Understanding Thinking – New interdisciplinary degree programme in Cognitive Science
What is behind artificial intelligence? Why are people smarter than machines? On the interdisciplinary degree programme in Cognitive Science at TU Darmstadt, students will become familiar with the information technology, biological and cognitive foundations that will help them to shape the intelligent technology of the future. The programme commences in the 2019/20 winter semester.
The new subject will be offered as both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree, both of which will commence in parallel in October 2019. The content of both new courses has been developed at the Centre for Cognitive Science (CCS) at the TU and coordinated with the German Society for Cognitive Science. The Master’s degree programme is taught in English.
Cognitive Science is based on the core assumption that the human mind is an information processing system. In order to understand human thought, cognitive scientists seek to measure the way in which the mind processes information and thus engender intelligent behaviour. In the process, human behaviour is examined using experimental psychology methods (cognitive psychology) as well as being modelled using methods from computer science (artificial intelligence). Both of these disciplines therefore form the core of the curriculum of the Cognitive Science programme at TU Darmstadt. They are complemented by introductory courses in neuroscience, linguistics and philosophy.
Centre for Cognitive Science
Dr.-Ing. Dirk Balfanz
About TU Darmstadt
The Technische Universität (TU) Darmstadt is one of Germany’s leading technical universities. TU Darmstadt incorporates diverse science cultures to create its characteristic profile. The focus is set on engineering and natural sciences, which cooperate closely with outstanding humanities and social sciences. We are enjoying a worldwide reputation for excellent research in our highly-relevant, focused profile areas: cybersecurity, internet and digitalisation, nuclear physics, fluid dynamics and heat- and mass transfer, energy systems and new materials for product innovation. We dynamically develop our portfolio of research and teaching, innovation and transfer, in order to continue opening up important opportunities for the future of society. Our 312 professors, 4,450 scientific and administrative employees and close to 26,000 students devote their talents and best efforts to this goal. Together with Goethe University Frankfurt and Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, TU Darmstadt has formed the strategic Rhine-Main Universities alliance.