Paper accepted at Oxford Bioinformatics Journal

🗓 2019-02-12    ✍ Gezim Sejdiu

We are very pleased to announce that our group got a paper accepted at the Oxford Bioinformatics Journal.

Oxford Bioinformatics Journal is a bi-weekly peer-reviewed scientific journal that focuses on genome bioinformatics and computational biology. The journal is leading its field, and publishes scientific papers that are relevant to academic and industrial researchers.
Here is the pre-print of the accepted paper with its abstract:

Abstract: Knowledge graph embeddings (KGEs) have received significant attention in other domains due to their ability to predict links and create dense representations for graphs' nodes and edges. However, the software ecosystem for their application to bioinformatics remains limited and inaccessible for users without expertise in programming and machine learning. Therefore, we developed BioKEEN (Biological KnowlEdge EmbeddiNgs) and PyKEEN (Python KnowlEdge EmbeddiNgs) to facilitate their easy use through an interactive command line interface. Finally, we present a case study in which we used a novel biological pathway mapping resource to predict links that represent pathway crosstalks and hierarchies. Availability: BioKEEN and PyKEEN are open source Python packages publicly available under the MIT License at and as well as through PyPI.

We thank our partners from the Bio2Vec, MLwin, and SimpleML projects for their assistance. This research was supported by Bio2Vec project (, CRG6 grant 3454) with funding from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).

Papers accepted at AAAI / CompexQA & RecNLP Workshops

🗓 2019-01-23    ✍ Gezim Sejdiu

We are very pleased to announce that our group got two papers got accepted for presentation at the Thirty-First The Thirty-Third AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-19) workshops (ComplexQA 2019 and RecNLP 2019), which will be held January 27 – February 1, 2019 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.

The purpose of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) conference series is to promote research in artificial intelligence (AI) and foster scientific exchange between researchers, practitioners, scientists, students, and engineers in AI and its affiliated disciplines.
Reasoning for Complex Question Answering Workshop is a new series of workshops on the reasoning for complex question answering (QA). QA has become a crucial application problem in evaluating the progress of AI systems in the realm of natural language processing and understanding, and to measure the progress of machine intelligence in general. The computational linguistics communities (ACL, NAACL, EMNLP et al.) have devoted significant attention to the general problem of machine reading and question answering, as evidenced by the emergence of strong technical contributions and challenge datasets such as SQuAD. However, most of these advances have focused on “shallow” QA tasks that can be tackled very effectively by existing retrieval-based techniques. Instead of measuring the comprehension and understanding of the QA systems in question, these tasks test merely the capability of a technique to “attend” or focus attention on specific words and pieces of text. The main aim of this workshop is to bring together experts from the computational linguistics (CL) and AI communities to: (1) catalyze progress on the CQA problem, and create a vibrant test-bed of problems for various AI sub-fields; and (2) present a generalized task that can act as a harbinger of progress in AI.
Recommender Systems Meet Natural Language Processing (RecNLP) is an interdisciplinary workshop covering the intersection between Recommender Systems (RecSys) and Natural Language Processing (NLP). The primary goal of RecNLP is to identify common ideas and techniques that are being developed in both disciplines, and to further explore the synergy between the two and to bring together researchers from both domains to encourage and facilitate future collaborations.

Here is the pre-print of the accepted papers with their abstract:

Abstract: Translating natural language to SQL queries for table-based question answering is a challenging problem and has received significant attention from the research community. In this work, we extend a pointer-generator network and investigate how query decoding order matters in semantic parsing for SQL. Even though our model is a straightforward extension of a general-purpose pointer-generator, it outperforms early work for WikiSQL and remains competitive to concurrently introduced, more complex models. Moreover, we provide a deeper investigation of the potential “order-matters” problem due to having multiple correct decoding paths, and investigate the use of REINFORCE as well as a non-deterministic oracle in this context.
Abstract: Discovering relevant research collaborations is crucial for performing extraordinary research and promoting the careers of scholars. Therefore, building recommender systems capable of suggesting relevant collaboration opportunities is of huge interest. Most of the existing approaches for collaboration and co-author recommendation focus on semantic similarities using bibliographic metadata such as publication counts, and citation network analysis.  These approaches neglect relevant and important metadata information such as author affiliation and conferences attended, affecting the quality of the recommendations. To overcome these drawbacks, we formulate the task of scholarly recommendation as a link prediction task based on knowledge graph embeddings. A knowledge graph containing scholarly metadata is created and enriched with textual descriptions. We tested the quality of the recommendations based on the TransE, TranH and DistMult models that consider only triples in the knowledge graph and DKRL which in addition incorporates natural language descriptions of entities during training.

Looking forward to seeing you at The AAAI-19.

Paper accepted at Nature Scientific Data Journal

🗓 2018-12-05    ✍ Gezim Sejdiu

We are very pleased to announce that our group got a paper accepted at the Nature Journal on Scientific Data.
Nature is a weekly international journal publishing the finest peer-reviewed research in all fields of science and technology on the basis of its originality, importance, interdisciplinary interest, timeliness, accessibility, elegance and surprising conclusions. Nature also provides rapid, authoritative, insightful and arresting news and interpretation of topical and coming trends affecting science, scientists and the wider public.  Scientific Data is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal for descriptions of scientifically valuable datasets, and research that advances the sharing and reuse of scientific data. It covers a broad range of research disciplines, including descriptions of big or small datasets, from major consortiums to single research groups. Scientific Data primarily publishes Data Descriptors, a new type of publication that focuses on helping others reuse data, and crediting those who share.
Here is the pre-print of the accepted paper with its abstract:

Abstract: Patents are widely used to protect intellectual property and a measure of innovation output. Each year, the USPTO grants over 150,000 patents to individuals and companies all over the world.  In fact, there were more than 280,000 patent grants issued in the US in 2015. However, accessing, searching and analyzing those patents is often still cumbersome and inefficient. To overcome those problems, Google indexes patents and converts them to Extensible Markup Language (XML) files using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) techniques. In this article, we take this idea one step further and provide semantically rich, machine-readable patents using the Linked Data principles. We have converted the data spanning 12 years - i.e. 2005 - 2017 from XML to Resource Description Framework (RDF) format, conforming to the Linked Data principles and made them publicly available for re-use. This data can be integrated with other data sources in order to further simplify use cases such as trend analysis, structured patent search & exploration and societal progress measurements. We describe the conversion, publishing, interlinking process along with several use cases for the USPTO Linked Patent data.

