WISE 2010 conference, Hong Kong

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From December 12 to 14, 2010, I have attended 10th International Conference of Web Information System & Engineering (WISE 2010) which was held in the beautiful city of Hong Kong. The conference consists of one-day workshop and two-day main conference along with four keynote talks.

Four invited plenary speakers are both world-class renowned researchers in the areas of database and information science, who are Prof. Beng Chin Ooi from National University of Singapore, Prof. Edward Y. Chang from Google Research, Christian S. Jensen from Arhus University, Denmark and Kyu-Young Wang from KAIST, Korea. Their talks addressed research issues of scalable database services on the cloud, search and social integration, spatial web and ubiquitous DBMS. Among these talks, the topic on search and social integration has impressed me very much since it is very close to my research interest. Prof. Chang reported the latest research results from their team, especially using latent semantic analysis approaches such as LDA. After the talk, we also had more discussion on related issues and agreed in later I might have a chance to visit Google Research China.

My interested papers are mainly allocated in the sessions of social networks, web data mining, recommender systems and web search, which I was attending for listening and discussing. My paper was presented in social networks session, where audiences are particularly interested in using latent semantics analysis for web clustering. The main questions from audiences are the determination of latent semantics features. Interestingly, there are several papers addressing the research issues of social tagging systems from the perspectives of social networks, web data mining and recommender systems, but it seems less attention paid on the topics of tag ambiguity, redundancy and semantics. In addition, I chaired a session on web data mining, which attracted a large amount of interests from conference participants.

This next year conference will be held in Sydney, Australia.