The M-PIRO software creates descriptions of museum artefacts automatically, using information stored in a database. Children, adults and experts all receive slightly different, personalised, descriptions. The system also remembers what viewers have looked at before in order to avoid repetition and to draw comparisons with previously seen objects. Currently the technology can generate text in English, Italian or Greek.
This project was completed in January 2003. You can read about the results in more detail in:
Isard, A., J. Oberlander, I. Androutsopoulos, C. Matheson, 2003. "Speaking the Users' Languages", IEEE Intelligent Systems Magazine 18(1), January-February 2003, pp 40-45. Special Issue "Advances in Natural Language Processing.".