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:

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

CoDesign Lab Announcements

CoDesign  —  Cognition.  Artificial Intelligence.  Interaction.  Design.

Rome.  Stockholm.  Warsaw.  New Orleans.  /   Feb – Sep 2018
Symposia. Workshop. Tutorials. 

##  SYMPOSIA  ##

Minds. Movement. Moving Image.  (Part 1):  On Spatial Cognition and the Built Environment
Minds. Movement. Moving Image.  (Part 2):  On Visuo-Auditory Perception and the Moving Image

Symposia convener:  Mehul Bhatt
International Conference on Spatial Cognition (ICSC)
ICSC 2018  /  Rome, Italy   /   September


Mehul Bhatt.  Ann Sloan Devlin.  Kay O’Halloran.  Paul Hemeren.
Lissa Holloway-Attaway.  Vasiliki Kondyli.  Juhyun Lee.  Daniel Levin.
Juval Portugali.  Jakob Suchan.  Barbara Tversky.  /


Australia (Curtin, U. South Australia).  Germany (Bremen).
Israel (Tel Aviv).  Sweden (Skövde, Örebro).
United States (Columbia, Connecticut, Stanford, Vanderbilt).  /


##  WORKSHOP  ##

Cognitive Vision
— Integrated Vision and AI for Embodied Perception and Interaction
Chairs:  Mehul Bhatt,  Alessandra Russo,  Parisa Kordjamshidi

The 27th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence and
the 23rd European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI-ECAI)
IJCAI-ECAI 2018  /  Stockholm, Sweden   /   July


Declarative Spatial Reasoning
— Theory  |  Methods  |  Applications
Presenters: Mehul Bhatt, Carl Schultz

The 27th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence and
the 23rd European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI-ECAI)
IJCAI-ECAI 2018  /  Stockholm, Sweden   /   July

Spatial Cognition in the Wild
— Methods for Large-Scale Behavioural Research in Visuo-Locomotive Perception
Presenters: Mehul Bhatt, Jakob Suchan

The 10th ACM Symposium on Eye Tracking Research & Applications (ETRA)
ETRA 2018  /  Warsaw, Poland   /   June

Cognitive Vision
— On Deep Semantics in Visuo-Spatial Computing
Presenters: Mehul Bhatt, Jakob Suchan

The 32nd AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI)
AAAI 2018  /  New Orleans, United States   /   February

Movecare demo accepted at AAMAS

A demo in collaboration with the University of Milano, part of the Movecare project, has been accepted for presentation at the International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS). The demo presents the integration of a Community-Based Activity Center and a Virtual Caregiver in order to suggest games for an elderly to play, as well as possible opponents to play against. The recommendation given by the Virtual Caregiver are based on the user’s cognitive profile, preferences and previous activities as well as context information, such as temperature, humidity, time of the day…

Some videos showing the CBAC in action can be found on the Movecare Youtube Channel.


MPI at AI4X-Health

The 13th of March, Jennifer Renoux presented at the AI4X – Health conference. AI4X is a series of one day conferences on the theme of Artificial Intelligence (AI), its development and application in different sectors in Sweden. The conferences are organized by WASP AI funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation. Jennifer gave a rapid overview of health-related project currently carried on within AASS, including Ambient Assisted Living project (such as E-care@Home and Movecare) and project related to health in industrial environments (such as RAISE).

Dataset collection in Ängen

On February, 21st 2018, MPI members organized a workshop within the E-care@Home project in order to collect datasets revolving around resting activities. These E-care@home datasets contain elements such as lying down, getting up, sleeping, turning in bed or sitting. A total of 160 datasets (between 10 and 30s each) have been collected and contain data from pressure sensors, motion sensors and shimmer sensors.

Part of the E-care@Home project aims at addressing the problem of lack of usable data. Indeed a lot of current context-recognition systems need annotated data in order to train and test their algorithms. However, very few annotated datasets exist and E-care@Home members are working to make new datasets available for researchers around the world.

The shimmer sensor, wearable used during the data collection



Activties such as sitting on the bed or lying down were recorded.








The news on the E-care@Home website:



Our Research featured in MIT Technology Review

Our latest work has been featured in MIT Technology Review!

“DNA Molecular Storage System: Transferring Digitally Encoded Information through Bacterial Nanonetworks” is the result of a collaboration between Örebro University, University of Padua, Waterford Institute of Technology, and Tampere University of Technology.

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