“Bias in Recommendations” lecture @ SIKS Course on advances in IR

πŸ“… October 8, 2019 β€’ πŸ• 20:04 β€’ 🏷 Blog β€’ πŸ‘ 66
πŸ“Έ by @arjen@idf.social

Enjoyed giving a lecture at the SIKS Course “Advances in Information Retrieval” at the Mitland Hotel in Utrecht. I also pitched DIR 2019 πŸ˜… (as evidenced by the picture above from Arjen). See my slidedeck below!

This talk is loosely based on (part of) the talk I gave at the ACM RecSys Summerschool, but I added a few slides on dealing with implicit feedback (= clicks), and popularity bias.

“RecSys in the Media Industry” Lecture at RecSys Summer School

πŸ“… September 11, 2019 β€’ πŸ• 13:39 β€’ 🏷 Blog β€’ πŸ‘ 82

With Daan Odijk I gave a lecture + hands-on workshop at the ACM Summer School on Recommender Systems in Gothenburg, Sweden on RecSys in the Media Industry: Relevance, Recency, Popularity, and Diversity.

πŸ“Έ by Alan Said

For it, we had a long (90+ min) lecture combining insights, experiences, and projects from our work at RTL and Blendle (Daan), and FD Mediagroep (me).

In addition, we did a small hands-on workshop, implementing a content-based re-ranker for WikiNews.

See our slides and notebooks here: https://github.com/graus/recsys_summer_school/

See a tweet by @alansaid, here:

Finally, see my slidedeck here:

“Improving automated segmentation of radio shows with audio embeddings”

πŸ“… July 5, 2019 β€’ πŸ• 15:41 β€’ 🏷 Blog and Research β€’ πŸ‘ 26

Oberon Berlage recently successfully defended his MSc. thesis (title above!) for the Data Science Master at University of Amsterdam, and graduated with a whopping 9!

He’s the first academic offspring of our AI Team @ FD Mediagroep, and worked on BNR SMART Radio‘s segmenter. Oberon improved our text-based segmenter by adding audio embeddings, improving the F1 score with +32%!

His thesis is now online, check it out at: http://scriptiesonline.uba.uva.nl/document/673254

Dutch Interactive Awards (2x) for BNR SMART Radio!

πŸ“… June 28, 2019 β€’ πŸ• 10:17 β€’ 🏷 Blog β€’ πŸ‘ 44

Yesterday BNR SMART Radio won two Dutch Interactive Awards (DIA 2019) Awards! We were nominated together with Elastique, the folks who designed the UX/interface of our BNR SMART Radio app which you can download here (or in your app stores, both Android/iOS)!

πŸ₯‡ Content

We won Gold in the category “Content”. Why, you may ask?

β€œFinally a reason to listen to Radio in general, and BNR in particular. Because advertising is absent and topics are tailored to the personal taste of the listener, who can search in a targeted way and express appreciation for a broadcast through a thumbsup, they reach new target audiences online.”

jury report (source: emerce)

πŸ₯ˆ Disruptor

Next to this, we also won the Silver DIA2019 Award in the category “Disruptor”!

“In a world where radio has never deviated from the linear model, the jury finds this very disruptive. SMART Radio provides a personal radio experience and possibly a new revenue model in the long term. The jury members find the potential of the underlying strategy even more impressive. What if BNR joins forces with FD Mediagroep and combines the work of both parties in this? The jury sees all kinds of opportunities to fit in new forms of advertising (or to omit them). The collaboration between the agency and the media company has resulted in something that has never been seen before.”

jury report (source: emerce)

Current standing

For who has trouble keeping track πŸ˜…, these are the awards we won with SMART Radio:

πŸ† Marconi Online Award
πŸ† AMMA Award (with SMART Journalism)
πŸ† DIA2019 Award, category: Content
πŸ₯ˆ DIA2019 Award, category: Disruptor

Featured on the European Science-Media Hub

πŸ“… June 5, 2019 β€’ πŸ• 08:29 β€’ 🏷 Media β€’ πŸ‘ 5

In the context of the upcoming workshop “AI and Journalism” Bennie Mols interviewed me for the website of the European Science-Media Hub, on how we apply AI in journalism for Het FD and BNR. Read the piece here:

Or read the more in-depth background interview here:

We won the AMMA Media-innovation award for our News Personalization projects at FD Mediagroep!

πŸ“… May 17, 2019 β€’ πŸ• 13:50 β€’ 🏷 Blog β€’ πŸ‘ 27

After winning the Marconi award for radio innovation, yesterday we picked up the AMMA Award for Media Innovation for our news personalization efforts at FD Mediagroep (both SMART Journalism for Het FD and SMART Radio for BNR Nieuwsradio)!

It’s really great to see that our current investment into AI and innovation seems to resonate with the outside world πŸ€–. And I am really happy to be with a company that sees this development as such an important direction that we are able to work with a big and talented team of data scientists, interns, engineers, and product folks πŸ€“

Reading News with a Purpose: Explaining User Profiles for Self-Actualization

πŸ“… April 10, 2019 β€’ πŸ• 11:15 β€’ 🏷 Papers β€’ πŸ‘ 150

Really excited to have co-authored “Reading News with a Purpose,” which was accepted at the International Workshop on Transparent Personalization Methods based on Heterogeneous Personal Data (ExHUM), at UMAP 2019!

With the largest list of authors (ranging from philosophers via polcomm researchers to computer scientists), from a wide array of institutions; Emily Sullivan, Dimitrios Bountouridis, Jaron Harambam, Shabnam Najafian, Felicia Loecherbach, Mykola Makhortykh, Domokos Kelen, Darcia Wilkinson, and Nava Tintarev!

This is work that came out of our ICT with Industry project “Opening the black box of user profiles in content-based recommender systems” where we (FD Mediagroep) collaborated with Nava Tintarev and our excellent team of academics in a week-long academic hackathon!

Read the pre-print, below:

Read the original idea that sparked the project, presented at the 2nd FATREC Workshop at RecSys 2018, here:

Een lijstje zoekresultaten is geen etalage

πŸ“… March 23, 2019 β€’ πŸ• 10:00 β€’ 🏷 Blog and Media β€’ πŸ‘ 305

I wrote a response on recent coverage around the alleged ‘promotion’ of anti-vax books by bol.com, suggesting it is due to “influential, steering, algorithms.” In this piece I state it’s not an issue of algorithms, but of long-tail, obscure, content. My response was published in Het Parool, as an edited letter. Read the original, unedited piece (in Dutch) below.

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Featured in De Volkskrant on SMART Journalism

πŸ“… March 8, 2019 β€’ πŸ• 16:20 β€’ 🏷 Media β€’ πŸ‘ 1

De Volksrant wrote published an article on Dutch robo-journalism, where I’m featured on explaining our SMART Journalism recommender system + abstractive summarization plans.

Read the article by clicking on the image below:

And read more about our SMART Journalism project in our position paper: