, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp 115-127

Cognitive Informatics: A New Transdisciplinary Research Field

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Abstract

The development of classical and contemporary informatics, the cross-fertilization between computer science, software engineering, cognitive science, and neuropsychology, has led to a whole range of extremely interesting new research areas known as cognitive informatics. Cognitive informatics is the transdisciplinary study of cognitive and information sciences that investigates into the internal information processing mechanisms and processes of the natural intelligence--human brains and minds. Cognitive informatics is a branch of information and computer science that studies computing by cognitive methodologies and studies cognitive science by informatics and computing theories. Cognitive informatics is a cutting-edge and profound interdisciplinary research area that tackles the fundamental problems of modern informatics, computation, software engineering, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, neuropsychology, and life sciences. Almost all of the hard problems yet to be solved in the above areas share a common root in the understanding of mechanisms of natural intelligence and cognitive processes of the brain. Cognitive informatics is perceived as a new frontier that explores the internal information processing mechanisms of the brain, and their engineering applications in computing and the information technology industry.