Michiel van Lambalgen
Michiel van Lambalgen is a professor of logic and cognitive science at the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation and at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Amsterdam.
He studied philosophy and mathematical logic and wrote his PhD thesis on randomness and Kolmogorov complexity. A chance encounter with Keith Stenning led to an intense collaboration aiming to bring logic back into cognitive science. The guiding idea was that logic can provide informative models of cognitive tasks such as processing of tense and aspect, but also of logical reasoning, in particular reasoning of people with psychiatric disorders. The predictions generated by this research programme were confirmed in collaboration with the Donders Centre in Nijmegen.
His book Human reasoning and cognitive science is an impassioned defence of the role of logic in cognitive science. More recently, van Lambalgen developed an interest in the role played by logic in Immanuel Kant's Critique of pure reason. The ultimate aim is to use Kant's insights into logic and its role in cognition to foster the development of "explainable artificial intelligence".
Prof. dr. Dmitrii Kovpak is the founder and president of the Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapy in Russia. Since 2016, he serves as Vice President of the Russian Psychotherapeutic Association. He is also a board member of the International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy (IACP) and a member of the Beck Institute International Advisory Committee.
Dmitrii Kovpak authored ten monographs, including guidelines for psychotherapists ("How to get rid of anxiety and fear", "How to overcome pain", "Stress management", et al).
Dmitrii Kovpak is a founder and organiser of three major annual professional conferences for mental health professionals that are held for the last two decades: "Clinical Pavlovian Readings", "Contemporary Topics of Psychosomatics in General Medical Practice", and round tables organised during the programme of "Modern Practice in Border Psychiatry".
To promote psychotherapy and prevention of nervous and mental diseases among population, prof. Kovpak had participated in filming more than 50 programmes about mental health that were later aired on major Russian TV channels. Since 2019, he is an official Ambassador of the city of St. Petersburg.
Viktoria Denisova is an alumna of the research Institute for Logic, Language and Computation at the University of Amsterdam, where she obtained the Master of Science in Logic degree. Viktoria was particularly interested in the semantics of logic and natural language. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Logic at Saint Petersburg State University.
Being a CELTA certified teacher, Viktoria has founded a language school called English Deduction and developed an approach to teaching English based on findings of logic. In her work both as a teacher and analyst, she uses methods that have roots in Ancient Greek philosophy.
Besides her professional activities, Viktoria had been the Ambassador of the University of Amsterdam in Saint Petersburg for several years. She has been very interested in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and, in particular, its correlations with logic in treating psychological disorders.