Workshops, Seminars, Invited Talks

Rakesh Sengupta, Research Scholar, Centre for Neural and Cognitive Sciences, University of Hyderabad, will deliver a talk on "A visual sense of number emergence from the dynamics of a recurrent on-center off-surround neural network".

Venue: Lab 2, School of Cognitive Science

Date: 7 February 2014, 3:00 PM

Professor Boguslaw MarekDept. of ELT Typhlomethodology, The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland will deliver a talk on Tactile graphics at the School of Cognitive Science, Jadavpur University

24th  January, 2014, 3 PM-5 PM. 

You are cordially invited to participate in the deliberation.

School of Cognitive Science, Jadavpur University in collaboration with Blind Boys’ Academy, Narendrapur & John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland is organizing a two dayI nternational Workshop On Cognition Of The Visually Challenged during 22nd -23rd January 2014 at Blind Boys’ Academy Narendrapur. You are cordially invited to participate in the Workshop.

Orchestra by the students
Welcome address by the Secretary Maharaj
Introduction of the theme by Director, School of Cognitive Science, Jadavpur University
Address by the Dean, FIDSLM, Jadavpur University
Vote of thanks by Principal, Blind Boys’ Academy
Tea break
Keynote address by Prof Baguslaw Marek
Lunch break
Discussion with Prof. Marek
Feedback session
Moderator: Mr. Sunil Baran Pattanaik
 Interaction with the students
Performance by the students
Vote of thanks by the Principal Blind Boys’ Academy
Tea break

Professor Sisir Kumar Roy of Indian Statistical Institute would deliver a talk on "Quantum Probability and Modelling in Cognitive Science"

3rd January 2014, at 3.30 PM

International Workshop on Diagram Logic and Cognition

Organized by the School of Cognitive Science, Jadavpur University, India

& University of Brighton, United Kingdom

28 -29 October 2013

Venue: Auditorium, Department of Chemical Engineering, Jadavpur University

Workshop on protecting Human research participants

Behavioural and cognitive studies often require interaction with human participants before, during and after conducting experiments. Coupled to goal oriented research, designing experiments may result in a dilemma for the investigators. When goals of research are directed to improving the understanding of neurodegenerative diseases or to investigate the efficacy of drugs, investigators may perceive the outcome of the experiments as more important than the safety of the human participants. Similarly in behavioural studies too, design of experiments need to be participant sensitive with a broad respect to our society values and welfare of individuals. This is reflected in the principles used to define ethical research and the regulations, policies, and guidance that describe the implementation of those principles.
As a part of Human research participant sensitization process, the School of Cognitive Science has scheduled a workshop on ‘Protecting Human Research Participants’ under the guidance of Dr Amrita Basu, visiting EEG Expert, School of Cognitive Science, Jadavpur University.

Date: 08.08 13
Time: 12 PM
Contact the School's Office for registration.

Professor Narinder Kapur FBPsS Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology, University College London would deliver a talk on "Memory in AD and FTD" on 1st of April 2013, 3.30 PM at the School of Cognitive Science, Jadavpur University. 

You are cordially invited to attend and participate.

Dr. Phil Hutchinson, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, Manchester Metropolitan University,  Cheshire would be delivering a talk on 18th of March 2013 at 3.30 PM at the School of Cognitive Science in the following topic:
“Emotion and Cognition: avoiding the temptation to invoke sub-personal mechanisms”  
You are invited to attend the lecture and participate in the discussion.

The Department of Philosophy and the School of Cognitive Science is happy to announce the ICPR lecture schedule of Professor Biswambhar  Pahi (Rajasthan University, Jaipur) as per the following schedule. All are cordially invited to participate.

13 March 2013

11 AM| Method of Completeness Proof om First Order Predicate Logic

4 PM|  On Working out of a Nyaya-Vaisesika Concept of Person

14 March 2013

2 PM| Cognition Action and Language

                Venue: Auditoriun, Darshan Bhavan, 3rd Floor.

The School of Cognitive Science is happy to let you know that  Prof. Simon Kramer would deliver a talk on 1st of March, 3.30pm at the School of Cognitive Science in the following topic:
Logic of Negation-Complete Interactive Proof  (Formal Theory of Epistemic Deciders).

Your are invited  to attend the lecture and participation in the discussion.

