Mind Matters: Cognitive Science Gives Students a Taste of Computer Science, Linguistics, Philosophy, and Psychology–And the Chance to Build Lego Robots

Yes, the robots are made of Lego—but they’re more than mere toys. Every spring, students enrolled in the course Issues in Cognitive Science II, work with Lego Mindstorms EV3 robots, miniature rovers whose sensors allow them to discern light and colour, and judge shapes and distances; the students get the bots to follow tracks, avoid obstacles, and even play soccer (or at least tend goal). For the students, it’s a chance to investigate the nuts and bolts of perception, pattern recognition, mental representation, and more. These are issues that they’ve studied in the classroom, and now they get to see how they work in the real world, explains the course instructor, Professor James John, who also teaches in the Philosophy Department.

Read the full article published in the spring issue of the UC Alumni Magazine