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Tutorial Program
International Conference on Cognitive Modeling
5 August 2010

Early registration deadline: 1 July 2010



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Introduction:The Tutorials program at ICCM 2010 will be held on Thursday 5 August 2010 at [room to be announced], at Drexel University. [travel directions to the campus] [directions to the Bossone Building] The format of this year's program is modelled on previously successful ICCM tutorials, and is similar to the series held at the annual Cognitive Science Society Conference.

Registration: Tutorials are free. You are encouraged to register through the conference site. Lunch can be purchased separately near the tutorial site. Attendance at the tutorials does not require conference registration; tutorial registration does not provide conference entrance. You can also register for the tutorials at the door on a space available basis.

There will be a meeting of the tutorial committee, tutors, and interested tutees after the tutorials; location to be announced at the tutorials.

Registration for tutorial attendees will be from 8.30 am on 5 August at the ground floor of the Bossone Building. It should take less than 5 minutes to get from the tutorial desk to the tutorial rooms, but please allow yourself this time to get to the room.

If you have a lap top, please bring it to the sessions, as you may work in pairs in several of the tutorials.

The morning session includes a 15 min. coffee break, and the afternoon session includes a 15 min. tea break.

Once in town, use the directions on the main conference site. [Notes on parking will be added here.]



The CLARION Cognitive Architecture: A Tutorial
Wilson, Half-day (morning: 0900-1215)

Multi-Agent Activity Modeling with the Brahms Environment
Sierhuis, Half-day (afternoon: 1345-1700)


The CLARION Cognitive Architecture: A Tutorial

Half-day tutorial (0900-1215) [more information on Clarion]
in Bossone, room to be announced

Nicholas Wilson, Cognitive Science Dept.
Michael Lynch, Dept. of Language, Literature and Communication, RPI

This tutorial introduces participants to the CLARION cognitive architecture and presents a detailed description, as well as simulation examples, advanced topics, and demonstrations. It will combine conceptual (psychological), theoretical, and implementation aspects of the architecture. Both basic and advanced topics related to cognitive modeling using CLARION will be covered. Participants in the tutorial are encouraged to ask questions throughout the presentation to clarify any ideas described.

Prerequisite knowledge: Participants should have some prior exposure to cognitive architectures and artificial neural networks. Preferably, participants should also have some experience with programming languages (in particular Java). However, prior understanding of these areas can be limited.

Nicholas Wilson is a Teaching and Research Assistant in the Cognitive Science Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is extensively versed in both the conceptual and implementation details of the CLARION cognitive architecture. He has presented variations of the tutorial at the 30th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society in Washington DC and as a lecture series on several occasions for various courses in Cognitive Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Michael Lynch is a Professor in the Language, Literature and Communication Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His emphasis is on Games and Simulations Arts and Sciences. His research has included the integration of the CLARION cognitive architecture into gaming environments to facilitate enhanced AI. He has been extensively involved in recent and ongoing efforts to update both the conceptualization and implementation of CLARION.


Multi-Agent Activity Modeling with the Brahms Environment
Half-day tutorial (1345-1700) [more information on Brahms]
in Bridgeford Street Building, room to be announced

Maarten Sierhuis, Ph.D.

More and more people are interested in in developing "day in the life" models and simulations of people's behavior at the second and longer timeframe, the interaction between groups of people and systems, as well as the movement and interaction with the environment. Cognitive modeling tools (e.g., Soar, ACT-R) focus on detailed modeling of individual cognitive tasks at the sub-second level. In contrast, activity modeling focuses on higher-abstraction behaviors that enable modeling of people's daily activities and enable a focus on how informal, circumstantial, and located behaviors of a group of individuals occur and where communication and synchronization happen, such that the task contributions of people and machines flow together to accomplish goals. This is referred to as "work practice modeling." The tutorial will provide an overview of the Brahms multi-agent activity modeling language by considering a simple 'day in the life' scenario. There will be hands-on experience with Brahms.

Brahms includes an activity-oriented Belief-Desire-Intention (BDI) language, a compiler and virtual machine for executing Brahms models, as well as an Eclipse plug-in and a post-execution viewer of agent execution, communication and interaction. Brahms enables the creation of multi-agent models that include aspects of reasoning found in cognitive models, task execution, plus the impact of interaction and geography, such as agent movement and physical changes in the environment. Brahms is currently used to automate the work of a flight controller in NASA's International Space Station's Mission Control Center (ISS MCC). This system, called OCAMS, has been in production in the ISS MCC, 24x7, since July of 2008, and is based on a Brahms model of the work practices of the flight controllers. OCAMS is a distributed Multi-Agent System.

Prerequisite knowledge: There is no prerequisite for taking this tutorial. A useful background to have is some experience in agent architectures, especially belief-desire-intention architectures and discrete-event simulation.

Maarten Sierhuis recently joined PARC as area lead for the new Knowledge, Language and Interaction area. Before this, he was at NASA Ames for over twelve years, working on and applying Brahms at NASA. He is a Co-Principal Investigator for the Brahms multi-agent environment. He is also a visiting professor at the Man-Machine Interaction group at Delft University of Technology, where he teaches a graduate course using Brahms, called Agent-Based Modeling and Simulation of Organizations and Work Practice. He has a Ph.D. in Social Science Informatics from the University of Amsterdam and an engineering degree in Informatics from the Polytechnic University in The Hague, The Netherlands. He has presented invited lectures and tutorials on both Brahms and Compendium, and has published widely in these areas.


Important Dates

  • 11 June 2009: Camera-ready abstract copy due for inclusion in proceedings and advertisements.
  • 29 June 2009: Camera-ready tutorial notes due (if we are to copy)

Committee members

Erik Altmann (Michigan State)
Mark Cohen (Lock Haven U.)
Fabio Del Missier (U. of Trieste)
Jim Davies (Carlton)
Julie Fisher (Drexel)
Olivier Georgeon (Penn State)
Randolph M. Jones (Soar Technology)
Frank Ritter (PSU, chair)

Further contact details:

Frank Ritter
College of Information Sciences and Technology
University Park, PA 16802

Tel: + 1 814 865 4453

General Contact: iccm2010.cs.drexel.edu

last updated 6 July 10

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