Cognitive Science is the study of mind and brain, focusing on how the mind represents knowledge and how mental representations and processes are realized in the brain. The field is highly interdisciplinary, combining ideas and methods from psychology, computer science, linguistics, philosophy and neuroscience. Among the four pillars of science of the 21st century namely, nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology and cognitive science, the last one is the least represented in India, but taking up fast. In the 12th five-year plan; Government of India has identified cognitive science as one of the thrust areas of research. Since the brain science has emerged as the biggest interdisciplinary science ever, it is important to create an interest in the subject among a wide cross section of students and researchers. Cognitive Engineering focuses on understanding human thought processes so that engineers can design innovative products and systems that capitalize human capabilities. In other words, the field helps to create products and systems that have better human-machine interfaces. Cognitive engineering forms the basis for human-centered design of products and systems.
According to a report, majority of the students in India lack soft skills and (or) cognitive skills, which were identified as the major obstacles to their suitability in the job market. It is clearly evident that graduates with cognitive skills who can excel in their field of engineering are the need of the day. In India, cognitive science has yet to catch on as a discipline in the University Departments and National Institutes, except in few individual cases. However, some individuals are doing good work; they are psychologists, computer scientists and neuroscientists. Cognitive science has a great future; the resistance to its adoption has to be overcome.
In view of the importance and scope of the field, the institute has established a Cognitive Science Center. An open elective course, ‘Cognitive Engineering’, is being offered to B.Tech students by the institute since 2013. An interdisciplinary group of faculty have successfully completed a Major Research Project funded by DST (2012-2015) under Cognitive Science Research Initiative titled ‘Understanding Design Fixation in Indian Engineering Students’ and some more are under consideration by DST.
Institution has ongoing major research projects funded by Department of Science and Technology worth 1.98 crores in the field of Cognitive Science.
Cognitive Engineering Course
Qualified and well equipped faculty in curriculum delivery
Centre is supported by eminent personalities from India and abroad for guidance to students and faculty