[AI Seminar] AI Lunch -- Ramanathan V. Guha (Schema.org) -- May 16

Adams Wei Yu weiyu at cs.cmu.edu
Mon May 15 13:06:28 EDT 2017

Just a reminder that the talk is tomorrow(Tuesday).

On Fri, May 12, 2017 at 9:40 PM, Adams Wei Yu <weiyu at cs.cmu.edu> wrote:

> Dear faculty and students,
> We look forward to seeing you Next Tuesday, May 16, at noon in NSH 3305
> for AI lunch. To learn more about the seminar and lunch, please visit the
> AI Lunch webpage <http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~aiseminar/>.
> On Tuesday, Ramanathan V. Guha <http://www.guha.com/cv.html> will give a
> talk :
> Title: Communicating Semantics
> Abstract:
> Messages often refer to entities such as people, places and events.
> Correct identification of the intended reference is an essential part of
> communication. Lack of shared unique names often complicates entity
> reference. Humans do not and cannot have a shared unique names for
> everything. Yet, we communicate in our daily lives about things that do not
> have a unique name (like John McCarthy) or lack a name (like his first
> car). Our long term goal is to enable programs to achieve communication
> just as effectively.
> Humans overcome the lack of shared unique names by using descriptions. We
> use some shared language and shared domain knowledge to construct uniquely
> identifying descriptions for such entities. We call this `Reference by
> Description' and argue that it could form the basis for a programatic use
> of descriptions.
> We introduce a mathematical model of `Reference by Description'. We use an
> information theoretic approach to address questions such as: What is the
> minimum that needs to be shared for two communicating parties to understand
> each other? When can we bootstrap from no shared language? What is the
> computational cost of using descriptions instead of unique names?
> In addition to their inherent interestingness, these questions also have
> practical applications that range from database/application integration to
> privacy preserving information sharing.
> Bio:
> Guha is the creator of widely used web standards such as RSS, RDF and
> Schema.org and products such as Google Custom Search. He has made
> substantial contributions to Netscape’s browser, Google’s Adwords,
> Google Now, etc. He was a co-founder of Epinions.com and Alpiri. Until
> recently, he was a Google Fellow. He has a Ph.D. in computer science from
> Stanford University and B.Tech in mechanical engineering from IIT Chennai.
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