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  • Steffen Staab, Professor for Databases and Information Systems, Head of the Institute of Web Science and Technologies (WeST) and Vice Dean for Research and Transfer at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Koblenz-Landau, received the Academy Award 2018 of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate for exemplary achievements in teaching and research.

  • The Oxford Dictionary describes fact-checking as a process seeking to “investigate (an issue) in order to verify the facts”. However, while instructive, this necessarily concise definition is limited in its understanding of the practical outworkings of what constitutes fact-checking, the variation and scope of its practices, as well as the factors and social, political and cultural contexts in which fact-checking has become an established practice.

  • The Co-Inform project (Co-Creating Misinformation-Resilient Societies) is about empowering citizens, journalists and policy-makers with co-created socio-technical solutions, to increase resilience to misinformation and to generate more informed behaviours and policies. Thus, it will contribute to the overall principles of the European Commission to “foster credibility of information by providing an indication of its trustworthiness” and “improving traceability of information and authentication of influential information providers”.

  • In the last years knowledge graphs have received a lot of attention. During the 14th Reasoning Web Summer School at Luxembourg, 22nd-26th September, the participants learned what knowledge graphs are and how they are created. Furthermore, efficient querying and reasoning on these knowledge graphs first in a centralized and thereafter in a distributed way were taught. On the summer school Steffen Staab presented how RDF stored in the cloud store and query knowledge graphs over several compute nodes.

  • The International Conference on Computational Models of Argument (COMMA) is one of the main forums for presentation and exchange of the latest research results related to computational aspects of argumentation. At this year's COMMA, held in Warsaw, Matthias Thimm and Tjitze Rienstra presented several recent works. Matthias Thimm gave presentations on Stochastic Local Search Algorithms for Abstract Argumentation under Stable Semantics, Probabilistic Graded Semantics and Epistemic Attack Semantics. Tjitze Rienstra presented work on Ranking Functions over Labellings.

  • Speaking at the Open Citation Workshop in Bologna, Dr. Philipp Mayr-Schlegel (GESIS) on behalf of the EXCITE project consortium has accounced and demonstrated the release of the novel EXCITE toolchain that allows for extracting literature references from PDFs and matching them against available bibliographic databases.

  • The contributors of the GazeMining project have been decorated with the Best Video Award at the 2018 ACM Symposium on Eye Tracking (ETRA) in Warsaw, June 2018. The video had been submitted as addition to the paper "Enhanced Representation of Web Pages for Usability Analysis with Eye Tracking". They have proposed a method that identifies fixed elements on Web pages and combines user viewport screenshots in relation to fixed elements for an enhanced representation of the page.

  • Vice Motherboard interviewed Prof. Staab about what Amazon could do with its Big Data about you.

  • Tjitze Rienstra will give an invited talk On the relationship between argumentation networks and Bayesian networks at the Second Chinese Conference on Logic and Argumentation (CLAR 2018).

    Argumentation networks and Bayesian networks are two graph-theoretical formalisms used in AI that serve different purposes. In his talk, Dr. Rienstra will show that it is nevertheless possible to treat them in a unifying manner.

  • Human voice and eyes are the most natural sources that can provide input signals to facilitate hands-free human-computer interaction. However, the applicability is subjective to the factors of user preference, context, accuracy and the performance of individual modality. In this work, we aim to neutralize these factors for a true hands-free experience: integration of the two modalities for a wholesome Web browsing experience. We will demonstrate the prototype at the 2018 ACM symposium on eye tracking (ETRA) in Warsaw, June 2018.



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