My research encompasses the areas of artificial intelligence, cognitive science, and human-computer interaction. Of particular focus are basic topics in spatial cognition and computation, visual perception, knowledge representation and reasoning, multimodality and interaction studies, design cognition and computation, and communications & media studies (emphasis on visuo-auditory narrativity). Research projects and related activities may be consulted here:

Currently ongoing research particularly reaches out with methods and technologies from “cognition and artificial intelligence” for integrated analytical & empirical behavioural research in psychology, social sciences, and arts & humanities.
CoDesign / Ongoing and Emerging Research
I am most focussed at present on building new research initiatives in collaboration with national and international colleagues in the area of:

CoDesign 2017 includes a series of mutually complementary events in the areas of artificial intelligence, spatial cognition, design computing and cognition, creativity, multi-modality, communication and media, and human-behaviour studies.
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Knowledge Representation and Reasoning
  • Spatial Cognition and Computation
  • Computational Cognitive Systems
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Applied Ontology and Formal Semantics
  • Multimodal Interaction
  • Design Cognition and Computation
  • Design Creativity (product, media, architecture)
  • Communications and Media Studies
  • Visual Perception, Eye-Tracking
  • Cognitive Vision (computational)
  • Geoinformatics; Dynamic GIS
  • Environmental Psychology
  • Human-Behaviour Studies
E.g., recent publications are on:

  • Semantic Q/A with Video, RGB-D, Eye-Tracking Data etc
  • Semantic GIS; Geospatial Dynamics
  • Computational Models of Narrative
  • Cognitive Modelling of Visuo-Spatial Cognition
  • Evidence Based Design (for architecture and media design)
  • Cognitive Film Studies

  • Declarative Spatial Representation and Reasoning
  • Reasoning about Action and Change
  • Commonsense Reasoning about Space and Change
  • Non-Monotonic Reasoning (focussing on spatial dynamics)
  • Qualitative Reasoning
  • Declarative programming (e.g., with Constraint Logic Programming, Answer-Set Programming)
  • Learning Spatial Representations (e.g., with Inductive Logic Programming)

Broadly, I am applying my research for the development of human-centred cognitive and creative assistive technologies; presently, I am focussed on those assistance systems where space, dynamics, and computational cognition constitutes a core:

  • Architecture and Product design
  • Narrative Media Design
  • Geographic Information Systems, with a focus on dynamic GIS
  • Commonsense Cognitive Robotics
  • AI for Evidence based research in Cognitive Science and Psychology (e.g., Cognitive Film Studies, Wayfinding Studies, Usability Studies)
  • Human Activity Recognition; Smart environments
  • Medical Informatics (ontology-driven semantic modelling, search and retrieval)

Research Team, and Current and Past Students

  • Carl Schultz, Postdoctoral research associate (The DesignSpace Group)
  • Jakob Suchan (PhD Candidate)
  • Vasiliki Kondyli (Research Assistant, The DesignSpace Group)
  • Thomas Hudkovic (Research student; University of Bremen)
  • Tobias Torkler (Research student; University of Bremen)
  • Rocio Varela (Research student; University of Bremen)
  • Samantha Bhuiyan (Intern; Cal Poly, USA)
  • Deepak Jha (guest student; University of Rostock, Germany)

  • Przemyslaw Walega (Guest PhD candidate; Warsaw University of Technology, Poland)
  • Maciej Przybylski (Guest PhD; Warsaw University of Technology, Poland)
  • Giulia Mastrodonato (Guest PhD; Technical University of Bari, Italy)
  • Madhura Dilip Thosar (Research intern; Bonn Rhein Sieg, Germany)
  • Daniel Michler (working on DFG-NSF collaboration grant / project)
  • John Sutton (Intern; Cal Poly, USA)
  • Saurabh Goyal (Intern: Amity University, India)
  • Harshita Jhavar (Intern: MANIT India)
  • Noah Dietz (Intern; Cal Poly, USA)
  • Ali Mirza (Intern; University of Alberta, Canada)
  • Minqian Huang (University of Bremen, Germany)

  • Justin watson (Intern; University of Alberta, Canada)
  • Robert Klikach (Intern; University of Alberta, Canada)
  • Brian Tietzen (Thesis; University of Bremen)
  • Christoph Piepka (Thesis; University of Bremen)
  • Marc Gerken (Thesis; University of Bremen)

  • Sabbir Ahmad (Masters Student; University of Bremen)
  • Timur Khamrakhulov (Research Intern; Tajikistan)
  • Sergio Tassoni (Italy-Germany / Erasmus Exchange Student)
  • Geetha Soragavi (University of Bremen, Germany)
  • Arpit Srivasta (NIT Bhopal, India / intern)
  • Gregory Flanagan (CalPoly, USA) - University of Bremen Funded Summer Intern, Masters Thesis
  • Nikhil Simha (IIT Bombay, India)
  • Alexandru Ichim, Jacobs University, Bremen
  • Maitreyee Saikia (Tezpur University, Assam, India)
  • Sanchit Sood (IIT Bombay, India) - University of Bremen Funded Summer Intern
  • Hemant Agrawal (IIT Rourkee, India) - DAAD WISE - Internships in Science, Technology and Engineering
  • Sury Prakash Soni (La Trobe University, Australia) - Masters by Research

