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About romankutlak

Research assistant at the University of Aberdeen

DEMOfest Edinburgh

Roman Kutlak presented the SAsSy demo software at DEMOfest organised at the University of Edinburgh. DEMOfest is an event that brings together scientists, industrialists and investors to take cutting edge projects and applications to the next stages of development. The event covers many themes such as robotics, human computer interaction and natural language processing. It is a great networking event that helps to bring science to everyday life and we are happy to have been able to take part in it.

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Glasgow DEMOfest

The SAsSy project is progressing to a stage when we can demonstrate how various technologies fit together to achieve the ultimate goal of the project – to demonstrate how natural language and argumentation allow people to better understand a computer’s reasoning

DEMOfest is a technology showcase organised by the Scottish Informatics & Computer Science Alliance, Informatics Ventures and ScotlandIS. It serves as a an opportunity for people from industry and academia to come together and potentially move some of the new and exciting technologies from proofs of concept to cutting-edge products of near feature. Naturally, we jumped on the opportunity to show other researchers and entrepreneurs the fruits of our labour and to get some valuable feedback, as well to find potential partners for future work.

I personally found the DEMOfest to be a well organised and useful event. I had the opportunity to see what projects are being undertaken at various universities throughout Scotland and it was amazing to see the breadth of the presented projects. One could find projects focusing on mobile devices, human-computer interaction, security, natural language, artificial intelligence and other interesting topics. I also engaged with number of visitors from industry who were interested in SAsSy and the technologies used in the project. Some of the discussions I had lead to interesting ideas that we might consider pursuing within the SAsSy project.

The next DEMOfest is scheduled for 11th of February here in Aberdeen (at the Robert Gordon University) and I am looking forward to present new and improved version of our software.

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Introducing the team – Roman

Roman Kutlak

Roman Kutlak

Hi, I am Roman and I am really interested in programming and building computer systems (software engineering). The point of the SAsSy project is to make it easier for people to understand what is happening inside a computer program when it tries to create some plan. Computers normally “think” in terms of various symbols and this is quite difficult to understand. My role on the SAsSy project is to write a program that can explain what the computer was “thinking” when it was creating a plan. The way I intend to go about it is to create a translator that translates the program’s symbols into English so that people can understand how and why a particular plan was chosen. This process of translating symbols into words is called Natural Language Generation (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_language_generation).

Apart from software engineering, I also like swimming, photography and most of all rock climbing.

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