The Spatial Cognitive Engineering group explores cognitive aspects of interacting with autonomous systems and of human-in-the-loop computing.
Research of the group mainly focuses on issues of human and computer not understanding each other. That is, in interaction with autonomous systems, for example robots or smart location-based services, we aim to narrow the gap between human and machine by getting the systems to use concepts and ways of communication that are close(r) to humans', among others. Another important aspect of our research is keeping users in the loop, i.e., to keep users in control of the (interaction) process, to counter some of the cognitive effects of automation, and to increase explainability of the systems.
We use principles and methods of Artificial Intelligence, Human-Computer Interaction, Cognitive Science, and Geographic Information Science. Research includes the development of new methods and algorithms, the identification and structuring of concepts and knowledge required for interaction ("ontologies"), and empirical (human-subject) studies.