Problem Solving, Creativity and Spatial Reasoning in Cognitive Systems

We are proud to announce that the ProSocrates 2017 Call for Papers is out.

A great line up of speakers will be joining us this year.

We will benefit from the support of a great programme committee.

1st Prize for Dissertation, OLB Science Prizes

The OLB Science Stiftung awarded prizes for Doctoral, Masters and Bachelors works in NW Germany. 3 prizes for Doctoral Dissertations and 3 prizes for Master and Bachelor thesis were awarded, across all fields. Of the 127 competing works, these were the doctoral winners:

  • 1st Prize - Ana-Maria Oltețeanu - A Cognitive Framework for Creative Problem Solving in Cognitive Systems
  • 2nd Prize - Jonas Warneke - Biology / Chemistry
  • 3rd Prize - Dennis Weh - Linguistics and Literary Studies
  • Conference participation

    New conference participation and paper:

    Oltețeanu, Ana-Maria (2016) – Towards using word associates to create functional Remote Associates Test problems. In Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Signal-Image Technology and Internet-Based Systems (SITIS 2016), IEEE Computer Society.

    New journal article

    A new journal article was published in IEEE - TCDS. Currently the online version is available.

    The article is:

    Oltețeanu, Ana-Maria, Falomir, Zoe and Freksa, Christian (2016) - Artificial Creative Cognitive Systems that can answer Human Creativity Tests: An Approach and Two Case Studies , IEEE Transactions on Cognitive And Developmental Systems, vol: PP, issue 99, pp.1-7. doi:10.1109/TCDS.2016.2629622

    This is an expansion of a previous workshop paper:

    Oltețeanu, Ana-Maria - Towards comparable cognitive creative systems. Two case studies and a general approach based on cognitive processing, knowledge acquisition and evaluation with human creativity tests. In Cognitum, workshop on Cognitive Knowledge Acquisition, IJCAI 2015.

    Invited talk

    Invited talk at the Cognitive Sciences Excellenz Cluster in Potsdam Universität.

    Oltețeanu, Ana-Maria (2016) – Creative Cognitive Systems. See the abstract here.

    ProSocrates 2016 organization

    The first edition of ProSocrates - the Symposium on Problem Solving, Creativity and Spatial Reasoning in Cognitive Systems took place at the German Cognitive Science conference - KogWis 2016.

    The main speakers included

    • Anna Fedor, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary
    • Christian Freksa, Bremen Spatial Cognition Center, Universität Bremen, Germany
    • Bipin Indurkhya, AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakow, Poland.
    • Ana-Maria Oltețeanu, Cognitive Systems, Bremen Spatial Cognition Center, Universität Bremen, Germany.
    • Kai-Uwe Kühnberger, Institute of Cognitive Science, Universität Osnabrück, Germany.
    • Zoe Falomir, Bremen Spatial Cognition Center, Universität Bremen, Germany.

    The paper presented was:

    Oltețeanu, Ana-Maria – Towards Re-representation in Cognitive Systems. In Proceedings of KogWis 2016 - Space for Cognition, ProSocrates Symposium on Problem Solving, Creativity and Spatial Reasoning in Cognitive Systems, Bremen, 2016.

    Conference participation

    New conference participation - ICDL-EPIROB, Paris:

    Oltețeanu, Ana-Maria and Dyer, Jonathan B. – Towards exploring adaptive and associatively reactive answer strategies to creativity test queries. The Sixth joint IEEE International Conference on Developmental Learning and Epigenetic Robotics - ICDL-EPIROB – Workshop on Language learning, Cergy-Pontoise/Paris 2016.

    Image under Creative Commons from Javier Vieras

    Conference participation

    It is that time of the year again. Time for C3GI. This time in Bolzano, with a paper on making insight problems:

    Oltețeanu, Ana-Maria (2016) - Towards an approach for computationally assisted creation of insight problems in the practical object domain. In Proceedings of the 5th International Workshop on “Computational Creativity, Concept Invention, and General Intelligence“, CEUR - Ws, vol 1767.

    Image by Michael Paraskevas, via Wikimedia commons.

    DFG grant application successful

    The application for the Creative Cognitive Systems project with the German Science Foundation was successful.

    You can follow the CreaCogs project on ResearchGate.

    The aims of this project are twofold. One is the study of creative problem solving in humans. The second is the implementation of, study and experimentation with artificial cognitive systems which yield similar performance as human participants and can be evaluated with human creativity tests. These systems will be built on the bases of cognitive knowledge acquisition and cognitively inspired knowledge-organization and processes.

    This research will contribute to: a) promote a unified framework for the study of creative problem-solving; b) elucidate cognitive principles of knowledge organization and processes/algorithms for creativity; c) develop variants of classical creative problem solving tests; d) extend and build new cognitive creative systems comparable to human performance, which can be used in cognitive modeling and e) establish a paradigm for artificial creative cognitive inference.

    New intern

    A new intern, Thansuda Kraisangka has joined the lab from Mahidol University, Thailand.

    Thansuda Kraisangka will stay in Bremen for 6-7 weeks and attempt to develop the initial prototype of an interface to the database of Remote Associates Test items we created with comRAT-G.

