Dr S. Thill (Serge)
Associate professor - Artificial Intelligence
Principal Investigator - Donders Centre for Cognition
Principal Investigator - Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour
Thomas van Aquinostraat 4
6525 GD NIJMEGEN
6500 HE NIJMEGEN
I am a cognitive scientist with a background in computational modelling and computational neuroscience. I am interested in human cognition in the context of interaction with different artificial cognitive systems (including robots and smart vehicles). To me, such agents currently provide some of the most exciting opportunities to further our understanding of cognition, both by studying how humans interact with them and by validating models of human cognition through implementation in artificial agents that can interact with humans.
My work thus spans a range of disciplines, from theoretical cognitive science (in particular theories of embodiment and how these relate to machine intelligence) over language and concept grounding to (neuro)-computational models of cognitive mechanisms and practical applications in, for example, autonomous vehicles and robots for therapy for children with autism spectrum disorder.
- 2022 - 2025 EMPOWER develops novel technological solutions to support neurodiverse children in education, helping in particular with executive function and emotional regulation skills. The resulting platform is co-developed with relevant stakeholders such as children, teachers, parents, and therapists. More information
- 2017 - 2020 Dreams4Cars had as its main objective of Dreams4Cars to set up an offline simulation mechanism in which robots by recombining aspects of real-world experience, can produce an emulated world, with which they can collectively interact to safely develop and improve their Perception-Action systems, in particular focusing on the analysis of rare events. More information
- 2014 - 2018 DREAM was an EC-funded project that delivered the next generation robot-enhanced therapy (RET). It developed clinically relevant interactive capacities for social robots that can operate autonomously for limited periods under the supervision of a psychotherapist. More information