[Elsnet-list] Cogsci 2005: Call for Tutorial Proposals

Frank Keller keller at inf.ed.ac.uk
Wed Nov 17 20:51:15 CET 2004

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July 21-23, 2005, Stresa, Italy

Call for tutorials

The tutorials at Cognitive Science 2005 will be held on Wednesday 20
July 2005. They 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 seventh 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 well established results, yesterday's results
from your lab are not encouraged. They will tend to involve an
introduction to technical skills or methods (e.g. cognitive modeling
in ACT-R, Bayesian modeling, eyetracking, fMRI, methods of analyzing
qualitative observational data). They are likely to include
substantial review of material.


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.


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.

Review Process

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.

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 with their tutorial.

Selection is also based on the overall distribution of topics,
approaches (overview, theory, methodology, how-to), audience experience
levels, and specialties of the intended audiences.


Submissions for Cognitive Science 2005 Tutorials must include two
documents: the proposal and the example material.

The proposal is formed by four sections: contact details, abstract,
specification of the tutorial and list of requirements.

The proposal must be submitted by email as plain ASCII text (no rtf,
no word files, no postscript, no pdf). The example material may be
submitted by email as Microsoft Word files or as HTML (URL or text),
or as PDF.


Prepare a proposal for review purposes composed by four parts:

    * Contact details: Contact details have to include: name of
      contact person, affiliation, address (including post code/zip
      and country), telephone, fax, e-mail, names and affiliation of
      additional author(s).

    * Abstract: A one page overview (200 words) suitable for inclusion
      in the conference proceedings. It may reference your own URLs,
      or a society supplied page for dissemination of additional
      useful material.

    * Specification of the tutorial: The specification of the tutorial
      has to be no longer than 1500 words, and it should:

          o 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.

          o describe in detail the background of attendees assumed by
            the tutorial. State any skills that are needed to
            understand tutorial content or to complete the exercises.

          o describe in detail the material that will be covered in
            the course

          o justify the tutorial for a cognitive science audience

          o explain how the tutorial will be conducted

          o give a schedule of events with time allocations

          o 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 submitted hardcopy).

      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 2005.

    * List of requirements: 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

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. 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. Internet connections are not available in
this venue.

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 at the end of
February 2005. Acceptance is conditional upon the tutors' compliance
with deadlines and requirements.

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 Science 2005 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 should be equipped with 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:

    * an introduction to the topic

    * copies of all overhead transparencies and slides

    * 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

The tutors will be responsible for providing copies of the tutorial
notes to the participants.


A budget of about $125 will be awarded for each half-day tutorial that
is taught, about $250 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 will not be charged for attending their own
tutorial.  Tutors may bring a helper to the tutorial at no cost.

Notes on Submissions

    * Your submission must be in English.

    * Submissions that arrive after the deadline will not be

    * Your submission should contain no proprietary or confidential
      material and should cite no proprietary or confidential

    * Responsibility for permissions to use video, audio or pictures
      of identifiable people rests with you, not CogSci 2005.

Important Dates

6 February 2005: Submissions due, 17:00 (5:00pm) local time at the
receiving address

End of February 2005: Notification of acceptance or rejection

15 April 2005: Camera-ready abstract copy due for inclusion in

Tutorial Chair

Frank Keller (University of Edinburgh)

Committee Members

Matthew Crocker (Saarland University)
Tom Grifith (Stanford University)
John Hale (Michigan State University)
Todd Johnson (University of Texas, Houston)
Gary Jones (University of Derby)
Chris Kello (George Mason University)
Padraic Monaghan (University of York)
Frank Ritter (Penn State University)
Yvette Tenney (BBN Labs)
Richard Young (University of Hertfordshire)

Contact Address

Frank Keller
School of Informatics
University of Edinburgh
2 Buccleuch Place
Edinburgh EH8 9LW
United Kingdom
Phone +44-131-650-4407
Fax +44-131-650-4587
Email keller at inf.ed.ac.uk

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