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Frank Ritter <[log in to unmask]>
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Frank Ritter <[log in to unmask]>
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This is based on the International Cognitive Modeling Conference
mailing list that I maintain.  I forward messages about twice a year.
(however, this is the fourth one for ICCM 2012.)

The first announcement is driving this email -- the program and
registration information for ICCM 2012 in Berlin.

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


Frank Ritter                 [log in to unmask]

1.  ICCM 2012,  Berlin, 12-15 April 2012, early reg. deadline: 24 Mar 12

2.  ICCM 2012 tutorials program available,  Berlin, 12 April 2012

3.  ACM TiiS special issue on Human Decision Making and Recommender Systems

4.  Cognitive Systems AAAI 2012

5.  Caffine Zone 2, predicts caffeine level app for iOS devices

6.  MindModeling@Home: HPC resource for modeling

7.  Workshop Proposals, KI 2012, Due: March 15 2012

8.  Special issue of Cog Sys Red on Mindreading at ONR, Deadline: 1 Jun 12

9.  Augmented Cognition Technical Group Meeting, Proposals due March 17, 2012

10. Modeling Social Behavior  program at NIH in simulation

11. International Summit on Human Simulation (ISHS) 2012, due: 10 apr 12

12. European Conf. on Cog. Ergonomics (ECCE) 2012, papes due: 2 apr 12

13. International Neural Network Society Conference, papers due: 31 mar 12

14.  BRIMS 2012 schedule available on line

15.  New Journal: Biologically inspired cognitive architectures

16. Post-Doc position at the Naval Sub. Med. Res. Lab. (NSMRL) in Groton, CT.

17. Frymoyer Endowed Chair Professor Position in IST at PSU

18.  post-doc at DTRA managing grants

19.  Two prof. positions in HF/cogpsy (modeling), Wright State U., from 1mar12

20.  PhD position, HrTeam

21.  2 Lectureships at King's College London

22.  PhD Position, University of Osnabrueck Germany

23.  PhD Scholarship at TU Berlin

24.  Professor Position at Technische Universitaet Berlin

25.  Three 1-year Post PhD positions with DTRA (deadline: 1apr12)
       Jan Mahar Sturdevant <[log in to unmask]>

26.   ACT-R Internship at PARC

27.   Jobs at NSF, starting to eval from 1 mar 2012

1.  ICCM 2012,  Berlin, 12-15 April 2012, early reg. deadline: 24 Mar 12

The conference will be held from 13 to 15 April 2012 in Berlin at the
Technische Universitat Berlin (TU/Berlin).  The tutorials will be held
April 12, 2012.  We hope to see you in Berlin!

The program and the registration (early registration: E200 for faculty
and E100 for students) are now available.

The International Conference on Cognitive Modeling (ICCM) is the
premier conference for research on computational models and
computation-based theories of human behavior.  ICCM is a forum for
presenting, discussing, and evaluating the complete spectrum of
cognitive modeling approaches, including connectionism, symbolic
modeling, dynamical systems, Bayesian modeling, and cognitive
architectures. ICCM includes basic and applied research, across a wide
variety of domains, ranging from low-level perception and attention to
higher-level problem-solving and learning.

The chairs are:
    "Nele Russwinkel" <[log in to unmask]>,
    "Uwe Drewitz" <[log in to unmask]>,
    "Hedderik van Rijn" <[log in to unmask]>,
    "Jeronimo Dzaak" <[log in to unmask]>

2.  ICCM 2012 tutorials program available,  Berlin, 12 April 2012

The Tutorials program at the International Conference on Cognitive
Modeling (ICCM) 2012 will be held on 12 April 2012. It 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 modeling. Tutorial topics will be presented in a taught
format and are likely to range from practical guidelines to
theoretical issues or software. Tutorials at ICCM have been held many
times before, and this year's program will be modelled after them and
after the series held at the Cognitive Science Conference.

Tutorials are E10/half-day, or E20 for a whole day.

Developing CLARION-based Agents Using the New CLARION Library
Lynch, Full day (0900-1700)

Heuristic models of judgment and decision-making: Implementations and 
Schooler & Neth, Half-day (afternoon: 1345-1700)

Understanding cognitive processes through language use
Tenbrink, Half-day (afternoon: 1345-1700)

Cog. Robotics: The Symbolic and Sub-symbolic Robotics Intelligence 
Control System
Kelley, Half-day (morning: 0900-1215)

Scaling models of cog. to the world: Complexity-theo. tools for
dealing with intractability van Rooij & Kwisthout, full day

3.  ACM TiiS special issue on Human Decision Making and Recommender Systems

ACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems on HUMAN DECISION
Main submission deadline: February 29th, 2012


A primary function of recommender systems is to help people make good
choices and decisions. But in research on recommender systems,
surprisingly little attention has been devoted to the decision making
processes of users. Instead, it has focused mainly on (a) ways of
eliciting and modeling users' preferences and (b) algorithms for
identifying items that a user is likely to evaluate positively. Even
systems that do explicitly aim to support the decision making process
could benefit from greater use of knowledge about human decision
making. And the growing amount of research on users' interaction with
recommender systems, which aims to enhance their usability and
acceptance, can be expanded to consider support for specific aspects
of decision making.

This special issue will highlight research that explicitly considers
ways in which an understanding of human choice and decision making can
benefit research and practice on recommender systems. The dimensions
listed below indicate the range of work that is relevant to the
special issue. In case of doubt about the relevance of your topic,
please contact the special issue associate editors.


Types of Decision Made by Users of Recommender Systems

- Decisions about items in some domain (e.g., products, documents, ...)
- Decisions about actions performed as part of the domain-level
   decision making process (e.g., what information to divulge or
   to acquire)

Aspects of the Recommendation Process

- Acquiring information about users' preferences
- Modeling users' preferences
- Provision of decision-relevant information
- Presentation and explanation of recommendations
- Adaptation to the interaction context
- Special characteristics of recommendation to groups

Aspects of Human Choice and Decision Making
- What people desire in a decision making process
- Roles of justification and argumentation in decision making
- Descriptive models of choice
- Heuristics and biases
- The nature of preferences
- Temporal aspects of decision making
- Forms of social influence
- Roles of emotion and mood
- Effects of learning from experience
- Negotiation in decision making
- Factors that influence decision making (e.g., culture, mood,
   time pressure ...)

