Current research project
Morphological Computing in Cognitive
Systems - Morcom @ COGS,
Morphological Computing in Cognitive Systems is an area of research at the Department of Cognition and Communication, with comparative studies of cognitive mechanisms in natural and artificial systems.
Morcom @ COGS project investigates
cognitive systems as information processing mechanisms
of different complexity, with cognitive computation
models based on physical (morphological) computation.
The goal is to learn from nature how to better handle
the complexity and the large amounts of data in a robust
and efficient manner. The project builds on a framework
of info-computational naturalism in which information is
understood as a structure and computation as its
dynamics. Cognition is a process that living organisms
use to stay alive as individuals and species, while
artificial computational systems use cognitive
capacities in order to efficiently produce meaningful
behaviour. Within the project, we study a generalized
concept of computation as morphological process - a
process of self-organization of information in a
cognitive agent, natural or artificial.
Digitalisation for a Sustainable Society (Closed)
The stage for the Gothenburg summit is set by the theme of Digitalisation for sustainable society, in light of information, computation and cognition. As our previous meetings, the summit 2017 reflects the moment we live in – a nascent movement of digitalization that has started to radically change our society, globally, in literally all its aspects. It is based on the computing technology (in all its forms, digital and analog, that all now go under the name “digital” that stands for any kind of computational system), which in its turn is based on information and data processing, which all goes back to cognition and intelligence of a cognizing agent in order to acquire meaning.
Digitalization has a potential to fundamentally transform the way we live, our whole civilization and our identities. Often mentioned definition from the Business dictionary: Digitalization is integration of digital technologies into everyday life by the digitization of everything that can be digitized – does not tell it all. Digitization as transformation of everything into digital data is only part of the story, telling that libraries will be digitized and turned into formats easy to process by computers. Sensors of various kinds, controlling variety of processes, from traffic control to health care, education, entertainment, production, monetary flows and government will produce increasing amounts of data suitable for further processing and analytics.
The project is closed: 31/12/2017