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Institute of Cognitive Science


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Institute of Cognitive Science

Institute of Cognitive Science at Osnabrück University

Welcome to the website of the Institute of Cognitive Science at the Osnabrück University! Our research activities cover a wide range of cognitive science disciplines. Our study programs include international Bachelor and Master programs, which teach basics from the entire spectrum of cognitive science and emphasize interdisciplinary thinking and work.

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Prize for Good Teaching awarded to IKW professor

Our new Professor of Ethics of Artificial Intelligence, Rainer Mühlhoff, received this years Hans Mühlenhoff Prize for Good Teaching. The prize was awarded by a study jury for his lecture "Introduction to the Ethics of AI". The students praised his excellent interdisciplinary didactics and the innovative hybrid teaching format.

The lecture is available as recordings: https://rainermuehlhoff.de/en/lecture-introduction-to-the-ethics-of-AI/

Outstanding bachelor thesis honored with ROSEN award

On June 2nd, Cognitive science student Annemarie Witschas has been honored with the ROSEN-award 2022 for her outstanding bachelor thesis "Porn, Power and Platforms: The (Re-)Production of Hegemonic Sexuality through Machine Learning Systems".

In the awarded work she investigates how Artificial Intelligence systems adversely affect liberal and emancipatory forms of gender and sexual expression. Through a feminist lens she analyzes the normalizing power behind the censoring of sexual content on social media sites as well as the repressive effects of pornographic deepfakes on women. By addressing the widely tabooed and disregarded issue of pornography she illuminates on the powerful and far-reaching effects that AI systems have on today's society.

For Prospective Students:

Bachelor Cognitive Science

This program is designed for you to explore the different fields within Cognitive Science, all while building a solid foundation in the core areas of Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Modelling, Computational Linguistics, Neurobiology, Neuroinformatics, Neuroscience, Philosophy of Mind. 

Master Cognitive Science

This Master Program allows you to refine your knowledge in Cognitive Psychology, Artificial Intelligence, Linguistics and Computational Linguistics, Neuroinformatics and Robotics, Neuroscience, and Philosophy of Mind and Cognition. You will build on your research skills through lab rotations, a year-long study project, and your master's thesis.

Online Master Cognitive Science

The "Osnabrück Cognitive Science Master Online Studies" (OS-COSMOS) program is an online track to the Master Program for international students living outside of Germany.  You can major in Artificial Intelligence, Neuroscience, and Neuroinformatics.

Master Cognitive Computing

The Cognitive Computing Program specializes in studying computational models of cognitive abilities. This course addresses working professionals who will continue to work in parallel to their studies. Graduates of this program are able to use their acquired skills for the development of innovative intelligent systems and services.