Amazon Education Research Grant for MSc student

Kyrre Wahl Kongsgård (supervised by Edgar Meij) has been awarded an Amazon AWS in Eduction Research Grant worth 20K Dollar for a project called “Large-scale Expertise Discovery and Question Recommendation on Community Question Answering Websites”. The Msc graduation project aims to develop novel methods for expertise discovery in the context of personalized question recommendation on Community Question Answering platforms, such as Stackoverflow and Yahoo! Answers. The proposal involves using advanced, large-scale text mining techniques to automatically identify not only fine-grained expertise areas of candidate answerers, but also using the identified areas for high-precision question recommendation. The main challenges lie in accurately modeling the information space around an answerer’s topic of interest and finding users that are both sufficiently knowledgable about newly-posed questions as well as having a desire to answer them.