Current Program of accepted
tutorials (forthcoming in March)
The Tutorials program at Cognitive Science 2003 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 fourth 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 strongly discouraged. Tutorials about this year's theme,
The Social, Cultural and Contextual Elements of Cognition, are 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
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
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.
Programs at the 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002 conferences have included
cognitive architectures, eye-tracking, and fMRI.
Tutorials on these and other topics broadly related to cognitive
science are solicited.
Tutorial proposals will be evaluated by the tutorial committee
on the basis of their estimated benefit for prospective participants
and on their fit within the tutorials program as a whole.
The proposal form is available as a plain text file.
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.
for Cognitive Science Tutorials must include two documents, the
proposal (including contact details, abstract, and proposal details),
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,
no troff). (please, this allows us to pass it to committee members
more quickly and takes less space).
The example material may be submitted by email as binhexed Microsoft
Word files (5, 6,98 or rtf) or as HTML (URL or text), or as PDF,
otherwise, 2 paper copies are required.
- Proposal: Prepare
a proposal, no longer than 1500 words, for review purposes. The
proposal should be a clearly written specification of the tutorial.
describe in detail the material that will be covered in the course
justify the tutorial for a cognitive science audience
explain how the tutorial will be conducted
give a schedule of events with time allocations
describe and provide samples of materials that will be included
in the tutorial notes (or refer to these materials on the web
or on the submitted hardcopy).
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 the Cognitive Science Conference.
Proposal form for
downloading and filling in and sending back via email to the
chair (noted below).
- Description: A
description of your tutorial useful for putting into
- Extended Abstract: A
one page overview suitable for inclusion in the
conference proceedings. It may reference your own URLS,
or a society supplied page for dissemination of
additional useful material.
- Requirements List:
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 2003. Acceptance is conditional upon the tutors'
compliance with deadlines and requirements.
Abstracts of accepted tutorials will be included in the calls for
participation for the conference and in the proceedings.
Instructors should prepare course material specifically for the
Cognitive Science 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
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:
an introduction to the topic
copies of all overhead transparencies and slides
an annotated bibliography
copies of relevant background material or scholarly papers (for
which the instructors have obtained any necessary reprint permission)
tutorial exercises, as appropriate
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 $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, meals, and
housing costs at the conference. Tutors will not be charged for
attending their own tutorial. Tutors may bring a helper to the tutorial
at no cost.
Notes on Submissions: Your
submission must be in English.
Submissions which arrive after the deadline will not be considered.
Your submission should contain no proprietary or confidential material
and should cite no proprietary or confidential publications.
Responsibility for permissions to use video, audio or pictures of
identifiable people rests with you, not CogSci 2003.
We strongly suggest the use of express mail or a courier service
for speedy delivery. Customs labels should bear the words "Educational
materials with no commercial value."
- 7 February 2003: Tutorial submissions due, 17:00 (5:00 pm)
local time at the receiving address
- Late February 2003: Notification of acceptance or rejection
- 15 April 2003: Camera-ready abstract copy due for inclusion
- 15 June 2003: Camera-ready tutorial notes due
Frank E. Ritter (Penn State)
Yvette Tenney (Bolt, Beranek, and Newman)
Local arrangements Chair
Yvette Tenney (BBN Labs)
Elizabeth Churchill (Fuji/Xerox)
Randolph M. Jones (Colby College and Soar Technology)
Todd Johnson (UT/Houston)
Gary Jones (Derby)
Judith Kroll (Penn State)
Josef Nerb (Frieburg)
Padraic Monaghan (Warwick)
Chris Kello (George Mason)
Richard Young (Hertfordshire)
Frank E. Ritter
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