Course 6-9 Career Outlook
The Computation and Cognition major provides students with outstanding preparation for research and development in the science and engineering of intelligent systems. The problem of intelligence—how the brain produces intelligent behavior and how it can be replicated in machines—is one of the greatest engineering and scientific challenges of our time. The fields of neuroscience and computer science are complementary and interacting, as reflected in the missions of centers such as the MIT Quest for Intelligence and Google's DeepMind. Transformative advances in machine intelligence will require an understanding of the mechanisms of the human mind and brain in engineering terms.
Graduates of the program will be well-positioned for careers in two rapidly emerging fields:
- The science and engineering of computational approaches to cognition and intelligence
- Computational approaches to understanding the architecture, circuits and physiology of the brain.
Our expectation is that graduates of the new joint program will be extremely attractive to companies working in the area of machine intelligence (Google, IBM, DeepMind, Facebook, GE, etc.), and will be highly competitive in graduate programs in the brain and cognitive sciences.
Sample Job Titles:
- Perceptual Image Processing Engineer
- Computational Neuroscientist
- Machine Learning Scientist
- Quantitative System Neuroscientist
- Research Support Specialist
- Research Engineer, Language
- Software Engineer, Computer Vision
- Systems Software Engineer
Companies looking for this expertise include:
- Apple Inc.
- SR Research