A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Ontology

Speaker Name: 
Fabian M. Suchanek
Speaker Title: 
Professor of Computer Science
Speaker Organization: 
Télécom ParisTech University, Paris
Start Time: 
Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 3:00pm
End Time: 
Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 4:00pm
Lise Getoor



In this talk, I will give an overview of our recent work in the area of knowledge bases. I will first talk about our main project, the YAGO knowledge base. In this context, I will present our work on the automatic correction of regular expressions. I will then talk about knowledge mining. This includes rule mining (finding semantic correlations in the knowledge base), as well as predicting the completeness of the data in a knowledge base. I will then present our work on automatically correcting errors in Wikidata, and on translating SPARQL queries to Unix Bash commands. Finally, I will talk about applications of knowledge bases in the domain of computational creativity and the digital humanities.


Fabian M. Suchanek is a full professor at the Telecom ParisTech University in Paris. He obtained his PhD at the Max-Planck Institute for Informatics under the supervision of Gerhard Weikum. In his thesis, Fabian developed inter alia the knowledge base YAGO, one of the largest public general-purpose knowledge bases, which earned him a honorable mention of the SIGMOD dissertation award. Fabian was a postdoc at Microsoft Research in Silicon Valley (reporting to Rakesh Agrawal) and at INRIA Saclay/France   (reporting to Serge Abiteboul). He continued as the leader of the Otto Hahn Research Group “Ontologies” at the Max-Planck Institute for Informatics in Germany. Since 2013, he is an associate professor at Télécom ParisTech University in Paris, and since 2016 a full professor. Fabian teache  classes on the Semantic Web, Information Extraction and Knowledge Representation in France, in Germany, and in Senegal. With his students, he works on information extraction, rule mining, ontology matching, and other topics related to large knowledge bases. He has published around 80 scientific articles, among others at ISWC, VLDB, SIGMOD, WWW, CIKM, ICDE, and SIGIR, and his work has been cited more than 8000 times. His 2007 paper on YAGO won the Seoul Test of Time Award of the WWW 2018 conference.

 Personal Website: https://suchanek.name/