Prof. Frank van der Velde


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


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.

Curriculum Vitae

Prof. Frank van der Velde is chair of Technical Cognition at the department of Cognitive Psychology and Ergonomics (CPE) and the Digital Society Institute at the University of Twente. He obtained an MSc in Cognitive Psychology in 1982 (cum laude) and an MSc in Physics in 1989 (cum laude). He obtained a PhD in Cognitive Psychology in 1990. He received a fellowship from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (1990-1995), an NWO large-scale project Selection of information in Cognitive Processes (1997-2002) an NWO cooperative research grant Top-down and Bottom-up Control of Visual Selection (2002-2006) and a NWO Cognition Programme grant Anticipating Large-scale Brain Simulations in cognitive and medical neuroscience (2003). He has (co)-authored over 80 peer-reviewed international publications, ranging from experimental language psychology, modelling brain processes, neural dynamics, to high-level (neuro) cognitive processing (e.g., a target article in the Behavioral and Brain Sciences). His research topics are focused on neuronal representation and processing of compositional cognitive structures in language and vision, as given by neuronal ‘blackboard’ architectures for high-level cognitive and productive processes. He is currently involved in the EU-FP7 project Concept Creation Technology (ConCreTe, 611733) on conceptual creativity in humans and machines, and he coordinates the national (NWO) project Cognitive robotics, neurorobotics and social robotics with the iCub humanoid robot. He is an associate editor of Frontiers in Neurorobotics.