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FP7 Bison

BISON

Project reference: 211898
Funded under

Bisociation Networks for Creative Information Discovery

From 2008-06-01 to 2011-05-31

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 2 380 587

EU contribution:

EUR 1 815 997

Coordinated in:

Germany

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2007-CSee other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Humans are gifted at uncovering hidden similarities between concepts, even illogical ones. Computers aren't... yet. Thus uniquely human gift is the basis of our creativity and humour.

The concept of association is at the heart of many of today’s powerful ICT technologies such as information retrieval and data mining. These technologies typically employ “association by similarity or co-occurrence” to discover new information relevant to the evidence already known to the user. However, domains that are characterized by the need to develop innovative solutions require a form of creative information discovery from increasingly complex, heterogeneous and geographically distributed information sources. These domains, including design and engineering (drugs, materials, processes, devices), areas involving art (fashion and entertainment), and scientific discovery disciplines, require a different ICT paradigm that can help users to uncover, select, re-shuffle, and combine diverse contents to synthesize new features and properties leading to creative solutions. People working in these areas employ creative thinking to connect seemingly unrelated information, for example, by using metaphors or analogical reasoning. These modes of thinking allow the mixing of conceptual categories and contexts, which are normally separated. The functional basis for these modes is a mechanism called bisociation (see Arthur Koestler “The Act of Creation”).The goal of the BISON project is to develop a fundamentally new ICT paradigm based on the concept of bisociation. The key vision of the BISON project is to develop a bisociative information discovery framework and an implemented open-source BISON platform for interactive and scalable processing of massive, dispersed collections of heterogeneous contents. The BISON project will develop a novel knowledge representation formalism (a bisociation network) and a bisociative reasoning mechanism enabling information discovery from the resulting network, using novel graph analysis, visualization and explanation techniques. The developed BISON technology will be tested in four scenarios to validate the new paradigm.

Objective

The concept of association is at the heart of many of today's powerful ICT technologies such as information retrieval and data mining. These technologies typically employ "association by similarity or co-occurrence" to discover new information relevant to the evidence already known to the user. However, domains that are characterized by the need to develop innovative solutions require a form of creative information discovery from increasingly complex, heterogeneous and geographically distributed information sources. These domains, including design and engineering (drugs, materials, processes, devices), areas involving art (fashion and entertainment), and scientific discovery disciplines, require a different ICT paradigm that can help users to uncover, select, re-shuffle, and combine diverse contents to synthesize new features and properties leading to creative solutions. People working in these areas employ creative thinking to connect seemingly unrelated information, for example, by using metaphors or analogical reasoning. These modes of thinking allow the mixing of conceptual categories and contexts, which are normally separated. The functional basis for these modes is a mechanism called bisociation (see Arthur Koestler "The Act of Creation").<br/>The goal of the BISON project is to develop a fundamentally new ICT paradigm based on the concept of bisociation. The key vision of the BISON project is to develop a bisociative information discovery framework and an implemented open-source BISON platform for interactive and scalable processing of massive, dispersed collections of heterogeneous contents. The BISON project will develop a novel knowledge representation formalism (a bisociation network) and a bisociative reasoning mechanism enabling information discovery from the resulting network, using novel graph analysis, visualization and explanation techniques. The developed BISON technology will be tested in four scenarios to validate the new paradigm.

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Coordinator contact

Berthold MICHAEL, (Nycomed Chair for Bioinformatics and Information)
Tel.: +49 7531 88 2202
Fax: 49 7531 88 5132
E-mail
Berthold MICHAEL, (Nycomed Chair for Bioinformatics and Information)
Tel.: +49 7531 88 2202
Fax: 49 7531 88 5132
E-mail

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAT KONSTANZ
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 439 449


Universitätsstrasse 10
78457 Konstanz
Germany
Administrative contact: Frauke Hipp-Krampe
Tel.: +49 7531 882298
Fax: +49 7531 883727
E-mail

Participants

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium

EU contribution: EUR 246 180


Oude Markt
3000 LEUVEN
Belgium
Administrative contact: Marion Wolpers
Tel.: +32 16 326520
Fax: +32 16 326515
E-mail
OTTO-VON-GUERICKE-UNIVERSITAET MAGDEBURG
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 220 160


UNIVERSITAETSPLATZ
39106 MAGDEBURG
Germany
Administrative contact: Kerstin Giesswein
Tel.: +49 391 67 1866
Fax: +49 391 6712020
E-mail
FUNDACION PARA EL PROGRESO DEL SOFT COMPUTING
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 161 300


CALLE GONZALO GUTIERREZ QUIROS S/N
33600 MIERES
Spain
Administrative contact: Raul del Coso
Tel.: +34 985456545
Fax: +34 985456699
E-mail
HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO
Finland

EU contribution: EUR 209 954


YLIOPISTONKATU
00014 HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO
Finland
Administrative contact: Satu Väisänen
Tel.: +358-9-19150613
Fax: +358-9-19151080
E-mail
INSTITUT JOZEF STEFAN
Slovenia

EU contribution: EUR 240 700


Jamova
1000 LJUBLJANA
Slovenia
Administrative contact: DARKO KORBAR
Tel.: +386 1 477 3310
Fax: +386 1 251 9385
E-mail
UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 104 254


Senate House, Tyndall Avenue
BS8 1TH BRISTOL
United Kingdom
Administrative contact: Johanna Rule
Tel.: +44 117 928 869
Fax: +44 117 925 090
E-mail
UNIVERSITY OF ULSTER
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 194 000


CROMORE ROAD
BT52 1SA COLERAINE
United Kingdom
Administrative contact: Anne Marie Patton
Tel.: +44 28 70324378
Fax: +44 28 70324905
E-mail
Record Number: 86374 / Last updated on: 2016-04-01