CogModel notes: ICCM16/confs/journals/Jobs

This is the first emailing for ICCM 2016. Please forward if appropriate,
and put appropriate links onto your web site.

The ICCM 2016 announcement drives this email (it will be at Penn State,
before CogSci, in August 2016, on its regular (15/18 month) schedule,
hope you can come!).

There are also numerous timely announcements that indicate new
publication outlets, resources, and jobs in Cog Sci and in cognitive
modeling, or jobs I think might take modelers with an application. I
have also included several unusual items, including some tools and an

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
1.  Intnl. Conf. on Cognitive Modeling, August 2016 in University Park, PA

2.  Soar Workshop, June 2015, program up

3.  Databrary, data library, is up and has sample data

4.  MindModeling@Home: supercomputing for modeling

5.  AI Research funding: Making AI robust and beneficial

6.  HCI Community Discussion of Proposed Revisions to (US) IRB Rules

7.  Obituary for Raja Parasumaman

8.  Outstanding dissertation awards, expected Jan 2016

9.  The Discipline of Organizing: Core Concepts Edition, 3rd Ed.

10. Related book to review:  Riveted

11. Review copies of the FDUCS book and the RBS books, for reviews

12. Computational Cognitive Science, first articles up

13. New ACM Transactions on Cyber-Physical Systems [journal]

14. Journal of Interaction Science call for papers

15. 2015-2016 ETS Fellowship and Internship Programs in R&D
[deadline passed for 2015, but will happen in 2016?]

16. 2015 Bio Inspired Cog Arch, Nov 2015, Lyons, France
many deadlines past, except for late breaking

17. SBP/BRiMS Conference program and proceedings

18. Advances in Cognitive Systems, Proceedings
29-31 May 2015

19. Call for Papers and Special Issues, Trans. on Comp. Social Sys.

20. 19th Conference of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology
Sep 2015

21. Budapest Semester in Cognitive Science

22. 6th UK Cognitive Linguistics Conference, July 2016, due: 6 Dec 2015

23. Study abroad summer program: Systems Neuroscience in Budapest
[passed, but may re-occur]

24. NASA calls for proposals

25. Postdoc in Team Decision Dynamics at RPI
until filled

26. Postdoc ACS Lab, Penn State [Reitter]

27. Programmer in biology for simulation and analysis
Penn State

28. Chaired profs in Math Psych/Cog sciences
1 dec 15 until filled

29. Florida International, open rank and instructor in CS
due 31 dec 15

30. Postdoctoral researcher needed, Wright State U

31. Postdoctoral researcher, CMU
email John Anderson

32. Postdoc ACS Lab, Penn State [Ritter]

33. Post-doc, Rice U,  due 1 oct 2015

34. Postdoc in Games, Play, and Motivational Design @ Northeastern U , posted July 2015

35. School of Information Tech, Carleton U – Assistant Prof
URL too long!

36. 4 postdocs and RAs in AI consciousness, Tokyo

37. CS@Virginia Tech, tenure track

38. Lecturer/SL in games, U. of Lincoln, England

39. Information Science, UC/Boulder, due 2 Nov 2015, position number F02925.

40. CS@U Central FL, tenure track

41. Assoc/Full Prof, Learning Science/EDM/LAK at New York U

42. Open-Rank Faculty Position in Quan Psy, U of Mich

43. Senior Neuroscientists, Virginia Tech

44. Comp. neuroscience positions at Sandia National Labs
[this has passed, but there seem to commonly be positions there]

45. Academic Fellow in Machine Learning, Leeds, due 30sep15

46. Tenure Track Asst Prof in Cog Psychology at Syracuse U

47. Director, Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study

48. Computational Social Science, GMU, Junior position

1.  Intnl. Conf. on Cognitive Modeling, August 2016 in University Park, PA

International Conference on Cognitive Modeling,
4-6 Aug 2016, Penn State, University Park, PA, USA
Submissions due 8 Apr 2016

The International Conference on Cognitive Modeling will take place
4-6 August 2016 at Penn State, University Park, Pennsylvania.

All paper, poster, symposium, and tutorial submissions are due on 8 April 2016,
5pm EDST. They should be submitted via our online submission system at:

The International Conference on Cognitive Modeling (ICCM) is the premier
conference for research on computational models and computation-based
theories of human behavior. The goal of ICCM is to bring researchers
together who are interested in using computational modeling to better
understand human cognition. 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.
Finally, we also welcome contributions that use computational models to
better understand neuro-imaging data.

There are three types of regular submissions:

Papers: refereed papers of up to 6 pages. If a submission is
accepted to be published as a paper, the paper will be presented at
the conference either as a talk or as a poster.

Posters: refereed poster abstracts of up to 2 pages. If accepted,
the corresponding poster will be presented at the conference in a
dedicated poster session.

Symposia: refereed symposia abstracts of up to 2 pages. If accepted,
the conference committee will contact the authors to help organize
and schedule the symposium.

Notification of acceptance by 6 May 2016.

The website has further details.


The day before the conference (3 Aug 16) will be devoted to tutorials
on various cognitive modelling techniques and approaches. If you are
interested in submitting a proposal for a tutorial, please see the
tutorial page for more information.

Tutorial proposals will be evaluated by the organising committee on
the basis of their estimated benefit for prospective participants and
on their fit within the tutorials program as a whole. If you are
interested in organising a tutorial, please send us an email at by 8 Apr 2016 with the following information:

– a 150 word description of the tutorial
– duration (half-day or full-day)
– who the tutors will be
– any pre-requisites that participants need to follow the tutorial

We will notify you of acceptance or rejection by 1 May 2016.

