Computational Cognitive Systems - The Case of Commonsense, Space, and Change

10.06.2015 - 17:00
10.06.2015 - 19:00

Prof. Mehul Bhatt, PhD

Dept. of Computer Science, University of Bremen

A particular emphasis of my research in recent years has been on the formal and computational characterisation of `space' and `visuo-spatial' problem-solving processes (e.g., abstraction, reasoning, learning) within a range of assistive technologies in domains such as cognitive vision and robotics, architecture and urban design, and geographic information systems: How can expert analysis and commonsense reasoning be used as a model and benchmark for the development of collaborative cognitive interaction systems (concerned with people assistance, assurance, and empowerment)?
In this talk, I will formally and computationally characterise visuo-spatial ``perceptual sense-making processes'' that mediate sensing capability / sensory data, and the formation of sensible impressions in spatial design and geospatial analysis, or even in regular activities of everyday living, working, and simply going around in the environment.
Once the significance of space, events, actions, and change is established, I will present a general model of “Narrative Cognition” for computational cognitive systems with respect to the range of domains being addressed, i.e., vision, robotics, design, geography. I propose to ontologically and formally characterise a ``computational model of narratives of space, actions, events, and change'' as a basis for visual and spatio-temporal thinking in a wide-range of application areas.
I conclude by positioning that at a methodological level, a computational model of narrative cognition presents a compelling approach toward integrating cognitively motivated theories of thinking and reasoning with formal methods in artificial intelligence.