Papers accepted at JURIX 2018

🗓 2018-11-19    ✍ Gezim Sejdiu

We are very pleased to announce that our group got one paper accepted for presentation at The 31st international conference on Legal Knowledge and Information Systems (JURIX 2018) conference, which will be held on December 12–14, 2018 in Groningen, The Netherland.
JURIX organizes yearly conferences on the topic of Legal Knowledge and Information Systems. The proceedings of the conferences are published in the Frontiers of Artificial Intelligence and Applications series of IOS Press.
The JURIX conference attracts a wide variety of participants, coming from the government, academia, and business. It is accompanied by workshops on topics ranging from eGovernment, legal ontologies, legal XML, alternative dispute resolution (ADR), argumentation, deontic logic, etc.
Here is the accepted paper with its abstract:

  • A Question Answering System on Regulatory Documentsby Diego Collarana, Timm Heuss, Jens Lehmann, Ioanna Lytra, Gaurav Maheshwari, Rostislav Nedelchev, Thorsten Schmidt, Priyansh Trivedi. Abstract: In this work, we outline an approach for question answering over regulatory documents. In contrast to traditional means to access information in the domain, the proposed system attempts to deliver an accurate and precise answer to user queries. This is accomplished by a two-step approach which first selects relevant paragraphs given a question; and then compares the selected paragraph with user query to predict a span in the paragraph as the answer. We employ neural network-based solutions for each step and compare them with existing, and alternate baselines. We perform our evaluations with a gold-standard benchmark comprising over 600 questions on the MaRisk regulatory document. In our experiments, we observe that our proposed system outperforms other baselines.

This research was partially supported by an EU H2020 grant provided for the WDAqua project (GA no. 642795).

Looking forward to seeing you at the JURIX 2018.

SDA at ISWC 2018 and a Best Demo Award

🗓 2018-11-05    ✍ Gezim Sejdiu

The International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC) is the premier international forum where Semantic Web / Linked Data researchers, practitioners, and industry specialists come together to discuss, advance, and shape the future of semantic technologies on the web, within enterprises and in the context of the public institution. We are very pleased to announce that we got 3 papers accepted at ISWC 2018 for presentation at the main conference. Additionally, we also had 5 Posters/Demo papers accepted.
Furthermore, we are very happy to announce that we won the Best Demo Award for the WebVOWLEditor: “WebVOWL Editor: Device-Independent Visual Ontology Modeling” by Vitalis Wiens, Steffen Lohmann, and Sören Auer.

Here are some further pointers in case you want to know more about WebVOWL Editor: Among the other presentations, our colleagues presented the following presentations: Workshops ISWC18 was a great venue to meet the community, create new connections, talk about current research challenges, share ideas and settle new collaborations. We look forward to the next ISWC conference.
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Paper accepted at the Journal of Web Semantics

🗓 2018-10-17    ✍ Gezim Sejdiu

We are very pleased to announce that our group got a paper accepted at the Journal of Web Semantics on Managing the Evolution and Preservation of the Data Web (MEPDaW) issue. The Journal of Web Semantics is an interdisciplinary journal based on research and applications of various subject areas that contribute to the development of a knowledge-intensive and intelligent service Web. These areas include knowledge technologies, ontology, agents, databases and the semantic grid, obviously, disciplines like information retrieval, language technology, human-computer interaction, and knowledge discovery are of major relevance as well. All aspects of Semantic Web development are covered. The publication of large-scale experiments and their analysis is also encouraged to clearly illustrate scenarios and methods that introduce semantics into existing Web interfaces, contents, and services. The journal emphasizes the publication of papers that combine theories, methods, and experiments from different subject areas in order to deliver innovative semantic methods and applications. Here is the pre-print of the accepted paper with its abstract:

Abstract: Some facts in the Web of Data are only valid within a certain time interval. However, most of the knowledge bases available on the Web of Data do not provide temporal information explicitly. Hence, the relationship between facts and time intervals is often lost. A few solutions are proposed in this field. Most of them are concentrated more in extracting facts with time intervals rather than trying to map facts with time intervals. This paper studies the problem of determining the temporal scopes of facts, that is, deciding the time intervals in which the fact is valid. We propose a generic approach which addresses this problem by curating temporal information of facts in the knowledge bases. Our proposed framework, Temporal Information Scoping (TISCO) exploits evidence collected from the Web of Data and the Web. The evidence is combined within a three-step approach which comprises matching, selection and merging. This is the first work employing matching methods that consider both a single fact or a group of facts at a time. We evaluate our approach against a corpus of facts as input and different parameter settings for the underlying algorithms. Our results suggest that we can detect temporal information for facts from DBpedia with an f-measure of up to 80%.
Acknowledgment This research has been supported in part by the research grant number 17A209 from the University of Milano-Bicocca and by a scholarship from the University of Bonn

Papers accepted at EMNLP 2018 / FEVER & W-NUT Workshops

🗓 2018-10-04    ✍ Gezim Sejdiu

We are very pleased to announce that our group got 3 workshop papers accepted for presentation at EMNLP 2018 conference, that will be held on 1st of November 2018, Brussels, Belgium. FEVER: The First Workshop on Fact Extraction and Verification: With billions of individual pages on the web providing information on almost every conceivable topic, we should have the ability to collect facts that answer almost every conceivable question. However, only a small fraction of this information is contained in structured sources (Wikidata, Freebase, etc.) – we are therefore limited by our ability to transform free-form text to structured knowledge. There is, however, another problem that has become the focus of a lot of recent research and media coverage: false information coming from unreliable sources. In an effort to jointly address both problems, a workshop promoting research in joint Fact Extraction and VERification (FEVER) has been proposed. W-NUT: The 4th Workshop on Noisy User-generated Text: focuses on Natural Language Processing applied to noisy user-generated text, such as that found in social media, online reviews, crowdsourced data, web forums, clinical records and language learner essays. Here are the accepted papers with their abstracts:

