Tilburg University department Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence

Department of Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence

Members of the Cognitive Science & Artificial Intelligence (CSAI) department conduct research in the interdisciplinary domain of Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science and are involved in teaching the Bachelor and Master’s educational programs on Cognitive Science & Artificial Intelligence and Data Science & Society. The department is located on the Tilburg University campus (Dante Building) and in the Spoorzone/MindLabs (Deprez building). The department maintains a close collaboration with the Jheronimus Academy of Data Science (JADS) in ‘s-Hertogenbosch and with other departments and research institutes at Tilburg University. We are member of the Benelux Association for Artificial Intelligence (BNVKI), participate in the Special Interest Group for AI (SIG AI) and the Tilburg University Special Interest Group for AI (TAISIG), contributed to the Dutch AI Manifesto, and take active part in the Confederation of Laboratories for Artificial Intelligence Research in Europe (CLAIRE). 

Management

Head of Department: dr. Marie Postma
Research Coordinator: dr. Maryam Alimardani
Innovation Czar: dr. Elisabeth Huis in ‘t Veld

The CSAI research is divided into four main themes:

•    Human – AI Interaction 
Research leader: prof. dr. Max Louwerse

•    Deep Learning for Perception
Research leader: prof. dr. Eric Postma

•    Computational Linguistics
Research leader: dr. Afra Alishahi

•    Autonomous Agents & Gaming
Research leader: prof. dr. Pieter Spronck

Across the four main themes, members of the department collaborate closely on specific research topics in the context of research labs.   

The CSAI educational programs are managed by the Curriculum Team consisting of the following units:

•    BSc Cognitive Science & Artificial Intelligence
Academic Director: dr. Emmanuel Keuleers
Thesis Coordinator: dr. Çiçek Güven
Program Committee Chair: dr. Afra Alishahi
Academic Coordinator: Marion van Heijningen, MSc.

•    MSc Cognitive Science & Artificial Intelligence
Academic Director: dr. Henry Brighton
Thesis Coordinator: dr. Marijn van Wingerden
Program Committee Chair: dr. Afra Alishahi
Academic Coordinator: Susanne Warmerdam, MSc.

•    Premaster and MSc Data Science & Society
Academic Director: dr. Drew Hendrickson
Thesis Coordinator: dr. Marijn van Wingerden
Program Committee Chair: dr. Marijn van Wingerden
Academic Coordinator: Nikki van Stipdonk, MA