IBMers secondments

In February 2016 we welcome the secondment of 5 IBMers from IBM Italia to Aberdeen; they are Dr. Marco MontiFernanda Perego, Alessandra Coletti, Emanuela Valle, and Alessandro Faraotti.

During this secondment they will strengthen the cooperation between IBM Italia and the University of Aberdeen, on investigation of various applications leveraged by Semantic technologies and IBM Cognitive Computing solutions – IBM Watson, which is a technology platform that uses natural language processing and machine learning to reveal insights from large amounts of unstructured data.


Welcome Fernanda Perego onboard

From 14 Feb 2016 Fernanda Perego from IBM Italia has come to the University of Aberdeen for her secondment. She is an IBM Client Technical Architect with long experience with clients’ project on IT Data Center Automation and Systems Management, Digital Transformation and omni-channel customer engagement.

During her secondment, she brings us the expertise on Analytics and Information Architecture (focus on User Experience and social data), and the IBM Cognitive Computing solutions on Watson.

iSOCO/ESI is doing secondments in Aberdeen

Dr. Jose from iSOCO/ESI is visiting the University of Aberdeen, for his secondment starting from 4 Oct , 2015.

During this period, Jose will focus on collaboration with the researchers in the University of Aberdeen on Work-Package 9: The Guidance, in which we will  further extend the intelligent UI. He will also involve in the revision of the K-drive book and discussion on a proposal for FTI H2020.

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.


Welcome new IBMers on board !

Starting from this September, three new IBMers: Alessandra Coletti, Emanuela Valle, and Marco Senatore have joined the project, and become new K-Drivers. Their will contribute to the Work Packages 8, learn semantic technologies and develop new skills, and also set up new cooperation with other colleagues in this project.

Alessandra Coletti has gained her Master degree in Mathematics in 2012 from the “Università degli Studi” of Pavia, and Master degree in Pianoforte in 2010 from the “Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali Franco Vittadini” of Pavia. Now she is a Data Scientist in IBM Italy, and currently works as a consultant in Customer & Social Analytics projects.

Emanuela Valle has gained a Master degree in Mathematics in 2011 from the Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata” , and a Master Degree in Mathematical Finance in 2012 from the Università degli Studi di Bologna “Alma Mater”. Now she is a consultant in IBM Italia and she is working as a Data Scientist in Customer and Social Analytics projects.

Marco Senatore has gained his PhD degree in Operations Research from the University of Rome “LA SAPIENZA” in 2013, majored in Routing Mechanisms for unreliable networks. He had been working at the IBM Zurich Research Laboratory between 2011 to 2012. Now he is a consultant at the IBM GLOBAL BUSINESS SERVICES in Rome.