CogSci 2006
July 26-29
Tutorials/workshops: July 26
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

The 28th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society
Tutorial Program

The tutorial program of Cognitive Science 2006 will take place on Wednesday July 26 in Vancouver, Canada, at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel.

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Call for Tutorial Proposals

The tutorials at Cognitive Science 2006 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 range from practical guidelines to academic issues and theory. This is the eighth 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.


Prepare a proposal for review purposes composed of the following parts:

Please send your proposal directly to the tutorial chairs, at the email address given here. Proposals should be in plain ASCII text (no Word, RTF, Latex, etc.). Sample materials can be provided in PDF or HTML format.

Upon Acceptance

Tutors will be notified of acceptance or rejection by March 15, 2006. 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.


A budget of $125 will be awarded for each half-day tutorial that is taught, $250 for each full-day. If a tutorial has two or more instructors, the budget will be shared among them. Tutors will not be charged for attending their own tutorial. Tutors may bring a helper to the tutorial at no cost. The Society has obtained additional funding from NSF for tutorials on computational modeling. We therefore particularly encourage tutorial proposals in this area.

Important Dates

February 10, 2006: Submissions due at 5:00pm GMT

March 15, 2006: Notification of acceptance or rejection

April 15, 2006: Camera-ready abstract copy due for inclusion in proceedings

Tutorial Chairs

Frank Keller (University of Edinburgh)
Michael Schoelles (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)

Program Committee

Erik M. Altmann (Michigan State University)
Matthew Crocker (Saarland University)
Tom Griffiths (Brown University)
Glenn Gunzelmann (US Air Force)
John Hale (Michigan State University)
Todd Johnson (University of Texas, Houston)
Gary Jones (University of Derby)
Padraic Monaghan (University of York)
Yvette Tenney (BBN Labs)
Richard Young (University College London)

Contact Address

Frank Keller Michael Schoelles
School of Informatics Cognitive Science Department
University of Edinburgh Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
2 Buccleuch Place 110 8th Street
Edinburgh EH8 9LW Troy, NY 12180
United Kingdom USA
Phone +44-131-650-4407 Phone +1-518-276-3318
Fax +44-131-650-4587 Fax +1-518-276-3017

Email address for submissions: