Cognition and its computation

By Prof. Sharba Bandyopadhyay, Prof. Rajlakshmi Guha   |   IIT Kharagpur, IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 677
Information as representation of knowledge is the object of study of an emergent scientific field - Cognitive Science. Increasing applications in Human-centered design, BMI and BCI, where actors like the structural, functional and computational mechanisms of the brain are engaged, necessitates advanced knowledge and research in “Cognition and its Computation”. The proposed course will dwell on the fundamentals of Cognitive Processing in humans and will also discuss some recent challenges, discoveries and some open problems. The course will include topics on both understanding natural and developing artificial cognitive information processing systems.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Students interested in Neural and Cognitive Sciences

PREREQUISITES: 1st year college Mathematics and Biology

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: AI related industry
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 14 Oct 2022
Enrollment Ends : 08 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 30 Oct 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

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Week 1 :  Introduction to Cognition and the Brain
Week 2 :  Measurements for Cognition and Brain Activity
Week 3 :  Introduction to Computation by Neurons
Week 4 :  Neural Circuits - I
Week 5 :  Neural Circuits - II
Week 6:   Attention and Perception
Week 7 :  Neural Basis of Attention and Perception
Week 8 :  Learning and Memory (I)
Week  9 : Learning and Memory (II)
Week 10: Speech and Language
Week 11: Emotion and Decision Making Current Research
Week 12: Current Research

Books and references

  1. Cognitive Science. B M Bly & D E Rumelhart (ed) (1999) The new cognitive neurosciences. M S Gazzaniga (ed) (2000)
  2. A companion to Cognitive Science. W Bechtel & G Graham (ed) (1999)
  3. Cortex and Mind, JM Fuster (2003)

Instructor bio

Prof. Sharba Bandyopadhyay

IIT Kharagpur
Prof. Sharba Bandyopadhyay works in the area of Auditory Neuroscience using experimental neurophysiology, computational and theoretical methods. Sharba’s primary interest is in developmental and fast time scale plasticity

Prof. Rajlakshmi Guha

IIT Kharagpur
Prof. Rajlakshmi Guha is an Assistant Professor in the Centre for Educational Technology, IIT Kharagpur. She has done her PhD in Psychology. She has research interests in the areas of Cognitive Psychology, Social Psychology, Counselling Psychology, Perception, Attention, Memory processes, Physiological basis of emotion, and student's mental health etc.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 30 October 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kharagpur .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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