The study of intelligence in the modern cognitive sciences has largely become the study of representations (visual, linguistic, etc.) conceived computationally. This interdisciplinary science has, of course, several major aspects, and these at once illuminate each other and exist in a certain tension as they compete for the explanation of common, and related, phenomena. This view is the basis for the interdisciplinary work of IRCS over the past decade. The philosophy governing research at IRCS has been to look for progress at these disciplinary boundaries, where the need for integration and the uncertainty about how to achieve it stimulate scientific creativity.
Since its inception, IRCS has seen considerable growth in both the number of researchers working at the Institute and the types of projects undertaken. IRCS currently has over 50 affiliated faculty from nine departments in the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering and Applied Science. IRCS' programs directly impact such technologies as graphics and animation, robotics and computer vision, spoken and written natural language interfaces, machine translation, information extraction systems, software development, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and bioinformatics.
Research at IRCS is structured under four inter-related scientific foci:
- Economic and Strategic Behavior and Computation
- Language Acquisition, Structure, and Processing
- Logic and Computation
- Perception and Action