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AIC Seminar Series

Space, Actions and Change – Paradigm, Theory and Practice

Mehul BhattUniversity of Bremen[Home Page]

Notice:  Hosted by Vinay Chaudhri.

Date:  Tuesday, September 20th 2011 at 4:00pm

Location:  EK255 (SRI E building)  (Directions)


Qualitative spatial conceptualizations provide a relational, human-­‐like abstraction and interface to the metrical realities of the physical world. Humans, robots and systems that act, and interact, are embedded in space. The space itself undergoes change all the time, typically as a result of volitional actions performed by an agent, and events that occur in the environment. Both categories of occurrences are a critical link to the external world, in a predictive as well as an explanatory sense: our anticipations of spatial reality conform to our commonsense knowledge of the effects of actions and events on material entities. Similarly, our explanations of the perceived reality too are established on the basis of such a priori established commonsense notions. We reason about space, actions and change in an integrated manner, either without being able to clearly demarcate the boundaries of each type of reasoning, or because such boundaries do not exist per se.

In this talk, I will position such integrated representation and reasoning about space, actions, and change as a useful paradigm for the utilization of qualitative spatial representation and reasoning techniques in relevant application domains. The talk will illustrate demonstrations from domains such as design, cognitive robotics, geography, and smart environments.

   Bio for Mehul Bhatt

Mehul Bhatt is a senior researcher based at the Cognitive Systems (CoSy) research group within the Faculty of Informatics at the University of Bremen, Germany. He is also a member of the Spatial Cognition Center (SFB/TR 8) hosted between the Universities of Bremen and Freiburg, Germany. Mehul holds doctorate (computer science) and masters (IT) degrees from La Trobe University (Australia) and a bachelors degree in commerce and economics from (NM College) Mumbai University (India). He has been a recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship (Germany), a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) fellowship and an Australian Post– graduate Award (APA).

Mehul Bhattfs research interests and publications encompass the areas of spatio–temporal reasoning, commonsense and non–monotonic reasoning as applicable to space and time, cognitive robotics, applied ontology, and parallel and distributed systems. Mehulfs research addresses applications in the domains of Cognitive Robotics, Design Computing and Intelligent Design Assistance, Geographic Information Systems, Medical Information Systems. Mehul Bhatt has been a co-organizer / editor of specialized workshops / publications in the area of spatial and temporal reasoning, spatio–temporal dynamics, ambient intelligence, and design computing.

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