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The internet is a network of information dense with associations and relationships. Manatee Comics, an automatic webcomic generator, attempts to detect and expose these associations in entertaining or thought provoking ways through three-panel comic strips.
Find locally relevant stories in national news.
What a news sources tell you may be just as important as what they don't tell you. 'Tell me more' is a system that, given a seed news story, looks for similar ones in other news sources and automatically detects meaningful differences with respect to the seed story. The system presents snippets of text that make these differences visible.
Imagine that you could push a button, and magically create a story about a baseball game. That’s what the Stats Monkey system does. Given information commonly available online about many games—the box score and the play-by-play—the system automatically generates the text of a story about that game that captures the overall dynamic of the game and highlights the key plays and key players. The story includes an appropriate headline and a photo of the most important player in the game.
Finding out about a topic online can be time consuming. MakeMyPage continuously tracks popular search queries and maintains a database of web pages about these topics.
Brussell helps people track developments in ongoing news situations as they unfold over time. It uses general knowledge of situations such as kidnappings, court cases and mergers to retrieve and organize information about a particular situation of interest to the user.
LocalSavvy is a news aggregation system that retrieves multiple local points of view about the events and topics described in the news articles that users are reading.
Spectrum is a meta-search system for blogs that enables users to find opinions from bloggers interested in different domains (e.g. business, politics, and religion).
Pivot is a system that automatically offers useful information and services to brick & mortar shoppers using a product's UPC number and the shopper's cellphone.
Compare&Contrast is a prototype system that discovers on the web relevant but different stories for news events.
Watson provides a proactive information retrieval tool designed to bridge the gap between a user’s information needs and current public and private information systems.
The Association Engine exposes the intricate and rich web of words that embody language. The connectivity of words is vast and considerably beyond the scope of any one person, but not beyond the scope of the machine. The Association Engine uses the machine to externalize this sea of meaningful associations; to remind the viewer of connections forgotten and to introduce them to new ones.
This system “imagines” while a movie is being played by finding associations in the movie's content and presenting them to the viewer. This related information, in the form of images and movie clips, helps enhance the viewer's experience in a new immersive environment.
XLibris takes a step toward bridging the gap between the physical world of objects and the world of online resources, specifically within the realm of books. An information aggregation engine, XLibris is activated when a book’s barcode is scanned while being checked out of a library. It then searches for relevant information about that book and related content and puts together a “micro site,” the URL of which is e-mailed to the person who checked out the book.
Digital media and content, however accessible, requires users to find the media and specify their locale. In many cases, the needed information has to be found by the user either by exhaustive web searches or by visual hunt and peck through portals and data aggregators. MediaPoint bridges the gap by removing the search entirely, connecting people and media. Simply running a media player brings video tailored for the coffee shop you are sitting in. Visiting a movie website brings you the nearest theater and its listings.
Broadcast television is a medium aimed at the common interests of a viewing audience. The level of depth and breadth associated with any topic is the same for all viewers. In a very real sense, the nature of the medium is such that all viewers get the same picture.
What if all of the spaces you inhabited knew more about you? Venus Flytrap is a radio DJ that knows people's music tastes and can automatically construct a sound track that tries to please everyone in the room.
I2I brings together web surfing, instant chatting, and on-point recommendation. This collaboration tool provides an environment for people to save and share information while creating new on-line communities.
Rosetta indexes information based on how it has been referenced. By observing how others have used and described documents, Rosetta is able to precisely classify the information in its database.
Columbus is a project in advisarial planning in multi-agent domains. The core of the work is in the area of negotiation within the context of competing at the game Settlers of Catan.
The Intelligent Classroom is a project in planning and perception in which the classroom itself observes a lecturer's activity and acts to facilitate his plans.
Jabberwocky teams voice recognition and presentation assistance to free the user from having to run a slide show alone. Jabberwocky simply listens to what is going on and is able to run the presentation itself.
Q & A is a web based system that allows page owners to organically create their own repository of frequently-asked-questions while simultaneously creating a semantically indexed and searchable corporate memory.
Social media offer unparalleled opportunities listen in as people talk openly about products and services online. Listening Post allows organizations to do just that, tracking consumer attitudes towards their products and services in online discussion on a variety of social media platforms including blogging platforms, YouTube, and Twitter.
Whisper Space takes you into a museum in a whole new way. Now you can listen in on conversations and talk with art experts, guests, and even the artist herself. If a comment piques your interest, more information is immediately available.
Super Happy Fun Ball lives on your desktop. While you are browsing the web or playing music, Super Happy Fun Ball scours the internet and finds fun and interesting websites and media related to you and your interests.
What do buying a car, selecting a movie, renting an apartment, choosing a restaurant, and picking out a stereo system have in common? All are tasks requiring an individual to choose one item among many, which best meets their unique needs and taste. Find Me systems help users perform such tasks with an assisted browsing approach that combines searching and browsing through large information spaces with knowledge-based assistance.
PocketClassmate works in a presentation setting to facilitate audience note taking and reviewing. It also provides real time and ongoing feedback to presenters on the effectiveness of their presentations.
Personalized book recommendations for Twitter users
Point/Counterpoint, like Watson, is designed to conduct on-line searches. However, it adds the goal of finding specific, contrasting points of view.
Harnessing the power of social media to enrich the presentation of news is a critical challenge for journalists and publishers, but doing this in a meaningful way has proven difficult. Focusing on the emerging social media platform Twitter, So you Say is an important step towards uniting the “old school” values of news organizations with the “new school” needs of today’s audiences.