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New Software and Platforms
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Section: Partnerships and Cooperations

National Initiatives

BPI funded project : AZKAR

AZKAR is a two years french project funded by BPI (Banque Publique d'Investissement), focused on Fast Control of Mobile Robots over the Internet, using web technologies such as WebRTC and semantic web technologies. The project started September 15th 2014. The first step of the project will be the evaluation/benchmarking of video and data solutions over internet, based on the WebRTC technology. The second step will consist in helping the robotic partner in the project (the Robosoft company) to implement these solutions on a real mobile robot that will be deployed in museums or in homes for helping seniors in their daily tasks. Semantic web technologies, will be used in the project for describing the services, the context of the application domain, the content transmitted, etc.


SMILK (Social Media Intelligence and Linked Knowledge) is a joint laboratory (LabCom, 2013-2016) between the Wimmics team and the Research and Innovation unit of VISEO (Grenoble). Natural Language Processing, Linked Open Data and Social Networks as well as the links between them are at the core of this LabCom. The purpose of SMILK is both to develop research and technologies in order to retrieve, analyze, and reason on textual data coming from Web sources, and to make use of LOD, social networks structures and interaction in order to improve the analysis and understanding of textual resources. Topics covered by SMILK include: use of data and vocabularies published on the Web in order to search, analyze, disambiguate and structure textual knowledge in a smart way, but also to feed internal information sources; reasoning on the combination of internal and public data and schemes, query and presentation of data and inferences in natural formats.

Ministry of Culture:

This project named "" proposes the creation of a French chapter of the base DBpedia used in many English applications, in particular for the publication of cultural collections. Because DBpedia is focused on the English version of Wikipedia it ignores some of the French topics and their data. This projects aims at extracting a maximum of RDF data from the French version and providing a stable and scalable end-point for them. We now consider means to improve both the quantity and the quality of the data. The project was the first project of the Semanticpedia convention signed by the Ministry of Culture, the Wikimedia foundation and Inria.

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Ministry of Culture

Participant : Alexandre Monnin.

We organized a joint project between Inria and the Ministry of Culture from September 2013 to November 2014. The goal of this project was to discuss the Semantic Web with a special emphasis on cultural project. We organized three conference. The first, to get some feedback from the main projects that were launched the previous years (DBPedia, HDA-Lab and Joconde-Lab,, Centre Pompidou Virtuel, MIMO, Hadoc, etc.), together with the feedback gathered from a major player in the field, the BBC. The second conference took place inside the Ministry of Culture. It raised the question of trust on the Web following Snowden's revelations and Tim Berners-Lee's campaign to re-decentralize the Web. Finally, the last session of the cycle, at Inria Sophia Antipolis, discussed the future of the Web, and presented the Semantic Web/Linked Data as providing some of the solutions that are currently needed to maintain the Web open, decentralized, trustful and safe.

Ministry of Culture: Group Cultural Metadata and Web 3.0 transition

Participant : Alain Giboin.

In order to develop a Transition-to-Web-3.0 cultural policy, the French Ministry of Culture and Communication defined 9 operational actions allowing cultural sector to take into account opportunities and challenges offered by Web 3.0 (also called ”Semantic Web”, or ”Web of Data”), and set up 9 working groups for these actions. Wimmics contributed to the Working Group 5 ”Cultural metadata and Transition to Web 3.0: Exploring the interaction modes with audiences using Web 3.0 potentialities”.

ANR Kolflow

Kolflow is an ANR project (2011-2014), it proposes to extend collective intelligence with smart agents relying on automated reasoning. Smart agents can significantly reduce the overhead of communities in the process of continuously building knowledge. Consequently, continuous knowledge building is much more effcient. Kolflow aims at building a social semantic space where humans collaborate with smart agents in order to produce knowledge understandable by humans and machines.

Partners: Inria Orpailleur & Wimmics, Silex U. Claude Bernard Lyon, GDD U. of Nantes

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OCKTOPUS is an ANR project (2012-2015). The objective of OCKTOPUS is to increase the potential social and economic benefit of the large and quickly growing amounts of user-generated content, by transforming it into useful knowledge. We believe that it is possible to considerably improve upon existing generic Information Retrieval techniques by exploiting the specific structure of this content and of the online communities which produce it. Specifically, we will focus on a multi-disciplinary approach in order to address the problem of finding relevant answers to questions within forums and question-answer sites. To create metrics and predictors of content quality and use them to improve the search experience of a user, we will take advantage of:

Partners: Alcméon, CRG, Inria Wimmics.

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Participants : Olivier Corby, Catherine Faron Zucker, Alban Gaignard.

We participate to the CrEDIBLE research project funded by the MASTODONS program of the interdisciplinary mission of CNRS which objective is to bring together scientists from all disciplines involved in the implementation of systems sharing of distributed and heterogeneous medical imaging, provide an overview of this area and to evaluate methods of state of the art and technology that affect this area. In this framework, we participated to the organization of a 3-days workshop and we worked with members of the I3S Modalis team (Johan Montagnat) on the distribution of algorithms in the Corese/KGRAM engine.

Catherine Faron Zucker was chairman of one of its session and worked with members of the I3S Modalis team on a survey of existing approaches for the translation of relational data to RDF data.

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GDRI Zoomathia

Participants : Olivier Corby, Catherine Faron Zucker, Alexandre Monnin.

Wimmics is partner of International Research Group (GDRI) Zoomathia funded by two CNRS institutes: INEE and INSHS. It aims at studying transmission of zoological knowledge from Antiquity to Middle-Age through material resources (bio residues, artefacts), iconography and texts.

One of the goals of the project is to design a thesaurus and semantically annotate resources, capturing different types of knowledge: zoonyme, historical period, zoological speciality (ethology, anatomy, physiology, psychology, zootechnique, etc.), litterary genre or iconography.

We started to work on 1) the translation of manual annotations of middle-age structured texts from XML to RDF, 2) the automatic extraction of RDF annotations from text using NLP techniques and 3) the exploitation of these semantic metadata to help historians in their studies of knowledge transmission through these texts.

Inria Large Scale Initiative Action PAL (Personally Assisted Living)

Participants : Alain Giboin, Célia Ormea.

This work is done in collaboration with David Daney and Jean-Pierre Merlet (Coprin/Hephaistos), Patrick Rives (Lagadic).

Last year, Wimmics was involved in a socio-ergonomic field study to inform the design of a device (such as a robotic shopping trolley) assisting elderly and frail persons to do their shopping autonomously. This year this work was synthesized and published in [61] .

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Carnot Project

Participants : Elena Cabrio, Serena Villata.

This project was just accepted this year on the topic of Natural Language Argumentation on Twitter: Retrieval of Argumentative Structures and Reasoning.

Partner : Vigiglobe.