[Comp-neuro] CogModel notes: ICCM15/BRIMS14/outlets/RFPs/TV show/Jobs

Frank Ritter frank.ritter at psu.edu
Sat Jan 4 23:09:43 CET 2014

[please send this on to your members]

The first announcement is driving this email -- ICCM 2015 will be in
Gronigen, the Netherlands, near April 2015, on its regular (15&21 month)
schedule.  The rest indicate new publication outlets, resources, and jobs
in or related to Cog Sci and in modeling. I have also included an unusual
item, this time in the middle.  I may send this more often with so many

If you would like to be removed, please just let me know.  I maintain
it by hand to keep it small.

[Hypertext version available at


Frank Ritter    frank.e.ritter at gmail.com    http://www.frankritter.com

1. International Conf. on Cognitive Modeling, April 2015 in Gronigen, NL

2. BRiMS 2014 Call for Papers, due January 6, 2014

3. Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society
    submissions due 1 feb 2014

4. BRIMS 2013 Proceedings available online

5. CMOT special issue on BRIMS 2011 published

6. Conference on Advances in Cognitive Systems, Proceedings online

7. BICA 2013  program available online

8. 6th International Conference on Agents and AI, 6-8 March 2014

9. KOGWIS 2014 call for papers and symposia
    Submissions due: 7 May 2014

10. AISB 50th conference, 1-4 April 2014

11. Fourth ACT-R Spring School and Master Class 2014, April 7-12, 2014
     applications due 27 jan 2014

11b. Numerous books to review

12. Call for papers: Mental model ascription by 
intelligent agents, in Interaction Studies
     14 jan 2014 deadline

13. Publication policy for Advances in Cognitive Systems [Journal]

14. Editor change at J. of Interaction Science, and call for papers

15. IEEE SMC: Transactions on Human-Machine Systems seeking papers

16. Nat. Inst. on Dis. and Rehabilitation Res., for Computer Scientists

17. New Perspectives on the Psychology of Understanding
     Letters of Intent due March 1, 2014

18. Cognitive scientist to co-host TV show

19. Minding Norms, and Social Emotions, two new books

20. Cambridge U. Press, Winter Sale 2013, 20% off.

21. Assistant or Associate Professor, College of IST

22. [Comp-neuro] Faculty positions at Imperial College London

23. Lecturer and research Position (Assistent/in) 
in Neuro-Robotics, TU/Chemnitz

24. Director of Human MRI Facility, Penn State

25. U. of Iowa- Assistant Professor Positions, CS
v   1 jan 2014 applications get full consideration

26. Rowan U., associate professor level in neuroscience

27. Wright State,  Assistant Professor in Human Cognitive Neuroscience

28. Post doctoral position in systems neuroscience and connectivity modeling
     Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA

29. Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Wright State

30. Postdoc in modeling with Townsend & Wenger

31. Post-PhD Opportunities for US citizens at Fort Belvoir, VA
     deadline 1 feb 2014

32. PhD program, Applied Cognitive and Brain Sciences (ACBS), Drexel
     [closed, but will be interesting next year]

1. International Conf. on Cognitive Modeling, April 2015 in Gronigen, NL

The International Conference on Cognitive Modeling will take place in
April 2015 (approx. date) at RU/Gronigen, in the Netherlands.  The
deadline date for submissions will be in the fall of 2014. Further
announcements will provide more details.

This was announced at the conference in Ottawa this summer.

2. BRiMS 2014 Call for Papers, due January 6, 2013

On behalf of the BRIMS Society, we are proud to announce the 23rd
Annual Conference on Behavior Representation in Modeling & Simulation
to be held at the University of California, DC campus in Washington,
DC from April 1 to April 4, 2014. It's our great fortune to co-locate
with the 2014 International Social Computing, Behavioral Modeling and
Prediction Conference (SBP14).  Arrangements still need to be made,
but we hope to offer complimentary BRiMS registration for those who
purchase SBP registration. Please visit the BRiMS web site at
http://cc.ist.psu.edu/BRIMS2014/ where updates will be made
periodically. Please visit SBP's web site at
http://sbp-conference.org/ for their conference details.

The submission deadlines reflect careful thinking on our part about
your needs to have plenty of lead time to plan your submission, while
providing enough time to assemble a BRiMS Proceedings available to all
in time for the conference. This year, BRiMS evolved into a co-Chair
arrangement.  Please welcome Dr. Bill Kennedy of George Mason
University, who joined me as I entered my second year of chairing
duties. Bill will be our in-person administrator and host of the
conference, while I will be the administrative point of contact
leading up to the conference.  Please direct your question to Bill
(wkennedy at gmu.edu) or me (daniel.n.cassenti.civ at mail.mil) depending on
the content of your query.

We look forward to receiving your submission and
to seeing you at the conference!

Best Regards,
Dan Cassenti & Bill Kennedy

The BRIMS Executive Committee invites papers,
posters, demos, symposia, panel discussions, and
tutorials on topics related to the representation
of individuals, groups, teams, and organizations
in models and simulations. All submissions are

Submissions are handled on-line at: http://cc.ist.psu.edu/BRIMS2013/

Please see the guidelines on the BRiMS website for format requirements
and content suggestions. If you have any questions about the
submission process or are unable to submit to the web site, please
contact Daniel Cassenti by email (daniel.n.cassenti.civ at mail.mil) or
phone 410-278- 5859.


The conference will be held at the University of California campus in
Washington, DC [!]. We are pleased to co-locate BRIMS with the 2014
International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural
Modeling, and Prediction.  Please see their web site at
http://sbp-conference.org/ for more information on the conference.

Daniel N. Cassenti, U.S. Army Research Laboratory
William G. Kennedy, George Mason University

Robert St. Amant, North Carolina State University
David Reitter, Penn State University
Webb Stacy, Aptima, Inc.

3.  Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society
     submissions due 1 feb 2014

All Submissions Due - February 1, 2014

Authors will be notified of decisions by April 1, 2014
Camera-ready copy for inclusion in the proceedings due on May 1, 2014

CogSci 2014 - Cognitive Science Meets Artificial Intelligence: Human
and Artificial Agents in Interactive Contexts
Quebec City, CA
July 23 - July 26, 2014

Website URL for future conference:
Highlights Include:

Plenary Speakers: Dedre Gentner, Steven Harnad, & Minoru Asada

13th Rumelhart Prize Recipient: Ray Jackendoff

Symposia: "Foundations of Social Cognition", "Moral Cognition and
Computation", "The Future of Human-Agent Interaction"

Cognitive scientists from around the world are invited to attend
CogSci 2014, the world's premiere annual conference on cognitive
science. The conference represents a broad spectrum of disciplines,
topics, and methodologies from across the cognitive sciences.

In addition to the invited presentations, the program will be filled
with reviewed submissions from the following categories: papers,
symposia, presentation-based talks, member abstracts, tutorials, and
workshops. Submissions must be completed electronically through the
conference submissions web site. Submissions may be in any area of the
cognitive sciences, including, but not limited to, anthropology,
artificial intelligence, computational cognitive systems, cognitive
development, cognitive neuroscience, cognitive psychology, education,
linguistics, logic, machine learning, neural networks, philosophy,
robotics and social network studies.

Information regarding the submission process, including opening dates
for the submission website will be posted shortly.

We look forward to seeing you in Quebec City.

Conference Co-Chairs:
Paul Bello, Marcello Guarini, Marjorie McShane, and Brian Scassellati
Cognitive Science Society

4. BRIMS 2013 Proceedings available online

The BRIMS 2013 proceedings are available online. They include:

   Modelling the Security Analyst's Role: Effects of Similarity and Past
   Experience on Cyber Attack Detection

   Accounting for the integration of descriptive and experiential
   information in a repeated prisoner's dilemma using an instance-based
   learning model

   Decision Criteria for Model Comparison Using Cross-Fitting

   A Model-based Evaluation of Trust and Situation Awareness in the
   Diner's Dilemma Game

   A concise model for innovation diffusion combining curvature-based
   opinion dynamics and zealotry

   A Trust-Based Framework for Information Sharing Behavior in Command
   and Control Environments

   Advantages of ACT-R over Prolog for Natural Language Analysis

   The Relational Blackboard

   Differences in Performance with Changing Mental Workload as the Basis
   for an IMPRINT Plug-in Proposal

   An ACT-R Model of Sensemaking in a Geospatial Intelligence Task

   Using the Immersive Cognitive Readiness Simulator to Validate the
   ThreatFireTM Belt as an Operational Stressor: A Pilot Study

   Integrated Simulation of Attention Distribution and Driving Behavior

   Modeling trust in multi-agent systems

   Simulating aggregate player behavior with learning behavior trees

   Declarative to procedural tutors: A family of 
cognitive architecture-based tutors

   Architectural considerations for modeling cognitive-emotional decision making

   Trust definitions and metrics for social media analysis

   Architecture for goal-driven behavior of virtual opponents in fighter
   pilot combat training

   Examining Model Scalability through Virtual World Simulations

5. CMOT special issue on BRIMS 2011 published

The special issue of omputational Mathematical and Organizational
Theory (CMOT) based on the best papers of BRIMS 2011 has
been published.

Kennedy, G. W., Ritter, F. E., & Best, B. J. (2013). Behavioral
representation in modeling and simulation introduction to CMOT special
issue-BRiMS 2011. Computational Mathematical and Organizational
Theory, 19(3), 283-287.

Abstract: This special issue is similar to our previous special
issues (Kennedy et al. in Comput. Math. Organ. Theory 16(3):217-219,
2010; 17(3):225-228, 2011) in that it includes articles based on the
best conference papers of the, here, 2011 BRiMS Annual
Conference. These articles were reviewed by the editors, extended to
journal article length, and then peer-reviewed and revised before
being accepted. The articles include:

   a new way to evaluate designs of interfaces for safety critical
   systems (Bolton)

   an article that extends our understanding of how to model situation
   awareness (SA) in a cognitive architecture (Rodgers et al.)

   an article that presents elec- troencephalography (EEG) data used to
   derive dynamic neurophysiologic models of engagement in teamwork
   (Stevens et al.), and

   an article that demonstrates using machine learning to generate
   models and an ex- ample application of that tool (Best)

After presenting a brief summary of each paper we will see some
recurrent themes of task analysis, team and individual models, spatial
reasoning, usability issues, and particu- larly that they are models
that interact with each other or systems.

6. Conference on Advances in Cognitive Systems, Proceedings online

Paper titles:

   Fractal Representations and Core Geometry

   A Cognitive Systems Approach to Tailoring Learner Practice

   Understanding Social Interactions Using Incremental Abductive

   Changing Minds by Reasoning About Belief Revision: A Challenge for
   Cognitive Systems

   Anomaly-Driven Belief Revision by Abductive Metareasoning

   CRAMm - Memories for Robots Performing Everyday Manipulation

   A Cognitive System for Human Manipulation Action Understanding

   Toward Learning High-Level Semantic Frames from Definitions

   On the Representation of Inferences and their Lexicalization

   Towards an Indexical Model of Situated Language Comprehension for
   Real-World Cognitive Agents

   Integrating Meta-Level and Domain-Level Knowledge for Interpretation
   and Generation of Task-Oriented Dialogue

   Three Lessons for Creating a Knowledge Base to Enable Explanation,
   Reasoning and Dialog

   X Goes First: Teaching Simple Games through Multimodal Interaction

   Learning Task Formulations through Situated Interactive Instruction

   Narrative Fragment Creation: An Approach for Learning Narrative

   Conceptual Models of Structure and Function

   Reasoning from Radically Incomplete Information: The Case of

   Am I Really Scared? A Multi-phase Computational Model of Emotions

   Three Challenges for Research on Integrated Cognitive Systems

7. BICA 2013  program available online

The program with abstracts for the 2013 meeting in Kiev are available

The web site notes that it will be in Boston in 2014.

8. 6th International Conference on Agents and AI, 6-8 March 2014

This is a European conference on topics related to cognitive modeling.
Its paper deadline was in September, but is probably a recurrent event.

9.  KOGWIS 2014 call for papers and symposia
     Submissions due: 7 May 2014


12th Biannual Conference of the German Society for Cognitive Science
29th of September - 2nd of October 2014

Submission deadline: 7 May 2014

KogWis 2014 invites submissions of extended abstracts on current work
in cognitive science. Generally *all topics related to cognitive
science* are welcome.

Contributions that address the focus of this meeting, that is,
language and behaviour and the construction of cognition due to
language and behaviour are particularly encouraged.  Submissions will
be sorted by topic and paradigms and will be independently
reviewed. Notifications of acceptance will depend on the novelty of
the research, the significance of the results, and the presentation of
the work.

Submissions will be published in the form of online conference
proceedings.  Submissions of extended abstracts should not exceed 4000
characters (including spaces, references, etc.). Additional figures
may be included. The document should not exceed 4 pages in total.

Call for symposia: Submissions are also invited for symposium
proposals on specific themes in cognitive science.  Symposia should be
interdisciplinary with 4-6 speakers who can offer different
perspectives on the proposed topic.  KogWis cannot provide any
financial support for participants, so all the costs need to be
covered by the participants, including registration.

Submissions of extended abstracts should present
the symposium theme along with moderator and
speakers names and short summaries of the single

General chair: Martin V. Butz
Local organizers: Anna Belardinelli, Elisabeth Hein and Jan Kneissler

Anna Belardinelli, PhD
Cognitive Modeling, Department of CS
University of Tuebingen

10.  AISB 50th Convention, 1-4 April 2014

The AISB 2014 Convention at Goldsmiths, University of London
(hereafter AISB-50) will commemorate both 50 years since the founding
of the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and the
Simulation of Behaviour (the AISB) and sixty years since the death of
Alan Turing, founding father of both Computer Science and Artificial
Intelligence. The convention will be held at Goldsmiths, University of
London, UK from the 1st to the 4th April 2014, and will follow the
same overall structure as previous conventions. This will include a
set of co-located symposia hosting events that include talks, posters,
panels, discussions, demonstrations, and outreach sessions.



* Terrence Deacon
* John Searle
* Susan Stepney
* Lucy Suchmann

* John Barnden
* Simon Colton


SECRETARY AND LOCAL CHAIR: Andrew Martin (mr.a.martin at gmail.com)

CONFERENCE WEB SITE: http://www.aisb50.org/


* A-EYE: An exhibition of art and nature inspired 
computation: Mohammad Majid al-Rifaie 
<m.majid at gold.ac.uk>

* AI & Animal welfare: Anna Zamansky <annazam at is.haifa.ac.il>

* AI & Games : Daniela M. Romano <D.Romano at Sheffield.ac.uk>

* Art, Graphics, Perception, Embodiment: 
modelling the creative mind : Frederic Leymarie 
<ffl at gold.ac.uk>

* Artificial Ethics & medicine: Steve Torrance <sbtorrance at outlook.com>

* Computational Creativity : Mohammad Majid al-Rifaie <m.majid at gold.ac.uk>

* Computational Intelligence : Edward Keedwell <E.C.Keedwell at exeter.ac.uk>

* Computational Scientific Discovery : Mark.Addis at bcu.ac.uk

* Computing and Philosophy: is computation 
observer-relative? : Yasemin Erden 
<yjerden at gmail.com>

* Consciousness without inner models : jkevin.oregan at gmail.com

* Culture of the Artificial : Matthew Fuller <m.fuller at gold.ac.uk>

* Embodied Cognition, Acting and Performance: deirdre.mclaughlin at cssd.ac.uk

* Evolutionary Computing : larry.bull at uwe.ac.uk

* Future of Art & Computing : AnnaDumitriu at hotmail.com>

* History & Philosophy of Programming : Giuseppe 
Primiero <G.Primiero at mdx.ac.uk>

* Killer robots : Noel Sharkey <noel at dcs.shef.ac.uk>

* Learning, gesture and interaction : Marco Gillies <m.gillies at gold.ac.uk>

* Live algorithms : Tim Blackwell <tim at timblackwell.com>

* New Frontiers in Human-Robot Interaction: 
Kerstin Dautenhahn <K.Dautenhahn at herts.ac.uk>

* New perspectives on colour : Kate Devlin <k.devlin at gold.ac.uk>

* Questions, discourse and dialogue: 20 years 
after Making it Explicit: Rodger Kibble 
<r.kibble at gold.ac.uk>

* Reconceptualising mental illness: Joel.Parthemore at semiotik.lu.se

* Representation of reality: humans, animals and 
machines: raffa.giovagnoli at tiscali.it

* Robotics and Language : Katerina Pastra <kpastra at csri.gr>

* Sex with Robots: davidlevylondon at yahoo.com

* Varieties of Enactivism : Mario Eduardo 
Villalobos <M.E.Villalobos at sms.ed.ac.uk>

* Virtual Worlds & Ecosystems : Frederic Leymarie <ffl at gold.ac.uk>
11.  Fourth ACT-R Spring School and Master Class 2014, April 7-12, 2014
      applications due 27 jan 2014

Organizers: Niels Taatgen, Hedderik van Rijn, Jelmer Borst and Stefan Wierda

University of Groningen, Netherlands

April 7-12, 2013 [2014]

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, 2011 and 2013, the
University of Groningen will host a spring school and master class.

Spring School

Participants will follow a compressed five-day version of the
traditional summer school curriculum. The standard curriculum is
structured as a set of six units, of which we will cover five 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. The last day will be devoted to discussions and presentations
by participants. Computing facilities will be provided or attendees
can bring their own laptop on which the ACT-R software will be

To provide an optimal learning environment, admission is limited.
Prospective participants should submit an application by January 27,
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 3.

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.

Participation in the Master Class is open to all who have some
prerequisite ACT-R experience through prior Summer or Spring
schools. Please also register before January 27th.

PRIM/Actransfer tutorial

For those interested in modeling transfer, a tutorial will be offered
about the new Actransfer extension to ACT-R. See
http://www.ai.rug.nl/~niels/actransfer.html for more information.

Registrations fees and housing

Registration fee: Euro 200

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


To apply to the 2014 Spring School or Master Class, send an email to
Hedderik van Rijn (hedderik at van-rijn.org) and attach the requested
documents before January 27, 2014.


11b. Numerous books to review

If you would like to review a book, there are several books recently
published that their publishers would give you a copy to facilitate a
review in a magazine or journal.

If you are interested, email me and I'll foward you to the publisher.

Game Analytics: Maximizing the Value of Player Data [Hardcover]
Magy Seif El-Nasr, Anders Drachen, Alessandro Canossa (Eds)

How to build a brain, A Neural Architecture for Biological Cognition
Chris Eliasmith, OUP.

Minding Norms: Mechanisms and dynamics of social order in agent societies
Rosaria Conte, Giulia Andrighetto, and Marco Campennì (eds)

Social Emotions in Nature and Artifact
Jonathan Gratch and Stacy Marsella (eds).

Running Behavioral studies with human participants
Ritter, Kim, Morgan, & Carlson, Sage

12. Call for papers: Mental model ascription by 
intelligent agents, in Interaction Studies
      14 jan 2014 deadline

Call for Papers

Interaction Studies: Special Issue on Mental Model Ascription by
Intelligent Agents

Mental model ascription, otherwise known as "mindreading", involves
inferring features of another human or artificial agent that cannot be
directly observed, such as that agent's beliefs, plans, goals,
intentions, personality traits, mental and emotional states, and
knowledge about the world. This capability is an essential
functionality of intelligent agents if they are to engage in
sophisticated collaborations with people. The computational modeling
of mindreading offers an excellent opportunity to explore the
interactions of cognitive capabilities, such as high-level perception
(including language understanding and vision), theory of mind,
decision-making, inferencing, reasoning under uncertainty, plan
recognition and memory management. Contributions are sought that will
advance our understanding of mindreading, with priority being given to
algorithmic and implemented (or under implementation) approaches that
address the practical necessity of computing prerequisite inputs. This
volume was inspired by successful workshops at CogSci 2012 (Modeling
the Perception of Intentions) and CogSci 2013 (Mental Model Ascription
by Language-Enabled Intelligent Agents).

The deadline for submissions is January 14, 2014. Submission
requirements and instructions can be found at
http://benjamins.com/#catalog/journals/is/submission. Please address
questions to the special edition editor, Marge McShane, at
mcsham2 at rpi.edu.

13. Publication policy for Advances in Cognitive Systems [Journal]

Advances in Cognitive Systems (http://www.cogsys.org/) is a new
electronic journal, now in its second year, that publishes
contributions in the original spirit of AI, which aimed to explain the
mind in computational terms and reproduce the entire range of human
cognition in computational artifacts.

Advances in Cognitive Systems is associated with an annual conference
of the same name, the first instance of which took place last December.
The second volume of the journal served as the electronic proceedings
of that meeting. I am writing to tell about a new policy that alters the
relationship between journal and conference slightly:

- Authors are still welcome to submit papers for publication either
    to the electronic journal or to the annual conference.

- If a journal submission (16 pages) is received at least one month
    before the conference deadline and is accepted for publication,
    its authors will be invited to present a talk at the conference.

- If a long submission (16 pages) to the conference is accepted
    for presentation at the meeting, it may either be included in the
    annual proceedings or be invited to appear in the journal.

- If a short submission (8 pages) to the conference is accepted
    for presentation at the meeting, it will be included in the annual
    proceedings but not in the journal.

This policy should spread submissions across the year, giving
more flexibility to authors and reducing the load on reviewers while
letting more researchers present their results at the conference.

You can find more details at http://www.cogsys.org/instructions/ and
in the call for papers to the Annual Conference on Advances in Cognitive
Systems, which should be available shortly.


Pat Langley, Editor
Advances in Cognitive Systems

14. Editor change at J. of Interaction Science, and call for papers

Dr. Ray Adams has resigned as editor in chief.  The editorial director
at Springer, Beverley Ford, asked me to serve as the sole
editor-in-chief.  It is not an easy job to fill Ray's shoes but with
the help of colleagues and great editors, we are working as a team and
we are up to the job.

The good news is that after a slow start, JoIS is very close to the
first issue.

As soon as one more paper has been accepted after peer review, we will
be online.  We are always looking for submissions and expecially right
now: Would you share the journal address with potential authors ?

Many thanks!

Best wishes,

Professor Susanne Bahr and I would like to tell you that our dynamic,
new "high-impact" journal, the "Journal of Interaction Science" will
be published by Springer next year.

We would also like to invite you to contribute a paper to our Journal,
possibly on how to introduce more rigour into interaction design.

The Journal of Interaction Science (JoIS) has a unique focus to
promote research based on:

Scientific approaches to interaction design, The use of interaction
paradigms for fundamental research in human and computer centred
sciences The use of computer science to support scientific research.
On the one hand, our scope is narrowly focused specifically on
promoting scientific HCI; on the other hand, it is broadly focused,
being designed to attract a wide audience and research by the large
number of human-centred scientists who do not consider current HCI
journals to be sufficiently relevant to them. Interaction science and
focuses on the integration of the study of people, with that of
artifacts and the sciences involved.

We are looking for significant, scientific papers that report
empirical results, substantial new theories, methodological
innovations and important meta-analyses.

With best wishes,

Susanne Bahr

Gisela Susanne Bahr, Associate Professor Florida Institute of Technology
Ph.D. Experimental Psychology - Cognition
ABD Ph.D. Computer Sciences
Editor in Chief  Journal of Interaction Science
School of Psychology, Florida Institute of Technology
Melbourne, Florida 32901-6975
gbahr at fit.edu,  321.674.8104

15. IEEE SMC: Transactions on Human-Machine Systems seeking papers

IEEE Systems Man and Cybernetics Society has a journal, IEEE SMC:
Transactions on Human-Machine Systems.  This used to be IEEE SMC:
Part C: Applications & Reviews, but has recently been rebadged.

It is asking its editorial board to ask others to submit high quality
papers.  So, I'm noting to you that many of you will find that your
research, I believe, fits into this journal.

Details are available at:



[If you have questions, please PM me, email me, see me in the hall, or
call. -Frank]

16. Nat. Inst. on Dis. and Rehabilitation Res., for Computer Scientists

[There may be some proposal calls in here.  This announcement is not
itself a call, but a pointer to an area.  I have a lot of time for
Clayton, and while I don't know about this much, I know him and there
is at least an audience if not money.]

From: "Lewis, Clayton (Contractor)" <Clayton.Lewis at ed.gov>
To: Clayton Lewis <clayton.lewis at colorado.edu>
Date: Wed, 8 May 2013 16:09:49 -0500
Subject: NIDRR for Computer Scientists

In 2011 I began working as a consultant to the National Institute on
Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), helping to develop an
initiative on cloud computing for people with disabilities (NIDRR
provided early funding for the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure,
gpii.net, of which you may have heard). In that role I've become aware
that there are significant needs and opportunities for computer
science research in support of NIDRR's goals, but not many computer
scientists know about NIDRR and its programs.

I'm writing to you to call your attention to these opportunities,
including a brand new announcement on funding for research on
inclusive cloud and web computing, . I've attached a writeup, " NIDRR
for Computer Scientists". Please pass it along to any colleagues who
may be interested.

NIDRR for Computer Scientists.

What is NIDRR? NIDRR (the National Institute on Disability and
Rehabilitation Research) is an agency within the US Department of
Education that funds about $110M of research per year (of course this
amount varies) aimed at improving the lives of people with
disabilities.  Why am I writing this? I'm a long-time computer science
faculty member at the University of Colorado, Boulder. In 2011 I began
working as a consultant to NIDRR, helping to develop an initiative on
cloud computing for people with disabilities (NIDRR provided early
funding for the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure, gpii.net, of
which you may have heard). In that role I've become aware that there
are significant needs and opportunities for computer science research
in support of NIDRR's goals, but not many computer scientists know
about NIDRR and its programs.

Why should computer scientists be interested in NIDRR? As information
and communication technologies become important in more aspects of
life, and as the ability of these technologies to provide useful
assistance grows, there are more and more opportunities for computer
science research to contribute to NIDRR's programs. Cloud computing,
data integration and data analytics for service effectiveness
improvement, recognition technology, social software, accessible and
autonomous transportation systems, natural language processing, and
configurable user interface technology all have a role in enabling
people with disabilities to participate in society more fully and
independently.  In a typical year NIDRR funds a wide range of
projects, from multi-year research and engineering centers, aimed at
designated aspects of disability research, to smaller "field
initiated" projects proposed by investigators. If you are not already
active in disability research, your chances of success will likely be
greater if you collaborate with other investigators who have knowledge
of and experience in disability research, though you are free to apply
on your own. Many of NIDRR's peer reviewers are disability
researchers, and of course must judge that proposals are well
conceived as contributions to that field.  Proposals that represent
excellent computer science, but are weak in connecting to the needs of
people with disabilities, are unlikely to be competitive.

Collaboration can solve this problem.  You could develop
such collaboration in more than one way. You could approach local
colleagues who have the necessary experience, or you could reach out
to investigators nationally who work on problems to which the
computing technology on which you work could be relevant. For
NIDRR-funded projects, current and completed, there is a convenient
search facility at http://www.naric.com/?q=en/ProgramDatabase, where
you can find projects whose descriptions mention your institution or
your state, or particular topics of interest to you. Here are some
professional associations that publish papers on technology and
disability that you can explore to see who is doing what on the
national and international scene:

ACM Special Interest Group on Accessible Computing (SIGACCESS),
proceedings searchable at

IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society and IEEE Systems,
Man, and Cybernetics Society, publications searchable in the IEEE
Xplore Digital Library (http://ieeexplore.ieee.org);

The Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Association of North
America (RESNA), proceedings at

Another good way to familiarize yourself with NIDRR and its programs
is to serve as a reviewer.  NIDRR is always looking for peer reviewers
with a variety of specific subject-matter expertise. See
for more information.


How can I find out more about NIDRR funding programs? NIDRR has a nice
Web resource for potential applicants at
http://www2.ed.gov/programs/nidrr/applyingforanidrrgrant.html.  This
includes a summary of its programs, and suggestions about how to track
new funding opportunities as they arise.

What NIDRR programs are likely to be of most interest to computer
scientists? Field Initiated Projects can address any of a wide range
of issues relating to people with disabilities, including development
of new technologies, employment, independent living, and medical
rehabilitation, for any disability populations, with a wide range of
research approaches.  Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects
are invited to address particular topic areas, or "priorities", and an
increasing number of these include topics in computer science. NIDRR
also participates in the SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research)

How do I apply? The Web resource mentioned above,
http://www2.ed.gov/programs/nidrr/applyingforanidrrgrant.html , has
detailed information for applicants, including tips on writing a
strong proposal.

How does NIDRR evaluate proposals? NIDRR uses a peer review
process. Unlike NSF, but like NIH, NIDRR evaluation is based on
numeric scoring guided by a rubric, so it is very important that all
proposal requirements are carefully addressed. Here, too,
collaboration with an experienced disability researcher can be a big

Being at NIDRR has made me a big fan of the agency and the
contributions its grantees have made and are making. I hope you'll
investigate the opportunities NIDRR offers for computer scientists to
participate in this important and satisfying work. Please let me know
if I can help.

Sincerely, Clayton Lewis, NIDRR Consultant

17. New Perspectives on the Psychology of Understanding
     Letters of Intent due March 1, 2014

New Perspectives on the Psychology of Understanding. Fordham
University, with the support of a grant from the John Templeton
Foundation, invites proposals for the "New Perspectives on the
Psychology of Understanding" funding initiative. Our aim is to
encourage research from both new and established scholars working on
projects related to understanding in its many forms.

This $1.2 million RFP is intended to support empirical work in
cognitive, developmental, educational, and other areas of psychology.
Proposals can request between $50,000 and $225,000 for projects not to
exceed two years in duration. We intend to make 7-8 awards.


   Letters of Intent due March 1, 2014
   Invited full proposals due April 15, 2014

For more information, visit: www.varietiesofunderstanding.com

All questions should be directed to: psychology at varietiesofunderstanding.com

Psychology Director - Tania Lombrozo, Assistant Professor of
Psychology, University of California, Berkeley

Project Leader - Stephen Grimm, Associate Professor of Philosophy,
Fordham University

Research begins July 1, 2014

18. Cognitive scientist to co-host TV show [!]


Science is about to change the world. [!]  Professor Stephen Hawking
examines cutting-edge breakthroughs and their implications for the
future in STEPHEN HAWKING'S BRAVE NEW WORLD. The six-part, original
Canadian series returns for a second season, premiering Friday,
November 15 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT on Discovery World. Hawking is
joined by a crack team of scientists - including Dr. Carin Bondar and
Professor Chris Eliasmith from Canada, Dr. Daniel Kraft from the U.S.,
and Professor Jim Al-Khalili and Dr. Aarathi Prasad from the U.K. They
travel the world to investigate the latest innovations, from gecko
skin-like material with adhesive qualities that mimic Spiderman's
ability to scale buildings; to realistic digital avatars and the
latest gaming technology that will change the face of the
entertainment industry; to a 3D printer that can generate live human
tissue; and a Canadian innovation using submarines for deep space

[Haven't had something this to announce before. These aired in the
  Fall in Canada. There are several more episodes, and will appear, I
  believe, in the US (Scienc Discovery) and around the world (National
  Geographic Channel), and other locations later.]

19. Minding Norms, and Social Emotions, two new books

Two new books have been published in the Oxford Series on Cognitive
Models and Architectures:

   Minding Norms: Mechanisms and dynamics of social order in agent
   societies Rosaria Conte, Giulia Andrighetto, and Marco Campennì (eds)

   Social Emotions in Nature and Artifact, Jonathan Gratch and Stacy
   Marsella (eds).

A flyer describing them and the series, offering a 20% discount

20. Cambridge U. Press, Winter Sale 2013, 20% off.

Cambridge U. Press also has a 20% discount going.

21. Assistant or Associate Professor, College of IST

The College of Information Sciences and Technology at The Pennsylvania
State University is a College that emphasizes a) systems-level
thinking to approach global, societal problems, b) multiple
methodologies in the pursuit of interdisciplinary research and design,
and c) active, collaborative learning to support transformative
teaching. To learn more about our vision, mission, goals, structure,
faculty and students, please go to http://ist.psu.edu. We are
searching to fill multiple positions at the Assistant or Associate
Professor level in our ranks of tenure-track faculty members, who will
assist our college in attaining its goals in education, research and
service to the community. The College has strengths in six key areas
including: 1) Computational Informatics and Science; 2) Organizational
Informatics; 3) Social Policy, Economics and Informatics; 4) Human-
Computer Interaction; 5) Cognition and Networked Intelligent Systems
and 6) Security, Privacy and Informatics.

We seek applicants who show clear evidence that they will become or
are leading scholars and premier teachers in their fields and are
interested in being part of a vibrant, civil and diverse academic
community. Although we welcome applications from a broad variety of
areas that match the research interests in the college, we are
particularly interested in applicants who would like to pursue
research and teaching in the following areas: 1) Enterprise
Architecture; 2) Biomedical/Health Informatics; 3) Computational
Informatics; 4) Security & Risk Analysis. We are interested in
applicants who approach these areas from either a social, cognitive,
or computational perspective or a combination of these perspectives.

Qualified candidates are invited to submit their curriculum vitae,
summary of research and teaching plans, as well as the contact
information of four persons who will write letters of recommendations
at http://recruit.ist.psu.edu. For questions, please contact
Dr. Prasenjit Mitra, Faculty Search Committee Chair, 313F IST
Building, College of Information Sciences and Technology, The
Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802-6823 or via
email facsearch at ist.psu.edu.

Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2013
[informal enquiries to David Reitter or to me]

22. [Comp-neuro] Faculty positions at Imperial College London

Date: Tue, 10 Dec 2013 10:32:13 +0000
From: Simon Schultz <s.schultz at imperial.ac.uk>
Subject: [Comp-neuro] Faculty positions at Imperial College London

There is currently an open round for Lecturers/Senior Lecturers (US
equivalent Assistant/Associate Professors) in the Department of
Bioengineering at Imperial College London. I would like to encourage
applications in the area of neurotechnology, and particularly
translational/clinical neurotechnology, to apply for this round. We
have recently been awarded a £10M EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training
in Neurotechnology, which will award approximately fourteen 4-year PhD
studentships per year.  Successful faculty applicants in this area
would become members of the new Imperial College Centre for
Lecturers/Senior Lecturers (open call), Imperial College, Bioengineering

Imperial College London - Department of Bioengineering
Lecturer salary range £45,040 to £50,190 pa
Senior Lecturer minimum salary £55,340 pa

Due to rapid growth and the strategic importance of the discipline of
bioengineering at Imperial College London, the Department of
Bioengineering wishes to appoint a number of individuals at Lecturer
or Senior Lecturer grade. This is an open call in which we are
looking for outstanding candidates in any field of Bioengineering.
Additionally, as the department is making multiple appointments for
strategic reasons, it particularly welcomes applications from
individuals working in one of the two areas listed below:

  * Regenerative Medicine/Tissue Engineering
  * Bioengineering of cancer detection,
    diagnosis, pathogenesis and/or treatment

Candidates should have an advanced degree (PhD or equivalent) in an
appropriate science or engineering discipline and will have
demonstrated an ability to generate and execute research at an
internationally-leading level. Evidence of teaching at all levels is
also required.

Professor Anthony Bull:
telephone 020 7594 5186

Closing date: 05 January 2014.

23. Lecturer and research Position (Assistent/in) 
in Neuro-Robotics, TU/Chemnitz

Lecturer and research Position (Assistent/in) in Neuro-Robotics
Lecturer and research Position (Akademische/r Assistent/in) in Neuro-Robotics

The position is available at Chemnitz University of Technology in the
Department of Computer Science within the Professorship of Artificial
Intelligence. It requires teaching and research.  Teaching is required
about 4 hours per week within the semester and involves lectures and
exercises in robotics and neuro-robotics as well as exercises in
artificial intelligence or image processing.

The candidate is expected to contribute to research in neuro-robotics,
e.g. to develop brain inspired models of motor or cognitive processes
run on robotic platforms. He or she should have a PhD in computer
science or related fields, e.g.  electrical engineering. Prior
experience in robotics or neuro-computational modeling is
advantageous. Good English language skills are necessary. Good German
is initially not required, but the candidate should have an interest
to learn the German language.

[This is true, it is useful to know some or all German or a German
when living in Chemnitz!]

We offer a stimulating international and interdisciplinary
environment. Available and recently ordered robotic platforms include
an iCub head, two Nao, a Koala with stereo pan-tilt vision and several
K-Junior V2 robots.

The salary is according to German standards (E 13 TV-L or A 13). The
position is initially for 4 years, but can be extended. The starting
date is April 2014 or earlier.

Chemnitz is the third-largest city of the state of Saxony and close to
scenic mountains. Major cities nearby are Leipzig and Dresden with a
rich tradition of music and culture.

Further details (in German) can be found here:

Applications should be sent by email (preferably in PDF format) to
(fred.hamker at informatik.tu-chemnitz.de).

The deadline was on 30.09.2013, but applications will be considered
until the position is filled.  In addition to a CV the candidate
should provide an overview of his planned research for the next 4

24. Director of Human MRI Facility, Penn State

NEUROSCIENCE, Director of Human MRI Facility

The Department of Psychology at Penn State, http://psych.la.psu.edu/
is recruiting for a neuroscientist (associate professor or professor)
who also will serve as Director of the Human MRI Facility at the
Social, Life, and Engineering Sciences Imaging Center, or SLEIC

The substantive focus of research is open; expertise in advanced data
analysis techniques for fMRI data is welcome, but not required. The
Director will affiliate with one or more of the Department's graduate
program areas (cognitive, developmental, social, clinical, and
industrial/organizational psychology). Rich opportunities exist for
collaboration across the department and across the campus, including a
range of centers such as the Center for Language Science
(http://cls.psu.edu/), the Child Study Center
(http://csc.psych.psu.edu/), and the Center for Brain, Behavior, and
Cognition (http://www.huck.psu.edu/center/brain-behavior-cognition).
The Director position is co-funded by the Social Science Research
Institute (http://www.ssri.psu.edu/).

Candidates are expected to have a record of excellence in research and
teaching, and a history of external funding. Review of applications
for the position begins immediately and will continue until the
position is filled.  Candidates should submit a letter of application
including concise statements of research and teaching interests, a CV,
and selected (p) reprints. Letters of recommendation will be requested
from applicants selected as finalists.

Electronic submission is strongly preferred; please submit materials
at http://www.la.psu.edu/facultysearch/ If unable to submit
electronically, mail materials to the Neuroscience Faculty Search
Committee - Box A, Department of Psychology, Penn State, University
Park, PA 16802. Questions regarding the application process and the
position can be emailed to Judy Bowman, jak8 at psu.edu and questions
regarding the position can be sent to Sheri Berenbaum sab31 at psu.edu,
Chair.  We especially encourage applications from individuals of
diverse backgrounds. Employment will require successful completion of
background check(s) in accordance with University policies.  Penn
State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the
diversity of its workforce.

25. U. of Iowa- Assistant Professor Positions, CS
     1 jan 2014 applications get full consideration

Pending final budget approval, the Computer Science Department seeks
three tenure-track faculty at the level of assistant professor
starting August of 2014 as part of a new institution-wide initiative
in informatics. The new initiative is intended to strengthen expertise
and infrastructure in informatics, more specifically, data analytics,
systems software, machine learning, theory and algorithms, embedded
systems, networks and smart sensors, computer graphics and
visualization as well as areas that bridge core informatics to other
disciplines.  Areas of particular interest in this first round of
hiring include i) machine learning, ii) data science and
visualization, and iii) device and network centric
software. Applications received by January 1, 2014, are assured of
full consideration.

Education Requirement:

Candidates must hold a PhD in computer science, informatics, or a
closely related discipline.  Appointments will be made within the
Computer Science Department, which offers BA, BS, MCS, and PhD degrees
in computer science, and BA and BS degrees in Informatics.

Required Qualifications:

Duties include conducting externally funded research in the
candidate's area of expertise, teaching undergraduate and graduate
computer science and/or informatics courses, supervising graduate
student research, and making service contributions to the Department,
the College, the University, and the discipline. Successful candidates
must demonstrate potential for research and teaching excellence in the
environment of a major research university, and will be expected to
participate in collaborative research as part of the interdisciplinary
informatics initiative.

Desirable Qualifications:

Demonstrated interest in solving interdisciplinary problems, the
ability to work with interdisciplinary teams, and prior teaching

Both the Department and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are
strongly committed to gender and ethnic diversity; the strategic plans
of the University, College, and Department reflect this
commitment. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Applications
should contain a CV, research and teaching statements, and three
letters of recommendation. Apply at

From: Juan Pablo Hourcade <jpablo at ACM.ORG>

26. Rowan U., associate professor level in neuroscience

[From a former PSU grad student:]

I am now a faculty member at Rowan University (in Glassboro, NJ -
about 30 minutes south of Philadelphia).

We are actively searching for an associate professor level
neuroscience person.  The ad will also accommodate an assistant
professor level person.

The job description is located at:

Please distribute it among your former students.  (In the coming
years, I anticipate that we will be searching for again for
neuroscience people).

Tabbetha A. Dobbins     dobbins at rowan.edu   856-256-4366
Department of Physics & Astronomy
Rowan University

27. Wright State,  Assistant Professor in Human Cognitive Neuroscience

The Psychology Department at Wright State University seeks applicants
for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Human Cognitive

Please forward the following link to eligible candidates.

Thank you!

Ion Juvina, Ph.D., ion.juvina at wright.edu
Psychology, Wright State University

28. Post doctoral position in systems neuroscience and connectivity modeling
      Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA

Post doctoral position in systems neuroscience and connectivity modeling.

Funding sources:  PA; Tobacco Settlement Fund; Social Science
Research Institute, University Park
Duration: 2 years

We are seeking a highly motivated Postdoctoral Fellow in the area of
clinical/cognitive neuroscience, brain imaging, and network
modeling. The successful candidate will work in collaboration with
Dr. Hillary in Psychology, Dr. Reka Albert of Physics and Dr.  Peter
Molenaar in Human Development and Family Studies focusing on time
series analysis, graph theory, and connectivity modeling of human
brain imaging data (high density EEG, BOLD fMRI).

The primary responsibility of this position is to facilitate ongoing
research examining neural plasticity after severe traumatic brain
injury in humans. There is also keen interest for this position to
support the development of novel methods for understanding plasticity
from a systems neuroscience perspective.  This includes prospective
data collection as well as analysis of existing data sets. Current lab
goals aim to integrate: 1) signal processing (i.e., non-stationarity
in time series data; cross-frequency coupling), 2) large scale
connectivity analysis (e.g., graph theory), 3) machine learning, and
4) novel methods isolating regions of interest.

A Doctorate (M.D. and/or Ph.D.) degree is required or anticipated in
the calendar year.  Excellent verbal and written communication skills
and a background in computational modeling (broadly defined) is
required and programming experience is preferred.

Please send a CV, cover letter, and the names and contact information
for three references to fhillary at psu.edu and make sure to attach a [CV?].


   fhillary at psu.edu
   Frank G. Hillary, PhD
   Associate Professor of Psychology

29. Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Wright State

Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Research Assistant in Human Factors
in Surgical Simulation and Training Department of Biomedical,
Industrial and Human Factors Engineering Wright State University

We are seeking a highly qualified postdoctoral research associates and
a research assistant to perform research in surgical simulation and
training. This multidisciplinary research involves engineers and
physicians from Wright State University, Miami Valley Hospital, and
other medical institutions in Ohio.  Successful candidates will hold
one-year appointments, renewable pending availability of funds.

Job Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate

1. Earned Ph.D. degree in human factors engineering, experimental
psychology, biomedical engineering, computer science, or equivalent,
with an interest in medical devices and systems design, virtual
reality simulation, haptics, and/or human performance evaluation and
training.  2. Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively
on research projects.  3. Excellent communication skills, both verbal
and written.  4. Experience in conducting research with human and
animal subjects, using both quantitative and qualitative
methodologies, and the IRB and IACUC process.  5. Experience with
virtual or augmented reality, haptic devices, HCI and UI design,
programming in C, C++, OpenGL, and statistical data analysis packages
such as SAS, SPSS, or R.  6. Ability to prioritise tasks, manage team
members, and disseminate results in a timely manner.


1. Conduct literature review.  2. Conduct field studies and controlled
laboratory experiments in the hospital operating room, animal labs,
and simulation labs.  3. Perform task analysis, cognitive task
analysis, work domain analysis, etc. of the surgical environment and
of emerging surgical techniques.  4. Manage project activities and
team members 5. Assist in writing grant proposals and developing
research ideas.  6. Develop and design data acquisition apparatus and
measurement protocols.  7. Co-author conference papers and
peer-reviewed journal papers.

To submit an application: https://jobs.wright.edu/postings/7173

30. Postdoc in modeling with Townsend & Wenger

The Laboratory for Mathematical Psychology at Indiana University (Jim
Townsend) and the Visual Neuroscience Laboratory at the University of
Oklahoma (Michael Wenger) seek a postdoctoral researcher in cognitive
modeling and experimental psychology.  This position is funded by the
National Science Foundation. This person will be in residence at
Indiana University and will be responsible for assisting Drs.
Townsend and Wenger on a three-year project titled "Building a
Unified Theory-Driven Methodology for Identification of Elementary
Cognitive Systems."  Duties will include overseeing graduate
students, undergraduate RAs, and technical assistants; planning and
carrying out experiments; data analysis; model testing; and preparing
manuscripts for publication.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in a relevant field; background in
cognitive modeling, mathematical statistics, and experimental
behavioral science; demonstrated scientific expertise, with
publications in refereed journals; extensive experience in
experimental design and development; ability to create quantitative
models of cognitive processing; solid programming skills, preferably
with R, Matlab, and Python; experience writing grants and manuscripts;
ability to work and lead in a team environment.; ability to work
independently on designated projects.; and demonstrated interpersonal

The position begins as soon as it is filled and is a one-year
appointment. Renewals for a second and third year are possible and
are contingent on availability of funds, satisfactory performance,
acceptable progress in carrying out the assigned duties, and mutual
agreement. This is a 100% appointment. Initial salary is $40,000/year.

Please submit a cover letter including a statement of career goals
(one paragraph), curriculum vitae, publications, and contact
information of three references.  Please send these materials to:
Michael Wenger, (mjw327 at cornell.edu) / (michael.j.wenger at ou.edu)
Center for Applied Social Research, The University of Oklahoma, 3100
Monitor Avenue, Suite 100, Norman OK 73019.

M. J. Wenger, Ph.D.
Visiting Professor
Division of Nutritional Sciences
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14850

Department of Psychology
Graduate Program in Cellular and Behavioral Neurobiology
The University of Oklahoma
Norman OK 73019

phone: (405) 325-3846
e-mail: michael.j.wenger at ou.edu / mjw327 at cornell.edu
web: https://sites.google.com/site/ouvnlab

31. Post-PhD Opportunities for US citizens at Fort Belvoir, VA
       deadline 1 feb 2014

We are currently looking for four USA citizens with specific technical
expertise to place them at Defense Threat Reduction Agency, DTRA,
located in Fort Belvoir within the next few months. Candidates must be
eligible for attaining a security clearance. The positions are in
Thrust Areas 2, 3, 4 and 5.

