Program of accepted tutorials will be available
approximately 1 May 2013.
The Tutorials program at the International
Conference on Cognitive Modeling (ICCM) 2013 will
be held on 11 Julyl 2013. It 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 modeling.
Tutorial topics will be presented in a taught
format and are likely to range from practical
guidelines to theoretical issues or software. Tutorials
at ICCM have been held many times before, and this year's
program will be modelled after them and after the
series held at the Cognitive Science Conference.
Tutorial participants will either be doing
cognitive modeling or be 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 Soar or
ACT-R, statistical "causal" modelling, or 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. On the other hand,
tutorials about "last week's results from your lab"
are not acceptable.
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 slightly 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. Please
fill it in with plain text and submit in the body
of an email.
Factors considered in the selection process
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
Submissions for ICCM Tutorials must include two
documents, the proposal (including contact details,
abstract, and proposal details), and example
material (which can be a link).
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, no attached text file) or any method suggested by Click and Clack (e.g., on the back of $21 bill, US or Canadian or Canadiene) or on the autographed cover page of Newell & Simon (1972), or embossed into the side of a Mac SE+ with 256k RAM and a 10M disk drive.
submissions as plain text 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 .doc files (5, 6, 98, 2004, or rtf, not docx)
or as HTML (URL or text), or as PDF, otherwise, 2
copies on A4 or larger paper are required. Do not submit docx or zip files.
- Case for support:
Prepare a proposal, using the form, for review. The
case for support 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 the International
Conference on Cognitive Modeling.
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
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
flyers, between 100 and 300 words, 200 words suggested maximum.
A one page overview
suitable for inclusion in the conference
proceedings. It may
reference your own URLs, or another 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,
to share a computer. Alternatively, you may just
specify a computer projector to display information.
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 the deadline below. 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.
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 either should provide copies of handouts for the tutees directly, or if they provide notes for the conference to reproduce are providing permission to do so.
A budget of about $150
is available for each half-day tutorial, and double
that 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 can and should bring a tutorial
assistant (TA) to the tutorial at no cost. Tutors
and assistant are not charged for attending their own
Submissions that arrive after the deadline might
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 email, express mail,
or a courier service for speedy delivery. Customs
labels should bear the words "Educational materials
with no commercial value."
- 20 March 2013: Tutorial submissions due,
17:00 (5:00 pm) local time at the receiving
(EST, zulu -5)
- Mid April 2013: Notification of acceptance
- 15 May 2013: Camera-ready abstract copy
due for inclusion in proceedings and
members [all tentative]
Frank E. Ritter (Penn State, Co-Chair)
Thierry Bellet (IFSTTAR, INRETS, F)
Jim Davies (Carlton, CA)
Olivier Georgeon (CNRS and Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, F)
Randolph M. Jones (Soar Technology, ME)
Ion Juvina (Wright State)
Matthew Kelly (Carleton, CA)
Submissions via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Frank E. Ritter
College of Information Sciences and Technology
University Park, PA 16802
Tel: +1 814 865-4453
last updated 28 March