Department Research Seminar: Early Detection of Research Topics

On the 8th February I delivered a seminar to my department (KMi @ OU) in which I described the work I have been doing in the last two years for my postgraduate research.

I started with a little bit of introduction about science. Shortly, I moved to the currently available technologies for keeping track of the development of the different research areas. I showed how this technologies were not satisfactory enough if we want to perform an early detection of research topics.

In presenting, the state of the art (including The Structure of Scientific Revolution by Kuhn), I could state my main hypothesis, regarding the existence of an embryonic stage that research areas face, and that it is possible to detect their emergence during this stage1.

Afterwards, I moved towards the technical part of my study. Initially, I described my first study that allowed me to test the hypothesis. Based on the obtained results, I then showed the design of my current second study which aims to the effective detection of emerging trends.

Towards the end of the seminar, I gave a glimpse of the evaluation I want to pursue, and I also talked about some current conclusions.

I am  thankful to everyone who attended the seminar both physically and online for their questions and comments.

Here is a video recording of my seminar. Enjoy.

I do apology for the lip sync issue.


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1. To learn more about, please read this paper: Salatino, A.A., Osborne, F. and Motta, E., 2017. How are topics born? Understanding the research dynamics preceding the emergence of new areas. PeerJ Computer Science3, p.e119.