„The social network of the future: An artificial intelligence based platform which helps you understand, in a blink of an eye, the opposing sides in controversial topics.”

„Obviz it is more than a social network; it’s an idea network, where the arguments of the debates can influence the learning process of others.”

Am primit în seara asta o știre de la o prietenă. Cum am niște deadline-uri afurisite, redau cu copy-paste mesajul.
În esență spune că un specialist român în inteligență artificială, acum la Universitatea tehnică din Lausanne, a creat, într-o echipa internațională, probabil cea mai avansată tehnologie pentru media electronice din Europa, o aplicație utilă atât publisherilor, cât și cititorilor:

De data asta iti scriu despre un proiect excepțional creat de un prieten bun, un roman plecat in Elvetia – unde este specialist in inteligenta artificiala. Se numeste Claudiu Musat si este post doctorand la EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne), in cadrul laboratorului de inteligenta artificiala. Proiectul initiat de el, www.obviz.com,  a castigat la Brussels marele premiu pentru libertatea presei, oferit de iMinds, sub patronajul UNESCO si al Parlamentului European.

ObViz este un spinoff din EPFL pe care l-a fondat in urma cu cateva luni.
Este o platforma care are la baza tehnologii de inteligenta artificiala care identifica automat opiniile divergente dintr-o anumita controversa dupa care extrage si structureaza  cele mai relevante argumente pro si contra, prezentand astfel cititorilor un overview asupra unui subiect controversat.
Este un tool util atat pentru publisheri cat si pentru cititori, deoarece s-a demostrat ca articolele cu o abordare echilibrata asupra unui subiect controversat sporesc gradul de engagement al cititorilor si ajuta la retinerea informatiilor.
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1. Descrierea proiectului ObViz.com

Online information nowadays lacks structure and authority. If you need to make an important decision, for example vaccinating your child or not, the outcome can be very different depending on what article you happen to read first. Most people don’t have a trustful authority they can ask, in order to fully be aware of all the possible implications that their decision might involve.

By using artificial intelligence methods, like topic modeling and natural language processing techniques, ObViz.com automatically identifies the opposing points of view of each controversy, then extracts and structures the most relevant arguments on each side, presenting the readers a complete and logical overview of a controversial subject. The result is that users are most likely to increase their amount of information on the topic and are able to take knowledge driven decisions. It also creates transparency by presenting the pros and cons side by side.

Moreover, ObViz.com enables readers to comment and align themselves with their preferred side, becoming themselves content creators- able to influence the arguments that others see. It is more than a social network; it’s an idea network, where the arguments of the debates can influence the learning process of others.

2. What are the benefits for both publishers and users?

Traditional content delivery fails to retain readers, websites are losing traffic, the reader engagement is declining and content producers are searching for a way to stop the bleeding. Recent academic studies show that an article with a balanced view over a subject greatly improves the user engagement and their information retention. Publishers can therefore integrate the ObViz technology into their content production process to generate more equitable articles on controversial topics and to be able to reuse their vast archives by creating relevant context for novel articles.

On the other hand, readers are connected with real people having similar interests and create meaningful interactions which can increase the knowledge of their communities.

Bottom line, ObViz.com makes online conversations more mature and takes online debate to the next level, where they produce knowledge. People make serious life decisions using information they find online – health, activism, investments, etc. and there is no better way to use artificial intelligence than to help people reach better decisions.

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4. Echipa lui Claudiu Mușat

Claudiu :

Je suis un jeune et dynamique post-doctorant du Laboratoire d’Intelligence Artificielle de l’EPFL, où j’ai cofondé ObViz. J’ai géré les projets R&D de dizaines d’étudiants en doctorat, Master ou Bachelor et j’ai réussi à convertir leur énergie afin d’atteindre un but commun.

J’ai publié dans les meilleures conférences en IA et j’ai créé une technologie ayant des applications directes dans le monde réel. ObViz est mon rêve devenu réalité : un moyen d’utiliser l’Intelligence Artificielle afin d’améliorer la connaissance humaine.

Avant cela, j’ai travaillé dans l’industrie pendant 7 ans chez BitDefender au sein de l’équipe anti-spam. Nous sommes partis de rien et avons créé un produit de renommée mondiale, classé premier dans plusieurs tests indépendants. J’y étais en charge de l’innovation. J’ai par ailleurs obtenu mon PhD sur les applications de l’IA pour l’économie.

I’m a cofounder of ObViz and a young, energetic post doc in the EPFL AI lab. Here I’ve managed the R&D projects of tens of PhD, MS and BS level students and turned their energy into a coherent whole.

I’ve published in top AI conferences and I have created technology with direct applications in the real world. ObViz is my dream come true – a way of using artificial intelligence to make humans wiser.

