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prof.dr. F. van der Velde (Frank)

Full Professor

About Me

I am professor of Technical Cognition at the department of Cognitive Psychology and Ergonomics (CPE) and the Digital Society Institute (DSI) at the University of Twente. I have a background in cognitive science (psychology) and physics. 

My research interests concern mechanisms of cognition, with a focus on their neural implementation. Specific topics include cognitive and neuro-computational architectures of grounded and productive cognition, visual perception and attention, working memory, higher-level aspects of cognition (language-reasoning), categorization (with learning) and neural models of sequential (control, motor) behavior. The research aims to understand the neurocognitive mechanisms of the brain and to apply these mechanisms in technical systems, as in robots or neuromorphic hardware.

A main focus of my research concerns the development of 'Neural Blackboard Architectures' (NBAs) and the understanding of their learning abilities. NBAs are neuro-computational architectures that afford forms of combinatorial (productive) processing in (human) cognition. An example is the NBA of human language (sentence) processing. This NBA relates the (fully productive) linguistic features of language with the computational architecture needed to implement these features in neural mechanisms. Neuro-dynamical processing in the NBA accounts for aspects of human language processing, such as parsing and ambiguity resolution.  Other (dedicated) NBAs would underlie phonological processing, (aspects of) semantic processing and complex motor planning. 

 

Key publications related to the NBA are:

  • Van der Velde, F., Forth, J., Nazareth, D. S. & Wiggins, G. A. (2017). Linking neural
    and symbolic representation and processing of conceptual structures. Frontiers in Psychology: Cognition, 8:1297.
  • Van der Velde, F. (2016). Concepts and relations in neurally inspired in situ concept based computing. Frontiers in Neurorobotics, 10 (4), 1-6.
  • Van der Velde, F (2015). Communication, concepts and grounding. Neural Networks, 62, 112-117.
  • Van der Velde, F. & de Kamps, M (2015) The necessity of connection structures in
    neural models of variable binding. Cognitive Neurodynamics, 9, 359–370.
  • Van Dijk, D. & van der Velde, F. (2015). A Central Pattern Generator for Controlling Sequential Activation in a Neural Architecture for Sentence Processing. Neurocomputing, 170, 128–140.
  • Van der Velde, F & de Kamps, M. (2011). Compositional connectionist structures
    based on in situ grounded representations. Connection Science, 23, 97–107.
  • Van der Velde, F & de Kamps, M. (2010). Learning of control in a neural architecture of grounded language processing. Cognitive Systems Research, 11, 93–107.
  • Van der Velde, F. & de Kamps, M. (2006). Neural blackboard architectures of
    combinatorial structures in cognition (target article). Behavioral and Brain
    Sciences, 29, 37-70. 

Expertise

Brain
Electric Grounding
Productivity
Semantics
Chemical Activation
Dynamical Systems
Population Dynamics
Knowledge Management
Modeling
Pattern Recognition
Students
Communication
Stakeholders
Neural Networks
Interaction
Usability

Ancillary Activities

  • Universiteit Leiden
    onderzoek en onderwijs

Research

My research interests concern the understanding and application of the (neural) mechanisms of cognition. Specific topics include cognitive architectures of grounded and productive cognition, visual perception and attention, working memory, higher-level aspects of cognition (language-reasoning), categorization (with learning) and neural models of sequential (control, motor) behavior.

Publications

Recent
Dai, X., Oberhagemann, M. , Truong, K. P. , & Van Der Velde, F. (2017). Bridge the gap of codification and personalization strategies: Gain and lost of knowledge management of postgraduate student project meetings. In K. Liu, A. C. Salgado, J. Bernardino, J. Filipe, & J. Filipe (Eds.), Proceedings of the 9th International Joint Conference on Knowledge Discovery, Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management. Volume 3 KMIS (pp. 247-254). SCITEPRESS. https://doi.org/10.5220/0006584602470254
Ionita, D. , Nazareth, D. S. , Vasenev, A. , van der Velde, F. , & Wieringa, R. (2017). The role of tangibility and iconicity in collaborative modelling tasks. In C. Cabanillas, S. España, & S. Farshidi (Eds.), Proceedings of the ER Forum 2017 and the ER 2017 Demo track (pp. 1-14). CEUR. http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-1979/paper-13.pdf
van der Velde, F. (2016). Learning sequential control in a Neural Blackboard Architecture for in situ concept reasoning. In T. R. Besold, L. Lamb, L. Serafini, & W. Tabor (Eds.), Pre-Proceedings of the 11th International Workshop on Neural-Symbolic Learning and Reasoning NeSy’16

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Education

Involved in the following activities:

  • Master course Intelligent Systems
  • Bachelor thesis HFE
  • Master thesis HFE
  • O&O projects
  • HTHT Design Modules

Courses

Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Cubicus (building no. 41), room B316
De Zul 10
7522NJ  Enschede
The Netherlands

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Mailing Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Cubicus  B316
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands

Additional Contact Information

Digital Society Institute, University of Twente.