Mark Neerincx was a speaker at the first JAIN Challenge and he is Professor human-centered computing in the Interactive Intelligence group of the Delft University of Technology, TU Delft. At TNO, Mark is a Principal Scientist, specialized in the socio-cognitive engineering of human-agent teams and electronic partners. When you have a small chat with him, you immediately know the things that make his hearth beat faster and why we, within JAIN, appreciate Mark so much.
Mark is focused on the progress of Hybrid Intelligence in robotics, conversational agents, trustworthy AI and personalized support. This intelligence increases the capabilities of physical and virtual agents to operate more and more autonomously; possibly as team members, companions and/or partners of humans. However, the information and decision-making processes of these agents differ from human processes fundamentally. Fruitful human-agent collaboration requires the AI to develop meta-reasoning and meta-learning capabilities, which match the individual human and group needs, and which support the lifelong human-agent partners to co-learn.
Harmonizing the joint and interdependent social, cognitive and affective processes in the co-active learning process is a major challenge for the research & development community, which asks for a rigorous interdisciplinary approach.
We know of Mark that he is convinced about the fact that music, with a strong personal meaning, can enhance the social, cognitive, and affective experiences of both people with dementia (PwD) and their social environment. JAIN likes to promote musical support as well and JAIN supports its trustful friend Mark Neerincx in all his research activities and new hybrid-projects in the future.