Industry Session 1

Date: Saturday, Sept 17, 2016, 10:40-12:20
Location: Stratton Student Center (Sala 202)
Chair: Karen Church

Saúl Vargas

Mendeley: Recommendations for Researchers

by Saúl Vargas (Mendeley)

For a researcher, keeping up with what is going on in their research field can be a difficult and time-consuming task. Since the volume of published research and research activity is constantly growing, it is becoming increasingly more difficult for researchers to be able to manage and filter through the research information flow. In this challenging context, Mendeley’s mission is to become the world’s “research operating system”. We do this not only by providing our well-know reference management system, but also by providing discovery capabilities for researchers on different kinds of entities, such as articles and profiles. In our talk, we will share Mendeley’s experiences with building our article and profile recommendation systems, the challenges that we have faced and the solutions that we have put in place. We will discuss how we address different users’ needs with our data and algorithm infrastructure to achieve good user experience.

About the Speaker

Saúl Vargas is a Senior Data Scientist at Mendeley and Elsevier, where he is working on a variety of tools and products powering recommendations for researchers. Before that, he was working as a postdoc at the University of Glasgow doing research in the area of Social Media Analysis. He has a PhD in the area of recommender systems from the Autonomous University of Madrid under the supervision of Prof. Pablo Castells.

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