Elsevier recently announced that IBM Socrates by Michael Glass, Nandanda Mihindukulasooriya, Oktie Hassanzadeh, and Alfio Gliozzo of IBM Research AI is the winner of the 2017 Semantic Web Challenge (SWC). This information came to us from PR Newswire in their article, “Elsevier Announces the Winner of the 2017 Semantic Web Challenge.”

SWC is the longest-running competition in the area of technology. In 2017, they introduced a new format to measure scientific progress in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) over the web. To enhance reproducibility, competing teams were measured against each other. Each team’s contribution was also measured against the current state of the art.

Knowledge graphs were identified as the focus for this year’s challenge. Knowledge graphs are currently among the most prominent implementations of semantic web technologies.

“Socrates won both tasks by using an innovative integration of additional Artificial Intelligence techniques such as Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Deep Learning over multiple web sources to find and check facts. Their knowledge graph outperformed the state of the art as set by the baseline,” said SWC Chairs Bennett, Dr. Ngonga and Dr. Paulheim.

Melody K. Smith

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