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10/MAR/2021
10/MAR/2021

Scholarships for the Introduction to a Research Career "JAE Intro 2021"
Scholarships for the Introduction to a Research Career "JAE Intro 2021"

The CSIC offers scholarships for the introduction to a research career in the context of the JAE Intro Programme. The IIIA offers two projects to be carried out at our research institute: Projects and mentors: Embodied Cognition in Making Sense of Dia...
The CSIC offers scholarships for the introduction to a research career in the context of the JAE Intro Programme. The IIIA offers two projects to be carried out at our research institute: Projects and mentors: Embodied Cognition in Making Sense of Diagrams (JAEINT21_EX_1311): Mentors: Marco Schorlemmer, Dimitra Bourou An important part of AI research is that of implementing computational models of certain aspects of human cognition, so as to enhance the potential of human-computer collaboration in particular domains. Contemporary cognitive science has provided evidence that human creative reasoning and problem-solving processes are partly grounded on our bodily experience with the world. This embodied cognition seems to be central for making sense of the unstructured stimuli we perceive (e.g., when looking at a diagram, or the hearing the sound frequencies of a song) by projecting onto them the structure of preexisting mental frames. These frames are shaped through continuous experiences in the physical world. This project will focus on the domain of reasoning with diagrams, which are ubiquitous in the current practice of many engineering and scientific disciplines. In particular we shall identify the basic embodied cognitive principles underlying our making sense of diagrams. For this we will draw from well-known theories of cognitive linguistics such as ‘images schemas’ and ‘conceptual blending’. We will formalise and implement these cognitive principles, and simulate the reasoning and problem-solving processes underlying the way humans make sense of diagrams in these disciplines. Our model has already been implemented in a computer-executable language, based on first-order logic, with several schemas, interpreting four different diagrams and some of the conclusions a human can draw by observing them. The objectives of this project is to obtain a variety of image schema specifications, in order to offer a rich, reusable, open-source library to the community, and to be able to study a variety of factors affecting the efficacy of diagrams for reasoning. This is highly interdisciplinary project, bringing together techniques from cognitive linguistics, computer science, mathematical logic and philosophy.   Federated agent-based simulations for fire department training (JAEINT21_EX_1351) Mentor: Jordi Sabater-Mir The use of simulations in virtual environments for the training of emergency forces has proven to be very useful to improve these units' operational level when faced with a real problem. Tools such as "XVR simulation" already allow the design of scenarios in 3D environments to train emergency situations. However, the use of these generic tools has its limitations. One of them is that they do not allow multilevel simulations in which low-ranking units located in the focus of the emergency, middle managers, and high-level managers can participate at the same time, all together in a single scenario. A scenario of this complexity requires a set of federated simulations that communicate with each other, providing a different level of granularity according to the participant's tasks and using different interfaces to interact with him (CAVE, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, standard screens…). The candidate will participate in different tasks of the definition and implementation of this technology that is beginning to be developed in the IIIA-CSIC in collaboration with the fire department of the "Generalitat de Catalunya". Courses in Artificial Intelligence, advanced knowledge of Python programming, and knowledge of the Unity video game development environment will be valued.