Cogsci 2001 Tutorial Programme

There are five tutorials this year on 1 August (rooms to be announced). They cost 25 pounds (about $US 37) for a half day tutorial and 50 pounds (about $US 75) for a whole day tutorial. The program includes handouts, and a tea and a coffee break (including biscuits). A handout of local Scottish eateries and public houses will be provided.

Registration for tutorial attendees will be from 8.30am on 1 August in the foyer of David Hume Tower, George Square, in the centre of the University campus. It will take about 15 minutes to get from the tutorial desk to South Bridge, 5 minutes to get to the other tutorial sites.

9.30 - 1230 is the morning session, and 2-5 pm is the afternoon session.

An Architecture for Modeling Human Performance in Applied HCI Domains Matessa et al. Full day
4th Floor, Appleton Tower, Crichton Street

An Introduction to the COGENT Cognitive Modelling Environment Cooper & Yule, Half day (afternoon)
C1, 80 South Bridge.

Eye-tracking van Gompel & Murray, Half day (afternoon)
Call Centre HCRC, enter via 2 Buccleuch Place

ACT-R 5.0 Anderson, Half day (morning)
Call Centre HCRC, enter via 2 Buccleuch Place

How to Deal with Modularity in Formal Language Theory Martin-Vide [cancelled]


APEX: An Architecture for Modeling Human Performance in Applied HCI Domains

Full day tutorial
4th Floor, Appleton Tower, Crichton Street

This tutorial introduces participants to APEX, a tool for creating computer simulations of human performance in complex, dynamic environments. APEX is unique in its focus on identifying flaws in procedures and interfaces, and in its use of an "automated cognitive walkthrough" methodology for generating predictions of behavior. In particular, it is intended as a practical means for predicting opportunities for human error in interactive applied domains. So far, the system has been applied to air traffic control, commercial jet cockpits, and consumer devices such as automated teller machines. APEX is designed to be an easy-to-use and easy-to-teach tool for modeling behavior and cognition in tasks ranging from ATM to ATC.


Michael Freed is a Research Scientist at NASA Ames Research Center and is the developer of the APEX architecture. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Northwestern University.

Michael Matessa is a Research Psychologist at NASA Ames Research Center. He holds a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University.

Alonso Vera is a Research Scientist at NASA Ames Research Center. He holds a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Cornell University. Prior to his position at NASA, he taught at The University of Hong Kong.


An Introduction to the COGENT Cognitive Modelling Environment (with special emphasis on applications in computational linguistics)

Half day tutorial (afternoon)
C1, 80 South Bridge

Dr. Richard Cooper
School of Psychology
Birkbeck College

Dr. Peter Yule
School of Psychology
Birkbeck College

COGENT is a graphical environment for cognitive modelling. It provides domain-general facilities for developing, running and evaluating computational models based on a box and arrow notation. The system allows users to 1) sketch the functional components of their model; 2) flesh out the sketch by specifying the computational properties of boxes or writing production-like rules; and 3) explore the behaviour of the resulting model through "computational experiments". COGENT is currently being used for both cognitive modelling teaching and research in several institutions and an introductory cognitive modelling text using the environment is in preparation.

This half-day tutorial will introduce attendees to the COGENT environment through the hands-on development and exploration of a number of models of the parsing process (including bottom-up and left-corner models, and parallel and serial models). On completing the tutorial attendees will have a working knowledge of COGENT and its strengths and weaknesses, both in the domain of computational linguistics and in cognitive modelling more generally. The tutorial will be aimed primarily at those with minimal computational experience, but extensive tutorial materials will ensure that the session is also suitable for attendees with backgrounds in computational linguistics and/or cognitive modelling.

Dr Richard Cooper: B.Math. (Hons, Class 1) University of Newcastle, Australia, 1986; Ph.D. (Cognitive Science) University of Edinburgh, 1991; Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Cognitive Modelling, UCL, London, 1990-95); Lecturer (Department of Psychology, Birkbeck College, London, 1995-present). Since 1990 RC has been working on methodological and practical aspects of cognitive modelling, as well as modelling in the domain of action selection. This work led to the development of the COGENT modelling environment.

Dr Peter Yule: M.A. (Philosophy & Psychology, Hons, Class 1) University of Edinburgh, 1990; M.Sc. (Cognitive Science & Natural Language) University of Edinburgh, 1991; Ph.D. (Cognitive Science) University of Edinburgh, 1996; Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Cognitive Modelling, Birkbeck College, London, 1996-1999 & 2000-present). Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Cognitive Modelling, ICN, London, 1999-2000). Since 1996 PY has worked on the development of COGENT and its application in the domains of reasoning and decision making.

Both presenters have presented material at the last five CogSci conferences. They have been close colleagues since 1996, and are both experienced in the presentation of tutorial material on COGENT, having given six previous tutorials on the system.


Eye Tracking

Half-day tutorial (afternoon)
Call Centre HCRC, enter via 2 Buccleuch Place

Roger P.G. van Gompel
University of Dundee

Wayne S. Murray
University of Dundee

This tutorial will give an overview of eye-tracking methodology, with a focus on eye tracking as a method to investigate reading processes. We start with an introduction into the main topics in eye movement research and discuss the main characteristics of eye movements. We then go on to discuss the various eye-tracking systems and their advantages and disadvantages. We will also compare eye tracking with other methodologies. Finally, a large part of the tutorial will consist of practical comments about how to run eye-tracking studies and how to analyse the data. We will consider how fixations and saccades can be determined, and discuss different eye-tracking measures.

