VisualHashtags- Visual Summarization of Social Media Events Using Mid-Level Visual Elements
Full Research Paper | Research Track ACM Multimedia 2017 (Accepted)

Sonal Goel, Sarthak Ahuja, A V Subramanyam, Ponnurangam Kumaraguru

In this paper we propose a methodology for visual event summarization by extracting mid-level visual elements from images associated with social media events on TwiŠtter (#VisualHashtags). ŒThe key research question is Which elements can visually capture the essence of a viral event? hence explain its virality, and summarize it. Compared to the existing approaches of visual event summarization on social media data, we aim to discover #VisualHashtags, i.e., meaningful patches that can become the visual analog of a regular text hashtag that TwiŠer generates. Our algorithm incorporates a multi-stage €filtering process and social popularity based ranking to discover mid-level visual elements, which overcomes the challenges faced by direct application of the existing methods.

Similarity Computation Exploiting The Semantic And Syntactic Inherent Structure Among Job Titles 
Full Research Paper | Industry Track ICSOC 2017 (Accepted)

Sarthak Ahuja, Joydeep Mondal, Sudhanshu S. Singh, David G. George

Solutions providing hiring analytics involve mapping company provided job descriptions to a standard job framework, thereby requiring computation of a similarity score between two jobs. Most systems doing so apply document similarity computation methods to all pairs of provided job descriptions. This approach can be computationally expensive and adversely impacted by the quality of the job descriptions which often include information not relevant to the job or candidate qualifications. We propose a method to narrow down pairs of job descriptions to be compared by comparing job titles first. The observation that each job title can be decomposed into three components, domain, function and attribute, forms the basis of our method. Our proposal focuses on training the machine learning models to identify these three components of any given job title. Next we do a semantic match between the three identified components, and use those match scores to create a composite similarity score between any two pair of job titles. The elegance of this solution lies in the fact that job titles are the most concise definition of the job and the resulting matches can easily be verified by human experts. Our results show that the approach provides extremely reliable results.

Multi Level Clustering Technique Leveraging Expert Insight 
Full Research Paper | Industry Track Joint Statistical Meet 2017 (Accepted)

Sudhanshu Singh, Ritwik Chaudhuri, Manu Kuchhal, Sarthak Ahuja, Gyana Parija

State of the art clustering algorithms operate well on numeric data but for textual data rely on conversion to numeric representation. This conversion is done by adopting approaches like TFIDF, Word2Vec, etc. and require large amount of contextual data to do the learning. Such contextual data may not be always available for the given domain. We propose a novel algorithm that incorporates Subject Matter Experts’ (SME) inputs in lieu of contextual data to be able to do effective clustering of a mix of textual and numeric data. We leverage simple semantic rules provided by SMEs to do a multi-level iterative clustering that is executed on the Apache Spark Platform for accelerated outcome. The semantic rules are used to generate large number of small sized clusters which are qualitatively merged using the principles of Graph Colouring. We present the results from a Recruitment Process Benchmarking case study on data from multiple jobs. We applied the proposed technique to create suitable job categories for establishing benchmarks. This approach provides far more meaningful insights than traditional approach where benchmarks are calculated for all jobs put together.

Cogniculture- Towards a better Human-Machine Co-evolution
Technical Article | Arxiv 2017 (Published)

Rakesh Pimplikar, Kushal Mukherjee, Gyana Parija, Ramasuri Naraynam, Rohith Vallam, Harith Vishvakarma, Sarthak Ahuja, Ritwik Chaudhuri, Joydeep Mondal, Manish Kataria

Research in Artificial Intelligence is breaking technology barriers every day. New algorithms and high performance computing are making things possible which we could only have imagined earlier. People in AI community have diverse set of opinions regarding the pros and cons of AI mimicking human behavior. Instead of worrying about AI advancements, we propose a novel idea of cognitive agents, including both human and machines, living together in a complex adaptive ecosystem, collaborating on human computation for producing essential social goods while promoting sustenance, survival and evolution of the agents’ life cycle. We highlight several research challenges and technology barriers in achieving this goal. We propose a governance mechanism around this ecosystem to ensure ethical behaviors of all cognitive agents. Along with a novel set of use-cases of Cogniculture, we discuss the road map ahead for this journey.