In the name of God, the compassionate, the merciful,
You think you are a small mass, but a greater universe is hidden in you (Imam Ali)
With this short expression, Imam Ali (peace be upon him) points to a vast realm that lies within every one of us. What is this realm? What other phenomenon but mind and its power of comprehension can transcend the material world, come to realization elusive to logic, and explore the sphere of existence in a quest to unfold the secrets of creation?
Human mind is a boundless realm in which one can find the reflection of every being, and determination and consciousness are its unique attributes. It’s a vessel that explores boundless ocean of existence in order to get to know itself and its creator and live a life mindful of this newly acquired awareness. Given the role of mind in shaping our lives, the quest for discovering what actually mind is and what is the role of brain has occupied human mind since the early time.
As a very modern and interdisciplinary field, the purpose of cognitive science and technology is to improve the quality of our lives through boosting and optimizing brain functions, alleviating its impairments and malfunctions, and inventing artificial intelligent systems inspired by the brain. Cognitive science and technology strives to achieve those objectives by shedding light on the mystery of brain, mind, and dynamism of their functions.
The genesis of cognitive science has been the interaction among neuroscience, psychology, linguistics, anthropology, education, artificial intelligence, and philosophy of mind. In addition to conducting basic research on brain and human cognition, cognitive science and technology is dedicated to develop promising technologies that will boost our intellectual capabilities and alleviate impairments of brain and flaws of mind.
In the path of realizing those dreams, invention of new technologies such as brain signal recording and functional brain imaging has assisted scientists in the field and confronted philosophers of mind with new questions about the nature of mind, cognition, consciousness, determination, intentionality, and the relation between mind and brain.
To advance new frontiers in the challenging field of cognitive science, the Iranian government has taken legal steps to approve the strategic document for the development of cognitive science and technologies and the establishment of Cognitive Science and Technologies Council (CSTC), through which it is hoped Iran would claim its rightful place within the international community of cognitive science and technology.
The Cognitive Science and Technology Council of Iran (CSTC) is a national agency founded in 2011 to plan for, and support the advancement of cognitive science and technologies in Iran. The council promotes research in cognitive science, and development of its related technologies and services by supporting scientific examination of mind, brain and cognition.
Members of the executive committee of the Council have joined the faculty members and researchers from a broad range of fields such as, Psychology, Linguistic, Artificial Intelligence, Philosophy of Mind, Education, Anthropology, and Neuroscience to constitute an interdisciplinary planning and granting body for advancement of cognitive science. The intersection of different academic backgrounds has crossed traditional educational boundaries to facilitate research in this cutting edge science and development of its technologies and services. The collaboration has led to new techniques and methodologies to answer one common interest: understanding the nature of the human mind. Some of the techniques and tools used to conduct research in this competitive field include: EEG, Eye Tracking, fMRI, PET, MEG, fNIRS, Optogenetics, Neural Recording, Brain Stimulation, and Computational Simulation &Modeling.
Our mission in CSTC is to promote fundamental and applied innovative research in cognitive science and technologies. As a leading policy making agency, CSTC attempts to provide resources to universities, institutions, faculty members, students and researchers to pursue their research in the field. We attempt to focus on different perspectives of this interdisciplinary field, and support researchers with diverse skills to undertake a vast range of developmental activities.
CSTC aims to develop a collaborative environment for researchers from areas such as psychology, linguistics, neuroscience, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, computer science, engineering, and mathematics. Moreover, CSTC promotes national and international research partnerships between researchers, students, faculties, industries, and community based organizations. To pursue these goals, CSTS has the following four departments:
1. Research, Infrastructure and Technology Development
2. Knowledge Utilization, Commercialization, and Marketing
3. Strategic Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation
4. Education, Promotion, and Human Resources
Our long-term objective is to obtain the first ranking place in the competitive field of cognitive science and technologies in the Middle East region. To achieve this status, CSTC focuses on the following goals:
1. Developing a national network of scientists, researches, organizations, institutions, and companies that are involved in the study of cognitive science and technologies.
2. Promoting cooperation of Iranian scientists, research centers and universities with those in other parts of the world by supporting student exchange, visiting professor exchange, joint graduate programs, joint projects, and joint conferences.
3. Publishing and translating books and journals devoted to the advancement of cognitive science and technologies.
4. Promotion of basic and fundamental research on brain and its cognitive functions.
5. Developing cognitive rehabilitation programs to enhance mental fitness and improve cognitive capabilities.
6. Utilizing and developing advanced technologies and tools to conduct a vast range of research from brain & behavior to computer and machine learning.
7. Developing authentic protocols and techniques for treatment of mental disorders and cognitive deficiencies.
8. Developing artificial intelligent systems inspired by human brain and its cognitive functions.
9. Developing a model of cognitive education based on the findings of cognitive psychology and cognitive science.
10. Promoting research in philosophy of mind, as it relates to the Islamic philosophy and tradition.
Funding & Budget Opportunities
CSTC is the main body for planning and decision-making in the field of cognitive science and technologies in Iran. The council provides financial support to public and private institutions, academicians and researchers who conduct research and contribute to the field.
CSTC supports activities in the field of cognitive science and technologies through a national grant program. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the field, we encourage researchers to pursue support for innovative studies that bridges different disciplines and develops new knowledge about brain, mind and the biological basis of behavior, mental functions, and the mechanisms underlying cognition. Some of the typical research areas in the field of cognitive science that researchers may pursue include decision-making, learning and memory, attention, vision, comprehension, production, & acquisition of language, and consciousness.
CSTC receives annual budget from the government of Islamic Republic of Iran. The budget helps CSTC to advance this cutting-edge science and its technologies, and to compete for excellence in the field and its integration with the society and culture.
Also, CSTC plans to collaborate with domestic and international institutions of higher education based on mutual interests to further promote innovative and applied research in the field.
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