Research Overview

The webLyzard platform has attracted more than EUR 5 million in funding through competitive calls for advanced knowledge extraction and Web intelligence technologies from European (EU Horizon 2020 and 7th Framework Programme, CHIST-ERA) and national funding programs (Austrian Research Promotion Agency, Austrian Science Fund, BMVIT, Austrian Climate & Energy Fund, Swiss Commission for Technology & Innovation, Swiss National Science Foundation). The following figure summarizes the contributions of the various projects towards conceptualizing and continuously evolving the platform.

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Current Projects

Major research projects in European and national flagship programs provide a solid resource base for webLyzard’s R&D activities, ensuring a consistently high rate of innovation.

InVID (In Video Veritas) – Verification of Social Media Video Content for the News Industry. This Innovation Action started in January 2016 and builds a Web-based application to automatically identify newsworthy video content spread via social media, and confirm or reject its credibility using state-of-the-art analytical techniques. webLyzard leads the development of the application and the overall system integration, leveraging the existing video retrieval capabilities of its Web Intelligence platform.

Horizon 2020 Program | EUR 3.65 Mio | 2016-2018 | www.invid-project.eu


Pheme – Computing Veracity across Media, Languages, and Social Networks. Analyzing big data repositories aggregated from context-dependent social media streams poses three major computational challenges: volume, velocity, and variety. This project focuses on a fourth, largely unstudied computational challenge: veracity. It will model and verify phemes (Internet memes with added information on truthfulness or deception) as they spread across media, languages, and social networks.

EU 7th Framework Program | EUR 2.92 Mio | 2014-2016 | www.pheme.eu


ASAP – Adaptable Scalable Analytics Platform. The project develops an open-source execution framework for scalable data analytics. It assumes that no single execution model is suitable for all types of tasks, and that no single data model is suitable for all types of data. ASAP will provide resource elasticity, fault-tolerance and the ability to handle large sets of irregular distributed data. Within ASAP, webLyzard is responsible for the visualization engine and leads the dissemination and exploitation work package.

EU 7th Framework Program | EUR 2.8 Mio | 2014-2017 | www.asap-fp7.eu


IMAGINE – The retrieval and marketability of visual content highly depends on the availability of high quality metadata, enabling customers to locate the most relevant content in large image collections. The project exploits the convergence of textual image descriptions, image content and linked open data to automatically obtain relevant metadata including keywords, named entities, and references topics.

Swiss Commission for Technology & Innovation | CHF 318,900 | 2015-2017 | www.htwchur.ch/imagine


DISCOVER – Knowledge Discovery, Extraction and Fusion for Improved Decision Making. The project develops methods for the automatic acquisition, extraction and integration of decision-relevant information from heterogeneous online sources. The system uses background knowledge from domain ontologies, databases and an information value model to optimize knowledge acquisition processes from web sites and deep web repositories. The extracted knowledge is then integrated with business information systems to optimize decision making and business processes.

Swiss Commission for Technology & Innovation | CHF 617,000 | 2016-2018 | www.htwchur.ch/discover


Past Projects

A number of past projects were funded by the Swiss Commission for Technology and Innovation, as well as by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency in the FIT-IT Semantic Systems and Services program line, which aims at radical innovation in the acquisition and management of unstructured data, the automation of information processes, human-computer interaction, and the integration of distributed information resources.

DecarboNet – A Decarbonisation Platform for Citizen Empowerment and Translating Collective Awareness into Behavioural Change. This project will identify determinants of collective awareness, trigger behavioral change, and provide novel methods to analyze the underlying processes. Innovations are built around a context-specific repository of carbon reduction strategies. To refine this repository, we will utilize citizen-generated content in a societal feedback loop to enable an adaptive process of social innovation.

EU 7th Framework Program | EUR 1.95 Mio | 2013-2016 | www.decarbonet.eu


uComp – Embedded Human Computation for Knowledge Extraction and Evaluation. The project merges collective human intelligence and automated knowledge extraction methods in a symbiotic fashion, drawing upon both games with a purpose and crowdsourcing marketplaces. It develops a scalable human computation framework for knowledge extraction and evaluation, delegating the most challenging tasks to large user communities and learning from user feedback to optimize automated methods as part of an iterative process.

CHIST-ERA and Austrian Science Fund | EUR 1.25 Mio | 2012-2016 | www.ucomp.eu


RMCS – Radar Media Criticism Switzerland. The project develops a research infrastructure and establishes knowledge transfer mechanisms to conduct automated content analyses and assess the structure and content of media criticism in Switzerland. The radar will identify the most important institutional players, track influential media blogs and opinion leaders across social media platforms, and help to assess the diversity of topics, actors, and opinions from a communications and media science perspective.

Swiss National Science Foundation | CHF 295,000 | 2014-2016 | www.snf.ch/en


WISDOM – Web Intelligence for Improved Decision Making. Obtaining accurate business intelligence that supports data-driven decision making helps to optimize corporate strategies and gain a competitive advantage. WISDOM draws upon Web intelligence methods to integrate data from news media and social sources, develops context-aware information extraction techniques to identify stakeholders and their sentiment towards emerging trends, and provides novel performance and reliability metrics that enhance decision making processes.

COMET – Cross-Media Extraction of Unified High Quality Marketing Data. Knowledge resources with clear economic value are spread across multiple channels such as print media, Web documents, blogs, and social media. The COMET project develops key technologies for combining and analyzing such heterogeneous and multimodal channels. Automated consolidation, classification and sentiment analysis support the extraction of marketing information, and aid decision makers in optimizing their branding and marketing strategies.

DIVINE – Dynamic  Integration and Visualization of Information from Multiple Evidence Sources. DIVINE integrates data from structured, unstructured and social sources to build information spaces. Lightweight seed ontologies act as focal points for integrating new evidence from third-party sources. Since such evidence is inherently uncertain, source-specific transformation rules assign confidence values to newly acquired pieces of knowledge.

RAVEN – Relation Analysis and Visualization for Evolving Networks. RAVEN keeps analysts and decision-makers up-to-date about the unfolding of events in endogenous and exogenous information spaces, which reflect interconnected events and processes of the real world. RAVEN aims to understand the evolution of such spaces by analyzing temporal-semantic relations between their elements.

IDIOM – Information Diffusion across Interactive Online Media: Linguists define “idiom” as expression whose meaning is different from the literal meanings of its component words. Similarly, the study of information diffusion promises insights that cannot be inferred from individual network elements. Media monitoring projects often focus on a particular medium, or neglect important aspects of the human language. IDIOM addresses these gaps to reveal fundamental mechanisms of information diffusion across media with distinct interactive characteristics.

AVALON – Acquisition and Validation of Ontologies: Valuable knowledge that surrounds the workflows of business entities can be extracted automatically and represented as ontological structure. AVALON services build upon a cybernetic control system to automatically align extracted knowledge with business processes, external indicators and individual expertise. Such services are particularly useful in volatile business environments, which require dynamic reconfiguration of business processes and a flexible allocation of resources.

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