Guest lecture – Prof. Mehul Bhatt

​Guest lecture with Prof. Mehul Bhatt from Örebro University. The lecture on cognitive vision addresses computational vision and perception at the interface of language, logic, cognition, and artificial intelligence. ​

The lecture emphasises application areas where the processing and explainable semantic interpretation of (potentially large volumes of) dynamic visuospatial imagery is central, e.g., for commonsense scene understanding; visual cognition for cognitive robotics / HRI, autonomous driving; narrative interpretation from the viewpoints of visuoauditory perception & digital media design, semantic interpretation of multimodal human-behavioural data.

The lecture will highlight Deep (Visuospatial) Semantics, denoting the existence of systematically formalised declarative AI methods –e.g., per- taining to reasoning about space and motion– supporting semantic (visual) question-answering, relational learning, non-monotonic (visuospa- tial) abduction, and simulation of embodied interaction. The lecture demonstrates the integration of methods from knowledge representation and computer vision with a focus on (combining) reasoning & learning about space, action, motion, and (multimodal) interaction. This is pre- sented in the backdrop of areas as diverse as autonomous driving, cognitive robotics, eye-tracking driven visual perception research (e.g., for visual art, architecture design, cognitive media studies), and psychology & behavioural research domains where data-centred analytical methods are gaining momentum. The lecture 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. The lec- ture will position an emerging line of research that brings together a novel & unique combination of research methodologies, academics, and communities encompassing AI, ML, Vision, Cognitive Linguistics, Psychology, Visual Perception, and Spatial Cognition and Computation.

About the speaker: Mehul Bhatt is Professor within the School of Science and Technology at Orebro University (Sweden), and a Guest Professor at the University of Skövde (Sweden). His 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. Mehul Bhatt steers CoDesign Lab (, an initiative aimed at addressing the confluence of Cognition, Artificial Intelligence, Interaction, and Design Science for the development of human-centred cognitive assistive technologies and interaction systems. Since 2014, he directs the research and consulting group DesignSpace ( and pursues ongoing research in Cognitive Vision ( and Spatial Reasoning (

Mehul Bhatt obtained a bachelors in economics (India), masters in information technology (Australia), and a PhD in computer science (Aus- tralia). He has been a recipient of an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, a German Academic Exchange Service award (DAAD), and an Australian Post-graduate Award (APA). He was the University of Bremen nominee for the German Research Foundation (DFG) Award: Heinz Maier-Leibnitz-Preis 2014. Prior to moving to Sweden, Mehul Bhatt was Professor at the University of Bremen (Germany). Further details are available via:

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Category Lecture
Location: MB, lecture hall, Hörsalsvägen 5, Gamla M-huset
Starts: 01 December, 2021, 10:00
Ends: 01 December, 2021, 10:45

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