Partha Pratim Talukdar, a researcher with the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, is working with neuroscientists to better understand how the brain searches its store of knowledge while reading a text document.
The brain uses pre-acquired background knowledge to enrich a person's understanding of the content. Talukdar, a researcher in the Supercomputer Education and Research Center, believes similar background knowledge would improve the comprehension of computers. He believes the brain's cognitive processes when it deals with language can be borrowed or adapted to design algorithms for computers.
Talukdar says he wants "to make the knowledge present in Web pages, blogs, and emails accessible to these machines and computers automatically, with minimum human input." Background knowledge available to computers, for example, would enable them to perform automated tasks such as translating a document from one language to another.
Talukdar also is interested in the cognitive processes in the brain when it deals with language. Making use of brain-imaging techniques, he is trying to understand how the brain searches its store of knowledge while reading a text document. Talukdar thinks such methods can be borrowed or adapted in designing algorithms for computers.
From New Indian Express (India)
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