The mission of the Rutgers University Center for Cognitive Science (RuCCS) is to carry out excellent research in the interdisciplinary and complex field of Cognitive Science. Researchers from several disciplines, most prominently Psychology, Linguistics, Computer Science, and Philosophy, come together at RuCCS to learn about the theories and research programs of other scholars with overlapping interests but very different backgrounds.
RuCCS places great importance on the training of the next generations of scholars. Through its undergraduate major and minor, RU undergraduates have the opportunity to learn about and participate in outstanding research with leaders in the field. The Graduate Certificate in Cognitive Science also offers doctoral students the opportunity to engage with areas and faculty members outside their department.
Please refer to the Research Tab (top right of page) for a list of research labs affiliated with the Center for Cognitive Science (RuCCS).
Read more about us in the With the Mind as its Focus, a Rutgers Center Comes of Age article in the School of Arts and Sciences website. The story was also featured in the Access Newsletter.
- Graduation Year: 2018
Year: May 2018
How did you decide on your major?
I was initially contemplating Linguistics or Computer Science but a friend of mine told me about this new major being approved that might incorporate my favorite aspects of both those fields. Once I explored the RUCCS site and perused the work of some of the faculty I decided to take some of the classes and found my new home.
What is it about your chosen field (and the department) that appeals to you?
I like the interdisciplinary nature of the classes within this department and the research opportunities offered. All the professors seem excited about working in their diverse specialties and their passion definitely spills over to the classroom making students eager to get involved. The growth of this field is what appeals to me the most. I feel that Cognitive Science will be at the center of some of the most fundamental problems our population will have to face in the coming years of scientific and societal advancement.
Do you have a favorite class/professor within your major?
I enjoy all my classes but my favorite, if I had to choose one, would be Cognition and Decision Making with Dr. Rigdon. We learn a lot of dynamic concepts from Behavioral Economics that have interesting applications to the everyday world around us. Not only that, but we also do experiments live in class to generate our own data and check the robustness of the theoretical models we are currently studying. The class discussions are thought-provoking and the entire class gets involved. Its informative and fun to see the science behind the choices we make.
What are your favorite academic experiences outside of your major?
Outside of the classroom my favorite activity has been serving as the Community Service Chairman for the Cognitive Science Club. Meeting with a group of likeminded students, discussing cool topics relating our major to popular culture or current events, and coordinating community service is extremely fulfilling. I'm excited to see the club continue to grow and be a space where students can come to learn and meet new people.
What are your other Rutgers activities?
I like to play intramural sports like soccer and flag football with my friends on the Werblin fields. I also DJ for university functions like the football games, Rutgers Day, and OFSA events.
What are your plans following graduation?
After graduation I would like to use my degree to get a job doing User Experience Research. This is a field I think would utilize my creative and analytical skills. The principles of Cognitive Science would align perfectly with this type of role.
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Cognitive scientists answer questions about the mind and how it computes and manipulates information using concepts and tools from many disciplines, including computer science, linguistics, mathematics, neuroscience, philosophy, and psychology. Understanding human behavior is foundational in many fields, making career paths for cognitive science wide-ranging. The major is also an excellent foundation for careers in other fields that draw upon Cognitive Science principles, such as business, education, law, and medicine.
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Motion and task planning for autonomous robots; Integration of perception and planning for manipulating and interacting with the physical world; Coordination of multiple physical agents, including human-robot interaction.
Computer Vision and Machine Learning; statistical models for learning visual manifolds of objects; computational models for recognition of articulated objects; computational art history.
Basic Research: Computational Modeling of Sensorimotor Behavior, Psychophysics, Functional Neuroimaging
Applied research: Rehabilitation Games for children with disabilities, Robotic Neurorehabilitation
Vladimir's research interests include Bayesian system modeling, time-series analysis, and statistical computer vision. More recently, his research has focused on modeling of human emotions and affect, as well as design of fast, robust, face tracking and identification systems. He is also interested in modeling and analysis of human crowd behavior from the perspective of distributed sensing and decision making systems.
Reasoning systems for natural language generation and human-computer interaction; formal models of plans, context and mutual knowledge, and linguistic meaning and interpretation.
Formal semanticist working on scope and binding, questions and indefiniteness, focus, dynamic semantics, continuations and monads, ellipsis, and their interactions, especially interested in using insights from other disciplines (in particular, theoretical computer science) to address fundamental questions in linguistic theory.
Language acquisition and development, semantics, syntax-semantics interface, pragmatics, prosody, representation and processing
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