Allen C. Benson, Writer, Photographer, Librarian


Research Statement

My research is concerned with photography, language, knowledge representation, and their intersections. In photography and language, I am mostly interested in descriptions of events represented in photographs. Here I am concerned with what we can know about photographs if descriptions are the source of our information and how descriptions and their contexts shape the information we process when we view photographs. In knowledge representation, I explore how we can express and reason over this knowledge in knowledge-base systems.

My current project is OntoPhoto, ontology of the photograph, which depends on Scone knowledge-base system for its architecture, representation, and for default reasoning with exceptions. I carry out this work with Scott E. Fahlman, Professor Emeritus, Language Technologies Institute and Department of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University.

With at least minimal correspondence between the photographs we save in archives and the discourse surrounding photographs, expectations are my research results will help efforts to improve knowledge organization systems that assist image searchers in locating and retrieving, with some degree of accuracy, photographs sought within large collections of photographs.

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