Abstract: With the growth of the internet, the number of fake-news online has been proliferating every year. The consequences of such phenomena are manifold, ranging from lousy decision-making process to bullying and violence episodes. Therefore, fact-checking algorithms became a valuable asset. To this aim, an important step to detect fake-news is to have access to a credibility score for a given information source. However, most of the widely used Web indicators have either been shut-down to the public (e.g., Google PageRank) or are not free for use (Alexa Rank). Further existing databases are short-manually curated lists of online sources, which do not scale. Finally, most of the research on the topic is theoretical-based or explore confidential data in a restricted simulation environment. In this paper we explore current research, highlight the challenges and propose solutions to tackle the problem of classifying websites into a credibility scale. The proposed model automatically extracts source reputation cues and computes a credibility factor, providing valuable insights which can help in belittling dubious and confirming trustful unknown websites. Experimental results outperform state of the art in the 2-classes and 5-classes setting.
Abstract: Named Entity Recognition (NER) is an important subtask of information extraction that seeks to locate and recognise named entities. Despite recent achievements, we still face limitations in correctly detecting and classifying entities, prominently in short and noisy text, such as Twitter. An important negative aspect in most of NER approaches is the high dependency on hand-crafted features and domain-specific knowledge, necessary to achieve state-of-the-art results. Thus, devising models to deal with such linguistically complex contexts is still challenging. In this paper, we propose a novel multi-level architecture that does not rely on any specific linguistic resource or encoded rule. Unlike traditional approaches, we use features extracted from images and text to classify named entities. Experimental tests against state-of-the-art NER for Twitter on the Ritter dataset present competitive results (0.59 F-measure), indicating that this approach may lead towards better NER models.
Abstract: In this paper, we describe DeFactoNLP, the system we designed for the FEVER 2018 Shared Task. The aim of this task was to conceive a system that can not only automatically assess the veracity of a claim but also retrieve evidence supporting this assessment from Wikipedia. In our approach, the Wikipedia documents whose Term Frequency-Inverse Document Frequency (TFIDF) vectors are most similar to the vector of the claim and those documents whose names are similar to those of the named entities (NEs) mentioned in the claim are identified as the documents which might contain evidence. The sentences in these documents are then supplied to a textual entailment recognition module. This module calculates the probability of each sentence supporting the claim, contradicting the claim or not providing any relevant information to assess the veracity of the claim. Various features computed using these probabilities are finally used by a Random Forest classifier to determine the overall truthfulness of the claim. The sentences which support this classification are returned as evidence. Our approach achieved a 0.4277 evidence F1-score, a 0.5136 label accuracy and a 0.3833 FEVER score.
Acknowledgment This research was partially supported by an EU H2020 grant provided for the WDAqua project (GA no. 642795) and by the DAAD under the “International promovieren in Deutschland fur alle” (IPID4all) project.
Looking forward to seeing you at The EMNLP/FEVER 2018.

Papers accepted at EKAW 2018

🗓 2018-09-21    ✍ Gezim Sejdiu

We are very pleased to announce that our group got 2 papers accepted for presentation at The 21st International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management (EKAW 2018) conference, which will be held on 12 - 16 November 2018 in Nancy, France.The 21st International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management is in concern with all aspects about eliciting, acquiring, modeling and managing knowledge, and the construction of knowledge-intensive systems and services for the semantic web, knowledge management, e-business, natural language processing, intelligent information integration, and so on. The special theme of EKAW 2018 is “Knowledge and AI”. We are indeed calling for papers that describe algorithms, tools, methodologies, and applications that exploit the interplay between knowledge and Artificial Intelligence techniques, with a special emphasis on knowledge discovery. Accordingly, EKAW 2018 will put a special emphasis on the importance of Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management with the help of AI as well as for AI.Here is the list of accepted papers with their abstracts:

Abstract : With the recent advances in data integration and the concept of data lakes, massive pools of heterogeneous data are being curated as Knowledge Graphs (KGs). In addition to data collection, it is of utmost importance to gain meaningful insights from this composite data. However, given the graph-like representation, the multimodal nature, and large size of data, most of the traditional analytic approaches are no longer directly applicable. The traditional approaches could collect all values of a particular attribute, e.g. height, and try to perform anomaly detection for this attribute. However, it is conceptually inaccurate to compare one attribute representing different entities, e.g.~the height of buildings against the height of animals. Therefore, there is a strong need to develop fundamentally new approaches for the outlier detection in KGs. In this paper, we present a scalable approach, dubbed CONOD, that can deal with multimodal data and performs adaptive outlier detection against the cohorts of classes they represent, where a cohort is a set of classes that are similar based on a set of selected properties. We have tested the scalability of CONOD on KGs of different sizes, assessed the outliers using different inspection methods and achieved promising results.
Abstract : Although the use of apps and online services comes with accompanying privacy policies, a majority of end-users ignore them due to their length, complexity and unappealing presentation. In light of the, now enforced EU-wide, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) we present an automatic technique for mapping privacy policies excerpts to relevant GDPR articles so as to support average users in understanding their usage risks and rights as a data subject. KnIGHT (Know your rIGHTs), is a tool that finds candidate sentences in a privacy policy that are potentially related to specific articles in the GDPR. The approach employs semantic text matching in order to find the most appropriate GDPR paragraph, and to the best of our knowledge is one of the first automatic attempts of its kind applied to a company’s policy. Our evaluation shows that on average between 70-90% of the tool’s automatic mappings are at least partially correct, meaning that the tool can be used to significantly guide human comprehension. Following this result, in the future we will utilize domain-specific vocabularies to perform a deeper semantic analysis and improve the results further.
Acknowledgment This work was partly supported by the EU Horizon2020 projects WDAqua (GA no.~642795), Boost4.0 (GA no.~780732) and BigDataOcean (GA no.~732310) and DAAD.
Looking forward to seeing you at The EKAW 2018.

Paper accepted at CoNLL 2018

🗓 2018-09-17    ✍ Gezim Sejdiu

We are very pleased to announce that our group got one paper accepted for presentation at The SIGNLL Conference on Computational Natural Language Learning (CoNLL 2018) conference. CoNLL is a top-tier conference, yearly organized by SIGNLL (ACL’s Special Interest Group on Natural Language Learning). This year, CoNLL will be colocated with EMNLP 2018 and will be held on October 31 – November 1, 2018, Brussels, Belgium.

The aim of the CoNLL conference is to bring researchers and practitioners from both academia and industry, in the areas of deep learning, natural language processing, and learning. It is among the top-10 Natural language processing and Computational linguistics conferences.

Here is the accepted paper with its abstract:

Improving Response Selection in Multi-turn Dialogue Systems by Incorporating Domain Knowledge” by Debanjan Chaudhuri, Agustinus Kristiadi, Jens Lehmann and Asja Fischer.

