The central tenet of cognitive science is that the human mind is essentially an information processing system. Cognitive scientists are trying to understand how the mind processes information to produce intelligent behavior. They describe human behavior using methods from experimental psychology and computer science in order to formally describe the underlying information processing. Cognitive psychology and artificial intelligence form the core of the Cognitive Science curriculum at TU Darmstadt.



Professional fields for graduates of the Master of Science Cognitive Science fall into the areas of business and industry, research and teaching as well as the social field.

In the field of business and industry, the topics of ergonomics and artificial intelligence as well as their interfaces to information technology, e.g. cognitively oriented communication technology, communication and interaction consulting, specification, design and evaluation of human-machine interfaces as well as general development, implementation and evaluation are more intelligent Systems. In the area of ??teaching, this includes lectureships in cognitive science courses, development of teaching and learning systems, and teaching in business and industry (training).

In times of global networking, information technology security is becoming increasingly important. TU scientists devote themselves to questions of IT security, among other things in the profile area "Cybersecurity at TU Darmstadt - CYSEC "and onNational Research Center for Applied Cybersecurity ATHENE .

Research on Artificial Intelligence (AI) at the TU Darmstadt is excellent internationally. It clearly distinguishes itself from other locations in Germany and has the necessary interdisciplinarity to develop the potential of AI broadly and optimally and to do justice to the high social and economic importance.At the TU Darmstadt, AI research is strongly intertwined with cognitive science, which is part of theCenter for Cognitive Science is bundled.

In the social field, this includes advice in the field of computer-aided group formation, research into socially distributed cognition, research and therapy of environmental influences on child development ("cognitive sociotherapy") and support for intercultural communication ("applied cognitive anthropology"). Further fields of application are the personalized and adaptive design of stationary and mobile training applications in sport, prevention and rehabilitation.

Future intelligent systems and their application will require interdisciplinary cooperation between computer scientists, robotics, designers and psychologists, for example. Graduates of the Master of Science can take on modeling tasks, work on more open and scientific questions independently or actively support the interdisciplinary cohesion of such mixed teams. In addition, a Master of Science Cognitive Science degree opens up occupational fields that are generally more scientifically designed, e.g. B. aim at the development of new technologies or the active research on new solutions of intelligent adaptive systems. In the future, especially in the key areas of the future such as autonomous driving, big data and Industry 4.0, the need for cognitive scientists is increasing dramatically. This applies both to industrial research and development and to university research, which precedes future development successes

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