Challenge Workshop on
Formal Models of (Dis)Ordered Cognition

Computational modeling and simulation of human cognition is an emergent multidisciplinary field of research promising breakthroughs for both basic research and applications. There is already a wide range of notable examples illustrating the successful application of computational modeling in cognition from models of working memory to intelligent tutoring systems. However, many psychiatric and neurological disorders involve characteristic cognitive deficits that still are poorly understood on a process level.

Quantitative cognitive process models promise to contribute towards filling the explanatory gap between models of basic neural mechanisms and high-level cognitive abilities. Mathematical methods and computational tools for process modeling, which have a long success story in other disciplines, e.g. chemical engineering, may help to address the challenges and potential pitfalls arising in this approach. A successful implementation, however, requires a broad range of skills and knowledge.

Therefore, in this challenge workshop, we bring together experts from the different fields of cognitive modeling, cognitive disorders, and process modeling. The aim is to facilitate the exchange about research questions in domains like psychiatry, neuroscience, or cognitive science, which may be addressed by methods of process modeling. We will discuss the available methodological approaches and tools as well as their limitations in order to foster effective future collaborations.

The focus of this workshop will be on higher cognition and its disorders, including process models of the underlying neural activity. A methodological focus will be on effective parameter estimation methods, model validation procedures, model-based optimum experimental design, and the application of these methods to models of cognition.

Target Audience

Researchers interested in quantitative models of cognition, particularly higher cognition and models of dysfunctional cognition. Relevant fields include psychiatry, geriatrics, psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, mathematics, economics, computer science, statistics, and related fields. The workshop is also open to doctoral and graduate students.

Example topics

  • Studies on process-related aspects of disordered cognition
  • Cognitive models of planning and problem-solving in psychiatric disorders
  • Tracing cognitive activity in real-time using model-supported EEG/fMRT
  • Process-interpretation of fMRT connectivity analyses
  • Modeling age-related decline in cognitive abilities
  • Modeling of cognitive effects of neurotransmitter dysbalances and psychopharmacological interventions
  • Axiomatic analyses of modeling frameworks
  • Tractable mathematical formulations of cognitive models
  • Parameter estimation
  • Model discrimination and validation
  • Model-based optimum experimental design

Supported by

Institute of Psychology, IWR, HGS MathComp, and Institutional Strategy of Heidelberg University in the Excellence Initiative.

Important dates

Mar 09


Please register and submit a brief summary of your talk here until Mar 09, 2014.

Mar 11

Notification of acceptance

You will be notified of the acceptance of your talk until Mar 11, 2014.