Best Paper Award, International Conference on Innovative Mobile and Internet Services in Ubiquitous Computing. BioGraphBot: A Conversational Assistant for Bioinformatics Graph Databases
Chatbots technology allows to easily add a conversational interface to a large set of applications. In this paper, we show a conversational agent based on ALICE framework aimed at playing the role of interface between human users and a bioinformatics graph database. The system has been embedded into the web frontend of BioGraphDB, a publicly available resource that uses Gremlin as the primary query language. To be successfully exploited, domain experts, such as biolo- gists and bioinformaticians, should also have familiarity with that query language. The use of a chatbot allows translating queries expressed in natural language to queries expressed in Gremlin, simplifying the interaction with BioGraphDB.