Learning to Understand Intelligence

Researching the fundamental laws and principles underlying different forms of intelligence is the main objective of the Cluster of Excellence

Science of Intelligence, a joint Cluster of Excellence of Technische Universität Berlin and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, focuses on better understanding intelligence in all its facets and exploring which fundamental laws and principles underlie different forms of intelligence – whether artificial, individual, or collective. Researchers from various disciplines – ranging from psychology, robotics, and computer science to philosophy and behavioral research – are seeking to use their research results to create new intelligent technologies.

The Cluster’s methodological strategy represents a new approach in intelligence research, requiring all knowledge, methods, concepts, and theories to be incorporated into technological artifacts, such as robots or computer programs. These artifacts serve as a common “language” intended to facilitate scientific exchange across disciplinary boundaries.

Science of Intelligence seeks to close research gaps in the area of intelligence

Despite intensive research in all areas of intelligence, our understanding remains fragmentary and incoherent. The Science of Intelligence Cluster of Excellence aims at closing these gaps and establishing new interrelations to fundamentally advance our understanding of intelligence.

The Cluster's synthetic research approach makes it possible to both link and review the various research results. The knowledge acquired through this approach integrates all the disciplines involved in intelligence research, thus bringing the identification of fundamental principles of different forms of intelligence within reach. Knowledge that is consistent across several of the disciplines involved provides valuable indications of the sought-after principles of intelligence. Inconsistencies, on the other hand, will give rise to new questions.

Structurally, Science of Intelligence primarily focuses on intensive early-career support. Parallel to the existing Science of Intelligence Master Track, which provides prospective intelligence researchers with the knowledge they require from computer science, psychology, and other disciplines, promising young researchers are also offered the opportunity to propose their own projects. Participating researchers in the greater Berlin area are thus creating a unique research and training environment that is highly attractive to young, highly qualified intelligence researchers.