Newsportal - Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Important milestone on the path to University of Excellence
The German Council of Science and Humanities is in favour of funding the new research building Think at RUB. Among all submitted application, Think has achieved the highest rating in Germany. The final decision will be made at the Joint Science Conference, scheduled for June 2019. For RUB, this is an important signal on its path towards University of Excellence.
“The planned research building and the associated research field Neuro-Mind are exemplary of our overall strategy Creating Knowledge Networks, based on which we are currently applying for the title University of Excellence – with Neuro-Mind as one of our key application measures. By ranking Think so highly, the decision-makers have also demonstrated their appreciation of our overall strategy on the path to University of Excellence,” as Rector Professor Axel Schölmerich comments on the funding recommendation.
Think – fundamental research with outstanding social relevance
Zentrum für Theoretische und Integrative Neuro- und Kognitionswissenschaft (centre for theoretical and integrative neuroscience and cognitive science, Think) follows an interdisciplinary approach to bridge the gap between neurobiology, neurology, psychology, psychiatry and computer-aided modelling, and philosophy of mind. It aims at interlinking neuroscientific fundamental research with the development of cognitive-technological systems.
The Centre will be conducting interdisciplinary research on the neuronal mechanisms of cognition, developing artificial and hybrid cognitive systems, and analyse the interaction between humans and technological systems in the working environment of the future and in neurorehabilitation.
Interdisciplinary approach to complex challenges
Last but not least, the German Council of Science and Humanities has commended the outstanding social relevance of Think. Its findings may, for example, have far-reaching impact on the working environment of the future, which is already undergoing radical changes following the interaction of human and artificial intelligence. More often than not, such complex challenges can only be solved through the integration of several scientific disciplines – for example in order to analyse the social impact of new technology.
With its “Creating Knowledge Networks” strategy, Bochum draws upon its exceptionally broad range of scientific disciplines. In knowledge networks, RUB brings individuals and teams together across disciplinary, organisational and physical borders, in order to develop, share and apply new knowledge. RUB is thus capable of reacting flexibly and systematically to current and future challenges. The interdisciplinary approach of Think is therefore characteristic for RUB’s strategy.
13 May 2019