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Vancouver Institute for Visual Analytics – VA Learning Environment
Visual analytics is defined as “the science of analytical reasoning facilitated by interactive visual interfaces.” It is a multidisciplinary field intended to help people understand how to synthesize information in order to derive insights from massive, dynamic, ambiguous, and often conflicting data. In practice, it helps skilled analysts rapidly explore large, complex data sets to gain new insights using interactive visualizations.
The Andrew Wade Visual Analytics Challenge (AWVAC) Program is a student-focused initiative of VIVA where participants can receive training and hands-on experience in visual analytic (VA) techniques and tools using real world data provided by industry or academic partners.
The Visual Analytics Learning Environment (VALE) gives students the opportunity to build visual analytics skills through projects and a series of workshops, and to connect with peers, mentors, alumni, and industry/academic partners. If you have questions or want to learn more about what they have to offer, email VALE@viva-viva.ca, or visit their website.
Cognitive Systems Society
The Cognitive Systems Society is a student-run organization supporting students in the COGS program, and those with an interest in COGS-related fields such as neuroscience, artificial intelligence, human-computer interfaces, and robotics. They hold a wide range of fun events, including popular licensed events (including the Welcome back BBQ, Robot-Themed Dance Parties, and Masters of Debate), and academic events (study sessions, Meet the Profs). They also have a lab space with a patio in the basement of the Friedman building if you ever want to study or just relax.
Volunteering for the CSS is a great way to meet fellow COGS students, contribute to UBC’s campus life, and learn valuable leadership skills. The student executive, which organizes events and promotes everything COGS, is elected every spring. You can also get involved through helping out with their events or dropping by weekly meetings, which are held at 1PM on Tuesdays in the COGS Lab. Meetings are open to all CSS members. For more information on the CSS, email them at email@example.com.
A hallmark of the Cognitive Systems program at UBC is the hands-on experience in research labs that is available to undergraduate students. In fact, it is one of the few programs with a research component in the degree requirements. As such, COGS undergrads are encouraged as early as possible to find a lab they find interesting and get involved with real-world University research! Not only is it a fun alternative to classroom learning, but it’s also a great way to get a feel for graduate school life.
Some labs that are associated with Cognitive Systems are:
- Visual Cognition Lab
- Communication Dynamics Lab
- Psychophysics and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab
- The Attentional Neuroscience Lab
- Brain and Attention Research Lab
- Media and Graphics Interdisciplinary Centre
One of the most valuable opportunities any undergraduate can pursue is a co-operative work program. This experience provides on-site training and instruction that a traditional, course-based education cannot. As most students learn upon graduation, first-hand work experience can be the most important part of an application package, whether it be for a career or for graduate school.
If you are working towards a B.Sc., contact the Science Co-op Office or browse the Science Co-op Website.
- Students in the Computational Intelligence and Design stream apply through the Computer Science Co-op Program, following their application requirements.
- Students in Cognition and Brain apply in their third year through the Life Sciences Biopsychology Program of Science Co-op.
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