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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: NSF Funded Joint Conference Grant & Research Fellowship

Call for Applications: NSF Funded Joint Conference Grant & Research Fellowship

In association with the Cognitive Science Society, the US National
Science Foundation hopes to fund up to eight conference
grants/research fellowships to US citizens who are enrolled as
students at a US institution.  The funds will support students to both
attend the 34th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society
(CogSci2012) and to participate in a collaborative research project
with a sponsoring institution in Japan.  The award will provide funds
for travel, accommodations, and registration fees for the conference
and for a short stay (3 to 4 days) at a relevant Japanese institution
immediately prior to or after the conference to work on the project.
The number of awards will be based on available funds and the
scientific merit of the submitted proposals.

Confirmed collaborating hosts/institutions include:

Hiroshi Motoda, Osaka University.
Research areas:  Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data
Mining, Knowledge Discovery, Scientific Discovery, Expert Knowledge

Naomi Miyake, University of Tokyo.
Research areas:  Learning sciences, Collaborative Problem Solving,
Robotics for CSCL, Learning Process Analysis

Other potential host institutions in Japan include:

National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology

Center for Experimental Research in Social Sciences, Hokkaido University

Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute at Kyoto/Osaka

Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University at Inuyama, Nagoya

The application process is as follows:

* All eligible applicants who wish to apply should submit a one page
proposal outlining the project on which they wish to work.  The
deadline for this is February 1, 2012.  This outline may specify a
collaborating institution, but need not.  Institutions not listed
above will be considered if the applicant can provide the name of a
suitable and willing academic collaborator at such an institution.  In
addition to the proposal, applicants should provide indicative costs.

* From the applicants, a subset will be identified by March 1 whose
interests overlap sufficiently with those of a lab sponsor in Japan.

* The student and lab sponsor will coordinate to plan a small research
project that will include a visit to the lab before or after the
conference in Sapporo.

* With guidance from the sponsor, the student will submit a final
proposal for review by the Selection Committee on or before May 1,

* The Selection Committee will review and choose up to eight projects
to support, based on student academic merits, potential impacts on
students' education and research goals, financial need, and funding
availability.  Awards will be announced on June 1, 2012.

* Students will only be considered if they have submitted a paper to
the CogSci2012 conference and if that paper is accepted for oral

 Interested students should submit their applications to: