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AIC Seminar Series

Natural Language Access: When Reasoning Makes Sense

Richard J WaldingerArtificial Intelligence Center, SRI International[Home Page]

Date:  Thursday, October 18th 2018 at 4:00pm

Location:  EK255 (SRI E building)  (Directions)

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   Abstract

Natural language is one of the more appealing ways by which people can interact with computers, but up to now its application has been severely constrained. We argue that to use natural language effectively, we must have both a deep understanding of the subject domain and a general-purpose reasoning capability. We illustrate the issues with SAP-QUEST, a proof-of-concept system for natural language question answering over a set of data sources for business enterprise applications, but the argument can be applied more generally to dialogue-style interfaces over a variety of subject domains. Joint work with Cleo Condoravdi, Kyle Richardson, and Asuman Suenbuel

   Bio for Richard J Waldinger

Richard Waldinger has been with the AI Center since 1969 and is now a Principal Scientist. He works on application of automatic deduction to artificial intelligence and software engineering. This includes program synthesis and verification, and planning, Most recently he has studied the use of deductive methods for natural-language question answering. He is the co-author (with Zohar Manna) of a series of textbooks on the relationship between logic and computer programming. He received a PhD from Carnegie Mellon University under Herbert A. Simon, and is a recipient of an SRI Fellowship, a AAAI Fellowship, and a Herbrand Award

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