Cloud-Based Tell-Me-About Q&A System

Period of Performance: 10/22/2012 - 08/23/2013


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Vcrsoft LLC
2310 Bambo Drive STE J303
Arlington, TX 76006
Principal Investigator


The essence of the problem is to allow military intelligence and operations staff to pose tell me about questions concerning an entity, and obtain a finished information product. There are 4 main technical challenges / sub-problems: a) Question content modeling: The question needs to be semantically mapped to an ontology. b)Semantic enrichment of unstructured text: Unstructured data (text, images etc.) needs to be marked-up with semantic tags that relate the content to the ontology. c)Sufficiency tracking of discovered content: Relevant content needs to be discovered and its sufficiency evaluated as an adequate response to the question. d)Presentation of finished product: The answer needs to be presented as a report in a familiar format such as MS Office or Adobe PDF. We present a cloud-based approach to address all these issues.