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Brian Ulicny earned a PhD at MIT's Department of Linguistics and Philosophy in 1993. In 1996, he developed AnswerMe!, perhaps the first natural language question-answering system that used the entire World Wide Web as a source of possible answers. He has worked on question-answering technologies off and on ever since at a number of companies, including Limbex, Quarterdeck, Inso, Lernout & Hauspie and its short-lived joint venture with Intel Corporation, Ask Jeeves, Kanisa and Lycos, where he worked on Lycos Retriever, a program that automatically generates Wikipedia-like first draft encyclopedic summaries of topics. He is currently a Senior Scientist at Versatile Information Systems, Inc. in Framingham, MA.

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question answering systems, natural language search, natural language generation for answer construction, natural language interfaces to databases, semantic web