State of Program Fall 2013 - Cognitive Science Department

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Undergraduate Studies in
Cognitive Science

Fall 2013

News


We had the first full cohort of
undergraduate COGS majors graduating
this spring:


5 straight COGS


5 CSCI/COGS duals


1 GSAS/COGS dual


1 COGS/PSYC dual


Latest Numbers


47 COGS majors (30 male, 17 female)


By year:


18 seniors


13 juniors


11 sophomores


5

freshmen


By major:


COGS: 15


COGS/CSCI: 17


COGS/GSAS: 7


Other duals: 8 (MATH,PHIL,PSYC,BMED,BIOL,ISCI)

Two New Faculty


Marjorie McShane


Computational Linguistics, Knowledge
Engineering


Teaches “Introduction to Linguistics” this
semester


Sergei Nirenburg


Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Modeling,
Natural Language Processing


Teaches “Language Endowed Intelligent
Agents” this semester

Curriculum

Curriculum for BS in

Cognitive Science

(< 2013)


Basic Math /Science


Calc. I + II, Discrete Structures or Diff. Eq.


Comp
Sci

I, Data Structures, Intro to Algorithms


Intro to Biology


10 core courses:


Minds & Machines / Philosophy of Science


Introduction to Cognitive Science


Introduction to Logic


Experimental Methods and Statistics


Cognitive Psychology


Behavioral Neuroscience


Introduction to Artificial Intelligence


Cognitive Modeling / Programming for AI and Cog
Sci


Sensation and Perception / Structure of Language


Phil of AI / Knowledge and Rationality / Metaphysics & Consciousness


2 Electives


Cog
Sci

related courses from PHIL, PSYC, CSCI, and a few others


Undergraduate Thesis

Curriculum for BS in

Cognitive Science (2013)


Basic Math /Science


Calc. I + II


Comp
Sci

I, Data Structures, Foundations of CSCI, Intro to Algorithms


Intro to Biology


10 core courses:


Minds & Machines / Philosophy of Science


Introduction to Cognitive Science


Introduction to Logic


Experimental Methods and Statistics


Cognitive Psychology


Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience


Introduction to Artificial Intelligence


Cognitive Modeling / Programming for AI and Cog
Sci


Sensation and Perception


Knowledge and Rationality / Metaphysics & Consciousness


2 Electives


Cog
Sci

related courses from PHIL, PSYC, CSCI, and a few others


Undergraduate Thesis

Possible Dual Majors


COGS / CSCI


COGS / MATH


COGS / GSAS


COGS / PSYC


COGS / PHIL


COGS / ITWS


COGS /
BIOL


COGS /
BMED


COGS / CSYS (very tight, but can be done!)


COGS / PHYS?


COGS / COMM?

Minors


Cognitive Science minor:


Introduction to Cognitive Science


Plus 3 more courses (Minds and Machines counts)


Possible future minors:


Cognitive Technology (AI, Cognitive Robotics)


Cognitive Engineering (Cognitive Modeling)


Remember we do have Cog
Sci

related minors:


PSYC: minor in Cognition


PHIL: minor in Logic, Computation, and Mind (takes
only 1 extra course in addition to COGS courses!)

Other Concentrations

and Programs


GSAS has Cognitive Science concentration


Contact: Ralph Noble (nobler@rpi.edu)



ITWS has Cognitive Science track (as well as
Psychology track)


Contact: Bram van Heuveln (heuveb@rpi.edu)



MGMT: 5 year Masters in Management in Technology
Commercialization and Entrepreneurship program
(Cognitive Science track)


Contact: Jeff
Durgee

(durgej@rpi.edu)



COGS: 5 year Co
-
Terminal (M.S. and B.S.) and 7 year
Co
-
Terminal (PhD and S.B) degree programs


Contact: Mike Kalsher (kalshm@rpi.edu)

Online Courses


Udacity

(~50 courses, mostly CSCI, self
-
paced)


Introduction to AI


Artificial Intelligence for Robotics


Coursera

(400+ courses; wide variety)


Artificial Intelligence,
N
eural Networks, Computational
Neuroscience, Natural Language Processing, etc.


