Prof. Dr. F. van der Velde; D. Nazareth, MSc.
EU-FP7 project Concept Creation Technology (ConCreTe, 611733). ConCrete aims to study conceptual creativity in humans and machines. Hierarchical memory representations and techniques for conceptual blending are implemented in context of a cognitive architecture of creativity based on information theoretic measures. ConCreTe serves a long-term vision of computer systems that can behave in ways comparable with human creativity, autonomously and interactively, with better interaction between human and machine, better autonomous systems in general, and possibly creativity of new kinds, not yet exhibited by humans. We anticipate on-line creative learning environments, to teach or support creative pursuits and promote creativity in humans. We anticipate immersive gaming and edutainment systems that respond creatively to users’ actions. We anticipate reasoning systems that can propose new technology not intended by their designers. This becomes possible with computationally-creative reasoning when necessary domain knowledge is made available. We use Semantic Web technology to avoid the bottleneck of domain modeling, so creative reasoning can be ready in advance. We focus on mechanisms for generating examples in the creative domain from a learned model, and mechanisms for evaluating generated examples according to novelty and value. We develop AI methodology for creative systems, to exploit the potential of creative computational resources for society. We develop computer systems to simulate conceptualization by study of deliberately guided methods. We develop computer systems that can conceptualize new meaning in terms of, but not restricted by, its existing knowledge. We develop and implement a cognitive architecture that simulates human creativity, study it as a creative entity in its own right, and behaviourally and neuroscientifically as a model of human creativity. We develop new evaluation methods for computational creativity founded in behavioural study and user responses of software distributed by our exploitation partner.
Dr. M. Noordzij with De Twentse Zorgcentra, http://buienradar.detwentsezorgcentra.nl/
The MoodRadar-DAVID (MRD) project was set up to directly address the needs of the caretakers and reduce suffering of clients with mental disabilities who show severely challenging behavior (e.g. aggression towards themselves and others). We aim to do this by creating a system that detects the continuous fluctuations of arousal by measuring electrodermal activity (EDA) of individual people with mental handicaps in their day-to-day life and that can alert caretakers when arousal is high (for that person). In addition, these physiological signals need to be aggregated and visualized in such a way that it provides the caretakers with relevant insight into the arousal state of their clients.
Real-time tele-monitoring of physiological processes and self-reported craving to reduce relapse rates in alcohol addiction
In this project we research and develop, together with Tactus Addiction Treatment, a remote monitoring and coaching system. This system aims to unobtrusively monitor, with wearable bio-sensors, the client’s physiological responses in everyday life, jointly with an app to monitor self-reported psychological craving thoughts, and provides the client with automated feedback and support when their craving responses are increased.
Aiming for the improvement of emotional awareness in patients with severe borderline personality disorder
The treatment of borderline personality disorder posits a challenging, at times daunting task for (mental) health care professionals. Although multiple theoretical and practical advances have been made in the past decades regarding the psychotherapeutic treatment for this type of personality disorder, it still demands for a time- and energy-consuming and costly treatment, often requiring long-term clinical residency. In this project we study whether physiological measures and (tele)-feedback via mobile equipment could be an effective addition in current psychotherapeutic treatment for affective dysregulation.
Dr. M. Noordzij with TNO, https://www.tno.nl/en/
In this project we are re-designing and testing a new social stress paradigm where we induce a moderate to intense social stressor in the lab in a very rapid and efficient way. This paradigm could be very useful in studying individual differences in self-reported and physiological reactions to a short social stressor.
S. Vosslamber, MSc.
The aim of this project is to make a transition to sustainable energy, with the municipality of Lochem as a testing ground. In this project, S. Vosslamber conducts research with students which is focused on the interaction between new technologies that will help us save energy (such as electric vehicles and energy feedback systems) and the user.