Sola Shirai

Sola Shirai, Ph.D. Mar 2024
Ph.D. 2024
Incorporating Context into Knowledge Graph Completion Methods
Advisor: Deborah L. McGuinness


Sola Shirai successfully defended his Ph.D. in March, 2024, having been advised by advised by Professor Deborah L. 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

ChatBS: A Context-aware LLM Exploratory Sandbox uses the OpenAI Completion API service (GPT-4-0613 model) to answer questions.

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.

Automated clusteRing Curriculum LearnIng Guided by Human Training (ARCLIGHT), is a classification engine capable of (1) automated discovery and characterization of objects and activities in multimedia data and (2) solicitation of input from human analysts to refine, correct, or update its interna