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Notice

AISB event Bulletin Item

ACT-R summer school 2007 announcement

http://act-r.psy.cmu.edu/

FOURTEENTH ANNUAL ACT-R SUMMER SCHOOL
Carnegie Mellon University
July 11-19, 2007


ACT-R is a cognitive theory and simulation system for developing cognitive models for tasks that vary from simple reaction time to air traffic control. The most recent advances of the ACT-R theory were detailed in the following paper: Anderson, J. R., Bothell, D., Byrne, M. D., Douglass, S.,  Lebiere, C., and Qin, Y . (2004). An integrated theory of the mind.  Psychological Review 111, (4). 1036-1060, available online: http://act-r.psy.cmu.edu/publications/pubinfo.php?id=526

Each year, a summer school is held to train researchers in the use of the ACT-R system. This year the summer school is followed by the International Conference on Cognitive Modeling, which will be in Ann Arbor from July 26 until July 29. See http://sitemaker.umich.edu/iccm2007.org/home for details.

The summer school will take place from Wednesday July 11 to Thursday July 19. This intensive 9-day course is designed to train researchers in the use of ACT-R for cognitive modeling. It is structured as a set of six units, with each unit lasting a day and involving a morning theory lecture, an afternoon discussion session and an assignment which participants are expected to complete during the day and evening. In addition, participants are expected to bring a project of their own to the summer school on which they can work during the remaining three days. Computing facilities will be provided or attendees can bring their own laptop on which the ACT-R software will be installed.

To provide an optimal learning environment, admission is limited to a dozen participants, who must submit by April 1 an application consisting of a curriculum vitae, a statement of purpose, and a description of the project they would like to do during the summer school. This project can be based on data from the applicant's own research, or an experimental study from the literature. We encourage applicants to browse through the tutorial texts to get a sense of the kind of experiments that are appropriate for a successful project (the tutorial text is part of the ACT-R distribution, which can be downloaded from http://act-r.psy.cmu.edu/actr6/).  Demonstrated experience with a modeling formalism similar to ACT-R will strengthen the application. Applicants will be notified of admission by May 4.
Admission to the summer school is free. Housing will be provided in the CMU dormitories for approximately /day (single) or /day (shared). For participants who want to stay in Pittsburgh until ICCM it is possible to extend dorm housing until July 26.

More information, including papers published by the ACT-R community, can be found on the ACT-R web site (http://act-r.psy.cmu.edu/).

A registration form is appended below.  Additional information (detailed schedule, etc.) will be provided after acceptance and when it becomes available.


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Fourteenth Annual ACT-R Summer School
July 11 to 19, 2007 at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh

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Name:     ..................................................................

Address:  ..................................................................

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Send this form, curriculum vitae, statement of purpose and a description of the project by email (preferred) or regular mail to:

2007 ACT-R Summer School
Psychology Department
Niels Taatgen
Baker Hall 345B                                 Fax: +1 (412) 268-2844
Carnegie Mellon University                      Tel: +1 (412) 268-2815
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890                       Email: taatgen@cmu.edu