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 (www.codesign-lab.org), 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 (www.design-space.org) and pursues ongoing research in Cognitive Vision (www.codesign-lab.org/cognitive-vision) and Spatial Reasoning (www.spatial-reasoning.com).

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: www.mehulbhatt.org.



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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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