CTS Events
November 14, 2012

Dr. Nebiyou Tilahun, UPP, presents a seminar entitled "An agent based model of origin destination estimation (ADOBE)" Wednesday, November 14th at 4:00 pm in Rm 1127 SEO


November 7, 2012

Mr. Thomas Murtha, CMAP, will address the CTS-IGERT community at 4:00 p.m. in Room 1127 SEO.


October 24, 2012

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Bo Zou, CME, on Wednesday, October 24th, Room 1127 SEO, 4:00 p.m.


CTS Happenings
September 25, 2012

Award Received by Joshua Auld, CTS-IGERT alumnus.


April 20, 2012

Congratulations to James Biagioni, CTS Fellow and CS PhD candidate, winner of the Dean's Scholar award.


January 2, 2012

James Biagioni, CTS Fellow, receives "Best Presentation Award" at SenSys2011


July 30, 2010

Dr. Ouri Wolfson, Dr. Phillip Yu, and Leon Stenneth, CS student and CTS Associate, recently had a paper accepted to the 6th IEEE International Conference on Wireless and Mobile Computing, Networking and Communications (WiMob 2010).


October 6, 2009

CTS-IGERT is pleased to host a seminar by Joel Booth, CTS-IGERT Fellow. Tuesday, October 6, 2009, 11:00 a.m., Room 1000 SEO.

Download: "Natural Language Queries as Semantic (Sub) Networks"<

"Natural Language Queries as Semantic (Sub) Networks"


In this talk I will present preliminary research results that I presented at the IEEE International Conference on Semantic Computing in Berkeley, CA. We show how natural language queries can be represented as subnetworks within ontologies in order to extract implicit semantics from the input. Interesting features of the approach include: methods for modeling spatial and temporal concepts and their linguistic realizations, reliance on shallow surface features, and integration of techniques based in the semantic web, database, and natural language processing communities. The initial proof-of-concept implementation and evaluation shows the approach is promising for generating useful semantic representations of queries for the purpose of generating formal database queries.


Joel Booth is a Ph.D. an CTS IGERT Fellow and student in the Department of Computer Science at University of Illinois at Chicago. His research interests lie between multiple interrelated fields: natural language processing, semantic web, and databases. His dissertation research focuses on developing database models for transportation systems as well as natural language interfaces that facilitate their access by lay-users. He completed his B.A. in Computer Science at Kalamazoo College in 2005, and joined UIC in the fall of 2005.