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Graduiertenkolleg "Computational Cognition"

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Research Training Group in Computational Cognition

The Research Training Group in Computational Cognition pursues the re-integration of cognitive science and artificial intelligence. Students in the program will be trained in both fields and will combine insights from both fields to understand intelligence in humans and machines. The Research Training Group is integrated into the Cognitive Science PhD program of the Institute of Cognitive Science. Students in the Research Training Group benefit from a highly interdisciplinary environment that is, nevertheless, focused on a common theme and that provides many methodological synergies between the projects. Read More

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We are hiring!

8 PhD positions are available in the RTG Computational Cognition! Come and join our great team!

Research fields involved in the RTG are Neuroinformatics, Neurobiopsychology, Bio-Inspired Computer Vision, Knowledge-Based Systems, Comparative BioCognition, Cognitive Natural Language Processing & Communication, Cognitive Modeling, Artificial Intelligence, Psycho/Neurolinguistics, Computational Linguistics and Cognitive Computing.

Deep Reinforcement Learning Workshop

The online-workshop comprises of a crash course and talk-sessions with invited speakers including panel discussions. The crash course aims to provide the participants with essential knowledge on deep reinforcement learning in order to understand the special features and advantages. It is designed as an interactive course. On the second day there will be talks and panel discussions with international speakers who work on highly relevant projects in that field.

Organized by: Viviane Clay & Ashima Keshava
YouTube live stream of the talks & panel discussions

Technisches Museum Wien is showing two of our explainer videos on AI

What is deep learning? Why do we need self-explaining neural networks? Two explainer videos that we originally made for the science exhibition ship "MS Wissenschaft" in 2019 will be presented beginning with December 2020 in the Technisches Museum Wien, Austria.

Higher, Further, and Smarter! – better encoding through interaction

New publication! How can agents develop an internal representation of the world with little or no rewards from the external environment – as it is in the case of humans? In her PhD project, Viviane Clay investigates how to teach a machine a semantic world understanding in a largely unsupervised fashion. For this she uses deep reinforcement learning testing the theory of embodiment. First results show the strength of embodied learning and its advantages over fully supervised approaches with regards to robustness and generalizability. Now published in Neural Networks.

Interview with Viviane Clay, winner of the Mendeley Data FAIRest Datasets Award

Open access datasets are absolutely essential for the researcher ecosystem for two reasons: „The first is for collaboration and moving the field forward together in a more efficient way. And the second is all about responsibility and accountability“ explains Viviane Clay who has won the Mendeley Data FAIRest Datasets Award as an important recognition for publishing data and analysis scripts in a reusable way. The whole interview is to be found on Elsevier Connect News.

Coronavirus forecasts: joint project with the Jülich Supercomputing Centre

Neuroinformatics scientists at Osnabrück University and data specialists at Forschungszentrum Jülich are releasing new model results daily to forecast COVID-19 infections. The results include estimates updated daily of the reported new infections and a 5-day forecast for every German district, and are available here. The predictions are based on data from the Robert Koch Institute, which are statistically analysed using a new model weighted by probability that was developed by Osnabrück's neuroinformatics scientists on high-performance computers at the Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC).

Lifehack for AI: Faster word learning similar to the kids

How can artificial agents  learn semantic representations faster, without
being told every word explicitly? Wouldn’t it be good if they were able to use
similar "lifehacks" as toddlers to learn new vocabulary? Our PHD student Xenia Ohmer developed a computational model of the „Mutual Exclusivity Bias“
(quickly rule out unlikely alternatives in order to effectively process and
learn word meanings) and by using reinforcement learning she trained
artificial agents to learn semantic representations faster.

Which linguistic cues improve discourse processing?

Linguistic cues are words that help to structure sentences to generate discourse expectations. There are many different types and less is known about the quality of their facilitative effects and whether the effects interact with one another. In a now published study our PHD student Juliane Schwab compared two types of cues (lexical and contextual discourse cues) in German and English for a cross-linguistic assessment of expectation-based effects in discourse processing. Understanding the role of such linguistic cues is essential to improve natural language communication between human and artificial agents.

Braving Covid-19: annual meeting of the German Research Training Groups in Computer Science

This year was our turn to organize the annual meeting of the German Research Training Groups which is traditionally hold in Dagstuhl. Due to Covid-19 we had to make it to an online event. Together with the Hasso Plattner Institute (Potsdam) we found an alternative online format that worked well for more than 50 participants.

Videos explaining neural networks, ML & co.

What is deep learning? Why do we need self explaining neural networks ? Check out these videos - they were part of our exhibit on the science exhibition ship MS Wissenschaft that presented research on Artificial Intelligence in Germany and was funded by the federal ministry of education and research (BMBF)

01 - 02 oct 2019: Workshop on computational cognition

The ComCo-2019 workshop pursues to contribute to the re-integration of Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence. There is a schism between low- and high-level cognition: a lot is known about the neural signals underlying basic sensorimotor processes and also a fair bit about the cognitive processes involved in reasoning, problem solving, or language. However, explaining how high-level cognition can arise from low level mechanisms is a long-standing open problem in Cognitive Science.

Organized by: Britta Grusdt, Hristofor Lukanov & Marc Vidal de Palol

july 10 - dec 31: Exhibit at the Ministry of Science

A copy from our exhibit from the Science-Ship MS-Wissenschaft was selected to be shown at the exhibition of the Federal Ministry of Science  .  This time the carpentry of the Osnabrück University built a great futuristic car for the VR-journey.

May 16 - Oct 16: Exhibit on the science-ship MS-Wissenschaft

 The RTG presents this year one of its studies on the german science-exhibition ship MS-Wissenschaft. This year's topic is: The year of the artificial intelligence.

People in charge: Maximilian Wächter, Farbod N. Nezami, Hristofor Lukanov, Marc Vidal de Palol