- TopicRank: Bringing insight to users (SIGIR2008)
- OPTIMA: A System for Semi Automatic and Large Scale Ontology Population (ASWC2007)
- Morphological annotation of Korean with Directly Maintainable Resources (LREC2006)
- Semano: Semantic Annotation Tool for Asian Language (ASWC2006)
- S-Cube: A Semantic-based Middleware System for Context-Aware Services (ISWC2005)
Sharon Chiarella is Vice President of Amazon Mechanical Turk, an online marketplace for work that provides programmatic access to a global, crowdsourcing community. In this role, Sharon works with businesses of all sizes to leverage technology and the "crowd" on the internet to get work done faster and at lower cost. Ms. Chiarella has over 20 years of experience in building innovative high-technology businesses in cloud computing, crowdsourcing, online photo sharing, digital video recording, and video on demand.
Prior to joining Amazon Mechanical Turk, Sharon was the Vice President of Product Management and Business Development at Presto Services (a Kleiner-Perkins and Clearstone funded startup).
Since 2010 Banafsheh has been leading the design and implementation of differentiating constituent experience and relationship strategies of the American Red Cross across digital and off-line touch-points for a broad and diverse constituent-base that includes financial donors, blood donors, volunteers, active military personnel and their families, public health and safety instructors and their students, corporate and foundation partners and many more.
Prior to ARC, for 15+ years Banafsheh held executive leadership roles in the mobile and mobile internet industries in various capacities ranging from implementing innovative product and customer experience strategies, sales and channel strategy, CRM as well as other customer-centric technology investments.
Banafsheh has a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Maryland and an MBA from The George Washington University.
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Timothy Vogel has a B.S. in Genetics from the University of Illinois and an M.S. in Statistics from Florida State University. After teaching and doing field research at the Newfound Harbor Marine Institute on Big Pine Key, FL and completing his graduate work, he began his career of applied predictive science in New York City with Sol Steinberg's Reliance Consulting Group. At RCG he worked for Fortune 500 companies like Kohler, Chamberlain, LaBaats, M&M/Mars, National Fruit, Celanese Chemicals, 3Com, Rich SeaPak, Warner-Lambert, Johnson & Johnson, Schering-Plough, Stanley Tools, Toyota and manufacturing institutes like the PMI in NYC and FIEI in Chicago.
From there he went on to lead applied data mining and predictive analytics efforts to companies around the country; National Demographics & Lifestyles, Abacus Direct/Double-Click, MCI, Andromedia, Macromedia, IBM, Cisco Systems, and Aggregate Knowledge.
His most recent post-graduate training in unstructured data analysis led him to apply Readware/Miti to the classification of online content while Chief Scientist at Aggregate Knowledge, Inc., eventually building several new patent pending predictive algorithms in social-graph mathematics, automated taxonomies, serendipitous discovery, stochastic behavioral clustering, and human decision-making in online situations. Tim lives and works in San Mateo, CA.