Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence
Sigmund Freud is not the only famous psychiatrist from Austria, among others are Viktor Frankl and Alfred Adler. Though Adler coined the term "Inferiority Complex", Austrians have no reason to feel inferior.
Austrians seem to have an inclination for the "psyche" and for music. Among the research that has been undertaken at the Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (OFAI.at) are playing classical piano music expressively through AI programs, visually representing different styles of famous pianists, investigating and modeling the coordination of musicians when playing in unison, finding the most similar sounding musical pieces to a given musical composition, even a contemporary one, and that in millions of pieces, in really big data, in milliseconds. A method, applicable to many other domains. And finding out why some pieces have an extreme high mathematical similarity to most of the others though this is obviously not the case ("hubness") and the generalization to similar problems in other areas than music.
The "psyche" or, simpler, personalities, both with their rational and emotional aspects, are another hot topic of research and application in Austria. Results were published as books already in 1997 in "Creating Personalities for Synthetic Actors" and in 2003 "Emotions in Humans and Artifacts", the latter book published by a well-known publisher in the USA, MIT Press. Is it possible to influence the mood of a visitor of a virtual bartender, i.e. an AI system? Yes, it is, and in both directions, positive or negative. A result important for affect mining and influencing. Another project, interacting with synthetic personalities in serious games for training in emergency handling.
Robots are expected to help elder persons or persons with special needs to lead a self-determined life, as companions. Psychologists are currently pondering about the personality traits needed. But don't we have a rich source of successful companionships in literature, dramas, operas, films, compiled, at least partially in thousands of years? Character Mining and Generation (CHARMinG) is a large project we will start this spring. Complex situations request ethical decision-making, both for robot companions and, not yet well-known, for self-driving cars. The book "A Construction Manual for Robots' Ethical Systems"; will contain the results of our research and those of several colleagues in other countries, to be published this spring.
Thus, our work is in the range from theoretical research to near-product development. Many enterprises are partners in our, up to now 32 EU-projects, among them Ferrari, mentioned today in another talk. Unfortunately, for many company projects, from Austria to China, NDAs had to be signed. But some of our partners do not hide our contribution, e.g. Austrian Tourist Consultants, Frequentis, derStandard, SwissPerform, MediaControl, Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra or Denmark's Bang & Olufsen (B&O) which advertises our cooperation regarding their Beosound 5.
Even considering the enormous progress of AI, "mind" is still your business. But if you mind your business, consider AI.