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The LarKC Project Overview


The aim of the EU FP 7 Large-Scale Integrating Project LarKC is to develop the Large Knowledge Collider (LarKC, for short, pronounced “lark”), a platform for massive distributed incomplete reasoning that will remove the scalability barriers of currently existing reasoning systems for the Semantic Web.

This will be achieved by:

  • Enriching the current logic-based Semantic Web reasoning methods with methods from information retrieval, machine learning, information theory, databases, and probabilistic reasoning,
  • Employing cognitively inspired approaches and techniques such as spreading activation, focus of attention, reinforcement, habituation, relevance reasoning, and bounded rationality.
  • Building a distributed reasoning platform and realizing it both on a high-performance computing cluster and via “computing at home”.

More about the project could be found on the LarKC website.

WICI's Participation in the LarKC Project

The LarKC Project is with 11 Countries involved and 13 partner consortium. The International WIC Institute (WICI) is one of the two groups outside Europe and is the only group from China.

WICI is an official participant of the following work packages:

  • WP1: Conceptual Framework and Evaluation
  • WP2: Identifying and Selecting
  • WP4: Reasoning and Deciding
  • WP8: Training, dissemination, community building and cross-fertilisation

Current members from WICI who have been participated in the project include:

WICI's Research on the LarKC Project

Plug-ins for the LarKC Platform

Currently, we have developed the following plug-ins for the LarKC platform.

  • Interests-Based Selecter
  • Interests-Based Reasoner


May 10-12th, 2010 LarKC Sofia meeting in Bulgaria. Report on recent progress for the project.
Status: Done.
May 07-09th, 2010 Preparation for LarKC Sofia meeting in Bulgaria (WP1, WP2, WP4,WP7a).
Status: Done.
April 30th, 2010 Joint submission (WICI, Ontotext, Astrazeneca) to the 7th International Conference on Cognitive Science, 2010.
Status: Done.
April 13th, 2010 Update on current members of LarKC. Meetings of LarKC China Events.
Status: Done.
March 25th, 2010 Refinement on D1.2.2 considering the internal reviewer's comments.
Status: Done.
March 24th, 2010 Refinement on D2.3.2
Status: Done.
March 23th, 2010 Refinement on D4.3.2
Status: Done.
March 22th, 2010 Refinement on D1.2.2
Status: The first round refinement has been finished and the new version has been uploaded.
March 11th-16th, 2010 Preparation of Parallelization materials (including documents, programs, datasets, evaluation results, manuals, etc.)
Status: All the materials has been sent out to HLRS. The files could be downloaded from here.
March 9th, 2010 LarKC Deliverable 2.3.2
Status: Has been sent out for internal review.
March 8th, 2010 LarKC Deliverable 4.3.2
Status: Has been sent out for internal review.
March 8th, 2010 LarKC Deliverable 1.2.2
Status: Has been sent to MPG and waiting for integration by them.

Tasks that has been planned or on the way

  • Interests based selection and query refinement plug-in test using the LarKC data layer.
  • Interests based query refinement program to be integrated into LLD.
  • User interests extraction and calculation parallelization preparation.
  • Future versions on the standardization of Interests Vocabulary (e-foaf:interests).
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