Professor / School of Science and Technology, Örebro University, Sweden / www

Artificial Intelligence, (Visual and Spatial) Cognition, (Multimodal) Interaction, Design.

Artificial and Human Intelligence / Human-Centred AI. Cognitive Technologies. >> Basic research focusses on the cognitive, formal, and computational foundations of (human-centred) AI technologies. I pursue and steer basic research in Spatial Cognition and Computation, Visual Perception, Cognitive Modelling, Knowledge Representation and Reasoning, Integration of Reasoning and Learning, Integrated Vision and AI, and Design Computing & Cognition.

My research particularly emphasises the study of human-behaviour (embodied multimodal interaction) in naturalistic settings as a principal means of AI technology driven human-centred cognitive assistance in planning, decision-making, design situations requiring an interplay of commonsense, creative, and specialist visuospatial thinking.

Research Statement >>
Artificial and Human Intelligence / Formal and Cognitive Foundations for Human-Centred Computing (www)

We develop foundational methods for (computational) cognitive technologies in applied contexts where human-centred design and engineering, and human-in-the-loop are crucial, for instance:

  • autonomous systems (e.g., high-level visuospatial interpretation, cognitive interaction and control)
  • architecture and built environment design (e.g., human-environment behaviour)
  • communications and media design technologies (e.g., involving multimodal perception and synthesis, visuo-auditory media design)

In some cases, basic research methods developed have been driven by / applied in collaboration with industry partners; main industry transfers are in areas of: cognitive vision & perception systems (e.g., for autonomous vehicles), AI-driven large-scale public space design (e.g., hospital and airport design), creative visuo-auditory digital media design & user experience synthesis (e.g., film, animation, immersive content synthesis).

CoDesign Lab  /  Cognition. AI. Interaction. Design.

Cognitive Vision and Perception
  • Cognitive Vision, research and consultation driven by integration of AI and Vision towards the development of computational visuospatial intelligence capabilities for semantic interpretation of (dynamic) multimodal stimuli (e.g, encompassing image, video, audio, physiological signals) /

  • DesignSpace, research and consultation focussing on the development of AI-driven cognitive assistive technologies, and professional training aimed at people-centred spatial thinking and architecture design. /

Spatial Reasoning
  • Spatial Reasoning, developing basic methods for mixed geometric and qualitative visuospatial representation and reasoning, with a particular emphasis on declarative spatial reasoning techniques rooted in state of the art knowledge representation and reasoning methods. /

previously: Professor within the Department of Computer Science at the University of Bremen, and Stiftungs Professor at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI Bremen) in Germany (Human-Centred Cognitive Assistance Lab / www). Before that, I was member of the Cognitive Systems group, first as a DAAD Scholar, and subsequently during 2008-2010 as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow. During 2011-2014, I have also been an elected member and principal investigator in the Spatial Cognition Center (Transregio SFB/TR 8 / www), which ran as a joint initiative between the Universities of Bremen and Freiburg during 2003 - 2014. During 2017-2021, I was a PI within SFB 1320: EASE at the University of Bremen.

previous to previously
: From 2002 - 2007, based at the Department of Computer Science at La Trobe University (Melbourne, Australia) where I completed a Masters in Information Technology (2004), and a PhD in Computer Science (2008). Till 2011, underwent basic schooling completing a Bachelor of Economics at the Narsee Monjee College of Economics (Mumbai, India).
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SFB/TR 8 Spatial Cognition
University of Bremen
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SFB/TR 8 Spatial Cognition