Amsterdam, Netherlands

Human AI

online course
when 9 January 2023 - 20 January 2023
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 800

This course invites you to connect your findings from cognitive, social, health and neuroscience with those of your peers and collaborate on research-based projects.

This course will present theories and findings from a wide range of disciplines, including various branches of cognitive, social, health and neuroscience, to gain insight into underlying mechanisms of human processes that can be exploited in human AI modelling and simulation. The various scientific theories form a factual basis for modelling the processes. We can understand these often adaptive mechanisms through causal relations and causal pathways, which we can model as networks. Using this theoretical framework and the software provided, students can easily simulate a variety of scenarios.

During the second week, students will carry out activities that could lay the foundations for a publication that can be finished later on in the course.This course introduces a network-oriented modelling approach based on adaptive networks. This approach is useful for modelling social interactions and mental and health-related processes within their respective networks.

These network models cover the dynamics of causal effects, changing causal connections and excitability or sensitivity thresholds. Higher-order adaptiveness is another topic covered in the course, which includes the role of meta-plasticity and the extent to which plasticity occurs in the field of cognitive neuroscience.

Assessment is based on the assignments. In the second week of the course, a final assignment is addressed, which might be worked out to a paper that may be submitted to an international conference, where it could be presented and provided a publication. For this, support is provided also after the course.

Course leader

Dr Treur has been a full professor of AI since 1990 and is a well-recognized expert on the area of multidisciplinary human-like AI-modeling. He has published over 700 well-cited papers.

Target group

This course is suitable for anybody with an interest in AI applied in human domains. Bachelor's and Master's students and PhD candidates of diverse backgrounds (natural or social sciences, psychology, humanities) can benefit from this course.

Course aim

By the end of this course, students will:

-Have a firm grip on the key concepts and how they address realities of violence and non-violence in the age of the postcolonialism
-Be knowledgeable on the theoretical debates around these concepts and their practical effects.
-Be able to see the problems of nation-building playing out in our present world, and to offer several approaches to them based on the literature.
-Have improved their ability to critically read the relevant texts.
-Have learned to discuss the topic in a respectful manner in the group, accepting that everyone has different backgrounds.
-Have improved their skill for independent critical reflection through the assignments: presentation, review and paper writing.

Fee info

EUR 800: -Students, PhD students and employees of VU Amsterdam: €500
-Students and PhD students: €600
-Professionals: €800
Applications received before 15 October €50 receive Early Bird Discount


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