Transregional Collaborative Research Centre Transregio 62

The SFB/Transregio 62 "Companion-Technology for Cognitive Technical Systems" is concerned with the systematic research of cognitive capabilities and their realization in technical systems.

The enterprise has the vision of future technical systems being companion systems - technical systems, which completely adjust their functionality to the individual user: They orientate themselves on the user's capabilities, preferences, demands, and current needs and they adapt to the current situation and his current emotional state. In the centre of the research are individuality, adaptiveness, availability, cooperativeness, and reliability.

  • The sub project A1 works on planning and reasoning capabilities of companion systems.

    A Companion system should be able to recommend courses of action adapted to the current surrounding situation and emotional status of the user, as well as provide decision support and execute actions autonomously.

    As a basis for that, a method for individual plan generation is being developed that tailors plans to individual users according to their respective needs, abilities, and preferences. Because a Companion system inevitably needs to deal with unforeseen events and unexpected user behavior, it needs to have the ability to modify generated plans during execution. Procedures for adapting plans to new goals and the current emotional status of the user are developed for this purpose. A procedure for plan repair additionally compensates for errors that occur during plan execution, adapted to the user and the current situation.

  • The sub project A2  works on a knowledge architecture for companion systems in particular addressing the representation of uncertain knowledge.

    The research project is concerned with fundamental questions about the structure and composition of declarative knowledge bases for Companion systems and concentrates the symbolic modeling of information necessary for planning, decision making, interaction, dialog processing.

    In this context, methods for systematically and consistently transferring situation and emotional information to the declarative knowledge representation level are being developed, focusing on correctly handling uncertainty.

    A second key aspect lies on tool support for creating knowledge bases. These consist of several model components which must be coordinated and free of contradications, both each component alone and in their interplay. Special consistency criteria for the model components of a Companion system are defined for this purpose. Afterwards, appropriate mechanisms for checking these criteria are developed and implemented in a tool for systematic model construction.

  • The sub project Z3 develops an architecture concept as well as an experiment platform for creating and evaluating companion systems.

    Companion systems consist of a multitude of functional units, whose tasks range from collecting, classifying, fusing and interpreting diverse situational and user parameters, over implementing various forms of human computer interaction, to realizing higher cognitive abilities such as planning and decision making.

    To combine these units to an overall functionality in a well-defined manner adapted to the current application, architecture concepts are being developed in this reseach project. Beyond that, an experimentation platform for creating and evaluating such systems will emerge.

    For this purpose, the components of a Companion system are integrated to form partial demonstrators, first, to evaluate their functionality using different scenarios.

The project is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

Publications of the SFB TRR-62

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Behnke, Gregor; Höller, Daniel; Biundo, Susanne
totSAT - Totally-Ordered Hierarchical Planning through SAT
Proceedings of the 32nd AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI 2018) , page 6110--6118.
Publisher: AAAI Press,
2018
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Höller, Daniel; Bercher, Pascal; Behnke, Gregor; Biundo, Susanne
Plan and Goal Recognition as HTN Planning
Proceedings of the AAAI 2018 Workshop on Plan, Activity, and Intent Recognition (PAIR 2018)
2018
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Höller, Daniel; Bercher, Pascal; Behnke, Gregor; Biundo, Susanne
A Generic Method to Guide HTN Progression Search with Classical Heuristics
Proceedings of the 28th International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS 2018)
Publisher: AAAI Press,
2018
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Kraus, Matthias; Behnke, Gregor; Bercher, Pascal; Schiller, Marvin; Biundo, Susanne; Glimm, Birte; Minker, Wolfgang
A Multimodal Dialogue Framework for Cloud-Based Companion Systems
Proc. of the 10th International Workshop on Spoken Dialog Systems Technology (IWSDS 2018)
2018
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Bercher, Pascal
Hybrid Planning -- From Theory to Practice
Dissertation
Ulm University,
2018
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Biundo, Susanne; Wendemuth, Andreas
Companion Technology -- A Paradigm Shift in Human-Technology Interaction
In Susanne Biundo and Andreas Wendemuth, editor,
Publisher: Springer,
2017
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Bercher, Pascal; Richter, Felix; Hörnle, Thilo; Geier, Thomas; Höller, Daniel; Behnke, Gregor; Nielsen, Florian; Honold, Frank; Schüssel, Felix; Reuter, Stephan; Minker, Wolfgang; Weber, Michael; Dietmayer, Klaus; Biundo, Susanne
Advanced User Assistance for Setting Up a Home Theater
In Susanne Biundo and Andreas Wendemuth, editor, of Cognitive Technologies
Chapter 24, page 485--491.
Publisher: Springer,
2017
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Behnke, Gregor; Nielsen, Florian; Schiller, Marvin; Ponomaryov, Denis; Bercher, Pascal; Glimm, Birte; Minker, Wolfgang; Biundo, Susanne
To Plan for the User Is to Plan With the User -- Integrating User Interaction Into the Planning Process
In Susanne Biundo and Andreas Wendemuth, editor, of Cognitive Technologies
Chapter 7, page 123--144.
Publisher: Springer,
2017
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Geier, Thomas; Biundo, Susanne
Multi-Level Knowledge Processing in Cognitive Technical Systems
In Susanne Biundo, editor, of Cognitive Technologies
Chapter 2, page 17--36.
Publisher: Springer,
2017
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Biundo, Susanne; Wendemuth, Andreas
An Introduction to Companion-Technology
In Susanne Biundo and Andreas Wendemuth, editor, of Cognitive Technologies
Chapter 1, page 1--15.
Publisher: Springer,
2017
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Students' Theses of the SFB TRR-62

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Biedermann, Andrea
Lifted Planning Graph Heuristik
Projektbericht
Ulm University,
2017
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Bolch, Claudia
Modellierung von Alltagsunterstützung als hybride Planungsdomäne: eine Fallstudie
Bachelor Thesis
Ulm University,
2012
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