2.  Soar Workshop, June 2015, program up

The schedule is up, and you can see who spoke, and what tutorials were
presented, including Soar and Lego.

The Center for Cognitive Architecture
( at the U of
Michigan and Soar Technology, Inc. ( are
pleased to announce the 35th Soar Workshop will be held from Tuesday
June 2, 2015 through Friday June 5, 2015 at the Bob and Betty Beyster
Building at the U of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

For those of you not familiar with the Soar Workshop, each year,
members of the ( Soar community–faculty,
scientists, graduate students, technical staff and developers–gather
together for several days of intensive interaction and exchange on
Soar. The Soar community is widely distributed geographically, so
these workshops provide an opportunity to have face-to-face
conversations, learn about the current status of other participants’
research and get previews of what will happen in the future. We will
try to give as many members of the community as possible the
opportunity to describe their research or discuss the Soar issues that
are of concern to them. This means the time available per talk is
quite short (typically either 5 or 15 minutes). Since workshop
attendees are already entrenched in the Soar world, brief talks that
concentrate on only the essentials work very well.

The workshop format is presentations only — no formal papers. There
is no charge to attend the workshop although registration was
required. You may sign up to give talks of various lengths as soon as
you’re registered. Please upload a copy of your presentation(s) by
June 2th, 2015 via the Soar Workshop registration page. Note that
this year’s workshop will be over 4 days instead of 4.5. There will
be two days of tutorials followed by two days of presentations.

Questions and information regarding the workshop should be directed to
John Laird via (, mail or phone: (734) 647-1761

3.  Databrary, data library, is up and has sample data

The Databrary project ( is up and running, and
has sample data.  It provides an NSF and NIH sponsored location to
archive your data.  Further details and the data for potential reuse
are at that web site.

4.  MindModeling@Home: supercomputing for modeling

The MindModeling@Home project ( strives to
provide a simple, efficient and reliable resource for evaluating
models of cognition. By uniting heterogeneous computational resources
ranging from high performance computing systems to local grids to
workstations of volunteers around the globe, the MindModeling@Home
system avails large-scale computational power that enables exploration
of models at a deeper level and across a larger number of contexts
than is typically possible using a single research workstation. Over
the past 5 years, the MindModeling@Home system has facilitated
billions of cognitive model runs, using thousands of computers located
in dozens of countries. With thousands of users contributing to the
processing pool, the system has contributed to a broad spectrum of
research initiatives, implemented in multiple languages (C, Java,
Lisp, MATLAB, Python and R) recording job speed-ups of 3-orders of
magnitude. Furthermore, this computational resource is being used now
by research collaborators at universities including Indiana U,
Michigan U, Michigan Technology U, Iowa, George Mason U, Rensselaer
Polytechnic U, Tufts and Wright State U.

5.  AI Research funding: Making AI robust and beneficial

[this call went out in 2014, was awarded in early 2015. it is a fresh
view of AI and other technologies, and wants to look at their use
critically. I suspect that they will have a further funding program.]

Background information:

The Future of Life Institute, based in Cambridge, MA and headed by Max
Tegmark (Physics prof, MIT), is seeking proposals for research
projects aimed to maximize the future societal benefit of artificial
intelligence while avoiding potential hazards. Projects may fall in
the fields of computer science, AI, machine learning, public policy,
law, ethics, economics, or education and outreach. This 2015 grants
competition will award funds totaling $6M USD.

This funding call is limited to research that explicitly focuses not
on the standard goal of making AI more capable, but on making AI more
robust and/or beneficial; for example, research could focus on making
machine learning systems more interpretable, on making high-confidence
assertions about AI systems’ behavior, or on ensuring that autonomous
systems fail gracefully.

Funding priority will be given to research aimed at keeping AI robust
and beneficial even if it comes to greatly supersede current
capabilities, either by explicitly focusing on issues related to
advanced future AI or by focusing on near-term problems, the solutions
of which are likely to be important first steps toward long-term


[1] Complete request for proposals and application form:

[2] Research Priorities document:

[3] An open letter from AI scientists on research priorities for
robust and beneficial AI:

[4] Initial funding announcement:

Questions about Project Grants:

Media inquiries:

6.  HCI Community Discussion of Proposed Revisions to (US) IRB Rules

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Hello Everyone, [from: Marti Hearst (]

It’s been about 2 years since my last post to this list. To remind
you, this group put together a letter in response to HHS’s call for
comments on proposed IRB reform in 2011. You may have thought that
that work was for naught, but it seems that 4 years later, some
activity has occurred.

As I have noted in earlier messages, I subscribe to an email list from
HHS that promises to provide updates on this matter, and yesterday I
received the encouraging email that I enclose below.  It is yet
another request for comments. What we have to decide now is if we
want to comment on it or not. I have not yet read the full RFC, but
the paragraphs I quote below are very encouraging, which makes me
think we may want to chime in with support.

Here are the most encouraging paragraphs, from my perspective:

The NPRM also attempts to strengthen the effectiveness and
efficiency of the oversight system by making the level of review
more proportional to the seriousness of the harm or danger to be
avoided. Research that poses greater risk to subjects should receive
more oversight and deliberation than less risky research. The NPRM
seeks to avoid requirements that do not enhance protection and
impose burden, which can decrease efficiency, waste resources, erode
trust, and obscure the true ethical challenges that require careful
deliberation and stakeholder input. Cumbersome and outdated
regulatory standards overwhelm and distract institutions, IRBs, and
investigators in ways that stymie efforts to appropriately address
the real risks and benefits of research.

