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Prof. dr. Max Louwerse is Professor in Cognitive Psychology and Artificial Intelligence in the Department of Cognitive Science & Artificial Intelligence at Tilburg University. He received his PhD in Linguistics (University of Edinburgh) and worked at the University of Memphis as Full Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Institute for Intelligent Systems (IIS), and served as Director of the IIS.
Louwerse published over 130 articles in journals, proceedings and books in cognitive science, computational linguistics, and psycholinguistics (symbolic and embodied cognition, language statistics, virtual reality, multimodal communication) and holds two patents.
Louwerse served as principal investigator, co-principal investigator, or senior researcher on projects totaling €30 million in both the United States and the Netherlands. In the US he was involved as a Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator in projects totaling almost $10 million funded by NSF, NIH and IES. In the Netherlands he serves as co-principal investigator in the €12 million project Campione (33 partners) investigating training in virtual reality and as principal investigator on the €7 million project VIBE (12 partners) developing animated embodied conversational agents for health care. Most recently he is involved in activities of SpaceBuzz.
Louwerse has been founder of the DAF Technology Lab, the virtual and mixed reality lab on the Tilburg University campus, was involved in setting up the Jheronimus Academy of Data Science (www.jads.nl), and is co-founder of MindLabs (www.mind-labs.eu).
He is associate editor of the journal Cognitive Science and has served on editorial boards of several journals in cognitive science and artificial intelligence. He currently serves in the Learning and Education track of the Digital Society agenda of the Association of Universities in the Netherlands, and on several steering committees (smart industry, air force).