Place Enrichment by Mining the Web



In this paper, we address the assignment of semantics to places. The approach followed consists on leveraging from web online resources that are directly or indirectly related to places as well as from the integration with lexical and semantic frameworks such as Wordnet or Semantic Web ontologies.
We argue for the wide applicability and validity of this approach to the area of Ubiquitous Computing, particularly for Context Awareness. We present our system, KUSCO, which searches for semantics associations to a given Point Of Interest (POI). Particular focus is provided to the experimentation and validation aspects.


Information Extraction, Ambient Intelligence, Semantics of Place


Ambient Intelligence

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CityMotion (MITPortugal Program)


3rd European Conference on Ambient Intelligence, November 2009

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Year 2017 : 4 citations

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Year 2015 : 2 citations

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Year 2014 : 1 citations

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Year 2013 : 5 citations

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Year 2012 : 3 citations

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Year 2010 : 2 citations

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