Roger P.G. van Gompel: MA Dutch language and literature (University of Nijmegen) 1995, MA General Literature (University of Nijmegen) 1996, Ph.D. Psychology (University of Glasgow) 1999. RvG is a lecturer in Psychology at the University of Dundee, United Kingdom. He employs eye movement methodology to investigate various aspects of language comprehension during reading and has published several papers on this topic.

Wayne S. Murray: B.Sc. (Honours) Psychology (Monash University) 1974, Ph.D. Psychology (Monash University) 1982. WM is a senior lecturer in Psychology at the University of Dundee, United Kingdom. He has published many papers in the area of eye movement research. His work in this area involves the influences of text format and screen pulsation effects on eye movements as well as various issues related to eye movement control during reading.


ACT-R 5.0

Half-day tutorial (morning)
Call Centre HCRC, enter via 2 Buccleuch Place

John R. Anderson
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

ACT-R is a cognitive theory and simulation system for developing cognitive models. It assumes cognition emerges through the interaction of a procedural memory of productions with a declarative memory of chunks. The ACT-R 4.0 version of the theory was detailed in the book "The Atomic Components of Thought" by John R. Anderson and Christian Lebiere, published in 1998 by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. Since its release in 1997, ACT-R 4.0 has supported the development of over 75 cognitive models, published in the literature by as many different researchers. These models cover topics as diverse as driving behavior, implicit memory, learning backgammon, metaphor processing, and emotion. We have recently developed a new version, ACT-R 5.0 that extends the ACT-R 4.0 to be more interruptible, to achieve greater across-task parameter consistency, to have better mechanisms of production learning, and to be more in correspondence with our knowledge of brain function. While the new system extends the capabilities of ACT-R 4.0 it involves relatively few changes and is actually simpler. This short tutorial will provide an overview of ACT-R, as it is specified in the 5.0 version. It will not assume a prior background in ACT-R 4.0.

John Anderson received his B.A. from the University of British Columbia in 1968 and his Ph.D. from Stanford University 1972. He has been at Carnegie Mellon University since 1978 where he is a professor of psychology and computer science. He is a member of the American National Academy of Science. He has published a number of books including Human Associative Memory (1973 with Gordon Bower), Language, Memory, and Thought (1976), The Architecture of Cognition (1983), The Adaptive Character of Thought (1990), Rules of the Mind (1993) and Atomic Components of Thought (1998 with Christian Lebiere). His current research is involved with three enterprises involved in the testing various aspects of the ACT-R theory of cognitive architecture. One is to model the acquisition of cognitive skills, particularly those involving dynamic problem solving. The second is application of the architectures to developing intelligent tutoring systems and cognitive agents for training. The third is research on brain imaging to identify the neural correlates of the cognitive architecture.





How to Deal with Modularity in Formal Language Theory: An Introduction to Grammar Systems, Grammar Ecosystems and Colonies

Full day tutorial [cancelled]

Carlos Martin-Vide
Professor of Linguistics
Head of the Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics
Rovira i Virgili University,

The tutorial is intended to present a quick picture of three new areas of (nonstandard) formal language theory that are essentially based on modular postulates and could have some relevance for cognitive science formalizations.

In order to contextualize the topics, first we'll introduce the very basics of standard formal language theory (languages, Chomsky hierarchy, automata hierarchy,...), and then we'll move quickly into the following nonstandard mechanisms:

  1. cooperating distributed grammar systems (CD) [1 hour]
  2. hybrid cooperating distributed grammar systems (HCD) [1 hour]
  3. parallel communicating grammar systems (PC) [1 hour]
  4. parallel communicating grammar systems with teams (PCT) [1 hour]
  5. grammar ecosystems [1 hour]
  6. colonies [1 hour]

Regarding them, we intend to provide the audience with a vademecum of methods and results. The tutorial will also include a few exercises to be solved in the classroom.

Generally speaking, the aim of the tutorial is to provide people attending it with some discrete mathematical tools able to simulate modular phenomena. It doesn't require any special mathematical background. Only interest and motivation for mathematical thinking is expected.

Carlos Martin-Vide is Professor of Linguistics and Head of the Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics at Rovira i Virgili University (Tarragona, Spain). He is coauthor of more than 160 papers in mathematical linguistics and formal language theory published in international journals and conference proceedings. As well, he edited several volumes, among others: Current Issues in Mathematical Linguistics (North-Holland, Amsterdam, 1994), Mathematical and Computational Analysis of Natural Language (John Benjamins, Amsterdam, 1998), Issues in Mathematical Linguistics (John Benjamins, Amsterdam, 1999), Where Mathematics, Computer Science, Linguistics and Biology Meet (Kluwer, Dordrecht, 2001, with V. Mitrana), and Grammars and Automata for String Processing: From Mathematics and Computer Science to Biology, and Back (Gordon and Breach, London, 2001, with V. Mitrana). His work in the last five years has been mainly concentrated on contextual grammars, grammar systems and DNA computing. He is founder and editor-in-chief of the journal Grammars (Kluwer, Dordrecht).


Tutorial booklets from the Tutorial programme held at the CogSci 99 conference also available.

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