The result of these types of changes, as the NPRM proposes to
implement them, is that some studies that currently require IRB review
would now become exempt. Some that are currently exempt would
specifically be declared as outside the scope of the regulations
(“excluded”), and thus would not require any administrative or IRB
review. Further, in terms of determining when a study is exempt, a
web-based “decision tool” will be created. That decision tool will
provide a determination of whether or not a study is exempt. ”

So now this group needs to decide if we want to read the RFC and respond.

[if you want to discuss, you should join the HCI group, or reply
directly to the RFC using

7.  Obituary for Raja Parasumaman

He was very well known in human factors. I did not know Raja directly,
but I was touched by the notes in his obituary, his relationship to
cognitive modeling, and thought knowing about him might help us all.

8.  Outstanding dissertation awards, expected Jan 2016

The Cognitive Science Society and the Glushko-Samuelson Foundation
seek nominations for up to five outstanding dissertation prizes in
cognitive science. The Prize seeks to recognize research in all areas
of cognitive science construed broadly and particularly research that
crosses interdisciplinary boundaries.  The deadline for nominations
(for candidates receiving their PhD between January 15, 2013 and
January 15, 2015 is 30 Jan 2015. [and probably same general dates for

Each prize will be accompanied by a certificate and a $10,000 award to
be used by the recipient without any constraints. Prize winners will
also receive three years of complimentary membership in the Cognitive
Science Society starting with the year in which they have won the
prize. Information about the nomination procedure is attached and may
also be found at Information on the prizes can be found at

Description of the Prizes

Up to five Robert J. Glushko Dissertation Prizes in Cognitive Science
will be awarded annually. Each prize will be accompanied by a
certificate and a $10,000 award to be used by the recipient without
any constraints. Prize winners will also receive three years of
complimentary membership in the Cognitive Science Society starting
with the year in which they have won the prize. Prize-winning
dissertations are expected to transcend any one of the individual
fields comprising cognitive science. They should centrally address
issues of interest to multiple fields that comprise cognitive science,
including: psychology, computer science, philosophy, linguistics,
anthropology, neuroscience, and education. Prize-winners must have
received a PhD degree no more than two years before the 30 Jan
nomination deadline. For the 2015 prizes, dissertations will be
considered from individuals who received their PhD degrees during the
period from January 15, 2013 to January 15, 2015.

The dissertation prizes are open to any student who has conducted
dissertation research related to cognitive science, regardless of
nationality or originating department.

How to Submit

The deadline for nominations is 30 Jan 2015. Awardees will be
announced by 15 Apr 2016.

All nomination materials should be sent electronically to in ascii, PDF, or Word format. Please put Glushko
Nomination in subject line with nominees name. A nomination dossier

Letters of support from 3 faculty members.  The letters of support
should explicitly describe how the dissertation research transcends
a single field comprising cognitive science to address core issues
of relevance to several fields.  We recommend that these letters
refer to particular sections of the dissertation to support claims
for interdisciplinary importance as this is a critical component in
committee decisions.

A curriculum vitae for the nominee

The dissertation itself

A precis of no more than 4,000 words (references are not included in
the word count) written by the nominee describing the dissertation
research. This description should clearly express the
interdisciplinary contribution of the dissertation, suitable for
review by a broad spectrum of cognitive scientists.

Glushko Prize Committee
Linda B Smith (Chair), Dist Prof of Psyc & Brain Sci.s, Indiana U
Kathleen Akins, Prof of Philosophy, Simon Fraser U
Dedre Gentner, Prof of Psychology & of Ed & Social Policy, Northwestern
Adele Goldberg, Prof of Linguistics, Princeton
Tim Shallice, Prof of Neuropsychology, U College London
Thomas Griffiths, Assoc Prof of Psyc, UC Berkeley
John Laird, Prof of Engineering, U of Mich

9.  The Discipline of Organizing: Core Concepts Edition, 3rd Ed.

The Discipline of Organizing: Core Concepts Edition, 3rd Edition
By Robert J. Glushko

[this is a print/online text book about information science with other
substantial elements.  Worth seeing at least for how it’s published,
used in numerous grad schools to teach about information.  If you want
an inspection copy, or a copy to write a review, email him, he’s
pretty helpful. It’s used as numerous iSchools to teach intro

We organize things. We organize information, information about things,
and information about information. Organizing is a fundamental issue
in many professional fields, but these fields have only limited
agreement in how they approach problems of organizing and in what they
seek as their solutions.

We revised the TDO website to highlight the 3rd edition – see a
description of the changes at

The price is lower than last year, and this time you get both an ebook
and a pdf version as a bundle

But if you want to use the 2nd editions, they are still available.

We revised the TDO website to highlight the 3rd edition – see a
description of the changes at and at the
bottom there’s a comparison table so you can see how TDO has evolved
over the last three years.

10. Related book to review:  Riveted

Jim Davies at Carleton U ( has written a popular
press book, Riveted: The science of why jokes make us laugh, movies make
us cry, and religion makes us feel one with the universe (Palgrave,
2015).  You can get a copy of it from him (or me) if you would like to
write a review for publication.  Otherwise, in fine stores everywhere.

11. Review copies of the FDUCS book and the RBS books, for reviews

Email if you would like to review or use as a textbook, either

Foundations for designing user centered systems:
What system designers need to know about people
Running Behavioral studies with people: A practical guide

Also, now email to get access to a small set of teaching materials for
each book.

