A Research Project on Inductive Situation Evolution Modeling

Cognitive Situation Management | Situation Awareness | High-level Information Fusion | Artificial Intelligence | Intelligent Information Systems | Software Engineering

Key Facts

Project Title: Inductive Situation Evolution Modeling (inSiTUEVO)

Investigator: Dr. Andrea Salfinger

Institution: Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria

Duration: Oct. 2018 - Jan. 2022

Funding: Austrian Science Fund (FWF), Hertha-Firnberg Program

Type: fellowship (post-doc career development program)

inSiTUEVO is a research project in the area of Cognitive Situation Management. Broadly speaking, Cognitive Situation Management involves the problem of how machines can not only perceive the individual elements of their observed environment, but understand the whole "big picture", i.e., encountered situations, by interrelating these individual perceptions. To do so, artifical agents require suitable situation models representing the event patterns of interest, against which they can compare their sensed observations.

inSiTUEVO aims at supporting the acquisition of these situation models, by developing novel Knowledge Discovery & Data Mining approaches to automatically induce symbolic situation evolution models from data.

News Log:

  • Dec. 8, 2021: Our paper "Teaching Drones On The Fly: Can Emotional Feedback Serve as Learning Signal for Training Artificial Agents?" was accepted at the AAAI'22-Workshop on Interactive Machine Learning, joint work with Manuela Pollak and Prof. Karin Anna Hummel (JKU Linz, AT)!

  • Nov. 29 - Dec. 1, 2021: Supported the JKU local organization team in the virtual hosting of iiWAS 2021 & MoMM 2021.

  • Sep. 27-30, 2021: Supported the JKU local organization team in the virtual hosting of DEXA 2021.

  • Aug. 2021: Nominated for the Hedy Lamarr Prize 2021 of the City of Vienna! [Press]

  • July 16, 2021: Supported the JKU Young Computer Scientists Workshop on Human-Drone-Teaming.

  • May 21, 2021: Gave an invited lightning talk at the CogSIMA Challenge Problems Workshop.

  • May 20, 2021: Chaired the session "Machine Learning for Human-Machine Interaction" at the virtual CogSIMA 2021.

  • Nov. 30 - Dec. 2, 2020: Supported the JKU local organization team in the virtual hosting of iiWAS & MoMM 2020.

  • Oct. 15, 2020: Participated as mentor in the SpeedMentoring activity for Austrian high-school students, organized within in the #4GoodAI week. [Press]

  • Oct. 13, 2020: Chaired the session "Knowledge Acquisition in Intelligent Systems" at the virtual SMC 2020.

  • Sep. 12, 2020: Presented my work on "Deep Learning for Cognitive Load Monitoring: A Comparative Evaluation" at UbiTtention 2020 (virtual workshop in conjunction with UbiComp 2020).

  • Aug. 25, 2020: Gave my talk on "Reinforcement Learning Meets Cognitive Situation Management: A Review of Recent Learning Approaches from the Cognitive Situation Management Perspective" at CogSIMA 2020 (virtual conference).

  • Aug. 2020: News article about this project in the Austrian daily newspaper "Die Presse"!

  • July 2020: Paper on deep learning for cognitive load monitoring accepted at UbiTtention 2020!

  • July 6-9, 2020: Presenting our paper "Towards Neural Situation Evolution Modeling: Learning a Distributed Representation for Predicting Complex Event Sequences" at the virtual FUSION 2020. Recorded talk here (registered attendees only) and summary here.

  • June 2020: Nominated for the Hedy Lamarr Prize 2020 of the City of Vienna! [Press]

  • May 2020: Paper "Towards Neural Situation Evolution Modeling [...]" accepted at FUSION 2020, joint work with Prof. Lauro Snidaro (University of Udine, IT)!

  • Feb. 2020: Review paper on Reinforcement Learning (from the Cognitive Situation Management perspective) accepted at CogSIMA 2020!

  • Oct. 2019: Very excited to serve as Co-Chair on the IEEE SMC Society Technical Committee for Cognitive Situation Management, joining Prof. Leo Motus and Prof. Christian Lebiere!

  • Aug. 2019: Co-organizing a special session on "Computational Models of Cognition and Situated Behavior in Cyber-Physical-Human Systems" with Dr. Gabe Jakobson, Dr. Kellyn Rein and Dr. Giuseppe D'Aniello at SMC'19!

  • July 3, 2019: Gave my talk on "Framing Situation Prediction as a Sequence Prediction Problem: A Situation Evolution Model Based on Continuous-Time Markov Chains" at FUSION 2019 in Ottawa, Canada.

  • May 2019: Publication on situation prediction accepted at FUSION 2019!

  • April 9, 2019: Gave my talk on "Situation Mining: Event Pattern Mining for Situation Model Induction" at CogSIMA 2019 in Las Vegas, USA.

  • Feb. 2019: First project publication on Situation Mining accepted at CogSIMA 2019!

  • Oct. 2018: Project started.