User modeling and user intent inferencing

User modeling and user intent inferencing involves building dynamic cognitive user models that can predict the goals and intentions of a user in order to understand and ultimately provide proactive assistance with user tasks, such as information gathering. The key is to capture the user's intent by answering questions such as: what is the user's current focus, why is the user pursuing certain goals, and how will the user achieve them? The efforts involve machine learning, knowledge representation, intent inferencing, and establishment of proper evaluation metrics. This work has been applied to assisting with intelligent information retrieval and enhancing the effectiveness of intelligence analysts.

Faculty contact: Eugene Santos Jr.