Natural Computational Architectures for Cognitive Info-Communication
Preprint, 2021

Recent comprehensive overview of 40 years of research in cognitive architectures, (Kotseruba and Tsotsos 2020), evaluates modelling of the core cognitive abilities in humans, but only marginally addresses biologically plausible approaches based on natural computation. This mini review presents
a set of perspectives and approaches which have shaped the development of biologically inspired computational models in the recent past that can lead to the development of biologically more realistic cognitive architectures. For describing continuum of natural cognitive architectures, from basal cellular to human-level cognition, we use evolutionary info-computational framework, where natural/ physical/ morphological computation leads to evolution of increasingly complex cognitive systems. Forty years ago, when the first cognitive architectures have been proposed, understanding of cognition, embodiment and evolution was different. So was the state of the art of information physics, bioinformatics, information chemistry, computational neuroscience, complexity theory, selforganization, theory of evolution, information and computation. Novel developments support a constructive interdisciplinary framework for cognitive architectures in the context of computing nature, where interactions between constituents at different levels of organization lead to complexification of agency and increased cognitive capacities. We identify several important research questions for further investigation that can increase understanding of cognition in nature and inspire new developments of cognitive technologies. Recently, basal cell cognition attracted a lot of interest for its possible applications in medicine, new computing technologies, as well as micro- and nanorobotics. Bio-cognition of cells connected into tissues/organs, and organisms with the group (social) levels of information processing provides insights into cognition mechanisms that can support the development of new AI platforms and cognitive robotics.

Cognitive Evolution

Natural Computation

Natural Information

Basal Cognition

Cognitive Architectures

Natural Communication


Gordana Dodig Crnkovic

Chalmers, Data- och informationsteknik, Interaktionsdesign

Morfologiska beräkningar i kognitiva system (MORCOM@COGS)

Vetenskapsrådet (VR) (2015-05359), 2016-01-01 -- 2020-12-31.


Informations- och kommunikationsteknik


Hållbar utveckling


Data- och informationsvetenskap


Biologiska vetenskaper

Övrig annan naturvetenskap


Grundläggande vetenskaper

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