Washington, DC, September 16, 2015 (Newswire.com) - The Autonomous Dynamic Analysis of Metaphor and Analogy Project (ADAMA) is an initiative sponsored by IARPA to identify and understand metaphors in multiple languages. The Metaphor Program’s official mandate is to exploit the use of metaphorical language to gain insights into underlying cultural beliefs by developing and applying a methodology that automates the analysis of metaphorical language.
“Metaphors are used in ordinary speech to easily express complex or abstract ideas. By extracting the meaning of metaphorical statements, we are able to gain significant insights about the behavioral intent of the person or group expressing the metaphor,” said Newton Howard, the project’s Co-Principal Investigator and Chief Scientist of Behavioral Media Networks.
Built by Behavioral Media Networks, the system extracts behavioral intent from very large amounts of data gathered from the Internet and other sources. The collaborative Project has been awarded $1.4 million for the first phase of a projected five year program by IARPA via the U.S. Army Research Laboratory.
The ADAMA team includes Howard, a neuroscientist, chairman and senior fellow of the Brain Sciences Foundation, and director of the synthetic intelligence laboratory at MIT; information retrieval expert Ophir Frieder, the Robert L. McDevitt, K.S.G., K.C.H.S. and Catherine H. McDevitt L.C.H.S. Chair in Computer Science and Information Processing and chair of the department of computer science at Georgetown University; cognitive scientist Yair Neuman, professor of education, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev; software engineer Mark Last, associate professor of information systems engineering and software engineering and head of the software engineering program, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev; learning theorist Moshe Koppel, professor of computer science, Bar-Ilan University in Israel; Lt. Colonel (U.S. Army retired) David Johnson of the Center for Advanced Defense Studies in Washington, DC, and technology entrepreneur Dell Hines, CEO of Behavioral Media Networks.
Founded in 2006, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) invests in research programs that have the potential to provide our nation with an overwhelming intelligence advantage over future adversaries.
About Behavioral Media Networks:
Behavioral Media Networks (BMN) is a spin-out from the Mind Machine Project at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The company’s focus involves commercializing advanced artificial intelligence software to predict human behavior from big-data.
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