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Theme 4: Brain Networks and Neuronal Communication

Artificial Cognitive Systems

Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour

Artificial Cognitive Systems

Understanding how mind emerges from matter is one of the great remaining questions in science. How is it possible that organized clumps of matter such as our own brains give rise to all of our beliefs, desires 
and intentions, ultimately allowing us to contemplate ourselves as well as the universe from which we originate?

The Artificial Cognitive Systems lab investigates the computational principles and neural mechanisms that mediate natural intelligence. To this end, we combine computational modelling, which has its roots in artificial intelligence and computational neuroscience, with empirical research, where we collect neural and behavioural data as people engage in challenging cognitive tasks.

Ultimately, our aim is to create intelligent machines that think like people by combining insights from multiple fields of research. From an applied perspective we are interested in using intelligent machines to address the challenges we are faced with in our modern society.

Name: Marcel van Gerven
Telephone: 024-3655931
Visiting address: Donders Centre for Cognition
Thomas van Aquinostraat 4
6525 GD Nijmegen
The Netherlands
Postal address: Donders Centre for Cognition
P.O. Box 9104
6500 HE Nijmegen
The Netherlands
Key grants and prizes
  • 2015 NWO GO VIDI: Peering into the human mind
  • 2013 DCC Internally funded Postdoc position
  • 2012 DCC PhD scholarship: Connectivity-based prediction of cognitive and motor function
  • 2011 Open Competition NWO MAGW: Decoding the memory trace
  • 2010 Open Competition NWO EW: Sparse learning of deep models
Key publications


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Natural Computing & Neurotechnology


Research Group
Artificial Cognitive Systems

Principal Investigator
Prof. Marcel van Gerven

Group members

Senior Staff
Luca Ambrogioni (Assistant Professor)
Linda Geerligs (Assistant Professor)
Frank Grootjen (Assistant Professor) 
Umut Güçlü (Assistant Professor)
Yağmur Güçlütürk  (Assistant Professor)
Max Hinne (Assistant Professor)
Sander Keemink (Assistant Professor)
Tim Kietzmann (Assistant Professor)
Pablo Lanillos (Assistant Professor)

Serge Thill (Assiociate Professor)

Research Fellow
Jan-Pieter Paardekooper

Nasir Ahmad
Adrien Doerig
Kiki van der Heijden
Bodo Rückauer

Abdullahi Ali
Elsbeth van Dam
Lex Dingemans
Lynn Le
Gabriëlle Ras
Jordy Thielen
Jaap de Ruyter van Steveninck