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Weninger Receives Metaknowledge Grant from Templeton Foundation

Nina Welding • DATE: December 3, 2014

Tim Weninger, assistant professor of computer science and engineering, has received a $50,000 renewable grant, one of 15 grants presented by Knowledge Lab as part of the Metaknowledge Project. Supported by the Templeton Foundation, all of the grants focus on data-driven projects about how ideas are formed and circulated. They encompass 11 different institutions, eight existing Metaknowledge Network research associates, and the addition of eight new researchers, of which Weninger is one.

His project, titled “Knowledge Hierarchies and Natural Navigation,” will study research hierarchies of knowledge instead of individuals by using existing algorithms to analyze information networks like Wikipedia. By comparing data about how users travel through such networks, he hopes to learn how humans “navigate and perceive information in hierarchies.” With this information, he will create a model to predict the development of future knowledge and scientific discovery.

Weninger’s interests encompass large-scale multi-modal information networks and information retrieval, data mining, databases, machine learning, statistics, and network science. In addition to his current projects, he teaches Web and Information Science and Database Systems Concepts.

He received his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He joined the University in 2013.