2024   /   CoDesign @ Ten


|   January to September 2024   |

CoDesign Lab initiatives in 2024 introspect upon and anticipate the contours of human-centred computing for AI and Computational Cognition, as pursued by CoDesign Lab and beyond. Several opportunities exist in 2024 for those interested to engage; watch out this space for emerging announcements, or subscribe to receive updates. The following activities are presently planned:

CoDesign 2024 / Human-Centred Artificial Intelligence

EU COST ACTION Multi3Generation  /  @University of Malta, Malta - Jan 30 to Feb 2 2024   

Europe (venue and dates to be confirmed)   

Asia (venue and dates to be confirmed)   

International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI). 1st Track: IJCAI 2024, Jeju Aug 3-9 2024   

@Schloss Dagstuhl, Germany - Sep 22-27 2024   

Details about the above initiatives may be consulted below.


Representation Mediated Multimodality:  
Grounded Representation, Reasoning, and Learning for Interactive Interpretation

The training school on ``Representation Mediated Multimodality'' provides a consolidated perspective on the theoretical, methodological, and applied understanding of representation mediated multimodal sensemaking at the interface of language, knowledge representation and reasoning, and visuo-auditory computing. Intended purposes -addressed in the school- encompass diverse operative needs such as explainable multimodal commonsense understanding, multimodal generation/synthesis for communication, multimodal summarisation, multimodal interpretation guided decision-support, adaptation & autonomy, and analytical visualisation.

At the heart of the thematic focus of the school are the themes of grounding and grounded meaning-making:

linguistic expressions and/or relational categorisations are called grounded when they are linked to non-linguistic, especially quantitative perceptual data, such as information coming from modalities such as vision and audition in space-time. Such perceptual data could pertain to, for instance, dynamic spatio-temporal phenomena both in an embodied as well as disembodied interaction context. Grounding is in essence a key aspect of semiotic construction, e.g., enabling high-level meaning acquisition, analogy, and has been a long-standing challenge in Artificial Intelligence and related disciplines.

The training school particularly consolidates and presents a novel and emerging view of state-of-the-art multimodal, neurosymbolic grounding primarily through a confluence of methods in Artficial Intelligence, Computational Linguistics, Vision, Speech and their impact on interactional and communicative acts/artefacts in everyday life and specialist professional work. Here, multimodal interpretation is to be construed in the context of diverse forms of imagery, e.g., encompassing perceptual and communicative data sources such as image, video, language, audition, text, eye-tracking, neurophysiological markers in behavioural / clinical settings.
In this backdrop, the training school particularly focusses on grounded knowledge representation, reasoning, and learning (for linguistic purposes) through the following emerging research-driven themes that are of high interest:

  • Space and Language
  • Computational Linguistics
  • Cognitive Linguistics
  • Cognitive Vision
  • Vision and Language
  • Neurosymbolism
  • Narrative - Discourse
  • Computational Models of Narrative
  • Speech and Language Technologies
  • Human-Centred AI

The principal training school programme --consisting of keynotes, invited talks, and tutorials-- will categorically address questions such as:

  • Explainability and transparency in multimodal models
  • Neurosymbolism / Interaction between symbolic & sub-symbolic representations in models
  • Commonsense knowledge representation and reasoning, and its role in multimodal models
  • Complementarity / redundancy among data sources or modalities
  • Situated reasoning, e.g., for language generation, decision-making
Of particular significance to the training school are themes that benefit both public and private human-centred technological services most directly affecting EU citizens in an accessible, multilingual Europe, and have strong economic and societal impacts. The training school will focus on human-machine interaction considerations in select application areas of emerging societal significance, such as autonomous systems, cognitive robotics, multi-lingual language technologies.

EU COST ACTION Multi3Generation  /  @University of Malta, Malta - Jan 30 - Feb 2 2024.  /  JOIN US!   


AIC 2024:  10th International Workshop on Artificial Intelligence and Cognition

The 10th International Workshop on Artificial Intelligence and Cognition will bring together international researchers to communicate recent advances at the intersection of research in artificial intelligence, (computational) cognitive science, and cognitive psychology and neuroscience.

AIC is a peer-reviewed scientific venue that particularly welcome papers raising challenging questions, innovative ideas and out of the box thinking and which, as a consequence, can help to promote interesting discussions at the workshop. The participation of younger researchers is encouraged as well.

   July 2024 (Dates and Venue TBA).   


Cognitive Vision:  On Deep Semantics for Explainable Visuospatial Computing

The tutorial on cognitive vision addresses computational vision and perception at the interface of language, logic, cognition, and artificial intelligence. The tutorial focusses on application areas where the processing and explainable semantic interpretation of (potentially large volumes of) dynamic visuospatial imagery is central, e.g., for commonsense scene understanding; visual cognition for cognitive robotics / HRI, autonomous driving; narrative interpretation from the viewpoints of visuoauditory perception & digital media design, semantic interpretation of multimodal human-behavioural data.

