7 days
650 EUR/full
650 EUR/full
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This Human AI course at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam invites you to connect your findings with those of your peers and collaborate on research-based projects.


Human processes of all kinds are complex and adaptive. Mental, social, and health-related processes can all change and adapt over time with human behaviour. Thought-based processes can change as a result of learning, social interactions can evolve over time, and health-related processes are susceptible to change too.

This Human AI course at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam will present theories and findings from a wide range of disciplines, including various branches of cognitive, social, health and neuroscience, to gain insight into underlying mechanisms of human processes that can be exploited in human AI modeling and simulation. The various scientific theories form a factual basis for modelling the processes. We can understand these often adaptive mechanisms through causal relations and causal pathways, which we can model as networks. Using this theoretical framework and the software provided, students can easily simulate a variety of scenarios.

During the second week, students will carry out activities that could lay the foundations for a publication that can be finished later on in the course.This course introduces a network-oriented modelling approach based on adaptive networks. This approach is useful for modelling social interactions and mental and health-related processes within their respective networks. 

These network models cover the dynamics of causal effects, changing causal connections and excitability or sensitivity thresholds. Higher-order adaptiveness is another topic covered in the course, which includes the role of metaplasticity and the extent to which plasticity occurs in the field of cognitive neuroscience.

Assessment is based on the assignments. In the second week of the course, a final assignment is addressed, which might be worked out to a paper that may be submitted to an international conference, where it could be presented and provided a publication. For this, support is provided also after the course.

Course schedule

Classes will take place from Monday 18 July until Friday 29 July. In general classes will be during the week between 9am and 17pm. Wednesday afternoons and weekends will be off for optional social activities or personal time. Good to be aware that self-study will be required in your private time (nights and weekends). Sunday 17 July and Sunday 31 July are arrival and departure days (in case you arrange accommodation via our housing service). More details will be shared in the course syllabus which will be shared with the participants in June. 

Programme Structure

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Identify different types of mental, social and health-related processes 
  • Understand how individual and social behaviour emerges from mechanisms known from Cognitive, Affective and Social Neuroscience, and from Cognitive and Social Sciences, and Health Sciences
  • Design network models for adaptive mental, social and health-related processes
  • Perform simulations based on these models using the provided Network-Oriented Modeling software environment

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 7 days

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor's: at least enrolled in 1st year of Bachelor's studies 
  • Advanced Bachelor's: at least enrolled in 2nd year of Bachelor's studies 
  • Master's: at least enrolled in final year of Bachelor's studies - professionals need to have a Bachelor's diploma

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    650 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 650 EUR for the full programme during 7 days.
  • EU/EEA

    650 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 650 EUR for the full programme during 7 days.
  • €650 - €1150

Living costs for Amsterdam

1000 - 1500 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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