Evaluation Criteria for Recommender Systems
- Decision quality
- Minimization of effort and stress
- Trust and confidence

Nature of the Research Contribution
- Novel functionality inspired by an understanding of human
   decision making
- Empirical results concerning decision making with recommender
- Innovation in research methodology (e.g., concerning ways of
   evaluating recommender systems or observing users' decision
   making processes)

- Alexander Felfernig, Graz University of Technology, Austria
- Francesco Ricci, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
- Li Chen, Hong Kong Baptist University, China
- Giovanni Semeraro, Marco de Gemmis, and Pasquale Lops,
    University of Bari Aldo Moro, Italy

- By February 29th, 2012: Submission of manuscripts
   [late, but query them if interested-fer]
- By May 29th, 2012: Notification about decisions on initial
- By August 27th, 2012: Submission of revised manuscripts
- By October 26th, 2012: Notification about decisions on revised
- By November 26th, 2012: Submission of manuscripts with final
   minor changes
- Starting December, 2012: Publication of the special issue on
   the TiiS website, in the ACM Digital Library, and (shortly
   afterward) as a printed issue

Please see the instructions for authors on the TiiS website (

TiiS (pronounced "T double-eye S") is a recently founded ACM journal for
research about intelligent systems that people interact with.  The
journal's procedures and infrastructure have been designed to combine the
traditional quality and depth of ACM journals with the efficiency and
predictability of the best-run conferences.

4.  Cognitive Systems AAAI 2012

[again, late for submission, but they hope to make this an ongoing

As you might already know, there will be a new special track on
Cognitive Systems at AAAI 2012 following the footsteps of the previous
AAAI Integrated Intelligence track, but with a wider scope and a
particular focus on integrated cognitive systems.  This track also
follows the direction of the recent 2011 AAAI Fall Symposium on Advances
in Cognitive Systems.  The CFP for the track can be viewed here:

The program committee for this special track consists of experts in
cognitive systems to ensure that all papers receive a thorough, fair
expert review.  Thus, we hope that you will find this track a unique
opportunity to disseminate your work in cognitive systems and look
forward to receiving your papers.


James Allen and Matthias Scheutz
Special track co-chairs

5.  Caffine Zone 2, predicts caffeine level app for iOS devices

I'd like to tell you about an iPhone/iPod/iPad app that we created,
Caffeine Zone 2.  Based on entering your caffeine consumption,
Caffeine Zone 2 displays your caffeine level over time.  You can set
the display and alarms for levels of caffeine for optimal cognitive
work, and also caffeine levels too much for optimum cognition and too
much for sleep (these levels come with defaults).  With use you might
adjust your caffeine consumption, and for example, drink more decaf
coffee.  The lite version is free and includes ads, and the paid
version ($0.99) has no ads.

It would be particularly useful for people who have varying sleep
patterns (e.g., shift work), people have trouble falling asleep
because they consume caffeine too close to sleeping, and people who
are interested in the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of

This work was initially created with support from ONR.  It has since
been released by ONR and PSU to a small company to develop it that is
run by Dr. Frank Ritter.  Dr. Kuo-Chuan Yeh (computer science, Penn
State) helped create it.

More information is available at .  The
software can be downloaded from the iTunes store.  A number of free
copies of the software are available for media and for government

Dr. Frank  [log in to unmask] College of Information Sciences and Technology
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA  16802-3857
ph.  (814) 865-4453

6.  MindModeling@Home: HPC resource for modeling

  A Volunteer Computing Resource for Cognitive Science

MindModeling@Home (Beta) is a research project that uses volunteer
computing for the advancement of cognitive science.  The research
focuses on utilizing computational cognitive process modeling to
better understand the human mind. Mindmodeling@Home is most effective
for computing pleasingly parallel, high-throughput computational

Why use MindModeling?

MindModeling@Home provides an infrastructure for executing cognitive
models in parallel resources for quickly evaluating a model under many
different contexts.  The parallelism can be used for speeding up:

   1. Model Optimization
   2. Parameter Interaction or Performance Space Exploration
   3. Model Comparison

1. Contact the MindModeling team at [log in to unmask] and
   request an account.  Please provide a short, succinct description of
   your research, any affiliations, and reasons for wanting to use
   [log in to unmask] has been designed to make it easy to submit
Lisp/ACT-??R models [but I think they will work to support others -fer]

To participate in the MindModeling@Home project as a volunteer and
donate your local desktop/laptop CPU cycles to the project,
   1. visit:
   2. After downloading the BOINC software, you can attach to the
       MindModeling project using the following URL:

Online Documentation & Additional Help

   Note: Online documentation requires an account with
     Or contact the MindModeling team at [log in to unmask]

Suggestions, collaborations, and contributions highly appreciated.


7.  Workshop Proposals, KI 2012, Due: March 15 2012

KI 2012, Saarbrucken, 24-27 September

KI 2012, the 35th German Conference on Artificial Intelligence,
invites original research papers, as well as workshop and tutorial
proposals from all areas of AI, its fundamentals, its algorithms, and
its applications.

Together with the main conference, we aim at organizing a small number
of high-quality workshops suitable for a large percentage of
conference participants, including graduate students as well as
experienced researchers and practitioners.

General Information

Workshops will be free of charge for conference participants and will
be held at the first day of the conference. Both full-day (6 hours)
and half-day (3 hours) workshops are of interest. They should
preferably be given in English.  The KI 2012 conference organizers
will provide logistic support and meeting places for the workshops as
well as determine the dates and times of the workshops.  Working and
teaching material will be printed by the conference
organization. Volumes are limited to a total of 200 pages.

How to Propose a Workshop

Proposals should be prepared in PDF, or plain ASCII (two pages) and
sent by email to the KI 2012 Workshop Chair. Each workshop proposal
should provide the following information:

   * Description of workshop topic and goal. This description should
     discuss the relevance of the suggested topic and its interest to
     the general AI community and the KI 2012 audience.
   * Names and full addresses (including email and web address) of the
     workshop organizer(s). This can be a single person or a group of
     persons. Please indicate the primary contact person for the
     workshop to KI 2012. Strong proposals include organizers who
     bring differing perspectives to the workshop topic and who are
     actively connected to the communities of potential participants.
   * Names and affiliation of the members of the proposed Program Committee.
   * For which areas of AI do you expect to draw participants for your
     workshop and how many participants do you expect? How do you plan
     to invite participants for the workshop?
   * A brief description of the workshop format regarding the mix of
     events such as paper presentations, invited talks, panels,
     demonstrations, and general discussions.
   * Do you expect the workshop to be a full-day workshop or a 
half-day workshop?
   * A list of important dates (submission deadline etc) for the workshop.

Workshop organizers will be responsible for:

   * Producing a call for participation. This call will be posted on
     the KI 2012 website.
   * Organizers are responsible for additional publicity such as
     distributing the call to relevant newsgroups and electronic
     mailing lists, and especially to potential audiences from outside
     the KI conference community.
   * Submissions of the workshop papers will be handled by the
     workshop organizers. Please make sure that you have a proper
     review process.
   * Organizers are encouraged to maintain their own web site with
     updated information about the workshop. This site will be linked
     from the KI 2012 conference site.
   * Coordinating the production of the workshop notes. The workshop
     organizers coordinate the paper collection, production, and
     distribution of the working notes for the workshops.

Important Dates and Information

Proposal deadline:                  March 15, 2012
Notification of acceptance:       April 1, 2012
CFP for the workshops due:        April 15, 2012
Workshop proceedings ready:        September 1, 2012
Workshop date:                September 24, 2012, Saarbrucken

Workshop Chair: Gabriele Kern-Isberner, TU Dortmund,
[log in to unmask]

KI 2012, Saarbrucken, 24-27 September,

8.  Special issue of Cog Sys Red on Mindreading at ONR, Deadline: 1 Jun 12

Mindreading, or the ability to represent and reason about the mental
states of other agents and oneself, is a pervasive part of cognition
that has yet to be deeply explored from a computational perspective.
As a fundamental enabler for language understanding, plan recognition,
cooperation, competition and moral cognition, it follows that detailed
models of mental state attributions are a prerequisite for the
development of a more complete theory of the human mind.  Current
cognitive theories of mindreading are predominantly philosophical in
nature, with empirical work seemingly unable to provide definitive
answers as to which framework might be the most defensible.  Now that
researchers have started to build cognitive models of mental-state
reasoning, it is hoped that computational considerations may weigh in
on the matter of how best to understand mindreading.  This special
issue seeks to promote interdisciplinary dialogue between
computational cognitive modelers, philosophers, and psychologists
studying the nature and operation of the human capacity to mindread.
The emphasis of the issue will be placed on computational models and
how they both inform and are informed by work in other disciplines.

Submissions should be sent to either [log in to unmask] or
[log in to unmask] by June 1st 2012.  Links to information for
authors are contained in the PDF version of the call, which can be
found at:

Paul Bello, Ph.D.
Program Officer, Cognitive Science,
Code 341 - Warfighter Performance
Office of Naval Research
875 N. Randolph St. Suite 1425
Arlington, VA 22203
(Ph): 703-696-4318, (Cell): 703-742-9862
Email: [log in to unmask]

9.  Augmented Cognition Technical Group Meeting, Proposals due March 17, 2012

Please plan to participate with the Augmented Cognition Technical
Group (ACTG) at the 56th Annual Meeting of HFES (October 22-26, 2012)
at the Westin Boston Waterfront: I am sure that
it will be another exciting opportunity to exchange knowledge, catch
up with colleagues, and make new connections!

ACTG will be accepting proposals for lectures, posters, panels,
symposia and/or tutorials. For submission instructions, please go to:

Please keep in mind that Proposals are due March 17, 2012!  The
submission site is set to open on January 19th and can be found by
following the link above.

Also, keep your eyes open for student best paper and student grant 


ACTG Program Chair
LT Lee Sciarini
[log in to unmask]

P.S. Don't forget to Renew/Join the Augmented Cognition Technical
Group (ACTG)! Please go to the following web site if you are not a
member of HFES: or, if
you are already member, click on the member link, login, and select the technical
group(s) you wish to join.

The AUGMENTED COGNITION Technical Group is concerned with fostering
the development and application of real-time physiological and
neurophysiological sensing technologies that can ascertain a human's
cognitive state while interacting with computing-based systems; data
classification and integration architectures that enable closed-loop
system applications; mitigation (adaptive) strategies that enable
efficient and effective system adaptation based on a user's
dynamically changing cognitive state; individually tailored training
systems; and roadmaps for future directions concerning augmented
cognition science and technology and guidelines of use for the
technology and the user information that may be garnered from
it. Similar to other TGs, such as the Cognitive Engineering and
Decision Making (CETG) and the Training TGs, the AC-TG does not focus
on anyone application area. The AC-TG aims to discover, develop, and
apply neuroscience-based methodologies and tools that can enhance the
human-centered approaches and ultimate capabilities of scientists and
practitioners working in most any application area-where the focus may
be general human-system integration issues, specific human-computer
interaction techniques, or a combination of both. Examples of AC-TG
application areas include: human-system interface design for complex
and information-intensive systems (e.g., command and control, air
traffic control, stock market), adaptive training systems for military
and industry, brain-machine interfaces for cognitive therapy and
enhancement, usability engineering, operator selection, market
research, and interactive gaming.

10. Modeling Social Behavior  program at NIH in simulation

    [past the date for letter of intent, but shows movement into this
    area by NIH-fer]

This FOA, issued by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences
(NIGMS) and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), solicits
applications for developing and testing innovative theories and
computational, mathematical, or engineering approaches to deepen our
understanding of complex social behavior. This research will examine
phenomena at multiple scales to address the emergence of collective
behaviors that arise from individual elements or parts of a system
working together.  This FOA will support research that explores the
often complex and dynamical relationships among the parts of a system
and between the system and its environment in order to understand the
system as a whole.

To accomplish the goals of this FOA we encourage applications that
build transdisciplinary teams of scientists spanning a broad range of
expertise. Minimally this team should include senior investigators
with expertise in the behavioral or social sciences as well as in
computational and systems thinking (computer science, mathematics,
engineering, systems-level methodology). Research can involve model
organisms or humans. The FOA will support small research projects
focusing on theory building and testing, development and testing of
innovative methods or methodological approaches, as well as small
infrastructure projects focusing on development and testing of shared
resources (in the context of a driving biological, basic behavioral or
social, or human health issue). The FOA also will fund larger and more
integrative research projects focusing on the modeling of complex
social behavior.

Stephen E. Marcus, Ph.D.
Epidemiologist and Program Director
Social and Behavioral Modeling Research Program
Division of Biomedical Technology, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology
National Institute of General Medical Sciences
National Institutes of Health

Department of Public Health and Certificate of Public Health Program
FAES Graduate School at NIH
Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences

11. International Summit on Human Simulation (ISHS) 2012, due: 10 apr 12

The International Summit on Human Simulation (ISHS) 2012 will be held
at the TradeWinds Island Resort in St. Pete Beach, Florida, May 23-25,
2012. This annual event is intended to provide a forum for discussion
and collaboration in the use of human simulation technology between
corporations, academia, and government.  Keynote speaker for this year
is: Mr. George Solhan, Deputy Chief of Naval Research, Expeditionary
Maneuver Warfare & Combating Terrorism Science & Technology.

