COGNITIVE SYSTEMS PROGRAM

A new development at UBC is the Cognitive Systems program. This program was developed in response to the tremendous advances achieved over the past few decades by researchers in various areas of cognition. Workers in fields such as artificial intelligence, human perception, linguistics, cognitive neuroscience, and philosophy of mind have found that there is an increasing overlap of interests, with many of their questions and results centering around a common core of issues. As such, there is a need for a program that will cut across traditional departmental lines to focus on these common issues.

Cognitive Systems is a multi-disciplinary program involving four departments: Computer Science, Linguistics, Philosophy, and Psychology. It provides students with a thorough grounding in the principles and techniques used by intelligent systems (both natural and artificial) to interact with the world around them. It emphasizes the study of existing systems (e.g., perception; linguistics), the design of new ones (e.g., machine vision; machine intelligence), and the design of interfaces between different forms of intelligent agent (e.g., human-computer interfaces).

Students with an interest in combining Psychology with Computer Science, Linguistics, or Philosophy should consider registering for a degree in Cognitive Systems. Students enter the program by selecting one of four streams. The Department of Psychology manages two of these: one leading to a B.A., the other to a B.Sc..

For more details on the program, including how to enter it, see www.cogsys.ubc.ca.

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