And, the first is probably available through your library for $25, and
the other has a discount page at

12. Computational Cognitive Science, first articles up

Computational Cognitive Science published its first articles

I am happy to announce that Computational Cognitive Science
( has published its
first articles and invite you to submit your next manuscript to this
fully sponsored open access journal.  Computational Cognitive Science
provides you a forum for cross-disciplinary research contributions and
debate relating to all aspects of the computational modelling of
cognitive theories, and the implementation of intelligent systems that
implicitly or explicitly draw on or inform research across multiple
cognitive science disciplines.  Read the first articles online!
A critical time in computational cognitive science
David M W Powers
Computation in networks
James K Peterson
Exploratory analysis of semantic categories: comparing data-driven
and human similarity judgments
Tiina Lindh-Knuutila, Timo Honkela
Time-order error and scalar variance in a computational model of
human timing: simulations and predictions
Maciej Komosinski, Adam Kups
Nodal computation approximations in asynchronous cognitive models
James K Peterson

Reasons to publish with us

Open access publication
Global visibility for your research
Compliance with all open access mandates
No article-processing charges (APC)

I look forward to reading your work!
Kind regards, David Powers
Editor-in-Chief, Computational Cognitive Science

PS The publication costs for Computational Cognitive Science are
covered by the Centre for Knowledge & Interaction Technology, Flinders
U, Australia, so you as an author do not need to pay an
article-processing charge.

Aims and Scope
Editorial Board

13. New ACM Transactions on Cyber-Physical Systems [journal]

ACM Transactions on Cyber-Physical Systems

Tei-Wei Kuo, National Taiwan U and Academia Sinica, Taiwan

Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) has emerged as a unifying name for
systems where the cyber parts (i.e., the computing and communication
parts) and the physical parts are tightly integrated, both at the
design time and during operation. Such systems use computations and
communication deeply embedded in and interacting with physical
processes to add new capabilities to physical systems. These
cyber-physical systems range from miniscule (pace makers) to
large-scale (a national power-grid). There is an emerging consensus
that new methodologies and tools need to be developed to support
cyber-physical systems.

ACM Transactions on Cyber-Physical Systems (TCPS) is [will be?] the
premier journal for the publication of high-quality original research
papers and survey papers that have scientific and technological
understanding of the interactions of information processing,
networking and physical processes.

TCPS will cover the following topics:
* Computation Abstractions
* System Modeling and Languages
* System Compositionality and Integration
* Design Automation and Tool Chains
* Trustworthy System Designs
* Resilient and Robust System Designs
* Human in the Loop

The application domains covered by TCPS include, but not limited to:
Healthcare, Transportation, Automotive, Avionics, Energy, Living
Space, and Robotics.

For further information and to submit your manuscript, visit

14. Journal of Interaction Science call for papers

[This is an HCI journal interested in the science behind HCI]

Following a very exciting year for open access and Springer in 2014, I
would like to share with you some of our 2015 plans for
the Journal of Interaction Science, and encourage you
to promote the journal to your network of research contacts.

What are we doing? We plan to intensify the marketing activities for
the Journal of Interaction Science in 2015. To this end, the
SpringerOpen marketing team has been expanded to include new members
in Singapore and New York. Their focus will be on an increased volume
of call-for-paper campaigns, thematic series promotion and regional
marketing efforts. How can you help? As ever, the most powerful tool
for promoting a journal is word-of-mouth recommendations from
respected colleagues. Accordingly, we hope you will continue to
encourage your colleagues to submit their exciting research to the
Journal of Interaction Science

To help with this we have increased the number of article-processing
charge waivers available for 2015. If you or your colleagues would
like to apply for one of these waivers, simply enter the following
code into the waiver request box when submitting your next manuscript.

Waiver application code*: SPRINGEROPEN20152

If you have questions or if you would like more information about how
to apply for an APC waiver, please do not hesitate to get in
touch. Best wishes,

John Fallows  (
Senior Marketing Manager, SpringerOpen

15. 2015-2016 ETS Fellowship and Internship Programs in R&D
[deadline passed for 2015, but will happen in 2016?]

2015-2016 ETS Fellowship and Internship Programs in R&D

ETS Research & Development (R&D) is pleased to announce that we are
now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 Educational Testing
Service (ETS)

Fellowship and Internship Programs in R&D

The goal of the ETS R&D Fellowship and Internship Programs is to
promote quality and distinction in educational assessment and related
fields by supporting early-career scientists’ and graduate students’
participation in significant research and exposure to methodologies
within the ETS environment. The programs also provide opportunities
for talented scholars and students from diverse backgrounds ?
especially those from traditionally underrepresented groups such as
African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, and American Indians ?
to pursue scientific research under the guidance of ETS researchers
and psychometricians. These programs encourage research in areas such

Natural Language Processing and Computational Linguistics
Cognitive and Developmental Psychology
Learning Sciences
Linguistics, Second Language Learning, &
Teaching English as a Foreign Language
Speech Recognition and Processing
Teaching and Classroom Research
Educational Data Mining
International Large-Scale Assessments

The ETS R&D Fellowship and Internship Programs seek applicants who
either hold a doctoral degree or who are enrolled in a doctoral
program in one of the fields mentioned above and who are interested in
research opportunities. We would like your help in getting this
information out to your colleagues and your very best graduate
students and alumni. We encourage you and your colleagues to identify
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ETS is seeking graduate students for the Summer Internship Program
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The Harold Gulliksen Psychometric Research Fellowship [link with
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16. 2015 Bio Inspired Cog Arch, Nov 2015, Lyons, France
many deadlines past, except for late breaking

2015 Annual International Conference on Biologically Inspired
Cognitive Architectures (BICA 2015)

Sixth Annual Meeting of the BICA Society

6-8 Nov (Fri-Sun) 2015, Lyon, France

Sponsored by: The BICA Society; The U of Lyon; LIRIS; Elsevier B.V.