The tutorial highlights Deep (Visuospatial) Semantics, denoting the existence of systematically formalised declarative AI methods --e.g., pertaining to reasoning about space and motion-- supporting semantic (visual) question-answering, relational learning, non-monotonic (visuospatial) abduction, and simulation of embodied interaction. The tutorial demonstrates the integration of methods from knowledge representation and computer vision with a focus on (combining) reasoning & learning about space, action, motion, and interaction. This is presented in the backdrop of areas as diverse as autonomous driving, cognitive robotics, eye-tracking driven visual perception research (e.g., for visual art, architecture design, cognitive film studies), and psychology & behavioural research domains where data-centred analytical methods are gaining momentum. The tutorial covers both applications and basic methods concerned with topics such as: explainable visual perception, semantic video understanding, language generation from video, declarative spatial reasoning, and computational models of narrative. The tutorial will position an emerging line of research that brings together a novel \& unique combination of research methodologies, academics, and communities encompassing AI, ML, Vision, Cognitive Linguistics, Psychology, Visual Perception, and Spatial Cognition and Computation.

   Exact venue and dates to be announced in due course   


IJCAI, the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence Series, is the premier international gathering of researchers in AI. The 33rd edition of IJCAI in 2024 is to be held during August 3-9 2024 in Jeju (South Korea).

Human-Centred Artificial Intelligence:  A Multi-Year Special Track

Submissions are invited for the IJCAI 2024 Special Track on Human-Centred Artificial Intelligence. The special track, planned with a multi-year format, aims at exploring the multidisciplinary scientific contours and challenges of next-generation artificial intelligence research and its applications in real-world contexts.

The special track welcomes and aims to inspire a multi-faceted perspective on approaching next-generation (human-centric) AI research primarily, but not exclusively, at the confluence of formal, computational, and cognitive aspects on the one hand, and social, cultural, and legal dimensions influencing next-generation AI research on the other hand. The track especially invites original research and technical position statements that:

  • recognise and articulate a nuanced view of computational intelligence in relation to the depth, diversity and multi-faceted nature of `human intelligence’ in naturalistic real-world problem solving, or in everyday human activity contexts.

  • concretely address the practical `design implications’ emanating from the (human-centric) cognitive, social, ethical and legal dimensions driving AI and ML method development. By design, implied are questions pertaining to the human-centric engineering, deployment, usability, evaluation, and standardisation of AI/ML techniques.
Integrative research efforts combining computational methods with behavioural or empirical techniques aimed at exploiting synergies in the study of artificial and human intelligence are also particularly welcome.

   IJCAI 2024  /  Aug 3-9 2024., Jeju.   


Insitute 2024 on Artificial and Human Intelligence will held during September 22 - 27 2024 at Schloss Dagstuhl, Germany.

Artificial and Human Intelligence:  Formal and Cognitive Foundations for Human-Centred Computing

/   Artificial Intelligence.  Cognitive Science.  Cognitive Psychology.  Visuospatial Cognition and Computation.   Human-Computer Interaction.  Cognitive Neuroscience.  Design Cognition.  Design Science.   /

Institute 2024 on Artificial and Human Intelligence brings together research methodologies and perspectives from Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, Psychology & Human Development, Human-Computer Interaction, and Design Science. The institute addresses:
  • formal and computational foundations of next-generation AI and cognitive technologies with a principal emphasis on human-centred knowledge representation, semantics, commonsense reasoning, and integration of reasoning & learning. A key focus is reasoning & learning about space, action and motion in human-scale embodied multimodal interactions.
  • behavioural research in cognitive science & psychology and neuroscience aimed at investigating human intelligence from the viewpoints of embodiment, multimodal interaction, and visuospatial thinking. Special emphasis is on aspects pertaining to visual perception, high-level event perception, inattention blindness, perception of motion, and narrative-based perceptual sensemaking.
Institute 2024 has an overarching focus on Next-Generation Human-Centred AI and Cognitive Technologies; its technical programme addresses the formal & cognitive foundations for human-centred computing (for AI), and the human-centred design, development, and usability of cognitive technologies aimed at human-in-the-loop assistance & empowerment in decision-making, planning, creative-technical problem-solving, and automation. Application areas to be addressed in the institute include autonomous vehicles, cognitive robotics, social robotics, cognitive/creative design assistance technologies (e.g., architecture and built environment design, visuo-auditory narrative media design), clinical diagnostics, technology-assisted education/learning.

The institute hosts an invited faculty delivering lectures and tutorials. Participating young researchers will have the opportunity to position early-stage research and seek mentorship from institute faculty.

Keynotes  -  Lectures  -  Tutorials  -  Panel  -  Doctoral Colloquium.

   September 22 - 27 2024, Schloss Dagstuhl, Germany.