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).