CogSci 2004

Tutorials August 4

Westin River North

Call for tutorials for the 26th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society

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Tutorial Call Contents



Upon Acceptance



Tutorial Notes

Attendee Background




Extended Abstract


Review Process

Requirements List

Important Dates

Program of accepted tutorials will be forthcoming in March 2004.

Introduction: The Tutorials program at Cognitive Science 2004 will be held on 4 August 2004. They 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, Higher-order Cognition, are encouraged.

Duration: 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.

Audience: The background of attendees assumed by the tutorial should be described explicitly and in detail in the proposal form. 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.

Topics: 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. Programs in previous years have included cognitive architectures, eye-tracking, and fMRI.

Tutorials on these and other topics broadly related to cognitive science are solicited.

Review Process: 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: Proposal form

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.

Format: Submissions 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.

Upon Acceptance: Tutors will be notified of acceptance or rejection by late February to early March 2004. 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.

Tutorial Notes: 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:

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.

Compensation: A budget of $125 will be awarded for each half-day tutorial that is taught, $250 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 2004.
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."

Important Dates


Frank E. Ritter (Penn State)
Frank Keller (U. of Edinburgh)

Committee members

Adele Abrahamsen (UCSD)
Fernanda Ferreira (Michigan State)
Todd Johnson (UT/Houston)
Gary Jones (Derby)
Padraic Monaghan (Warwick)
Chris Kello (George Mason)
Ching-Fan Sheu (Depaul)
Robert St. Amant (North Carolina State University)
Yvette Tenney (BBN Labs)
Richard Young (Hertfordshire)

Send To:

Frank E. Ritter
School of Information Sciences and Technology
316G IST Building
University Park, PA 16802
Tel: +1 814 865-4453
Fax : +1 814 865-6426


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Last edited 13 Mar 04, by FER