Hendler, James A.


Why the Data Train Needs Semantic Rails

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While catchphrases such as big data, smart data, data-intensive science, or smart dust highlight different aspects, they share a common theme: Namely, a shift towards a data-centric perspective in which the synthesis and analysis of data at an ever-increasing spatial, temporal, and thematic resolution promises new insights, while, at the same time, reducing the need for strong domain theories as starting points. In terms of the envisioned methodologies, those catchphrases tend to emphasize the role of predictive analytics, that is, statistical techniques including data mining and machine learning, as well as supercomputing. Interestingly, however, while this perspective takes the availability of data as a given, it does not answer the question how one would discover the required data in today’s chaotic information universe, how one would understand which datasets can be meaningfully integrated, and how to communicate the results to humans and machines alike. The semantic web addresses these questions. In the following, we argue why the data train needs semantic rails. We point out that making sense of data and gaining new insights works best if inductive and deductive techniques go hand-in-hand instead of competing over the prerogative of interpretation.


Semantics for Big Data

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This editorial introduction summarizes the seven guest-edited contributions to AI Magazine that explore opportunities and challenges arising from transferring and adapting semantic web technologies to the big data quest .


Reports on the 2013 AAAI Fall Symposium Series

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The Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence was pleased to present the 2013 Fall Symposium Series, held Friday through Sunday, November 15–17, at the Westin Arlington Gateway in Arlington, Virginia near Washington DC USA. The titles of the five symposia were as follows: Discovery Informatics: AI Takes a Science-Centered View on Big Data (FS-13-01); How Should Intelligence be Abstracted in AI Research: MDPs, Symbolic Representations, Artificial Neural Networks, or --? The highlights of each symposium are presented in this report.


Reports on the 2013 AAAI Fall Symposium Series

AI Magazine

The Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence was pleased to present the 2013 Fall Symposium Series, held Friday through Sunday, November 15–17, at the Westin Arlington Gateway in Arlington, Virginia near Washington DC USA. The titles of the five symposia were as follows: Discovery Informatics: AI Takes a Science-Centered View on Big Data (FS-13-01); How Should Intelligence be Abstracted in AI Research: MDPs, Symbolic Representations, Artificial Neural Networks, or — ? (FS-13-02); Integrated Cognition (FS-13-03); Semantics for Big Data (FS-13-04); and Social Networks and Social Contagion: Web Analytics and Computational Social Science (FS-13-05). The highlights of each symposium are presented in this report.


Knowledge Is Power: A View from the Semantic Web

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The emerging Semantic Web focuses on bringing knowledge representationlike capabilities to Web applications in a Web-friendly way. The ability to put knowledge on the Web, share it, and reuse it through standard Web mechanisms provides new and interesting challenges to artificial intelligence. In this paper, I explore the similarities and differences between the Semantic Web and traditional AI knowledge representation systems, and see if I can validate the analogy "The Semantic Web is to KR as the Web is to hypertext."


Knowledge Is Power: A View from the Semantic Web

AI Magazine

The emerging Semantic Web focuses on bringing knowledge representationlike capabilities to Web applications in a Web-friendly way. The ability to put knowledge on the Web, share it, and reuse it through standard Web mechanisms provides new and interesting challenges to artificial intelligence. In this paper, I explore the similarities and differences between the Semantic Web and traditional AI knowledge representation systems, and see if I can validate the analogy "The Semantic Web is to KR as the Web is to hypertext."




Letters to the Editor

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Comments on Cohen article in Spring 1990; the Spring 1991 issue, particularly the West and Travis article; and comments on "Case-Based Reasoning: A Research Paradign (Spring 1991) by Stephen Slade


AAAI News

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Winter news from the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, including a report on the 1990 AAAI Symposium on Planning in Uncertain, Unpredictable, or Changing Environments