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AIC Seminar Series

DASL and Automated Molecular Discovery

Dayne FreitagArtificial Intelligence Center, SRI International[Home Page]
John ByrnesArtificial Intelligence Center, SRI International

Notice:  Hosted on Zoom by Aaron Spaulding

Date:  Thursday, March 11th 2021 at 4:00pm

Location:  Zoom  (Directions)


John and Dayne will present an overview of recent AIC work in DARPA's program on Automated Molecular Discovery (AMD). AMD addresses the problem of "inverse design," nominating new chemical compounds based on a specification of desired properties. John will describe how we are approaching this extremely challenging problem with DASL and present recent results. Dayne will discuss AIC work on automatically mining the scientific chemistry literature for information on compound properties.

   Bio for Dayne Freitag


Dayne Freitag, Ph.D., is director of the Advanced Analytics group in SRI’s Artificial Intelligence Center. His research seeks to apply artificial intelligence to information assimilation, management and exploitation. Specific areas of interest include natural language processing and computational linguistics; machine learning; data mining; information extraction; information retrieval; information diffusion; and information integration.

Freitag has served as principal investigator for a number of research projects including several large, multi-institutional efforts. His research goals have focused on the automation of data science; the automatic extension of mechanistic models through machine reading; knowledge federation over diverse information sources through data analytics and natural language processing; explaining the spread of ideas through online communities; and novel approaches to institutional knowledge management using controlled English.

Before joining SRI in 2009, Freitag led and participated in fundamental research at Fair Isaac Corporation with a special focus on the rapid deployment of textual information extraction, and the unsupervised induction of linguistic structure and function through corpus analysis. He also was a research scientist and vice president for technology at Burning Glass Technologies, LLC, which develops solutions for human resource management using machine learning and natural language processing. Between 1998 and 2000, Freitag conducted information extraction and information retrieval research at Just Research.

Freitag holds a B.A. in English literature from Reed College, and a Ph.D. in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University.


   Bio for John Byrnes

  • Automated Deductive Reasoning
  • Text Analytics
  • Bayesian Inference

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