The SoCoLA Project

Towards Socio-Cognitive Logic-based Agents

High-Level Research Motivation

A novel AI-enabled infrastructure for intelligent agents, enabled with cognitive and social skills.

Our agents will rely on formal and verifiable computational methods, building on research in the intersection of logic, probability and learning

Cognitive Behaviour

Robots that can learn from verbal feedback, observations and actions.

Social Behaviour

Robots that can respond with dynamically-generated justified recommendations.


Robots that can perform common sense reasoning.

Research Fields

The innovative aspect of the SoCoLA project emerges from the adaptation of methodologies from mature research fields in Computer Science within the new context of Social Robotics.

Logic-based Reasoning
Semantic Web
Computational Argumentation
Computer Vision
Machine Learning
Inductive Logic Programming
Use cases

Dialectical Interactions in a Domestic Setting

Explanatory dialogues: extract causal properties of domestic objects

Exploratory dialogues: understand the usage of objects Argumentatie dialogues: provide justified recommendations Read more


The consortium of the SoCoLA project brings together expertise from diverse research fields and institutions.

Theodore Patkos

Researcher (Grade-B)

Information Systems Laboratory, FORTH-ICS

SoCoLA Principal Investigator

Filippos Gouidis

PhD Student

Information Systems Laboratory, FORTH-ICS

Alexandros Vassiliades

PhD Student

Department of Informatics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Antonis Bikakis

Associate Professor

Department of Information Studies, UCL

Giorgos Flouris

Researcher (Grade-B)

Information Systems Laboratory, FORTH-ICS

Antonis Argyros

Professor, Researcher

Computer Science Department, University of Crete

Computational Vision and Robotics Lab, FORTH-ICS

Dimitris Plexousakis

Professor, Researcher

Computer Science Department, University of Crete

Director of FORTH-ICS

Nick Bassiliades


Department of Informatics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Nena Basina

Software Engineer

Information Systems Laboratory, FORTH-ICS

Latest News

Two papers for the new year!

At the beginning of 2022, we will present two new papers, at VISAPP2022 and ICAART’22.[…]

Best Paper Award at CLAR’21!

Excellent result for our contribution “A Multi Attack Argumentation Framework”, presented at the 4th International[…]

Paper accepted at SEMANTiCS 2021

Our paper “Object-Action Association Extraction from Knowledge Graphs” by Alexandros Vassiliades, Theodore Patkos, Vasilis Efthymiou,[…]

Collaborative Institutions


Financial Support

Three years project (2018-2021)