IJCAI 2020 – Demo Paper Accepted

Andreas Persson together with Pedro Zuidberg Dos Martires (KU Leuven) received an acceptance to the very competitive demo paper track at this year’s IJCAI. The other authors of the paper include ORU’s own guest professor, Luc de Raedt and Professor Amy Loutfi. The paper titled: ProbAnch: a Modular Probabilistic Anchoring Framework illustrates the results of a collaborative work showing how a neuro-symbolic framework can learn about perceptual persistency of objects when occlusions and/or lack of data is present. Their work contributes to the semantic perception and neuro-symbolic systems research lines in the lab.

IJCAI 2019 Distinguished Paper Nomination / Visual Intelligence for Autonomous Driving

IJCAI 2019 shortlisted three distinguished papers from its overall 850 accepted publications. We are delighted to announce that our research publication in the area of human-centred visual intelligence for autonomous vehicles is one of the three papers shortlisted. We received the honourable mention and are proud to have received this peer recognition!


The published research advances human-centred AI principles in the backdrop of the autonomous driving application domain. From a technical viewpoint, the research provides a model for the systematic integration of Vision and AI methods, particularly focussing on advancing the state of the art in reasoning about space and motion, combining reasoning and learning, non-monotonic reasoning, and computational cognitive modelling of high-level visuospatial intelligence. 

The publication under consideration is a result of ongoing collaborative research on Cognitive Vision (www) involving researchers from Örebro (Prof. Mehul Bhatt), Bremen (Jakob Suchan), and New Delhi (Srikrishna Vardarajan). The research is part of a broader and emerging line of work bringing together a novel and unique combination of methodologies from Artificial Intelligence, Vision and Machine Learning, Cognitive Science and Psychology, Visual Perception, and Spatial Cognition and Computation.


Out of Sight But Not Out of Mind: An Answer Set Programming Based Online Abduction Framework for Visual Sensemaking in Autonomous Driving.

Co-authors: Jakob Suchan, Mehul Bhatt, Srikrishna Varadarajan

Download: DOI – PDF  /  ResearchGatePDF 


IJCAI -the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence- is one of the largest and most important conferences in the field of Artificial Intelligence. In its 28th edition, IJCAI 2019 is held in Macao, China, during 10-16 August. IJCAI 2019 conference chairs: Thomas Eiter and Sarit Kraus., https://ijcai19.org

Keynote by Prof. Mehul Bhatt / Workshop @ IEEE RO-MAN 2019

Keynote by Prof. Mehul Bhatt at IEEE RO-MAN 2019 workshop on: “Cognitive and Interactive Robots

The 28th IEEE International Conference on Robot & Human Interactive Communication

Responsible Robotics and AI for the Real World

14-18 Oct, 2019, New Delhi, India.

IEEE RO-MAN is the leading conference discussing state-of-the-art innovative results, latest developments and future perspectives relating to the robot and human interactive communication.

The workshop on Cognitive and Interactive Robots aims at bringing together researchers involved in all aspects of the theory and implementation of cognitive robots, for instance particularly discussing current work and future directions in Cognitive Architectures for Robotics, AI and Visual Cognition, Perception and World Modelling.

The invited talk is sponsored and supported by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).

IJCAI 2019 / Autonomous Driving

The International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) is one of the largest and most important conferences in the field of Artificial Intelligence. The CORE ranking classifies IJCAI publications as A* (in 2019, 850 papers have been accepted from 4752 submitted papers). This year, the IJCAI will be held in Macao, China, from 10-16 August. 

We will be present at IJCAI with a publication on visual sensemaking technology for autonomous vehicles:

Out of Sight But Not Out of Mind: An Answer Set Programming Based Online Abduction Framework for Visual Sensemaking in Autonomous Driving 

[Goto Publication]

The work is a result of ongoing collaborative research on Cognitive Vision involving researchers from Örebro (Mehul Bhatt), Bremen (Jakob Suchan), and New Delhi (Srikrishna Vardarajan).

