IIT Kanpur launches new department for cognitive science

IIT Kanpur said that the department will focus on areas of research such as consciousness studies, language processing, social cognition and robotics.

IIT Kanpur launches new department for cognitive science (Pic Credit: IIT Kanpur)
Team Careers360 | Dec 11, 2020 - 3:42 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur has launched a new department for cognitive science, the institute said in a statement on Friday. Cognitive science is an interdisciplinary field of study that deals with the study of the mind and its processes.

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IIT Kanpur said that the new department will focus on areas of research such as consciousness studies, perception and action, decision making and reasoning, language processing, social cognition and robotics.

Over the past few months, the IITs have introduced new courses and centres, including new centres at IIT Kharagpur and IIT Kanpur and a couple of new courses in IIT Delhi and IIT Hyderabad.

IIT Kanpur, in the statement, said that it will be the first among the IIT’s to explore this through “transdisciplinary scientific research” of the human mind.

Abhay Karandikar, Director, IIT Kanpur, said: “The pioneering step of establishing a separate department for Cognitive Science is expected to provide impetus to the research and teaching programs in Cognitive Science at IIT Kanpur.”

According to the institute, the Department of Cognitive Science will prepare students for careers in fields as diverse as artificial intelligence, business, data analysis, government intelligence, healthcare, human performance, information processing, law, marketing, product design, and software design.

IIT Kanpur’s first programme in cognitive science was established in 2017 as an interdisciplinary programme (IDP).

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