The doctoral program in Cognitive Science was created by a core of cognitive science-oriented psychologists, philosophers, and computer scientists. This is a truly unique interdisciplinary program that trains students to integrate theories, methods, and tools from a variety of fields. Students work closely with individual faculty, whose research interests include computational cognitive modeling, human and machine reasoning, perception and action, computational linguistics, multi-agent systems, and social simulation. There is a strong emphasis on building models of integrated cognitive systems using formal, quantitative, and mathematical tools. The department has excellent research facilities, such as eye tracking equipment, a robotic arm, and a large-scale immersive virtual environment lab. Students will also find excellent opportunities in cognitive engineering, the application of cognitive science theories to human factors practice.
Rensselaer is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and by a number of professional and academic societies.