Department of Cognitive Science

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About Us

Reflective of the interdisciplinary nature of the Cognitive Science field, academic members of the Department of Cognitive Science have a diverse range of educational backgrounds and research interests. Despite this rich diversity of expertise and experience, the unifying feature shared by all members is the interest in the scientific investigation into the wonders of the human mind. The pursuit of research at the department can be grouped into four niche areas, namely Cognitive Psychology, Intelligent Systems, Human Factor and Learning Sciences, each looking at the aspects of human mind from different lenses. 

The undergraduate academic program offered at the department provide opportunities for students to gain a comprehensive understanding of the workings of the human mind, its functions, capabilities and relationship with human behavior, and apply this understanding into the design and development of technologies that help optimize human potential. The graduate study program enables students to advance their understanding by focusing on research within the four niche areas of the department.

Programme of Studies

Why Cognitive Science @ UNIMAS?

Understanding the human mind has intrigued mankind for centuries. This search has led to the inception of the field of Cognitive Science after World War II. Cognitive Science, being the field in the forefront of brain and mind research, holds great promises in revolutionizing the understanding of ourselves as well in bringing forth technological advancements we could only imagine today.  It draws from disciplines such as Psychology, Neuroscience, Linguistics, Artificial Intelligence and Philosophy with the central purpose of investigating the nature of  mind and intelligence. UNIMAS or specifically Faculty of Cognitive Sciences and Human Development is the pioneer  in spearheading the establishment of Cognitive Science  in this region.  We are also broadening our concentration to psychology, in line with the growing demands for psychologists in the country. Ours is unique because it focuses on the cognitive aspects of psychology tailored to the needs of professionals from a wide-ranging field, e.g. ergonomics and human factor, learning sciences, medical and the industries at large. To date, 220 students had graduated from the Department of Cogntive Science, UNIMAS.


What  will I study? 

Our degree provides for not just professional, skill-based capabilities, but also an understanding of the diversity of information processing systems and how they find applications in everyday life. The faculty is served by a group of highly qualified and dedicated academic staffs comprising of four associate professors, six senior lecturers and 14 lecturers. In general, students will be introduced to the:

  • study of the various functions and processes of human intelligence;
  • use of latest technologies to develop computer systems or machines that incorporate the elements of human intelligence. This involves applications such as expert systems, neural networks, computational linguistics, virtual reality and simulation;
  • use of ergonomics principles (human factors) to assimilate safety and usability features into the design and development of intelligent systems, as well as work environments;
  • qualitative and quantitative research methodologies to pursue advancement and progress in the field of Cognitive Science. (Details on the program structure could be obtained from the Faculty website.)

What sort of career would I have?

Knowledge in Cognitive Science could be important in a wide range of careers in contemporary society; such as information and communication technologies (ICT), training and education, business, design, research, as well as the enhancement and  designing of new technologies to assist in the improvement of human work performance  in different working environments.  Graduates from the program could work as software designer and developer; software, systems or web interface designer; systems support professionals; systems analyst; human factors personnel; consumer product designer; industrial psychologist; consumer psychologist; academician/educator/ tutor; instructional designer; and human resource trainer, amongst others.



The faculty is equipped with facilities that enhance teaching and learning activities, research and training. There are three computer labs for common use, two Multimedia labs, one Artificial Intelligence lab and one Human Computer Interaction lab. Besides that, in collaboration with MIMOS Malaysia, the Semantic and Augmented Reality Center of Excellence is formed recently. This provides excellent platform for students and researchers alike to broaden their horizons ensuring that their research and curriculum is contemporary and market relevance.


Our students had attained several landmark achievements in terms of recognitions and awards. In 2007, they managed to win a gold and a bronze in the Malaysia Technology Expo (MTE) and a bronze in MTE 2009. Our students had also won three awards in MSC Malaysia APICTA, Kuala Lumpur in 2008 and one at the MSC APICTA in Jakarta, Indonesia. Apart from that, our students had also won RM50,000 research grant from the MSC Intellectual Properties Challenge 2008 organized by MDeC Sdn Bhd. These accolades of awards go a long way to show that Cognitive Science graduates from UNIMAS are outstanding and competitive at the national and international level. 

Our success stories in terms of graduate employability is quite remarkable. Amongst others, our graduates hold positions in Petronas, Shell, and MIROS; expert system developer in MIMOS; technical and scientific programmer; human computer interaction expert or usability engineer in big multinational corporations, e.g., Intel, Motorola, Dell; consultant for governmental and private corporations related to human interaction with man-machine systems in Damai Sciences Sdn Bhd;  counselor in brain retraining and recovery in general hospital; marketing and procurement in F&N Sdn Bhd, Diethelm Holdings, SKB Sanwa, Alshem Development; manager in Public Bank; academicians in universities and even diplomat for Malaysian government. Therefore, Cognitive Science program prepares students admirably well for many of the careers that constitute the growth engine of the 21st century knowledge society.