Prof. Ashok Ranjan Thakur, formerly Vice Chancellor of West Beangal State University, would deliver a series of 8 lecturs  beginning from 27th of July on every Friday (3-5 PM) on the topic Introduction to molecular neurobiology at the School of Cognitive Science. 

Since we can accommodate only 20 participants you are requested to register your name at the office of the School of Cognitive Science, Jadavpur University as early as possible.

School of Cognitive Science, Jadavpur University, and Autism Society West Bengal are jointly organizing a talk by Attorney David Sternfield  on the topic "The need for Standerdization in the Protocol of the Diagnosis and and Treatment of Autism

28 June| 3 PM | Auditorium of Darshan Bhavan (3rd floor).

All interested resechers and concerned individuals are requested to participate.

" Negation and Quantifiers"
on 25.05.12 at 3 pm 
at the School of Cognitive Science. 

You are requested to participate in the lecture.

10:00 - 10:45    Inauguration
      Professor Nilanjana Gupta, Dean, Faculty Council of Art
      Professor Samantak Das, Joint Coordinator, Rabindranath Studies Centre
      Professor Lopamudra Choudhury, Director, School of Cognitive Science
10:45 – 11:00   Tea Break
First Academic Session
Chairperson:      Professor Amita Chatterjee
                           Former Coordinator, Centre for Cognitive Science, Jadavapur University
11:00 – 12:00    Professor Siddhartha Datta, Professor of Chemical Engineering, Jadavpur University
12:00 – 1:00      Sri Amitabha Sengupta, Painter
1:00 – 2:00        Lunch
Second Academic Session
Chairperson:      Professor Shefali Moitra
                           Former Professor of Philosophy, Jadavapur University
2:00 – 3:00        Sri Raman Sivakumar, Painter
3:00 – 4:00        Sri Jogen Chowdhury, Painter
4:00                   Vote of Thanks by Professor Mihir Kr. Chakraborty  



In the past two decades, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has seen explosive growth in its development and applications in both clinical and cognitive neurosciences. We are holding an intensive mini-workshop to cover some of the basic aspects of the technique.

The purpose of this intensive course is to provide a solid foundation in state-of-the-art functional neuroimaging methods. The course will cover basic aspects of the theoretical considerations in fMRI, basic biophysics of MRI-based neuroimaging data acquisition, experimental design, and data analysis. There will be hands-on demos in data analysis. The course will be held from 10-4 on 18 February 2012 (Saturday) at the School of Cognitive Science, Darshan Bhavan, Jadavpur University. The course is presented as a mixture of classroom didactics and practical lab demos, and is highly interactive, and with lots of tea/coffee (and Lunch) to stimulate your brain.

Course Instructor: Dr. Shantanu Ghosh, Affiliated Post Doc, Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging


10-11 Neurophysiology and state models
11-12 MRI and BOLD Physics
12-1 General Linear Model
1-2 Lunch
2-3 Modeling BOLD
3-4 The analysis ‘tool’: SPM (Software Demo) and Discussion

Prof. Mihir Kumar Chakraborty will offer a course on Set Theory and First Order Logic starting from 22nd of February 2012 on every Wednesday at 4.30pm.

Venue: School of Cognitive Science, II Floor, Darshan Bhavan, Jadavpur University.

At most 20 participants will be admitted on the first come first serve basis. Contact Prof Chakraborty directly by email in the following address:

1st Indo-Japan Conference on Machine Intelligence PerMIn' 12

Organized by

Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, Kolkata, India

in collaboration with

National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Japan

Date: January 12-13, 2012

Venue: Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics (SINP), Auditorium


Cognition for Clinicians
6 and 7 January 2012, Kolkata, India

Date: 2nd Jan, 2012 at 3pm

Venue: at the School of Cognitive Science, LAB 2

Prof. Shantanu Ghosh

Topic: Cognitive Genomic Imaging: The Newest Phrenology


Ever since the pioneering studies detailing the functional areas of the brain in the last century, scientists have tried to find out which brain areas control what function, and what circuitry is involved. In the recent times, the advent of non-invasive imaging techniques has led to a major goal of neuroimaging, i.e., understanding brain function in terms of connective neural architecture.  Direct investigation of the influence of brain circuitry on function is now possible in the in vivo brain, thus allowing us to explore in great detail, both normal function as well as atypical function in several neurological disorders. As a case in point, I will talk about several advances in the imaging in autism spectrum disorders.

