Impact of Cognitive Systems Research

Europe is Big on Cognitive Systems

Today’s Europe’s vibrant and respected Cognitive Systems Research community is due in no small part to the European Commission foresight and leadership. 10 years of funding by the European Commission has enabled an ambitious research program that could not be developed in a more conservative funding framework. That’s because designing artificial cognitive systems requires bringing together wide spectrum of disciplines like neuroscience, developmental psychology and Artificial Intelligence in order to provide solutions when other approaches fail.

Dozens of labs and university departments have had the opportunity to think big, develop basic research, explore various approaches to develop artificial cognitive systems and find some very promising ones. In this decade the community has been bridging the gap from theory to application and now is ready to sit with industry and offer novel solutions in various fields.

We held two meetings to determine our desiderata and make practical plans to reach them:

“EUCog - Munich Message Meeting”
“EUCog & Luxembourg Unit - Outreach, outcome and impact of research in cognitive systems and EUCog”. These desiderata have now been made reality with our activities. We also the members of EUCognition about the impact of Cognitive Systems Research and interviewed researchers of EC funded projects to find out about the progress in the field. We summarized our findings in these two reports:

A map of cognitive system research in Europe

We've compiled and geolocated most of the academic and industry partners in Cognitive Systems FP7 projects in this map. We've included labs, research groups, university departments and companies. Please let us now who we are missing so we can represent the community accurately.

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information displayed in this map there may be inadvertent factual inaccuracies or omissions. Please send us an email if you see one (

Sources: • Cordis Website (, • FP7 projects websites, • Institution Websites


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