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Pioneer Stories: Stamatios Kandris

“I almost created a major as a first-year student, but I realized that because of the interdisciplinary study that's offered at Transylvania, I didn't need to. I had Dr. Moorman teaching about artificial intelligence and computer science and Dr. Furlong teaching morality and philosophy—the two created a perfect mentor.”

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After graduating from Transylvania, Stamatios Kandris, a philosophy and computer science double major from Athens, Greece, was accepted to the prestigious University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland, to study in the cognitive science master’s program.

Cognitive science is the study of the mind, including brain functions and artificial intelligence, which has been of increased importance in recent years with technological advances. Kandris was exposed to a wide range of subjects through classes such as mental organs with philosophy professor Jack Furlong and computer science professor Kenny Moorman.

Kandris found there were not many schools that offered the exact program he wanted, so when he finally ran across Edinburgh, he got excited.

“I looked into the program and the courses, and it was exactly what I wanted,” Kandris said. “It’s one of the best schools for cognitive science. It’s fascinating to study about thought and how the human mind works. I want to figure out what is going on in our heads using different methods than what we know already.”

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