NewsImages Workshop 2023 in Amsterdam and Online

Author: Andreas Lommatzsch

The 14th Annual MediaEval Workshop has been held 1-2 February 2024. MediaEval has been held in conjunction with MMM in Amsterdam, Netherlands. MediaEval serves as a benchmarking initiative dedicated to fostering the creation and assessment of innovative algorithms within the multi-media field. It highlights the interdisciplinary nature of multimedia by offering datasets that […]

Insights from LWDA Conference Presentation – Combining Information Retrieval and Large Language Models for a Chatbot that Generates Reliable, Natural-style Answers

Author: Andreas Lommatzsch

Chatbots stand as one of the premier communication channels in the digital age, essential in several different sectors for their instantaneous, round-the-clock interaction. Conventional (rule-based) chatbots (like Alice) have exhibited significant limitations, particularly in adapting to context, addressing specific inquiries, and supporting follow-up questions, often leading to a fragmented and unsatisfactory user experience. […]

NewsImages 2023 – Dataset Released

Author: Andreas Lommatzsch

The relation of news texts and images is an interesting research topic. Since for a significant fraction of news events no photos are available, news editors often use archived photos or stock images. Due to the advances of generative AI methods, images may be generated to get well-fitting images catching the attention […]

Chatbot Bobbi at the Long Night of Science at the Center for Tangible AI and Digitalization (17-June-2023)

Author: Andreas Lommatzsch

The Long Night of Science (LNDW) is an annual event that takes place in Berlin and Potsdam. It is a science festival that offers visitors the opportunity to explore science and research in a fun and interactive way. In 2023, for the first time the Center for Tangible AI and Digitalization (ZEKI) […]

NewsImages at MediaEval 2022 in Bergen, Norway

Author: Andreas Lommatzsch

The MediaEval conference 2022 has been held in Bergen, Norway. The conference has been co-located with the 29th International Conference on Multimedia Modeling to foster an exchange of ideas between the communities. The NewsImages is part of MediaEval since 2018. NewsImages researches methods for analyzing the use of multimedia in the news […]

Impressions from the 10th INRA workshop at SIGIR 2022

Author: Andreas Lommatzsch

The 10th edition of the International Workshop on News Recommendation and Analytics (INRA 2022) has been held at July 15th, 2022, as a hybrid SIGIR workshop in Madrid, Spain. The INRA workshop provides a platform for recent research and discussions in the domain of news and recommender algorithms. Over last years the […]

Presenting the Chatbot Bobbi on the “Hoffest” at the Red Townhall in Berlin

Author: Andreas Lommatzsch

The Hoffest (Courtyart Festival) at the Red Townhall in Berlin is traditional festival before the summer vacation. This year, Franziska Giffey, the Governing Mayor of Berlin, welcomed representatives from politics, business, science, diplomacy, culture, media and sports as well as citizens earned merits in the last months.

The DAI-Labor presented the robot […]

Announcing MediaEval – News Images 2020

Author: Andreas Lommatzsch

Images play an important role in online news articles and news consumption patterns. The influence of images on the perceived relevance of news items as well as the factors making images interesting in news are not well researched yet. This has been the motivation for us to setup the "News Images" task […]

Bobbi supports Berlin’s Administration in Answering Questions related to COVID-19

Author: Andreas Lommatzsch

Chatbots are a popular technique for building a scalable and easy-to-use solution answering user questions. Bobbi is the chatbot of the City of Berlin. The bot is designed for answering questions related to the services provided by the city administration.

With the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the related COVID-19 disease, […]

ACM Conference on Recommender Systems 2019 and International Workshop on News Recommendation and Analytics

Author: Benjamin Kille

The ACM International Conference on Recommender Systems was held in Copenhagen from 16th to 20th September 2019. The 13th edition of RecSys features three days of conference talks followed by two days for workshops and tutorials. The program included two keynote speeches. First, Mireille Hildebrandt explored how the EU’s GDPR affects recommender […]