The Accepted Tutorials (3/99)




Cognitive Science 99 Call for Participation
August, 1999, Vancouver, BC Canada

Tutorials - Call for proposals

Page Contents
Attendee Background
Review Process
     Extended Abstract
     Requirements List
Upon Acceptance
Tutorial Notes
Important Dates

The Tutorials program at Cognitive Science 99 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 first 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, established results 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.


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 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.


Tutorials can cover any topics 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.

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

Review Process

Tutorial proposals will be evaluated on the basis of their estimated benefit for prospective participants and on their fit within the tutorials program as a whole.

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.

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 Cognitive Science 99 Tutorials must include two documents, the proposal, including contact details, abstract, and proposal proper, 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).

The example material may be submitted by email as binhexed Microsoft Word files (5, 6 or rtf) or as HTML (URL or text), otherwise, 2 paper copies are required.


Prepare a proposal, no longer than 1500 words, for review purposes. The proposal should be a clearly written specification of the tutorial. It 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 Cognitive Science 99.

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.

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.

Upon Acceptance

Tutors will be notified of acceptance or rejection by early February 1999. Acceptance is conditional upon the tutors' compliance with deadlines and requirements.

It is our intention to include the abstracts of accepted tutorials in the calls for participation for the conference, and in the proceedings.

Instructors should prepare course material specifically for the Cognitive Science 99 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:

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 $150 will be awarded for each half-day tutorial that is taught, $300 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 or housing costs at the conference.

Notes on Submissions

  1. Your submission must be in English.
  2. Submissions which arrive after the deadline will not be considered.
  3. Your submission should contain no proprietary or confidential material and should cite no proprietary or confidential publications.
  4. Responsibility for permissions to use video, audio or pictures of identifiable people rests with you, not CogSci 99.
  5. 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

6 February 1999: Submissions due, 17:00 (5:00 pm) local time at the receiving address

Mid February 1999: Notification of acceptance or rejection

15 June 1999: Camera-ready copy and tutorials notes due

Frank E. Ritter, U. of Nottingham, UK
Richard M. Young, U. of Hertfordshire, UK

Send To
Frank Ritter
School of Psychology
U. of Nottingham
Nottingham NG7 2RD
Tel: +44 115 951-5292
Fax : +44 115 951-5324

This call was generated based on the CHI 99 tutorial call, which was very helpful.