Master in Cognitive Systems & Interactive Media

Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona

Program Description
EFMD Equis Accredited

Master in Cognitive Systems & Interactive Media

Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona

Master in Cognitive Systems & Interactive Media

The mission of the Master in Cognitive Systems and Interactive Media (CSIM) is to train the researchers and professionals who will investigate, develop and design the interactive cognitive systems and media of tomorrow. The results may be physical devices, such as robots, or logical ones, such as sophisticated software that provides new experiences and/or virtual environments.

The CSIM programme draws on three main fields of knowledge: interactive technology, cognitive sciences and interactive media. To achieve its objective, the programme takes an interdisciplinary approach that is critical to providing students with an in-depth knowledge of the design, construction, development, deployment and analysis of interactive cognitive systems and media, along with the necessary skills to successfully carry out all of these stages. The CSIM programme's goal is to produce integrators of such interactive cognitive devices and programmes.

The CSIM offers a wide range of lectures and tutorials by renowned scientists. In terms of theory, students will acquire a basic understanding of the cognitive functions of the brain and its computational models, key issues in the development of interactive cognitive systems. At the practical level, students will learn to design and develop creative and scientific solutions in order to rationally, consistently and efficiently integrate current and future technologies into interactive cognitive systems. The CSIM programme offers students the scientific and practical tools they need to pursue their studies independently and to develop and integrate interactive cognitive systems into useful systems with real-world applications.

Objectives

The main objective of the Master in Cognitive Systems and Interactive Media is to train the next generation of researchers and professionals who will research, develop, design and analyse cognitive systems and interactive media.

Who is it for?

Students on this master's programme should have a background in technology engineering (computing or telecommunications), psychology, biology, audiovisual communication or another area related to the programme's interdisciplinary approach. Candidates must be highly motivated and hard-working and have both a strong interest in technology and cognitive sciences and a creative spirit. They must moreover have prior knowledge of programming and be willing to immerse themselves in technological topics. Structure

The programme consists of a single track providing a solid, coherent vision of cognitive systems and interactive media. It is essentially geared towards research, and students must complete 20 compulsory credits, 20 optional credits and a 20-credit final research project.

The master's programme can be completed in one year, if taken full-time, or in two, if taken part-time. The programme is organized into terms and is designed to reflect the priority areas of research defined by the European Commission.

Content

The master's programme aims to train integrators of complex systems and devices by combining knowledge and skills from the fields of interactive communication, cognitive psychology, linguistics, art, digital technology and communication.

The programme is designed to reflect the priority areas of research defined by the European Commission, which it groups into the following general topics: Cognitive Systems: This track encompasses functional aspects of the concepts, methods and advanced technologies required to enable future smart devices to perceive, decide, feel emotions and behave. Specifically, it focuses on their capacity to adapt to and behave in complex environments, on their ability to interact and communicate with humans and other devices, and on how our understanding of biological systems can help develop the cognitive systems of the future. This track trains students to become the behavioural and psychological engineers of tomorrow's devices.

Content and Media: The objective is to prepare students to contribute to the challenges facing both today's society at large and particular individuals and organizations with regard to the vast variety of partially interactive content that they must present and process. Special emphasis is placed on key concepts and methods in the optimization of the interaction between humans and machines on the one hand and information and the media on the other. Additionally, this track explores, analyses and thoroughly experiments with specific features of interactive media with a view to broadening the range of possibilities and adding new potential rather than simply replacing or enhancing non-interactive media.

Quality of Life: In future, healthcare and social services will rely on interactive devices and media. The main challenges will be not only to cure, but also to maintain and enhance quality of life through cognitive systems and interactive media. Students on this track will be immersed in the psychological and technological aspects of this major development. To contribute to improving quality of life, new methods and media will need to strike the right balance between technological possibilities and human creativity.

Interaction and Mobility: This track will introduce students to this complex system of problems and train them to apply a wide range of concepts and technologies in order to help solve them. Likewise, human mobility involves many forms of transport, which generate a variety of needs with regard to device autonomy and the presentation of information.

Internship

In keeping with the research orientation of this programme, the final research project will be carried out in the context of one of the research groups of the Department of Information and Communication Technologies, thereby ensuring a rich and stable environment for acquiring experience in the field.

Knowledge, skills and comptences acquired

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The specific competencies acquired in this master's programme include the ability to:

  • Develop interactive devices with cognitive systems using mixed methodologies based on analysis, design, development, deployment and assessment.
  • Apply mixed methodologies from cognitive science, human-computer interaction and communication.
  • Design solutions in the form of interactive devices through requirements analysis. This design is based on abstract biological and neurological computational models and interactive communication.
  • Develop, implement and code solutions designed to include advanced interface technologies, neurological simulations and control languages, as well as interactive installations and devices.
  • Assess interactive devices using controlled, experimental, objective and quantitative methods.
  • Apply an interdisciplinary approach that combines cognitive science, interactive technologies and digital media to solve problems in ways that lead to new interactive devices.
  • Apply current theories and computational models about the brain and about how it relates to interactive devices by means of cognitive systems.
  • Apply these devices and systems to real-world problems.

Career prospects

This master's programme offers a wide range of career opportunities. Students seeking a career in research will be able to pursue doctoral studies in any of the areas included in the programme's interdisciplinary focus. Students seeking careers outside of academia will be able to draw on their experience with the analysis, design, implementation, experimentation, testing and assessment of interactive devices via cognitive systems to enter a wide range of fields, from industrial and home robotics to outdoor interactive advertising, the smart technology used by the automobile industry, the development of systems to help rehabilitate people with physical or cognitive disorders, large-format interactive entertainment, or smart museum technology.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated June 1, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2016
Duration
Duration
1 - 2 years
Part time
Full time
Price
Price
3,079 EUR
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Start date Sept. 2016
Place
Spain Barcelona
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Duration 1 - 2 years
Price 3,079 EUR
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