C-IKNOW Semantic Recommender

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Previously funded by the NUCATS internal grant.

The C-IKNOW Semantic Recommender is the SONIC laboratory’s next-generation recommender system, based on semantic web-related technologies. The C-IKNOW Semantic Recommender embraces the Multi-Theoretical, Multi-Level (MTML) framework of social drivers to capture the motivations of the seeker of a recommendation.  The C-IKNOW Semantic Recommender integrates social network analysis and automated reasoning approaches to making recommendations. The C-IKNOW Semantic Recommender utilizes Resource Description Framework (RDF) as a representation for instance data, Web Ontology Language (OWL) as a representation for the domain ontology, the Java Universal Network/Graph Framework (JUNG) for network analysis, and the Pellet reasoning engine.

A demonstration of the C-IKNOW Semantic Recommender, operating in the domain of recommending collaborations among participants in the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (NUCATS) is available online. A demonstration script will help you get started.

The C-IKNOW Semantic Recommender is a collaboration with Maryam Fazel-Zarandi, PhD candidate at the Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto, and Noshir Contractor, Yun HuangHugh Devlin and Chuang Zhang of the SONIC lab.