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Dr. Doug Lenat Awarded 2016 Fellowship with Cognitive Science Society

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Congratulations to Dr. Doug Lenat for being awarded a 2016 Fellowship with the Cognitive Science Society. This is a high honor that reflects his impact on the Cognitive Science community and his sustained record of excellence in research contributions. Fellowship in is for life. Fellows of the Cognitive Science Society are individuals whose research has exhibited excellence and had sustained impact on the Cognitive Science community. A Fellow’s research is typically inter-disciplinary but may be disciplinary research with significant impact on Cognitive Science. Fellows often participate significantly in the Cognitive Science community but not necessarily. Fellows are recognized for their professional integrity. All other factors being equal, the Fellows election process attempts to balance diversity

Semantic Solutions for Your Enterprise

Cyc provides a basis for intelligent solutions across all aspects of your enterprise, ranging from highly interactive tools to support qualitative analysis to intelligent monitoring systems for surveillance of critical data and infrastructure to data integration and information management.

Research Analyst Assistant

Research analysts typically need to pose potentially complex questions whose answers require reasoning over disparate data as well as domain-specific expertise and world knowledge.


Information Extraction and Dissemination

Web searching is great – if you know what you’re looking for and spend all your time searching. Cyc’s natural language understanding and knowledge modeling capabilities can help you do better by more completely understanding the content of text documents and proactively identifying items of interest to specific information consumers.


Compliance Monitoring / Situation Awareness

Operational environments are often governed by sets of rules or constraints that describe acceptable or unacceptable behavior or performance.  These rules and constraints can be richly modeled in Cyc in terms of domain concepts, relations, and values.


Infrastructure and Resource Management

Large enterprises rely on substantial infrastructure including IT, communications, office and factory facilities, manufacturing equipment, product and supplies inventory, transportation, and more.


Competitive Advantage:

Cyc Development Platforms enable you to develop powerful and robust semantic applications. The Platforms provide a dynamic knowledge representation language (CycL), a vast ontology of concepts and relations, and a formally modeled repository of knowledge about these concepts enabling you to build on decades of knowledge modeling rather than starting from a blank page. Additionally, Cyc includes a hierarchical inference (reasoning) engine, including a large suite of custom reasoners that provide unparalleled performance over a large knowledge base.

The Cyc Development Platform is available in different versions to meet your specific needs:

Cycorp offers a complete version of Cyc, including many more assertions and additional Natural Language and data integration capabilities, at no cost, for research purposes. Please check out ResearchCyc for licensing and downloading information.

EnterpriseCyc is a fully supported version of the knowledge base and reasoning technology that includes enterprise-grade development, deployment, and administration capabilities. It can be licensed for commercial applications.

Summary of Best Use Cases:


CCF Clinical Trial and Reporting Support

The Cleveland Clinic is one of the world’s premier research hospitals, conducting thousands of clinical trials per year.


Compliance Management

A global Investment Bank is using a Cyc-based application to monitor and manage complaince within an increasingly complex regulatory environment.


Facilities Status Monitoring and Alerting

Breakdowns, or even sub-optimal performance, of oil pumping facilities can be costly and, in some cases, dangerous to personnel and the environment.


Help-desk Expertise Management

The IT Organization within a Global Bank wanted to improve the efficiency with which it dispatched help requests to IT support personnel with appropriate expertise.


IT Inventory Catalog and Configuration Management

One of the world’s largest financial institutions is developing a Cyc-based solution to manage its global IT infrastructure.


Pharmaceutical Thesaurus Management

Pharma vocabulary varies across countries, (sub-)industries, companies, departments, and decades.  E.g., what’s a gel pak?  What’s the “street name” for ranitidine hydrochloride?


Semiconductor Yield Management

Semiconductor manufacturing is all about yield.   A leading foundry used Cyc to model electrical parameters and test structures, physical chip characteristics, and the underlying manufacturing processes…