Call for Papers

This is part of the International Society for Human Simulation.

The field of human simulation has entered every walk of life, from
design and manufacturing to movie making and sports studies. It is a
rich field with depth and breadth and continues to expand into new
areas as industries find more uses for human simulations to reduce
costs, time to market, and the need for costly physical prototypes; to
study human performance; and to optimize product design for optimal
human system integration.

As part of this ISHS Society, the annual summit is aimed at sharing 
results, developments, and practices in the field.  Proceedings of 
ISHS are published.
Paper submission deadline

Target dates
Deadline for Submission:     April 10, 2012
Response to authors:           April 24, 2012

Papers, Abstracts, and Posters are welcome.

Submit papers (in PDF) to:
    Melanie Laverman   [log in to unmask]   Tel. 319.335.5722

Conference website is:

Proposed areas include but not limited to:
- Agent-based modeling and training
- Anatomical modeling
- Avatar creation
- Anthropometry
- Applications of human models
- Assembly line analysis
- Biomechanical modeling
- Cognition and perception modeling
- Cognition and perception simulation
- Computational biomechanics
- Egress and ingress modeling
- Ergonomics simulations
- Human dynamics
- Human modeling
- Human motion
- Human performance modeling
- Human shape modeling
- Human simulation
- Human systems integration
- Human vibration modeling
- Kinetics and health applications
- Man-in-the-loop simulators
- Motion prediction
- Occupant packaging
- Physics-based human analysis
- Physics-based human simulation
- Posture and comfort
- Practices in human simulation
- Product interface
- Safety simulations
- Soft tissue modeling
- Task simulation
- Warfighter simulation

Karim Abdel-Malek, PhD
Director, Virtual Soldier Research (VSR) program
Director, Center for Computer Aided Design
Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242
[log in to unmask]     Tel. (319) 335-5676

12. European Conf. on Cog. Ergonomics (ECCE) 2012, papes due: 2 apr 12

Second call: ECCE 2012 - European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics
August 28 - 31, Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, UK

Deadline for workshop and tutorial proposals: 2 March 2012!

ECCE 2012 is the 30th conference of the European Association of
Cognitive Ergonomics. We invite long or short papers, posters,
demonstrations, doctoral work-in-progress and proposals for workshops
and tutorials in the areas of cognitive ergonomics, human technology
interaction and cognitive engineering. This year's theme is
Re-thinking cognition. Cognition is no longer viewed as being merely
"rules and representations" but is now seen to be situated,
distributed, shared, embodied and embedded. We invite researchers to
consider how these new treatments have shaped and perhaps, even,
overturned their thinking and practice.

Accepted submissions in all categories will be published in the
proceedings, which will also be available in the ACM digital
library. Authors of the best quality papers will be invited to submit
to a special issue of the journal Behaviour and Information

Keynote speakers
Professor Yvonne Rogers, Director of University College London 
Interaction Centre;
Professor Philippe Palanque, IRIT (Institut de Recherche en 
Informatique de Toulouse)
Professor Mike Wheeler, Dept. of Philosophy, University of Stirling

Submission instructions are at

Key dates

Submission of workshop and tutorial proposals: 2 March 2012
Submission of long and short papers, posters/demos and doctoral
  work-in-progress: 2 April 2012 (notification of acceptance 21 May)
Camera-ready copy for all categories: 29 June 2012
Workshops/tutorials/doctoral consortium: 28 August 2012
Main conference sessions: 29 - 31 August 2012

Edinburgh in late August sees the annual Festivals
<> draw to a close. Delegates
arriving early may be able to catch the final events of the Fringe,
while the International Festival ends with fireworks on 2
September. We have reserved a reasonable quota of hotel rooms, but you
are advised to book early!

Queries to [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>

13. International Neural Network Society Conference, papers due: 31 mar 12

INNS-WC 2012 - Call for Symposium Proposals

INNS-WC2012 : 3rd Winter Conference of the International Neural Network Society
Bangkok, Thailand, October 3-5, 2012

Proposals are solicited for INNS-WC2012 Symposia under the broad theme
of Natural and Machine Intelligence.  Each symposium will consist of
both invited and contributed papers.  All accepted papers will appear
in the INNS-WC2012 conference proceedings in Elsevier's Procedia
Computer Science.  Each proposal for symposium should include the
following information:

* Name/Title of the Symposium
* Symposium organizer and affiliation
* Subject areas to be covered by the symposium
* Potential authors

Important Dates:

Deadline for symposium proposal submission: March 31, 2012
Notification of proposal acceptance: April 15, 2012

Deadline for symposium session papers submission: May 15, 2012
Notification of paper acceptance: June 15, 2012
Camera-ready paper: July 15, 2012

Proposal for symposium should be submitted in electronic form (Word or
pdf) to [log in to unmask] by March 31, 2012

- International Neural Network Society (INNS)
- National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology
  (BIOTEC), National Science and Technology Development Agency
- King Mongkut University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT)

Collocated Conferences
- The 11th International Conference on Bioinformatics
   (InCoB 2012 -
- The 3rd International Conference on Computational Systems-Biology
    and Bioinformatics (CSBio2012 -

Professor Ron Sun
President, International Neural Network Society

Cognitive Science Department
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 Eighth Street, Carnegie 302A
Troy, NY 12180, USA

phone: 518-276-3409
fax:   518-276-3017
email: dr.ron.sun [AT]

14.  BRIMS 2012 schedule available on line, 12-15 Mar 12

BRIMS 2012 conference schedule available on line.

The Behavior Representation in Modeling and Simulation conference
(BRIMS) has papers on cognitive modeling.  You are invited to
participate in the 21st Conference on Behavior Representation in
Modeling and Simulation (BRIMS), to be held at the Amelia Island
Plantation, Amelia Island, Florida (near the Georgia / Florida
border). BRIMS enables modeling and simulation research scientists,
engineers, and technical communities across disciplines to meet, share
ideas, identify capability gaps, discuss cutting-edge research
directions, highlight promising technologies, and showcase the
state-of-the-art in Department of Defense related applications. The
BRIMS Conference will consist of many exciting elements in 2012,
including special topic areas, technical paper sessions, special
symposia/panel discussions, and government laboratory sponsor

Highlights of BRIMS 2012 will include a fantastic lineup of keynote
speakers spanning cognitive modeling, sociocultural modeling, and
network science.

