Information Access Seminar

Web Search and Information Credibility Analysis

Friday, October 16, 2009
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Katsumi Tanaka, Kyoto University
We describe a new concept for improving Web search performance and/or increasing the information credibility of search results using Web 1.0 and Web 2.0 content in a complementary manner. Conventional Web search engines still suffer from a low precision/recall ratio, especially for searching multimedia content (images, videos, etc.). The quality control of Web search is generally insufficient due to low publishing barriers. As a result, there is a large amount of mistaken and unreliable information on the Web that can have detrimental effects on users. This calls for technology that facilitates the judging of the trustworthiness or credibility of content and the accuracy of the information that users encounter on the Web. Such technology should be able to handle a wide range of tasks: extracting credible information related to a given topic, organizing this information, detecting its provenance, and clarifying background, facts, and other related opinions and their distribution. We propose and describe a concept of enhancing the search performance of conventional Web search engines and analyzing information credibility of Web information using the interaction between Web 1.0 and Web 2.0 content. We also overview our recent research activities on Web search and information credibility based on this concept.

Professor Katsumi Tanaka received the BS, MS and PhD degrees in Information Science from Kyoto University, in 1974, 1976 and 1981, respectively. In 1986, he joined the Department of Instrumentation Engineering, Faculty of Engineering at Kobe University, as an associate professor. In 1994, he became a full professor at the Department of Computer and Systems Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, Kobe University. Since 2001, he has been a professor of the Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University. He is currently a vice-dean of the school. His research interests include database theory and systems, Web search, video retrieval, and multimedia information systems. More information.

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March 26, 2015