FolksART

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-09-C-0559
Agency Tracking Number: 08SB2-0602
Amount: $98,995.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: SB082-032
Solicitation Number: 2008.2
Small Business Information
21st Century Systems, Incorporated
6825 Pine Street, Suite 141, Omaha, NE, 68106
DUNS: 949183701
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Lucja Iwanska
 Principal Scientist
 (402) 505-7908
 lucja.iwanska@21csi.com
Business Contact
 Stuart Aldridge
Title: Sr VP, Chief R&D Group
Phone: (402) 505-7887
Email: stuart@21csi.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Historically speaking, subjectivity was mostly considered as problematic and undesirable. Recently, the availability of the inherently subjective folksonomies has made it readily apparent that inherent subjectivity is highly desirable and that it can be accounted for and utilized by superimposing multiple structures onto data without requiring changes to the underlying data, thus addressing users’ desires to organize data according to their own preferences. 21st Century systems, Incorporated is pleased to propose to research and develop our FolksART concept. This concept automates selected aspects of folksonomy-based, domain-independent contextual reasoning designed to reflect users’ subjective preferences. It involves a rigorous formal notion of context and application and further development of two types of emerging Artificial Intelligence technologies: (1) Hybrid natural language processing, and (2) Natural language-based knowledge representation and reasoning. The project accounts for many types of high-level contextual reasoning, including contextual taxonomic inference and contextual classification. The approach is tested on rich user-tagged image and textual data in many different domains.

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