Hi, I'm Rob.
I've been working on stuff related to Open Mind since 2005, but I've had a bit of a low profile recently, because I thought I was going to go work on a different research project after I finished my master's thesis last year. After several months of dabbling in other projects and getting nowhere interesting, I found myself pulled back into OMCS. Moral of the story: if your grad school career ain't broke, don't fix it.
Probably the most visible things I've done are: I put OMCS back on the Web, replacing the 2000-era web site with a Rails site called Open Mind Commons. (When I left, I passed the torch to Ken, and he re-did it in Django, making the code incredibly cleaner in the process.) Also, along with Catherine Havasi, I developed AnalogySpace, the reasoning tool that learns from patterns in ConceptNet and comes up with the "Open Mind wants to know..." questions.
So now I'm back, and my focus is on the multilingual aspect of OMCS. We've got the infrastructure we need to build a ConceptNet in any language. Now our reasoning tools need to catch up.
I've seen the messages on the mailing list speculating that OMCS is stagnating. Well, it's not. It's changing in huge ways on our end, but it takes a while before we can put new features on the Web site. After all, we'd prefer the Web site to stay up.
But I understand that our users want to be in the loop. So I'm planning to write a few blog posts over the next few days about the new multilingual features I'm working on. Stay tuned.