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Aquaint: From Question-Answering to Information Seeking Dialogs

Aquaint  Principal Investigator:  David J Israel

Mailing address:
AI Center
SRI International
333 Ravenswood Avenue
Menlo Park, CA 94025-3493

AIC Program:  Natural Language

Project home page at http://www.ai.sri.com/aquaint/

   Project Description

Questions are usually part of a larger information-seeking activity, and we will not have adequate question-answering systems until the information seeking activity itself is modeled. Analysts typically have a large issue they want to elucidate, and the questions asked are in the service of that need; from the answers taken together, the analyst develops a position on the issue of interest. The position bears only an inferential relation with the answers to the questions. For the question-answering system to participate fully in the information-seeking activity, it must be able to aid and track this inference process.

SRI international and USC Information Sciences Institute are collaboratively pursing research aimed at developing the technology and the corresponding information-seeking system that will enable computers to be full partners in an information-seeking dialog.

   Personnel

Name Title E-mail
Appelt, Doug E Alumnus
Fry, John S Alumnus
Hobbs, Jerry R Alumnus
Israel, David J Program Director
Jarvis, Peter A Alumnus
Martin, David L Senior Computer Scientist
Riehemann, Susanne Z. Alumnus
Tyson, Mabry Senior Computer Scientist
Waldinger, Richard J Principal Scientist

   Publications
  • Waldinger, R. and Appelt, D. E. and Fry, J. and Israel, D. J. and Jarvis, P. and Martin, D. and Riehemann, S. and Stickel, M. E. and Tyson, M. and Hobbs, J. and Dungan, J. L. Deductive Question Answering from Multiple Resourcesin New Directions in Question Answering, AAAI, 2004.  [PDF, Details]

  • Waldinger, R., Jarvis, P., and Dungan, J. Program Synthesis for Multi-Agent Question Answeringin International Symposium on Verification (Theory and Practice); Festschrift celebrating Zohar Manna’s 64th Birthday, Springer Verlag, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, July 2003.  [PDF, Details]

  • Waldinger, R., Jarvis, P., and Dungan, J. Pointing to Places in a Deductive Geospatial Theory, in Workshop on Analysis of Geographical References; Human Language Technology Conference , Edmonton, Canada, pp. 10–17, May–Jun 2003.  [PDF, Details]

  • Waldinger, R. , Jarvis, P., and Dungan, J. Using Deduction to Choreograph Multiple Data Sources, in Semantic Web Technologies for Searching and Retrieving, Sanibel Island, Florida, Oct 2003.  [PDF, Details]

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