3rd International Workshop on Spatial Cognition & Artificial Intelligence

at GIScience 2020, 15th September 2020, Poznan, Poland

The 3rd International Workshop on Spatial Cognition and Artificial Intelligence (SC&AI) is organized by the Artificial Intelligence & Cognitive Science Working Group of TC12, the IFIP Technical Committee on Artificial Intelligence, and open to anybody interested in the topic. The working group, and consequently this workshop, is born from the re-emerged need in today’s era of deep learning and ‘black box’ AI appearing in spatial agents (e.g., self-driving vehicles, smart cities, interactive location-based services) to bring together members of the international scientific community who work on both theoretical as well as applied overlapping research areas of the two fields. 

Topic

Smart environments (such as smart cities, also in combination with self-driving vehicles) are often said to promise an improved quality of life, both collectively and for the individual. Based on a rich set of (sensor) data measuring all kinds of aspects of life, smart environments offer various automated decision support and guidance for both those operating an environment and those living or working in it.

However, there is a range of important issues regarding the ‘interaction’ of environment and people that need to be addressed. This workshop will focus on those that concern ‘understandability’ of such smart environments. Questions of interest include, but are not restricted to:

  • How to identify from all the data those that are relevant for a given task/situation?
  • How to present this information? To those operating the environment, to those being there, and individually or collectively (i.e., to the different stakeholders)? 
  • How to explain the presented information? To the different stakeholders? 
  • How to explain decisions made by the systems, and the processes leading to these decisions?
  • How to include people in the systems’ decision making (‘human-in-the-loop’)? 
    How to ensure (or allow for) people making their own decisions (‘human autonomy’)?

The 3rd SC&AI Workshop will bring together researchers from different disciplines to work on cognitively inspired spatial artificial systems. 

Format

The workshop will offer a highly interactive setting. Participants will discuss in small multi-disciplinary groups during several topic blocks that will structure the workshop day; each such block will be introduced by short oral presentations (see below). We target (sketches of) innovative solutions and/or relevant research questions and approaches to pursue further as outcomes of these discussions. We further aim for participants learning from each other, and identifying common interests and complimentary knowledge and skills for potential future joint work.

Expressions of Interest

Participants are requested to send a short expression of interest (max. 2 pages) by email to the workshop organizers, no later than the submission deadline. In these EoIs, participants are asked to briefly outline their background and then discuss why they are interested in participating in the workshop and how they believe they might contribute. Selected EoIs will be chosen for short oral presentations at the workshop.

Important dates

01/06/20                 submission of Expressions of Interest

15/06/20                 feedback / notification about oral presentation

31/07/20                 Early registration deadline for GIScience

15/09/20                 Workshop day at GIScience

Organizers

Maria Vasardani – https://www.rmit.edu.au/contact/staff-contacts/academic-staff/v/vasardani-dr-maria
maria.vasardani2@rmit.edu.au

Kai-Florian Richter – https://www.umu.se/en/staff/kai-florian-richter/
kai-florian.richter@umu.se