Meaning and Understanding in Human-centric AI

The MUHAI project explores a radically new approach to push the envelope of human-centric AI technology to come to grips with meaning and understanding. Meanings are distinctions (categories) that are relevant for prediction, classification, communication, problem solving or other mental tasks. The meanings of an experience include what events, actors and entities play a role, the temporal, spatial and causal relations between events, intentions and motivations of the actors, and values that implicitly underly their behaviour. Understanding is the process of reconstructing these meanings and organizing them in terms of a coherent narrative that explains a new experience by linking it into a Personal Dynamic Memory. 

The MUHAI project will advance our ability to capture more of the rich and complex understanding that humans are capable of. It critically relies on enormous recent advances in technical AI components (such as deep learning networks) and semantic resources (such as knowledge graphs). In addition, the project will build novel components, such as: mental simulation of actions using gamified virtual environments and a powerful context mechanism to deal with the complexity of accessing, expanding and managing a very big dynamic memory (> 10-100 billion of facts). All these components will be assembled in a library called CANVAS, made available through the AI4EU AI-on- demand platform.

The technical advances of the project will be developed and systematically tested in two challenging human-centric case studies emphasizing AI for the common good: (i) learning and using common sense every day knowledge on how to do things, in order to enhance well-being and empower common human activities, and (ii) learning about society through AI-supported analysis of historical sources and contemporary digital media streams, in order to understand social phenomena, specifically the origins and persistence of inequality in our society.



Project Info

Start   01/10/2020

End     30/09/2024

Funding   H2020 FET (European Commission)

Members Katrien Beuls