At a Glance
The Centre for Research in Cognitive Systems (CRCS) is a combination of both academic and industrial excellence. It provides a unique environment for exploration, improvisation and application of new technologies. With cognitive systems at the core, the Centre aims to contribute to the next generation of information science and technology through academic collaboration, research, development and industrial application.
CRCS works on upcoming new technologies and provides ample opportunities to its members to align their areas of interest with the mission of the Centre. It also tries to apply its research findings to develop solutions for problems posed by an internal or external client.
As part of NIIT, an organization known for imparting computer education, learning is one of the focus areas of CRCS. It thus works towards gaining expertise in on-line, classroom and computer based learning methods so as to contribute to the development of innovative pedagogy, androgogy and instructional design.
Further, CRCS is directing its efforts towards improving the effectiveness of education by adopting a constructivist's approach to the presentation of information, exploring and using latest multimedia and Internet technologies and developing a sound and cognitive evaluation mechanism. Currently, its focus is on providing information with little or no intervention by a teacher through MIE or Minimally Invasive Education. It is also contributing towards making learning interesting and enjoyable by using learner-centred learning styles and creating simulations to give the learners an experience of the real-life environment.
Besides significant contributions in the field of education, CRCS is carrying out innovations in applying wireless technology. It is developing agents that demonstrate cognition and use robotics. The Centre is also working on remote monitoring through sensors and is devising ways to constantly monitor unattended devices and environmental conditions around them from a remote location.
CRCS believes that science and technology in isolation will not hold any meaning after a certain stage. It is therefore important to integrate them with human needs. As a step in this direction, the Centre is conducting experimental and theoretical research in the area of human-computer interfaces.
Last but not the least, the Centre believes that next logical step forward in the evolution of cognitive systems is self-organisation and is therefore started exploring the concept of self-organizing systems.
All the research work and findings at the Centre are being currently applied to kiosks, non-linear systems and multi-sensory systems.