Dr Inventor targets an original system that offers tangible inspiration to the scientific innovations of researchers. By utilising the rich research resource available on the Internet, Dr Inventor will become researchers’ personal research assistant by offering:
Reporting, which informs the researchers of a wide variety of relevant concepts and approaches through machine-empowered search and visualization, taking full advantage of the presence of the rich web resources far beyond the memory capacity of humans. This will enable the researchers to approach related ideas from a very broad angle, equipping them with new perspectives to re-envision their problem with new interpretations that bring new solutions to light.
Assessment, which assesses the novelty of an input research document through comparison with recognized research approaches and established quality metrics. This leads to potential applications in peer reviews for research papers, grant proposals and patents.
Inspiration, which suggests new research ideas to the users in an autonomous manner. This replicates human creativity in a certain degree by taking advantage of computing power and the Internet to combine the widely accessible resources to generate new concepts with unexpected features. The new concepts may come from radical transformations from other semantically distant but analogically similar concepts.