1st Sino-German Symposium on Knowledge Handling


[Update: Here is the link to the symposium website!]

Klaus Mainzer, philosophy professor at University of Augsburg, and Jiyou Jia, professor at the department of educational technology at Peking University, organised this interdisciplinary symposium at the Sino-German Center for Research Promotion (see also here). The event provided me with the opportunity to get in contact with quite a lot of interesting people, and I took this opportunity 🙂

Over the course of two and a half days 28 presentations where given, 14 by each delegation. The presentations ranged from natural language processing and e-learning over cognitive systems, knowledge theory, and embodiment to knowledge management, supply-chain management, and human computer interaction.

I gave a talk „On explanation: Supporting the Use of Complex Information Systems“, which got quite some response. One participant voiced definitive interest. We will have to work out how to collaborate.

One of the presented systems I liked immediately and which I like to promote here is GroupMe!:

It combines Semantic Web technologies and Web 2.0 technologies, and demonstrates a new kind of social tagging system.

There were a lot more interesting going on. A website with the presentations will be set up at Peking University and I will link the information here as soon as it is available. You can find pictures from symposium participants on my flickr account (here and here).

The symposium closed with a visit of the National Laboratory of Pattern Recognition and a walk through the beautiful Peking university campus (photos).

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