Large enterprises compile and analyze large amounts of data on a daily basis. Typically the collected raw data is processed by financial analysts to produce reports. Executive personnel use these reports to oversee the operations and make decisions based on the data. Some of the processing performed by financial analysts can be easily automated by currently available computational tools. These tasks mostly make use of standard transformations on the raw data including visualizations and aggregate summaries. On the other hand automating some of the manual processing requires more involved artificial intelligence techniques.

In our project we aim to solve one of these harder to automate tasks. In fact analyzing textual data using Natural Language Processing (NLP) techniques is one of the standardized methods of data processing in modern software tools. However the vast majority of NLP methods primarily aim to analyze textual data, rather than generate meaningful narratives.

Since the generation of text is a domain-dependent and non-trivial task, the automated generation of narratives requires novel research to be useful in an enterprise environment. In this project we focus on using numerical financial and supply chain data to generate useful textual reports that can be used in the executive level of companies. Upon successful completion of the project, financial analysts will spend less time on repetitive tasks and have more time to focus on reporting tasks requiring higher-level data fusion skills.

Industry Partner(s):Unilever Canada Inc.

Academic Institution:Ryerson University

Academic Researcher: Ayse Bener

Co-PI Name: John Maidens

Focus Areas: Advanced Manufacturing, Digital Media

Platforms: Cloud, GPU