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University of Gdańsk student and Gdańsk University of Technology graduates create a programme to indicate air pollution levels
A group of friends, a University of Gdańsk student and Gdańsk University of Technology graduates have created “Smok” (“Dragon”), a chatbot which indicates current air quality in a given location. The programme is available through Facebook and is therefore very easy to access.
Due to the growing smog problem and the need to raise awareness of its dangers, a group of friends, Karolina Lubińska (Faculty of Law and Administration and the Faculty of Languages of the University of Gdańsk), and Bartek Dołęga, Katarzyna Garbulewska and Maciej Romanowski (graduates of the Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics of the Gdańsk University of Technology) have created a programme which clearly shows current air quality levels in a given location. “Smok” (the name derived from the word “smog”) is a chatbot i.e. a computer programme which can hold a conversation using a natural language or a text interface. It can be found on Facebook, which makes it easy to use, without the need to install any extra applications.
How does it work?
With the help of artificial intelligence, using the programme is very easy. “Smok” holds a conversation using a text interface, greets the user by name and explains how the programme can be used. To receive information on air condition, all you have to do is enter your street name or GPS coordinates and the programme provides you with the data from your closest measurement station run by the Chief Inspectorate for Environmental Protection. “Smok” indicates the concentration of pollution by means of emoticons and colours and covers the entire world, with the exception of some countries of Africa and the Near East. It can be used in Polish and English.
The Gdańsk University of Technology group take care of the technical side of the programme, while the University of Gdańsk student is responsible for the linguistic content of “Smok” i.e. how it addresses users, but also for creating posts, collecting user opinions, analysing statistics and informing users of possible errors.
Users publish regular posts with useful information concerning air pollution and possible ways of staying protected on the chatbot’s profile page.
“Smok” Facebook profile is available (in Polish) at: https://www.facebook.com/smogbot/ and on Messenger at: m.me/smogbot
Prepared by: UG Press Office