Cognitive Robotics Resources
- 1 What is Cognition?
- 2 Robots
- 3 Symposia and Workshops
- 4 Cognitive Architectures
- 5 Research
- 6 Software Resources
- 7 Datasets
- 8 Ethics
- 9 Summer Schools
- 10 Teaching Resources
- 11 Degrees in Cognitive Systems
- 12 Research Networks and Societies
What is Cognition?
42 definitions of cognition ... it has proved difficult to define cognition: read Aaron Sloman's argument that it isn't worth trying (go to the end of the article)
A definition of a cognitive system from the Springer Reference Guide to Computer Vision
What is Cognition? in Current Biology 29, R603-R622, 2019
Cognitive Robotics, Sandini et al., in Encyclopedia of Robotics, M. Ang, O. Khatib, and B. Siciliano (Eds.), Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, in press.
Symposia and Workshops
AIC - Artificial Intelligence and Cognition International Workshop Series
Cognitive Architectures for Robot Agents, 2021, with videos of 15 short talks by leading experts
International Foundation for Robotics Research Colloquium on Cognitive Robotics, 8 October 2020; the video proceedings are here
Teaching & Training Students for Cognitive Robotics, International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS, Detroit, USA, 1-5 October, 2023
Virtual International Symposium on Cognitive Architecture (VISCA 2021), with videos and slides, including a session on robot cognitive architectures.
Design Principles Articles
I. Kotseruba and J. Tsotsos (2020). 40 years of cognitive architectures: core cognitive abilities and practical applications
Companion website for 40 years of cognitive architectures: core cognitive abilities and practical applications
Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures Society (BICA) comparison of 25 cognitive architectures
B. Goertzl et al. (2010). A world survey of artificial brain projects, Part II: Biologically inspired cognitive architectures
Summaries of twenty cognitive architectures from D. Vernon, C. von Hofsten, and L. Fadiga. "A Roadmap for Cognitive Development in Humanoid Robots", Cognitive Systems Monographs (COSMOS), Vol. 11, Springer, 2010.
Individual Architecture Articles
MECA The Multipurpose Enhanced Cognitive Architecture (MECA)
MECA An Overview of the Multipurpose Enhanced Cognitive Architecture (MECA)
iCub The iCub Software Architecture: Evolution and Lessons Learned; not a cognitive architecture but relevant to the system architecture / software architecture aspects relevant to the implementation of a cognitive architecture.
iCub iCub-HRI: A Software Framework for Complex Human–Robot Interaction Scenarios on the iCub Humanoid Robot ibid.
Symbolic / Cognitivist
Presentations, Talks, Lectures
Lectures from Cognitive Robotics at www.cognitiverobotics.net
Module 7, Lecture 1. Role and requirements; desirable characteristics; core cognitive abilities.
Module 7, Lecture 2. Cognitive architectures: Example cognitive architectures: Example cognitive architectures: Soar, ACT-R, CLARION, ICARUS, BBD, ISAC.
Module 7, Lecture 3. The CRAM cognitive architecture: design principles; structure.
Module 7, Lecture 4. The CRAM cognitive architecture: operation.
Lectures from Artificial Cognitive Systems at www.vernon.eu/ACS.htm
Lecture 7: Cognitive Architectures 1: What is a cognitive architecture? Desirable characteristics. Designing a cognitive architecture.
Lecture 8: Cognitive Architectures 2: Example cognitive architectures: Soar, ACT/R, ICARUS, Global Workspace, SASE, Darwin.
Lecture 9: Cognitive Architectures 3: Example cognitive architectures: ISAC.
Lecture 10: Cognitive Architectures 4: Example cognitive architectures: CLARION.
Lecture 11: Cognitive Architectures 5: Example cognitive architectures: CRAM. The Common Model of Cognition.
Automata: movement and states of consciousness. Compelling demonstrations of the impact of motion on the way humans understand other agents.
Cognitive Architectures for Robot Agents: a collection of 15 talks from leading experts
The real reason for brains featuring Daniel Wolpert
Open Research and the Soar Cognitive Architecture featuring John Laird
Tutorial on the CRAM Cognitive Architecture featuring Gayane Kazhoyan
EASE Milestone Robot Demo and a related IEEE Spectrum article: "It’s (Still) Really Hard for Robots to Autonomously Do Household Chores"
EASE Milestone Spoon Challenge
Core Knowledge of Number and Geometry featuring Elizabeth Spelke at the inaugural meeting of euCognition in 2006
Videos from the Warneken and Tomasello (2006) paper on altruistic helping in human infants and young chimpanzees: Science, 311, 1301-1303.
