Dr. José Manuel Gómez-Pérez is doing his secondment in Aberdeen

Starting from 19 MAY 2016, Dr. José Manuel Gómez-Pérez  from Expert System IBERIA SL (ESI) has been doing his secondment in the University of Aberdeen.

Dr. José is the R&D Director of Expert System Iberia where he provides technological and business leadership with a focus on semantic data management, advanced search interfaces and text analytics. At iSOCO, he led R&D and consulted for companies such as Coca-Cola, HAVAS, British Telecom and Repsol. He served as research fellow at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid in areas involving the Semantic Web, distributed systems and software engineering. José Manuel has led numerous initiatives funded both by national and EU bodies, as well as top global companies. A regular contributor to scholarly and industry publications, he serves on several editorial boards and program committees. He received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid where he was awarded the Juan de la Cierva grant for Postdoctoral Research.

During this secondment, Dr. José will cooperate with the researchers in the University of Aberdeen and work on workpackage 9 in the K-Drive project.

Veronica Villa from Expert Systems is doing her secondment in Aberdeen

Starting from 15 MAY 2016, Veronica Villa from Expert Systems has been doing her secondment in the University of Aberdeen.

Veronica is a senior staff working on linguistic analysis in the Expert System. She will transfer the knowledge on linguistic analysis, conceptualization of structure knowledge, and applications of linguistics on  semantic search, dialogue system, knowledge discovering, etc.



[K-Drive] Seminar: IBM Watson offering and some insights on IBM Cloud and BlueMix

Today (8 April 2016) morning we were glad to welcome Fernanda from IBM Italia to give a seminar titled  “IBM Watson offering and some insights on IBM Cloud and BlueMix” at the Department of Computing Science in the University of Aberdeen.

This is one of the knowledge transfer activities carried out during Fernanda’s secondment in Aberdeen from 24 March 2016 to 10 April 2016, hosted by Dr. Jeff Pan from the University of Aberdeen. During this period, the research activities she involved are mainly focused on cognitive computing, together with Dr. Marco Monti and Dr. Yuting Zhao, both  from IBM Italia, and Dr. Jeff Pan.

In these days, IBM has been promoting cognitive computing business globally concentrated on IBM Watson, which is a technology platform that uses natural language processing and machine learning to reveal insights from large amounts of unstructured data. As the cloud development platform, IBM Bluemix enables the users to build and run one’s apps to access a catalog of services and APIs from IBM, third-parties, and communities that can help automate integrating new functionality into one’s products such as Watson, analytics, security, DevOps, and more.


[BCN News] IBM partners with Aberdeen University to bring Watson to medical research

IBM2[BCN news March 18, 2016 Written by Jamie Davies] The University of Aberdeen has recently announced a partnership with IBM, which will allow students and staff to utilise Watson Engagement Advisor.

IBM scientists are collaborating with researchers at the university on the EU Marie Curie K-Drive project, an initiative which explores a number of different use cases for big data and knowledge graphs, including the treatment of cancer. The results of the project will also form the foundation of any proposals put forward by the university for the EU Horizon 2020 Programme.

Cognitive represents an entirely new model of computing that includes a range of technology innovations in analytics, natural language processing and machine learning,” said Paul Fryer, Academic Initiative Leader at IBM. “The collaboration between IBM and the University of Aberdeen, which builds on a long-standing relationship, aims to help nurture the next generation of innovators; and is the first initiative of this type in Scotland.

The university is now one of four in the UK to have access to the Watson Engagement Advisor, which will be used by students and staff to forward their cognitive computing research.

The partnership with IBM is an exciting opportunity to advance our research in this area,” said Dr Jeff Z. Pan, coordinator of the K-Drive project at the university. “Cognitive computing is empowering human decision-making processes by understanding and exploiting data which is structured and unstructured, and our research is focused on how to make the best use of both types of data.”

Watson’s marketing messaging has primarily focused around the commercialization of artificial intelligence and big data. The partnership with the University of Aberdeen and the K-Drive project builds on IBM’s efforts to demonstrate the real-world viability. Over recent weeks, IBM has announced a number of collaborations to utilize the Watson proposition, including with Mastercard and the Honda Formula One team.

IBM and Honda announced that Watson technology would be incorporated into the McLaren Honda Formula One cars and pits to improve performance and racing decisions in real-time. The sensors will collect data from a number of different sources including driver timing, fuel flow rates and engine performance. The partnership is in reaction to new regulations that required all Formula One cars to use hybrid engines and limited fuel consumption during races.

With the rapid growth of the Internet of Things, by 2025, every car will be connected in some way exuding vast amounts of streaming data ranging from traffic updates to health of the vehicle, operations and more,” said Harriet Green, GM for Watson IoT at IBM. “We are excited to team with Honda to provide sophisticated cognitive IoT capabilities and analytics to combine data directly from the F1 racing vehicles with other sources, allowing Honda to not only enhance its vehicles that are built for speed, but to also be more friendly to our environment.


