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


Interaktionstechniken, Künstliche Intelligenz, Mensch-Maschine Interaktion, Unsicherheitserkennung


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-Universität Magdeburg
Prof. Dr. Myra Spiliopoulou
Universitätsplatz 2, 39106 Magdeburg     
Telefon: +49 391-67-58967

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

Technische Universität Ilmenau
Prof. Dr. Gunter Notni
Gustav-Kirchhoff-Platz 2, 98693 Ilmenau
Telefon: +49 3677-69-3820

Technische Universität Chemnitz
Prof. Dr. sc. ETH Alexander Hasse
Straße der Nationen 62, 09111 Chemnitz
Telefon: +49 371-531-36105

Laufzeit: 01.10.2023 bis 30.09.2025

Fördermittelgeber: Land Sachsen-Anhalt

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