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Natural and Artificial Cognition – 1, 2, many


Tid: 2022-10-27 09:30 till 15:30
Plats: E:A, E-Huset, John Ericsons väg 2/Ole Römers väg 3, Lund, Sweden
Kontakt: Emma [dot] Boberg [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se
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Fika-to-fika Workshop about research on how aspects of human, animal, or artificial cognition, through communication and other forms of interaction, influence behaviour in the individual, dyadic, or collective context.


Cognition means sensing, processing, and sharing information, leading up to observable behaviour. Both natural and artificial cognition are extremely relevant topics today: The large-scale automation of society and advent of increasingly complex autonomous (robotic) systems with cognitive capabilities, sometimes called the fourth industrial revolution, will cause comprehensive changes to human society and the lives of individuals.

The changes create challenges and consequences that needs to be understood for individual and collective cognition in the natural and artificial worlds. Taking advantage of the opportunities presented by the new technologies and automation and developing novel and appropriate technology for a sustainable future demands concerted effort and wide investigation of both natural and artificial cognition.

Research about human cognition in the natural world can be used to make robots and AI behave in ways that are familiar and nonintrusive to us. Cognitive modelling and robotic systems can serve as tools to validate theories in natural cognition. Groups of agents -- people, robots, and animals – in novel constellations create behavioural interactions that in turn will influence existing collective behaviour.

Lund University has research with different, yet mutually relevant perspectives, methods, and goals connected to the areas of natural and artificial cognition. 

On 27 October the newly appointed profile area, Natural and Artificial Cognition: 1,2, many, invites to a workshop that discusses this research. The workshop will address how aspects of human, animal, or artificial cognition, through communication and other forms of interaction, influence behaviour in the individual, dyadic, or collective context.

When: 27 October 09.30 – 15.30 (CET)

Where: E:A, E-huset, John Ericssons väg 2/Ole Römers väg 3, Lund, Sweden

Registration: Free to attend but you need to sign up at


9.30 Registration, fika & mingle

10.00 Session 1

Kalle Åström, Mathematical Imaging Group, Coordinator AI Lund, Lund University

Neuronal mechanisms underlying the selection of actions
Per Petersson, Integrative Neurophysiology, Lund University

From Human Skills to Robot Skills
Volker Krueger, Computer Science and RobotLab LTH, Lund University

Navigational decisions - from insect neural circuits to nanophotonic hardware
Stanley Heinze, Functional zoology, NanoLund, Lunds University

Modelling Cognition in Robot
Christian Balkenius, Cognitive Science, Lund University

Dangerous decisions in mosquitos
Marcus Stensmyr, Animal Physiology, Lund University

12.00 Lunch and mingle

13.15 Session 2

Humanoid robots in social situations
Ingar Brinck, Theoretical Philosophy, Lund University

Language is heard and seen. About speech and gestures
Marianne Gullberg, General Linguistics and Humanities Lab, Lund University

Assessment of mental health with language analysed by AI
Sverker Sikström, Psychology, Lund University

Cognition in musical practice

  • Creative strategies and instrumental interaction in artistic knowledge building, Karin Johansson, Malmö Academy of Music, Lund University
  • Musician and instrument as a cognitive system, Markus Tullberg, Malmö Academy of Music, Lund University

On Large-Scale Coordination
Anders Rantzer, Automatic Control, Lund University

CANCELED: Political communication in a polarised digital democracy
Hanna Bäck, Political Science, Lund University
Replaced by online lunch seminar 23 November 2022 - open for registration

15.00 Fika & mingle

15.30 End of workshop

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