Abstract : Building systems that can communicate with humans is a core problem in Artificial Intelligence. This work proposes a novel neural network architecture for response selection in an end-to-end multi-turn conversational dialogue setting. The architecture applies context level attention and incorporates additional external knowledge provided by descriptions of domain-specific words. It uses a bi-directional Gated Recurrent Unit (GRU) for encoding context and responses and learns to attend over the context words given the latent response representation and vice versa. In addition, it incorporates external domain specific information using another GRU for encoding the domain keyword descriptions. This allows better representation of domain-specific keywords in responses and hence improves the overall performance. Experimental results show that our model outperforms all other state-of-the-art methods for response selection in multi-turn conversations.

This research was supported by the KDDS project at Fraunhofer.

Looking forward to seeing you at The CoNLL 2018.

Workshop Papers accepted at ICML/FAIM 2018

🗓 2018-09-03    ✍ Gezim Sejdiu

We are very pleased to announce that our group got 2 workshop papers accepted for presentation at The Federated Artificial Intelligence Meeting (FAIM) → NAMPI workshop co-organized with ICML, IJCAI/ECAI, AAMAS. The workshop took place in Stockholm, Sweden on the 15th of July 2018. The aim of the NAMPI workshop was to bring researchers and practitioners from both academia and industry, in the areas of deep learning, program synthesis, probabilistic programming, programming languages, inductive programming and reinforcement learning, together to exchange ideas on the future of program induction with a special focus on neural network models and abstract machines. Through this workshop we look to identify common challenges, exchange ideas among and lessons learned from the different fields, as well as establish a (set of) standard evaluation benchmark(s) for approaches that learn with abstraction and/or reason with induced programs. Here are the accepted papers with their abstracts:

Abstract: Research on question answering with knowledge base has recently seen an increasing use of deep architectures. In this extended abstract, we study the application of the neural machine translation paradigm for question parsing. We employ a sequence-to-sequence model to learn graph patterns in the SPARQL graph query language and their compositions. Instead of inducing the programs through question-answer pairs, we expect a semi-supervised approach, where alignments between questions and queries are built through templates. We argue that the coverage of language utterances can be expanded using late notable works in natural language generation.
Abstract: The ML-Schema, proposed by the W3C Machine Learning Schema Community Group, is a top-level ontology that provides a set of classes, properties, and restrictions for representing and interchanging information on machine learning algorithms, datasets, and experiments. It can be easily extended and specialized and it is also mapped to other more domain-specific ontologies developed in the area of machine learning and data mining. In this paper we overview existing state-of-the-art machine learning interchange formats and present the first release of ML-Schema, a canonical format resulted of more than seven years of experience among different research institutions. We argue that exposing semantics of machine learning algorithms, models, and experiments through a canonical format may pave the way to better interpretability and to realistically achieve the full interoperability of experiments regardless of platform or adopted workflow solution.
 AcknowledgmentThis work was partially supported by NEAR AI.

Demo and Poster Papers accepted at ISWC 2018

🗓 2018-08-28    ✍ Gezim Sejdiu

We are very pleased to announce that our group got 4 demo/poster papers accepted for presentation at ISWC 2018 : The 17th International Semantic Web Conference, which will be held on October 8 - 12, 2018 in Monterey, California, USA. The International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC) is the premier international forum where Semantic Web / Linked Data researchers, practitioners, and industry specialists come together to discuss, advance, and shape the future of semantic technologies on the web, within enterprises and in the context of the public institution. Here is the list of the accepted papers with their abstract:

Abstract: The increasing adoption of the Linked Data format, RDF, over the last two decades has brought new opportunities. It has also raised new challenges though, especially when it comes to managing and processing large amounts of RDF data. In particular, assessing the internal structure of a data set is important, since it enables users to understand the data better. One prominent way of assessment is computing statistics about the instances and schema of a data set. However, computing statistics of large RDF data is computationally expensive. To overcome this challenging situation, we previously built DistLODStats, a framework for parallel calculation of 32 statistical criteria over large RDF datasets, based on Apache Spark. Running DistLODStats is, thus, done via submitting jobs to a Spark cluster. Often times, this process is done manually, either by connecting to the cluster machine or via a dedicated resource manager. This approach is inconvenient as it requires acquiring new software skills as well as the direct interaction of users with the cluster. In order to make the use of DistLODStats easier, we propose in this paper an approach for triggering RDF statistics calculation remotely simply using HTTP requests. DistLODStats is built as a plugin into the larger SANSA Framework and makes use of Apache Livy, a novel lightweight solution for interacting with Spark cluster via a REST Interface.
Abstract: In order to answer natural language questions over knowledge graphs,most processing pipelines involve entity and relation linking. Traditionally, entity linking and relation linking have been performed either as dependent sequential tasks or independent parallel tasks. In this demo paper, we present EARL, which performs entity linking and relation linking as a joint single task. The system determines the best semantic connection between all keywords of the question by referring to the knowledge graph. This is achieved by exploiting the connection density between entity candidates and relation candidates. EARL uses bloom filters for faster retrieval of connection density and uses an extended label vocabulary for higher recall to improve the overall accuracy
Abstract: In this demo paper, we present the interface of the SQCFramework, a SPARQL query containment benchmark generation framework. SQCFramework is able to generate customized SPARQL containment benchmarks from real SPARQL query logs. To this end, the framework makes use of different clustering techniques. It is flexible enough to generate benchmarks of varying sizes and complexities according to user-defined criteria on important SPARQL features for query containment benchmarking. We evaluate the usability of the interface by using the standard system usability scale questionnaire. Our overall usability score of 82.33 suggests that the online interface is consistent, easy to use, and the various functions of the system are well integrated.
Abstract: Data Scientist is one of the most sought-after jobs of this decade. In order to analyze the job market in this domain, interested institutions have to integrate numerous job advertising coming from heterogeneous Web sources e.g., job portals, company websites, professional community platforms such as StackOverflow, GitHub, etc. In this demo, we show the application of the RDF Molecule-Based Integration Framework MINTE+ in the domain-specific application of job market analysis. The use of RDF molecules for knowledge representation is a core element of the framework gives MINTE+ enough flexibility to integrate job advertising from different web resources and countries. Attendees will observe how exploration and analysis of the data science job market in Europe can be facilitated by synthesizing at query time a consolidated knowledge graph of job advertising. The demo is available at:
AcknowledgmentThis work has received funding from the EU Horizon 2020 projects BigDataEurope (GA 644564) and QROWD (GA no. 723088), the Marie Skłodowska-Curie action WDAqua(GA No 642795), and HOBBIT (GA. 688227), and (project SlideWiki, grant no. 688095), and the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in the context of the projects LiDaKrA (Linked-Data-basierte Kriminalanalyse, grant no. 13N13627) and InDaSpacePlus (grant no. 01IS17031).
Looking forward to seeing you at The ISWC 2018.

