Collaborative Research Centre 378
Resource-adaptive cognitive processes

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft Sonderforschungsbereich 378 Saarland University
Updated: 2005-06-30
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Since the beginning of 1996, a collaborative research centre, funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), at the University of Saarbrücken has been investigating the adaptation of cognitive processes to limited resources. More than 50 scientists from psychology, computer science and computational linguistics participate in interdisciplinary collaboration within 11 projects. A close cooperation between the disciplines involved is guaranteed by the overall conception of the research centre and by collaboration between representatives of different disciplines even within individual projects.

The central topics of this this research centre are:

With this perspective, approaches to modelling can be adopted and extended which are considerably more realistic than conventional cognitive models. Scientific issues that arise in diverse research contexts are combined in new ways via reference to the central topic of the resource-adaptivity of cognitive processes. This topic is currently receiving a great deal attention in various disciplines. For example, previously, in artificial intelligence limitations of resources such as time, memory, and processing capacity were typically abstracted away from; more recently, especially in connection with real-time applications, explicit models of resource-adaptivity have been discussed.

Thirteen project directors and more than 50 other researchers participate in the research of the collaborative research centre. Within the university, they belong to the Department of Computer Science and--within the Philosophical Faculty--to the Divisions of General Linguistics, and Psychology. The individual projects are grouped into two research areas:

Area EMEmpirics and Modelling
Area MIModelling and Inference

The research centre integrates different research traditions with regard to the topic of resource adaptivity within a unified perspective. A further innovative component is the attempt to replace the traditional conception of computation by the concept of concurrent computation, which can serve as a more general basis for the study of resource-adaptive cognitive processes.


A listing of projects and staff can be found under

Former web pages

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