--- Chiu-Shui Chan, Professor of Architecture, ISU
Herbert A. Simon, 1978 Nobel Laureate, had a profound influence in many academic fields as well as in various areas of design research. In June 2001, Professor Maolin Chiu initiated the CAAD Talks special column for the Journal of Taiwan Architect, which took the opportunity to introduce Dr. Simon's pioneering role in artificial intelligence (AI) and cognitive science, also explaining the correlation between the two. The recently emerging field of Design Cognition, which applies theories in cognitive science with methods from artificial intelligence for studying design processes; was well described. In fact, artificial intelligence concentrates on developing a smart program to put intelligence in machines, but cognitive science focuses on exploring and simulating intelligent processes for machines to perform. Hopefully, this article provides a starting point with enough information for designers to appreciate in the scientific realm.