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SDForum Nov. 7 semantic web event:

From: AJ Chen <canovaj@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2007 13:10:34 -0700
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To: semantic-web@w3.org
For anyone interested in semantic web event in silicon valley, our next
event will be focusing on an exciting topic: *Intelligence at the Interface.
*Please see event details below or on SDforum
Let me know if there is any question. Hope to see some of you on Nov. 7.

One of goals our SIG has is to connect our local community to the global
semantic web community. If you are outside silicon valley but interested in
speaking on our SIG event, please let me know.

AJ Chen, PhD
Co-Chair, SDForum Semantic Web SIG


SDForum Semantic Web SIG Event (11/7/2007)

*Title: Intelligence at the Interface*

(Technology showcase organized by Tom Gruber)

The interfaces we use to interact with the world's information are getting
smarter.  First we had web portals, which give us someone else's idea of the
content we should see.  Then came search engines, which let us tell the
system what we want.  We are about to see the next wave -- intelligence at
the interface -- which will know a lot more about us, our interests, our
information, and our environment.  This SD Forum event will showcase four
exciting new examples of intelligence at the interface developed by Bay Area


   SRI will demonstrate an intelligent assistant system that came out of
   an ambitious AI research program.  It learns about your documents, email,
   people, schedules, and meetings, and learns even more as you use it.  It
   helps you organize your information world, prepare for meetings, create
   presentations, and find information in the context of your work.

   Yahoo! Research Berkeley will demo ZoneTag and Zurfer, mobile-phone
   photo-driven applications that use your social, spatial, and temporal
   context to support and enhance key user tasks on the mobile device. They
   intelligently help you capture, upload, tag, view and search for photos on
   your mobile device, minimizing requirements on explicit input and user

   PARC will demonstrate a mobile leisure guide, codenamed Magitti, which
   recommends places to visit in an urban environment. It pays attention to
   your time, location, past behavior and preferences and it also infers your
   current and future activity type to better target its recommendations.

   Radar Networks will demonstrate a new online service based on their
   Semantic Web platform that helps people organize, find, and share their
   information more intelligently.  It knows about the semantic content of
   information of all sorts, from web content to email.

Time: Wednesday, November 7, 2007, 6:30pm  9pm

Location: Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Rd., Room H-1, Palo
Alto, CA. *Directions<http://www.sdforum.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=page.viewPage&pageID=698&nodeID=1>

Price: $15 at the door for non-SDForum members. No charge for SDForum
members. No pre-registration required


6:30pm - 7:00pm Registration / Networking / Refreshments / Pizza

7:00pm - 7:10pm Community announcement

7:10pm - 7:30pm Overview of Intelligence at Interface, by Tom Gruber

7:30pm - 8:30pm Tech/Product demos by SRI, Yahoo, PARC, Radar

8:30pm - 9:00pm Dedicated Q&A period

Contact: SIG co-chair AJ Chen (ajchen-at-web2express.org) or Jeff Pollock (

Panelist Bios:

Adam Cheyer, SRI

Adam Cheyer is currently a Program Director in SRI's Artificial Intelligence
Center, where he serves as Chief Architect of the CALO/PAL project.
Previously, Mr. Cheyer was VP of Engineering at Dejima, a mobile solutions
company, and before that, VP of Engineering at Verticalnet, an enterprise
software provider. As Senior Scientist and Co-Director of the Computer Human
Interaction Center (CHIC) at SRI International, Mr. Cheyer led a
multidisciplinary team of researchers exploring web services, distributed
knowledge, and pervasive computing.

 Dr. Mor Naaman, Yahoo! Research Berkeley

Mor Naaman is a research team lead at Yahoo! Research Berkeley (Yahoo!
Advanced Development Research). His research focuses on context-based tools
and algorithms for interacting with media. Mor has a Ph.D. in Computer
Science from Stanford University. His research in the Stanford Infolab also
focused on management of digital photographs, thereby allowing (and
requiring!) him to take photos throughout his working life. In previous
careers, Mor was a professional basketball player as well as a software
developer and a college radio DJ.

Kurt Partridge, PARC

Kurt Partridge is a researcher in the Ubiquitous Computing Area in the Palo
Alto Research Center <http://www.parc.xerox.com/> (PARC).  His research
spans a variety of areas, including context awareness, activity modeling,
location modeling, mobile device interaction, and wearable computing.  He is
particularly interested in systems and devices that blend naturally with
people's everyday activities.  Kurt received a Ph.D. in Computer Science
from the University of Washington in 2005.

Victoria Bellotti, PARC

Victoria Bellotti is a Principal Scientist and manager of the
Socio-Technical and Interaction Research (STIR) group at PARC. She studies
people to understand their practices, problems and requirements for future
technology. She also designs and analyzes systems, focusing on user needs
and experience and is an inventor on multiple patents and pending patent
applications. Her past work encompasses domains such as transportation,
process control, computer-mediated communication, collaboration and
ubiquitous computing. Victoria is best known for her research on personal
information management and task management. However, more recently, she has
been focusing on user-centered design of context- and activity-aware
computing systems.

Nova Spivack, Radar Networks

Nova Spivack is one of the leading voices of the emerging Semantic Web,
often referred to as Web3.0.  Nova founded Radar Networks to develop
semantic social software.
In 1994, Nova co-founded EarthWeb (IPO 1998). Nova has worked at Individual,
Xerox/Kurzweil, Thinking Machines, and also with SRI International on the
DARPA CALO program and nVention. Nova founded Lucid Ventures, and co-founded
the San Francisco Web Innovators Network. As a grandson of management guru
Peter F. Drucker, Nova shares his grandfather's interests in the evolution
of knowledge work. In 1999 Nova flew to the edge of space in Russia with
Space Adventures.

Moderator Bio:

Tom Gruber <http://tomgruber.org/> is an innovator in technologies that
augment human intelligence, individually and collectively.  At Stanford
University he did foundational work in Ontology
Engineering<http://tomgruber.org/technology/ontologies.htm>and the
precursors of Semantic Web technology to enable knowledge sharing
and coordination among heterogeneous, distributed systems.  During Web 0.1,
he built the first public library for sharing
ontologies<http://ksl-web.stanford.edu/knowledge-sharing/>on the Web;
led the team that deployed the first virtual
document applications<http://ksl-web.stanford.edu/people/gruber/virtual-documents/>on
the Web that generate natural language explanations in response to
questions; and invented the first widely-used open source application that
turns email conversations into collective
memories<http://tomgruber.org/technology/hypermail.htm>on the Web.
During Web
1.0, he led technology development at Intraspect, an enterprise software
company that pioneered the space of Collaborative Knowledge
Management<http://tomgruber.org/technology/intraspect.htm>-- software
that helps large, distributed communities of professional people
contribute to and learn from a collective body of knowledge.  During Web 2.0,
he led technology development at
a popular user-contributed content site where travelers from around the
world find and share their travel experiences.  During Web 3.0, he is
working on technologies that will bring intelligence to the interface.
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