Cybula Ltd. has licensed the AURA technology from the
University of York. The technology has been developed in Prof.
Austin's group for over 15 years and represents the leading edge
in search technology. The AURA methods are based on neural
networks, exploiting the parallelism of the brain and its speed in
computer hardware. The technology has received both academic and
industrial recognition, through BCS IT awards and Chairman's
awards for innovation from British Aerospace Systems.
The AURA technology uses bit level representations of data to
efficiently store and retrieve data, in structures called
correlation matrix memories (CMM), one of the first known neural
network architectures. The group and Cybula have invested time in
developing methods that exploit the CMMs, by introducing a
powerful set of pre- and post processing functions to the CMM.
They are now world leaders in this technology, enabling them to
take complex data analysis and pattern matching problems and
implement them in CMM technology.
The University is involved in large research projects to
further develop the technology.
Details of AURA and current research can be found at the
University web site http://www.cs.york.ac.uk/arch/NeuralNetworks/index.htm.