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The Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of Udine (AILAB Udine) was founded in 1984 by Professor Carlo Tasso with the aim of producing research in the areas of Neural Networks, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Knowledge-based Systems, User Modeling, Personalization of Web sites and portals, Intelligent Interfaces for information retrieval and information filtering, Enterprise information portals for knowledge management, E-learning and information sharing. The laboratory has a 30 years long history of innovation and active support to local activities.

Prospective PHD Students

If you are a prospective student interested in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Deep Learning Research at the University of Udine, please read about our Ph.D. admissions process and contact us (Carlo Tasso and Giuseppe Serra). If you are applying to our Ph.D. course in Computer Science and are interested in our research, please state this in your statement of purpose.

A new member joins AILAB

We are very pleased to welcome a new member of the AILAB. Giuseppe Lancioni joined us as a Ph.D. student whose main research focus will cover the Data Analysis and Natural Language Processing fields. Everyone in the AILAB team is looking forward to work with him and see him achieve great goals!

Predictive Maintenance

The remaining useful life (RUL) estimation of a component is an interesting problem within the Prognostics and Health Management (PHM) field, which consists in estimating the number of time steps occurring between the current time step and the end of the component life. Being able to reliably estimate this value can lead to an improvement of the maintenance scheduling and a reduction of the costs associated with it. Data driven approaches are often used in the literature and they are the preferred choice over model-based approaches: in fact, not only they are easier to build, but the data over which they are built can be gathered easily in many industrial applications. During the last years, Long-Short Term Memory (LSTM) networks have found many applications in this area because they are suitable to deal with time-series data and because they inherently learn how to remember long-term dependencies, which can be really useful to uncover hidden patterns within the sensor data. Here […]

Visual Saliency Prediction

When human observers look at an image, attentive mechanisms drive their gazes towards salient regions. Emulating such ability has been studied for more than 80 years by neuroscientists and by computer vision researchers, while only recently, thanks to the large spread of deep learning, saliency prediction models have achieved a considerable improvement. Data-driven saliency has recently gained a lot of attention thanks to the use of Convolutional Neural Networks for predicting gaze fixations. In this project we go beyond standard approaches to saliency prediction, in which gaze maps are computed with a feed-forward network, and we present a novel model which can predict accurate saliency maps by incorporating neural attentive mechanisms. The core of our solution is a Convolutional LSTM that focuses on the most salient regions of the input image to iteratively refine the predicted saliency map. Additionally, to tackle the center bias present in human eye fixations, our model can learn a set of prior maps generated with […]

Ambient Assisted Living ChatBot

A chatbot is a computer program or an Artificial Intelligence agent which conducts a conversation via auditory or textual methods. Such programs are often designed to convincingly simulate how a human would behave as a conversational partner. Chatbots are typically used in dialog systems for various practical purposes including customer service or information acquisition. They may use sophisticated natural language processing systems and are either accessed via virtual assistants, via messaging apps or via individual organizations’ apps and websites. The aim of our project is to study and analyze a series of innovative technologies which, integrated together in a prototype managed by a virtual assistant, allows to renovate the concept of domotics as we know it. Also, since chatbots are user more and more in a working environment, our aim includes developing a virtual assistant integrated with a chatbot to back up maintenance activities in an industrial setting. The project is supported by POR FESR FVG Project and conducted as […]