Past Engagements

Project Moebius (2006 - 2008)

Sponsored by DARPA, Project Moebius was a study of the feasibility of Learning by Reading, i.e. the ability to automatically enhance existing knowledge bases with information obtained from text. It necessitated the collaboration of three disciplines within computer science: Knowledge Representation and Reasoning (KR&R), Machine Learning (ML), and Natural Language Understanding (NLU).

Early Stage

In a nine month effort, The Friedland Group assembled a think-tank of world leading scientists in the three disciplines, and fleshed out a basic approach, specific use scenarios, a notional architecture, primary technical challenges and an evaluation framework.

Intermediate Stage

The Friedland Group led a two year effort to provide quantitative proof that the Moebius approach was feasible. The first year showed that concepts and relations extracted from previously unseen text could be placed correctly in an existing knowledge base. Year two showed that knowledge acquired from previously unseen text could quantitatively improve the problem solving performance of knowledge bases on previously unseen questions.

The Moebius final report is available here.