K-Drive seminar

On 26 Feb 2016, Veronica Villa from Expert System gave a seminar titled “COGITO technology: Building knowledge using semantic technologies” in Aberdeen.

In this seminar, she introduced the state-of-the-art work of COGITO on linguistic analysis, conceptualize structure knowledge, and applications i.e. semantic search, dialogue system, knowledge discovering, etc.

The audience included: Dr. Jeff Pan, Dr. Adam Wyner, and Jhonatan Garcia from University of Aberdeen, and  Dr. Marco Monti, Dr. Yuting Zhao, Fernanda PeregoAlessandra Coletti, Emanuela Valle from IBM Italia, and Anna Cuccovillo, Eliana Bombieri from Expert System.

IBM-UniAbdn Workshop

On 1 Oct 2015, K-Drive colleagues from IBM Italy and the University of Aberdeen had a workshop together in Aberdeen.

Dr. Marco Monti presented “How to Leverage Unstructured Data with Advanced Content Analytics and Knowledge Graphs”, and also led a discussion on a use case for a project. Alessandro Faraotti gave a talk on “Merging NLP and semantic technologies in dialogue systems”, in which he introduced how how NLP and semantic technologies can be employed to design dialogue systems together with a discussion about challenges and future. Dr. Honghan Wu presented “Query Generation for Healthcare: a case study” and also showed a demo. Dr. Yuting Zhao introduced the preparation of a FET project proposal, and led a discussion.

In this afternoon, about 10+ colleagues had join this workshop , Dr. Yuting Zhao from IBM Italia chaired this workshop. Dr. Jeff Pan, Emanuela Valle, Alessandra Coletti, Dr. Marco Senatore, Biralatei Fawei and Isa Guccu also joined the meeting and the discussions.


IBM – Aberdeen internal workshop

On 25 September 2015, the IBMers who visiting the University of Aberdeen and the local Aberdeen researchers had a workshop together.

Totally 10+ colleagues joined this half-day workshop. During this workshop, some presentations were given on the recent research works by K-Drive colleagues. Also some issues for future cooperation were discussed.

Emanuela Valle from IBM Italia gave the presentation “How to approach a Data Mining Project: CRISP-DM Methodology“. In her talk, Emanuela  mainly introduced the CRISP-DM (Cross Industry Standard Process for Data Mining) Methodology, which is a very powerful and useful method to approach data mining activities and a practical example of application of this method in a real project.

Alessandra Coletti  from IBM Italia gave a talk on “Entity Resolution for Bank’s Prospect Customers“, In her presentation, Alessandra shared her experience of using the IBM SPSS Modeler Entity Analytics, including the purpose and the main functionalities. She also introduced an interesting real use-case.

Dr. Marco Senatore from IBM Italia presented “Robust routing for smart city: models and algorithms“. In this presentation, Marco firstly tackled the problem of modelling the effect of limited reliability of networks which is important in many applications. Then he introduced novel models and algorithms for the design of robust routing mechanisms capable of dealing with uncertainty and failure scenarios, with particular focus on the application of his results to the Public Transport Problems. At last he concluded his talk by stressing some possible overlapping between Graph Theory problems and Semantic Technologies.

Dr. Jeff Pan from the University of Aberdeen, as the PI of the K-Drive project, gave a talk on “Semantic technologies, knowledge graph, and technical challenges in the K-Drive project“. In this presentation, Jeff firstly introduce the K-Drive project itself, then Jeff mainly focused on semantic technologies: the motivation, history, and the state of the art. He also discussed special applications in the Semantic Web and Knowledge Graph.

Dr. Yuting Zhao from IBM Italia chaired this workshop. Dr. Marco Monti, Alessandro Faraotti, Dr. Honghan Wu, Biralatei Fawei and Isa Guccu also joined the meeting and discussions on the future cooperation.


IBMers are doing their secondment at the University of Aberdeen

Five IBMers: Dr. Marco Monti, Alessandro FaraottiAlessandra Coletti, Emanuela Valle , and Dr. Marco Senatore have come to Aberdeen to do their secondments, since 21 September 2015.

During this secondment, besides working on Work Package 8 and some related deliverables, they will strength their capabilities on using semantic technologies, and develop further cooperation with the colleagues in the University of Aberdeen.

At the same time, Dr. Yuting Zhao, the IBM team leader, is also visiting the University of Aberdeen. He will meet local colleagues in Aberdeen and work on Deliverable 8.1 and 8.2, and join an IBM-Aberdeen workshop, and also to prepare another project proposal.