Gjergji Kasneci receives high-ranking award at Web Conference 2018

Gjergji Kasneci. Foto: Schufa
Gjergji Kasneci. Foto: Schufa

Computer scientist Gjergji Kasneci has received the prestigious “Seoul Test of Time Award” of the International World Wide Web Conference 2018. Kasneci who holds an Industry-on-Campus professorship at the University of Tübingen and works in addition as CTO and Head of Innovation & Strategic Analysis at SCHUFA Holding was awarded for the development of YAGO, a so-called ontology which combines high coverage and quality on the semantic web. Together with Kasneci, his co-authors Fabian M. Suchanek from Télécom ParisTech University and Gerhard Weikum from the Max Planck Institute for Informatics were honored.

The award was presented at a ceremony during the 27th International World Wide Web Conference (The Web Conference 2018) in Lyon, France. A paper concerning YAGO was first presented at the 16th International World Wide Web Conference in Banff, Canada in May 2007. It has gone on to have more than 2,468 citations to date. Dame Wendy Hall, Chair of the International World Wide Web Conference Committee (IW3C2), said: “YAGO was among the first projects to extract semantic knowledge at large scale from Wikipedia. Together with DBpedia, it is one of the pioneering contributors of the web of data. YAGO made available a large body of knowledge, samples of which were manually evaluated to show their very high accuracy.”

YAGO (Yet Another Great Ontology) is a knowledge base that contains a large variety of entities and their relations. It knows more than 17 million entities (e.g. persons, organizations, cities) and contains more than 150 million facts about these entities. The Seoul Test of Time Award is given annually to the author or authors of a paper presented at a previous World Wide Web conference that has, as the name suggests, stood the test of time. The first Award, presented at WWW2015 in Florence, was made to Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, for their world-changing paper ‘The Anatomy of a Large-Scale Hypertextual Web Search Engine’, presented at the World Wide Web Conference in Brisbane in 1998.


Karl G. Rijkhoek