The Qualitative Reasoning Group conducts research on:
- Qualitative representations and reasoning, for capturing both everyday reasoning and expert reasoning about quantities, space, time, and causality.
- Sketch understanding, to create systems that can participate in sketching with people, and to model how visual, spatial, and conceptual processing combine to understand sketches.
- Analogical reasoning and learning, for being able to reason with, and learn from, examples and stories.
- Learning by reading, to discover how systems can extend their knowledge by understanding text and diagrams.
- How our progress in AI and cognitive science can be used to create new kinds of systems for education, performance support, and interactive entertainment.
Our research includes both efforts to create new kinds of cognitive systems, and to model human cognition. We have strong collaborations with other cognitive scientists in a number of fields at various institutions.
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