About the Centre for Cognitive Science

The Centre for Cognitive Science at Technische Universität Darmstadt unites faculty members across multiple disciplines, who joined forces in the scientific study of adaptive, intelligent behavior in humans and machines.

At the Centre of Cognitive Science we work towards a computational-representational understanding of human perception, cognition, and action through a tight integration of artificial intelligence and cognitive science. TU Darmstadt is one of the preeminent research universities in artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and robotics in Germany and Europe. We develop computational and algorithmic solutions to challenging AI- and ML-problems and we also employ insight from AI and ML to psychology, movement science, and neuroscience. Furthermore, we believe that cognitive science can help to drastically improve our future interaction with and explainability of artificial intelligence.

The Core Members of the Centre for Cognitive Science collaborate closely on computational cognitive science and on developing cognitive systems. TU Darmstadt offers an attractive, interdisciplinary research environment with Associated Researchers across the whole university.



October 2021 01.10.2021 – Dr. Dorothea Koert has been appointed leader of the independent BMBF-funded junior research group IKIDA. She has been leading the team since the start of the project in October 2020. Learn more (in German)

October 2021 – Two new introduction videos about project WhiteBox released in collaboration with ProLOEWE – Watch (1) Watch (2) (in German)

May 2021 12.05.2021 – The research project DeepSpaceBIM successfully presented its final results to interested professionals and the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI).

May 2021 – Prof. Loes van Dam, PhD, joined the Centre for Cognitive Science as Professor for “Sensorimotor Control and Learning” at the Institute of Psychology. Learn more

March 2021 – Thomas Wallis joined the Centre for Cognitive Science as professor for “Perception”. Great to have you with us! Learn more

February 2021 01.02.2021 – The Centre for Cognitive Science has been successful in two cluster grant applications, the collaborative clusters “The Adaptive Mind” & “Third Wave of AI” Learn more

December 2020 04.12.2020 – The Centre for Cognitive Science successfully applied for the LOEWE Research Cluster WhiteBox. The cluster will be funded four years with a total grant of 4.7 Mio EUR by the Hessian State Ministry of Higher Education, Research and the Arts. WhiteBox is joining the twin disciplines AI and Cognitive Science. Starting 2021, an interdisciplinary team will develop whitebox methods to foster human understanding of artificial intelligence and its results. A fundamental requirement and a focus research area of this undertaking is better understanding of the mechanisms of machine as well as human intelligence. More information will follow soon. TU Darmstadt news (in German)

October 2020 – The BMBF-funded junior research group “IKIDA – Interaktive KI für Domänenexperten und Alltagsnutzer” has started on 01.10.2020. 6 young scientists will investigate interactive AI algorithms & cognitive models for human-AI interaction. Project duration 01.10.2020-30.09.2024 Learn more

October 2020 – The BMBF-funded project “KompAKI – Kompetenzzentrum für Arbeit und Künstliche Intelligenz” (Competence Center for Work and Artificial Intelligence) started on 01.10.2020. It involves 11 research groups from TU Darmstadt and Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences, 8 companies, the Chamber of Industry and Commerce, and other associated partners. The Centre for Cognitive Science joins with Kristian Kersting, Frank Jäkel, Constantin Rothkopf. Project duration: 01.10.2020-30.09.2025 Learn more

September 2020 – On 15 September 2020 the European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems (ELLIS) officially inaugurated its network of 30 research units. One of the research units is based at TU Darmstadt. Its spokesperson is the Computer Science Professor Stefan Roth. All ELLIS unit faculty are core members or associated members of the Cognitive Science Centre. We are excited about the opportunities for collaboration in AI, ML and CogSci! Learn more

August 2020 – on 31 August 2020 the new Hesse Centre for Artificial Intelligence was established. Among the 22 founding professors are 6 members and associated researchers of the Centre for Cognitive Science. Mira Mezini and Kristian Kersting will be the spokespeople of the AI Centre Hesse. Learn more

July 2020new article in the popular science magazine 'Spektrum der Wissenschaft' on what AI teaches us about natrual intelligence by Albert Newen, Constantin Rothkopf, Nele Russwinkel and Martin V. Butz

June 2020 – Stefan Roth was awarded the 2020 Longuet-Higgins Prize together with Deqing Sun and Michael J. Black for their work on the “Secrets of optical flow estimation and their principles”. The prize is given annually by the IEEE Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (PAMI) Technical Committee for “Contributions in Computer Vision that Have Withstood the Test of Time.”

June 2020 – we are giving a talk as part of smartstart's series 'midsummer brains- computational neuroscience from my point of view'

May 2020 – we are part of the panel discussion at the virtual Neurizons 2020 conference

May 2020 – invited keynote at the virtual Symposium on Explainable Machine Learning for Biomedical Data Analysis and Care Robotics, Universität Oldenburg, Germany

April 2020 – the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has approved our collaborative grant “PlexPlain – Erklärende KI für Komplexe Lineare Programme am Beispiel intelligenter Energiesysteme” with Kristian Kersting, Frank Jäkel, Constantin Rothkopf and Florian Steinke. Learn more

February 2020 – Constantin Rothkopf is teaching at the Minds and Machines Workshop in Cognitive Science, Artificial Intelligence and Education at the University of Luxembourg

January 2020 – Kristian gave invited talk on Hybrid AI at ACM India Joint International Conference on Data Science & Management of Data (CODS-COMAD) 2020 in Hyderabad, India.

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