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In another current project, we are collaborating with the McCandliss lab to explore how natural events shape reasoning about number and theory of mind. To do this, we have created a narrative film depicting these sorts of events and have collected fMRI data from children while they view this film. Currently, the lab includes Lewis Baker (grad student), and Chris Jaeger (graduate student). Grad student alumni include Bonnie Angelone, Melissa Beck, Jonathan Herberg, Stephen Killingsworth, Yukari Takarae, Alex Varakin, and Joe Wayand. I received by BA from Reed College in 1990, and my Ph.D. at Cornell University in 1997, then moved to a faculty position Kent State University. Starting in 2003, I have been here at Vanderbilt where I am Professor of Psychology in the Peabody's department of Psychology and Human Development.
He has authored five books and published over 100 papers. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, a Chartered Engineer of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland, and a past Fellow of Trinity College Dublin. He is co-chair of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Technical Committee for Cognitive Robotics (www.ieee-coro.org), survey & review editor of Cognitive Systems Research, and associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems.
Elisabeth André has a long track record in multimodal human-machine interaction, embodied conversational agents, affective computing and social signal processing. She is on the editorial board of various renowned international journals, such as ACM Transactions on Intelligent Interactive Systems (TIIS), IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing (TAC), Journal of Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (JAAMAS), and AI Communications. Currently, she is serving as a General Co-Chair of the 18th ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI).
In 2007 Elisabeth André was nominated Fellow of the Alcatel-Lucent Foundation for Communications Research. In 2010, she was elected a member of the prestigious German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the Academy of Europe and AcademiaNet. She is also an ECCAI Fellow (European Coordinating Committee for Articial Intelligence).
His main interests are principles of neural computation, in particular self-organizing and learning systems, and their application to robot cognition, data analysis and interactive man-machine interfaces. In 1999, Helge Ritter was awarded the SEL Alcatel Research Prize and in 2001 the Leibniz Prize of the German Research Foundation DFG. Helge Ritter is co-founder and one of the directors of the Bielefeld Institute of Cognition and Robotics (CoR-Lab) and coordinator of the excellence cluster "Cognitive Interaction Technology".
His main research interests are data mining, machine learning, and statistical relational artificial intelligence, with applications to medicine, plant phenotpying, traffic, and collective attention. He has published over 110 peer-reviewed papers, and his contributions received the ECCAI Dissertation Award 2006 for the best AI dissertation in Europe, the Best Student Paper Award of the European Conference on Machine Learning (ECML) in 2006, the Best Poster Award of the ACM SIGSPATIAL Advances in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in 2011, the Outstanding PC Member Award of the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence in 2013, and the Best Paper Presentation Award of the New Challenges in Neural Computations (NC\^2) workshop in 2015. He gave several tutorials at top conferences and co-chaired BUDA, CMPL, CoLISD, MLG, and SRL as well as the AAAI Student Abstract track and the Starting AI Research Symposium (STAIRS). Together with Stuart Russell (Berkeley), Leslie Kaelbling (MIT), Alon Halevy (Goolge), Sriraam Natarajan (Indiana) and Lilyana Mihalkova (Google) he cofounded the international workshop series on Statistical Relational AI. He served as area chair/senior PC for several top conference and co-chaired ECML PKDD 2013, the premier European venue for Machine Learning and Data Mining. Currently, he is an action editor of JAIR, AIJ, DAMI, and MLJ as well as on the editorial board of NGC.
Mehul has edited or reviewed for journals such as: Artificial Intelligence (AIJ), Spatial Cognition and Computation, Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Artificial Intelligence (JETAI), Human-Centred Computing and Information Sciences, Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments, Design Studies, Automation in Construction. Mehul is Senior Program Committee member (SPC) for the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2016), and frequently serves as reviewer for major AI conferences such as IJCAI, KR, and ECAI. Mehul has initiated and co-steered initiatives such as: Workshop series on Spatio-Temporal Dynamics (STeDy); Space, Time, and Ambient Intelligence (STAMI); SHAPES -- The Shape of Things; and the International Association for Ontology and its Applications (IAOA) SIG on `Design Semantics'. Mehul also served as co-chair for the fourth International Workshop on Artificial Intelligence and Cognition (AIC), the DFG-NSF symposium on Spatial Cognition for Architecture Design (SCAD 2011, USA); and the DFG sponsored 27th Qualitative Reasoning Workshop (QR-2013, Germany).
Michael Beetz received his diploma degree in Computer Science with distinction from the University of Kaiserslautern. His MSc, MPhil, and PhD degrees were awarded by Yale University in 1993, 1994, and 1996 and his Venia Legendi from the University of Bonn in 2000. Michael Beetz was a member of the steering committee of the European network of excellence in AI planning (PLANET) and coordinating the research area “robot planning”. He is associate editor of the AI Journal. His research interests include plan-based control of robotic agents, knowledge processing and representation for robots, integrated robot learning, and cognitive perception.