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  • The EU project CUTLER’s progress was evaluated by EU project monitors and the project officer in the first review meeting at Brussels Coven Garden. The CUTLER consortium partners presented the scientific development, and series of demos showcasing project achievement in the first phase. Institute WeST was represented by Dr. Chandan Kumar and Jun Sun. We demonstrated our work on data extraction, analytics (topic modeling, sentiment analysis, opinion summarization), and visualization of social data (Twitter, GDELT, News comments, survey data).

  • Recently, Ipek Baris and Lukas Schmelzeisen presented their CLEARumor system for determining rumor veracity and support at the SemEval workshop in Minneapolis, USA. The system achieved the second place in the RumourEval competition out of eleven submitted systems. The workshop was co-located with NAACL, the Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics, one of the most important conferences in the field of natural language processing.

  • The EU project Co-inform aims to empower citizens, journalists, and policymakers with co-created socio-technical solutions, to increase resilience to misinformation, and to allow more informed behaviours and policies. In the first week of June 2019, the mid-term review meeting brought together the nine international project partners in Limassol, Cyprus.

  • The Institute WeST organizes a panel discussion at the “Koblenz Weeks of Democracy” with the topic:

    What are Scientists doing for Democracy? A Glimpse into the Scientific Warfare against Misinformation, between Computer Science and Political Science.

  • The eye tracking research group of Institute WeST is organizing ETWEB: Eye Tracking for the Web - a new conference track at the ACM Symposium on Eye Tracking Research & Applications, Denver, Colorado, USA, which will take place from 25th to 28th of June.

  • 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.



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