Co-organizing DIR 2019!

πŸ“… February 8, 2019 β€’ πŸ• 14:18 β€’ 🏷 Blog β€’ πŸ‘ 49

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 β€’ πŸ• 16:17 β€’ 🏷 Blog β€’ πŸ‘ 79

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:


Textpipe logo

πŸ“… December 5, 2018 β€’ πŸ• 10:00 β€’ 🏷 Design β€’ πŸ‘ 26

I created another logo!

It is the textpipe logo, for textpipe;

a Python package for converting raw text in to clean, readable text and extracting metadata from that text.

textpipe’s readme

A package we’re developing together with our friends at De Persgroep and RTL Nederland :-).

Featured in BNR’s “Artificial Intelligence Podcast” on AI in Media Part I: Tech

πŸ“… November 27, 2018 β€’ πŸ• 10:22 β€’ 🏷 Media β€’ πŸ‘ 15

In the latest AI Podcast, I am featured, talking with Li’ao Wang on our SMART Radio and SMART Journalism projects. Stream the episode below!

“Media is smart, but needs to get smarter. That’s what we’re working on here at the FD Mediagroep. Come and see what we do with AI to make our creators and content better.”

Stream on BNR

Stream on Spotify

Position paper “β€œLet Me Tell You Who You are” β€” Explaining Recommender Systems by Opening Black Box User Profiles”

πŸ“… November 11, 2018 β€’ πŸ• 11:21 β€’ 🏷 Papers β€’ πŸ‘ 39

Our position paper “β€œLet Me Tell You Who You are” β€” Explaining Recommender Systems by Opening Black Box User Profiles” was accepted at the 2nd FATREC Workshop on Responsible Recommendation, held at RecSys ’18!

In this paper, we detail some our ideas and approaches of providing transparency in recommendations through displaying the user profiles, used ‘internally’ by our recommender system. Read the pre-print below!

FATREC Position paper: Explaining recommender systems by opening black box user profiles

Interviewed in “IP – vakblad voor informatieprofessionals”

πŸ“… October 24, 2018 β€’ πŸ• 17:17 β€’ 🏷 Media β€’ πŸ‘ 3

In the magazine IPΒ (“journal for information professionals”) I amΒ interviewed as one of three young professionals who show that ‘traditional categories and conceptual frames need to be readjusted.’

More specifically, it describes how my multi-disciplinary background, with an academic background in media studies, professional experience in the media, with a PhD in computer science, is important in bridging the gap between ‘techies’ and ‘non-techies’, and of particular value in my current role where I work on enabling AI in media.Β 

Digital forensics in the real world: the Ennetcom data

πŸ“… β€’ πŸ• 17:13 β€’ 🏷 Media β€’ πŸ‘ 25

In the context of a high-profile legal case (involving a bunch of data acquired from encrypted “Ennetcom” phones) I assisted lawyer Inez Weski in acquiring insights and trying to understand how digital forensic tools were used in the collection of digital evidence. I did this work in the context of my PhD research on semantic search for E-Discovery. In this post, I list some of the publications that followed from my work and the case.

De Volkskrant: “Met deze eigen zoekmachine spit de politie schatten aan digitaal bewijs door”

Hansken is the search engine developed by the Netherlands Forensic Institute, and used by the police and public prosecutors. In this article in De Volkskrant, titled “Met deze eigen zoekmachine spit de politie schatten aan digitaal bewijs door,” I answered a few questions and explained my view on the role of Hansken in the court of law and digital evidence acquisition.

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NEMO Kennislink: “Het sleepnet van Justitie”

For more information on the case and my work, there’s a more in-depth piece on my work for Weski in the following NEMO Kennislink article, which details my findings and concerns with respect to using a proprietary, continuously developed, and largely black-box tool for collecting digital forensic evidence:

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Crimesite: “Hoe het pgp-sleepnet wel (en niet) werkt (#2)”

Finally, if you still didn’t have enough, there’s a blog post on crimesite which explains a bit more on the (legal) case, and some interpretations on my report and findings; 

Click to read “Hoe het pgp-sleepnet wel (en niet) werkt (#2)”