Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science Group
The AICS Group originated as the steering committee of the Flinders University Cognitive Science degree program. This collaboration has been valuable not only for the quality of the students it attracted and the graduates it produced, including 3 of our current postdoctoral fellows, but has also spawned a great many research collaborations and projects.
The original three-year Cognitive Science program included integrative topics (compulsory course components) at second and third year, with the aim of having representatives of the different Cognitive Science disciplines introduce the ideas, vocabulary, problems, perspectives and insights of each of the disciplines. These lectures tended to be attended by as many staff as students, and were an opportunity for invigorating debate as well as exciting exploration of the great disciplinary divide. Undergraduate and postgraduate students often participated very knowledgeably in these debates, and the students that went through this program have become a very valuable resource for South Australia and beyond, with the top few students each year going on to Honours and PhDs in one or more of the component disciplines.
The field of Cognitive Science has however outgrown what can be dealt with in a three-year Bachelor of Science program, and Flinders teaching in this area been continued with the development of new Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psyc) and Bachelor of Computer Science degree programs, including the opportunity to undertake a combined Behavioural/Computer Science degree, with cognate majors covering Artificial Intelligence, Neuroscience and Psycholinguistics.
The research and teaching collaborations of the group have expanded to intersect two other interdisciplinary degree programs, in Biomedical Engineering and Robotics/Mechatronics Engineering, in this case having combined Bachelors/Masters degree options. Students from these programs can also undertake Honours and PhD projects with an Artificial Intelligence or Cognitive Science focus.
Prof. David Powers is one of the pioneers of Cognitive Science in Australia, and was appointed at Flinders to assist with the development of Cognitive Science here. He can be contacted for information about both research and teaching in any of the interdisciplinary programs we run, including both graduate and undergraduate courses and PhD opportunities and scholarships.
The research programs of the group extend across Flinders University and beyond, and those located within the School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics spread across all four of our research concentrations:
- Centre for Knowledge and Interaction Technologies
- Flinders Medical Device Research Institute
- Centre for Maritime Electronics, Control & Imaging
- Flinders Mathematical Sciences Laboratory
Many of the individual projects relate to strong foci in Assistive and Educational Technologies, and Artificial Intelligence and Language Technologies, where we jointly have strong expertise and capabilities across all of the following areas:
- Adhoc/Resilient Mobile Communications
- Artificial Intelligence and Language Technologies
- Assistive & Educational Technologies
- AudioVisual Speech and Language Processing
- Autonomous Vehicles, Intelligent Robots &
- Cognitive & Behavioural Science & Cognitive Neuroscience
- Computational Psycholinguistics & Cognitive Linguistics
- Emotion, Expression & Interaction
- Human Factors and Evaluation
- Information Retrieval & Visualisation
- Language & Learning Technology
- Medical, Signals & Imaging & Brain Computer Interface
- Talking Thinking Teaching Heads & Embodied Conversational Agents
- Vision/Image Processing