Sensor Data and Perception: Can Sensors Play 20 Questions?

TitleSensor Data and Perception: Can Sensors Play 20 Questions?
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsCory Henson
Conference NameDagstuhl Seminar 10042: Semantic Challenges in Sensor Networks
PublisherSchloss Dagstuhl
Conference LocationDagstuhl, Germany
KeywordsPerception, Semantic Sensor Web, SSW

Currently, there are many sensors collecting information about our environment, leading to an overwhelming number of observations that must be analyzed and explained in order to achieve situation awareness. As perceptual beings, we are also constantly inundated with sensory data, yet we are able to make sense of our environment with relative ease. Why is the task of perception so easy for us, and so hard for machines; and could this have anything to do with how we play the game 20 Questions?