DIRECTOR - SEMANTIC COMPUTING
Evelyne Viegas is the Director of Semantic Computing at Microsoft Research, based in Redmond, U.S.A. Semantic Computing is about interacting with data in rich, safe and semantically meaningful ways, to create the path from data to information, knowledge and intelligence. In her current role, Evelyne is building initiatives which focus on information seen as an enabler of innovation, working in partnership with universities and government agencies worldwide. In particular she is creating programs around computational intelligence research to drive open innovation and agile experimentation via cloud-based services; and projects to advance the state-of-the-art in data-driven research including knowledge representation, machine learning and reasoning under uncertainty at web scale.
Prior to her present role, Evelyne has been working as a Technical Lead at Microsoft delivering Natural Language Processing components to projects for MSN, Office, and Windows. Before Microsoft, and after completing her Ph.D. in France, she worked as a Principal Investigator at the Computing Research Laboratory in New Mexico on an ontology-based Machine Translation project. Evelyne serves on international editorial, program and award committees.
- International World Wide Web Conference, Industry co-chair, May 18-22, 2015, Florence, Italy. Track co-chair with Chris Welty,.
European Semantic Web Conference, Industry co-chair, May 25-29, 2014, Crete, Greece. Track co-chair with Kingsley Idehen.
Latin American Faculty Summit 2014 on Advancing Science and Technology through Computing Research, May 7-9, 2014, Viña del Mar, Chile. Event co-chair with Jaime Puente.
Machine Learning Summit, April 23-24, 2013, Microsoft Le Campus, Paris, France. Event co-chair with Christopher Bishop.
International Conference on Semantic Computing, September 18-21, 2011. Stanford University, Palo Alto, USA
CodaLab for Data-Driven Research - Learn, Share and Collaborate, Microsoft Research Faculty Summit, July 16, 2014 co-organized by Isabelle Guyon, ChaLearn; Percy Liang, Stanford University; Simon Mercer, Microsoft Research; Evelyne Viegas, Microsoft Research.
Data-Centric Programming, POPL, San Diego, January 25, 2014; co-organized by Judith Bishop, Microsoft Research; Jeremy Gibbons, University of Oxford; Erik Meijer, Applied Duality; Evelyne Viegas, Microsoft Research
Data Driven Functional Programming, POPL, Rome, Italy, January 22, 2013; co-organized by Judith Bishop, Microsoft Research; Karin Breitman, EMC Labs; Evelyne Viegas, Microsoft Research
First Workshop on Programming the Semantic Web, ISWC, Boston, MA, US, November 11, 2012; co-organized by Karin Breitman, EMC Labs; Steffen Staab, University of Koblenz-Landau; Evelyne Viegas, Microsoft Research; Jan Vitek, Purdue University
Spelling Alteration for Web Search Workshop, City Center - Bellevue, WA. July 19, 2011; co-organized by Evelyne Viegas, Microsoft Research; Jianfeng Gao, Microsoft Research; Kuansan Wang, Microsoft Research; Jan Pedersen, Microsoft
SIGIR 2010 Web N-gram Workshop, Geneva, Switzerland, July 23, 2010; co-organized by Chengxiang Zhai, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; David Yarowsky, Johns Hopkins University; Evelyne Viegas, Microsoft Research; Kuansan Wang, Microsoft Research; Stephan Vogel, Carnegie Mellon University
Workshop on Confidential Data Collection for Innovation Analysis in Organizations 2009, Redmond, Sept 6-7, 2009; co-organized by Nick Bloom, Stanford University; Isabel Cruz, University of Illinois at Chicago; Christian Schunn, University of Pittsburgh; Evelyne Viegas, Microsoft Research. Sponsored by National Science Foundation
Beyond Search – Semantic Computing and Internet Economics 2009 Workshop, Redmond, June 10-11, 2009; co-organized by Evelyne Viegas, Microsoft Research and Ewa Dominowska, OSD - Bing. Sponsored by External Research and OSD-Bing
WSDM 2009 Web Search Click Data 2009, Barcelona, Spain, Feb 8, 2009; co-organized by Nick Craswell, Microsoft; Rosie Jones, Yahoo! Labs; Georges Dupret, Yahoo! Labs; Evelyne Viegas, Microsoft Research. Sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Journal articles and papers
Viegas, E. (2013) Codalab: a new service for data exchange, code execution, benchmarks and reproducible research in Workshop on Causality at the Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS'13)
Ganesan, K., Zhai, C. and E. Viegas (2012) Micropinion Generation: An Unsupervised Approach to Generating Ultra-Concise Summaries of Opinions, In Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on World Wide Web (WWW '12)
- Li, H., Xu, G., Croft, W.B., Bendersky, M., Wang, Z. and E. Viegas (2012) QRU-1: A Public Dataset for Promoting Query Representation and Understanding Research, In Proceedings of the Workshop on Web Search Click Data," (WSCD'12)
- Kodeswaran, P. and E. Viegas (2010) “Towards A Privacy Preserving Policy Based Infrastructure for Social Data Access To Enable Scientific Research,” Policy 2010
- Syed, Z. and E. Viegas (2010) A Hybrid Approach to Unsupervised Relation Discovery Based on Linguistic Analysis and Semantic Typing In Proceedings of NAACL-HLT, Los Angeles, CA, June 1-6, 2010
- Wang, K., Thrasher, C., Viegas, E., Li, X. and P. Hsu (2010) An Overview of Microsoft Web N-gram Corpus and Applications In Proceedings of NAACL-HLT, Los Angeles, CA, June 1-6, 2010
- Syed, Z., Viegas, E. and S. Parastatidis (2010) Automatic Discovery of Semantic Relations using MindNet In Proceedings of Language Resources Evaluation Conference, Malta, May 17-23, 2010.
- Parastatidis, S., Viegas, E. and T. Hey (2010) A 'Smart' Cyberinfrastructure for Research - A view of semantic computing and its role in research. Communications of the ACM, Vol. 52 No. 12, Pages 33-37
- Kodeswaran, P. and E. Viegas (2009) Applying Differential Privacy to Search Queries in a Policy Based Interactive Framework In Proceedings of The 18th ACM Conference on Information and Knowledge Management, Hong Kong, China, Nov 2-6, 2009
- Craswell N., Jones R., Dupret G., Viegas E. (2009) ACM Proceedings of the 2009 Workshop on Web Search Click Data. ISBN: 978-1-60558-434-8
Evelyne Viegas (1999, 2007) Breadth and Depth of Semantic Lexicons. Kluwer Academic Press.
Pierrette Bouillon, Laurence Jacqmin, Graham Russell, Lyne Da Sylva, Francoise Vandooren and Evelyne Viegas (1998) Traitement automatique des langues naturelles. Textbook on Natural Language Processing. Editions Duculot, Deboeck et Larcier, 1998, Paris, Bruxelles.
Patrick Saint-Dizier and Evelyne Viegas (1995, 2005) Computational Lexical Semantics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Programme Committee Member, Reviewer
- Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI)
- Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL)
- Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING): 2014
- Grace Hopper Conference (GHC): Data Science track (2014)
- International/European Semantic Web Conference (ISWC/ESWC)
- Journal of Web Semantics
- Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC)
- National Science Foundation (NSF)
- World Wide Web Conference (WWW)
- CodaLab - an open-source platform to conduct data- and computation-intensive experiments
- Try F# - a web-based unique information-rich programming experience
- Web N-gram Services - a cloud-based platform to drive discovery and innovation in data-driven research
- Speller Challenge - Congratulations to all winners
- Machine Learning Goes Virtual
- Try F# - Data Console to Big and Broad Data
- Try Try F#
- Information at your Fingerprint
- Microsoft Research Plays Matchmaker this February
- In Search of Britney…or Brittany…or Brittannie
My Travels 
- Latin American Faculty Summit 2014, Chile, May 5-9
European Semantic Web Conference (ESWC), Cretes, May 25-29
evelynev (at) Microsoft.com