Paper and Poster Papers accepted at SEMANTICS 2018

🗓 2018-08-20    ✍ Gezim Sejdiu

We are very pleased to announce that our group got two papers and two poster papers accepted for presentation at SEMANTiCS 2018 conference which will take place in Vienna, Austria on 10th - 13th of September 2018.SEMANTiCS is an established knowledge hub where technology professionals, industry experts, researchers and decision makers can learn about new technologies, innovations and enterprise implementations in the fields of Linked Data and Semantic AI. Since 2005, the conference series has focused on semantic technologies, which are today together with other methodologies such as NLP and machine learning the core of intelligent systems. The conference highlights the benefits of standards-based approaches.Here is the list of accepted papers with their abstracts:

Abstract: In this poster, we will present attendees how the recent state-of-the-art Semantic Web tool SANSA could be used to tackle blockchain specific challenges. In particular, the poster will focus on the use case of CryptoKitties: a popular Ethereum-based online game where users are able to trade virtual kitty pets in a secure way.

Abstract: The European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) sets new precedents for the processing of personal data. In this paper, we propose an architecture that provides an automated means to enable transparency with respect to personal data processing and sharing transactions and compliance checking with respect to data subject usage policies and GDPR legislative obligations.

Abstract: The way how research is communicated using text publications has not changed much over the past decades. We have the vision that ultimately researchers will work on a common structured knowledge base comprising comprehensive semantic and machine-comprehensible descriptions of their research, thus making research contributions more transparent and comparable. We present the SemSur ontology for semantically capturing the information commonly found in survey and review articles. SemSur is able to represent scientific results and to publish them in a comprehensive knowledge graph, which provides an efficient overview of a research field, and to compare research findings withrelated works in a structured way, saving researchers a significant amount of time and effort. The new release of SemSur covers more domains, defines better alignment with external ontologies and rules for eliciting implicit knowledge. We discuss possible applications and present an evaluation of our approach with the retrospective, exemplary semantification of a survey. We demonstrate the utility of the SemSur ontology to answer queries about the different research contributions covered by the survey. SemSur is currently used and maintained at

  • “Cross-Lingual Ontology Enrichment Based on Multi-Agent Architecture” by Mohamed Ali, Said Fathalla, Shimaa Ibrahim, Mohamed Kholief, Yasser Hassan (Research & Innovation)
Abstract: The proliferation of ontologies and multilingual data available on the Web has motivated many researchers to contribute to multilingual and cross-lingual ontology enrichment. Cross-lingual ontology enrichment greatly facilitates ontology learning from multilingual text/ontologies in order to support collaborative ontology engineering process.This article proposes a cross-lingual ontology enrichment (CLOE) approach based on a multi-agent architecture in order to enrich ontologies from a multilingual text or ontology. This has several advantages: 1) an ontology is used to enrich another one, written in a different natural language, and 2) several ontologies could be enriched at the same time using a single chunk of text (Simultaneous Ontology Enrichment). A prototype for the proposed approach has been implemented in order to enrich several ontologies using English, Arabic and German text. Evaluation results are promising and showing that CLOE performs well in comparison with four state-of-the-art approaches. 
Furthermore, we are pleased to inform that we got a talk accepted, which will be co-located with the Industry track.Here is the accepted talk and its abstract :
  • “Using the SANSA Stack on a 38 Billion Triple Ethereum Blockchain Dataset”
Abstract: SANSA is the first open source project that allows out of the box horizontally scalable analytics for large knowledge graphs. The talk will cover the main features of SANSA introducing its different layers namely, RDF, Query, Inference and Machine Learning. The talk also covers a large-scale Etherum blockchain use case at Alethio, a spinoff company of Consensys. Alethio is building an analytics dashboard that strives to provide transparency over what’s happening on the Ethereum p2p network, the transaction pool and the blockchain in order to provide “blockchain archaeology”. Their 6 billion triple dataset contains large-scale blockchain transaction data modelled as RDF according to the structure of the Ethereum ontology. Alethio chose to work with SANSA after experimenting with other existing engines. Specifically, the initial goal of Alethio was to load a 2TB EthOn dataset containing more than 6 billion triples and then performing several analytic queries on it with up to three inner joins.SANSA has successfully provided a platform that allows running these queries. Speaker: Hajira Jabeen
AcknowledgmentThis work has received funding from the EU Horizon 2020 projects BigDataOcean (GA. 732310) and QROWD (GA no. 723088), the Marie Skłodowska-Curie action WDAqua (GA No 642795), and SPECIAL (GA. 731601). 
Looking forward to seeing you at The SEMANTiCS 2018.

Short Paper accepted at ECML/PKDD 2018

🗓 2018-07-23    ✍ Gezim Sejdiu

We are very pleased to announce that our group got a short paper accepted for presentation at ECML/PKDD 2018 (nectar track) : The European Conference on Machine Learning and Principles and Practice of Knowledge Discovery in Databases will take place in the Croke Park Conference Centre, Dublin, Ireland during the 10 – 14 September 2018. This event is the premier European machine learning and data mining conference and builds upon over 16 years of successful events and conferences held across Europe. reland is delighted to host and to bring together participants to Croke Park- one of the iconic sporting venues but also providing a world-class conference facility. Here is the accepted paper with its abstract:

Abstract: We study question answering systems over knowledge graphs which map an input natural language question into candidate formal queries. Often, a ranking mechanism is used to discern the queries with higher similarity to the given question. Considering the intrinsic complexity of the natural language, finding the most accurate formal counter-part is a challenging task. In our recent paper, we leveraged Tree-LSTM to exploit the syntactical structure of input question as well as the candidate formal queries to compute the similarities. An empirical study shows that taking the structural information of the input question and candidate query into account enhances the performance, when compared to the baseline system.
Acknowledgment This research was supported by EU H2020 grants for the projects HOBBIT (GA no. 688227) and WDAqua (GA no. 642795) as well as by German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) funding for the project SOLIDE (no. 13N14456).
Looking forward to seeing you at The TPDL 2018.

