Fuzzy-Based Conversational Recommender for Data-intensive Science Gateway Applications

Arjun Ankathatti Chandrashekara, Radha Krishna Murthy Talluri, Sai Swathi Sivarathri, Reshmi Mitra, Prasad Calyam, Kerk Kee, Satish Nair

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Neuro-scientists are increasingly relying on parallel and distributed computing resources for analysis and visualization of their neuron simulations. Although science gateways have democratized relevant high performance/throughput resources, users require expert knowledge about programming and infrastructure configuration that is beyond the repertoire of most neuroscience programs. These factors become deterrents for the successful adoption and the ultimate diffusion (i.e., systemic spread) of science gateways in the neuroscience community. In this paper, we present a novel intuitionistic fuzzy logic based conversational recommender that can provide guidance to users when using science gateways for research and education workflows. The users interact with a context-aware chatbot that is embedded within custom web-portals to obtain simulation tools/resources to accomplish their goals. In order to ensure user goals are met, the chatbot profiles a user's cyberinfrastructure and neuroscience domain proficiency level using a 'usability quadrant' approach. Simulation of user queries for an exemplary neuroscience use case demonstrates that our chatbot can provide step-by-step navigational support and generate distinct responses based on user proficiency.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2018 IEEE International Conference on Big Data, Big Data 2018
EditorsYang Song, Bing Liu, Kisung Lee, Naoki Abe, Calton Pu, Mu Qiao, Nesreen Ahmed, Donald Kossmann, Jeffrey Saltz, Jiliang Tang, Jingrui He, Huan Liu, Xiaohua Hu
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781538650356
StatePublished - Jan 22 2019
Event2018 IEEE International Conference on Big Data, Big Data 2018 - Seattle, United States
Duration: Dec 10 2018Dec 13 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2018 IEEE International Conference on Big Data, Big Data 2018


Conference2018 IEEE International Conference on Big Data, Big Data 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Conversational Recommenders
  • Guided User Interfaces
  • Intutionistic Fuzzy Logic
  • Mamdani Inference
  • Neuroscience Workflows
  • Science Gateways
  • Virtual Agents


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