About Us

CogBID is the world's first multidisciplinary research Lab that aims to bring together the emerging areas of Cognitive Computation and Big Data Analytics. The Lab was founded in 2010 by Professor Amir Hussain as part of the Cognitive Computation (CogComp) Research Group, within the Division of Computing Science and Mathematics, at the Faculty of Natural Sciences of the University of Stirling, in Scotland, UK.

Synonymous with its founding vision, the Lab is home to two leading international peer reviewed journals, which Professor Hussain has launched, as founding Editor-in-Chief, since 2009 and 2016 respectively

- Cognitive Computation (published by Springer Nature, http://springer.com/12559 - latest ISI Impact factor: 1.93)

- and the BMC Big Data Analytics journal (published by BioMed Central (BMC)-also part of Springer Nature: http://bdataanalytics.com).

CogBID Lab aims to address the growing needs of industry, commerce, robotics, medical healthcare and a range of real-world application areas that call for the creation of next-generation cognitive machines and systems possessing truly brain-like, 'multi-modal' cognitive Big Data analytic capabilities.This ambitious aim is being realized through the Lab's complementary vision of developing a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of the brain's cogniitive Big Data analytic capabilities such as:

- Perception 
- Action and Attention Learning 
- Reasoning 
- Language Processing 
- Communications 
- Problem Solving 
- Synthetic Self Awareness 
- Reinforcement Learning





Congnitive Informatics


Cognition, what does it mean?
Many things to many people, e.g. the mental action or process of acquiring knowledge and understanding through thought, experience, and the senses.Informatics: The multi-disciplinary study of the structure, behaviour, and interactions of natural and engineered computational systems

Cognitive Informatics
encompasses: AI, Cognitive Science and Computer Science
Moving beyond traditional Machine Learning
Aims to exploit human cognitive capabilities to engineer next-generation systems/machines, that can think and act cognitively, contextually and ethically, in response to the environment

Big Data


No consensus at present, on what constitutes 'Big Data’! Compared to traditional analytics, Big Data analytics presents two competitive advantages!
Describes efficient use of algorithms applied to large datasets without compromising the algorithm’s (i) sophistication and (ii) performance  

Big Data is a relative term!
Big Data is the name given to stored data that is too large or complex for human consumption. The Science of Big Data uses algorithms to 'mine' datasets in order to extract useable knowledge. There is more stored data in the world than ever before and, increasingly, organisations are utilising Big Data techniques. Consequently, there is a greater need than ever for advancements in Data Science.


Why Cognitive Big data?

Analytics and Informatics are expected to play an increasingly central role in making sense of Big Data and exploiting it' s value. Humans posses powerful cognitive capabilities like learning, pattern recognition and classification in real world, noisy and imprecise environments. The brain' s neo-cortex, for instance, has been described as the world' s most advanced, associative and predictive Big Data engine.


Targets of Our Research

The adoption of a general definition of Big Data, able to adapt in order to meet the expectations of our multidisciplinary audience.

The Development of algorithmic, theoretical and computational approaches. This includes online incremental and domain independent learning, nature and brain inspired multi-modal cognitive learning, visualization and informatics.

The Development of cognitive big data implementations. For example, neuromorphic GPUs, smart clusters and clouds and open source software.

The Development of cognitive big data applications in domains as diverse as genomics, medicine, natural robotics, language processing, meteorology, geoscience, multimedia, e-learning, business intelligence, HCI, social media, network analytics, opinion mining, smart cities, transportation, energy management and biology.


Interested in Collaborating with Us?

CogBID is an international research lab responsible for producing world leading research into cognitive big data. If you have a project in mind and you would like the collaboration of the CogBID lab then please get in touch.




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