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Center for Cognitive Sciences

The Cognitive Science Research Initiative is one of the latest ventures taken up by BVRIT. The lab is being headed by Dr I.A.Pasha who is also the head of the Electronics and Communication Engineering department. The lab boasts of the prestigious DST fund which primarily aims at building brain-computer interfaces for people with no muscle control. In addition to this major project, students are encouraged to come up with their own ideas and extensive support is given to expand their ideas, carry out their own research work and conduct experiments. BVRIT proudly claims to be one of the very few colleges in India to have established a Cognitive Science lab which is a virginal ground, especially in India.

Objectives 

The center focuses research on intelligence and behavior, especially focusing on how information is represented, processed, and transformed (in faculties such as perception, language, memory, reasoning, and emotion) within human nervous systems and machines (e.g. computers).

Activities

  • To undertake R&D funded Projects
  • To conduct value added courses on cognitive sciences
  • Research publications
  • To develop an EEG-based Brain Computer Interface (BCI) system to assist ALS patients
  • To build a battery of cognitive assessment tests to monitor cognitive changes in ALS patient
  • To combine eye-tracker with EEG-BCI system for alternative and augmentative communication (AAC)
  • To conduct different user trials of BCI assistive device for persons with motor disabilities to help them with mobility & patient care.
  • Paper  titled 'Brain Computer Interface for mobility-a case study with ALS patient’, accepted for publication in  International Journal of  Applied Engineering Research(IJAER), (Scopus indexed)  Nov 2014 (in press) 
  • Paper  titled  ‘EEG-Controlled Wheelchair for ALS Patients’, published in  IEEE International Conference on Communication Systems and Network Technologies (CSNT), Machine Intelligence Research Labs, Gwalior, India dated 5th–8th April, 2013, DOI: 10.1109/CSNT.2013.190 
  •  Paper titled ‘Eye-tracker based test for Assessing Cognition’, published in IEEE International Conference on Communication Systems and Network Technologies (CSNT), Machine Intelligence Research Labs, Gwalior, India dated 5th–8th April, 2013, DOI: 10.1109/CSNT.2013.23 
  • Paper titled  ‘BCI Controller Based on Imagery activity using shortest path algorithm’, published in  IEEE Prime asia-2013, India dated 19th-21st December, 2013. DOI: 10.1109/PrimeAsia.2013.6731180 .
  • Poster titled ‘Gaze Interaction-based Assistive Device’, published as poster at International conference on Cognition, Emotion and action (CEA), IIT Gandhinagar, India dated 6th-8th  December, 2013.
  • Paper titled ‘P300 based assistive technology for ALS Patients’, published in International Conference for Biomedical Engineering and Assistive Technologies (BEATS),  2012
  • Started an Add-On Course, "Introduction to Cognitive Science".

Major Hardware & Software

24 channels EEG Machine with ERP, NI LABVIEW, NI ELVS II, NI CRIO, NI DAQ, Motorized controller wheel chair, Computers.

R & D Project in Progress: "Assistive devices for Quadriplegic and ALS patients" funded by Cognitive Science Research Initiative of Department of Science and Technology.

Title                                     : Assistive devices for Quadriplegic and ALS patients

Principal Investigator              : Dr.I.A.Pasha

Agency                                 : Department of Science and Technology (DST)

Scheme                                : Cognitive Science Initiative (CSI)

Amount Sanctioned                 : Rs 45,00,000

Duration                                  : 3 years

File No                                    : SR/CSI/133/2011

Research Fellows                    : Mr. Rakesh Sengupta, Research Associate

                                                  Mr.D.Hari Krishna,  Ph.D Research Scholar

                                                  Mr.Jigar Kumar Patel, Senior Research Fellow

                                                  Mr. N.V.Jagadeesh, Junior Research Fellow

Project Objectives:

Publications             

Research Groups:

  1. BCI for ALS Patients
  2. Assistive Device for Quadriplegic Patients using an Eye- Tracking Device
  3. Learning Aide for Autistic Children

Cognitive Science is the scientific study of mind and its processes. The lab focuses on research on intelligence and behavior, especially focusing on how information is represented, processed, and transformed within nervous systems and machines. Students are encouraged to come up with their own ideas and extensive support is given to expand their ideas, carry out their own research work, and conduct experiments. The faculty is also motivated to collaborate with labs working on Cognitive Science and its related streams to explore the numerous research options existing in this field.

The main focus of this lab is to work on a prestigious project which is being funded by DST under the Cognitive Science Initiative. The title of this project is “Assistive Devices for Quadriplegic and ALS Patients”. Dr. I.A.Pasha, Head of the ECE Department, is the principal investigator for this project. This work has been divided into three main R&D projects also involving different faculty and several undergraduate students:

Short term courses

In addition to this R&D project work, the lab also conducted an ‘Introduction to Cognitive Science’ course to introduce the concept to Cognitive Science to the students of BVRIT. Dr. Bipin Indurkhya, head of the Cognitive Science  lab, IIIT Hyderabad has given  introduction of the course. The course was instructed by Mr. Amitash Ojha from IIIT-Hyderabad who is a PhD student from the Cognitive Science Lab in IIIT-Hyd.

A lecture on Introduction to topics in Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience was conducted by Rakesh Sengupta, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Cognitive Sciences On 25th January 2014 and 1st February 2014