Dr. Thomas Barkowsky

Scientific Manager, Principal Investigator

Universität Bremen
Enrique-Schmidt-Str. 5
28334 Bremen

+49 (0)421 218-64233


About me

I am a senior researcher in the Cognitive Systems group at the Informatics Department at the University of Bremen and a principal investigator in the Spatial Cognition Research Center SFB/TR 8. I am also responsible for the scientific management in the SFB/TR 8. I received my doctoral degree in informatics / cognitive science in 2002 at the University of Hamburg. I am working in the field of computational cognitive modeling of human spatial capabilities and in the development of intelligent assistance systems.


My main research interests are in devising computer models of the human mind regarding spatial knowledge processing, in issues of knowledge representation in human memory, and in spatial mental models and mental imagery. Besides pursuing basic research in spatial cognition I apply results obtained in the SFB/TR 8 project R1-[ImageSpace] in intelligent assistance systems. These systems may provide help to people coping with cognitively demanding spatial tasks as they are found, for instance, in the field of architectural design.

Research Projects

since 2011 CapacityLab (Researching Capacity Building for Poverty Reduction in Developing Countries):
2010-2013 EU ITN GEOCROWD:
2009-2011 SFB/TR 8 project PR1-[PublicRelations]
2009-2010 SFB/TR 8 project R8-[CSpace]
2007-2009 EU STREP SHARE-it
2004-2010 SFB/TR 8 project A5-[ActionSpace]
2003-2014 SFB/TR 8 Spatial Cognition: Reasoning, Action, Interaction (Scientific Management)
2003-2014 SFB/TR 8 project R1-[ImageSpace]

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