Projects

Legal Reasoning

Principal Investigator:
Randy Goebel

Problem we’re trying to solve

A great deal of human resources are used in order to prepare for (or render a verdict in) a legal proceeding. The tools we are developing for information extraction and visualization in the legal domain extract legal concepts from text, identify chains of legal reasoning and answer questions by using textual entailment. Developing automated tools for information extraction and knowledge discovery will reduce the amount of effort and time needed for legal matters.

How will this help someone / an industry?

This project seeks to develop techniques for legal case reasoning, legal summarization and legal question answering in order to allow law practitioners to redirect their attention to tasks that require creativity or more complex reasoning.

Partners

National Institute for Informatics (Japan)

Type of MI used

Natural Language Processing, Information Extraction.

Projects

Ana – Automated Nanny Agent

Principal Investigator:
Osmar Zaïane

Problem we’re trying to solve

Ana, a conversational software agent (ie chatbot), is designed to converse with the elderly living at home to answer general questions and remind them of specific events. Ana is able to extract from conversations named entities (ie places, people, prescriptions, recipe names, etc.) as well as relationships (ie family tied, professions, activities, temporal events, etc.) Ana extracts information from text obtained from a speech-to-text converter; from this, it builds a personalized knowledge base that allows it to answer personal questions. Ana can also answer impersonal questions from sources on the Internet.

How will this help someone / an industry?

In addition to developing a speech interface for human-machine interaction, Ana seeks to improve elderly home care by providing a personal assistant and a digital companion. Ana helps with social needs (through questions and answers) and assists with simple home healthcare needs (ie. prescription reminders).

Type of MI used

Information Extraction, Natural Language Processing.