Hongbin Wang, Ph.D., Receives Grant for Sensemaking

Published November 09, 2012 by Sarah Kelly

UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics professor Hongbin Wang, Ph.D., is receiving funding for phase 2 of his project, "Integrative Cognitive-Neuroscience Architectures for Understanding Sensemaking." The project is funded by The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) via subcontract from HRL Laboratories. The new phase runs from Dec. 6, 2012 to June 5, 2014 with a budget of approximately $360,000 for UTHealth.

Sensemaking is the human ability to identify and explain data or observations in uncertain environments. This study aims to understand and model the neural processes underlying  sensemaking to improve intelligence analysis. More specifically, develop and evaluate a biologically-realistic and psychologically-plausible computational model of human sensemaking, entitled MINDS for Mirroring Intelligence in a Neural Description of Sensemaking. The model will

1) consist of both symbolic and neural networks components for nontrivial sensemaking performance

2) simulate and seamlessly integrate the functions of multiple brain regions for a range of fundamental cognitive processes including attention, perception, learning, and decision-making

3) model and explain normal as well as biased human sensemaking behavior in real-world situations involving complex spatial and temporal information processing.