Points of contact:
Amie Cordier (
Olivier Georgeon (
Alexei Samsonovich (

Call for Papers

Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures (BICAs) are
computational frameworks for building intelligent agents that are
inspired by biological intelligence. These agents serve both as
theoretical models (e.g., in cognitive science, neuroscience,
economics and social sciences), and as intelligent controllers for
autonomous systems (robots, games characters, smart human/machine
interfaces, health applications, etc).

Biological intelligent systems (animals, including humans) have
many qualities that are often lacking in artificially designed
systems; their purpose goes beyond interacting with a closed
environment or solving predefined logical problems. At the time when
our understanding of natural intelligence is exploding, thanks to
modern brain imaging, ethological studies, and the development of
cognitive models mapping brain structures with functions, our ability
to learn lessons from nature and to build biologically inspired
intelligent systems has never been greater. At the same time, the
growth in computer science and technology has unleashed enough design
creativity and computational power to generate an explosion of
applications in multiple domains.

Research in Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures
contributes to the development of these applications by addressing the
numerous questions raised by the problem of replicating natural
intelligence, specifically, the complexity of higher cognitive
abilities of the human mind, in an artificial system (widely known as
the BICA Challenge). These questions are trans-disciplinary in nature
and promise to yield multi-directional flow of understanding between
all the involved disciplines.

With the scope of BICA 2015 covering all areas of BICA research
listed below, this year’s major thrust will be on learning from
experience of sensorimotor interaction. Here, the key questions

Learning: how a system that has no direct ontological access to
reality can construct knowledge about reality based on regularities
of interaction?
Self-motivation: what key motivational drives (e.g., emotions,
behavioral preferences, social interactions) should we incorporate
in models of self-motivated cognitive systems?
Methodology: how to assess active open-ended learning? What methods
can we draw from biology to define and assess intelligent behaviors
beyond predefined tasks and pre-modeled problems?
Models of interaction with the environment: can we define models of
interaction alternative to the traditional
perception-cognition-action cognitive cycle?
What emergent mathematical foundations can support sensorimotor and
other forms of learning?

In addition to these focus topic areas of BICA 2015, we encourage
submission of papers in all areas relevant to BICA research,
especially in the following areas:


B in BICA: useful biological constraints for cog architectures
Bridging the gap between artificial & natural info processing
Cognitive and learning mechanisms informed by neuroscience
Neural correlates of cognitive and meta-cognitive processes
Robustness, scalability and adaptability in neuromorphic systems
Neurophysiological underpinnings of reinforcement learning
Physiological mechanisms of memory formation and (re)consolidation
Representation of contextual & conceptual knowl. in neural sys

Social, Economic and Educational Sciences:

Mixed-initiative systems based on inspirations from biology
Agents possessing human-level social, narrative, & emot. intell.
BICA in pedagogy, learning, and tutoring technologies & ed
BICA models of self and their application to self-awareness
Reps, perception, understanding, processing, & emotion expression
Virtual characters & narratives, artif. personalities &
human-compatibility of BICA
Agent-based modeling of intelligent social phenomena (are there
Application of BICA technologies in elderly care

Cognitive Science:

Perception, reasoning, decision making and action in BICA
Combining natural and artificial approaches to cognition
Comparison of different forms of learning, memory, & cog devel.
Theory-of-Mind, episodic & autobiographical memory in cog. sys.
Introspection, metacognitive reasoning and self-awareness in BICA
Models of learning & memory: robustness, flexibility, transferability
Natural and body language & its role in intelligence, cog. & interaction
Unifying frameworks and constraints for cog archit.s: grand unification

Artificial Intelligence:
Creativity, goal reasoning and human-level autonomy in artifacts
Embodied vs. ambient intelligence: embedding or embodiment?
Natural language capabilities and social competence of BICA
Learning by reading, by observation, by reasoning and by analogy
Robust and scalable machine learning mechanisms in BICA
Self-regulated learning, bootstrapped & meta-learning
The place for BICA in tomorrow’s textbook of AI

Math. basis for BICA & fundamental theoretical questions
in BICA research
Alternative substrates for implementation of BICA:
smart materials, quantum and biocomputing
Alternative approaches to the develop. of BICA:
evolutionary, system-theoretic, educational
Fundamental academic, practical & theoretical questions in BICA
Cognitive Decathlon & Grand Challenges for BICA as components of
the BICA Challenge
Critical mass for a universal human-level learner &
a roadmap to solving the BICA Challenge
Metrics, tests, proximity measures & roadmap to human-level/ human-compatible AI
Leveraging the cloud, world-wide-web, & social-media:
possible role for BICA?
Cybersecurity and secure authentication methods based on BICA
Interdisciplinary research opportunities involving BICA
Intnl. trends & opportunities in funding BICA related research


The format of the conference is a 2.5 day meeting including paper
presentations, panel discussions, invited talks, and technology
demonstration showcases. Symposia and other mini-events (including
special sessions, breakout groups, brainstorms, think-tanks, socials,
and more) as part of the conference will be added as needed (proposals
are solicited). We additionally solicit proposals for panel topics.
The working language is English. As part of our rich social and
cultural program included in the registration, we are planning a
Welcome Reception and a boat trip on the Rh?e and Saone rivers with a
banquet on the boat.