Admission Requirements 

Details could be obtained from the Faculty and the University Website .

Research Group

Cognitive Psychology

The Cognitive Psychology Group @FSKPM strives to uncover the secrets of human performance and resilience by exploring the nature and dynamics of human mind and its processes. A multi-disciplinary approach to studying human mind and its processing is utilized. Cognitive Psychology perspective is heavily utilized to understand how humans process their environment, create the best solutions for their problems, and adapt to multitudes of life challenges. Cognitive Neuroscience focuses on studying the biological nature and processes of the brain that empower the mind to create and invent solutions. Philosophy of Mind is utilized to debate and build philosophical understanding of the ultimate nature of the mind and the workings of consciousness, and the connection of the mind to that of the soul, that remain the greatest unresolved mysteries.  Our focus is one, to uncover the various good ways the mind works, to enhance performance and resiliency, for people to achieve the best at work, and be the best they can be, in life.


  • Kartini Abdul Ghani (Leader)
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Shahren Ahmad Zaidi Adruce
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Norsiah Fauzan 
  • Dr. Tan Kock Wah
  • Dr. Zaimuariffudin Shukri Nordin
  • Mai Sumiyati Ishak
  • Dr. Norehan Zulkiply 
  • Ross Azura Zahit
  • Hj. Suaidi Otek

Human Factors

This group approaches work performance from the Human-Product Interaction and Usability Engineering perspective. Multidisciplinary approach is used to study and increase usability, effectiveness, safety and comfort issues in products, machines and environment in relations to human users’ cognitive, psychological and social strengths and weaknesses. Scope of study ranges from human-product interaction in simple technologies such as a mobile phone, to complex, high-risk work environment such as a fully automated manufacturing system.  Strategies for reduction of human errors are also studied. Cultural and Social Issues are heavily utilized in studies involving the design and development of applications meant for universal communities.


  • Dr. Ng Giap Weng (Leader)
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Shahren Ahmad Zaidi Adruce
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chen Chwen Jen
  • Dr. Philip Nuli Anding
  • Mohd Kamal Othman 
  • Wan Norizan Wan Hashim
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr Rabiul Ahasan
  • Dr. Sharifah Osman Liew
  • Wan Norizan Wan Hashim
  • Oon Yin Bee

Intelligent System

Research endeavours of this group focus on developing innovative tools and systems in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Intelligent System (IS), and Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR). The AI & IS team in the faculty focuses on computational approaches to cognitive science, knowledge representation and cognitive modelling. Current research works of the team focus on innovations in the area of Decision Making and Decision Support, Knowledge Based System, Machine Learning, Visual Perception & Computer Vision, Artificial Neural Networks, and Text Based Information Retrieval. Specific application areas include in bioinformatic (predict functional elements in DNA sequences), medical data mining, and kansei engineering.

The AR & VR team, on the other hand, explores and investigates the feasibility and potentials of AR & VR technologies in a range of real world environments. Current research explore and investigate the feasibility of such technologies in the context of intelligent AR real-time detection and tracking system, AR holographic system, mobile AR system, knowledge-based VR/AR for education, training, games, exhibitions, museums, tourism, and etc. The team also works on multi-user VR/AR which concentrated fully on synchronous collaboration, using same-time and same-place distribution of information. The extension of communication to include different-place and different-time sharing of information so that a number of new collaborative interactions are enabled is driven by two (2) major aspects: social communication and the freedom to maintain individuality in a real private space.


  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Teh Chee Siong (Leader)
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chen Chwen Jen
  • Dr. Ng Giap Weng
  • Dr. Syafiq Lee Nung Kion
  • Dr. Mohammad b Hossin 
  • Mohd Kamal Othman
  • Mohd Hardyman Barawi

Learning Sciences

The Learning Sciences group is committed towards promoting instructional practices grounded on the scientific understanding of how humans learn. Research interest of the group primarily centers on understanding the complexities of human learning –  how it takes place in a variety of formal and informal real life settings, and how it can be improved and better scaffolded. Research strands of the group include investigation of factors elemental to the design of effective learning environments, the potentials of emerging technologies to scaffold for meaningful learning, and the issues, problems or challenges to learning from a multitude of perspectives, such as cognitive science, socio-cultural studies, and educational psychology.


  • Dr. Norazila Abdul Aziz (Leader)
  • Prof. Dr. Hong Kian Sam
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Shahren Ahmad Zaidi Adruce
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Norsiah Fauzan
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chen Chwen Jen
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hasbee Usop
  • Dr. Fitri Suraya Mohamad
  • Dr. Julia Lee Ai Cheng
  • Dr. Zaimuarifuddin Shukri Nordin
  • Dr. Philip Nuli Anding
  • Hj Suaidi Otek
  • Mohd Hafizan Hashim
  • Mohd Kamal Othman
  • Shaziti Aman
  • Dr. Mohammad Nur Azhar Mazlan
  • Kartini Abdul Ghani
  • Nur Fatihah Mat Yusoff
  • Lily Law


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