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WIMMICS Research team

Web-Instrumented Man-Machine Interactions, Communities and Semantics

Team presentation

The web is no longer the simple documentary system built on a simple protocol (HTTP), a simple addressing scheme (URI) and a simple document formatting language (HTML). It grew to become a huge network of distributed data, applications and users where many flows of heterogeneous messages travel. The web is an object of science: it is a very complex system that requires a multidisciplinary scientific approach. Our research institutes are more and more solicited to understand how these data and interactions can be processed, supported, controlled, exploited or improved. Relying on semantic web formalisms, we believe Wimmics can contribute to this understanding in two manners: (1) by proposing a multidisciplinary approach to analyze and model the many aspects of these intertwined information systems, communities of users and their interactions; (2) by formalizing and reasoning on these models to propose new analysis tools and indicators, and support new functionalities and better management. Wimmics is a joint research team between INRIA Sophia Antipolis - Méditerranée and I3S (CNRS and University of Nice Sophia Antipolis). The research fields of this team are graph-oriented knowledge representation, reasoning and operationalization to model and support actors, actions and interactions in web-based epistemic communities. Wimmics is a follow-up of the teams Acacia, Edelweiss and Kewi.

Research themes

  • user & interaction design: knowledge-based interaction (context, Q&A, exploration, …), user models, personas, emotion capture, mockups, evaluation campaigns;
  • communities & social networks: community detection, labelling, collective personas, coordinative artifacts, argumentation theory, sentiment analysis;
  • linked data & semantic Web: ontology-based knowledge representation, formalisms: typed graphs, uncertainty, knowledge extraction, data translation
  • reasoning & analyzing: graph querying, reasoning, transforming, induction, propagation, approximation, explanation, tracing, control, licensing, trust


International and industrial relations

QWANT, Mnemotix, Viseo, Educlever, Accenture, IBM, ATOS, Mondeca, Alcmeon, Synchronext, Gayatech, Vigiglobe, Orange, SAP, Alcatel Lucent, W3C

Keywords: Knowledge representation and reasoning Artificial intelligence Semantic web Linked data Social web Ontologies Graph formalisms Interaction