Posts Tagged ‘SRI International’

Sem Tech Solution For Materials Design And Development Wins Small Business Innovation Research Grant

rsz_matontoA Small Business Innovation Research grant, sponsored by the U.S. Air Force through the Office of the Secretary of Defense, has gone to a semantic technology solution for materials design and development. The project is aligned with the Materials Genome Initiative  that’s targeted to accelerate the pace of discovery and deployment of advanced material systems.

“This will help to showcase the semantic web technologies and methodologies in a large and meaningful domain and application area,” says Sam Chance, Innovation Evangelist and Special Programs Lead at iNovex Information Systems, which is the principal investigator and technical agent for development and integration for the project that will leverage W3C semantic standards. The project also includes as team members the University of Queensland, Penn State University, SRI International’s Materials Laboratory, and with Cambridge Semantics for access to its semantic tools to be bootstrapped onto the solution.

The University of Queensland brings to the effort a high-level domain ontology to represent structured knowledge about materials, their structure and properties and the processing steps involved in their composition and engineering, as well as certain case studies and data sources around jet fuels for hypersonic flight that are considered part of the materials design domain. The group at Penn State has been involved with the Materials Genome Initiative and also brings to the work particular case studies and data sources, this time for materials with nickel alloy as the base system. SRI has case studies and data sources for turbine blade coating.

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Calendars Get Smart With Tempo.AI

semtechnyclogoSRI International, which spearheaded the CALO (Cognitive Agent That Learns and Organizes) intelligent assistant for DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), has had more than one semantic project up its sleeve. One of them was Tempo.AI, which was spun off by SRI at the end of 2011. Earlier this year, the smart calendar app for the iPhone was formally launched, with Thierry Donneau-Golencer as co-founder and AI lead.

Donneau-Golencer, having also worked on CALO, clearly has a strong history of work related to dealing with information and how to make sense of it. “A lot of it had to do with semantic analysis, deriving meaning and useful information from content,” says Donneau-Golencer, with Tempo representing the next step in smart search across content by making the job more proactive.

At October’s Semantic Technology & Business Conference in NYC, Donneau-Golencer will share with attendees insights into the role semantic technology has in helping find and correlate information for users, with the least input possible required.

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What Every Semantic Startup Should Know

Earlier this week The Semantic Web Blog gave you an in-depth look at the winner of the Semantic Web Startup Competition at the recent Semantic Technology and Business conference (see story here). Perhaps at next year’s SemTechBiz event, you’d like to be one of the startups in contention for the win – and some money might help you get there.

If so, then it might be helpful to troll through some of the advice that was offered in another session at the conference, which was attended by an audience who self-reported that they either were part of startups and potentially looking for funding, as well as others hoping to start their own venture in a year or so.

Here are some snippets to reflect on:

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Tempo AI Announces Semantic Mobile Calendar

According to a new article, “Tempo AI, an SRI International spin-off venture, introduces the Tempo Smart Calendar for iPhone, a cutting-edge personal assistant application centered on a person’s day. The Tempo Smart Calendar is a mobile productivity app that analyzes data from a user’s mobile calendar and applies artificial intelligence and machine learning to enhance meetings and events throughout the day. It finds and neatly organizes everything needed to be fully prepared, such as contacts, emails, and related documents, and puts them in context. In a single tap, anyone can complete common tasks, saving time and reducing stress. Using Tempo Smart Calendar is like having a personal assistant prepare for what’s next – not only providing the right information, but anticipating and understanding what a user intends to do with it.” Read more

Introducing Desti: Your Travel Personal Assistant

Ryan Kim of GigaOM recently reported that SRI International is putting out their own Siri-like personal travel assistant, Desti. He writes, “Apple’s Siri works pretty well as a personal assistant but it’s not equipped to be your virtual travel guide. But Desti which, like Siri, is a spin out from SRI International, is launching today in public beta and is looking to take on that job for consumers. Desti, which is debuting as an iPad app, offers users the ability to pose travel questions and get back specific recommendations on hotels, restaurants and events. The service, which is limited to Northern California for now, was built using SRI’s artificial intelligence technology, combined with natural language processing, semantic search and a travel-specific knowledge base. The system uses contextual clues and what it knows about a user to return relevant results, which are displayed on a very visual results page.” Read more