Research

Participate in the “Track Your Daily Routine” Research Study About Your Smartphone Usage and Your Personality

A colleague of mine has initiated a new research project to analyse smartphone users’ usage behaviour and personality. He and his team have released an Android app named TYDR: Track Your Daily Routine. With the data from TYDR, they want to research if they can estimate the personality of a smartphone user by the data that can be collected automatically. This could eventually lead to not needing to fill out questionnaires anymore. There are potential benefits for mobile health apps and recommender systems – apps could know what type of person the user is and adapt to his/her needs. The main features include: Personality evaluation Visualization of your visited locations Photo statistics Music statistics Calls statistics Steps taken statistics App usage statistics Read more…

By Joeran Beel, ago
Recommendations as-a-Service (RaaS)

The Architecture of Mr. DLib’s Scientific Recommender-System API

Our manuscript “The Architecture of Mr. DLib’s Scientific Recommender-System API” got accepted at the “26th Irish Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science” (AICS), and here is the pre-print version. The bibliographic BibTeX data is: @InProceedings{Beel2018MDLArch, author = {Beel, Joeran and Collins, Andrew and Aizawa, Akiko}, title = {The Architecture of Mr. DLib’s Scientific Recommender-System API}, booktitle = {Proceedings of the 26th Irish Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science}, year = {2018}, volume = {26}, volumes = {1}, number = {26}, pages = {1–12}, abstract = {Recommender systems in academia are not widely available. This may be in part due to the difficulty and cost of developing and maintaining recommender systems. Many operators of academic products such as digital Read more…

By Joeran Beel, ago
Machine Learning

Best-Paper Award for our Publication “Implementing Neural Turing Machines” at the 27th International Conference on Artificial Neural Networks

We received the best-paper award at the 27th International Conference on Artificial Neural Networks (ICANN 2018) for our paper Implementing Neural Turing Machines. Our student, and co-author of the paper, Mark Collier was at ICANN to present our work about implementing a Neural Turing Machine. Neural Turing Machines (NTMs) are an instance of Memory Augmented Neural Networks, a new class of recurrent neural networks which decouple computation from memory by introducing an external memory unit. Neural Turing Machines have demonstrated superior performance over Long Short-Term Memory Cells in several sequence learning tasks. A number of open source implementations of Neural Turing Machines exist but are unstable during training and/or fail to replicate the reported performance of NTMs. This paper presents the details Read more…

By Joeran Beel, ago
Recommender Systems

Report/Photos from the 12th ACM Conference on Recommender Systems in Vancouver

Today, the 12th ACM Conference on Recommender Systems began in Vancouver, Canada. We attend and will present our work on meta-learning reference parsing tools in which we treat reference extraction from scientific articles as a recommendation problem. If you also attend the conference, visit us during the poster session on Thursday. So far, it has been a great conference with many exciting talks. A few of the many great presentations are the following Why I like it: Multi-task Learning for Recommendation and Explanation We describe a novel, multi-task recommendation model, which jointly learns to perform rating prediction and recommendation explanation by combining matrix factorization, for rating prediction, and adversarial sequence to sequence learning for explanation generation. The result is evaluated using real-world Read more…

By Joeran Beel, ago
Machine Learning

An Empirical Comparison of Syllabuses for Curriculum Learning (Pre-Print)

Update 12/11/2018: Our paper has been accepted at AICS 2018 and will be presented at the conference in December. We have published a pre-print (now available on Arxiv) which outlines our work comparing different syllabuses for curriculum learning. Neural networks are typically trained by repeatedly randomly selecting examples from a dataset and taking steps of stochastic gradient descent. Curriculum learning is an alternative approach to training neural networks, inspired by human learning in which training examples are presented according to a syllabus typically of increasing “difficulty”. Curriculum learning has shown some impressive empirical results, but little is known about the relative merits of different syllabuses. In this work, we provide an empirical comparison of a number of syllabuses found in Read more…

By Mark Collier, ago
Jobs & Internships

Open Call for “Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Programme 2019”

The Irish Research Council (IRC) has published a new call for its “Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship” programme. We are eligible to supervise applicants during their application process and act as PhD supervisor for the 4-year period of the scholarship. Hence, if you are interested in doing a PhD at Trinity College Dublin in the field of machine learning or recommender systems, or any other of our research fields, please contact us. From their website The Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Programme is an established national initiative, funded by the Department of Education and Skills and managed by the Council. In 2017, we invested in a total of 1,179 postgraduate scholars, with over 5,000 individual scholarships for excellent research awarded Read more…

By Joeran Beel, ago
Machine Learning

3rd Call for EU Marie Curie EDGE Fellowships (e.g. in Machine-Learning or Recommender-Systems Research)

The 3rd call for EU Marie Curie EDGE fellowships has been published. We successfully supported the application of one EDGE fellow a year ago, and we would be happy to support talented candidates this year, too. So, if you are interested in an EDGE fellowship in the field of machine learning, recommender systems or another of our research areas, please contact us. Let us know some details about your yourself and your project idea. EDGE is Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND Action, led by Trinity College Dublin on behalf of a group of academic institutions from across Ireland. EDGE will offer 71 prestigious Fellowships for experienced researchers (post-doctoral or equivalent) relocating to Ireland. EDGE is also a training and development programme for scientific excellence, offering a Read more…

By Joeran Beel, ago
Recommender Systems

“Research-Paper Recommender Systems: A Literature Survey” now available open access

“Research-Paper Recommender Systems: A Literature Survey”, our survey on recommender systems for research articles and citations is now available open access on Springer via ReadCube https://rdcu.be/5qT7. This survey is our most cited paper (241 citations according to Google Scholar), and we are glad that it is now available for free for anyone.

By Joeran Beel, ago
Machine Learning

Trinity College Dublin seeks to hire a Professor (Chair) in Intelligent Systems

The University of Dublin, Trinity College, invites applications for the position of Professor of Intelligent Systems. The successful candidate will provide strong academic leadership in research, teaching and supervision. The Professor will strengthen the strategic research areas of Artificial Intelligence and Intelligent Content in the School of Computer Science and Statistics, and provide additional leadership in the SFI Research Centre for Digital Content Technology – ADAPT (www.adaptcentre.ie), hosted in the School. It is essential that the successful candidate will be an internationally recognized scholar in at least one of the following research areas: artificial intelligence; digital media and content analytics; knowledge and data engineering. These areas include scientific areas such as: Machine Learning; Natural Language Processing; Semantic Modelling; Personalisation; Data Read more…

By Joeran Beel, ago