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What if computers could read the news?

Professor Computational Lexicology Piek Vossen, VU-Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


We monitor the news to learn about the changes in the world. However, every working day millions of news articles are published and any many more news messages are found in social media. How can we handle this massive bombardment of information, while our world is becoming more and more global and connected? How can we avoid being selective and biased in our view of the world?

Prof. Piek Vossen develops computer programs that read these massive streams of daily news across 4 languages to extract what happened, when and where, and who is involved. These programs allow to learn not only about the changes in the world but also about the media that report on it.