KnowledgE ENgineering teamFunded projects - Recent highlights - Members and collaborators
The aim of the team's activities is to contribute computing theory, methods, and techniques to the knowledge society.
The scope of the KEEN team is knowledge engineering in its broad sense. This includes ontology engineering, the Semantic Web, intelligent (logic-based, ontology-driven) conceptual modelling, and natural language generation.
Funded research projects
- Medical Machine Translation, in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh, UK. Funded by the EPSRC, UK (2017-2018).
- GeNi: A Grammar Engine for Nguni natural language Interfaces. Funded by the NRF (2015-2017).
- ARISTOTELES: Methodology and algorithms for automatic revision of ontologies in task based scenarios. Funded by the Polish National Science Center (2015-2018) and spearheaded by Agnieszka Lawrynowicz.
- Other funding from: HPI Research School in Computer Science for Africa (CS4A) at UCT, NRF incentive funding, ULPDO@UKZN.
- Completed projects:
- Foundations for Nguni natural language generation systems. UCT Science Faculty Launching grant (2014-2017).
- Graduation of Dr. Zubeida Khan in the December 2017 graduation.
- Best paper award for the KCAP'17 paper on meretopology by Maria Keet and Oliver Kutz describing a way to orchestrate 28 different theories of meretopology in the varisous decidable and undecidable logics using the Distributed Ontology Language framework.
- Medical Machine Translation project accepted, in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh, UK (funded by the EPSRC; Sept 2017-March 2018)
- SAICSIT'17 paper with accompanying SUGIO-Gen tool with as main contributor Zubeida Khan (with Maria Keet), on automatically changing modules in a linked or imported ontology so as to facilitate the process of modular ontology development and management. The implementation that can do that for you is SUGOI-Gen.
- ER'17 paper on temporal conceptual modelling by Maria Keet and Sonia Berman on which representation mode would be deemed better to represent temporal constraints in conceptual models: diagrams for 'simple' temporal constraints, but natural language sentences for the more complex constraints.
- INLG'17 paper on Runyankore NLG with as main author PhD student Joan Byamugisha (with Maria Keet and Brian DeRenzi), on the evaluation of Runyankore natural language generation for healthcare messages: the 100 or so participants could not distinguish the human-written sentences from the computer-generated ones!
- ESWC'17 paper and two ESWC'17 demos: the paper is about patterns for heterogenenous alignments between different modelling decisions (by Pablo Fillottrani and Maria Keet). One demo showcased the isiZulu verbaliser of OWL ontologies (by Musa Xakaza, Langa Khumalo, and Maria Keet), and the other one was on test-driven development of ontologies with TDDonto2, by Kieren Davies, Agnieszka Lawrynowicz, and Maria Keet.
Members and collaboratorsLeader
- Joan Byamugisha (PhD, 2015-); topic: Runyankore knowledge-to-text NLG for healthcare
- Yamiko Msosa (PhD; 2014-); topic: clinincal practice guideline changes
- Zola Mahlaza (MSc; 2016-submitted); topic: data-to-text NLG for weather bulletins in isiXhosa and isiZulu
- Jarvis Mutakha (MSc; 2017-); topic: Applications of isiZulu CNLs
- Cameron Kyle (M. IT; 2017-); topic: CNLs for finance
- Iman Neguib (M. IT; 2017-); topic: temporal conceptual models and databases
- Nthabiseng Mashiane, Frida Mjaria, and Siseko Neti, on Spellcheckers for isiZulu and isiXhosa (2017)
- Soham Singh, Nikhil Gilbert, and Kgotso Nkosi, on Automated marking of language learning exercises (2017)
- Zola Mahlaza (2017); on the isiZulu verb grammar and medical machine translation
- Norman Pilusa (2017); isiZulu spellchecker
- Siseko Neti (2017); isiZulu grammar and spellchecker
- School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh, UK, (Kenneth Heafield, Alexandra Birch)
- Digital Libraries Lab, UCT (Hussein Suleman)
- Poznan University of Technology, Poland - Laboratory of Operational Research and Artificial Intelligence (Agnieszka Lawrynowicz)
- Universidad Nacional del Sur, Bahia Blanca, Argentina - Depto. Ciencias e Ingeniería de la Computación (Pablo Fillottrani)
- University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa - Linguistics program and University Language Planning and Development Office (Langa Khumalo)
- Zubeida Khan (PhD; 2014-2017); topic: ontology modularity
- Ameerah Allie (2016; BSc honous); topic: Test-driven development of ontologies
- Kieren Davies (2016; BSc honours in CS); topic: Toward Test-driven development of ontologies
- Musa Xakaza (2016; scientific programmer); linking the verbaliser to Owlready
- Takunda Chirema (2016; scientific programmer); a tool for modelling with relations and roles
- Norman Pilusa (2016; scientific programmer); isiZulu spellchecker