Editorial, PC Memberships, and other Review Duties

Journal Editorial
  • Journal of Cognitive Systems Research (Elsevier)
  • Spatial Cognition and Computation (Taylor & Francis)
  • Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Artificial Intelligence (JETAI), Taylor & Francis
  • Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments (IOS Press)
  • Journal of Universal Computer Science
  • Automation in Construction: An International Research Journal (Elsevier)
  • Journal of Human-Centred Computing and Information Sciences
    Associate Editor: Computer-Assisted Learning and Cognition
  • KI: German Journal on Artificial Intelligence (Springer)

Journal Review
  • Artificial Intelligence (AIJ, Elsevier)
  • ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology (ACM TIST)
  • Journal of Spatial Cognition and Computation (Taylor & Francis)
  • Journal of Spatial Science (Taylor & Francis)
  • Journal of Robotics and Autonomous Systems (Elsevier)
  • Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery (DAMI)
  • EPB - Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design
  • Design Studies - The Interdisciplinary Journal of Design Research (Elsevier)
  • Journal of Environmental Modelling & Software (Elsevier)
  • IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems
  • Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing (AI EADM) (Cambridge University Press)
  • Journal of Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence (Elsevier)
  • Journal: Computers, Environment and Urban Systems
  • Journal of Healthcare Engineering
  • Journal of Spatial Information Science (JOSIS)
  • Journal of Knowledge and Information Systems
  • ACM Computing Surveys
  • Applied Ontology Journal (AOJ), IOS Press

Conference Program Committee Role
  • AAAI 2018: Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence 2018
  • ICMC 2017: International Conference on Multimodal Communication: Developing New Theories and Methods
  • COSIT 2017: International Conference on Spatial Information Theory, Italy
  • IJCAI 2016: Senior PC Member (SPC) - Intl. Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, United States
  • Spatial Cognition Conference 2016
  • FOIS 2016: Formal Ontology in Information Systems 2016, Annecy, France
  • PRICAI 2016: Pacific Rim International Conference on Artificial Intelligence
  • QR 2016: Qualitative Reasoning Workshop 2016
  • CMN 2016: Computational Models of Narrative 2015, Krakow, Poland
  • KI 2016: 39th German Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Austria

  • IJCAI 2015: International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence 2015, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • KI 2015 - 38th German Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Dresden, Germany
  • CMN 2015: Computational Models of Narrative 2015, Atlanta, Georgia
  • AIC 2015: International Workshop on AI and Cognition
  • LQMR 2015 - Logics for Qualitative Modelling and Reasoning
  • C3GI 2015 - Computational Creativity, Concept Invention, and General Intelligence, Istanbul, Turkey
  • AIDE 2015 - Artificial Intelligence & Design, Italy
  • QR 2015 - 28th International Workshop on Qualitative Reasoning, United States

  • KR 2014: 14th International Conference on Principles of Knowledge Representation and Reasoning (KR 2014), Vienna, Austria
  • AAAI Spring Symposium 2014 on: Qualitative Representations for Robots
  • CIGAR 2014: Concept Invention, Generation, Adaptation, and Representation, Rio, 2014
  • KI 2014: 37th German Conference on Artificial Intelligence
  • CONTACT 2014 - Computer vision + ONTology Applied Cross-disciplinary Technologies, ECCV 2014
  • MUM 2014: The 13th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia, Melbourne, Australia

  • Sixth International Conference on Artificial General Intelligence (AGI-2013)
  • C3GI at IJCAI 2013 - Computational Creativity, Concept Invention, and General Intelligence
  • 20th International Workshop: Intelligent Computing in Engineering 2013 (eg-ice 2013)
  • Spatio-Temporal Theories and Research for Environmental, Urban and Social Sciences: Where do we stand? (COSIT 2013)
  • Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Society Conference (FLAIRS) 2013

  • ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on Indoor Spatial Awareness (ISA 2012)
  • European Group: Intelligent Computing in Engineering (eg-ice 2012)
  • FutureTech 2012 – Technical Vice-Chair: Knowledge System and Intelligent Agent
  • FutureTech 2012 – Human-Centric Computing and Social Networks
  • Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Society Conference (FLAIRS) 2012

  • Conference on Spatial Information Theory (COSIT 2011)
  • Space, Time and Ambient Intelligene 2011, at IJCAI 2011
  • International Conference on Ambient Systems, Networks and Technologies (ANT-2011)
  • Human-centric Computing (HumanCom-10); track: Human-computer Interaction and User-centric Design
  • Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Society Conference (FLAIRS) 2011
  • Workshop on Identifying Objects, Processes, and Events (IOPE 2011), at COSIT 2011

  • Advanced Information Networking and Applications (AINA) 2010 – Distributed and Parallel Systems (IEEE Computer Society)
  • ECAI 2010 - Workshop on Spatio-Temporal Dynamics (STeDy 2010), at European Conference on Artificial Inteligence 2010
  • Social Interaction in Spatially Separated Environments (SISSI), at ACM International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp) 2010

  • International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2009)
  • Conference on Spatial Information Theory (COSIT 2009)
  • IICAI 2009 - Special Session on Spatial and Temporal Reasoning
  • Indian International Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IICAI 2009)
  • Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing, CSA 2009
  • International Conference on Industrial, Engineering & Other Applications of Applied Intelligent Systems (IEA-AIE, Springer, LNAI)
  • Workshop on Quality of Context, QuaCon 2009
  • Workshop on Spatial and Temporal Reasoning, International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence 2009
  • Workshop on Spatial and Temporal Reasoning for Ambient Intelligence Systems, at International Conference on Spatial Information Theory 2009