In Cooperation with

Heidelberg University, Excellence Initiative, Institutional Strategy, Instrument Scientific Computing (ZuK 5.4)

Important dates


Please register and submit a brief summary of your talk here until July 22, 2015.

Workshop Scientific Computing
in the Behavioral Sciences (SCBS 2015)

Focal Topics

  • Computational Modeling
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Dynamic Decision Making
  • Optimal Experimental Design


The workshop will provide a meeting ground for applied mathematicians, psychologists and other behavioral scientists interested in exploring computational modeling in the behavioral sciences. One focus of the workshop will be dynamic decision making, complex problem solving, as well as issues of optimal experimental design. Computational modeling and simulation of human cognition is an emergent multidisciplinary field of research promising breakthroughs for both basic research and applications. There is already a wide range of notable examples illustrating the successful application of scientific computing to cognitive models from working memory to intelligent tutoring systems.

Mathematical methods and computational tools for process modeling, which have a long success story in other disciplines, e.g. chemical engineering, may help to address the challenges and potential pitfalls arising in this approach. A successful implementation, however, requires a broad range of skills and knowledge.

Therefore, in this workshop, we bring together experts from the different fields of cognitive modeling and process modeling. We will discuss the available methodological approaches and tools as well as their limitations in order to foster effective future collaborations. A methodological focus will be on effective parameter estimation methods, model validation procedures, model-based optimum experimental design, and the application of these methods to models of cognition.

Group Photo of the Participants

Invited Speakers

  • Dr. Joscha Bach (MIT, Media Lab, USA)
  • Prof. Dr. Dietrich Dörner (University of Bamberg, Department of Psychology)
  • Dr. Björn Meder (Max Planck Institute for Human Development, MPIB, Berlin; Adaptive Behavior and Cognition)
  • Dr. Magda Osman (Queen Mary, University of London)


  • Dr. D. Holt
    Experimental and Theoretical Psychology, Heidelberg University
  • Dr. S. Körkel
    Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing, Heidelberg University
  • Nadia Said
    Experimental and Theoretical Psychology and Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing, Heidelberg University
  • Dr. Dr. M. von Sydow
    Department of Social Psychology, Heidelberg University
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