During the past week I was in Oxford for the 2nd Trust Management Conference. The presentation (pdf) (sxi) of my paper went well.
Most of the participants were concerned with privacy and the problem of setting up a secure environment for virtual organizations (business basically). I am not too much interested in this topic that is basically agreeing with Microsoft, IBM and HP (that were present with some representatives) about standards for the trust management processes, often reduced to simple access control lists.
Instead I was very happy to meet Cai Ziegler. Cai is working on topics very similar to my interests. But it is doing more (his scope on semantic web recommender systems is broader, since he also takes into account taxonomies), better (its English is simply wonderful) and faster (he is still in his first year of PhD). Can I at least say I’m humble? ;-)
Check his publications:
Analyzing Correlation Between Trust and User Similarity in Online Communities,
Spreading Activation Models for Trust Propagation,
Semantic Web Recommender Systems,
Trust Models for Expertise Discovery in Social Networks.
I will try to convince him to start blogging. It would be a great injection of inspiring thoughts for all the blogosphere!