You are here: Home Open projects and theses

Open projects and theses

On this webpage we present topics that can lead to BSc/MSc projects or theses in Computer Science or Cognitive Science. As our research focus is highly interdisciplinary we can offer a bandwith of projects that may have an empirical/experimental or more theoretic approach. In any case please contact Marco Ragni directly, if you are interested.

Topic 1: Modeling common sense reasoning

Target group: MSc (Computer Science / Cognitive Science)

Problems such as the Winnograd challenge or PDP-Problems are considered very hard AI problems. Such problems are typically very easy to solve for human reasoners but are very difficult for current Machine Learning approaches as they require some form of semantic understanding. 


  • Knowledge of Python
  • Some knowledge about logic/machine learning


Topic 2: Predictive models for individual human reasoning

Target group: BSc/MSc (Computer Science / Cognitive Science) (several theses)

For given information what inferences do humans draw in general? Going one step further: Is it possible to predict for some background knowledge like working memory size and inferences drawn for some problem instances what the subject draws for an inference for a similar problem? What about a not so similar problem?


  • Knowledge of Python
  • Interest in probabilistic modeling


Topic 3: Evaluation of cognitive models with Multinomial Process Trees

Target group: We offer several theses MSc/BSc (Computer Science / Cognitive Science)

How can we compare different cognitive theories? Mathematical psychology offers interesting approaches to evaluate theories using AIC, BIC, DIC etc. Multinomial process trees offer an excellent possibility to formalize cognitive theories (especially for research on recognition memory. Their expressivness, however, and their application on human reasoning still requires more research. 


  • Knowledge of R
  • Mathematical knowledge (statistics)

Topic 4: Social AI: Developing a Personal AI Agent

Target group: We offer several theses MSc/BSc (Computer Science / Cognitive Science)

This project deals with the development of an AI agent that can interact (in a small domain) with a human user showing some behavioral characteristics. The AI agent will be trained with some keywords and uses a speech interface and uses a virtual human interface. Applications are in the field of Human Computer Interaction.


  • Programming in Python
  • Machine Learning
  • Interest in HCI
  • Project is offered until 31.12. 2016