Project Halo is a staged, long-range research effort by Vulcan Inc. towards the development of a "Digital Aristotle" - a reasoning system capable of answering novel questions and solving advanced problems in a broad range of scientific disciplines and related human affairs. The project focuses on creating two primary functions: a tutor capable of instructing and assessing students in those subjects, and a research assistant with broad, interdisciplinary skills to help scientists and others in their work.
In 2004, Vulcan began the development of Automated User-Centered Reasoning and Acquisition System (AURA), by SRI International (SRI). SRI has developed AURA to allow subject matter experts (SMEs), for example, biologists, physicists, and chemists, and scientific educators to formulate knowledge and questions to query that knowledge, with an ever-decreasing reliance on knowledge engineers.
The innovative aspects of this project are as follows:
The current focus of AURA is to capture a significant fraction of a Biology textbook and embed the resulting knowledge base into an Intelligent Electronic Textbook reader that could be used by teachers and students. The following is a presentation given at the recent Cyberlearning Research Summit 2012 conference, on the results of this focus: "Inquire: A Textbook with Knowledge Representation and Reasoning"
The AURA system is licensed and distributed by Vulcan Inc. For more information on obtaining a license and a copy of the software, please contact Mark Greaves (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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