Welcome to the Institute for Research in Cognitive Science (IRCS), the site of the National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center for Research in Cognitive Science.

Who are We?

The Institute for Research in Cognitive Science, located at the University of Pennsylvania, brings together researchers in the common pursuit of an understanding of the human mind, and fosters the development of new technology arising from this understanding. Over 40 Penn faculty members across seven departments are currently associated with IRCS, linking together the disciplines of computer and information science, linguistics, mathematical logic, neuroscience, philosophy, and psychology.

The Institute was founded in January 1990, strengthening a tradition of cross-disciplinary collaboration dating back to the early 1960s and building on a formal program in cognitive science initiated in 1978. Much of the research within IRCS focuses on three topics: language structure, processing, and acquisition; perception and action; and logic and computation.

IRCS has close connections with the Institute for Neuroscience and with PENNlincs, which develops and promotes the use of cognitive science in both formal and informal educational settings, such as schools, museums, and zoos.

For more information about what goes on here at IRCS, take a look at Strokes of the Penn, our quarterly newsletter.

In addition to our co-directors, and the myriad faculty members, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students working throughout IRCS, we have a few regular staff members. You can finger them, or anyone else at IRCS, to see if they are reading their e-mail.

Our administrative offices are located at:

3401 Walnut Street
Suite 400A
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6228

Since we are a multidisciplinary organization, our faculty members have laboratories and offices across the University.

Learn More About IRCS

  • Academic Programs

  • Postdoctoral FellowProgram

  • Short- and Long-Term Visitor Program

  • Technical Report Series

  • Industrial Interaction

  • Outreach Program

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    the University of Pennsylvania).

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    Other Links at Penn

    University of Pennsylvania

    School of Engineering and Applied Science

    School of Arts and Sciences

    Department of Computer and Information Science

    Department of Linguistics

    Department of Psychology

    Department of Philosophy

    Department of Mathematics

    Department of Bioengineering and Institute of Neurological Sciences at Penn

    Department of Neuroscience

    Laboratories and Research Groups

    Linguistics Data Consortium

    LINC Lab: The Language, Information and Computation Laboratory

    General Robotics and Active Sensory Perception (GRASP) Laboratory

    Center for Human Modeling and Simulation

    Computational Biology and Informatics Laboratory

    Computational Biology Group

    Logic and Computation Group

    Database Research Group

    Elsewhere in the World

    National Science Foundation

    National Science Foundation Science and Technology Centers

    ILLC - Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (The Netherlands)

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