Ash

Work Update [12/1 – 12/4]

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I have been extensively working on improving the front end of Robyn’s web interface and the Natural Language Processing aspect of Robyn. Trying to give some finishing touches to Robyn before the demo this Wednesday.

Work Log[11-27 to 11-30]

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I did not do much work during Thanksgiving since I was travelling a lot. However, after coming back from the break I have spent a good amount of time everyday working on my senior sem project. I have especially been working making a web interface for the python script of Robyn. Since I had not done much work with python web frameworks, I had to learn quite a bit about these. After looking at several options like Django, CGI, Flask and Bottle, I decided to use Bottle since it has a relatively low barrier to learning and since it is light weight, which is sufficient for Robyn and makes the system easier to setup as well. Today I finished the plumbing for the web interface, as well as the front end for Robyn.

Now, for the next couple of days I will work on the NLP part of Robyn.

Daily Work Update [11-13]

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I have been working quite a bit on my program. I set up what I think will be my primary database for info related to diseases. I have also been updating my github to reflect the updated state of my code. I ran into issues where the sql script I was using was based of MySQL and had many syntax that is incompatible with SQLite3 which is my db server. After working on it and through several processes I was able to fix the script and create the DB.

Daily Work Log [11-7] and Design

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So after playing around and exploring for a bit, I have finally chosen my final set of tools for the project. I will be using Python, AIML, SQLite with Py3kAIML and sqlite3 libraries. I was able to finish the plumbing and now have a very basic bot that can listen to the user, fetch data from the SQLite database and print the result. Now that I have the main tools I will be using, the design of the system will be the following:

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Updated Project Idea

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Intelligent Personal Assistant for Medicine

Research Supervisor: Dave Barbella

I want to build a software (potentially mobile application) that acts as an intelligent personal assistant for medical purpose. The inspiration comes from modern programs like Siri, but instead of being a general purpose, I want it to have a narrower focus (i.e. medicine). While I am still working on the details, I envision that you can talk to the app about various things such as diseases, medicines, hospitals and so on. I want the communication between the user and the app/program to be as human-like as possible. The app will also do other things like remind you to take your medicine, tell you if your physical health is matching with the symptoms of some disease, tell you when it’s time to go for a regular check-up and so on. I anticipate integrating other 3rd party web services to make some of these functionalities possible. I am also expecting to go through the works of CALO (Cognitive Assistant that Learns and Organizes) a lot among other resources.

There will be various aspects of computer science (or Artificial Intelligence specifically) that will be at the heart of this project such as:

  • Natural language processing
  • Question Analysis
  • Data collection/mashup
  • Reasoning/Pattern detection

While these are all new fields of study for me, I am excited to learn more about these and apply these while conducting my research/project.

Project Ideas

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Idea 1 (Intelligent Personal Assistant for Medicine):

I want to build a software (potentially mobile application) that acts as an intelligent personal assistant for medical purpose. The inspiration comes from modern programs like Siri, but instead of being a general purpose, I want it to have a narrower focus (i.e. medicine). While I am still working on the details, I envision that you can talk to the app about various things such as diseases, medicines, hospitals and so on. I want the communication style to be as human-like as possible. The app will also do other things like remind you to take your medicine, tell you when it’s time to go for a regular check-up and so on. I anticipate integrating other 3rd party web services to make some of these functionalities possible. I am also expecting to go through the works of CALO (Cognitive Assistant that Learns and Organizes) among other resources.

Idea 2 (Optimal Character Recognition):

The process of OCR of converting images of typed, handwritten or printed text into machine-encoded text has always been something I have been interested/curious about. I want to research on how this process is done and hopefully recreate the technology. For a more personalized experience, I will try to learn the particular user’s handwriting style better through the app and then hopefully have a higher degree of recognition accuracy.

Idea 3 (Dissecting/Adding functionality to a machine):

While this idea seems increasingly less likely, I thought I would make a note of this regardless. Having had some interest in working with hardware/circuits, I wanted to open up a machine, learn more about the internal components/circuits. Along with that, I also wanted to add some other piece of hardware and add functionality to the machine.