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Start Making Sense

Cognitive and Affective Confidence Measures for Explanation Generation using Epistemic Planning

  EPSRC / Human-Like Computing / Grant No. EP/R031045/1   2018-2020

The Start Making Sense project addresses the need for dynamic trust maintenance in interactive and autonomous systems by bringing together experimental research in cognitive science involving cooperative joint action with the practical construction of AI planning tools to apply to the task of explanation generation. This challenge is addressed through these concrete objectives: (1) to study cooperative joint action in humans to identify the affective or cognitive factors that are essential for successful human communicative goals, (2) to enhance epistemic planning techniques with heuristics derived from the cognitive science studies, and (3) to deploy the resulting system to generate human-like explanations and evaluate the effectiveness of the resulting approach with human participants.


Ron Petrick (PI, Heriot-Watt University)
Robin Hill (Co-I, University of Edinburgh)
Sara Dalzel-Job (RA, University of Edinburgh)
Bart Craenen (RA, Heriot-Watt University)
Alan Lindsay (RA, Heriot-Watt University)

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For more information about the Start Making Sense project, please contact Ron Petrick.