[Comp-neuro] ACT-R Spring School announcement

Niels Taatgen n.a.taatgen at rug.nl
Tue Jan 22 10:35:33 CET 2013

Third ACT-R Spring School, Master Class and Workshop 2013

Organizers: Niels Taatgen, Hedderik van Rijn and Jelmer Borst

University of Groningen, Netherlands


April 8-13, 2013

ACT-R is a cognitive theory and simulation system for developing cognitive models for tasks that vary from simple reaction time experiments to driving a car, learning algebra and air traffic control. Following previous ACT-R events in 2010 and 2011, the University of Groningen will again host a spring school and workshop.

Spring School

The spring school will take place from Monday April 8 to Thursday April 11. Participants will follow a compressed four-day version of the traditional summer school curriculum. The standard curriculum is structured as a set of six units, of which we will cover four in the course of the week. Each unit lasts a day and involves a morning theory lecture, an afternoon discussion session on advanced topics, and an assignment which participants are expected to complete during the day. 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.  Prospective participants should submit an application by February 17, consisting of a curriculum vitae and a statement of purpose. Demonstrated experience with a modeling formalism similar to ACT-R will strengthen the application, as well as general programming experience. Applicants will be notified of admission by February 24.

Master Class: Work on your own project

Organized parallel to the spring school, the master class offers the opportunity for modelers to work on their own projects with guidance from experienced ACT-R modelers. Note that signing up for the Master Class assumes some prior ACT-R experience, either through self-study, or having followed an earlier ACT-R spring or summer school.

European ACT-R Workshop

The European ACT-R workshop will take place from Friday April 12 to Saturday April 13.  The workshop will feature invited lectures, research presentations, discussion sessions and instructional tutorials. Suggestions for the topics of the tutorials and discussion sessions are welcome. Admission to the workshop is open to all.

Registrations fees and housing

Spring School + Workshop: Euro 200

Master Class + Workshop: Euro 200

Workshop only: Euro 100

Late fee (registration after March 12): Euro 50

Housing will be offered in the university guesthouse for 61 Euro /day (single, double rooms are around Euro 78.50, Breakfast is 10 Euro/person).


To apply to the 2013 Spring School or Master Class, send an email to Hedderik van Rijn (hedderik at van-rijn.org) and attach the requested documents before February 17, 2013. If you would like to contribute to the workshop, please let us know as well.

To register for the 2013 Workshop, also send an email to Hedderik van Rijn (hedderik at van-rijn.org). Please specify your contact details, and whether or not you would like to present your research.

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