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Expert Intelligent Match of Requirements and Solutions

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Department of Defense
Air Force
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2005 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
21st Century Technologies Inc.
6011 West Courtyard Drive Bldg 5, Suite 300 Austin, TX -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: Expert Intelligent Match of Requirements and Solutions
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8750-05-C-0053
Award Amount: $749,987.00


ExPERT is an intelligent search engine that unifies neurosymbolic computing with advanced natural language processing techniques derived from ontological semantics. The primary operational goal for ExPERT is for use in determing whether a proposed solution matches identified Air Force needs in order to amplify the effectiveness of an analyst and maximize his time. However, ExPERT can be used to increase effectiveness in any environment where there is a vast corpus of information that needs to be analyzed quickly. ExPERT performs an intelligent search using a free text query to find results based on similarity of meaning with the natural language content of documents to be searched. To achieve this search, ExPERT maintains a knowledge base enhanced with learning (inductive) algorithms that enable an intelligent search. This knowledge base is contained within an ontology designed with a novel structure that permits greater freedom for detecting inference chains and performing induction, each of which greatly enhance the accuracy of the search. The initial prototype for ExPERT achieved 78 percent accuracy in results with a search time of a few seconds. ExPERT is designed to interface with the Information Operations Technical Repository (IOTR), but has numerous application outside that scope as well.

Principal Investigator:

Paula deWitte
Director, New Business De

Business Contact:

Darrin Taylor
Vice President
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11675 Jollyville Road, Suite 300 Austin, TX 78759

EIN/Tax ID: 541719551
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No