Social Cognition for Human-Robot Symbiosis—Challenges and Building Blocks
The limits and potentials of deep learning for robotics
Building machines that learn and think like people
Controversies in Cognitive Systems Research
A First Draft Analysis of Some Meta-Requirements for Cognitive Systems in Robots
Dynamic Field Theory
Cognitive Behavior of Humans, Animals, and Machines: Situation Model Perspectives
Computing, cognition and the future of knowing John Kelly, Senior Vice President, IBM Research and Solutions Portfolio.
Dynamic Field Theory (DFT): Applications in Cognitive Science and Robotics
Observing Human Behaviour in Image Sequences: The Video-Hermeneutic Challenge
Cognitive Ontologies: Mapping Structure and Function of the Brain from a Systemic View
Coordinating with the Future: the Anticipatory Nature of Representation
Communication and Distributed Control in Multi-Agent Systems: Preliminary Model of Micro-unmanned Aerial Vehicle (MAV) Swarms
Enactive Artificial Intelligence
CoEvolutionary Approaches in Cognitive Robotic Systems Design
Action Selection for Intelligent Systems
Cognitive Maps in Rats and Men (if you are short of time, read the first paragraph and then the text at the end, after the last figure)
Cognitive Architectures by M. Ferreira, J. Sequeira, and R. Ventura (Eds.)
Research Centers and Labs
EASE - Everyday Activity Science and Engineering: Open Knowledge for AI-Enabled Robots
CRAM: Cognitive Robot Abstract Machine
KnowRob: Knowledge Processing for Robots
The CLARION Cognitive Architecture Project
BECCA: Brain-Emulating Cognition and Control Architecture
AKIRA: C++ development framework to build cognitive architectures and complex artificial intelligent agents
AmonI: Artificial Models of Natural Intelligence]
CAST: The CoSy Architecture Schema Toolkit
YARP: Yet Another Robot Platform.
ROS: Robot Operating System
1st Summer School on Cognitive Robotics MIT 2017
2nd Summer School on Cognitive Robotics MIT 2018
3rd Summer School on Cognitive Robotics USC 2019
EASE Fall School 2021 Cognition-enabled Robot Manipulation
EASE Fall School 2022 Cognition-enabled Robot Manipulation
IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine Tutorials
Tutorial on Embodiment
Control engineering of autonomous cognitive vehicles - a practical tutorial
The dynamic neural field approach to cognitive robotics
Neuronal Dynamics Approaches to Cognitive Robotics
Human-Robot Interaction - An Introduction An online textbook by C. Bartneck, T. Belpaeme, F. Eyssel, T. Kanda, M. Keijsers, and S. Šabanović
Introduction to Cognitive Robotics (www.cognitiverobotics.net)
Artificial Cognitive Systems; teaching material for Artificial Cognitive Systems - A Primer, MIT Press, 2014; click here for additional support material.
Cognitive Computer Vision
The Construct A Platform to Learn/Teach Robotics from Zero ... everything from robotics theory to ROS based robot programming
MIT Open Courseware: Computational Cognitive Science
MIT Center for Brains, Minds and Machines (CBMM) Science of Intelligence Learning Hub
Introduction to Mobile Robotics University of Freiburg
Autonomous Mobile Robots ETH Zürich
Degrees in Cognitive Systems
The following is a sample of the Master-level degrees that are available in cognitive systems.
Open University of Cyprus and University of Cyprus Joint Master's Degree Program in Cognitive Systems (120 ECTS)
University of Skövde, Sweden Human-Robot Interaction (120 ECTS)
University of Birmingham Computational Neuroscience and Cognitive Robotics MSc
Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain Interdisciplinary Master in Cognitive Systems and Interactive Media (60 ECTS)
Technical University of Munich Robotics, Cognition, and Intelligence
University of Warwick M.Sc. in Cognitive Systems
University of Zurich Master of Science in Informatics: Field of study Multimodal and Cognitive Systems
Research Networks and Societies
TC-CORO: IEEE Technical Committee on Cognitive Robotics
euCognition: European Network for the Advancement of Artificial Cognitive Systems. This network was the first in a series of three networks, culminating in EUCog below.
EUCog: European Society for Cognitive Systems
BICA: Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures Society
ESSCS: European Society for the Study of Cognitive Systems