FuseMind – smarter search, faster research
Research papers are driving academic discovery and debate across the globe, with more than 50,000 new files being published weekly to a growing online community. Data shows that 170 million students, academics and researchers spend around six hours per week searching for research papers.
As the volume of material continues to grow, an inevitable challenge is emerging as users sift through ever expanding libraries to find relevant papers. “As students, we’ve seen this process is becoming increasingly difficult,” entrepreneur Prezemek Zientala explains. “The number of papers is growing at a staggering rate but the tools available to filter through them have not kept up with the pace.”
FuseMind, an innovative solution from three student entrepreneurs at the University of Southampton, is tapping in to cutting-edge AI algorithms to empower users with smarter academic search. The founders have created a tool that helps students and researchers find papers that are truly relevant to them, much faster and more efficiently than currently possible.
“Giving students and researchers the ability to efficiently find those papers that truly matter to them, we believe, is paramount to the making of a better world,” co-founder Mauro Cozzi explains. “With better access to better information, the great minds of our generation can create better solutions — faster. By reducing the barriers that prevent people from discovering knowledge, we hope to inspire more and more people to become a part of the scientific process that drives the world.”
FuseMind is currently available as a browser extension for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox and provides extra information about a research paper directly within a normal search. This gives the user immediate access to the abstract, similar paper recommendations, a quick look at related discussions and many more features to “turbo charge” the research.
“Behind our browser extension sits a powerful set of AI algorithms that actively learn from how students and researchers search for, discuss and pick research papers,” Computer Science student and co-founder Maciej Szpakowski adds. “These algorithms learn to predict what papers are relevant to any given individual depending on their background, searching history and preferences, and the experiences of users similar to them.”
Fuelled with ever increasing data, FuseMind’s co-founders have designed the technology to grow into a cross-platform digital academic assistant that will set a new standard in academic search efficiency.
A FuseMind prototype was installed almost 2,000 times in the days after a soft launch in the spring and is attracing more than 175 new users per week. This continued growth is despite focusing exclusively on engaging with existing users and implementing feedback to shape its development around user needs.
“Feedback is something we can never get enough of, we’re looking for more people to help us define the future of academic search,” the co-founders say. “If you’re a student, researcher or academic keen to save time and effort, we’d love to hear your thoughts.” You can get in touch with the FuseMind team using the contact form on this page.
“What gets us up in the morning is the thought of a university student in a rural or isolated region being able to discover new and important knowledge at the same rate as a Stanford or Cambridge student,” Mauro adds. “We’re really excited and honoured to have the opportunity to help drive the next wave of scientific discovery.”
Download the FuseMind extension and find out more about its features at: fusemind.org