Cognitive Science Department

As one of the few genuine departments of cognitive science in the world, we offer unique and exciting opportunities for students to focus on the scientific study of mind, brain, and intelligence.  Staffed by a core of cognitive-science oriented psychologists, philosophers, and computer scientists, the department complements Rensselaer's traditional strengths in science, engineering, and technology, and is widely regarded as a leader in the area of computational cognitive modeling.

We offer a highly selective PhD program in Cognitive Science, and BS programs in both Psychology and Philosophy.  Faculty research interests include computational cognitive modeling, artificial intelligence, human and machine reasoning, computational linguistics, perception and action, theoretical neuroscience, cognitive robotics, cognitive engineering and advanced synthetic characters.

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Job Announcement - Assistant Professor in the Department of Cognitive Science

Now accepting applicatinos for Tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Psychological Science

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Now accepting applicatinos for Tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Psychological Science


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Larry Reid is Featured Speaker at This Week's Research Problems in Cognitive Science

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 12 noon–1:30 pm, in Sage Labs 4101

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Wednesday, Oct. 26, 12 noon–1:30 pm, in Sage Labs 4101


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Prof. Bringsjord's TEDx Talk Asks: Could a Robot Be a Bona Fide Hero?

Cog Sci's resident AI expert's take on morally superior machines

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Cog Sci's resident AI expert's take on morally superior machines


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