Cognitive Systems and Human-Computer Interaction


The field of cognitive systems and human-computer interaction is receiving a great deal of attention both at a national and an international level. At the University of Ulm, this is a topic of intense research - within the scope of Transregio (SFB/TRR) 62, a project begun in 2009 in cooperation with the University of Magdeburg, and under the Competence Centre “Perception and Interactive Technologies” (PIT), in which the University acts as a focal point for computer science-specific and interdisciplinary research activities and consortium building.

The SFB/TRR62 pursues the vision of future technical systems as companion systems - cognitive technical systems, adjusting their functionality to the current user, tailoring to the user's abilities, preferences and needs and adapting to his current situation and mental state. These companion systems are always available, cooperative and trustworthy - a competent and cooperative service provider for the user.

The interdisciplinary group of computer scientists, engineers, physicians, neurobiologists and psychologists addresses systematic research of cognitive abilities and their realisation in technical systems. Their study focuses on the characteristics of individuality, flexibility, availability, cooperativeness and reliability. The aim is to implement these so-called companion characteristics into technical systems by means of cognitive processes and to analyse them based on psychological behaviour models and human brain mechanisms. Basic principles will be developed for a technology that will make a totally new dimension in technical system use available to humans.