Publication Venue and Submission

All the BICA 2015 papers and abstracts will be included in the
electronic volume of proceedings distributed to the conference
participants (this volume will not constitute a separate publication).
Additionally, each article will be published in one of the two
official BICA 2015 venues:

A special volume of Elsevier’s Procedia Computer Science
(, indexed
by Web of Science CPI and Scopus.

The BICA Journal
an Elsevier journal indexed in Scopus, submitted for indexing in Web
of Science.

Submission Categories:

In accordance with the publication venues, there are the
following categories of submission:

1. Papers for the special volume of Procedia Computer Science:
2 page abstract.
6 page paper. Every additional page in excess of this limit
should be covered by a fee of 50 E at registration

2. Papers for the BICA Journal (no extra-page charge):

Letters (brief communications of new findings): 3k to 6k words.

Full Research Articles: approximately 8k to 12k words.
Reviews or vision papers may be submitted by invitation only.

3. Stand-alone abstracts (500 words) considered unpublished but
included in the conference program brochure and in the electronic

Preparation of Submissions:

Templates and complete instructions for preparation of submission
are available on the BICA2015 website

None of the initial submission is required to be camera-ready.
However, all final paper submissions must be in a camera-ready form
prepared based on the provided Procedia templates and must conform to

Core Organizing and Scientific Committee

Amie Cordier (Lyon 1, France) General Chair.

Olivier Georgeon (Lyon 1, France) Program Chair

Salima Hassas (Lyon 1, France)

Laetitia Matignon (Lyon 1, France), Organizing committee member

Frederic Armetta (Lyon 1, France), Organizing committee member.“>

Alexei Samsonovich (GMU, USA) Co-Chair.

Kamilla R. Johannsdoetir, scientific committee Member

Antonio Chella (U of Palermo, Italy), sci. comm. Member.

Christian Lebire (CMU, USA), scientific committee Member.

Paul Robertson, (DOLL Inc, USA), organizing committee member

Important Dates and Deadlines

Deadline for proposals of sub-events* 1 May 2015
Paper and abstract submission opens 10 May
Deadline for initial submission of papers & abstracts 1 Jun
Paper review feedback and notification of acceptance 10 Jul
Final paper due 1 Aug
Early-bird registration due 10 Aug
Regular registration due 20 Aug
Late-breaking stand-alone abstract due 1 Oct
Conference 6-8 Nov 2015
* (including symposia, workshops, socials, technology demos,
panels, etc.)

17. SBP/BRiMS Conference program and proceedings

[held in the spring, will be held again:  ]

I am honored to announce the release of the Behavior Representation in
Modeling & Simulation (BRiMS) conference. This year, it re-joined
the Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, Prediction
(SBP) conference for their SBP2015 in Washington, DC from March
31-April 3, 2015. We’re thrilled to get rejoin with SBP as our
conferences melded so well together last year. Like last year, the
conference fee for SBP will also allow you to attend BRiMS, so it
truly is two conferences for the price of one.

For us Department of Defense workers still under conference
restriction, you should note that this is a unique opportunity for you
to present your modeling and simulation work at a conference. We will
once again offer video teleconferencing (VTC) to present your accepted
papers. For the past three years, we have been unable to attend most
conferences and from first-hand knowledge, this has restricted our
publication opportunities. Using the VTC option will allow you to get
back to presenting your findings to the modeling and simulation

18. Advances in Cognitive Systems, Proceedings
29-31 May 2015

The purpose of the meeting is to bring together researchers with
interest in building cognitive systems that are distinguished by a
focus on high-level cognition and decision making, reliance on rich,
structured representations, a systems-level perspective, use of
heuristics to handle complexity, and incorporation of insights about
human thinking.

The Conference provides a venue for dissemination of research results
pertaining to the original, yet unanswered, questions of Artificial
Intelligence: to produce computational artifacts that reproduce a
broad range of human cognitive abilities.

The conference welcomes work on any topic related to the
representation or organization of complex knowledge structures, their
use in multi-step cognition, or their acquisition from experience or
instruction. Some functional capabilities that arise in this context
include, but are not limited to:

Conceptual Inference and Reasoning
Memory Storage and Retrieval
Language Processing
Social Cognition and Interaction
High-level Execution and Control
Problem Solving and Heuristic Search
Cognitive Aspects of Emotion and Personality
Metacognition and Meta-level Reasoning
Structural Learning and Knowledge Capture

We especially encourage participation from researchers working in
these and other areas who are interested in complex cognition,
human-level intelligence, and related topics.

Accepted long papers will be included in the conference proceedings
and also may be invited to appear in the online journal, Advances in
Cognitive Systems.

The conference aims to be as inclusive as possible while still
fostering innovative research on the computational nature of
intelligence. The conference FAQ (
attempts to clarify the scope of the event. Authors who have questions
about whether their research is appropriate for the meeting should
contact the Program Co-Chairs, Ashok Goel ( and
Mark Riedl (, for additional information.

