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Bisociation Networks for Creative Information Discovery

Project description

FET Open 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.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/data science/data mining

Call for proposal

FP7-ICT-2007-C
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator Contact

Berthold MICHAEL (Mr.)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAT KONSTANZ
Address
Universitatsstrasse 10
78464 Konstanz
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 439 449
Administrative Contact
Frauke Hipp-Krampe (Ms.)

Participants (7)

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 246 180
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Marion Wolpers (Ms.)
OTTO-VON-GUERICKE-UNIVERSITAET MAGDEBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 220 160
Address
Universitaetsplatz 2
39106 Magdeburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kerstin Giesswein (Ms.)
FUNDACION PARA EL PROGRESO DEL SOFT COMPUTING
Spain
EU contribution
€ 161 300
Address
Calle Gonzalo Gutierrez Quiros S/n Edificio Cientifico Tecnologico
33600 Mieres
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Raul del Coso (Dr.)
HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO
Finland
EU contribution
€ 209 954
Address
Yliopistonkatu 3
00014 Helsingin Yliopisto
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Satu Väisänen (Ms.)
INSTITUT JOZEF STEFAN
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 240 700
Address
Jamova 39
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
DARKO KORBAR (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY OF ULSTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 194 000
Address
Cromore Road
BT52 1SA Coleraine
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Anne Marie Patton (Dr.)
UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 104 254
Address
Beacon House Queens Road
BS8 1QU Bristol
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Johanna Rule (Ms.)