Awards, Scholarships, and Grants

1. Principal Individual Recognitions

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  • Falling Walls Lab Osnabrück 2014
    Part of `Falling Walls': The International Conference on
    Future Breakthroughs in Science and Society
    (awarded second place & selected for FW Labs Finale in Berlin)
  • TNSC-SAVI 2013. Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center (SILC)
    Thematic Network in Spatial Cognition (TNSC), and
    US NSF Science Across Virtual Institutes (SAVI) supplement award.
    Department of Geography
    University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB)
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  • UniBremen 2013.  Nominated as the University of Bremen candidate for the
    German Research Foundation (DFG) Award: Heinz Maier-Leibnitz-Preis 2014
University of Bremen
  • SFB/TR 8 2013, 12, 11, 10 DFG Spatial Cognition Research Center
    Strategic Project granted as a part of the SFB/TR 8 center
    Project DesignSpace: Assistive Intelligence for Spatial Design
  • AvH 2008Humboldt Foundation / Stiftung, Germany
    Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship
    Host. University of Bremen, Germany
Alexander von Humboldt
  • DAAD 2007German Academic Exchange Service / DAAD
    Research Grants for Doctoral Candidates and Young Scientists and Academics.
    DAAD, Germany.
    Host: SFB/TR 8 Spatial Cognition
  • APA 2004 Australian Post-Graduate Award (APA)
    by the Australian Commonwealth
    Doctoral studies at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia
Australian Research Council
  • NICTA 2002 National ICT Australia
    National ICT (NICTA) Research Scholarship, Australia.
    Host: University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia
  • UniBremen 2012. Internationalisation at Home Program
    Funding for inviting a guest professor for an extended stay at the University of Bremen.
  • SRI 2011. Stanford Research Institute (SRI, Menlo Park).
    Scholarships for Invited Talk and Collaborative Visits in 2011. (Invitation by: Vinay Chaudhri)
  • AAAI 2011. Speaker Participation Grant
    Tutorial: Recognising Behaviour in a Spatio-Temporal Context, AAAI Conference 2011, San Francisco, USA
  • US NGA 2010. US National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA), ISO-Space 2010 Standardization Initiative, part of ISO TC 37 / SC 4. Invited Participation Grant, Washington D.C. USA. (Invitation by: James Pustejovsky)
  • US NSF 2010. US National Science Foundation (NSF). Invited Participation Grant.
    Workshop on Studying Visual and Spatial Reasoning for Design Creativity, Aix-en-Provence, France. 2010 (Invitation by: John Gero)
  • CalPoly 2010. California Polytechnic State University, USA.
    Grant for Invited Talk and Collaborative Visit. 2010 (Invitation by: Franz Kurfess)
  • ESF-JSPS 2008. European Science Foundation (ESF) – Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
    Scholarship, ESF-JSPS Frontier Science Forum for Young Researchers. 2008
  • DSTO 2007. Defence Science Technology Organization (DSTO), Australia, Research Grant, AOD Long Range Research Task in Simulation Technology(LRR04/159), 2007
  • ARC RN SISS 2007. Australian Research Council Network: Spatially Integrated Social Science, Summer School 2007
    Participation Award, University of Queensland, Australia -Theory and Methods in Spatially Integrated Social Science. 2007
  • ARC STEP 2006. Science, Technology and Economic Progress (STEP 06) Forum
    Participation Award. University of Canberra – ARC Research Network for a Secure Australia (RNSA). 2006
  • SIRC 2006. Research Grant for Visiting Spatial Information Research Centre (SIRC), University of Otago, New Zealand. 2006
  • ESRI 2005. Conference on Spatial Information Theory (COSIT 05)
    Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI, USA) Conference Travel Award. 2005
  • IDEAL 2005. Intelligent Data Engineering & Automated Learning (IDEAL 05)
    ARC COSNet Funded Travel Award, Australia. 2005
  • LTU 2004. Logic Summer School 2004, Australian National University (ANU).
    Participation grant funded by La Trobe University, Australia. 2004
  • LTU 2003. La Trobe University Summer Research Scholarship, 2003

2. Group Based Grants

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  • EASE: Everyday Activity Science and Engineering
    DFG Collaborative Research Centre (CRC / SFB).
    1st Phase (lasting 4 years) approved by DFG
    for commencement on July 1 2017.
    Role: PI - Project P3
    EASE P3: Spatial Reasoning in Everyday Activity
    EASE Director: Prof. Michael Beetz (University of Bremen)
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  • COINVENT: Concept Invention Theory

    Grant agreement no. 611553
    with: Dr. Oliver Kutz, Prof. John Bateman,
    Prof. Till Massokowski
    Partners: CSIS (Spain), Edinburgh (UK), Osnabrück (DE) Bremen (DE), Goldsmith (UK), AUTH (GR), Dundee (UK)
    (Bremen is now an associate partner because of project movements)
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  • DFG 2013Conference Organization Grant
    German Research Foundation (DFG)
    27th International Workshop on Qualitative Reasoning
    University of Bremen and Technische Universität München
    with: Prof. Christian Freksa (Bremen) and Prof. Peter Struss (TUM)
  • CAPES, and CNPq Brazil 2013Conference Organization Grant
    Brazilian Higher Education Co-ordination Agency.
    Jointly with: Dr. Paulo Santos, Dr. Oliver Kutz, Dr. Stefano Borgo
    Organization of SHAPES 2.0 Workshop, 2013
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CAPES Brazil
  • DFG and NSF 2011 Collaboration Grant
    US National Science Foundation (NSF), and German Research Foundation (DFG)
    University of Kentucky (USA) and University of Bremen
    with: Prof. Judy Goldsmith, University of Kentucky, USA
    NSF Collaboration Grant No. Grant IIS-1049360, Proposal No. IIS-1153477
  • EU FP7 Programme PEOPLE 2011-2015 - Project mSAFE
    Jointly with Universities of Bremen, Zurich, Melbourne, and La Trobe University (AU)
    at Bremen: with Dr. Kai-Florian Richter, Dr. Falko Schmid, and
    Prof. Christian Freksa
    People exchange funding programme. Proposal no. 295269
EU Commission
Many of my research activities and scientific interactions have been made possible by some of the competitive / invited instruments of funding by way of scholarships / grants that I received at different stages; these are credit above. In addition, I acknowledge the regular university funding instruments availed of at my present and past employments, and those of the local governmental funding agencies in the respective nations: University of Bremen and DFG, Germany; La Trobe University and ARC, Australia.