Workshop on Artificial Cognition

Schedule and location

Thursday December 1st -  Friday December 2nd
Tampere University of Technology (Korkeakoulunkatu 1), Tietotalo-building, Room  TB224


Registration is full.


Unfortunately Professor  Giulio Sandini has cancelled his participation.

Professor David Vernon,  School of Informatics, University of Skövde, Sweden

Dr.Tech., Docent Marja-Leena  LinneDepartment of Signal Processing, Tampere University of Technology, Finland.

Professor Steve FurberComputer Engineering in the School of Computer Science at the University of Manchester, UK



Professor Tapio Elomaa, Tampere University of Technology
Professor emeritus Kai Koskimies, Tampere University of Technology
Professor Erkki Mäkinen, University of Tampere


Cognition can be viewed as a process by which an autonomous system perceives its environment, learns from experience, anticipates the outcome of events, acts to pursue goals, and adapts to changing circumstances. In various domains such characteristics are becoming more and more important for applications supporting and partly replacing humans, like robotics, computer games, process and work machine automation, healthcare etc. Artificial cognition can be seen as the next level in developing capabilities of systems that go beyond traditional AI, inspired by cognitive neurosciences and psychology. This workshop provides a broad introduction to this exciting multi-disciplinary area and its current approaches, and a forum for discussing specific issues arising in the developing of applications exploiting artificial cognition. The speakers cover a wide range of viewpoints to artificial cognition from state-of-art brain research to robotics.     

Detailed Program


Thursday 1.12

9.00 – 9.15 Opening

9.15 – 10.30 David Vernon: 
Introduction to Artificial Cognition

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break

11.00 – 12.15 Marja-Leena Linne:
 Neurobiology of learning

12.15 – 13.30 Lunch

13.30 – 14.45 David Vernon:
 Introduction to embodied cognition

14.45 – 15.15 Coffee break

15.15 – 16.30 Steve Furber:
 The SpiNNaker project

16.30 – 17.30 Panel discussion


Friday 2.12

9.00 – 10.15 David Vernon:
 Cognitive architectures

10.15 – 10.45 Coffee break

10.45 – 12.00 Marja-Leena Linne:
 From models to algorithms for neuromorphic chips

12.00 – 13.15 Lunch

13.15 – 14.30 David Vernon:
 The development of embodied cognition in robotics

14.30 – 14.45 Coffee break

14.45 – 16.00 Steve Furber:
 Towards intelligent machines

16.00 – 17.00 Panel discussion


Credit points

Doctoral students participating in the seminar can obtain 2  credit points. This requires participating on all of the days and completing the assignment.

Registration fee

This seminar is free-of-charge for member organization's staff and their PhD students. For others the participation fee is 400 €. The participation fee includes access to the event and the event materials. Lunch and dinner are not included.