Before that I’ve worked in the industry for 7 years at BitDefender working for the anti spam team. We started from zero and created a world class product, ranking first in independent tests. I was in charge with innovation. I obtained my PhD in applying artificial intelligence in economics.

Maxime :

Je suis un jeune ingénieur français de 23 ans fraichement diplômé. J’ai obtenu en 2014 deux Masters en informatique, l’un à l’Ecole Centrale Paris, l’une des toutes meilleures Grandes Ecoles françaises, et l’autre à l’Université Pierre et Marie Curie. Je suis ensuite venu à l’EPFL afin d’effectuer un stage au sein du Laboratoire d’Intelligence Artificielle.

J’y ai cofondé ObViz, où je suis responsable de la partie technique. Je gère particulièrement le back-end de la plateforme.

 

I’m a freshly graduated 23 years old French engineer. I own two Master’s degrees in Computer Science: in 2014 I graduated from Ecole Centrale Paris, one of the top leading Grandes Ecoles in France, and from Université Pierre et Marie Curie. Then I came at EPFL to work as a trainee in the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.

I’m a cofounder of ObViz where I manage the technical side. I handle especially the back-end of the platform.

Boi :

Boi Faltings est professeur d’informatique à l’Ecole Polytechinque Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), où il dirige le Laboratoire d’Intelligence Artificielle. Il a cofondé 6 entreprises dans les domaines de l’e-commerce et de la sécurité informatique et a conseillé plusieurs autres entreprises à travers le globe.

Prof. Faltings a publié plus de 300 articles cités et a diplômé plus de 25 étudiants en PhD, dont plusieurs ont gagné des prix nationaux et internationaux. Il est membre du Comité de Coordination Européen pour l’Intelligence Artificielle et de l’Association pour l’Avancement de l’Intelligence Artificielle (AAAI).

 

Boi Faltings is a full professor of computer science at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), where he heads the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. He has co-founded 6 companies in e-commerce and computer security and acted as advisor to several other companies world-wide.

Prof. Faltings has published over 300 refereed papers and graduated over 25 Ph.D. students, several of which have won national and international awards. He is a fellow of the European Coordinating Committee for Artificial Intelligence and a fellow of the Association for Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI).

Gaylor :

Etudiant de 22 ans, je me passionne pour le développement web, et l’informatique en général. Mes hobbys se passent pour la plupart sur un ordinateur.

Après l’école obligatoire, j’ai fait ma maturité fédérale au Lycée Blaise-Cendrars à la Chaux-de-Fonds. S’en est suivi mon service militaire où j’ai gradé sergent pendant une année, pour finalement arriver à l’EPFL en section informatique.

C’est lors de mon projet de Bachelor que j’ai connu ObViz, où ma tâche était de développer le site web. Après la fin de la période du projet, j’ai été embauché pour continuer mon travail de webmaster. Mon travail consiste à améliorer le site web selon les retours que l’on obtient ou selon les nouvelles fonctionnalités nécessaires, ainsi qu’aider les personnes qui travaillent en partie sur le site.

I am a 22 years old student of, passionate about web development and more globally about Computer Science. My hobbies are mainly computer-related.

After the compulsory school, I did my federal maturity in the Lycée Blaise-Cendrars in La Chaux-de-Fonds. Then I did my military service where I ranked sergeant for one year. And finally, I went to EPFL in Computer Science section.

I’ve known ObViz for my Bachelor project, when I had to develop the website. After the end of the project, I was hired to continue my job as webmaster. My tasks are to improve the website according to the feedbacks that we obtained or according to the needed new features, and to help people who work with the website.

Audrey :

Après ma scolarité, j’ai obtenu en 2011 une maturité gymnasiale en biochimie et informatique. J’ai ensuite poursuivi mes études à l’EPFL où je suis actuellement en 3ème année de Bachelor en informatique.
Dans le cadre de mon projet de Bachelor j’ai travaillé sur le développement de l’application Android d’ObViz. Depuis lors j’ai intégré l’équipe d’ObViz où j’occupe également le rôle de designer.

After the compulsory education, I studied biochemistry and computer science in high school. I graduated in 2011. I’m currently studying at EPFL where I am a three-year Bachelor student in computer science.

As part of my Bachelor semester project I worked on the Android App of ObViz. And at the end of my project, I’ve joined the ObViz team where I also have the role of designer.

 

2 Comments

  1. Dacă îmi este permisă o opinie: Nu cred că e vorba de reinventarea presei, cât mai curând despre reinventarea profesiei de jurnalist. Poate că e nevoie de mașini inteligente / inteligență artificială pentru a înlocui jurnaliștii care au renunțat la unul din atributele lor de bază: prezentarea completă și echilibrată a unui subiect controversat.

  2. Daca se reinventeaza meseria de jurnalist, prin consesinta se modifica si media, cred.

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