General Chairs
Ashok Goel GIT (
Mark Riedl GIT (

Organizing Committee
Paul Bello Office of Naval Research
Kenneth Forbus Northwestern U
John Laird U of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Pat Langley U of Auckland / Carnegie Mellon
Sergei Nirenburg Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

19. Call for Papers and Special Issues, Trans. on Comp. Social Sys.

Transactions on Computational Social Systems
Co-Sponsored by IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics
Society and IEEE Computer Society

IEEE Transaction on Computational Social Systems began publication in
2014 and welcomes paper submissions that fall within its scope.
IEEE Transactions on Computational Social Systems focuses on such
topics as modeling, simulation, analysis and understanding of social
systems from the quantitative and/or computational perspective.
“Systems” include man-man, man-machine and machine-machine
organizations and adversarial situations as well as social media
structures and their dynamics. More specifically, the transactions
publishes articles on modeling the dynamics of social systems,
methodologies for incorporating and representing socio-cultural and
behavioral aspects in computational modeling, analysis of social
system behavior and structure, and paradigms for social systems
modeling and simulation. The journal also features articles on social
network dynamics, social intelligence and cognition, social systems
design and architectures, socio-cultural modeling and representation,
and computational behavior modeling, and their applications.

Transactions website:

Recent articles:\xpl/RecentIssue.jsp?punumber=6570650

Paper submission information:

For more information:

George Cybenko,
Prof of Engineering, Dartmouth

20. 19th Conference of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology
Sept 2015

[this is another group of cognitive psychologists from what typically
attends cognitive science conference, I think.  announcement late, but
it is recurring.]

21. Budapest Semester in Cognitive Science

BSCS-US announces a regular and a new study abroad program [next
announcement] in Budapest for 2015.

Our regular program: BSCS – Budapest Semester in Cognitive Science
Philosophy to Neuroscience will be held in the Fall of 2015, see: .

22. 6th UK Cognitive Linguistics Conference, July 2016, due: 6 Dec 2015

First announcement / call for abstracts for the
6th UK Cognitive Linguistics Conference
19 – 22 July 2016, Bangor U, Wales, UK

We invite the submission of abstracts (for paper or poster
presentations) addressing all aspects of cognitive linguistics.

The conference aims to cover a broad range of research concerned with
language and cognition. We are especially interested in promoting
empirical work pertaining to cognitive semantics, embedded discourse,
and applied cognitive linguistics. Thematic sessions will be organised
around the following topics:

*Functional approaches to cognitive linguistics
*Cognitive linguistic approaches to language teaching
*Lexicology and lexical concepts
*Language and space
*Analogy and conceptual transfer
*Situated cognition and language

In addition to these themes, other relevant topics include:
*Domains and frame semantics
*Categorisation, prototypes and polysemy
*Mental spaces and conceptual blending
*Language evolution
*Linguistic variation and language change
*Typology and constructional analyses of the languages of the world
*Corpora and statistical methods
*Metaphor and discourse
*Cognitive computational models

Cognitive linguistics is by definition highly interdisciplinary, and
so in addition to primarily linguistic research, we also invite
language related submissions that are based on disciplines such as
(cognitive and social) psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience,
anthropology, biology, artificial intelligence, and discourse and
communication studies.

Bangor is widely recognised as one of the most scenic university
settings in the UK [England], set between the famous Snowdonia
Mountains and the sea. The location, the scenery and the surrounding
area are amongst the reasons why Bangor U enjoys rising student
numbers and continuously attracts researchers from around the world
for conferences and extended research visits, spanning many
disciplines and research areas. This provides an ideal setting for an
intense and thought provoking interdisciplinary conference, following
the spirit of previous UK-CLCs.

The cathedral and university city of Bangor is easily reached through
excellent road and railway networks, with easy connections to London,
Manchester, and Liverpool airports. It is situated between the
historical cities of Conwy and Caernarfon, with their famous castles
and many further attractions close by for social events and conference

Confirmed plenary speakers:
*Penelope Brown (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, NL)
*Kenny Coventry (U of East Anglia, UK)
*Vyv Evans (Bangor U, UK)
*Dirk Geeraerts (U of Leuven, BE)
*Len Talmy (U at Buffalo, NY, USA)
*Dedre Gentner (Northwestern U, IL, USA)

Key dates
*Abstract deadline: 6 Dec 2015
*Decisions communicated by: 15 Feb 2016
*Pre-conference workshops: Mon Jul 18, 2016
*Main conference: Tue July 19 – Fri Jul 22, 2016

Talks will be 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for questions and
discussion. There will also be a poster session. The language of the
conference is English.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words (excluding references) will be
submitted using EasyChair (please check the conference website at for updates). Participants will be allowed
to present at most one talk (as a single or first author) and one
poster, but can be co-authors on other work. Please indicate on your
abstract if you intend the submission for a poster.

All abstracts will be subject to double-blind peer review by an
international scientific committee.

Since 2012 UK-CLA has published selected conference presentations in
the series ‘Selected Papers from UK-CLA Meetings’ (ISSN 2046-9144);
UK-CLC6 will continue this tradition.

Registration fees will be on a par with previous UK-CLC conferences. In
addition to the benefits of the conference, registration will now also
include membership in the UK-CLA (Cognitive Linguistics Association)
including free online access to the Language & Cognition journal for a

Chair: Thora Tenbrink (
Co-chairs: Christopher Shank, Alan Wallington

Local management: Javier Olloqui Redondo, Josie Ryan


23. Study abroad summer program: Systems Neuroscience in Budapest
[passed, but may re-occur]

We open also a new program:
Systems Neuroscience: a study abroad summer program

Program dates: June 8th- Aug 7th, 2015

The BSCS Systems Neuroscience Program takes place at and academically
supervised by the Department of Anatomy, Histology and Embryology,
Semmelweis U Medical School, Budapest.

For details, see:

24. NASA calls for proposals

[I have not worked with these calls, but have been on a review panel.
Cognitive modeling may be applied or used for several of these calls.
You may wish to examine the funding rate and the calls online.]

