School of Informatics


School of Informatics Student Wins Yahoo! Faculty Research and Engagement Program Gift

Ioannis Konstas, a PhD Candidate in Informatics has been awarded a prestigious Yahoo! Faculty Research and Engagement Program Gift for his proposed research project entitled ‘Summarising Answers from Multiple Sources for Community Based Question’.

ioannis Konstas

The Yahoo! Faculty Research and Engagement Program (FREP) is an academic outreach initiative designed to produce the highest quality scientific collaborations and outcomes by engaging with faculty and students conducting research in areas of mutual interest. The FREP funds help academics across the globe collaborate with Yahoo! research scientists on new, exciting internet research studies and experiments.

In 2013, 27 recipients from 24 universities in 7 countries were selected based on their areas of science and interest to Yahoo!. Many of these collaborations result in “joint published papers” at premier scientific conferences and advances in algorithm design.

Ioannis’s project, submitted along with Mirella Lapata, will propose a novel community-based Question Answering (cQA) system in the context of the Yahoo! Answers platform. Key to this idea is that answers will automatically be generated to questions by aggregating input from existing answers and external sources such as Yahoo! news.

In addition to the research gift, each recipient has the opportunity to collaborate directly with distinguished Yahoo! scientists and visit Yahoo! Labs.