Last week, I attended the 15th International Conference on Web Engineering in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Google was one of the industry sponsors and Google Zurich's Enrique Alfonseca delivered one of the keynotes on news processing at Google and general advances in language understanding. As the name suggests, the focus of the conference was on Web engineering aspects; so below, in my list of personal paper highlights, I have also included a number of demo papers:
Beyond Graph Search: Exploring and Exploiting Rich Connected Data Sets: Discusses open questions and research directions for (knowledge) graph search (by a former Bing intern).
Conflict Resolution in Collaborative User Interface Mashups: Shows how to resolve conflicts in a collaborative iGoogle-like user interface using the operational transformation algorithm.
Tilt-and-Tap: Framework to Support Motion-Based Web Interaction Techniques: Nice demo of mobile device interaction patterns that might be interesting for photo gallery exploration.
SUMMA: A Common API for Linked Data Entity Summaries (best paper candidate): An API interface description for comparing entity summaries (i.e., ranked facts for an entity as presented in knowledge panels on Google, Bing, Yahoo!).
Curtains Up! Lights, Camera, Action! Documenting the Creation of Theater and Opera Productions with Linked Data and Web Technologies (disclosure: my paper): Web Components built with Polymer for the creation of hypervideos and the consumption of Linked Data Fragments.