Eleven Russian teams take part in the competition for the development of an artificial intelligence system to identify semantic, logical, and factual errors in texts, including in real essays by schoolchildren, written earlier in the exam, according to the announcement of the organizer of the competition — Russian Venture Company (RVC).
Teams of such companies as Laboratory of Nanosemantics, Antiplagiat, Extrema, the Laboratory of Neural Systems and Deep Learning of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, specialists from the Moscow State University will take part in the tests. M.V. Lomonosov, RKhTU, named after D. I. Mendeleev, Institute of Informatics Systems SB of the RAS and independent developers. The teams represent Moscow, St. Petersburg, the Leningrad Region, Ufa, Novosibirsk, and Sochi. More than 180 applications were received for participation in the competition.
Tests for Russian texts are held on November 9, for texts in English — on November 16. The systems will have to analyze and find errors in 500 essays on Russian and English, literature, social studies, and history. A significant part of them is real examples of schoolchildren's essays within the USE (Russian abbr. — EGE). It takes no more than 30 seconds to check each text. After completing the tests, teachers will have to solve a similar problem — with a time limit of 10 minutes for each work.
The results of the first test cycle will be announced in December. The teams, whose algorithms find the most significant number of grammatical errors in the essay, will be able to claim victory in notable nominations with a prize fund of 20 million roubles. The competition takes place in several cycles and will last until the end of 2022.
As explained by Mikhail Antonov, Deputy General Director — Director for Development of RVC Innovation Infrastructure, preparations for the competition were carried out throughout the year: in partnership with dozens of AI experts, technical specialists, educators, criteria for assessing the quality of solutions were formalized, datasets were collected, and a specialized IT platform was developed.
In turn, Kirill Kayem, Senior Vice President for Innovation at the Skolkovo Foundation, noted that artificial intelligence technologies for natural language processing are one of the priority areas of state policy in scientific and technological development.
The competitions were initiated by RVC, ASI, and the Skolkovo Foundation to implement the National Technology Initiative.