TiCC - Tilburg center for Cognition and Communication

Tilburg center for Cognition and Communication

We study how people communicate with each other and how computer systems can be taught to communicate with us.

TiCC is one of five Centers of Excellence at Tilburg University

Humans generally communicate very efficiently. We use language to exchange factual information, but also, for example, to express our thoughts and feelings. We do this face-to-face, using speech and supported by appropriate non-verbal behaviours such as facial expressions or gestures. But we also increasingly communicate with each other using a broad range of computer-mediated communication systems, including social media, MOOCs and games.

How does this work? How does our brain acquire, understand and produce language? How do we express and process information in different modalities, ranging from speech and gesture to text and diagram? Can we implement these skills in the technological devices that we use every day for communication purposes, including computers, tablets and smartphones? Can we develop tools to support mental, physical or age-related deficiencies in communication? Can we teach advanced  communication skills to the robots that are entering our society? What impact will this have, both on individual users and on society as a whole?

Research Approach

Social robot helps teaching toddlers a second language

In cooperation with a consortium of European universities and companies, researchers at TiCC are developing a social robot that is designed to interact naturally with young children to help them learn English or Dutch. 

Eric Postma in 'EenVandaag':

Should we be scared of the Human Robot? Interview