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 peer-reviewed (see for additional details on submission types).

KEY DATES for 2013: [estimated]
All submissions due:          14 Dec 2012
Tutorial Acceptance:          31 Jan 2013
Authors Notification          31 Jan 2013

Tutorials:               late March 2013
BRIMS 2013:      13 March 2013

William Kennedy (George Mason University)
Bradley Best (Adaptive Cognitive Systems)
Robert St. Amant (North Carolina State University)

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the BRIMS 2012
Conference Chair, Dr. Tiffany Jastrzembski
([log in to unmask]).

15.  New Journal: Biologically inspired cognitive architectures

The focus of the journal is on the integration of many research
efforts in addressing the challenge of creating a real-life
computational equivalent of the human mind. Therefore, the journal
publishes on the multidisciplinary study of cognitive architectures
found in vivo and in silico.

To help foster a wider understanding, at a computational level, of how
natural intelligent systems develop their cognitive, metacognitive,
and learning functions, the journal will promote the overarching goal
of creating one unifying widespread framework for the computational
modeling of biologically inspired cognitive architectures.

The scope includes (but is not limited to): Cognitive science, with a
focus on higher cognitive functions and their cognitive architecture
models: including autonomous cognition and metacognition, imagery,
sensemaking, meta-learning, self-regulated learning, life-long
learning and cognitive growth, "critical mass" of a learner, models of
creativity, affects, emotions and feelings, emotional competence,
social cognition, the self, human-like episodic memory, language
perception, processing, production, acquisition, and development;
Computer science and engineering, with a focus on human-like
artificial intelligence: cognitive architectures, virtual and physical
cognitive robotics, synthetic characters, bootstrapped and human-like
learning, human-computer interface, vision, computational linguistics,
intelligent tutoring systems; Neuroscience, with a focus on higher
cognition and learning: system-level computational neuroscience,
cognitive neuroscience, models of the neural substrates of semantic
and episodic memory and awareness, agency, emotions and feelings,
theory of mind and social cognition, language, imagery, voluntary
control, goal and value systems, spatial cognition, etc.

Contributions to the journal should include a cognitive architecture
element and an element of biological inspiration, the latter
understood broadly (e.g., inspiration by the human cognition). Both
mature and new cutting edge research are welcomed, provided they have
a strong emphasis on concrete empirical or theoretical
studies. Submissions of a purely philosophical nature are discouraged
and will be redirected elsewhere.

Editor in Chief:  Alexei Samsonovich <[log in to unmask]>

16. Post-Doc position at the Naval Sub. Med. Res. Lab. (NSMRL) in Groton, CT

Post-Doctoral position is available (starting as soon as Jan 2012) for
a candidate with the necessary multi-disciplinary training in
psychology, physiology, and/or human factors engineering. The
candidate will have the opportunity to participate in one or more of
our on-going projects (e.g., "Enhance Underwater Sound Localization by
Electro-mechanical Means", "Developing Methods for Measuring and
Monitoring the Bioeffects of Underwater Tool Noise", "An Examination
of Audiovisual Integration for Periscope Operations", and/or "Impact
of Stress/fatigue/inattention on Decision-making in Submarine
Scenarios"). In the first two years, the candidate will be expected to
learn the nuances of our specialized field, as well as how to conduct
research inside of a military lab. Toward the end of the second year,
the candidate will take what he/she has learned and generate a
research proposal worthy of financial support. By the end of the third
year, the candidate is expected to be fully engaged and supported in
independent research, either at NSMRL or at one of our many
collaborating academic/industrial partners.


- Ph.D. or Sc.D. required
- U.S. citizenship required.
- Degree in biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical
   engineering, acoustics, audiology, psychoacoustics, experimental
   psychology, physics, or related field.
- Superb analytical, writing and presentation skills required.
- Ability to travel 10-20% of the time.

Dr. Michael Qin
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17. Frymoyer Endowed Chair Professor Position in IST at PSU

The Pennsylvania State University College of Information Sciences and
Technology (IST) is seeking candidates for the position of Frymoyer
Chair.  The Frymoyer Chair is a tenured, full professor in the College
of Information Sciences and Technology. The anticipated start date is
Fall 2012 or Spring 2013.  The endowed chair was established in 1999
through a gift of $1.5 million from the Edward J. Frymoyer Foundation.
The holder of the Frymoyer Chair is expected to have a significant
impact not only in the College, but also across multiple disciplines
at the University and in the public and private sectors.  Funds from
the endowment will support the chair holder's contributions to
instruction, research, and public service with the overall intent to
foster the use, benefits, and effectiveness of the information
sciences around the globe.

The College was founded in 1998 to develop information science and
technology leaders for the digital, global society, and enrolled its
first class of students in the 1999-2000 academic year. The College at
University Park, which includes 50 full-time faculty, currently serves
approximately 1100 undergraduate students, 110 resident graduate
students, primarily in the Ph.D. program, and 100 non-resident
graduate students in a professional master's degree program.  In
addition, the IST undergraduate curriculum is offered at 19 other Penn
State campuses. In January 2004, the College moved into a new 190,000
square foot building on the University Park campus. The building
houses both the College of IST and the Department of Computer Science
and Engineering.  To learn more about our structure, vision, mission,
goals, faculty and students, please see

We seek a candidate who will provide research leadership as our
College moves forward in its second decade of existence.

We have faculty strengths in: (1) computational informatics and
artificial intelligence; (2) human computer interaction and cognitive
studies; (3) information systems development/enterprise architecture;
(4) security and informatics; and (5) social policy, economics and
informatics.  As an interdisciplinary faculty we collaborate on
problems of national significance. We are particularly interested in
candidates with demonstrated research leadership in cutting edge
problem areas such as infrastructure and internet security and
privacy, innovation in web search, health informatics, network
science, social media, and educational technology.

The successful candidate will have a well defined and sustained record
of funded research and accomplishments. However, we will not limit our
search to specific research areas or problems.

Applications from those who seek to be a part of a vibrant, civil and
diverse academic community and who do research and teaching in any of
the information and technology sciences are welcome. Qualified
candidates are invited to send a cover letter with their research
vision, their curriculum vita, as well as names and email addresses of
four persons who will write letters of recommendation to
[log in to unmask]  Review of applications will continue until
the position is filled. Penn State is committed to affirmative action,
equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce.

