“Improving automated segmentation of radio shows with audio embeddings”

πŸ“… July 5, 2019 πŸ• 15:41 🏷 Blog and Research

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 πŸ• 10:17 🏷 Blog

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

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

πŸ“… May 17, 2019 πŸ• 13:50 🏷 Blog

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 πŸ• 11:15 🏷 Papers

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:

  • [PDF] E. Sullivan, D. Bountouridis, J. Harambam, S. Najafian, F. LΓΆcherbach, M. Makhortykh, D. Kelen, D. Wilkinson, D. Graus, and N. Tintarev, “Reading news with a purpose: explaining user profiles for self-actualization,” in Proceedings of 27th conference on user modeling, adaptation and personalization adjunct, 2019.
    [Bibtex]
    @inproceedings{sullivan2019reading,
    title={Reading News with a Purpose: Explaining User Profiles for Self-Actualization},
    author={Sullivan, Emily and Bountouridis, Dimitrios and Harambam, Jaron and Najafian, Shabnam and LΓΆcherbach, Felicia and Makhortykh, Mykola and Kelen, Domokos and Wilkinson, Daricia and Graus, David and Tintarev, Nava},
    booktitle={Proceedings of 27th Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization Adjunct},
    year={2019},
    organization={ACM}
    }

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

  • [PDF] D. Graus, M. Sappelli, and D. M. Chu, “β€œlet me tell you who you are” β€” explaining recommender systems by opening black box user profiles,” in The 2nd fatrec workshop on responsible recommendation, 2018.
    [Bibtex]
    @inproceedings{graus2018let,
    title={β€œLet Me Tell You Who You are” β€” Explaining Recommender Systems by Opening Black Box User Profiles},
    author={Graus, David and Sappelli, Maya and Chu, Dung Manh},
    booktitle={The 2nd FATREC Workshop on Responsible Recommendation},
    year={2018}
    }

Een lijstje zoekresultaten is geen etalage

πŸ“… March 23, 2019 πŸ• 10:00 🏷 Blog and Media

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 πŸ• 16:20 🏷 Media

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:

  • [PDF] M. Sappelli, D. M. Chu, B. Cambel, D. Graus, and P. Bressers, “Smart journalism: personalizing, summarizing, and recommending financial economic news,” in The algorithmic personalization and news (apen18) workshop at icwsm ’18, 2018.
    [Bibtex]
    @inproceedings{sappelli2018smart,
    title={SMART Journalism: Personalizing, Summarizing, and Recommending Financial Economic News},
    author={Sappelli, Maya and Chu, Dung Manh and Cambel, Bahadir and Graus, David and Bressers, Philippe},
    booktitle={The Algorithmic Personalization and News (APEN18) Workshop at ICWSM '18},
    year={2018}
    }

Co-organizing DIR 2019!

πŸ“… February 8, 2019 πŸ• 14:18 🏷 Blog

Together with Anne Schuth and Daan Odijk I’ll be co-organizing The Dutch-Belgian Information Retrieval workshop (DIR 2019). At DIR 2018, we sat down during lunch and came up with the following plan:

We also decided on a date: November 29, 2019!

For now, the most import work is done (designing a logo, and setting up our Twitter account ;-)). Stay tuned for more, later! And follow @dir_2019 for now ⚑.

BNR SMART Radio wins the Marconi Online Award!

πŸ“… February 1, 2019 πŸ• 16:17 🏷 Blog

Really happy and proud of our amazing AI team for winning the (first) Marconi Online Award at the Gouden RadioRing Gala, for BNR SMART Radio!

SMART Radio is the first product that comes out of our FD Mediagroup AI team! SMART Radio is released in beta for iOS (anytime) and Android, give it a try by downloading it here: https://bnr.nl/smartradio.

Image: BNR

Read more about SMART Radio in our demo paper, presented at DIR 2018:

  • [PDF] M. Sappelli, D. M. Chu, B. Cambel, J. Nortier, and D. Graus, “Smart radio: personalized news radio,” in The 17th dutch-belgian information retrieval workshop, 2018.
    [Bibtex]
    @inproceedings{sappelli2018smartradio,
    title={SMART Radio: Personalized News Radio},
    author={Sappelli, Maya and Chu, Dung Manh and Cambel, Bahadir and Nortier, Joeri and Graus, David},
    booktitle={The 17th Dutch-Belgian Information Retrieval workshop},
    year={2018}
    }