Funded by the Swiss NSF, Edy Portmann is employed as postdoc at UC Berkeley, where he is working on the intersection of exploratory searches, mediamatics (i.e., media and informatics), and soft computing to make sense of big (Web) data:
Exploratory search is a specialization of information exploration that contains aspects of human-computer interaction and semantic information retrieval to foster investigation and learning, mediamatics combines technologies, strategies and methodologies from multimedia, social media, semantic media and augmented media, and soft computing deals with imprecision, uncertainty, partial truth and approximation and this include fuzzy systems, computing with words, collective intelligence and concept learning.
Edy’s area of application is mostly digital privacy and online reputation management. Currently, he is working on the Social Web to make it more semantic, or on the Semantic Web to make it more social. The intended target is to retrieve Web information more naturally in a strived for Social Semantic Web.
Prior, Edy received a Ph.D. in CS from the University of Fribourg, a M.Sc. in B&E from the University of Basel, and a B.Sc. in IS from the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. During his Ph.D. studies, over summer 2010, he was a visiting research scholar at the Keio-NUS CUTE Center. While studying, Edy worked in several organizations in study-related disciplines as Link, Swisscom, PwC, and E&Y. In addition to his prior employment at the University of Fribourg, until end of 2010, he was also a researcher at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts.
Edy is also co-founder of Mediamatics, a Swiss research think tank around media and informatics, and co-editor of the international book series 'Fuzzy Management Methods' published by Springer. As nominee for Marquis Who's Who, Edy is a multi-talented, trans-disciplinary academic who interacts regularly with industries, universities and creative communities.
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