2, April 2005
QUEEN JADWIGA RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF UNDERSTANDING – the first steps in the
Magdalena Les and Dr. Zbigniew Les
The inauguration of the
activities of the Queen Jadwiga Research
Institute of Understanding (QJRIU) was during the evening lecture presented by Magdalena Les and Dr. Zbigniew Les that took place on 23 November 2004, at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne.
The host of this event was Australian Statistical Society Inc. The topic of
the lecture was Shape Understanding System:
application of statistical methods in designing of the system with the
visual thinking capabilities. In this presentation the focus was on the issues connected
with shape, understanding, reasoning and statistical methods. In the first
part of the presentation the general concepts such as understanding, visual
thinking and reasoning were presented. The basic concepts of shape
understanding method and selected issues of the implementation of the shape
understanding system (SUS) were introduced. In the second part, the
statistical shape theory as well as selected statistical methods applied in
the pattern recognition and expert systems such as Hidden Markov Models or
Bayesian networks, were briefly discussed. The
visual inference of SUS that is applied to solve the problem of curve
identification, a graphical investigation of the characteristic points of
the curve, visual tests, and identification of statistical visual objects,
were presented. Examples of application of the SUS in statistics (the
regression analysis, cluster analysis, discriminant analysis) were also shown.
the Queen Jadwiga Research Institute of
Understanding was represented by Dr. Z. Les and Magdalena Les at the International Statistical
Conference (ISI2005), 5-12 April, 2005, Sydney,
This was a very successful event that gathered statisticians from all over
the world, from more than 100 countries. A diverse Scientific Program
included invited and contributed papers sessions, key note speakers of
world repute, poster sessions, tutorials and short courses.
Sydney welcomes us with sunny weather – before inauguration of
the ISI 2005 conference
During presentation of the papers at the International
Conference ISI 2005, Sydney, Australia
The topic of our presentation was Understanding of the irregular object. In this
presentation a method of understanding of the irregular object was
presented. The term the irregular object referes to a 2-D object that possesses the small
irregularities or is representative of the irregular real world object such
as a leaf. The irregular object is also an object for which an exemplar has
a distortion caused by the perceptual limitation of the generated tools.
These irregularities can be interpreted as the useful information or as a
noise that is the result of the processing stage. In understanding process
of shape understanding system (SUS) the “noise” of the irregular object is
interpreted in the context of the concept of the object. Our approach has a
big advantage by relating the perceptual data into conceptual structure of
the knowledge about the visual object. In this approach the conceptual
similarities make it possible to find the different interpretation for the
same visual object.
from the final presentation
Discussion on the presented paper continued after the
We had great pleasure to meet
with Sir Clive Granger, the Nobel Laureate in economics in the year 2003.
He won a Nobel Prize in his discovery in the analysis of time series data.
During the break –playing Chopin and meeting with prof.
Waiting for news from Vatican before the
Pope’s funeral– internet centre and St. Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney