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1.  ICCM proceedings available
    [now, until they run out]

2.  Soar 20th Anniversary Workshop
    [23-27 June 03]

3.  Agents that work workshop in Australia at AAMAS 2003
    [14 July 03]

4.  Cogsci 2003 Tutorials: eye-tracking, online seminars, Inquery, and
    [30 July 03] 

5.  AI and Simulation of Behaviour Journal looking for submissions

6.  Cognitive Science Society European Conference
    [10-13 Sept 03]

7.  Book on Cognitive modeling available online and in-print

8.  Workshop on Cogsci & engineering systems, Australasian CogSci Conf
    [13 July 03]


1.  ICCM proceedings available

The International Conference on Cognitive Modeling was held 10-12 April
in Bamberg Germany.  Its program and further details on it are available

Extra copies of the proceedings are available from Dr. Frank Detje
([log in to unmask]) for I believe about 20 Euros.


2. Soar 20th Anniversary Workshop

Invitation to attend the 23rd Soar Workshop, June 23-27, 2003, Ann Arbor

It has been a little more than twenty years since the first version of
Soar turned over. Since that time, Soar has been used world wide for
developing AI systems, building cognitive models, controlling robots,
and controlling characters in computer games. To celebrate, we are
trying to make this year' s workshop even more special than usual. We
are expanding the technical portion of Soar workshop to three days (June
25-27), broadening the scope of presentations and discussions, inviting
many people from outside the traditional Soar community to attend, and
even giving out Soar T-shirts!

If you are new to Soar, the workshop is a great way to learn Soar (we
have tutorials June 23-24), come up to speed on current research on
Soar, and meet other Soar researchers who are potential collaborators.
If you are old to Soar, now is a great time to see old friends, get up
to speed on new developments, and participate in defining its future
(see below).

We want to also invite people working in other architectures. You will
learn more about Soar and we will learn more about research outside of
Soar. We invite you to give a talk on your own work in another
architecture - just make sure you relate it to Soar in some way.

One of the goals of the workshop is to plan out the future of Soar,
specifically to increase its use and usability. What can we do so more
people use Soar and Soar is easier to learn and use? We will set aside
one afternoon for brainstorming on the problems and possible solutions.
Everything is on the table for discussion from the structure and
implementation of Soar, to interface and development tools, to the way
we organize the community. There are some resources potentially
available to help us with this, so this is not just an exercise.

Please come! Soar workshops have always been intellectually exciting,
bringing together research in AI, cognitive science, HCI, and cognitive
modeling from both academic and industrial perspectives.

To find out more and register, go to the workshop web site:

Please forward this invitation to other relevant mailing lists.

John Laird


3.  AAMAS (Autonomous agents and multiagent systems), the
    international agent festa that's in Melbourne this

Goss and Lucas have a workshop there on agents at work.

Deadlines are past for papers, but for an invitation to attend without
paper, send an email to Simon Goss ([log in to unmask]).


4.  Cognitive Science Conference Tutorials

The cognitive science conference will have a tutorial program this
summer on 30 July.  Further details are available at 

 Using Eye Movements to Study Cognitive Processes
 Rayner, Half-day (afternoon)
 in the Park Plaza, room to be announced

 How to Plan and Run Online Seminars
 Neal and Anastas, Half-day (morning)
 in the Park Plaza, room to be announced

 Inquiry, a Tool for Teaching Cognitive Science
 Bechtel et al., Half-day (morning)
 in the Park Plaza, room to be announced

 Latent Semantic Analysis: Theory, Use and Applications
 Dennis et al., Half-day (afternoon)
 in the Park Plaza, room to be announced


5. AI and Simulation of Behaviour Journal looking for submissions

More information is available at :

the AISB Quarterly is also looking for book reviews, check the AISB web
site for details.


6.  Cognitive Science Conference in Europe

EUROCOGSCI03, Sept 10-13 with tutorials on Sept 9/10 2003 in Osnabrueck,

The German Cognitive Science Society (Gesellschaft fer
Kognitionswissenschaft; GK) will honor the best poster presentation of
young scientists by a special prize. More information can be found on
the conference website:


7.  Book on Cognitive modeling available online and in-print

Ritter, F. E., Shadbolt, N. R., Elliman, D., Young, R., Gobet, F., &
Baxter, G. D. (2003). Techniques for modeling human and organizational
behaviour in synthetic environments: A supplementary review.
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH: Human Systems Information Analysis

Ordering information (including information about the downloadable PDF
file) is available at :


We summarize selected recent developments and promising directions for
improving the quality of models of human performance in synthetic
environments.  The potential uses and goals for behavioral models in
synthetic environments are first summarized.  We focus on the topics of
providing more complete performance, on providing better integration of
the models with synthetic environments and with each other
(reusability), and improved usability of the models, an important but
neglected aspect of their performance.  Within this context, we review
relevant, current work related to modeling.  For example, we examine
cognitive modeling of emotion, advanced techniques for testing and
building models of behavior, new cognitive architectures including
hybrid architectures, and agent and Belief, Desires and Intentions (BDI)
architectures.  A list of projects with high payoff for modeling human
performance in synthetic environments is provided as a conclusion.


