Modern trends in cognitive architectures and systems:
From theory to implementation in natural and artificial agents

3rd HBP Curriculum Workshop Series - Cognitive systems for non-specialists

11-13 December 2019 | University of Glasgow, United Kingdom


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The participation fee is 250€ and includes:

  • Admission to all scientific sessions
  • Coffee breaks, lunch break and social dinner

The fee does not include travel and accommodation. 

We offer 5 fee waivers. To apply, please send us an email.
The following conditions need to be fulfilled in order to be eligible for a fee waiver:

  • full attendance of the workshop
  • submission of an abstract for a poster or oral presentation
  • after-workshop survey completion 

In cooperation with the University of Glasgow we can also offer special rates for local students. For further info, also contact us via email.

Glasgow is served by three international airports, it is well connected by train from across the UK, it is easily accessible by Scotland's extensive road network and travelling by sea is made easy by the ferry connections. 

From the airport, an Airport Express brings you to the inner city. From the main train station you can reach the venue via the subway. The nearest station is Hillhead.

  • Language:
    The main language in Scotland is English, in some parts also Scots or Gaelic is spoken. 
  • Time zone:
    At the time of the workshop the time in Glasgow will be Greenwich Mean Time (GMT/UTC+0).
  • Climate:
    Scotland’s climate is known as cold and wet. The climate zone is oceanic. December is one of the coldest months in Scotland, with an average temperature around 5 °C (41 °F).
  • Electric current:

    In Scotland, power plugs Type G are used, please mind to bring an adapter if your cables do not fit G sockets.
    The standard volatage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

  • Tap water:
    Scottish tap water is safe to drink.

You can hand in an abstract with your application in order to present your research work in either a poster presentation, an oral presentation or both. 

Please note that the information provided on this site has been obtained from several different sources and therefore the organisers cannot accept any responsibility for errors therein.

In order to understand and implement cognitive systems, recent developments in neuroscience need to be brought together with computational techniques that integrate models and simulations. 

The goal of this workshop was to provide an overview of the latest advances in the understanding of how the brain works, computes and generates behaviour.

Application was open to the entire student community and early career researchers, regardless of whether they are affiliated with the Human Brain Project or not. A maximum of 30 participants will be selected by the Scientific Chair and the HBP Education Programme. It is aimed to offer equal opportunities for all early career researchers regardless of gender, age, origin, etc.


Poster session & student presentation:

The workshop offered the possibility of presenting your research in a poster presentation, an oral presentation, or both. 



Download the scientific programme:  Icon Scientific programme - 3rd Curriculum Workshop Series - Cognitive systems (2.0 MB)

Wednesday 11 December 2019


Introduction by Scientific Chairs | 30 min

Encoding and decoding models of brain activity | 60 min

Bertrand Thirion (Inria Paris)

Modelling the emergence of social behaviour | 60 min
Stuart Wilson (University of Sheffield)

A neurocognitive perspective on human-robot interaction | 60 min
Ruud Hortensius (University of Glasgow)

Layered cognitive architectures in animals and robots | 60 min
Tony Prescott (University of Sheffield)

Get together

Thursday 12 December 2019


Tutorial 1: MiRo Robot | 120 min
David Buxton, Alejandro Jiménez-Rodríguez & Tony Prescott (University of Sheffield)

High-resolution brain imaging for computational mechanisms of prediction | 60 min
Lars Muckli (University of Glasgow)

Tutorial 2: Brain imaging | 120 min
Yulia Lazarova & Lars Muckli (University of Glasgow)

Student presentations and poster session | 90 min

Social Evening



Friday 13 December 2019


Lab visits | 120 min

Building a biologically inspired embodied large-scale architecture of visuo-motor integration predicting human saliency performance | 60 min

Rainer Goebel (University of Maastricht)

Simulating psychological theories of emotion and its impact on behavior | 60 min
Stacy Marsella (University of Glasgow)

Designing social signals for artificial agents using psychological science | 60 min
Rachael Jack (University of Glasgow)

Panel discussion on "Modern trends in cognitive architectures: State of the art and challenges" | 90 min


Lars Muckli | University of Glasgow

Tony Prescott | University of Sheffield


supported by: 



Sylvia Aßlaber | Medical University Innsbruck
Judith Kathrein | Medical University Innsbruck
Alejandro Jiménez-Rodríguez | University of Sheffield

This face-to-face workshop is based on the content of the HBP Curriculum online lectures



62 Hillhead Street
Glasgow G128QB