EdX

(~70 courses, various fields)


I can give 1
-
2 credits Independent Study for
successful completion of these courses (Add
Deadline: next Monday, 9/9)


Advising

Changes in Advising


Bram used to have all ~50 COGS majors as
advisees


Now all COGS majors have been distributed
among tenure and tenure
-
stream faculty in Cog
Sci

department


Bram may stay on as Undergraduate Program
Director (UPD) for COGS


There is also a Curriculum Coordinator (CC):
Betty Osganian, Sage 4303


Who does what (Advisor
vs

UPD
vs

CC) is not
yet clear

Talks

This Afternoon: The
Mathematics of Social Networks


Math Colloquium, 2
-
3pm, Amos Eaton


Mason Porter, Lecturer, Oxford


Abstract:
In
this talk, I'll give an
introduction to
…social
networks.


I will
show how we have used Facebook data to
give insights into the social organization of
universities, examine a model for how
ideas spread on networks, and explain a
novel way to measure political
polarization.

Codebreaker
:

Movie and Discussion


Monday, September 16, 4
-
6pm, EMPAC
Theatre


Showing of
Codebreaker
: a drama
-
documentary on Alan Turing’s life and
work.


Q&A with filmmaker afterwards

Deconstructing Perception


Wednesday, September 25, 6pm, EMPAC
Theatre


Skidmore
College professor of psychology and
neuroscience Flip Phillips tackles a series of
questions about the nature of human perception:
are the senses related, and how do they
interact? What sort of “information” do we need
to perceive our world? Can that information be
decomposed into simpler, atomic parts? Does it
need to be in order to be understood?

Adaptive
Neurotechnologies
:

Principles

and Promise


Monday, November 25, 4
-
6pm, EMPAC Theatre


In this lecture, Wadsworth Center neuroscientist
Jonathan R.
Wolpaw

will describe
the surprising
adaptive capabilities of the nervous system and explain
how
these capabilities
enable the creation of
neurotechnologies

that can replace,
restore, enhance
,
supplement, or improve brain function for people with
disabilities, and
perhaps for
other people as well. He will
also discuss several ethical and societal issues
raised by
these technologies. His presentation will be followed by
a live demonstration of
the Wadsworth
brain
-
computer
interface (BCI) home system, which can
restore
communication
to people who are totally paralyzed.

Minds and Machines

Thursday Night Lectures


All lectures 7
-
8:20pm in Sage 3303


October 24: RPI Watson Research Group


Graduate student Simon Ellis and his team of
undergraduate researchers and programmers will
demonstrate ‘mini
-
Watson’, discuss applications of
Watson, and the notion of ‘Cognitive Computing’


October 31: AI, Watson, and God


Dr. Selmer
Bringsjord

will have a philosophical
discussion on Watson, and what it all means for AI,
human cognition, and … God!

Issues in Cognitive Science


September 11, David Yun Dai, SUNY Albany


Educational Psychology


September 25, John Hale, Cornell


Computational Linguistics


October
9
, Laura Weed, St. Rose


Philosophy of Mind


October 23, Dietrich Stout, Emory


Cognitive Anthropology


November
6
, Kurt
VanLehn
, Arizona State


Intelligent Tutoring Systems


November 13, Anders Ericsson, Florida State


Expertise


All other talks by COGS graduate students


For a complete schedule of speakers go to
Speaker Series

off of Cognitive
Science department home page


If you think of a potential speaker, let me know!

1 Credit for

Issues in Cognitive Science


It is possible for undergraduates to receive
1 credit through the Issues in Cognitive
Science Lecture Series:


Write 1 page response paper about talk for 6
talks of your choice


Register for “Issues in Cognitive Science” at
400 level


Restricted to COGS majors or dual majors
with PHIL or PSYC

Undergraduate Research


Cog
Sci

students are strongly encouraged
to do hands
-
on research



Undergraduate Research Program (URP)


http://www.rpi.edu/dept/urp


Fill out
URP form
:


You
have

to write a 500 word proposal!


for course credit (deadline: 9/9)


Also fill out an
Independent Study/URP Registration form


for $ (deadline: 9/13)



Research can be used for Senior Thesis

Overview Research Labs


RAIR
Lab


PandA

Lab


Web Science Lab


Si Lab


CogWorks

Lab

Paperwork


Declare or add Cognitive Science Major


Fill out
Change of Major form


Advisor: ???


Curriculum Coordinator: Betty Osganian (Sage 4303)


1 credit for lectures


Fill out
Independent Study form


200/400 PHIL/PSYC “Issues in Cognitive Science”


Senior Thesis/Capstone Project


Find thesis advisor


Fill out
Thesis Registration form


URP


Fill out
URP form


For credit:


Fill out
Independent Study form

as well


Credits to be determined by project advisor


Deadline: course add deadline: Monday, 9/9


For $:


Find faculty member with $!


Deadline: 9/13