Guy De Pauw has been working as a language engineer for almost 20 years and has extensive experience developing robust text analytics applications for a wide range of languages. As co-founder and CEO of the University of Antwerp spin-off Textgain, he is now bringing language technology to the market that can extract knowledge from documents in application areas such as marketing, citizen participation and cybersecurity. At the cross-section between industry and academia, Guy is committed to finding industrial applications for the state-of-the-art in cognitive computing.
Tom De Smedt is co-founder of the Experimental Media Research Group (EMRG, St Lucas School of Arts), senior researcher at the Computational Linguistics Research Group (CLiPS, University of Antwerp), and founding partner of Textgain (textgain.com). He has a Bachelor's degree in software engineering, a Master's degree in new media art, and a PhD in Arts. His research interests include computational linguistics, computational creativity, cognitive science, and cybersecurity.
Textgain will show how you can quantify facts and opinions on a global scale through machine reading. What's more, this technology can even "read between the lines" and reveal demographic features of people through author profiling techniques. We will demonstrate some of our recent work on the detection of on-line hate speech and will show how the same technology can be used to find bad guys, as well as good guys.