Federico Adolfi

Federico Adolfi

PhD student — Computational Cognitive Science

Ernst-Strüngmann Institute for Neuroscience, Max-Planck Society, Frankfurt, Germany

University of Bristol, Bristol, UK

About me

I’m a PhD student in Computational Cognitive Science at Ernst-Strüngmann Institute for Neuroscience, in Cooperation with Max-Planck Society (Poeppel Lab), and University of Bristol (Generalisation in Mind and Machine). I work at the intersection of computer/cognitive/brain science.

My research takes a computational cognitive science approach to problems at the intersection of computer science, psychology, neuroscience, and philosophy. I focus on human and machine audition in particular, and on computational complexity in relation to cognitive capacities more generally. In practice, I work on developing and evaluating computational cognitive models as explanations for natural and artificial cognition, and use tools from theoretical computer science to expose their computational properties. I’m also interested in how we come up with such explanations, what makes them plausible and what makes them useful; that is, meta-theory and philosophy of science.


  • Computational cognitive modeling (in particular, audition)
  • Computational complexity
  • Meta-theory and philosophy of science