Cognitive Science Center

  • 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 presently being offered by the institute in UG programs. 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. The brief objectives and activities planned by the center are:

    • Create awareness on Cognitive Science / Engineering with a special emphasis to design skills
    • Offer a breadth of knowledge and research techniques in a wide range of areas in Cognitive Science / Engineering
    • Extend personal skills and knowledge acquired to interdisciplinary areas
    • Prepare a new generation of engineers, who have human centered approach as well as focus on creativity and innovation through cognition in their respective fields of engineering
  • Activities Planned:

    • Sponsored Research Projects
    • Workshops / Seminars / Conferences
    • Guest Lectures
    • Awareness Programs / Discussion Forums
    • Teach Cognitive Engineering (Elective Course)

    Events / Activities undertaken:

    S.No. Events / Activities Date Objectives Outcomes
    1 A Major Research Project titled ‘Understanding Design Fixation in Indian Engineering Students’ funded by DST 2012-2015 ·  Validate and fine tune the cognitive framework by documenting the thought processes

    ·  Replicate Jansson and Smith’s experiments with students of different engineering disciplines and different ages

    ·  Correlate the effect of the Indian engineering education with the extent of design fixation in the engineering students of different disciplines

    ·  Identify trends between the results and the effect of engineering education

    ·  The various divergent & visual thinking skills of Indian engineering students were analyzed using standard creative tests

    ·  No gender differences in divergent and visual thinking are found and there is no difference between expert and novice designers

    ·  Creative levels in control group are higher than in fixation group in both native and foreign domain groups

    ·  The results indicate the need for modifying the teaching paradigm for engineering education to increase the emphasis on innovation and creativity in the curriculum, which is currently being studied by the authors

    2 Awareness Program on Design Fixation to Faculty 15th December, 2014 ·  Create awareness on design fixation as well as its mitigation ·  Design fixation is inherent in our education system and the fixation levels are understood and estimated
    3 Discussion on Teaching Methodology for ‘Cognitive Engineering’ – An open elective course for UG Program 10th March, 2016 ·  Discuss approach by the faculty to teach the course

    ·  Suggest methods as well as activities to teach the course

     

    ·  Prepared activities and evaluation methods for activity based courses

     

    4 Guest Lecture On ‘Cognitive Engineering’ with reference to Design Skills to students 11th March, 2016 ·  Create awareness on human centered approach while designing Students understood the need to:

    ·  Extend personal skills and knowledge to interdisciplinary areas

    ·  Foster usability, usefulness, sustainability and feasibility through human-centered approach

  • The following faculty members are the departmental representatives for Cognitive Science Center (CSC).

    1. Dr. Raja Shekar P V, Associate Professor / H & Sc. (In-charge, Cognitive Science Center)
    2. Mr. K. Raj Kumar, Associate Professor / ECE
    3. Mr. P. Pramod Kumar, Senior Assistant Professor / CSE
    4. Mr. Ch. Rajendra Prasad, Assistant Professor / ECE
    5. Mr. S. Naresh Kumar, Assistant Professor / CSE
    6. Mr. N. Lokesh, Assistant Professor / EEE
    7. Mr. A. Siddhartha, Assistant Professor / ME
    8. Mr. K. Devender, Assistant Professor / H & Sc.
    9. Mr. S. Parminder Singh, Assistant Professor / BM
    10. Mr. R. Ramu, Assistant Professor / CE

  • For any Queries / Suggestions / Feedback contact : csc@srecwarangal.ac.in