Focus Theme 2014:

"Cognition 3.0 - the social mind in the connected world"

Each IK has a special focus theme, which is addressed by about 60 % of the material taught at an IK. This year´s focus theme will highlight a current scholarly development in the cognitive sciences: After starting from the mind-as-machine metaphor (Cognition 1.0) and a subsequent expansion towards the embodied grounding of cognition in perception-action processes in a physical environment (Cognition 2.0), there is a currently ongoing „interactive turn“. It emphasizes that the individual´s cognition is more and more understood as interwoven with other minds in a social environment of dyads, small groups and larger networks. This view is underscored by the societal fact that today‘s technology offers pervasive, excessively used means of connecting oneself to others.

With its focus theme on "Cognition 3.0 – The social mind in the connected world ", the IK 2014 will provide an interdisciplinary view of “social” and “interactive” approaches to cognition with a range of courses from Cognitive Science, Philosophy, Psychology, Artificial Intelligence, Neuroscience and Neural Computation. A number of special IK courses will provide state-of-the-art knowledge at three coarse levels: “social minds” courses will discuss the basic prerequisites for social interaction such as action perception, theory of mind, language, or learning in social settings; “social interaction” will address topics like joint action coordination, empathy, adaptation and alignment. Finally, courses in the area of “groups and social systems” will cover swarm intelligence, wisdom of the crowds, and social media. Together, these IK courses will provide a timely and unique view on how humans, animals and artificial systems can act as individuals, interaction partners, and group members.

Basic Courses

  • BC1: Artificial Intelligence, Ipke Wachsmuth (University of Bielefeld)
  • BC2: Cognitive Science/Psychology, Matthias Brand (University of Duisburg-Essen)
  • BC3: Neurobiology, Ansgar Büschges and Carmen Wellmann (University of Cologne)
  • BC4: Computational Neuroscience, Alberto Bernacchia (Jacobs University Bremen)

Method Courses

  • MC1: Computational Models of Human Communication Dynamics, Louis-Philippe Morency (University of Southern California)
  • MC2: Bayesian Machine Learning, David Barber (University College London)
  • MC3: Neuroimaging , Kai Vogeley (University of Cologne)
  • MC4: Augmenting Social Interactions: Social Presence, Social Connectedness, and Beyond, W. Ijsselstein (Eindhoven University of Technology)

Social minds

  • SC1: Philosophy of Mind, Situated Affectivity, Achim Stephan (University of Osnabrück)
  • SC2: Theory of Mind: Concepts, Tests, Dysfunctions, Elke Kalbe and Jan Rosen (University of Vechta)
  • SC3: Cognition, Social Interaction and Cognitive Robots, Toni Belpaeme (University of Plymouth)
  • SC4: Learning in social settings, Nikol Rummel (Ruhr-University Bochum) and Ingo Kollar (LMU München)


  • SC5: Joint Action Coordination, Cordula Vesper (Central European University,Budapest)
  • SC6: Social Action Recognition, Stephan de la Rosa (MPI for Biological Cybernetics Tübingen)
  • SC7: Partner-specific Adaptions in Communication, Anna Kuhlen and Kai Görgen (Humboldt University of Berlin)
  • SC8: Embodied Interaction in Virtual Humans, Stacy Marsella (University of Southern California)
  • SC9: Empathy, Emotion Loops and the Illusion of Empathy, Arvid Kappas (Jacobs University Bremen)
  • SC10: Social robotics and Human-Robot-Interaction, Maha Salem (University of Hertfordshire) and Astrid Rosenthal-von der Pütten (University Duisburg-Essen)

Groups and social systems

  • SC11: Social Insects as Models of Collective Behavior and Cooperation, Jennifer Fewell (Arizona State University)
  • SC12: Sentiment Analysis for the Social Web, Michael Thelwall (University of Wolverhampton)
  • SC13: Social Media: Effects on Social Interaction and Social Cognition, Sonja Utz (Leibniz Institut für Wissensmedien -- Knowledge Media Research Center, Tübingen)


  • SC14: Internet of Things - Ambient Intelligence, Emile Aarts (Eindhoven University of Technology)
  • SC15: Evolution of Cooperation, Josep Call (St. Andrews)
  • SC16: Rhythmic Coordination and Tempo Judgements, Justin London (Carleton University)
  • SC17: Deep Learning in Neural Networks, Ilya Sutskever (University of Toronto)
  • SC18: Cognitive Systems: From Behavior-based Robotics towards Cognitive Control, Malte Schilling (University of Bielefeld)

Practical Courses

  • PC1: Contact/Dance Improvisation, Elisabeth Zimmermann
  • PC2: Hands-on Multi-agent Systems, Hana Boukricha, Nguyen Nhung, Patrick Renner and Nikita Mattar (University of Bielefeld)

Evening Talks

  • ET1: Social Cognition, Action Understanding, Autism, Karl Friston (University College London)
  • ET2: Evolution of Sociality and Evolutionary Processes within Social Systems, Robin Moritz (Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg)
  • ET3: Cognition 3.0: Cyberspace - The Final Frontier? Arvid Kappas & Mike Thelwall