The Cognitive Systems Program spans four departments: Computer Science, Linguistics, Philosophy, and Psychology.
Its trans-disciplinary curriculum provides undergraduate students with a firm grounding in the principles and techniques used by intelligent systems – both natural and artificial – to interact with the world around them.
The program emphasizes the study of existing systems (e.g., perception and language), the design of new ones (e.g., machine vision and machine intelligence), and the design of interfaces between different forms of intelligent and environmental agents (e.g., human-computer interfaces).
A Major in Cognitive Systems is available.
There are three streams for Arts students to choose from:
- Cognition and the Brain (Psychology specialization)
- Language (Linguistics specialization)
- Mind, Language, and Computation (Philosophy specialization)
The major can be declared on the Student Service Centre (SSC) when you have second-year status.
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