enriching the connection with a short but meaningful description. Moreover, I also had an opportunity  to speak with researcher from Denmark, Ricardo Lage. I found their research is quite unique and interesting. They propose a method to classify irrelevant or not interesting messages and filter the messages before they are published on a social network. This research benefits media such as online newspapers to be able to focus on the information that the users might like or worth to read. These international experiences have brought me an updated information in the current field of my research, Web Intelligence. Furthermore, it was also great to find many interesting research topics in the seminar to extend my knowledge.

It was a great opportunity and experience for me to meet other researchers, extend network, and exchanging ideas. For the most part, I believe by participating in this seminar has increased my confidence to submit more relevant paper in other International seminars. It also gave me an insight on current trend of research in a specific topic.

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