Cognitive systems for non-specialists Cognitive systems for non-specialists

Cognitive systems are devices that are designed to mimic cognitive skills of higher developed biological organisms at varying levels of complexity and performance. Models of these skills can be either abstract functional descriptions from the vast field of cognitive science or detailed simulations of brain circuits from neuroscience. Novel hardware designs and the steadily increasing availability of cheap computing resources have recently yielded remarkable results especially with the latter models. The goal of this course is to provide a definitive introduction to the theory of cognitive systems. Drawing from advances in brain research, the topic is approached from a computational-neuroscientific perspective rather than an abstract-psychological one, bridging the gap between the physical structure of the brain and the logical organisation of its cognitive capabilities. Special focus is put on the role of robotics as a means to ground cognitive function in bodies that physically interact within different types of environments.





ECTS credits: 2 ECTS (after attendance of the online course, one full workshop and successfully passing the exam)

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Lectures Lectures

Lecture 1: Internal models and counterfactual cognition predicting our environment
Lars Muckli (University of Glasgow), UK


Lecture 2: Making our selves: From psychology to robotics
Tony Prescott (The University of Sheffield), UK


Lecture 3: Can robots ever become conscious? Insights from theory and experimental neurobiology
Cyriel Pennartz (University of Amsterdam), Netherlands


Lecture 4: Introduction to the Neurorobotics platform
Marie Claire Capolei (Technical University of Denmark), Denmark


Lecture 5: Deep reinforcement learning for robotic control
Jonathan Hunt (Google DeepMind), UK


Lecture 6: Bio-inspired control architecture for mobile robotics
Yannick Morel (Technical University of Munich), Germany


Lecture 7: Neuroscience and robotics
Tata Ramalingasetty Shravan (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne), Switzerland


Lecture 8: The social robot: Emotions and drives
Vicky Vouloutsi (IBEC - Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia), Spain