Natural Language Processing (NLP) Project Building Momentum
NLP was developed as a collaborative effort by the CADRC (Dr. Hisham Assal) Cal Poly's Computer Science Department (Dr. Franz Kurfess and Dr. John Seng), Tapestry Solutions (Kym Pohl) and graduate student Emily Schwarz. The project is fUnded through Cal Poly's Research and Graduate Programs C3RP funding. In September, Dr. Kurfess was invited to present at the United States Transportion Command (USTRANSCOM) "2011 Distribution Process Owner Data Summit". Dr. Assal demonstrated and presented the NLP capabilities to USTRANSCOM and industry representatives in early October and again in November.
The NLP project is a platform for knowledge extraction and reasoning which employs Natural Language Processing for the collection of data from text documents and feeding the data into domain ontologies for reasoning. The platform is now running on two systems, one within the CSC department and one located at a field research unit of Cal Poly's Collaborative Agent Design Research Center (CADRC) located in O'Falllon, Illinois. After initial successes of demonstrating its capabilities to work in both environments, the research project is investigating extending the project into additional domains of reasoning such as banking, network security, insurance customer sentiment and social networks.
If students. staff or faculty are interested in learning more about the NLP project, they are encouraged to call Dr. Hisham Assal at 756-0237.