Automatic Answering Service for Coronavirus Question


This research project is supported by Mitacs Globalink: "Automatic Answering Service for Coronavirus Question"
under the supervision of Dr. Maiga Chang, Professor at the School of Computing and Information Systems, Athabasca University.

About the Project

Allen Institute for AI works and provides the COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19) with leading research groups and publishers. The research designs and developed an automatic answering service based on the knowledge graph pre-trained with CORD-19.

  • The use of knowledge graph requires no time for training but only needs time of the graph construction process. The service is therefore capable of being online quicker.
  • The service will be able to identify the keys from a question entered by a user and then summarize the content associated to the question and provide the summary to the user as the answer of the question.
  • The research goal is to have the automatic answering service correctly identifying the keys from a question and summarizing the associated content that is relevant to the question and makes the user satisfied.

About Us

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Our Mission

The goal is to hope researchers using the latest advanced technologies with the dataset to fight against COVID-19. The research designs and developed an automatic answering service based on the knowledge graph pre-trained with CORD-19.

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Our Supervisor

Dr. Maiga Chang is a Full Professor in the School of Computing and Information Systems at Athabasca University, Canada.

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Research Goal

The research goal is to have the automatic answering service correctly identifying the keys from a question and summarizing the associated content that is relevant to the question and makes the user satisfied.

Our Team

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Team Member [Current]

Sayantan Pal is an undergraduate student. He is pursuing Computer Science and Engineering from Heritage Institute of Technology, India. His research interest lies in the domain of Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing.

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Frequenty Asked Questions

  • You can ask anything related to COVID-19. This service aims to generate a summary based on the question asked. You can take a look here to have some idea about the questions. Some sample questions are, Should I use soap and water or hand santizer to protect against COVID-19? Can mosquitoes or ticks spread the virus that causes COVID-19?

  • We are strictly against the idea of collecting user-sensitive data. You have a custom choice even for cookies. If you accept the cookies, we ask for your name, stored as a cookie in your machine. The next time you visit this site, it will remember you. You can also reject the cookies that ensure the session to be completely anonymous.

  • We are constantly improving this website. As of now, it generates a general summary of the question. In the future, it will be more accurate and optimized.

  • Yes, the service aims to generate a summary based on your question. We have extracted data from tens of thousands of scholarly articles about COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, and related coronaviruses.

  • No, we are against storing user's personal information. No questions will be shared or publicly available. We keep the question and the summary in our database for later use and optimization.

  • We are using the CORD-19 dataset. CORD-19 is a free resource of tens of thousands of scholarly articles about COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, and related coronaviruses for use by the global research community. We are using data mining techniques to generate the summary.

  • The research goal is to have an automatic answering service that correctly identifies the keys from a question. It summarizes the associated content that is relevant to the question and makes the user satisfied.