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Cognitive Science research at Umeå University spans a wide spectrum of the field, engaging researchers in Computing Science, Linguistics, Philosophy, Neuroscience, Psychology, and more. In addition to research education, Umeå University offers a bachelor program (since 1998), and (starting fall 2011) a master program in Cognitive Science.

Contact persons
Computing Science: Lars-Erik Janlert, Department of Computing Science
Linguistics: Kirk Sullivan, Department of Language Studies
Neuroscience: Lars Nyberg, Department of Integrative Medical Biology
Philosophy: Pär Sundström, Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies
Psychology: Timo Mäntylä, Department of Psychology

SweCog contact persons
Professor: Lars-Erik Janlert, lej@cs.umu.se
PhD student: to be announced


The Center for Information Technology and Cognitive Science

The center for Information Technology and Cognitive Science in Stockholm functions as a platform and meeting ground for research and education carried out within IT and Cognitive Science in the Stockholm area. The center was founded in 1992 and three universities are represented in the center; Stockholm University (SU), the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) and the Karolinska Institute (KI). The center is administratively located at the department of Computer – and Systems Sciences (Stockholm University).

For information please visit:

SweCog contact persons
Professor: Robert Ramberg, robban@dsv.su.se
PhD student: Johan Eliasson, je@dsv.su.se


School of Humanities & Informatics

There are two overlapping research groups that actively participate in SweCog.

Cognition & Interaction Lab (COIN)

Research in the COIN Lab, led by Prof. Tom Ziemke, is focused on embodied, situated, and distributed cognition in natural and artificial cognitive systems - in particular:

  • Sensorimotor interaction between cognitive agents (humans, animals, robots) and their environments,
  • social interaction between people, between robots, and not least between humans and robots, and
  • human interaction with different types of information technology, e.g. decision support systems or computer games.

For more information see www.his.se/english/research/informatics/research-groups/coin/

Skövde Artificial Intelligence Lab (SAIL)

Our work in this area is part of the University of Skövde's Information Fusion research program (www.infofusion.se, funded by the Knowledge Foundation), in collaboration with industrial partners, such as SAAB Microwave Systems and ICA Handlarna. Contact persons: Henrik Boström and Lars Niklasson.

For more information see www.his.se/english/research/informatics/research-groups/sail/.

Interactable Games and Media Lab (InGaMe)

Research in the InGaMe Lab, led by Dr. Per Backlund, is focused on computer games and other interactable media, in particular development of gaming environments and demonstrators for entertainment based learning, i.e. so-called serious games.

For more information see www.his.se/ingame.

SweCog contact persons
Professor: Tom Ziemke, tom.ziemke@his.se
PhD student: Anna-Sofia Alklind Taylor, anna-sofia.alklind.taylor@his.se


Research on Cognitive Science is pursued in the Cognition and Interaction group and in a number of other different research groups:

More information on these departments and the research groups within these can be found at http://www.liu.se/cogsci/beta/research/research_groups.html

SweCog contact persons
Professor: Nils Dahlbäck, nils.dahlback@liu.se and assistant professor: Annika Silvervarg, annsi@ida.liu.se
PhD student: Mattias Kristiansson, mattias.kristiansson@liu.se


SCCIIL is a center for interdisciplinary research in the intersection of the concepts Semantics, Cognition, Communication, Information, Interaction and Language (SCCIIL).

SCCIIL's aim is to organize both theoretically and practically oriented research projects. SCCIIL also provides a link between research projects, industry and trade. For researchers SCCIIL offers opportunities to work in an exciting and expansive area with contacts in a variety of disciplines.

The SSKKII center is a department at Göteborg University.

Contact persons
  • Jens Allwood, chairman & professor, jens(at)ling.gu.se
  • Elisabeth Ahlsén, vice chairman & professor, eliza(at)ling.gu.se
  • Alexander Almér, PhD & director of cognitive science studies, almera(at)chalmers.se
SweCog contact persons
Professor: Jens Allwood, jens(at)ling.gu.se
PhD student: Kajsa Nalin, kajsa.nalin@sskkii.gu.se


The department in Lund was founded in 1988 by professor Peter Gärdenfors and presently houses three postdocs and fifteen PhD students. Our students come from a number of different areas which is also reflected in the varied and dynamic research being conducted at the department. Courses are offered at the department at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and our weekly seminars and occasional guest lectures are open to the interested public. Lund University Cognitive Science is one of three groups at the Department of Philosophy.

For more information see www.lucs.lu.se.

SweCog contact persons
Professor: Christian Balkenius, christian.balkenius@lucs.lu.se
PhD student: Betty Tärning, betty.tarning@lucs.lu.se