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Human-Machine Communication

Interdisciplinary in nature

Within the Master's degree programme Human-Machine Communication, much of the research is connected to the department of Artificial Intelligence and the research institute ALICE (Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Engineering). Most of the teachers in the Master's programme participate as researcher in ALICE and the content of the courses is closely linked to their research themes.

The research in Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Engineering is inherently interdisciplinary in nature. With Computing Science, an interest in formal modeling is shared, where these models may be symbolic, statistical or hybrid in nature. With Psychology and Biology an interest in natural cognition is shared, where the goal is to describe fundamental qualities of cognition in such an explicit way that computational models of perceptual, cognitive, and behavioural control functions can be constructed. The  research program of ALICE  covers three interrelated areas in Artificial Intelligence:


- Cognitive Modeling and Computational Neuroscience
- Multi-Agent Systems
- Autonomous Perceptive Systems

Good ties with the research of other institutes at the University of Groningen

The master HMC also has good ties with the research of other institutes at the University of Groningen. There are ties with the Faculty of Behavioural and Social sciences (Heymans Institute - Prof Addie Johnson), the Centre for Language and Cognition Groningen (Computational Linguistics - Dr Petra Hendriks, Dr Leonie Bosveld-de Smet, Dr Gosse Bouma, Prof Ir John Nerbonne, Dr Gertjan van Noord) and the research centre Behavioral and Cognitive Neurosciences (Prof Ir Diek Duifhuis).

  • Testimonial van Chris Janssen

    It is good to see that as a student I can already play a role in research and business

    The Master Human-Machine Communication appealed to me because of its combined practical and fundamental programme. By studying the human mind and formalizing theories in computer models, you can test theories on a lot of aspects relatively easy.

    At the moment I work on a project to create a computer game in which players learn social skills. My role is to develop a digital teacher who can assess your level of skill for different training objectives and uses this to dynamically personalize the training. Besides the interesting topic of digital learning, the project is also very interesting as it is done together with a lot of companies. Knowing both some psychology and technology, helps me to play a bridging role between the different partners.

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    – Chris Janssen
  • Testimonial van Kai van Amsterdam

    My job is as multifaceted as the programme is

    'I got a job at the UMCG after writing a thesis on anaesthesia monitors. Anaesthesiologists view graphs on monitors during surgery. We wanted to develop a monitor that translates graphs into statistical patterns. It proved that anaesthesiologists cannot recognize these patterns. Maybe a computer can? Could a model predict what's going to happen next? This is the focus of my research.

    I also analyse data for the anaesthesia department. There is too much data for the physicians to process. You need to find the right balance of drugs for each patient, which is why it is important that physicians can make good use of the available data. My job is as multifaceted and practical as the programme was. I get to do research and I’m also involved in various projects!’

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    – Kai van Amsterdam
  • Testimonial van Tamara Pepping

    Study Human Machine Communication at the University of Groningen

    – Tamara Pepping
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