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History and Timeline


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It was decided to create an honours undergraduate programme and distinguished lecture. Team included Chris Herdman and Bill Petrusic (psychology), Ann Laubstein and Helmut Zobl (linguistics), Jean-Pierre Corriveau and Franz Oppacher (computer science), and Andrew Brook (philosophy).

1991
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The inaugural lecture was given by Daniel C. Dennett

1992
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Planning for a PhD programme began in 1993. These pioneers were soon joined by Jo-Anne LeFevre, John Logan, and Jack Kelly (psychology) and Rob Stainton (philosophy, linguistics, and cognitive science), who was appointed in 1993. He was the first formal appointment to cognitive science and quickly won a Tier II Canada Research Chair

1993
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First batch of students admitted

1994
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Arshia Asudeh, The first graduate of the programme won the University Medal for Interfaculty Studies at Convocation. (He returned to the programme as a member of faculty many years later with graduate degrees from Edinburgh and Stanford.)

1996
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Welcomed the first brand-new faculty appointment to Cognitive Science, Dr. Deepthi Kamawar.  A graduate of the University of Toronto, she was cross-appointed with Psychology.

2002
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In 2004, the Institute of Cognitive Science was created, providing an administrative structure for the by-then substantial teaching and research programmes. By 2004, there were 11 faculty cross-appointed between Institute and the contributing academic units.

2004
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In 2006, Dr. Jim Davies was hired.  Dr. Davies graduated from Georgia Tech in Computer Science, but has an MS in Psychology and a BA in Philosophy. His appointment is 100% in Cognitive Science.  His expertise in AI has proven to be crucial to the continued success of the computational and modelling component of the undergraduate and graduate programs.

2006
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The $28m V-SIM (Virtual Simulation and Modelling) Centre opened, providing a home for the experimental and modelling research in cognition at Carleton.

The faculty component was further enhanced by two cross-appointments with linguistics, Dr. Ash Asudeh and Dr. Ida Toivonen. Graduates of Stanford University, they have greatly increased the breadth of the undergraduate and graduate programs.

2007
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Dr. Robert West’s appointment with Psychology was changed to 50% with Cognitive Science. His modelling work is central to many of the ongoing interdisciplinary collaborations.

2008
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Welcomed another new faculty member, 100% in Cognitive Science, Dr. Raj Singh. This brought the faculty strength to the equivalent of about 6 full time faculty and allowed us to offer all required undergraduate and graduate courses on a reasonable schedule.

2009
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Welcomed the first cohort of students to the Master in Cognitive Science.

2010
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B.A. degree in Cognitive Science was replaced with a new designation, the Bachelor of Cognitive Science (B. Cog. Sc).  This change was made to more clearly reflect the diverse and interdisciplinary nature of the undergraduate program.

All incoming students were admitted to the B.Cog.Sc. In that year, our first year enrolment increased five-fold, from approximately 25 to 125 first-year students.

2013
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Added Dr. Kasia Muldner to our list of 100% appointed faculty in Cognitive Science. Dr. Muldner is trained in computer science. Her research relies on interdisciplinary methods to extend understanding of the cognitive, meta cognitive, and affective factors that influence learning in a variety of settings. Dr. Mulder was formerly a post-doctoral fellow at Arizona State University.

2014
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Dr. Myrto Mylopoulos joined the Institute. Her appointment is shared 50% with the Department of Philosophy. Dr. Mylopoulos studies philosophy of mind and of cognitive science, with a particular interest in Action Theory. Dr. Mylopoulos completed a post-doctoral year at the Jean Nicod Institute in Paris.

2015
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We had 100 graduates from the program (about 1/3 with the B.Cog.Sc degree), 34 graduates of the Ph.D. program, and 39 graduates of the M.Cog.Sc program.

2016