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Vinay Setty
Associate Professor
IAAI Group
Department of Electrical Engineering and
Computer Science

Office: Kjølv Egelands hus, E-436 (map)
University of Stavanger
4036 Stavanger, Norway
email: vinay(dot)j(dot)setty(at)
Phone: +47 51832760
Postal Address: Universitetet i Stavanger
Kitty Kiellands hus
Rennebergstien 30
4021 Stavanger

Short Biography

Vinay Setty is an associate professor at University of Stavanger and founder and CTO of Factiverse. Vinay Setty's research area broadly encompasses NLP, information retrieval and deep neural networks for language technologies,. He specializes in automated fact-checking, question answering, and conversational search. Currently, Vinay is dedicating a significant amount of his time to his startup, Factiverse with the mission to make credible information more accessible. He has published in several top-tier conferences within the area of information retrieval and web mining. He also won the 2020 SR Bank Innovation prize for commercialising neural network technology for fake news detection. He has PhD from University of Oslo and a postdoc from Max-Planck Institute for Informatics in Germany.


  • MediaFutures Research Centre for Responsible Media Technology and Innovation, headed by University of Bergen, Norway


    Past Positions

    • [November 2016 - July 2017] Assistant Professor, Aalborg University, Denmark
    • [September 2014 - October 2016] Postdoctoral Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Saarbruecken, Germany
    • [September 2012 - February 2013] Visiting Researcher, Spotify, Stockholm
    • [June 2005 - March 2008] Software Engineer, Electronics For Imaging, Bangalore, India


      For more up to date list of publications see: DBLP, Google Scholar
    • Semantic Answer Type Prediction using BERT IAI at the ISWC SMART Task 2020.
      Vinay Setty, Krisztian Balog
      SMART@ISWC 2020: 10-18
    • Truth be Told: Fake News Detection Using User Reactions on Reddit
      Vinay Setty, Erlend Rekve
      in CIKM 2020 (Poster)
    • Efficient Continuous Multi-Query Processing over Graph Streams
      Lefteris Zervakis, Vinay Setty, Christos Tryfonopoulos and Katja Hose
      in EDBT 2020
    • A Comparative Study for Unsupervised Network Representation Learning
      Megha Khosla, Vinay Setty and Avishek Anand
      in IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering 2019( Early Access)
    • SADHAN: Hierarchical Attention Networks to Learn Latent Aspect Embeddings for Fake News Detection
      Rahul Mishra and Vinay Setty
      in ICTIR 2019
    • Event2Vec: Neural Embeddings for News Events
      Vinay Setty and Katja Hose
      in SIGIR 2018 (Short paper)
    • Discovering Diversified Paths in Knowledge Bases.
      Christian Aebeloe, Gabriela Montoya, Vinay Setty and Katja Hose
      in VLDB 2018 (Demo paper)
    • Estimating Event Focus Time Using Neural Word Embeddings
      Supratim Das, Arunav Mishra, Klaus Berberich and Vinay Setty
      in CIKM 2017 (Short paper).
    • BioNex: A System For Biomedical News Event Exploration
      Patrick Ernst, Arunav Mishra, Avishek Anand, Vinay Setty
      in SIGIR-Demo 2017.
    • Modeling Event Importance for Ranking Daily News Events
      Vinay Setty, Abhijit Anand, Arunav Mishra, Avishek Anand
      in WSDM 2017. PDF, Results
    • RichNote: Adaptive Selection and Deliver of Rich Media Notifications to Mobile Users
      Md Yusuf Sarwar Uddin, Vinay Setty, Ye Zhao, Roman Vitenberg, Nalini Venkatasubramanian
      in ICDCS 2016. (PDF)
    • Finding Diverse Needles in a Haystack of Comments - Social Media Exploration for News
      Hang Zhang, Vinay Setty
      in WebSci 2016.
    • As Time Goes By: Comprehensive Tagging of Textual Phrases with Temporal Scopes
      Erdal Kuyez, Vinay Setty, Jannik Stroetgen, Gerhard Weikum
      in WWW 2016.
    • Towards Publish/Subscribe Functionality on Graphs
      Lefteris Zervakis, Christos Tryfonopoulos, Vinay Setty, Stephan Seufert and Spiros Skiadopoulos
      in DIACHRON 2016 (co-located with EDBT 2016).
    • Exploring Long Running News Stories using Wikipedia
      Jaspreet Singhy, Abhijeet Anand, Vinay Setty, Avishek Anand
      in Web Science 2015
    • Towards content-based publish/subscribe for distributed social networks
      Christos Tryfonopoulos, Paraskevi Raftopoulou, Vinay Setty, Argiris Xiros
      in DEBS 2015
    • VizPub: Visualizing the Performance of Overlay-Based Pub/Sub Systems
      Nils Peder Korsveien, Vinay Setty, Roman Vitenberg
      in DEBS 2014. (Best Demo Award)
    • Cost-Effective Resource Allocation for Deploying Pub/Sub on Cloud
      Vinay Setty, Roman Vitenberg, Gunnar Kreitz, Guido Urdaneta, Maarten van Steen
      in ICDCS 2014.
    • Maximizing the Number of Satisfied Subscribers in Pub/Sub Systems Under Capacity Constraints
      Vinay Setty, Gunnar Kreitz, Guido Urdaneta, Roman Vitenberg, Maarten van Steen
      in Infocom 2014.
    • The hidden Pub/Sub of Spotify
      Vinay Setty, Gunnar Kreitz, Roman Vitenberg, Maarten van Steen, Guido Urdaneta, and Staffan Gimåker
      in DEBS 2013.
    • PolderCast: Fast, Robust, and Scalable Architecture for P2P Topic-based Pub/Sub
      Vinay Setty, Maarten van Steen, Roman Vitenberg, and Spyros Voulgaris
      in Middleware 2012.
    • InZeit: Efficiently Identifying Insightful Time Points
      Vinay Setty, Srikanta Bedathur, Klaus Berberich, and Gerhard Weikum
      in VLDB 2010.
    • Hadoop++: Making a Yellow Elephant Run Like a Cheetah (Without It Even Noticing)
      Jens Dittrich, Jorge Quiane, Alekh Jindal, Yagiz Kargin, Vinay Setty, Jörg Schad
      in VLDB 2010.


    • September, 2010 - August, 2014
      Ph. D.
      Thesis title: Publish/Subscribe for Large-Scale Social Interaction: Design, Analysis and Resource Provisioning [pdf]
      Supervisors: Prof. Roman Vitenberg, Prof. Maarten van Steen
      University of Oslo
    • MSc.
      Efficiently Identifying Interesting Time-points in Text Archives [pdf]
      Supervisor: Prof. Dr-Ing. Gerhard Weikum, Advisors: Dr. Srikanta Bedathur and Dr-Ing. Klaus Berberich
      Max-Planck Institute for Informatics, Saarland University
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