8. The Australian Cog Sci Fest (Australasian Society for Cognitive
   Science, ASCS, is international this
   year.  One of the interesting symposia is Cognitive Issues in the
   Design and Predictive Operation of Systems-of-Systems

Deadlines are past for papers, but for an invitation to attend without
paper, send an email to Simon Goss ([log in to unmask]).


A new class of problems have emerged from the ability to network
socio-technical systems both within and across organisational
boundaries. A fundamental feature of these large, distributed, complex
systems is our current inability to perform predictions on their
long-term behaviour. Example application areas include: the stock
market, de-regulated electricity markets (such as in California where
electricity providers have been bankrupted in a single day due to a lack
of understanding of options trading), network-centric warfare (the
military is moving away from aggregating functions on a single platform
to distributing functions across platforms and coordinating their
activities in some manner), interplanetary manned space missions (where
the flight controllers and scientists on Earth have a 40 minute
communication delay when talking with the astronauts on Mars), and the
internet (at the application level).

The characteristics of this new class of problems include:
 for design, analysis and predictive operation for the new class of
problems, and the implications for the wider cognitive science
community (is it more of the same or are there some underlying
assumptions that need to be challenged?). More generally, we want to
establish a network of researchers working on the new class of
problems, identify approaches being used in the problem space, and
provide a forum for identifying research challenges to the wider
cognitive science community.

Related Work
There is a lot of related work that may be relevant to the new class of
 -- The cognitive science community has raised the issues of situated
action and distributed cognition. The ethnographic community has
examined similar issues under the rubric of work practice studies and
communities of practice.
 -- The systems thinking community has studied cognition at three
levels of analysis: reacting to events, long-term patterns of
behaviour, systemic structures and their limitations as diagnosed by
system archetypes. We are interested in constructs at the systemic
structures and patterns of behaviour level of analysis.
 -- There is considerable work under the rubric of linfrastructuren
that examines the impact of new technologies and public policies eg
transportation, housing, information instruments. What is the
relationship of new infrastructures to our concept of cognition?
 -- The military have coined the term lsystems-of-systemsn and  explored
architectural approaches for examining the new class of  problems. What
insights do the systems-of-systems approach provide to  cognitive
science and what does cognitive science add to the  systems-of-systems
approach to the new class of problems?
 -- Research in artificial intelligence and cognitive science often
takes a descriptive, textual approach. An alternative approach is by
exploiting the power of imagery and the changes in the images over a
period of time to understand a systemms pattern of behaviour. What is
the underlying cognitive science constructs of an imagery approach,  and
how do these constructs help the design, analysis and predictive
operation of the new class of problems?

The Form of the Workshop
Target audience: multi-disciplinary, researchers and practitioners who
are interested in the cognitive science implications of the new class of

We aim to conduct a one day working workshop with a maximum of 15
participants. Participants will be selected on the basis of a position
paper (maximum 10 pages). Position papers will be circulated to all
participants before the workshop, along with an email discussion of
important issues. The workshop will aim to identify approaches,
assumptions and cognitive science constructs to aid the design,
analysis, and predictive operation of the new class of problems.

The position papers will be selected on the basis of their originality,
relevance, and ability to stimulate discussion. We particularly
encourage position papers from graduate students.

The organisers intend to publish the outcome of this workshop in the
refereed archival literature.

Key Dates
 -- Submission of Position Papers: 30th May, 2003 (submit papers to  Dr.
John OmNeill, email: [log in to unmask])
 -- Notification of Acceptance: 13th June, 2003
 -- Workshop Date: 13th July, 2003

Program Committee
Dr. John O'Neill, DSTO (co-organiser), email:
[log in to unmask] Dr. Simon Goss, DSTO (co-organiser)
Professor Bill Clancey, NASA Ames Research Center Professor Penny
Sanderson, University of Queensland Dr. Gina Kingston, RAND Visiting