SciencePOD partners with Avignon Université to develop Smart AI Summaries using natural language processing
Dublin, Ireland, and Avignon, France, 30 June 2020— SciencePOD proudly announces the signature of a joint research agreement with Avignon Université to develop next generation Smart AI Summaries of research papers. The team will develop Artificial Intelligence (AI) summarisation solutions based on natural language processing (NLP). As part of their smart automation, these solutions will also provide contextual information to make these summaries easy-to-understand.
“We are delighted to collaborate with Avignon Université, who has a very long tradition in the field of language research,” says Sabine Louët, SciencePOD CEO, adding: “The Avignon team is one of the most experienced in this field worldwide, and their participation in this project will contribute to delivering quality AI-produced summaries that are easy to read and share, resulting in high impact.”
This partnership is designed to make the content of original research available to wider audiences. SciencePOD Smart AI Summaries will soon empower scholarly publishers, societies, university presses, institutions, private and charitable organisations to share the story of their research achievements and innovations at scale.
Together, SciencePOD and Laboratoire Informatique d\’Avignon (LIA) are developing a robust and scalable tool to make scientific results more widely accessible using the latest AI tools. \”At LIA we are specialists in Natural Language Processing (NLP), and we study models and theories coming from linguistics, information retrieval, machine learning and deep learning,” says Juan-Manuel Torres-Moreno, PhD in Computer Science from INP Grenoble and senior researcher (HDR) at LIA Avignon Université.
“I am very happy to work with SciencePOD because it is an opportunity to translate our NLP research into applied technologies based on automatic text summarisation, automated keywords generation and text classification,\” Torres-Moreno adds.
These summaries will also contribute to Open Science by facilitating collaboration among different scientific fields—rendering the results of progress in one discipline in digestible formats so that they are more readily accessible to scientists in other disciplines. Ultimately, SciencePOD Smart AI Summaries will help to increase usage of primary research publications and contribute to raising the profile of scholarly journals.
SciencePOD Smart AI Summaries constitute an exciting addition to the company’s cloud-based platform solutions, which makes it easy for users to create high-quality, evidence-based content. The platform already combines authoring and workflow collaborative tools with access to a network of 500+ pre-vetted specialist content creators with science, medicine and technology expertise.
The SciencePOD platform allows clients to easily order content, build expert content creation teams, and oversee the content creation process for quality-control. SciencePOD offers a full catalogue of content marketing solutions and services including science journalism, writing, editing, design and multimedia production for academic publishers, industries and organisations with an R&D focus, such as biopharma and ICT, as well as media organisations, marketing agencies and others working in fields related to science, medicine and technology. SciencePOD is a Dublin-based company.
Since its creation in 1987, the Laboratoire Informatique d\’Avignon (LIA) is interested in research works in Artificial Intelligence (AI) on three main research subjects: Natural Language Processing (NLP) (applied to text and audio), Operational Research and Networks. The LIA has a 80-strong staff, including 60 researchers (29 full-time researchers and about thirty PhD students).
Located in the Provence region of France, Avignon Université boasts two campuses, named Hannah Arendt and Jean-Henri Fabre, which, respectively, host the institution’s two major research axis, namely \”Agro&Sciences” and \”Culture, Heritage and Digital Societies.\” All these activities contribute to support youth and social cohesion as a prioriy. The university’s Research Support Office supports research activities of 17 laboratories and research units as well as research stakeholders (including teaching and research staff, research federations, PhD students), in their activities with various partners from socio-economical spheres. In addition, Avignon Université currently hosts 7,500 students.
Created in 1303 by pope Boniface VIII, closed after the French Revolution in 1793, Avignon Université re-opened its doors in 1963 as a satellite university centre before becoming a full-blown university again in 1984.
 In France, the Habilitation to Direct Research (HDR) title sanctions the recognition of a researcher’s high scientific level, the original character of their scientific approach, their ability to master a research strategy in a sufficiently broad scientific or technological field and their ability to mentor young researchers.