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Mehul Bhatt

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Personal Information

Title Prof. Dr.
Function Professor
Office 3.56
Phone 64237
eMail bhatt


About me
Presently: Professor within the Department of Computer Science at the University of Bremen, and Stiftungs Professor at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI Bremen). Broadly, our focus is on HUMAN_CENTRED COMPUTING in the context of Space, (Visuo-Spatial) Dynamics, and Computational Cognition.

Since 2007: Member of the Cognitive Systems group, first as a DAAD Scholar, and subsequently during 2008-2010 as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow. During 2011-2014, I have also been an elected member and principal investigator in the Spatial Cognition Center (Transregio SFB/TR 8: 2003 - 2014).

From 2002 - 2007: Based at the Department of Computer Science at La Trobe University (Melbourne, Australia) where I completed a Masters in Information Technology (2004), and a PhD in Computer Science (2008). 

2001: basic schooling completing a Bachelor in Economics at the Narsee Monjee College of Commerce & Economics (Mumbai, India).

Human_Centred Computing.


Personal Website

All Publications.




  • Falling Walls Lab Osnabrück 2014. Part of `Falling Walls': The International Conference on Future Breakthroughs in Science and Society
    (awarded second place & selected for FW Labs Finale in Berlin). www
  • TNSC-SAVI 2013. Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center (SILC) Thematic Network in Spatial Cognition (TNSC), and 
    US NSF Science Across Virtual Institutes (SAVI) supplement award. Department of Geography., University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB)
  • UniBremen 2011.  Nominated as the University of Bremen candidate for the German Research Foundation (DFG) Award: Heinz Maier-Leibnitz-Preis 2011
  • AvH 2008. Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship. Humboldt Foundation, Germany. Host: SFB/TR 8 Spatial Cognition
  • DAAD 2007. Research Grants for Doctoral Candidates and Young Scientists and Academics. DAAD, Germany. Host: SFB/TR 8 Spatial Cognition
  • APA 2004. Australian Post-Graduate Award (APA), Australian Commonwealth
  • NICTA 2002. National ICT (NICTA) Research Scholarship, Australia. Host: UNSW Sydney


All Grants and Awards


  • Impulse Magazine 2014: Research featured in Impulse Research Magazine of the University of Bremen. (1/2014). www
  • Award Nomination 2013Nominated as the University of Bremen candidate for the German Research Foundation (DFG) Award: Heinz Maier-Leibnitz-Preis 2014 
  • DW-World TV Feature 2012. Profiled in the Deutsche Welle (DW-World) TV program `Today Tomorrow' in the segment, Brilliant Minds. www
  • Assistant Professorship 2012. Received Offer for Assistant Professorship in Machine Intelligence at the
    Department of Computer Science, University of Aalborg, Denmark.
  • Press Release 2011. Highlights Magazine, University of Bremen. www


Core topical areas of work:

  • Cognitive Systems
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Knowledge Representation and Reasoning
  • Spatio-Temporal Information Systems
  • Medical Information Systems

Basic topics of research:

  • Cognitive, and Spatial Assistance Systems
  • Spatial Cognition (focussing on representational and computational aspects)
  • Spatial Represenation and Reasoning
  • Reasoning about Actions & Change (RAC)
  • Commonsense Reasoning (CR)
  • Applied Ontology (e.g., in Design, Engineering, Medical Informatics, GIS)
  • Experimental Cognitive Robotics
  • Learning Spatial Representations
  • Computer Human Interaction, Interaction Design and Simulation
  • Ambient Intelligence, (Spatial) Assistance Systems
  • Distributed Systems: Middleware & Interoperability Issues

Application areas:

  • Spatial and Architectural Design; Design Assistance Tools
  • Computer-Aided Architecture Design (CAAD), Product and Design Engineering
  • High-level Robot Control
  • Behaviour Interpretation and Analyses in Ambient and Smart Environments
  • Dynamic Geographic Information Systems
  • Medical Informatics (semantic modelling, search and retrieval)


Research Activities

Research Projects
  • Project [DesignSpace]




  • Commonsense Spatial Reasoning
  • Experimental Cognitive Robotics. www
  • From Syllogism to Commonsense: A Tour through the Logical Landscape WS 2011-12. www
  • Design Cognition and Computation 
    formerly: Spatial Computing for Design (SPaDe)
  • SmartSpace: Space, Time, and Ambient Intelligence
    formerly:formerly: Behaviour Recognition in Ambient and Smart Environments (Be-AmI)
  • Project AUGMENT: Augmented Interaction and Analysis for Spatial Design. www (bachelors + masters project)


Teaching & Learning

Events Organized


  • SHAPES 2.0 - The Shape of Things 2013. UniLog 2013, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 27th Qualitative Reasoning (QR) Workshop 2013, Schloss Etelsen, Bremen, Germany
  • Spatio-Temporal Dynamics (STeDy) 2012. ECAI-12, Montpellier, France
  • Tutorial+Workshop: Spatial and Temporal Reasoning, Indian School on Logic and its Applications (ISLA) 2012.
  • Spatial Cognition for Architectural Design 2011, New York, USA
  • SHAPES 1.0: The Shape of Things (CONTEXT 2011), Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Space, Time and Ambient Intelligence (STAMI) 2011, at IJCAI-11, Barcelona, Spain
  • Recognising Behaviour in a Spatio-Temporal Context 2011 (Tutorial), at AAAI-11, San Fransisco, US
  • Spatio-Temporal Dynamics (STeDy) 2010, ECAI-10, Lisbon Portugal
  • Space, Time and Ambient Intelligence (STAMI) 2009, at COSIT-09, France
  • Spatial and Temporal Reasoning, 2009, at IJCAI, Pasadena, US


All Events

curriculum vitae