The Institute of Logic and Cognition (ILC) of Sun Yat-sen University was founded in 1997, and became a Ph.D. granting institution in logic in 1998. It was selected by the Ministry of Education (MOE) as one of its 100 Key Research Institutes of Humanities and Social Sciences in 2000, and appointed by the MOE as a key education base in the discipline of logic in 2001.
The ILC is dedicated to exploring the intersection between logic and cognitive sciences, and promoting both theoretical and empirical study of logic, cognition, communication and culture from an interdisciplinary perspective, drawing on diverse methods and approaches from philosophy, computer science, mathematics, psychology, linguistics and anthropology.
The ILC carries out research projects on philosophical logic, mathematical logic, informal logic, history and philosophy of logic, logic and culture, as well as applied logic in artificial intelligence, cognitive modeling, and legal reasoning. Its research has been funded by National Natural Science Foundation of China, National Social Science Foundation of China, Ministry of Education, Guangdong Province, and Sun Yat-sen University.
In recent years, members of the ILC have published in numerous international journals, such as Journal of Philosophical Logic, Journal of Symbolic Logic, Archiv for Mathematical Logic, Mathematical Logic Quarterly, Annals of Pure and Applied Logic, Journal of Logic and Computation, Information and Computation, Annals of Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence, Fundamenta Informaticae, Discrete Applied Mathematics, AI Communications, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Information Processing Letters, Philosophical Studies, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Philosophical Psychology, Consciousness and Cognition, Journal of Consciousness Studies, and Journal of Culture and Cognition, as well as in proceedings of some top academic conference series, including IJCAI, AAAI, ISSA, IEEE and Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.