Internship | Situation understanding by neurosymbolic reasoning
Education typeuniversity (wo)
TypeInternship and graduation project
Hours a weekFulltime – 40
We have an ambition towards higher levels of understanding the situations that are shown in images. For instance, a few people that form a group, which can be seen by whether they are looking at each other. Another example is that one person carries a bag and gives it to another person. We want to define such situations by first-order logic (symbolic predicates), and analyze them by recognizing the symbols in the image by deep learning models. The worlds of symbolic logical statements and machine/deep learning can be connected by a recent method called neurosymbolic programming. We want to explore this method for situation understanding.
What will be your role?
In the original paper, https://scallop-lang.github.io, it is possible to define the sum of two digits (symbolic statement), where each digit is perceived by an image (neural network). Together they form a neurosymbolic program. From the high-level definition of the sum, any mistakes by the neurosymbolic program are measured by a loss, which can backpropagate all the way to the digit neural network, to improve on the task of sum prediction.
Situation understanding is more complex. Consider group formation: a loss may promote that the persons’ features indeed indicate that they are facing at each other, i.e., that they are a social group. The goal of your research is to explore neuro-symbolic programming combined with deep learning for situation understanding.
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The selection process
After the first CV selection, the application process will be conducted by the concerning department. TNO will provide a suitable internship agreement. If you have any questions about this vacancy, you can contact the contact person mentioned below.
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