What’s In a Name?

Robo-Cat, the Future of Feline Law Enforcement

Robo-Cat, the Future of Feline Law Enforcement

Here at the ensemble@ljmu project we’ve never really got the hang of names.  While others may devote copious amounts of time devising acronyms and clever word puns to title their projects, our work often gets named after random prototypes or research tests.

Then we forget to give them real names.

So the obvious question for outsiders is… “why is the AutoKitty project called AutoKitty?”

The name dates back to an early prototype, when the original Ensemble team were working with semantic data and some Contemporary Dance students.  The students had vast quantities of rehearsal and discussion videos, and the team decided to explore the potential of using semantic data with videos.  The first prototype, created to trial the idea, used a video taken from YouTube of a kitten.  It therefore became known as the “kitten demo”.

Various people saw this demo — the hacky prototype code got handed out to a few other universities — and it became obvious the idea had potential for creating education presentations.  So, after the Ensemble project finished, the ensemble@ljmu team used JISC funding to explore this potential further, enhancing the video/semantic linking component (to be given back to MIT) while also developing an easy to use web interface for non-programmers to create the semantic data.

As a working title we called the project “AutoKitty” — because the finished tool would spit out a kitten-like page (without the user needing to know any coding).  For the record: the names “Robo-Cat” and “RoboKitty” were also briefly considered, but rejected.  So there you have it…



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