Keynote: Xin Luna Dong

Senior Principal Scientist, Amazon

Xin Luna Dong is a Senior Principal Scientist at Amazon, leading the efforts of constructing Amazon Product Knowledge Graph. She was one of the major contributors to the Google Knowledge Vault project, and has led the Knowledge-based Trust project, which is called the “Google Truth Machine” by Washington’s Post. She has co-authored the book “Big Data Integration”, and was awarded ACM Distinguished Member, VLDB Early Career Research Contribution Award for “advancing the state of the art of knowledge fusion”, and Best Demo award in Sigmod 2005. She serves in the VLDB endowment and PVLDB advisory committees. She’s also a PC co-chair for VLDB 2021, KDD’2020 ADS Invited Talk Series, ICDE Industry 2019, VLDB Tutorial 2019, and Sigmod 2018.​

Zero to One Billion: The Path for a Rich Product Graph

Knowledge graphs have been used to support a wide range of applications and enhance search results for multiple major search engines, such as Google and Bing. At Amazon we are building a Product Graph, an authoritative knowledge graph for all products in the world. The thousands of product verticals we need to model, the vast number of data sources we need to extract knowledge from, the huge volume of new products we need to handle every day, and the various applications in Search, Discovery, Personalization, Voice, that we wish to support, all present big challenges in constructing such a graph.

In this talk we describe our efforts for knowledge collection for products of thousands of types. We describe how we nail down the most important first step for delivering the data business: training high-precision models that generate accurate data. We then describe how we scale up the models with learning from limited labels, and how we increase the yields with multi-modal models and web extraction. We share the many learnings and lessons in building this product graph and applying it to support customer-facing applications.

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