We cordially invite you to the following series of lectures at the School of Cognitive Science, Jadavpur University, Kolkata on 5th and 7thof September 2011.


Date: 5th Sept 2011  

Speaker: Prof. Rineke Verbrugge, University of Groininjen, Groininjen, Netherlands

Topic: Logic and Social Cognition I        Time: 3.30pm

Date: 7th Sept 2011  

Speakers: Prof. Rineke Verbrugge

Topic: Logical and Cognitive Views          Time: 3.30 pm  


Speaker: Dr Sujata Ghosh , University of Groininjen, Groininjen, Netherlands

Topic: Strategic Reasoning                         Time: 4.30 pm

You are welcome to participate.

Venue : Darshan Bhavan Auditorium (3rd Floor)

Talk by Dr Absos Ali Shake
on the Development of non-euclidean geometry
Date: 13th of July 2011
at 4 PM in Lab II

Dr. M. K. Belmonte will speak on
'What the Neurophysiology of Autism Tells Us about the Nature of Mental Representation'
 which will be presented at the School of Cognitive Science, JU
Date: 1st of Feb at 4.30 PM

National Brain Research Centre, Manesar

Literary critic Jacques Lacan observed of the tension between iconic and symbolic representations, << le symbole se manifeste d'abord comme meurtre de la chose >>: as finite beings tasked with comprehending an infinitely varied world, we cope by replacing unconstrued, veridical percepts with instances of highly construed, abstract categories, maintaining only the essential properties of the thing-as-symbol and deleting the accidental qualities of the thing-in-itself.  Thus the act of construal inevitably creates a psychological distance between perceiver and perceived.  The cognitive advantage of abstract construal is the ability to manipulate whole classes of objects via single thoughts.  The cognitive liability is a loss of fidelity to the veridical percept.  Autism is the extreme of a population continuum of individual differences in level of construal: the autistic slant towards low construal produces great advantages in psychologically proximal operations such as detail-oriented perception and verbatim memory, but liabilities for psychologically distant operations such as physical and social perspective-taking, contextualisation, and retrospective, prospective, or counterfactual thinking.  Considering autistic cognitive superiorities and deficits as consequences of low construal highlights developmental connections between non-social perceptual organisation, social perspective-taking, and cognitive sex differences, unifying theories of autism as enhanced perceptual function, weak central coherence, impaired theory-of-mind, and an "extreme male brain."  fMRI and electroencephalographic data relate prolonged and increased frontal cortical activation in non-social perception (motion detection), attention (feature conjunction) and executive (go/no-go) tasks to higher-order measures of social cognitive deficits (e.g. facial emotion perception, social communication) -- not only in people with autism spectrum conditions but also in the general population.  This characteristic physiology suggests that the of detail in a lowly construed perceptual world may impose increased cognitive load.  Non-social tasks that augment one's ability to shift between lower and higher levels of construal may provide an accessible therapy for autistic deficits in social perspective-taking.

Prof. Shahid Rahman of the Department of Philosophy, University of Lille, France, will deliver two lectures at the School of Cognitive Science, Darshan Bhavan, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, as per schedule mentioned below.

23rd March 2011, 4.30 pm: On the Dialogical meaning of Negation

24th March 2011, 4.30pm: On Dialogical Epistemic logic

Venue: Auditorium, Darshan Bhavan, (Third Floor)

Friday, 3 Dec. 2010

Ranit Sengupta
completed Master's at the University of Maryland, College Park where he worked on Markov Decision Processes and Reinforcement learning. He has a strong interest in Cognitive Neuroscience

3 P.M. at the School of Cognitive Science, Lab-2, Dharshan Bhavan, 2nd floor, Jadavpur University


Prof. Mihir Kumar Chakraborty, UGC Visiting Professor, of the School of Cognitive Science, will deliver a series of lectures on 'First Order Predicate Logic & Modal Logic' on and from 8th December 2010, on each Wednesday at 5 P.M. at the School of Cognitive Science, Lab-2, Dharshan Bhavan, 2nd floor, Jadavpur University.
The lectures will be introductory in nature. Anyone interested may register his/her name by email/phone.

Dr. Lopamudra Choudhury
Prof. Mihir Kumar Chakraborty
phone: 9831145979