18.  post-doc at DTRA managing grants

[DTRA is supporting several interesting network science/cognitive
science projects. I am also happy to answer questions about this -fer]

Would you please help distribute the following link for a DTRA job
opening in my division?  It is for a physical scientist, but I am
looking for a young-in-career PhD with a cognitive science or
neuroscience degree to manage Counter WMD basic research grants.  It
is a GS-13 position

Here is the link to the announcement

Submit by 04/12/2012

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19.  Two prof. positions in HF/cogpsy (modeling), Wright State U., from 1mar12

Wright State University (WSU): The Department of Psychology seeks
applicants for two tenure- track positions in human factors or
cognitive psychology to begin on August 16, 2012 or as soon as
possible thereafter. Appointment at the Assistant Professor level is
anticipated, but applications from highly qualified individuals at the
Associate Professor level will be considered. This search is conducted
in collaboration with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory's Human
Effectiveness Directorate, which is part of the 711 Human Performance
Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The successful candidates
will have responsibilities at both institutions and will have the
potential for initial research funding from the Air Force Office of
Scientific Research. Depending on rank of successful candidates and
funding availability, we anticipate filling up to two tenure track

Candidates must have earned a Doctorate in Psychology or a related
discipline (completion of requirements anticipated by August 16,
2012). Post doctoral, applied, or prior academic experience is
preferred. Candidates should: 1) have a demonstrated program of
research in an area that aligns with interests at both WSU and the Air
Force Research Laboratory, 2) be capable of independent research that
will meet the Psychology Department's requirements for promotion and
tenure, 3) be capable of productive collaborations with Air Force
researchers on topics of interest to the Air Force, 4) show promise
of, or demonstrated success in, establishing an externally funded
research program, and 5) be capable of teaching courses in human
factors, cognitive science, and related topics, advising graduate
students, and supporting the undergraduate and graduate programs.

The Department of Psychology is located in the College of Science and
Mathematics, and its 20 full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty
offer both Ph. D. and M. S. graduate programs and B. S. and
B. A. undergraduate programs. Our unique Graduate Program provides
students a solid grounding in both Human Factors and
Industrial/Organizational psychology. Students major in one area such
as human factors and minor in the other area. Our graduate degree
programs place a heavy emphasis on research, and faculty have been
successful in obtaining external research funding. Currently, 10 of
the faculty specialize in areas related to human factors. The state of
Ohio has designated WSU as a Center of Excellence in the
multi-disciplinary areas of Human-Centered Innovation,
Knowledge-Enabled Computing, and the Neuroscience Institute, and our
faculty participate in these centers. The department's undergraduate
programs are one of the most popular undergraduate majors at WSU. For
more information on our graduate program and faculty research
interests, go to  Wright
State University, an institution of 19,700 students, is located in a
growing high-tech suburban community and is surrounded by commercial
and government research and development facilities. The university is
proactively committed to industrial and government partnerships for
research and development ventures. The Psychology Department has a
strong history of productive collaborations with local industry and
government research labs. The successful government collaborations of
our faculty and students have been primarily with scientists and
engineers in the 711 Human Performance Wing of the U.S. Air Force
Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

The nearby Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is a major center of
government research activity. The 711 Human Performance Wing consists
of the Human Effectiveness Directorate, the Human Performance
Integration Directorate and the School of Aerospace Medicine. This
Wing has recently expanded operations in the Dayton region due to the
base realignment and closure process. The Human Effectiveness
Directorate engages in multidisciplinary research spanning the gamut
from molecular neuroscience to socio-cultural dynamics. For purposes
of this announcement and consistent with ongoing internal initiatives,
two areas where the Human Effectiveness Directorate is expanding its
existing research base are in areas related to cognitive modeling and
in areas related to effective collaboration with autonomous systems
(e.g., robots, air vehicles, agents). The cognitive modeling research
area emphasizes formal (computational and mathematical) methods for
modeling and simulation that explains and predicts how people adapt to
information-rich environments that are uncertain, dynamically
changing, and often adversarial in nature, in order to make decisions
efficiently and perform effectively. The collaboration with autonomous
systems research area seeks to identify the contextual, dispositional,
social, and technological influences on coordination among human and
autonomous components in distributed organizations.

Applicants should submit a letter of application, CV, statements of
research and teaching interests, and the names and contact information
for three letters of reference via the web-portal at: by March 1, 2012 for first
consideration , and have three letters of reference sent to Dr. Kevin
B. Bennett, Chair, Human Factors Search Committee, 335 Fawcett Hall,
Department of Psychology, Wright State University, Dayton, OH
45435. Review of applicants will begin March 1, 2012.
(also see: http//

20.  PhD position, HrTeam

[this may be out of date, but probably represents an ongoing possibility]

The HRTeam project at The City University of New York is recruiting a
Ph.D. candidate in computer science.  We take a multiagent systems
approach to challenging human-robot interaction problems. We deploy a
team consisting of multiple heterogeneous physical robots,
collaborating with humans.  Their combined abilities provide diverse
functionality and employ innovative coordination and decision-making
techniques.  The team's world is dynamic, as is the team's
composition, and there is a substantial machine learning component
based on the FORR cognitive architecture.  We seek an exceptional
computer science Ph.D. candidate with good communication skills,
strong programming skills, and preferably with an interest in
cognitive science and/or robotics.  The appointment includes a stipend
and tuition support, starting in Fall 2012. A master's degree or the
equivalent in computer science is preferred but not required.  The
applicant should be an experienced programmer, a strong researcher,
and a good collaborator.  Please send a preliminary application,
including your CV and a motivation letter (PDF format preferred), to
[log in to unmask]  Preliminary applications will be
reviewed beginning December 15, 2011.  Note that a formal application
to the Graduate Center at the City University of New York will also be

See for  details.
Decisions can be expected in March 2012.

The HRTeam project is funded by the National Science Foundation and is
co-directed by Professors Elizabeth Sklar, Susan L. Epstein and Simon

21.  2 Lectureships at King's College London

King's College London is advertising two Lectureships (assistant
professorships) in Robotics. I have no involvement in the hiring
process, but am keen to encourage applications from people with
research interests related to my own, in areas such as machine
learning, pattern recognition, computer vision, neural computation,
cognitive or developmental robotics, and intelligent systems. The
official job advert is below.

Lectureships in Informatics (Robotics) x2

The Department of Informatics is seeking applications from candidates
with an excellent research track record for up to two lectureship
positions. It is anticipated that the successful applicants will
contribute to research and teaching in the area of Robotics.

Current areas of focus in the Centre for Robotics Research (CRR)
include biomedical robotics, bio-inspired robotics, soft robotics,
robot topology and algorithms, autonomous grasping and manipulations,
and multi-modal sensing for robotic perception and haptics. CRR also
has close collaborations with King's-affiliated hospitals and various
EU partners through a number of FP7 funded projects. An ability to
help build links to other groups, for example to Agents & Intelligent
Systems, or to contribute to the broader teaching needs of the
Department, may be deemed to be an advantage. Applications from
outstanding researchers in other areas of Informatics will also be
considered, if they can contribute significantly to the development of
the Department.

The Department of Informatics was formed in August 2010 from the
previous Department of Computer Science, incorporating the Centre for
Robotics Research and the Centre for Telecommunications Research, as
part of the new School of Natural and Mathematical Sciences. These
appointments are part of a strategic growth of the Department, and
provide an opportunity for outstanding researchers to contribute to,
and help shape the direction of, the Department in its new form.

Applicants for the lectureships must have a PhD, an excellent
publication record, and the ability to attract research
funding. Appointment at the level of Senior Lecturer may be possible
for suitably qualified candidates. All applicants must have the
enthusiasm and commitment required to enhance the research standing of
the new department, and to make a full contribution to teaching and
administrative activities.

The appointment will be made, dependent on relevant qualifications and
experience, within the Grade 6/7 scale, currently ?33,193 to ?47,659,
per annum, inclusive of ?2,323 London Allowance, per annum.

This is a full-time, permanent position.

For an informal e-mail discussion, please contact the Head of
Department, Professor Michael Luck: [log in to unmask] For an
application pack please click on the 'Further details' link
below. Alternatively, please email [log in to unmask] All
correspondence MUST clearly state the job title and reference number

Further Details:

Dr Michael Spratling
Senior Lecturer
Department of Informatics and Division of Engineering
King's College London,
Strand, London. WC2R 2LS. UK.

22 . PhD Position, University of Osnabrueck Germany

Doctoral / Postdoctoral Position
Artificial Intelligence Group of the Institute of Cognitive Science (IKW)
University of Osnabrueck (Germany)

The Artificial Intelligence Group of the Institute of Cognitive
Science (IKW) at the University of Osnabrueck (Germany) seeks
applicants for a doctoral / postdoctoral position (salary level E 13
TV-L, 50%)

The position is limited until September 30th, 2014 and provides the
possibility of further scientific qualification (PhD / Habilitation).
The main research areas of the AI group are non-classical forms of
reasoning, ontologies and text technology, neural-symbolic
integration, and cognitive architectures.

The duties of the successful applicant include 2 hours teaching load
(teaching language is English) as well as participation in the research
activities of the AI group.

Applicants should have an excellent academic degree (Master/Diploma) in
computer science or a related discipline, and potentially a PhD degree. In
the ideal case, the successful candidate has experience in interdisciplinary
research and fulfils at least two of the following requirements:
-       Thorough knowledge in formal logic and knowledge representation
         formalisms, in particular with respect to ontology design and
         inference procedures
-       Thorough knowledge in the theory of artificial neural networks
-       Thorough knowledge in cognitive modeling
-       Thorough knowledge in the development of algorithms
-       Practical knowledge in at least one of the following programming
         languages: Prolog, Java, ML/Scheme, or a similar language

The University of Osnabrueck strives for an increase in the number of
women in academic employment. Women are therefore especially
encouraged to submit their applications and will be preferentially
considered provided they are equally qualified. Disabled candidates
with equal qualifications will be given preference.  There is an
option for part-time employment.

Letters of application with the usual documents (CV, list of publications,
and the names of two referees) should be sent to the Director of the
Institute of Cognitive Science, University of Osnabrueck, Albrechtstrasse
28, 49076 Osnabrueck. The deadline for applications is 21.02.2012. Further
information can be provided by Prof. Dr. Kai-Uwe Kuehnberger
([log in to unmask]).

23. PhD Scholarship at TU Berlin

*3 Year Scholarship of 1468.00 ? taxfree*

*Topic: Modeling the Perception of Causal Relationships in
Human-Computer Interaction*


Under which conditions do we perceive two events as causally related
and classify them as cause and effect? Early works by Michotte (1962)
and experiments by Einhorn and Hogarth (1986) provide answers to this
question from a psychological perspective. Both lines of research
indicate that the perception of a causal relationship depends on a
number of cues, such as temporal order and spatial
contiguity. Starting from these classical works, the PhD project will
build a computational model for the perception of causality. The model
will be developed in the cognitive architecture ACT-R (Anderson et
al., 2004). Events during human computer interaction will serve as
cases for the modeling and experiments will be run to validate the

The PhD project will be conducted in close cooperation with the other
scholarship-holders of the research cluster 6 "Usability
Workbench". It will be part of a research program of the Chair of
"Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Ergonomics" at TU
Berlin. Applicants for this projects must have a master degree or
diploma in psychology, human factors, computer science or cognitive
science. In particular, experience in modelling with ACT-R is
required. Expertise in empirical methods and statistics as well as
good skills in German and English are also expected.

More Information:


Ms. Sandra Widera
Technische Universitat Berlin
Zentrum Mensch-Maschine-Systeme, GRK 1013/2 prometei
Sekr. FR 2-6
Franklinstrasse 28-29
D-10587 Berlin

phone: +49 30 314-24671

24. Professor Position at Technische Universitaet Berlin

Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience & School for
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (Fakultaet IV) Technische
Universitaet Berlin

Applications are solicited for the post of a Professor for "Modeling
of Cognitive Processes" (tenured) salary grade W2 / W3 corresponding
to an associate (W2) or a full (W3) professor position. The department
encourages both senior scientists and scientists, who are still
earlier in their career, to apply.

The successful candidate will join the faculty of the Bernstein Center
for Computational Neuroscience Berlin (cf.
as well as the School for Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
(Fakultaet IV, cf. of the Berlin
University of Technology.

She/he is expected to conduct collaborative research in the area of
"Modeling of Cognitive Processes". She/he will join the teaching
efforts within the Master/PhD program in Computational Neuroscience of
the Bernstein Center as well as within the departmental graduate
programs in electrical engineering and computer science in
abovementioned area. The successful candidate is expected to
contribute to the department's undergraduate teaching programs. She/he
shall also be open for scientific collaborations with the department's
engineering-oriented research groups, for example in the areas machine
learning, computer vision, intelligent agents, or robotics.

