Defense of Manfred Eppe

Manfred Eppe successfully defended his PhD thesis with a summa cum laude degree  on 18th Dec. 2013. The title of his dissertation is “Postdictive Reasoning in Epistemic Action Theory”. The supervisor and first reviewer was Prof. Bernd Krieg-Brückner from University of Bremen, the second reviewer was Prof. Joohyung Lee from Arizona State University.

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Meaningful Spatial Prediction and Aggregation

A paper on Meaningful Spatial Prediction and Aggregation written by Christoph Stasch, Simon Scheider, Edzer Pebesma, and Werner Kuhn has been published in Environmental Modelling & Software journal. It is available as open access.

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Virtual Seminar/Spatial Colloquium: Verena Hafner, Friday 1st February 14:00

1st February, 2013, 14:00
Speaker: Verena Hafner, Humboldt-Universität Berlin
TitleEmbodied Artificial Intelligence
Abstract: Theories of Embodied and Grounded Cognition claim that intelligence could not have developed without the interaction of an agent with its environment. This is in contrast to classical approaches of Artificial Intelligence (AI) where cognition was considered as computation. One main insight of the embodied approach is that by interaction with the environment, an agent can actively influence its perception and thus shape its information space. Action and perception should therefore not be considered in isolation but as jointly determining a single cognitive process. In this talk, I will give an overview of the concepts of Embodied AI illustrated with recent research on interactive robotics.
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Defense of Jens Ortmann

Jens Ortmann will defend his PhD thesis “Semantic Integration of Human and Technical Observations” on January 30th 2013, 5 pm in the Seminarroom on the 3rd floor of the Institute for Geoinformatics (Weseler Straße 253, 48151 Münster). The defense is public and everybody is cordially invited.

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Two full papers accepted for publication at AGILE 2013

The two full papers ‘Selecting a Representation for Spatial Vagueness – A Decision Making Approach’ by Mohammed Imaduddin Humayun and Angela Schwering and ‘Error-aware Spatio-temporal Aggregation in the Model Web’ by Christoph Stasch, Edzer Pebesma, Ben Graeler and Lydia Gerharz have been accepted for publication at the 16th AGILE Conference on Geographic Information Science, 14-17 May 2013, Leuven, Belgium.

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A Conceptual Analysis of Resolution

The paper entitled ‘A Conceptual Analysis of Resolution’ (by Auriol Degbelo and Werner Kuhn) has been accepted for publication and will be presented at the XIII Brazilian Symposium on Geoinformatics (Geoinfo). Geoinfo is held annualy
and is a conference for exploring ongoing research, development and innovative applications on Geographic Information Science and related areas.

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An Ontology Design Pattern for Spatial Data Quality Characterization in the Semantic Sensor Web

The paper entitled “An Ontology Design Pattern for Spatial Data Quality Characterization in the Semantic Sensor Web” (Author: Auriol Degbelo) has been accepted for publication and will be presented at the 5th International Workshop on Semantic Sensor Networks (SSN2012). SSN2012 is held in conjunction with the 11th International Semantic Web Conference.

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GEOCROWD Summer School on Data Management for Crowdsourced and Volunteered Geographic Information

The IRTG students Giorgio De Felice and Paolo Fogliaroni participated to the GEOCROWD Summer School on Data Management for Crowdsourced and Volunteered Geographic Information held in Chania, Crete (Greece) from June 30, 2012 to July 4, 2012.

17 young researchers and 13 international scientists attended the school and contributed in creating a comfortbale atmosphere to establish new collaborations and to create connections among researchers from different countries.

The school offered lectures spanning in the field of GIScience, Crowdsourcing and VGI:

  • Prof. Carola Wenk (University of Texas at San Antonio, USA): Shape analysis and reconciliation of geospatial trajectory data
  • Prof. Kristian Torp (Aalborg University, Denmark): An ITS Platform
  • Prodromos Tsiavos (London School of Ecomomics): IPR and licensing of (open) geospatial data
  • Prof. Gérard Ligozat (LIMSI-CNRS, University of Paris-Sud, France): Qualitative spatial and temporal reasoning: an introduction
  • Dr. Matthias Renz (LMU Munich, Germany): Principles of Similarity Search and Spatial Query – Processing and Advanced Techniques for Searching in Uncertain Location Data
  • Prof. Anastassia Ailamaki (EPFL, Switzerland): Managing Scientific Data
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IRTG-SIGI meets Geocrowd

The Geocrowd Initial Training Network (http://www.geocrowd.eu/) is a Ph.D program similar to IRTG and funded by EU. The Geocrowd program started approximately one year ago (summer 2011) and it relates very well to the IRTG for what concerns the addressed thematics. The Geocrowd network spans the following Universities all over Europe:

  • National Technical University of Athens, Greece
  • Universitaet Bremen, Germany
  • Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany
  • Aarhus Universitet, Denmark
  • Eidgenoessische Technische Hochschule Zuerich, Switzerland
  • National University of Ireland Maynooth, Ireland

Each such university hosts from a minimum of 2 up to 4 Ph.D students for a total amount of 14 full-funded positions.  The topics addressed within Geocrowd are divided into three main themes:

  1. Integrating Geospatial Content Streams
  2. Geoweb Data Management
  3. Accessing Geospatial Content

Interesting collaboration may born between IRTG and Geocrowd in the future as I am sure that both projects will gain a lot in getting in touch with another.

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Interleaving Planning and Plan Execution with Incomplete Knowledge in the Event Calculus at STAIRS

The paper “Interleaving Planning and Plan Execution with Incomplete Knowledge in the Event Calculus” by Manfred Eppe and Dominik Dietrich will be presented at the Starting Artificial Intelligence Research Symposium (STAIRS), Montpellier, France, 27th-28th August 2012. STAIRS is co-located with the European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI).

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