Research Areas

CoTeSys structures its research agenda into six closely cooperating research areas:

  • neurobiological and -cognitive foundations
  • perception, model acquisition, and diagnosis
  • learning and knowledge
  • action, planning, and joint action
  • human interaction, and
  • demonstration scenarios

Basic research is conducted in the research area "Neurobiological and Neurocognitive Foundations" by studies of humans and animals at the behavioral and brain level. The goal is to produce computational models of perception, motor control, and learning. These models and the respective insights of how natural cognitive systems achieve robustness, adaptability, and performance are then used as inspiration and resources to realize information processing mechanisms that will accomplish the different cognitive capabilities.

The research areas "Multisensory Perception for Action", "Knowledge and Learning", "Action Planning and Control/Joint Action", and "Human Interaction" investigate individual cognitive capabilities. The scope of the areas are defined with respect to the kind of cognitive capability that they realize.

There are two key driving forces for the research: Firstly, the insights and models developed in the foundational research area in natural and artificial cognitive capabilities. Secondly, the challenges that are generated by the demonstration scenario research raising applied and basic research questions.

The demonstration platforms and scenarios challenge fundamental research, provide an essential platform for interdisciplinary cooperation, and are the stage for CoTeSys engineering research.

The most important publications of each research area can be found in the section "publications".