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Cognitive Meeting Assistant: A Method for Capturing, Analyzing, and Organizing Meeting Transcripts

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000248606D
Publication Date: 2016-Dec-21
Document File: 4 page(s) / 89K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a cognitive assistant that can improve the productivity associated with online meetings. The cognitive meeting assistant organizes content based on topics and the participants’ associated emotions.

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Cognitive Meeting Assistant: A Method for Capturing, Analyzing, and Organizing Meeting Transcripts

During and following online meetings, participants, company employees, and/or chairpersons cannot always capture the desired information in full. While it might be easy to record a web and audio conference, searching for content in video and audio recordings is a challenge. Knowledge transferred, discussions, decisions, and action items from a meeting are often lost and hard to recollect if not recorded. Following are some of the needs that online meeting users would like addressed.

 Meeting participant: - See the list of topics discussed in the meeting automatically extracted

from the transcript text - See the emotion of the participants to identify heated discussions so I can

skip those sections - Receive the meeting transcript translated to a familiar language

 Employee: - Search for certain keywords/topics in the recorded audio (e.g., meetings,

conferences, classes, etc.) - Replay certain portions of the recorded audio (e.g., meetings,

conferences, classes, etc.)  Chairperson: obtain a percentage of meeting participation to help identify the

best times to schedule the meetings The novel contribution is a cognitive assistant that can improve the productivity associated with online meetings. The cognitive meeting assistant organizes content based on topics and the participants’ associated emotions.

The core idea for implementing the cognitive meeting assistant is to improve the efficacy of meeting recordings by facilitating the extraction of new knowledge (e.g., action items, topics, sentiment analysis, etc.) and the discovery of information (e.g., content tagging, translation, relationships, transcription, etc.) that is not available from meeting recordings or plain voice-to-text meeting transcriptions. Meeting participants can use this new knowledge as reference for formulating decisions and discovering important topics and/or decisions made.

The cognitive assistant organizes a user’s meetings by identifying important topics from web and audio conferences or face-to-face meetings. It goes beyond merely transcribing text to extract the hidden knowledge behind the conversations. The user can skip sections of the meeting notes that went off topic. It identifies the emotions and moods of the meeting participants during the discussions to help the user decide whether to review a section.

The cognitive meeting assistant transcribes Web audio in a timed text format, making meeting notes easy to search and browse. It also helps with translating it into and from multiple languages. The system extracts relevant concepts or topics from the discussion to quickly develop a view into the contents of the meeting. Using the

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concepts extracted, the system can easily and automatically organize or tag the mee...