Cognitive Vision 2019

Cognitive Vision / Advances. in Cognitive Systems 2019  /  MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Integrated Vision and AI for Embodied Perception and Interaction
Mehul Bhatt (Örebro University, Sweden)
Daniel Levin (Vanderbilt University, United States)
Parisa Kordjamshidi (Tulane University, United States)
ACS 2019 – Advances in Cognitive Systems, August 2-5 2019
Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts / United States
The workshop on COGNITIVE VISION is organised as part of ACS 2019, the Seventh Annual Conference on Advances in Cognitive Systems (ACS 2019) to be held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, Massachusetts). The workshop will be held as a full-day event on Friday August 2 2019.
The workshop solicits contributions addressing computational vision and perception at the interface of language, logic, cognition, and artificial intelligence. The workshop brings together a novel & unique combination of academics and research methodologies encompassing AI, Cognition, and Interaction. The workshop will feature invited and contributed research advancing the practice of Cognitive Vision particularly from the viewpoints of theories and methods developed within the fields of:
—  Artificial Intelligence
—  Computer Vision
—  Spatial Cognition and Computation
—  Cognitive Linguistics
—  Cognitive Science and Psychology
—  Visual Perception
—  Submissions: June 3
—  Notification: June 24
—  Camera Ready: July 8
—  Workshop Date: August 2
—  ACS 2019 Conference: August 2 – 5 2019
An initiative of:
CoDesign Lab   >  Cognitive Vision 
Contact:   Please direct all inquiries to Mehul Bhatt via email at  >  [ mehul.bhatt AT oru.se ]

Keynote by Prof. Mehul Bhatt at SoAIR 2019

KEYNOTE By Prof. Mehul Bhatt at: “Social and Artificial Intelligence for User-Friendly Robots” (SoAIR 2019)

17-24 March, 2019, Shonan Village, Japan  — SoAIR 2019 follows the Human-Robot Interaction (HRI 2019) conference near South Korea. — Information: https://inic8.bitbucket.io/SoAIR19/

The SoAIR 2019 school aims at bridging the gap between social and cognitive Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Autonomous Vehicles (AV) through high level talks, tutorials, and hands-on workshops. The school addresses the tension created by the balance between task-specific artificial intelligence and the demands of sociability required to function effectively in human-centered environments.

Credit:  Technical Education Program (TEP) endorsed and supported by JST-CREST / IEEE-RAS.

MPI Lab at the Federated AI Meeting

The Federated Artificial Intelligence Meeting (FAIM) took place in Stockholm from the 10th to the 19th of July, and the MPI Lab was greatly represented!

The FAIM co-located three of the world’s biggest conferences in AI:

  • the International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (AAMAS)
  • the International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML)
  • the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI)

MPI Lab has a total of 4 workshop papers and 1 demonstration paper accepted and presented during this event. Franziska Klügl was also very much involved as the local chair of AAMAS.

Keynote @The Eye, The Brain and The Auto 2018 by Mehul Bhatt

8th World Research Congress on Vision and Driving., Detroit (MI), Unites States.

— Focusing on the Impact of Disruptive Autonomous Vehicle Technology on Health and Wellness
The Eye, The Brain & The Auto research congress is attended by researchers and practitioners from AI and Cognitive Sciences, Healthcare, and Automotive industries dedicated to improving our understanding of the relationship between vision and the safe operation of motor vehicles, both human operated and autonomous. The congress particularly addresses tough questions surrounding the role medicine should play in autonomous vehicle design, especially with the impact of big data management and disruptive IT technology.

Keynote @QR 2018 by Mehul Bhatt

Spatial Reasoning: Theory, Methods, Applications

Keynote by Mehul Bhatt at the 31st International Workshop on Qualitative Reasoning (QR 2018)
Co-located with IJCAI-ECAI-18, Stockholm, Sweden, July 2018. www