2018-11-23 Netidee Gewinner

Umutcan Simsek receives grant for his research

The Austrian Open Source Community gathered on the 23rd of November to celebrate the winners of a netidee funding or grant. Umut Simsek of the research group Semantic Technology Innsbruck is among the awardees.

For the 13th time, the Internet Privatstiftung Austria (IPA) called out to students, universities, companies, start-ups and privat persons, to submit their projects or final (master / PhD) thesis to the "netidee Call 2018". Their goal is to promote a useful, save, free, and open internet for everybody in Austra. All projects have to be developed openly and the results have to be accessible to the public as open source.

141 submissions resulted in 25 project fundings and 8 grants, one of them for Umut Simsek and his research on his PhD thesis topic of "Dialogical Access to Lightweight Semantic Web Services".

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Titel and Abstract of the funded thesis

Dialogical Access to Lightweight Semantic Web Services

Therefore, the consumption methods of the data and services should also change. The concept of "browsing the web" will be replaced by automated agents that access to structured content. Dialogue systems are a natural way to interact with the machine readable data and services on the web. Enabling such an interaction in a scalable way is only possible if the web services and the data are machine-readable.

In this work, we will develop an approach for annotating web services with a lightweight semantic vocabulary based on schema.org and an approach for semi-automatically generating open and flexible goal-oriented dialogue systems based on those web services. These dialogue systems can complete tasks like booking a hotel room or buying a ticket for an event. We will apply our approach to e-tourism domain.


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