The CelebrityWatch site promotes, in a light hearted way, the public understanding of leading scientific research undertaken at the University of Bristol in the areas of machine learning and pattern analysis. CelebrityWatch presents daily updated "intelligent summaries" of news from around World along with automatically compiled lists of currently newsworthy people, places and organisations. Interactive maps, timelines and social networks visualisations allow users to view the World's news from an entirely new perspective.
The Artificial Intelligence research being showcased is led by Professor Nello Cristianini and Dr Tijl De Bie of the Department of Engineering Mathematics at the University of Bristol. The NewsPatterns site is part of the European Union's Pattern Analysis, Statistical Modelling and Computational Learning (PASCAL) Network of Excellence funded under the European Commission's Information Society Technologies (IST) programme.