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February 2018

Tutorial at AAAI 2018 (New Orleans, USA)

February 2 - February 7

This tutorial at AAAI 2018 presents cognitive vision from the perspectives of language, logic, and artificial intelligence. The tutorial focusses on application areas where explainability and semantic interpretation of dynamic visuo-spatial imagery are central, e.g., for commonsense scene understanding; vision for robotics and HRI; narrative interpretation from the viewpoints of visuo-auditory perception & digital media, multimodal sensemaking of data.

We particularly highlight Deep (Visuo-Spatial) Semantics, denoting the existence of systematic formalisation and declarative programming methods -e.g., pertaining to space and motion- supporting query answering, relational learning, non-monotonic abductive inference, and embodied simulation. Here, we demonstrate the integration of methods from knowledge representation and computer vision with a focus on reasoning & learning about space, action, and change. In the backdrop of areas as diverse as architecture design, cognitive film studies, cognitive robotics, and eye-tracking, this tutorial covers both applications and basic methods concerned with topics such as:

- explainable visual perception,
- semantic video understanding,
- language generation from video,
- declarative spatial reasoning, and
- computational models of narrative.

Prerequisites:
No special background needed; participants need only be generally interested in AI, Cognitive Science, or HCI. We especially encourage early doctoral researchers, and educators wanting to learn about general tools for logic-based reasoning about visual imagery.

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November 2017

DGR Days 2017

27. November 2017 - 29. November 2017

The DGR Days are held to foster a visible and interdisciplinary robotics community in Germany. Researchers from robotics, AI, cognitive science, psychology, neuroscience, and other related disciplines are cordially invited. This year, the DGR-Days will take place at the Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Bremen in conjunction with the Kick-Off meeting of the EASE Collaborative Research Center EASE. For more information please visit the event website.

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September 2017

2nd Workshop on Semantic Policy and Action Representations for Autonomous Robots (SPAR)

24. September 2017
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Tutorial: EASE course at the summer school ‘Foundations of Robotics and Autonomous Learning Summer School (RALSS’17)’

4. September 2017 - 7. September 2017

Michael Beetz and Daniel Bessler teach Reintegrating Robotics & AI at the summer school Foundations of Robotics and Autonomous Learning Summer School (RALSS’17)

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August 2017

Tutorial: “DECLARATIVE SPATIAL REASONING — THEORY, METHODS, AND APPLICATIONS” by Mehul Bhatt, Carl Schultz, Przmyslaw Walega at IJCAI 2017 26th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Melbourne Australia

19. August 2017 - 25. August 2017

Spatial thinking, conceptualisation, and the verbal and visual (e.g., gestural, iconic, diagrammatic) communication of commonsense as well as expert knowledge about the world -the space that we exist in- is one of the most important aspects of everyday human life. Philosophers, cognitive scientists, psychologists, linguists, psycholinguists, ontologists, information theorists, computer scientists, mathematicians, architects, and environmental psychologists have each investigated space through the perspective of the lenses afforded by their respective field of study. This tutorial will present computational visuo-spatial representation…

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July 2017

Talk: “Cognitive Architectures – Roles, Requirements, and Realization” by Prof. David Vernon

13. July 2017 @ 14:00 - 15:30

David Vernon is a Professor at Carnegie Mellon University Africa in Rwanda.  In a career spanning 38 years, he has worked for Westinghouse Electric in Ireland and the USA, for the European Commission and Science Foundation Ireland, and for leading universities in Europe, Russia, and the Middle East. He is a past Fellow of Trinity College Dublin and presently serves on the Advisory Board of Innopolis University, Russia's first university dedicated to information technology. In the past, he coordinated two cognition and vision research networks (www.eucognition.org, www.ecvision.org) and he was a…

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June 2017

Talk: “Sense-Reason-Act: From Perception to Action” by Dr. Michael Suppa (Founder and CEO Roboception GmbH)

22. June 2017 @ 12:00 - 13:00

Dr. Michael Suppa is visiting the Department of Informatics and Mathematics and EASE on Thursday, June 22nd. He will give a talk entitled "Sense-Reason-Act: From Perception to Action". The talk will take place in the Rotunde (Cartesium) at 12 o'clock. Dr. Michael Suppa is a leading expert in robot perception and an associate member of the institute of artificial intelligence. Since 2013, he coordinates the topic group perception with SPARC and shapes the perception part of the European multi-annual road-map…

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Talk: “It’s Time to Stop Staring at Your Phone’s Mobile Map: The Importance of HCI Perspectives for Next-generation Navigation Devices” by Prof. Dr. Johannes Schöning

20. June 2017 @ 16:00 - 17:00

The talk will take place in the Rotunde (Cartesium) at 16 o'clock. "In my talk I give a broad overview of my research. My research interests lie at the intersection of human-computer interaction (HCI), geographic information science and ubiquitous interface technologies. In our lab, we investigate how people interact with digital spatial information and create new methods and novel interfaces to help people interact with spatial information. For example,, catastrophic incidents associated with GPS devices and other personal navigation technologies…

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Talk: “Transfer of Manipulation Skills Using Task Driven Representations” by Dr. Frank Guerin (Senior Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen University)

16. June 2017 @ 10:30 - 11:30

Dr. Frank Guerin is visiting EASE and giving a talk entitled "Transfer of Manipulation Skills Using Task Driven Representations". The talk will take place on Friday 16th of June in Room 1.58 of the TAB building at 10:30 AM. Frank is a leading expert investigating how we can equip computer systems with human-like knowledge. In this context he investigates how infants acquire/construct concepts, through sensorimotor interaction, and later with language input and how such concepts can be represented.

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April 2017

Tutorial: Bremen Summer of Cognition and Design (CoDesign 2017)

1. April 2017 - 30. June 2017

EASE principal investigator Mehul Bhatt is organizing The Bremen Summer of Cognition and Design (CoDesign 2017). CoDesign 2017 includes a series of mutually complementary events in the areas of artifcial intelligence, spatial cognition, design computing and cognition, creativity, multi-modality, communication and media, and human-behaviour studies.

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