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

Research Profile /
at the interface of Artificial Intelligence, Cognition, Interaction, and Design.

Human-Centred AI and Cognitive Technologies >> Basic research focusses on formal, cognitive, and computational foundations for AI technologies with a principal emphasis on knowledge representation, semantics, integration of commonsense reasoning & learning, explainability, and spatial representation and reasoning. Visuospatial cognition and computation has been an area of intense activity from the viewpoint of interdisciplinary research.

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.

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

We develop cognitive assistive technologies and cognitive interaction systems —with a special emphasis on AI-Driven Cognitive Interaction and Creative Design Technologies— in application contexts where human-centred engineering and human-in-the-loop automation are critical, 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)

Some 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, geospatial information systems), 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).


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. /

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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.

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