NSF research grant to advance spatial artificial intelligence

“Just over the hill” or “downstream” are phrases commonly used to communicate location. But how can these basic instructions be used for computing? With a two-year, $175,000 research grant from the National Science Foundation, Torsten Hahmann, an assistant professor in the School of Computing and Information Science, will explore the implications of informal spatial descriptions on computing and artificial intelligence. The project, “Empowering Multi-Conceptual Spatial Reasoning with a Repository of Qualitative and Quantitative Spatial Ontologies,” will develop techniques for computers to flexibly and reliably deal with a wide range of informal spatial descriptions, such as “east of the road” or “at the south shore of the lake.” Hahmann will investigate computational mechanisms that connect such descriptions to more traditional coordinate-based spatial information used in satellite mapping or GPS devices. His…


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