CognAC is the study association for Artificial Intelligence (AI) students at the Radboud University in Nijmegen.
Our beloved association was founded in 1990 by Cognitive Sciences students. They came up with the name 'Cognitiewetenschappen Activiteiten Commissie' or 'CognAC' in short! The founders of CognAC had two goals in mind: improve the contact between Cognitive Sciences students and to protect the student interests.
Around 2002/2003 Cognitive Sciences was overhauled and a new study was formed, this new study was Artificial Intelligence. The focus of the study shifted, but the focus of CognAC remained the same, as did our name. In the academic year of 2016/2017 our programme became English and so did our association. We welcome students from all around the world to join our association, and we want all our students to feel at home here in Nijmegen. Throughout the years CognAC grew to become much more than it was initially established for. These days we do not only organize social activities but we also organize activities that help our students with career orientation, and we support our students in their study. These kinds of activities form the core of our association. Even though our association has evolved quite a lot, our goals have always been the same and we hope that CognAC is a valuable addition to the life of our students.
Our association aims to have a large variety of activities. On one hand, we offer relatively smaller activities such as social drinks, discussion evenings and workshops for courses. On the other hand, we also organize large activities, for example our study trip, our symposium and our League of Legends tournament. This is however only the tip of the iceberg and we offer much more for all our members to enjoy!
The Board & Committees
Of course, our association does not run by itself. For this we have our board and our committees, all filled up by enthusiastic members of our association that want to contribute to CognAC. At the top of our association is our board. Every year a new board is formed of 6 members from our association that very actively want to contribute to the association. Nearly all our activities are organized by our committees. We have a wide variety of them: from the Activities Committee that organizes social activities to the Study Committee that organizes study related activities to the Travel Committee that organizes our bi-yearly study trip. If you are curious you can take a look at our committees page to see what CognAC has to offer.