Tutorial: Spatial Cognition and Artificial Intelligence: Methods for In-The-Wild Behavioural Research in Visual Perception

The tutorial on “Spatial Cognition and Artificial Intelligence” addresses the confluence of empirically based behavioural research in the cognitive and psychological sciences with computationally driven analytical methods rooted in artificial intelligence and machine learning. This confluence is addressed in the backdrop of human behavioural research concerned with “in-the-wild” naturalistic embodied multimodal interaction. The tutorial presents:

  1. an interdisciplinary perspective on conducting evidence-based (possibly large-scale) human behaviour research from the viewpoints of visual perception, environmental psychology, and spatial cognition.
  2. artificial intelligence methods for the semantic interpretation of embodied multimodal interaction (e.g., rooted in behavioural data), and the (empirically driven) synthesis of interactive embodied cognitive experiences in real-world settings relevant to both everyday life as well to professional creative-technical spatial thinking.
  3. the relevance and impact of research in cognitive human-factors (e.g., in spatial cognition) for the design and implementation of next-generation human-centred AI technologies

Keeping in mind an interdisciplinary audience, the focus of the tutorial is to provide a high-level demonstration of the potential of general AI-based computational methods and tools that can be used for multimodal human behavioral studies concerned with visuospatial, visuo-locomotive, and visuo-auditory cognition in everyday and specialized visuospatial problem solving. Presented methods are rooted in foundational research in artificial intelligence, spatial cognition and computation, spatial informatics, human- computer interaction, and design science. We highlight practical examples involving the analysis and synthesis of human cognitive experiences in the context of application areas such as (evidence-based) architecture and built environment design, narrative media design, product design, and visual sensemaking in autonomous cognitive systems (e.g., social robotics, autonomous vehicles).


Mehul Bhatt (Örebro University, Sweden)
Jakob Suchan (University of Bremen, Germany)
Vasiliki Kondyli (Örebro University, Sweden)
Vipul Nair (University of Skövde, Sweden)

The tutorial on Spatial Cognition and Artificial Intelligence is an initiative of:

CoDesign Lab EU / https://codesign-lab.org
Tutorial contact / info@codesign-lab.org