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Tracing Uncertainty in Human-Machine Interaction for Object Classification in Industry 4.0


Artificial Intelligence, Human-Machine-Interaction, Interaction Techniques, Uncertainty Detection


OVGU Magdeburg, TU Chemnitz, TU Ilmenau


10/2023 – 09/2025

Consider the task of malformed object classification in an industrial setting, where the term ‘malformed’ encompasses objects that are afflicted with geometric deviations, corroded or broken. Recognizing whether such an object can be repaired, taken apart so that its components can be used otherwise, or dispatched for recycling, is a difficult classification task. Despite the progress of artificial intelligence for the classification of objects based on images, the classification of malformed objects still demands human involvement, because each such object is unique. Ideally, the intelligent machine should demand expert support only when it is uncertain about the class. But what if the human is also uncertain?

In this project we investigate methods for recognizing human uncertainty in an unobtrusive manner and active feature acquisition algorithms for reducing machine uncertainty. We also intend to build reference datasets where human uncertainty is controlled and measured.


Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg
Prof. Dr. Myra Spiliopoulou
University Square 2, 39106 Magdeburg
Phone: +49 391-67-58967

Frauenhofer IFF Magdeburg
Prof. Dr. Julia Arlinghaus
Sandtorstr. 22, 39106 Magdeburg
Phone: +49 391-4090-477

Ilmenau University of Technology
Prof. Dr. Gunter Notni
Gustav-Kirchhoff-Platz 2, 98693 Ilmenau
Phone: +49 3677-69-3820

Chemnitz University of Technology
Prof. Dr. sc. ETH Alexander Hasse
Street of Nations 62, 09111 Chemnitz
Phone: +49 371-531-36105

Duration: 01.10.2023 to 30.09.2025

Founding provider: State of Saxony-Anhalt

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