Papers accepted at ISWC 2018

🗓 2018-06-21    ✍ Gezim Sejdiu

We are very pleased to announce that our group got 3 papers accepted for presentation at ISWC 2018: The 17th International Semantic Web Conference, which will be held on October 8 - 12, 2018 in Monterey, California, USA. The International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC) is the premier international forum where Semantic Web / Linked Data researchers, practitioners, and industry specialists come together to discuss, advance, and shape the future of semantic technologies on the web, within enterprises and in the context of the public institution. Here is the list of the accepted papers with their abstract:

Abstract: Many question answering systems over knowledge graphs rely on entity and relation linking components in order to connect the natural language input to the underlying knowledge graph. Traditionally, entity linking and relation linking has been performed either as a dependent, sequential tasks or as independent, parallel tasks. In this paper, we propose a framework called EARL, which performs entity linking and relation linking as a joint task. EARL implements two different solution strategies for which we provide a comparative analysis in this paper: The first strategy is a formalization of the joint entity and relation linking tasks as an instance of the Generalised Travelling Salesman Problem (GTSP). In order to be computationally feasible, we employ approximate GTSP solvers. The second strategy uses machine learning in order to exploit the connection density between nodes in the knowledge graph. It relies on three base features and re-ranking steps in order to predict entities and relations. We compare the strategies and evaluate them on a dataset with 5000 questions. Both strategies significantly outperform the current state-of-the-art approaches for entity and relation linking.
Abstract: Over the last years, the Semantic Web has been growing steadily. Today, we count more than 10,000 datasets made available online following Semantic Web standards. Nevertheless, many applications, such as data integration, search, and interlinking, may not take the full advantage of the data without having a priori statistical information about its internal structure and coverage. In fact, there are already a number of tools, which offer such statistics, providing basic information about RDF datasets and vocabularies. However, those usually show severe deficiencies in terms of performance once the dataset size grows beyond the capabilities of a single machine. In this paper, we introduce a software library for statistical calculations of large RDF datasets, which scales out to clusters of machines. More specifically, we describe the first distributed in-memory approach for computing 32 different statistical criteria for RDF datasets using Apache Spark. The preliminary results show that our distributed approach improves upon a previous centralized approach we compare against and provides approximately linear horizontal scale-up. The criteria are extensible beyond the 32 default criteria, is integrated into the larger SANSA framework and employed in at least four major usage scenarios beyond the SANSA community.
Abstract: Institutions from different domains require the integration of data coming from heterogeneous Web sources. Typical use cases include Knowledge Search, Knowledge Building, and Knowledge Completion. We report on the implementation of the RDF Molecule-Based Integration Framework MINTE+ in three domain-specific applications: Law Enforcement, Job Market Analysis, and Manufacturing. The use of RDF molecules as data representation and a core element in the framework gives MINTE+ enough flexibility to synthesize knowledge graphs in different domains. We first describe the challenges in each domain-specific application, then the implementation and configuration of the framework to solve the particular problems of each domain. We show how the parameters defined in the framework allow to tune the integration process with the best values according to each domain. Finally, we present the main results, and the lessons learned from each application.
AcknowledgmentThis work has received funding from the EU Horizon 2020 projects BigDataEurope (GA no. 644564) and QROWD (GA no. 723088), the Marie Skłodowska-Curie action WDAqua(GA No 642795), and HOBBIT (GA. 688227), and (project SlideWiki, grant no. 688095), and the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in the context of the projects LiDaKrA (Linked-Data-basierte Kriminalanalyse, grant no. 13N13627) and InDaSpacePlus (grant no. 01IS17031).
Looking forward to seeing you at The ISWC 2018.

Paper accepted at GRADES 2018 workshop at SIGMOD / PODS

🗓 2018-05-15    ✍ Gezim Sejdiu

We are very pleased to announce that our group got 1 paper accepted for presentation at the GRADES workshop at SIGMOS / PODS 2018: The International ACM International Conference on Management of Data, which will be held in Houston, TX, USA, on June 10th - June 15th, 2018. The annual ACM SIGMOD/PODS Conference is a leading international forum for database researchers, practitioners, developers, and users to explore cutting-edge ideas and results and to exchange techniques, tools, and experiences. The conference includes a fascinating technical program with research and industrial talks, tutorials, demos, and focused workshops. It also hosts a poster session to learn about innovative technology, an industrial exhibition to meet companies and publishers, and a careers-in-industry panel with representatives from leading companies. The focus of the GRADES 2018 workshop is the application areas, usage scenarios and open challenges in managing large-scale graph-shaped data. The workshop is a forum for exchanging ideas and methods for mining, querying and learning with real-world network data, developing new common understandings of the problems at hand, sharing of data sets and benchmarks where applicable, and leveraging existing knowledge from different disciplines. Additionally, considering specific techniques (e.g., algorithms, data/index structures) in the context of the systems that implement them, rather than describing them in isolation, GRADES-NDA aims to present technical contributions inside the graph, RDF and other data management systems on graphs of a large size. Here is the accepted paper with its abstract:

Abstract: In the past decade Knowledge graphs have become very popular and frequently rely on the Resource Description Framework (RDF) or Property Graphs (PG) as their data models. However, the query languages for these two data models – SPARQL for RDF and the PG traversal language Gremlin – are lacking basic interoperability. In this demonstration paper, we present Gremlinator, the first translator from SPARQL – the W3C standardized language for RDF – to Gremlin – a popular property graph traversal language. Gremlinator translates SPARQL queries to Gremlin path traversals for executing graph pattern matching queries over graph databases. This allows a user, who is well versed in SPARQL, to access and query a wide variety of Graph databases avoiding the steep learning curve for adapting to a new Graph Query Language (GQL). Gremlin is a graph computing system-agnostic traversal language (covering both OLTP graph databases and OLAP graph processors), making it a desirable choice for supporting interoperability for querying Graph databases. Gremlinator is planned to be released as an Apache TinkerPop plugin in the upcoming releases.
AcknowledgmentThis work has received funding from the EU H2020 R&I programme for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie action WDAqua (GA No 642795).
Looking forward to seeing you at The GRADES 2018.

