About ReteCog

ReteCog.net is a research network funded by the Spanish government to foster the cooperation between researchers in the multidiscplinary domains of the cognitive sciences. As part of their activities the network organises focused workshops around hot topics in cognitive science.

ReteCog 2011 is centered around the major topic of COGNITIVE ARCHITECTURE.

Unveiling the architecture of the mind is a cornerstone of all our research programmes. The workshop aims to bring together leading scholars, scientists and engineers who use analytic and synthetic methods both to understand the astonishing processing properties of biological systems, specifically those of the living brain, and to exploit such knowledge to advance engineering methods for building artificial systems with higher levels of cognitive competence.

ReteCog 2011 is a meeting point of mind theorists, cognitive systems engineers and brain scientists where cross-domain ideas are fostered in the hope of getting new emerging insights on the nature, operation and extractable capabilities of brains and minds. This multiple approach is necessary because the progressively more accurate data about brains is producing a growing need of both a quantitative and deep theoretical understanding and an associated capacity to manipulate this data and translate it into engineering applications rooted in sound theories.

ReteCog 2011 is intended for both i) life scientists who use and develop mathematical and engineering approaches for a better, system-level understanding of the cognitive behavior of complex biological systems and ii) technology researchers that aim to understand and build systems with higher cognitive competences.

ReteCog 2011 is organized to foster collaboration patterns that encourage cross-fertilization across the workshop domains topics. This emphasizes the role of ReteCog.net as a major meeting point for researchers and practitioners in the areas of natural and artificial cognitive systems. Debates across disciplines will enrich researchers with complementary perspectives from diverse scientific fields.

Plenary Speakers

Ron Sun, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA.
Russ Poldrack, University of Texas at Austin, USA.
William Bechtel, University of California at San Diego, USA.
Dedre Gentner, Northwestern University, USA.


The worksop will be held at Escuela Superior de Ingenieros Industriales of the Technical University of Madrid (UPM ETSII). This is situated at the very center of the city close to the Paseo de la Castellana artery.

Address: Jose Gutierrez Abascal 2
28006 Madrid

Coordinates: lat=40.4404 lon=-3.6902

Workshop Scope

Cognitive architecture · Neural Cognitive Architectures · Biological Neural Models · Brain Inspired Systems · Robotics · Adaptive Control Architecture · Cognitive Neuroscience of Volition · Systems Neuroscience · Attentional Mechanisms · Affective Systems · Architecture of Language· Cortical and Sub-Cortical Models · Self-awareness · Qualia models · Emotion and Affect · Philosophical implications · Neurophysiological Grounding for Cognition · Analytic/Synthetic phenomenology