Tutorials - Call for proposals
Version of 6 Feb 2001. Frank Ritter. Subject to revisions.
The Tutorials program at Cognitive Science 2001 will provide conference participants with the opportunity to gain new insights, knowledge, and skills from a broad range of areas in the field of cognitive science. Tutorial topics will be presented in a taught format and are likely to range from practical guidelines to academic issues and theory. This is the third year that tutorials in this format will be offered.
Tutorial participants will be from a wide range of the cognitive sciences, but they will be looking for insights into their own areas and summaries of other areas providing tools, techniques, and results to use in their own teaching and research.
Tutorials must present tutorial material, that is, provide results that are established and to do so in an interactive format. They will tend to involve an introduction to technical skills or methods (e.g. cognitive modelling in ACT-R, statistical "causal" modelling, methods of analysing qualitative observational data). They are likely to include substantial review of material. The level of presentation can assume that the attendees have at least a first degree in a cognate area. Tutorials are welcome to assume a higher level if necessary. Tutorials about yesterday's results from your lab are not encouraged.
Each tutorial is designed to be a half-day or full-day in duration. Half-day tutorials are about 3 hours long (not including breaks). Full day tutorials are about 6 hours long (not including breaks). Please indicate the duration of your proposed tutorial in your application.
The background of attendees assumed by the tutorial should be described explicitly and in detail in the proposal. Include any pre-requisites such as knowledge of processes and procedures. State any skills that are needed to understand tutorial content or to complete the exercises.
In addition, state whether the tutorial is intended to introduce participants to an area, or whether it is intended to further develop the expertise of participants who already have some knowledge or experience in a particular area.
Most tutorials should be at the introductory graduate school level or higher. That is, the tutorials should be accessible to postgraduate students, but should also assume a first degree in one of the cognitive sciences.
Tutorials can cover any topic in cognitive science. A small survey at Cognitive Science 1998 suggested numerous topics. These include: hidden Markov models; Advanced Bayesian inferencing/Bayesian nets; Computer program for real-time experimentation; Distinguishing among production system models - ACT, EPIC, SOAR; Introductions to specific cognitive architectures; Introduction to Philosophy as it pertains to issues relevant to Cognitive Science; Verbal protocol analysis; Cognitive task analysis; Learning to code prosody and phonology; Social cognition; Designing FMRI studies; Qualitative/observational methods and their analysis. Later programs at the 1999 and 2000 conferences have included cognitive architectures and FMRI topics.
Tutorials on these and other topics broadly related to cognitive science are solicited.
Topics that encourage communication and dissemination between cognitive scientists in North America and Europe and even Asia are particularly encouraged this year. These topics might include Petri nets and Prologue (perhaps used more in Europe), and lag sequential analysis (perhaps used more in North America).
Tutorial proposals will be evaluated on the basis of their estimated benefit for prospective participants and on their fit within the tutorials program as a whole.
Factors to be considered include relevance, importance, and audience appeal; suitability for presentation in a half-day or full-day tutorial format; use of presentation methods that offer participants direct experience with the material being taught; how much they might help unify cognitive science; teaching a skill or covering a topic that would not have another outlet; and past experience and qualifications of the instructors with their tutorial.
Selection is also based on the overall distribution of topics, approaches (overview, theory, methodology, how-to), audience experience levels, and specialities of the intended audiences.
Submissions for Cognitive Science 2001 Tutorials must include two documents, the proposal, including contact details, abstract, and proposal proper, and example material.
The cover page and proposal must be submitted by email as plain ASCII text (no rtf, no word files, no postscript, no MIME, no pdf).
The example material may be submitted by email as binhexed Microsoft Word files (5, 6 or rtf) or as HTML (URL or text), or as PDF, otherwise, 2 paper copies are required.
Prepare a proposal, no longer than 1500 words, for review purposes. The proposal should be a clearly written specification of the tutorial. It should:
If the proposed tutorial has been given previously, the proposal should include a brief history of where the tutorial has been given and how it will be modified for Cognitive Science 2001.
As part of the proposal, prepare a list of requirements for running the tutorial. Include any supplies required for each participant, restrictions or conditions on offering the tutorial, and other information that the review committee should know in considering the proposal. Please include here your audio-visual and computing equipment requirements.
Tutorials may specify the use of computers; and your proposal must note what computing resources you will need, including software and hardware. We believe that it is a reasonable assumption to have tutees, appropriately paired, share a computer. Alternatively, you may just specify a display panel to display information. Your assistance in providing a display panel, if possible, should be noted. Computers do not have to be used.
We will work with you to provide support. If your software runs on multiple platforms, please state the range and tradeoffs as clearly as you can. You will be responsible for installing and removing any software you use.
On-site, you can assume that there are two labs available, one with Macintoshes and one with PCs. This is subject to confirmation and there may be other machines available.
You may also propose that attendees will bring their own machines, but you should note previous experience with this approach, and indicate how you will deal with difficulties.
Tutors will be notified of acceptance or rejection by mid to late February 2001. Acceptance is conditional upon the tutors' compliance with deadlines and requirements.
It is our intention to include the abstracts of accepted tutorials in the calls for participation for the conference, and in the proceedings.
Instructors should prepare course material specifically for the Cognitive Science 2001 tutorial session. Presentation materials used by the instructor for other courses or projects must be current.
Attendees at other conferences have indicated that the tutorial notes are a valuable benefit of taking a tutorial. Consequently, proposed tutorials are accepted contingent upon receipt of high-quality tutorial notes.
The notes should serve as reference materials for attendees and should support the presentation of material during the tutorial. The tutorial notes should include such items as:
Instructors must sign a release form giving Cognitive Science one-time-only permission to utilise the notes for tutorial participants and to sell notes at the conference.
A budget of approximately $50-100 will be awarded for each half-day tutorial that is taught, $100-200 for each full-day. If a tutorial has two or more instructors, the budget will be shared among them. The budget can only be applied to registration fees or housing costs at the conference.
7 February 2001: Submissions due, 17:00 (5:00 pm) local time at the receiving address
Late February 2001: Notification of acceptance or rejection
15 June 2001: Camera-ready copy and tutorials notes due
Frank E. Ritter, Penn State
Richard M. Young, U. of Hertfordshire, UK
Local arrangements Chairs
Padraic Monaghan (Edinburgh)
Ian Hughson (Edinburgh)
Randolph M. Jones (Colby College and Soar Technology)
Todd Johnson (UT/Houston)
Vasant Honavar (Iowa State)
Kevin Korb (Monash, Aus)
Michail Lagoudakis (Duke)
Toby Mintz (USC)
Josef Nerb (Waterloo/Freiburg)
Gary Jones (Derby)
Padraic Monaghan (Edinburgh)
Frank E. Ritter
School of Information Sciences and Technology
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Tel: +1 814 865-4453
Fax : +1 814 865-5604
This call was generated based on the CHI 99 tutorial call, which was very helpful.