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Vaticle Cosmos 2020 in Pictures

Well that escalated quickly…

We had such a blast spending two days in London with you all - our community. We couldn’t have asked for a better kickoff to the Grakn Cosmos conference series.

You may have seen Tomás’ recap on our blog, but after taking a look at all the pictures we felt we needed to show some of the [live and in techni-colour] scenes from over the two days.

Grakn Cosmos Recap in Pictures

Speaker Gathering:

Traveling from as far as Lima Peru, our community speakers arrived in London excited to introduce their work and make connections that until then had been via a computer screen.

Nothing like a traditional english pub to get everyone in the mood.

Day 1:


Haikal, our fearless leader kicked things off on Thursday morning, giving attendees a history lesson on Knowledge Engineering and where we see Grakn Labs going in the future.

Needless to say, the room full of builders, pioneers and innovators were raring to go!

On to the Sessions!

Samuel and Julien presented how they use Grakn to power their cyber security data management tool, OpenCTI .

Joris from TNO presenting their foundational work in robotics (his colleagues, Willeke and Fieke went into more depth later in the day), allowing for real-time systems configuration and object recognition.

Alexander De Leon got us going in the brilliantly regal Council Room, showcasing his organisation's utilisation of a knowledge graph in a tax assistant application.

How do we build clinical design systems with Grakn? Alessia Basadonne walked us through her work.

As Haikal mentioned in his keynote, we're building on top of what has come before us, this isn't radical, it just makes sense. Alessia walked the room through a history of expert systems within healthcare, setting the stage for her current and future work.

All the way from University of California San Fransisco, Sanchita presented some incredible work on opening access to clinical trials data. How we can better share, disseminate and repurpose data with Grakn. When we do those three things, we can magnify the impact of lifescience research

Never one to miss the chance to grab the mic, Tomás started the afternoon sessions presenting a comparison between SQL and Graql.

It isn't about replacing SQL, it is about providing a higher level abstraction, allowing for ease of conception and understanding of how we ask questions of our data.

Vincenzo and Giampaolo from Universita Degli Studi di Napoli worked so hard in the lead up to Grakn Cosmos and it all paid off.

Answering the question: How can we better utilise patient data for good? This is just one example of many that we heard at Grakn Cosmos, adding to the impact of knowledge graphs for the end user, in this case: the patient.

One of our most enthusiastic and infectious community members, Mani, delivering his presentation on speaking plain English with Graql. We're so thankful for all our community members and Mani is just one example of the global excitement we see on a daily basis.

Suyog from dunnhumby had the room eating out of his palm, afterwards many found direct impact in their own projects from the modelling he shared. His model allows conversational assistants to better map end user questions to querys in the knowledge graph.

Standing room only means, for the next Grakn Cosmos (hint hint: West Coast U.S. we're coming for you), we're going to need a bigger venue...

The A/V team was firing on all cylinders, can't thank them enough.

Don’t worry: all the sessions are being edited as we speak and will be posted to our YouTube channel

And here's me. Beaming :)

Day 2:

Getting Right into It

I had the privilege of kicking off Day 2 of Grakn Cosmos, talking about the community side of our work. After hosting events across the world in 2018 and 2019, it was a thrill to have everyone in London to kickoff 2020 - summer tour here we come!

We're all connected by an innate desire to solve complex problems; with Grakn, we can set out to tackle ever more complicated challenges with a global impact.

We're always on the edge of our seats when James gets talking about the possibilities of connecting Machine Learning and Knowledge Graphs. This was no different.

How might we complete a knowledge graph? James' work on KGLIB and specifically KGCN is something our internal team is excited about and from the feedback we've been getting, you all are as well.

Paul from AstraZeneca talking about the impact of knowledge graphs in drug development.

Willeke from TNO continuing what Joris started on Day 1 and going steps deeper into expert systems for robotics configuration, in the real world, with a knowledge graph.

Day 2 also gave some of our other Grakn Labs engineers a chance to showcase projects near and dear to their hearts - here's Archie introducing Joshua and his talk on the challenges of query planning in Grakn.

Yes. Yes you can solve a sudoku using Grakn. Kasper, our reasoning lead on the engineering team, presented on the meaning and expressivity of negation.

Neeraj from Infosys laying it all out there. His talk was sneaky good, on how Grakn can be used to maintain and store metadata as well as make inferencing more efficient.

Brandon has the distinction of being one of the first community members building with Grakn. He joined us from Tampa, Florida and stunned the room with his presentation on Augmented Software Development - this is one video we're particularly excited to share with you soon.

Here's Ganesh giving Andrew from 6Point6 the 3rd degree after his talk on run graphs and the next evolution of Data Operations tooling.

Last but not least Hari from Google Cloud brought us home on Friday afternoon.

After a full day of talks, we wanted to celebrate…

Thank you to The Prince for hosting us

Thank you to everyone that made our first Grakn Cosmos a smashing success!