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    ibm
    Seth Teicher of the crowdsourcing platform CrowdFlower has published a blog post about the CrowdTruth project. He summarizes what the implications of the research project are and what’s next for data enrichment and Watson. Read the full story at the CrowdFlower blog: Crowd’s Collective Wisdom vs. Experts: Who Makes IBM Watson Smarter?

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    wai
    On Monday 31st of August I presented the preliminary results of my work on sound representations during the weekly Artificial Intelligence meeting at the VU University Amsterdam. In this collaboration with Emiel van Miltenburg, a sound corpus is built with annotations on how people perceive these sounds. Sounds can often be interpreted in multiple ways, […]

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    IMG_20150911_090153
    On Friday 11th of September I pitched the medical relation extraction work of my CrowdTruth colleague Anca Dumitrache at the third Amsterdam Data Science: Coffee and Data event. The purpose of this was to get in touch with researchers that have medical datasets that are for instance incomplete or contain errors. With our research, we want to investigate […]

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    extremeblue
    Our research group received several awards at the IBM Extreme Blue Expo 2015. In this event, an array of speakers from IBM, Academia and the startup community presented their latest findings. The Shared University Research Award was granted to the Web & Media group of the VU University Amsterdam. This award is a global initiative by […]

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    escience
    On Thursday 9th of October was the Netherlands eScience symposium in the Amsterdam Arena. This yearly event attracts scientists and researchers from many different disciplines. In the digital humanities track, Oana Inel of the CrowdTruth team gave a talk on the Dive+ project. This is a digital cultural heritage project in which innovative access to […]

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  • 10/14/15--07:26: IBM Watson Innovation course
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    Want to learn about IBM Watson and cognitive computing? Sign up for the Watson Innovation course! The Watson Innovation course is a unique collaboration between the Vrije Universiteit and IBM, in which experts teach you all about cognitive computing and IBM Watson. You will learn how this artificial intelligence system is capable of answering questions […]

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    lora-watson1
    Today Lora Aroyo presented the first lecture of the Watson Innovation course at the Vrije Universiteit. The topic of the lecture was Cognitive Computing, IBM Watson and looking inside the mind of Watson. There was a high attendance of motivated bachelor and master students with various backgrounds, such as artificial intelligence, computer science, business administration, […]

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  • 11/24/15--06:38: Lecture on Human Computing
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    As part of the Watson Innovation course at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, I presented a lecture on crowdsourcing ground truth data through human computation. In the lecture I explained the need of cognitive systems for large amounts of annotated data, and how the wisdom of the crowd should be used to gather this data with […]

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    watson-presentations
    Today the students of the first Watson Innovation course by the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and IBM Netherlands presented their group work at the VU Intertain Lab. Representatives from Amsterdam Marketing and IBM Netherlands were present to evaluate the ideas, applications and business plans of the groups. The groups have been working on their Watson powered […]

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    zoltan
    On Friday 22 January Gerard Smit (CTO for IBM Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg) and Prof. Hubertus Irth (Vice Dean and Research Director of the Vrije Universiteit Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences and Faculty of Sciences) officially launched the collaboration between the IBM Collaborative Innovation Center (CIC) and the VU Faculty of Sciences. In the event […]

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  • 02/19/16--10:12: Scientific poster design
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    Recently the CrowdTruth team got a paper accepted at ICT Open 2016. As part of this upcoming conference, I visited a masterclass on scientific poster design at NWO. The class was given by two professional designers. The most important thing in your poster is having a clear message. This can be achieved by creating a […]

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  • 03/14/16--08:03: CrowdTruth 2.0 released
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    Today we released version 2.0 of the CrowdTruth framework. In the update the data model of the platform is changed, so that data and crowdsourcing results can be managed and reused more easily. This allows for several new features that have been integrated, such as project management and permissions. Users can create projects and share […]

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  • 03/18/16--12:53: Guide to the network society
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    Today I visited the Guide to the network society conference at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. I attended a session on the digitization of cities, in which it became clear to me that cities are going to a major change. Due to digital communication and e-commerce, the need for a main city center with shops and […]

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    poster2
    On the 22nd of March we presented our latest work on CrowdTruth at the ICT.OPEN 2016 conference. We are happy to announce that our poster received the best poster award in the Human and the Machine track. Furthermore, Anca Dumitrache gave a presentation and pitched our poster which resulted in the 2nd prize for best […]

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    controcurator
    The aim of the ControCurator project is for modern information access systems to discover and understand controversial topics and events. This is done by 1) bringing together different types of crowds: niches of experts, lay crowds and engaged social media contributors; and 2) using machines in a joint active learning workflow for real-time and offline […]

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    eswc
    I presented my doctoral consortium paper titled “Exploiting disagreement through open ended tasks for capturing interpretation spaces” at the PhD Symposium of ESWC 2016. An important aspect of the semantic web is that systems have an understanding of the content and context of text, images, sounds and videos. Although research in these fields has progressed […]

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  • 06/29/16--06:02: ESWC 2016 Trip Report
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    From May 29th until June 2nd 2016, the 13th Extended Semantic Web Conference took place in Crete, Greece. CrowdTruth was presented by Oana Inel presenting her paper “Machine-Crowd Annotation Workflow for Event Understanding across Collections and Domains” and by Benjamin Timmermans presenting his paper “Exploiting disagreement through open-ended tasks for capturing interpretation spaces”, both in […]

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    summerschool
    From 2 to 16th of July we organized the Big Data in Society Summerschool at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. As part of our Collaborative Innovation Center with IBM, we presented an introduction of the technical and theoretical underpinnings of IBM Watson and discussed the use of big data and implications for society. We looked at […]

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    lowlands
    Brainstem tumors are a rare form of childhood cancer for which there is currently no cure. The Semmy Foundation aims to increase the survival of children with this type of cancer by supporting scientific research. The Center for Advanced Studies at IBM Netherlands is supporting this research by developing a cognitive system that allows doctors […]

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    controcurator
    Today I gave a talk in our Weekly AI meeting on the topic of ControCurator. This is a project that I am currently working on, which has the goal to enable the discovery and understanding of controversial issues and events by combining human-machine active learning workflows. In the talk I explained the issue of defining […]

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