Communication via language and other modalities is a fundamental component of human activity. It is therefore not surprising that the technologies originated from the scientific study of these activities are having a major impact on modern society. This track emphasizes the use of computational approaches to model and understand human cognitive functions, with a special emphasis on language.
The program offers basic courses in theoretical and computational linguistics, computer science and cognitive neuroscience, allowing students to develop expertise in aspects of language and human cognition that AI systems could or should model. The program also offers courses on research design and evaluation methods, which help students acquire the necessary skills to evaluate and improve the design of models and contribute to data collection and evaluation.
Examples of professional outcomes include working as AI enablers, helping develop unbiased intelligent systems that meet human needs, or support health practitioners working on cognitive impairments.