Candidates must meet the requirements of the Berlin Higher Education
Act (Par. 100 BerlHG). These requirements include a completed
university degree or PhD, the Habilitation or equivalent achievements,
educational and didactic competences.  More detailed information are
available on request; strong research experience in the field of
"Modeling of Cognitive Processes". Additional experience in one
application domain (intelligent agents, cognitive robotics,
human-machine systems, etc.) and a solid track record in the
acquisition of research grants are desirable. Contact person for more
information: Prof. Dr. Klaus Obermayer, E-Mail: [log in to unmask],
Tel. +49 (0) 30 314-73120 or -73442.

To ensure equal opportunities between men and women, applications from
women with the respective qualifications are explicitly
encouraged. Handicapped applicants with the same qualifications are

Please send your written application (including CV, publication list,
teaching experience, research statement) inside by four weeks with the
job reference number IV-55 to:

               Praesident der Technischen Universitaet Berlin
                       Dean of School IV,  Sekr. FR 5-1
                            Franklinstrasse 28/29
                            10587 Berlin, Germany

Please send only copies and not original documents, as they will not 
be returned.
This description is also available at

25.  Three 1-year Post PhD positions with DTRA (deadline: 1apr12)
        Jan Mahar Sturdevant <[log in to unmask]>

Usually, we are looking for three people with specific technical
expertise to place them at Defense Threat Reduction Agency, or DTRA,
down in Washington DC. Specifically, we place recent or fairly recent
graduates with doctoral or terminal degrees in to post-doctoral
fellowships with the Basic and Applied Sciences Directorate at DTRA.
The areas of expertise we are seeking is as follows:

TA2 = Cognitive and Information Science: 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

TA6 = Cooperative Counter WMD Research with Global Partners:
Cooperative fundamental research to reduce the global threat of WMD in
collaboration with a broad range of global research partners.  This
thrust area involves exploratory applied research that may have a
basic research component to address opportunities to reduce,
eliminate, and counter WMD across the Chemical, Biological,
Radiological, Nuclear, and High Explosive (CBRNE) spectrum.  Strong
international relationships will foster smooth transition of C-WMD
program ownership to the partnering country.  The foci are to improve
international collaboration to detect, characterize, and report WMD,
and to advance host nation sustainment through a culture of long-term
cooperation and scientific responsibility for C-WMD programs.
Multidisciplinary research in science, technology, engineering, and
mathematics promotes transparency through quality research
publications and continual dialogue between scientist/engineers and
young researchers.

(BAP) Technical Writer for Research and Development Enterprise, Basic
and Applied Sciences Directorate (RD-BA): technical writer/graphic
designer will plan, analyze, and create solutions to communications
problems in collaboration with team members representing a number of
disciplines.  The technical writer/designer will work with subject
matter experts (SMEs) to determine specific content and identify goals
for successful communication product development.  Strategic
communication tools are expected to present complex information in
both print and electronic formats such that technical and
non-technical end users are considered.  Communications products will
include, but are not limited to, technical newsletters, specialized
brochures, annual reports, and web pages.

Application deadline is 4/1/12... email [log in to unmask] to get the 
application form [it's too big to include here-fer]

Further Detail

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):

  ?                     $71,663 annual salary
  ?                     $  1,000 monthly living allowance
  ?                     Domestic Travel allowance
  ?                     Potential funding for additional academic degrees

Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship Program

The objective of this fellowship program is to establish and sustain a
long-term process through which the University Strategic Partners
(USP) will develop and execute a Post- Doctoral Research Fellowship
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
analysis.  Post-Doctoral / Masters Research Fellows will be assigned
to DTRA's Research and Development and subsequently detailed to
perform such duties as may be required among the various agency
Enterprises, Directorates and Offices which are typically reviewing
research proposals and white papers.

26.   ACT-R Internship at PARC

The Augmented Social Cognition area (ASC) at PARC has an opening for a
summer internship in computational cognitive modeling under the
direction of Peter Pirolli. The overall goal of the project is to
develop integrated cognitive-neuroscience architectures for
understanding sensemaking.  More specifically we are developing ACT-R
models to simulate how people solve tasks that involve interacting
with muli-layered map interfaces that contain various kinds of
information and forming and evaluating hypotheses about what is going
on. Experience with ACT-R models and/or spatial cognition will be a
major advantage.

If interested, please send an email and CV to Peter Pirolli, [log in to unmask]

27.  Jobs at NSF, starting to eval from 1 mar 2012

Dear Colleague Letter - Directorate for Social, Behavioral and
Economic Sciences (SBE) Employment Opportunity

DATE: February 28, 2012

The Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE)
announces a nationwide search for senior researchers to serve as
Program Directors. Formal consideration of interested applications
will begin March 1 and will continue until selections are made. While
we are interested in a variety of experts that span the Directorate's
multidisciplinary scope, we currently anticipate one specific area of
need, with the following target start date:

Science of Science and Innovation Policy (SciSIP) (Summer 2012) seeks
a scholar with broad expertise in areas of science and innovation
policy, developing, improving and expanding models, analytical tools,
data and metrics that can applied in the science policy decision
making process. Successful candidates will have training in social or
economic science, including economics, science and technology studies,
organizational science, or other related fields and demonstrated
expertise in research methods that advance science and innovation
policy. This expertise may encompass a wide variety of scientific
approaches, for example: qualitative case studies to help describe
complex processes and formulate hypotheses; quantitative and
statistical methods that build new linked datasets on researchers,
grants, patents, publications, citations and firms and workers; or
analytical models that develop new tools for describing complex
outcomes or to identify the marginal impact of Federal funding on
scientific progress and outcomes. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or
equivalent experience and at least six years of successful research,
research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the

For additional information about the above program, please see The position requires
effective oral and written communication skills, and familiarity with
NSF programs and activities is highly desirable. The incumbent is
expected to work effectively both individually within the specific NSF
program and as a member of crosscutting and interactive teams. The
incumbent must also demonstrate a capability to work across government
agencies to promote NSF activities and to leverage program funds
through interagency collaborations.

For additional information on NSF's rotational programs, please see
"Programs for Scientists, Engineers, and Educators" on the NSF website

How to Apply: Applicants should indicate within their cover letter and
subject line of the email that they are applying for a position in the
SciSIP program. Please submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae to
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