Demo Paper accepted at SIGIR 2018

🗓 2018-05-04    ✍ Gezim Sejdiu

We are very pleased to announce that our group got 1 papers accepted for presentation at the demo session on SIGIR 2018: The 41st International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval, which will be held on Ann Arbor Michigan, U.S.A. July 8-12, 2018.The annual SIGIR conference is the major international forum for the presentation of new research results, and the demonstration of new systems and techniques, in the broad field of information retrieval (IR). The 41st ACM SIGIR conference welcomes contributions related to any aspect of information retrieval and access, including theories and foundations, algorithms and applications, and evaluation and analysis. The conference and program chairs invite those working in areas related to IR to submit high-impact original papers for review. Here is the accepted paper with its abstract:

Abstract: Question answering (QA) systems provide user-friendly interfaces for retrieving answers from structured and unstructured data to natural language questions. Several QA systems, as well as related components, have been contributed by the industry and research community in recent years. However, most of these efforts have been performed independently from each other and with different focuses and their synergies in the scope of QA have not been addressed adequately.Frankenstein is a novel framework for developing QA systems over knowledge bases by integrating existing state-of-the-art QA components performing different tasks. It incorporates several reusable QA components, employs machine-learning techniques to predict best performing components and QA pipelines for a given question to generate static and dynamic executable QA pipelines. In this demo, attendees will be able to view the different functionalities of Frankenstein for performing independent QA component execution, QA component prediction given an input question as well as the static and dynamic composition of different QA pipelines.
AcknowledgmentThis work has received funding from the EU H2020 R&I programme for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie action WDAqua (GA No 642795.
Looking forward to seeing you at The SIGR 2018.

Papers accepted at ICWE 2018

🗓 2018-04-23    ✍ Gezim Sejdiu

We are very pleased to announce that our group got 2 papers accepted for presentation at the ICWE 2018 : The 18th International Conference on Web Engineering, which will be held on CÁCERES, SPAIN. 5 - 8 JUNE, 2018. The ICWE is the prime yearly international conference on the different aspects of designing, building, maintaining and using Web applications. The theme for the year 2018 -- the 18th edition of the event -- is Enhancing the Web with Advanced Engineering. The conference will cover the different aspects of Web Engineering, including the design, creation, maintenance, and usage of Web applications. ICWE2018 is endorsed by the International Society for the Web Engineering (ISWE) and belongs to the ICWE conference series owned by ISWE. Here are the accepted papers with their abstracts:

  • Efficiently Pinpointing SPARQL Query Containmentsby Claus Stadler, Muhammad Saleem, Axel-Cyrille Ngonga Ngomo, and Jens Lehmann.
    Abstract: Query containment is a fundamental problem in database research, which is relevant for many tasks such as query optimisation, view maintenance and query rewriting. For example, recent SPARQL engines built on Big Data frameworks that precompute solutions to frequently requested query patterns, are conceptually an application of query containment. We present an approach for solving the query containment problem for SPARQL queries – the W3C standard query language for RDF datasets. Solving the query containment problem can be reduced to the problem of deciding whether a sub graph isomorphism exists between the normalized algebra expressions of two queries. Several state-of-the-art methods are limited to matching two queries only, as well as only giving a boolean answer to whether a containment relation holds. In contrast, our approach is fit for view selection use cases, and thus capable of efficiently enumerating all containment mappings among a set of queries. Furthermore, it provides the information about how two queries’ algebra expression trees correspond under containment mappings. All of our source code and experimental results are openly available.
  • A Platform for SemanticallyRepresenting and Analyzing Open Fiscal Databy Fathoni A. Musyaffa, Lavdim Halilaj, Yakun Li, Fabrizio Orlandi, Hajira Jabeen, Sören Auer, and Maria-Esther Vidal.
    Abstract: Budget and spending data are among the most published Open Data datasets on the Web and continuously increasing in terms of volume over time. These datasets tend to be published in large tabular files – without predefined standards – and require complex domain and technical expertise to be used in real-world scenarios. Therefore, the potential benefits of having these datasets open and publicly available are hindered by their complexity and heterogeneity. Linked Data principles can facilitate integration, analysis and usage of these datasets. In this paper, we present (OBEU), a Linked Data-based platform supporting the entire open data life-cycle of budget and spending datasets: from data creation to publishing and exploration. The platform is based on a set of requirements specifically collected by experts in the budget and spending data domain. It follows a micro-services architecture that easily integrates many different software modules and tools for analysis, visualization and transformation of data. Data i represented according to a logical model for open fiscal data which is translated into both RDF data and a tabular data formats. We demonstrate the validity of the implemented OBEU platform with real application scenarios and report on a user study conducted to confirm its usability.
AcknowledgmentThis work was partly supported by the grant from the European Unions Horizon 2020 research Europe flag and innovation programme for the projects HOBBIT (GA no. 688227), QROWD (GA no. 732194), WDAqua (GA no. 642795), the EU H2020 (GA no. 645833) and DAAD scholarship.
 Looking forward to seeing you at ICWE 2018.

Papers and a tutorial accepted at ESWC 2018

🗓 2018-04-11    ✍ Gezim Sejdiu

We are very pleased to announce that our group got 3 papers accepted for presentation at the ESWC 2018 : The 15th edition of The Extended Semantic Web Conference, which will be held on June 3-7, 2018 in Heraklion, Crete, Greece.The ESWC is a major venue for discussing the latest scientific results and technology innovations around semantic technologies. Building on its past success, ESWC is seeking to broaden its focus to span other relevant related research areas in which Web semantics plays an important role. ESWC 2018 will present the latest results in research, technologies, and applications in its field. Besides the technical program organized over twelve tracks, the conference will feature a workshop and tutorial program, a dedicated track on Semantic Web challenges, system descriptions and demos, a posters exhibition and a doctoral symposium.Here are the accepted papers with their abstracts:

