Sola Shirai is a Ph.D. student advised by Professor Deborah McGuinness. Sola’s main research interests revolve around artificial intelligence topics such as knowledge representation, reasoning, the Semantic Web, and natural language processing. At RPI, he has worked on a variety of projects involving the use of semantic technologies, like knowledge graphs and ontologies, for use cases surrounding personal health and food. His current work explores the concept of “context” – what it is, how to represent it, and how to use it – to enable a deeper understanding of knowledge-driven systems.
Projects as Research Assistant
The Center for Health Empowerment by Analytics, Learning, and Semantics (HEALS) is a five-year collaboration between Rensselaer and IBM aimed at researching how the application of advanced cognitive computing capabilities can help people to understand and improve their own health conditions.