General Information about the Laboratories

 The Doctoral Program in Cognitive Informatics (DIC) presently counts on three laboratories that are pools for the majority of the professorial resources and the main internship sites for the doctoral students. These laboratories are the GDAC, the LICEF and the LANCI.

The DIC's present-day strengths can be found principally in e-learning, which is an intrinsic part of the LICEF, which is a research center linked to Québéc's distance-learning university (TÉLUQ), but also of the GDAC, due to its specialization in intelligent tutors. Moreover, several DIC professors work in areas of language studies and digital humanities, the latter mainly including documentation and data mining, both of textual and non-textual data. With regard to the aerospace sector, the liaison is made via the GDA's tutoring systems. Finally, with regard to serious games, they fall within the potential scope of all three laboratories- the LICEF, the GDAC and the LANCI, already involved in the areas of simulation, intelligent interfaces, logical reasoning, advice, etc., the application of which can be carried out in the serious game domain.



The GDAC (French acronym for Knowledge Management, Dissimulation and Acquisition), founded in 2000 but stemming from SAFARI, contemporary of the founding of the LICEF, brings together a team of more than a dozen professors and researchers, as well as many graduate students (more than 30 since its creation). The GDAC also represents the Research Group in Knowledge Engineering of the Science Faculty of UQAM.

Its four main research themes are:

  1. Knowledge Engineering or Ontological Engineering

  2. Knowledge-based Systems and Automatic Learning of Procedural Knowledge

  3. Cognitive and Affective agent architectures

  4. The creation of technological methods and tools for the construction of open and complex learning objects

All of these subjects were organized principally, but not exclusively, towards the production of Intelligent Tutoring Systems The average of the subsidies received by GDAC researchers annually is around 500 000 dollars.




The LICEF research center (French for Laboratory of Cognitive Informatics and Learning Environments) of the TELUQ brings together 23 researchers, of which 11 are regular researchers, professionals, post-doctoral students and, at any given time, several doctoral students carrying out their internships. Its members come from domains such as Artificial Intelligence, Mathematics, Information Technology, Communication, Software Engineering, Teleinformatics, Cognitive Psychology, and Education, notably Educational Technologies. Its mission is to generate new knowledge that will allow organizations to continue improving their models, methods and learning and knowledge management environments.

Its research axes are situated in:

  1. Cognitive Modeling

  2. Educational Methodologies

  3. Technological System Architecture.

The average of the subsidies obtained by LICEF researchers has been around two million dollars per year for several years.





The LANCI (French for Laboratory of Cognitive Analysis of Information) is a decentralized research unit that has several research groups that work, inter alia, on:

  1. Cognitive architectures and their modeling, the explanation of cognitive phenomena using these architectures and models, or their implementation in artificial systems

  2. The origins, role and operating mechanisms of logical, mathematical or corrective inferences in human cognition; their evolutionary origins, the mechanisms through which they are acquired, consolidated and transformed, as well as the cognitive functions that they undertake; the links between reasoning, peception, memory. Epistemology, logic, experimental psychology, computer science, neuroscience and educational sciences are used to reach these goals.

  3. The modeling and development of analysis methods and techniques stemming from Text Mining; expert reading strategies in an electronic text context and their application to different research sectors in humanities and social sciences. This research are situated in the computer-assisted text analysis domain and are associated to the development of a modular and flexible computer platform called SATIM.

The laboratory publishes 'Les Cahiers du LANCI' and offers several scholarships to its students.





The LAD (in French, Research Laboratory on Interface Asymmetries) undertakes research to develop a model of the contact points (or interfaces) between the language faculty and other faculties of humans' cognitive systems. To these high intellectual stakes, they add the challenge of developing Information Technologies that integrate the cognitive interface model.

This fundamental undertaking corresponds to the necessity to expand our knowledge of the properties of the language faculty and its interaction of other sub-systems of the human cognition. The technological undertaking corresponds to the necessity of developing automatic processing systems that could process electronic media more efficiently, therefore being more useful to members of the general public, including those who have language pathologies.

Cognitive Science Institute (ISC)


The research units associated to the DIC are also close to the Cognitive Science Institute (ISC) of the UQAM. The ISC organizes yearly summer schools and conferences in the various domains of cognitive science. In so far as the proposed themes correspond to those of the laboratories, researchers and doctoral students from the GDAC, LANCI and LICEF participate as well. Several of them are also members of the Institute.