Professor emeritus in Cognitive Science
Office HoursBy appointment only
Seminars on Theoretical Issues In Cognitive Science (TIICS)
The seminars on Theoretical Issues In Cognitive Science (TIICS) meets bi-weekly. It is open to all faculty, ph d and masters students as well as advanced undergarduate students interested in theoretical issues in cognitive science.
Cognitive Science at Linköping University
For an overview of Cognitive Science research and education at Linköping University, please visit our Cognitive Science web pages.
ResearchMy primary research interest is on the interface between cognition and communication, including similarities and differences in cognition and communication between natural and artificial agents, as well as, but to a lesser extent, similarities and differences between acting and communicating in real and virtual environments.
My work on various aspects of human-computer interaction has been motivated both by wanting to contribute to the development of new forms of human-computer interaction, including the use of natural language dialogue, and by using lessons learned from working with these often restricted forms of communication and cognition to gain a deeper understanding of human communication and cognition.
Over the years, I have been working in the following areas:
- Distributed cognition in everyday environments. Parts of this was joint work with David Kirsh, Department of Cognitive Science, UCSD
- Social and emotional responses to voice interfaces
- Cultural differences in social responses to media. This was joint work with the late Cliff Nass at the Department of Communication, Stanford University.
- Natural Language Processing, especially dialogue management for natural language interfaces. Most of this is joint work with Arne Jönsson.
- Hypermedia navigation and individual differences cognitive styles and abilities.
- Human Computer Interaction, especially intelligent interfaces. This work was done primarily during my period as a member of the PERSONA and PUSH projects at the HUMLE group at SICS, the Swedish Institute for Computer Science 1997-1999.
- E-learning. The focus of my early work was on the interplay between variation in two areas, the pupil's or student's learning styles on the one hand, and on variation in content types or kinds of knowledge on the other, and how these influence the design and use of e-learning. A short literature review written in 2001 as part of this work can be found here. I now participate when time permits in the research in our lab on virtual pedagogical agents led by Agneta Gulz.
Here is a list of my publications. Most of them can be downloaded from there.
You can also find (most of) them on my pages on Google Scholar.
Work in progress
The manuscripts below are papers in progress, most of them personal pinion pieces on topics related to Cognitive Science and AI or Cognitive Science and society. The papers with titles in Swedish are written in Swedish.
Please note the restrictions on citing these manuscripts without permission in writing from the author.
En kognitionsvetenskaplig analys av varför marknader för välfärdstjänster inte fungerar. (November 2011/ revised December 2020)
Turingtestet är vetenskapligt ointressant. (September 2020)
Tvärvetenskapens kvalitetsproblem (January 2016)
Masterprogrammets designprinciper och implementering (Jauuary 2020 / revised August 2021)
Docentrollen skall utvecklas, inte avvecklas (Debattinlägg i Curie 2017)
Previous supervision as primary or secondary supervisor
- Mattias Forsblsd (Kristiansson)
- Kia Höök (KTH and SICS)
- Ing-Marie Jonsson (Apple and Ansima)
- Joakim Ekberg (Skövde University College)
- Martin Castor (FOI)
- Staffan Nahlinder (FOI)
- Pernilla Quarfordt (FXPAL)
- Annika Silvervarg (formerly Flycht-Eriksson) (Linköping University)
- Peter Berggren (also with FOI, The Swedish Defence Research Agency)
- Sara Nygårdhs (also with VTI, The Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute)
- Martin Östlund (Linnaeus University)
Reserch Quality in Empirical Studies with Human Participants (Fall semester 2023)
Undergraduate and Master's level courses
In recent years I was involved in the following undergraduate and master
- Introduction to Cognitive Science, 729 G01, for undergraduate students.
- Distributed and Situated Cognition, 729 G12, for undergraduate students
- Capstone Course in Undergraduate Cognitive Science, 729G41, for undergraduate students
- Cognitive Science seminars 729 A69, for first year master's students
- Cognitive Science seminars 729 A70, for second year master's students
- Cognitive Science theories 729A23, for first year master's students
- Cognitive Science - Methods 729A94, for first year master's students
Previous affiliations and professional services
- Member of the board of the the Cognitive Science study program
- Director of SweCog, the Swedish National Graduate School in Cogntive Science, funded by the Swedish Research Council.
- Member of the Cognitive Science Society's ad hoc group for strengthening Cognitive Science in Europe
- Member of the Graduate School Committee of the Swedish Graduate School for Human-Machine Interaction.
- Chair of the Center for Cognitive Science and Information Technology (Kognitionscentrum), Stockholm University.
- Vice-dean and member of the board for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Linköping University.
- Member of the steering committee for the research cooperation between Linköping University and VTI, The Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute)
MiscellaneousI have become more an more concerned about the changes that currently take place at Swedish universities, both concerning the quality of research and teaching, and with a tendency to manage universities as if they were commercial companies. Some papers by others and me on this are collected here.
An interview with me in the Swedish newspaper Sydsvenska Dagbladet on spatial cognition and our navigational ability (In Swedish).
An interview with me in the Swedish daily Östgöta Correspondenten (In Swedish).
For the Cognitive Science students' magazine På Tvären #2, 1999, I wrote a short article (in Swedish) on the early history of the Cognitive Science Master's program in Linköping. The entire issue of the magazine can be found here.
- Nils Dahlbäck, Dept. of Computer and Information Science,
- Linköping University, SE-581 83 LINKÖPING, SWEDEN
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- +46 13 14 22 31 (Att: Nils Dahlbäck)
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