Post-Doctoral Research PIPELINE for Fellows Program

The objective of this fellowship program is to establish and sustain a
long-term process through which Penn State University will develop and
execute a Post- Doctoral Research PIPELINE for Fellows Program to
address critical scientific, technology and engineering needs for
reducing the threat from Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD).  This
project will enable DTRA to utilize mission-critical expertise
possessed by highly qualified faculty and graduate students (nearing
completion of their degree) who hold doctoral or terminal professional
degrees in relevant scientific, technical and engineering
disciplines. Post-Doctoral / Masters Fellows will be selected based
upon their responsive ability to enhance the joint DTRA-Strategic
Partnership mission requirements.  Key science and technology skills
include: nuclear and radiation physics; weapons engineering;
structural, electrical and mechanical engineering; broad-based
nano-technological engineering and applications; weapons effects and
system response technologies; physics, chemistry and biological
sciences related to detection, characterization and destruction of WMD
materials; medical and pharmaceutical sciences; information
technology, modeling, data visualization and advanced computational
sciences; social, adversarial and behavioral modeling, science and

[Email jbm18 at psu.edu for an application, some hard science background
required, but this is in my experience, more looking for intelligence
in the applicant than calculus, per se]

Application deadline is 02/01/2014 by email.

Further Details

For qualified candidate, this opportunity would provide the following
to a US citizen, capable of obtaining a security clearance at the
Secret level, to spend one year working at DTRA (Fort Belvior):

  $83,664 annual salary, includes a $1,000 monthly living allowance

  $6,000 Domestic Travel allowance

Specifically, the Research and Development Directorate, Basic and
Applied Sciences Department (J9-BA) is looking to fill one position in
each of the following thrust areas:

TA2 = Cognitive and Information Science: Description: The basic
science of cognitive and information science results from the
convergence of computer, information, mathematical, network,
cognitive, and social science. This research thrust expands our
understanding of physical and social networks and advances knowledge
of adversarial intent with respect to the acquisition, proliferation,
and potential use of WMD. The methods may include analytical,
computational or numerical, or experimental means to integrate
knowledge across disciplines and improve rapid processing of
intelligence and dissemination of information.  Education: The
candidate should have a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering/Physics.  The
candidate should have a strong background in power systems and control
theory. Knowledge of nuclear weapons effects a plus. [!]

[this has been filled by information science in the past, and relvent
BSEE to cogsci might find the other positions attainable]

TA3 = Science for Protection: Description Basic science for protection
involves advancing knowledge to protect life and life-sustaining
resources and networks.  Protection includes threat containment,
decontamination, threat filtering, and shielding of systems. The
concept is generalized to include fundamental investigations that
reduce consequences of WMD, assist in the restoration of
life-sustaining functions and support forensic science.  Education:
The candidate should have a Ph.D. in Physical Sciences such as
electrical engineering, materials science, nuclear physics, solid
state physics or related discipline. A background including coursework
or research in nuclear science is desired

TA 4 = Science to Defeat WMD: Description: Basic science to defeat WMD
involves furthering the understanding of explosives, their detonation
and problems associated with accessing the target WMDs. This research
thrust includes the creation of new energetic molecules/materials that
enhance the defeat of WMDs, the improvement of modeling, and
simulation of these materials and various phenomena that affect
success and estimate the impact of defeat actions, and investigation
of novel methods that may yield order-of-magnitude improvements in
energy and energy release rate.  Education: The candidate should have
a PhD in Material Science, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics,
Chemical Physics, Computational Physics, Mechanical Engineering, or
Materials Engineering.

TA5 = Science to Secure WMD: Description: Basic science to support
securing WMD includes: (a) environmentally responsible innovative
processes to neutralize chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear,
or explosive (CBRNE) materials and components; (b) discovery of
revolutionary means to secure components and weapons; and (c) studies
of scientific principles that lead to novel physical or other tags and
methods to monitor compliance and disrupt proliferation pathways. The
identification of basic phenomena that provide verifiable controls on
materials and systems also helps arms control.  Education: The
candidate should have a Ph.D. in one of the fields of physical or life

Jan Mahar Sturdevant, jbm18 at psu.edu
Professor of Practice
College of IST, Penn State

32. PhD program, Applied Cognitive and Brain Sciences (ACBS), Drexel
       [closed, but will be interesting next year]

From: Chris Sims <Chris.Sims at drexel.edu>
To: "cvnet at mail.ewind.com" <cvnet at mail.ewind.com>, comp-neuro at neuroinf.org,
         visionlist at visionscience.com

The Applied Cognitive and Brain Sciences (ACBS) program at Drexel
University invites applications for Ph.D. students to begin in the
Fall of 2014.  Faculty research interests in the ACBS program span the
full range from basic to applied science in Cognitive Psychology,
Cognitive Neuroscience, and Cognitive Engineering, with particular
faculty expertise in computational modeling and
electrophysiology. Accepted students will work closely with their
mentor in a research-focused setting, housed in a newly-renovated,
state-of-the-art facility featuring spacious graduate student offices
and collaborative workspaces. Graduate students will also have the
opportunity to collaborate with faculty in Clinical Psychology, the
School of Biomedical Engineering and Health Sciences, the College of
Computing and Informatics, the College of Engineering, the School of
Medicine, and the University's new Expressive and Creative Interaction
Technologies (ExCITe) Center.

Specific faculty members seeking graduate students, and possible
research topics are below.

* Chris Sims, Drexel Laboratory for Adaptive Cognition
   - Visual memory and perceptual expertise
   - Decision-making under uncertainty and learning from feedback
   - Sensorimotor control and coordination
   - Computational models of cognition

* Dan Mirman, Language and Cognitive Dynamics Laboratory
   - Recognition, comprehension, and production of spoken words
   - Organization and processing of semantic knowledge
   - Computational models of brain and behavior

* John Kounios, Creativity Research Laboratory
   - Cognitive psychology/cognitive neuroscience,
      focusing on human memory, problem solving,
      intelligence, and creativity
   - Specialization in electrophysiological
     methods (EEG, ERP), and other behavioral and
     neuroimaging methods (e.g., fMRI)

For a full list of faculty members in the ACBS

Drexel University is located in the University City and Center City
neighborhoods of Philadelphia, a major metropolitan area with numerous
cultural, medical, educational, and recreational opportunities, as
well as easy access via high speed rail to New York City, Washington,
D.C., and surrounding areas of the Northeast Corridor. Drexel
University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The
College of Arts and Sciences is especially interested in qualified
students who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the
academic community.

To Apply: Applications are now being accepted; the closing
   deadline is Dec 01, 2013.

For complete application instructions, please see the following website:

Chris R. Sims, Ph.D.     Chris.Sims at drexel.edu
Applied Cognitive & Brain Sciences
Department of Psychology
Drexel University
www.pages.drexel.edu/~crs346/       (215) 553-7170

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