  • Formal Query Generation for Question Answering over Knowledge Basesby Hamid Zafar, Giulio Napolitano and Jens Lehmann.
    Abstract: Question answering (QA) systems often consist of several components such as Named Entity Disambiguation (NED), Relation Extraction (RE), and Query Generation (QG). In this paper, we focus on the QG process of a QA pipeline on a large-scale Knowledge Base (KB), with noisy annotations and complex sentence structures. We therefore propose SQG, a SPARQL Query Generator with modular architecture, enabling easy integration with other components for the construction of a fully functional QA pipeline. SQG can be used on large open-domain KBs and handle noisy inputs by discovering a minimal subgraph based on uncertain inputs, that it receives from the NED and RE components. This ability allows SQG to consider a set of candidate entities/relations, as opposed to the most probable ones, which leads to a significant boost in the performance of the QG component. The captured subgraph covers multiple candidate walks, which correspond to SPARQL queries. To enhance the accuracy, we present a ranking model based on Tree-LSTM that takes into account the syntactical structure of the question and the tree representation of the candidate queries to find the one representing the correct intention behind the question.
  • Frankenstein: a Platform Enabling Reuse of Question Answering Components Paper” Resource Track by Kuldeep Singh, Andreas Both, Arun Sethupat, Saeedeh Shekarpour.
    Abstract: Recently remarkable trials of the question answering (QA) community yielded in developing core components accomplishing QA tasks. However, implementing a QA system still was costly. While aiming at providing an efficient way for the collaborative development of QA systems, the Frankenstein framework was developed that allows dynamic composition of question answering pipelines based on the input question. In this paper, we are providing a full range of reusable components as independent modules of Frankenstein populating the ecosystem leading to the option of creating many different components and QA systems. Just by using the components described here, 380 different QA systems can be created offering the QA community many new insights. Additionally, we are providing resources which support the performance analyses of QA tasks, QA components and complete QA systems. Hence, Frankenstein is dedicated to improve the efficiency within the research process w.r.t. QA.
  • Using Ontology-based Data Summarization to Develop Semantics-aware Recommender Systemsby Tommaso Di Noia, Corrado Magarelli, Andrea Maurino, Matteo Palmonari, Anisa Rula.
    Abstract: In the current information-centric era, recommender systems are gaining momentum as tools able to assist users in daily decision-making tasks. They may exploit users’ past behavior combined with side/contextual information to suggest them new items or pieces of knowledge they might be interested in. Within the recommendation process, Linked Data (LD) have been already proposed as a valuable source of information to enhance the predictive power of recommender systems not only in terms of accuracy but also of diversity and novelty of results. In this direction, one of the main open issues in using LD to feed a recommendation engine is related to feature selection: how to select only the most relevant subset of the original LD dataset thus avoiding both useless processing of data and the so called “course of dimensionality” problem. In this paper we show how ontology-based (linked) data summarization can drive the selection of properties/features useful to a recommender system. In particular, we compare a fully automated feature selection method based on ontology-based data summaries with more classical ones and we evaluate the performance of these methods in terms of accuracy and aggregate diversity of a recommender system exploiting the top-k selected features. We set up an experimental testbed relying on datasets related to different knowledge domains. Results show the feasibility of a feature selection process driven by ontology-based data summaries for LD-enabled recommender systems.
AcknowledgementThese work were supported by an EU H2020 grant provided for the HOBBIT project (GA no. 688227), by German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) funding for the project SOLIDE (no. 13N14456) as well as by European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 642795, WDAqua project.Furthermore, we are pleased to inform that we got a tutorial accepted, which will be co-located with the ESWC 2018. Here is the accepted tutorial and its short description:
Looking forward to seeing you at The ESWC 2018.

Paper accepted at Semantic Web Journal

🗓 2018-04-09    ✍ Gezim Sejdiu

We are very pleased to announce that our group got a paper accepted at Semantic Web Journal on the Benchmarking Linked Data 2017 issue. The journal Semantic Web – Interoperability, Usability, Applicability (published and printed by IOS Press, ISSN: 1570-0844), in short Semantic Web journal, brings together researchers from various fields which share the vision and need for more effective and meaningful ways to share information across agents and services on the future internet and elsewhere. As such, Semantic Web technologies shall support the seamless integration of data, on-the-fly composition, and interoperation of Web services, as well as more intuitive search engines. The semantics – or meaning – of information, however, cannot be defined without a context, which makes personalization, trust, and provenance core topics for Semantic Web research. New retrieval paradigms, user interfaces, and visualization techniques have to unleash the power of the Semantic Web and at the same time hide its complexity from the user. Based on this vision, the journal welcomes contributions ranging from theoretical and foundational research over methods and tools to descriptions of concrete ontologies and applications in all areas. Here is the accepted paper with its abstract:

  • SML-Bench -- A Benchmarking Framework for Structured Machine Learningby Patrick Westphal, Lorenz Bühmann, Simon Bin, Hajira Jabeen, Jens Lehmann. Abstract: The availability of structured data has increased significantly over the past decade and several approaches to learn from structured data have been proposed. These logic-based, inductive learning methods are often conceptually similar, which would allow a comparison among them even if they stem from different research communities. However, so far no efforts were made to define an environment for running learning tasks on a variety of tools, covering multiple knowledge representation languages. With SML-Bench, we propose a benchmarking framework to run inductive learning tools from the ILP and semantic web communities on a selection of learning problems. In this paper, we present the foundations of SML-Bench, discuss the systematic selection of benchmarking datasets and learning problems, and showcase an actual benchmark run on the currently supported tools.
Acknowledgement This part of work is supported were supported by grants from the EU FP7 Programme for the project GeoKnow (GA no. 318159) as well as for the German Research Foundation project GOLD and the German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy project SAKE (GA no. 01MD15006E), the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme for the project SLIPO (GA no. 731581) as well as the European Union's H2020 research and innovation action HOBBIT (GA 688227) and the CSA BigDataEurope (GA No 644564).

Paper accepted at ICLR 2018

🗓 2018-02-03    ✍ Gezim Sejdiu

We are very pleased to announce that our group in collaboration with Fraunhofer IAIS got a paper accepted for poster presentation at ICLR 2018 : The Sixth International Conference on Learning Representations, which will be held on April 30 - May 03, 2018 in Vancouver Convention Center, Vancouver CANADA.The Sixth edition of ICLR will offer many opportunities to present and discuss latest advances in the performance of machine learning methods and deep learning. With a broad view of the field and include topics such as feature learning, metric learning, compositional modeling, structured prediction, reinforcement learning, and issues regarding large-scale learning and non-convex optimization. The range of domains to which these techniques apply is also very broad, from vision to speech recognition, text understanding, gaming, music, etc. Here is the accepted paper with its abstract:

  • On the regularization of Wasserstein GANsby Henning Petzka, Asja Fischer, Denis Lukovnikov
    Abstract: Since their invention, generative adversarial networks (GANs) have become a popular approach for learning to model a distribution of real (unlabeled) data. Convergence problems during training are overcome by Wasserstein GANs which minimize the distance between the model and the empirical distribution in terms of a different metric, but thereby introduce a Lipschitz constraint into the optimization problem. A simple way to enforce the Lipschitz constraint on the class of functions, which can be modeled by the neural network, is weight clipping. Augmenting the loss by a regularization term that penalizes the deviation of the gradient norm of the critic (as a function of the network's input) from one, was proposed as an alternative that improves training. We present theoretical arguments why using a weaker regularization term enforcing the Lipschitz constraint is preferable. These arguments are supported by experimental results on several data sets.
Acknowledgments This part of work is supported by WDAqua : Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (GA no. 642795).
Looking forward to seeing you at ICLR 2018.