Next generation machine learning & VR solutions for document analysis, classification and knowledge extraction

28th April 2018 Carlo Minciacchi

We are delighted to announce that Leapian has been awarded a match-funded grant from Innovate UK for the purpose of developing innovative components for our software, Readalo.

We applied for the Enabling and Emerging technologies, round 3 competition. The aim of this competition is to help UK businesses broaden their innovation activities, disrupt existing markets and find new revenue sources. The project starts in April 2018 and will continue until March 2019.

Project Brief

Leapian has been developing advanced knowledge management software that originates from the founder's research at Cambridge University. Leapian technology is being packaged into our yet-to-be-released desktop application, Readalo. Our software can analyse a large quantity of documents and support a student or researcher with finding, organising and understanding large quantities of knowledge.

Leapian have developed a number of component parts of this application, however, the key challenge remains on the ability of the software to understand and differentiate the different parts of a scientific paper (i.e. identify the title, abstract, column structure, headers/footers etc...). Another key challenge is how the user interacts with the large amount of knowledge extracted from their papers. Leapian wish to develop two new advanced pieces of software:

  • An intelligent (machine learning) system that can read and understand the layout of any academic paper
  • A virtual reality solution that enables the user to interrogate and explore the knowledge extracted from their papers to enhance understanding, learning and the assimilation of knowledge.

This project co-funded by Innovate UK is aimed at allowing Leapian to develop these machine learning and virtual reality features in their software. The project will focus on the development of these new advanced features, testing and evaluation of the new software followed by testing of the software with a panel of carefully selected students & researchers (i.e. target users).

Innovate UK

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