    Here is Ana-Maria and Tanya working very hard:

    New intern

    Jonathan B. Dyer, from University of Pittsburgh will join the lab for a few months. Jon has been the winner of a RISE internship we advertised in the lab, and I am really working forward to working together.

    HWK junior Fellowship

    Ana-Maria Oltețeanu is honoured to have received the HWK Junior Fellowship for the next two years, together with her colleague Zoe Falomir. The HWK has pledged support and its wonderful location as a venue for the next edition of the Problem-solving, Creativity and Spatial Reasoning in Cognitive Systems Symposium, ProSocrates 2017.

    New paper

    A new paper was published: Freksa, Christian; Oltețeanu, Ana-Maria; Ali, Ahmed Loai; Barkowsky, Thomas; van de Ven, Jasper; Dylla, Frank and Falomir, Zoe - Towards Spatial Reasoning with Strings and Pins, in: Fourth Annual Conference on Advances in Cognitive Systems, Evanston, Illinois, 2016. url.

    New book chapter

    A new book chapter was published: Oltețeanu, Ana-Maria (2016) - From Simple Machines to Eureka in Four Not-So-Easy Steps. Towards Creative Visuospatial Intelligence. In Vincent C. Müller (Ed.), Fundamental Issues of Artificial Intelligence, Synthese Library, Volume 376, pp 159-180. Springer. Print ISBN - 978-3-319-26483-7, Online ISBN - 978-3-319-26485-1, doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-26485-1_11

    Organizing the ProSocrates symposium

    I will be organizing the ProSocrates symposium on Problem Solving, Creativity and Spatial Reasoning in Cognitive Systems, together with colleague Zoe Falomir.

    Thesis defence

    • Thesis defence: Ana-Maria Olteteanu - A cognitive framework for creative problem solving
    • Reviewers: Prof. Dr. Enric Plaza, Hon. Prof. Dr. Aaron Sloman, Prof. Christian Freksa Ph.D. Chair: Prof. Dr. Kerstin Schill
    • Grade: summa cum laude

    Successful RISE application

    Our RISE application was successful this year as well, allowing an intern to join the group for a three month payed internship.

    This year we had to choose between 12 candidates. The lucky and undoubtedly very qualified intern that will join us is Jonathan B. Dyer, from University of Pittsburgh.

    All of you that have applied this year have been great. What has Jon done better than others? The cover letter. Remember guys, if you really want the position, bother with writing an outstanding cover letter, which conveys both (a) why exactly you want to be working in this group (why would you be lucky to work here?) and (b) what your interests are and whom you are as a person (why would we be lucky to have you).

    New Journal article

    A new journal article was published on OROC - a prototype system for object replacement and object composition.

    • Oltețeanu, Ana-Maria and Falomir, Zoe (2016) - Object Replacement and Object Composition in a Creative Cognitive System. Towards a Computational Solver of the Alternative Uses Test. In „From Human to Artificial Cognition (and back): New Perspectives on Cognitively Inspired AI Systems“, ed. Antonio Lieto and Daniele P. Radicioni, Cognitive Systems Research, vol. 39, pp. 15-32. doi:10.1016/j.cogsys.2015.12.011

    New paper

    A new paper is out:

    • Oltețeanu, Ana-Maria; Gautam, Bibek and Falomir, Zoe (2015) - Towards a Visual Remote Associates Test and its Computational Solver. In Proceedings of the International Workshop on Artificial Intelligence and Cognition – AIC 2015, CEUR-Ws Vol. 1510, ISSN:1613-0073

    You can find it here

    New journal article on computational solving of the Remote Associates Test

    A new journal article has been published:

    • Olteteanu, Ana-Maria and Falomir, Zoe – comRAT-C – A Computational Compound Remote Associates Test Solver based on Language Data and its Comparison to Human Performance, Pattern Recognition Letters, vol. 67 pp. 81-90, doi: 10.1016/j.patrec.2015.05.015.
    Until December 17th you can access it for free here.

    Workshop attendance

    Looking forward to attend the International Workshop on Artificial Intelligence and Cognition - AIC 2015 - in Italy.

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    New papers

    Two new papers are out:

    • “Seeing as” and Re-representation: Their Relation to Insight, Creative Problem-Solving and Types of Creativity
    • and
    • The Input, Coherence, Generativity (ICG) Factors. Towards a Model of Cognitive Informativity Measures for Productive Cognitive Systems
      You can find them in the proceedings of the Workshop “Computational Creativity, Concept Invention, and General Intelligence“.

    Conference attendance

    I am looking forward to attend the C3GI workshop (Computational Creativity, Concept Invention, and General Intelligence) at UNILOG in Istanbul.

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    New paper

    A new paper has been published: Oltețeanu, Ana-Maria (2014) - Two general classes in creative problem-solving? An account based on the cognitive processess involved in the problem structure – representation structure relationship. In Proceedings of the Workshop “Computational Creativity, Concept Invention, and General Intelligence”, Publications of the Institute of Cognitive Science, vol 01-2014, Osnabrück. -- url


    Conference attendance

    I am looking forward to attend the European Conference of Artificial Intelligence - ECAI 2014.

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