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[ba-ohs-talk] FW: PARC Forum March 7 - Robert Wilensky

Wilensky will be demoing the Multivalent browser (mentioned 2001/11/06) at
Xerox PARC tomorrow, Mar 7.  BSD-style license, pure Java, and impressive
feature set. And he has a budget for ongoing development.
Kevin Keck
keck@kecklabs.com    (01)

From: Prateek Sarkar <psarkar@parc.xerox.com>
Reply-To: Prateek Sarkar <psarkar@parc.xerox.com>
Date: Mon, 4 Mar 2002 17:35:50 PST
To: openparcforum@parc.xerox.com
Subject: PARC Forum March 7 - Robert Wilensky    (02)

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         PARC Forum

                            ROBERT WILENSKY
                  Professor and Principal Investigator,
                The Digital Library Project, UC Berkeley    (05)

          Thursday, March 7, 2002
                      George Pake Auditorium, PARC
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ABSTRACT:    (07)

Our practice of disseminating, accessing and using information,
especially scholarly information, is still significantly impeded by
the legacy of pre-electronic media. While overcoming these impediments
will require many elements, there are opportunities for technological
innovation to support new and better practices. For example, journals
exist in their traditional forms at least partly because of the value
of the peer review process, which thus far has not yielded to
decentralized, distributed and timely mechanisms of the
Web. Similarly, information access is still largely a text-based
affair, with other data types relegated to second class citizenship.    (08)

The UC Berkeley Digital Library project is developing technologies
aimed at addressing these impediments, and hence allowing the
development of new, more efficient mechanisms of information
dissemiation and use. In particular, we are developing new models of
documents, in the form of the Multivalent browser, which we hope will
convince you to throw away your current, limited web browser, for
collaborative quality filtering", which provides the value of peer
review without deference to prior established authorities, such as
journals, and for "collection management services", which bring to
individual information users services previously available to
libraries. Taken together, such mechanisms may provide the benefits of
modern communications without sacraficing traditional academic values.    (09)

In addition, we have been developing techniques for image retrieval
based on image content. Recent progress on learning the semantics of
image databases using text and pictures suggests that new forms of
image-lated web services may be possible, including automatic image
captioning and automatic illustration, among others.    (010)


Robert Wilensky received his B.A. and his Ph.D. from Yale University.
In 1978, he joined the faculty of the University of California at
Berkeley, where he is now Professor in the Division of Computer Science,
and in the School of Information Management and Systems.    (012)

He has served as Chair of the Computer Science Division, the director of
BAIR, the Berkeley Artificial Intelligence Research Project, and the
director of Berkeley Cognitive Science Program.    (013)

Professor Wilensky has published numerous articles and books in the area
of artificial intelligence, planning, knowledge representation, natural
language processing, and digital information systems.  He is a Fellow of
the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, and an ACM Fellow.
He is currently Principal Investigator of UC Berkeley's Digital Library
Project.    (014)

http://elib.cs.berkeley.edu/    (015)

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 March 14, 2002. Michhael Kass, Pixar Animation Studios.    (017)

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