of accepted tutorials is now available.
The Tutorials program at the International
Conference on Cognitive Modeling 2006 will be held
on 5 April 2006. It will provide conference
participants with the opportunity to gain new
insights, knowledge, and skills from a broad range
of areas in and related to the field of cognitive
modeling. Tutorial topics will be presented in a
taught format and are likely to range from
practical guidelines to academic issues and theory.
Tutorials at ICCM have been held before, and this
year's program will be modelled after those and
after the series held at the Cognitive Science
Tutorial participants will either be doing
cognitive modeling or interested in learning more.
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.
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
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 assume a first degree in one
of the cognitive sciences.
Tutorials can cover any topic
in cognitive modeling, and most tutorials offered
at the Cognitive Science Conference may also find
an audience here that are related to cognitive
modeling. 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 on cognitive architectures
are encouraged and quite appropriate.
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.
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; 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 ICCM Tutorials must include two
documents, the proposal (including contact details,
abstract, and proposal details), and example
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. Do not submit postscript
files or zip files.
Prepare a proposal, no
longer than 1,500 words, for review. The
proposal should be a clearly written
specification of the tutorial. It should:
describe in detail the material that will be
covered in the course
justify the tutorial for a cognitive modeling
explain how the tutorial will be conducted
give a schedule of events with time
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
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 International
Conference on Cognitive Modeling.
form for downloading and filling in and
sending back via email to the chair (noted
A description of your
tutorial useful for putting into conference
A one page overview
suitable for inclusion in the conference
proceedings to be published by Erlbaum. It may
reference your own URLs, or a society supplied
page for dissemination of additional useful
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.
Based on previous year's experience, you can
assume that participants will be able to bring
laptops. We will work with you to provide the
software to the laptops. It is likely, but
subject to confirmation that there will be
internet connections available, for either the
tutors or participants. This is subject to
confirmation and there may be other
Tutors will be notified of acceptance or rejection
by mid-January 2006. Acceptance is conditional upon
the tutors' compliance with deadlines and
Abstracts of accepted tutorials will be included
in the calls for participation for the conference
and in the proceedings by Erlbaum.
Instructors should prepare course material
specifically for the Cognitive Modeling Conference
tutorial session. Presentation materials used by
the instructor for other courses or projects must
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
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 the
Conference one-time-only permission to utilise the
notes for tutorial participants and to sell notes
at the conference.
A budget of about $125
will be awarded for each half-day tutorial that is
taught, about $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 may bring a helper to the
tutorial at no cost. Tutors and helper are charged
for attending their own tutorial.
Your submission must be in
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 the conference.
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."
- 15 December 2005: Tutorial submissions due,
17:00 (5:00 pm) local time at the receiving
- Mid-January 2006: Notification of acceptance
- 28 February 2006: Camera-ready abstract copy
due for inclusion in proceedings and
- 15 March 2006: Camera-ready tutorial notes
due (if we are to copy)
Frank E. Ritter (Penn State)
Nick Braisby (Open University)
Fabio Del Missier (U. of Trieste)
Glenn Gunzelman (USAF)
Lucio Inguscio (U. of Rome "La Sapienza")
Randy Jones (Soar Tech and Colby College)
Josef Krems (TU Chemnitz)
Josef Nerb (U. of Education, Freiburg)
Mike Schoelles (RPI)
Peter Wallis (U. of Sheffield)
Submissions via email: email@example.com
details, but not for submissions:
Frank E. Ritter
School of Information Sciences and Technology
University Park, PA 16802
Tel: + 49 371 531 6411 (on sabbatical at
Fax : +49 371 531 6410 (Fax at TU-Chemnitz)
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