CogSketch: Sketch understanding for cognitive science research and for education

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Sketching is a powerful means of working out and communicating ideas. Sketch understanding involves a combination of visual, spatial, and conceptual knowledge and reasoning, which makes it both challenging and potentially illuminating. This talk will describe how a team of AI researchers, cognitive psychologists, learning scientists, and educators is attempting to build the intellectual and software infrastructure needed to achieve more human-like sketch understanding software. We are creating CogSketch, an open-domain sketch understanding system that will serve as both a cognitive science research instrument and as a platform for sketch-based educational software. These missions interact: Our cognitive simulation work leads to improvements which can be exploited in creating educational software, and our prototype efforts to create educational software expose where we need further basic research. CogSketch incorporates a model of visual processing and qualitative spatial representations, facilities for analogical reasoning and learning, and a large common-sense knowledge base. Our vision is that sketch-based intelligent educational software will ultimately be as widely available to students as graphing calculators are today.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSpatial Cognition VII - International Conference Spatial Cognition 2010, Proceedings
Number of pages1
StatePublished - 2010
EventInternational Conference Spatial Cognition 2010 - Mt. Hood/Portland, OR, United States
Duration: Aug 15 2010Aug 19 2010

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume6222 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


OtherInternational Conference Spatial Cognition 2010
CountryUnited States
CityMt. Hood/Portland, OR

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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