Welcome to the Social Cognitive Systems Group

We are part of the Cluster of Excellence in Cognitive Interaction Technology CITEC (EXC 277) and the Faculty of Technology of Bielefeld University.

We study social behavior and social minds in humans and artificial systems: How can cognitive systems understand and predict other agents? How can they communicate efficiently and adapt dynamically during interaction? How do humans perceive and interact with them? We investigate these questions by exploring computational accounts of the cognitive or behavioral mechanisms needed to become a socially intelligent interaction partner. These are embodied in intelligent systems like virtual avatars or social robots, which we apply and test in novel human-machine interaction scenarios within assisted living, industrial, or educational contexts.