Time: 1:45pm-3pm, June 25, Tuesday Place: 6496, on the 6th floor of CUNY Graduate Center (365 5th Ave, between 34str. & 35str) Speaker: Chin-Yew Lin, Senior Researcher, Microsoft Research Asia Title: Project Soul: Toward Social Big Data Analytics for Information Discovery and Recommendation Abstract: The growing amount of social media and user generated content on the web present us a unprecedented opportunity to learn which users are active and influential, what topics they are interested in, where they spend most of their time, when and how often they use social media and create contents, and why they engage in such online social interactions. In this talk, I will present Project Soul. Soul aims to extract and capture social dynamics manifested in user generated content by creating people repository and context repository which then can be linked to entity repository developed in Microsoft Research Asia Knowledge Service (MSRA.KS) to enable social data powered applications and services. Bio: Chin-Yew Lin, Senior Researcher and Research Manager, Knowledge Mining Group, Microsoft Research Asia. Dr. Lin is a research manager of the Knowledge Mining group at Microsoft Research Asia. His research interests are knowledge mining, social computing, question answering, and automatic summarization. His team at MSRA is focusing on (1) developing a semantic computing framework for real world applications and services including automatic acquisition of semantic knowledge, machine reading for semantic indexing, and automatic understanding of user intents; and (2) developing social big data analytics platform and services - Project Soul. The goal is to enable rich and context-aware interactive client plus cloud computing applications powered by automatically distilled intelligent data. Dr. Lin developed automatic evaluation technologies for summarization, QA, and MT. In particular, he created the ROUGE automatic summarization evaluation package. It has become the de facto standard in summarization evaluations. ROUGE has been chosen as the official automatic evaluation package for Document Understanding Conference since 2004. Before joining Microsoft, he was a senior research scientist at the Information Sciences Institute at University of Southern California (USC/ISI) where he worked in the Natural Language Processing and Machine Translation group. He was the program co-chair of ACL 2012 and program co-chair of AAAI 2011 AI & the Web Special Track. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Computational Linguistics Journal and an Action Editor of the Transactions of the ACL.