Crucible Network Research Projects

Intelligent graph reader

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This design project for clients Vivian Chan and Nilu Satharasinghe at Sparrho investigated one aspect of their ongoing research programme exploring discovery of academic knowledge, in ways that might be used to extend interdisciplinary services such as Talks.cam.

Design brief:

Google Scholar is a good way to find scientific results, but it only reads the words ‐ not actual data. The goal of this project is to create document analysis algorithms that can automatically identify and describe graphs of scientific data ‐ something like “find a graph where blood pressure decreases with age”. Users should be able to feed in complete HTML or PDF documents, which are automatically parsed for graph content, and stored in an archive that supports sophisticated data queries and comparisons between graphs in different documents.

Undergraduate group design projects