A National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Research
Announcement (NRA), entitled, “Human Exploration Research
Opportunities (HERO)” (NRA NNJ15ZSA001N), will be [was?] released on
July 31, 2015. This NRA will solicit research in support of NASA’s
Human Research Program (HRP).  The solicitation will be available at

The HRP contains six Elements: Space Radiation, Human Health and
Countermeasures, Exploration Medical Capability, Behavioral Health and
Performance, Space Human Factors and Habitability, and International
Space Station Medical Project. Fourteen disciplines or areas support
the Program: Behavioral Health and Performance, Bone, Cardiovascular,
Extravehicular Activity, Immunology, Medical Capabilities, Muscle,
Nutrition, Pharmacology, Radiation, Sensorimotor, Advanced Food
Technology, Advanced Environmental Health, and Space Human Factors

25. Postdoc in Team Decision Dynamics at RPI
until filled

*Postdoc in Team Decision Dynamics at RPI*

A 12-month, full-time postdoctoral scholar position in team decision
making is available beginning on or after 1 September 2015 in the
Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute. The position is associated with an
NSF-supported project on post-disaster distributed decision making
(NSF CMMI-1363513, PI David Mendonca, Co-PI Martha Grabowski), as
described here:

Applicants should have a PhD in an appropriate field (including but
not limited to Industrial Engineering, Human Factors,
Information/Computer Science, and Cognitive Systems) at the time of
their appointment. Programming and data management experience are a
plus. Opportunities of this position include collaborative publishing,
shared management of project personnel, professional presentations,
and development of proposals for follow-up research. Renewal beyond
the initial 12-month appointment is dependent upon performance and the
availability of funds.

To apply, interested applicants should submit the following items in
PDF format: (1) a cover letter, including the applicant’s
qualifications and career plans, (2) a current CV, and (3) contact
information for three professional references. Please see for specific instructions.

Review of applications will begin immeidately and continue until the
position is filled. Please direct any questions about this position to
David Mendonca (

26. Postdoc ACS Lab, Penn State [Reitter]

Postdoc position @ Applied Cognitive Science Lab, College of
Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State.

We’re beginning new, NSF-funded research in the areas of linguistics
and computational social science. Generally, we seek to model
cognitive processes using large-scale datasets and
experimentation. Our recent core contributions have been in
psycholinguistic models of natural-language dialogue and in decision
making. Our work in cognitive science is fueled by advances in
computing. In turn, we translate progress in cognitive science to
contributions in computer science, recently in cybersecurity and
machine learning. We are looking for a postdoc with training in one or
more of the following areas:

cognitive science (e.g., compt. psycholinguistics & data-driven modeling),
deep connectionist representations, and
natural language processing and information retrieval.

While the successful applicant is likely to focus on some areas,
strong practical computational skills and a research interest in
cognition or linguistics are required. Duties will include
contributing to a project that combines crowd-sourcing and natural
language processing to curate a dataset for peace research. Beyond
that, the post-doc is primarily expected to build a strong research
agenda, but may also collaborate in the graduate students’ projects
and teach. The initial appointment would be for one year and is
renewable. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in a relevant area (or be in
the final stages of obtaining one) and a strong record of

The PI’s group currently consists of four Ph.D. students engaged in
research on corpus-based cognitive linguistics, decision-making, and
machine learning. Penn State provides a strong environment for work in
the area, with its Center for Language Science, Departments of
Psychology and Computer Science, and IST (Penn State’s “iSchool”),
which is home to the ACS Lab. IST is collaborative and can provide
interaction with researchers in psychology, data mining, AI/machine
learning, computational social science, security, and more. Penn State
is located in central Pennsylvania, within driving distance to
Pittsburgh, New York, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore.

Please direct informal inquiries to David Reitter,

Job ad and formal applications:

27. Programmer in biology for simulation and analysis
Penn State

I spoke with Prof. Katriona (Kat) Shea in July, a prof in biology at
Penn State.  She found me because one of my students applied for the
position below.  She’s having trouble filling this position.  It is
modeling aspects of Ebola on a behavioral level. Some modeling, some
analysis, some R.  It looks interesting, timely, societyly important,
and her support has a short fuse — it is a one-year NSF grant that
has already started.

She can cover post-doc, grad student, or UG hours.  Or contract
programmer.  Open until filled.  Salary is competitive with university

A Programmer/Analyst position is available in the Dept of Biology, to
develop stochastic simulations of a range of published epidemiological
models of Ebola. The ideal candidate will need strong programming
skills and experience in stochastic simulation of dynamic systems;
will demonstrate strong organizational, written, and oral
communication skills; and be able to work well both independently and
as part of a collaborative team. An interest in epidemiology and
co-authoring publications is desirable, but not essential. The ideal
candidate will have a strong background in R, JavaScript, C, C++, and
Python OR a combination – to translate PI’s previous work on the in R
and the ability to translate from R to the chosen project language
will be essential. The programmer will work with: Dr. Katriona Shea
(; Dr. Matthew Ferrari
(; and Dr. Ottar Bjornstad
( in the Department of Biology
( and the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics
( at the Pennsylvania State U. All applications must
be submitted electronically (email initially) and should include a
cover letter stating relevant experience and interests, a current CV
or resume, and contact information for three references. For
additional information about the position, contact Katriona Shea
(; 814-321-4809). Review of applications will begin
immediately and continue until position is filled. This job will be
filled as a level 2, or level 3, depending upon the successful
candidate’s competencies, education, and experience. This is a
fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with
possibility of re-funding.

28. Chaired profs in Math Psych/Cog sciences
1 dec 15 until filled

U of California, Irvine
Chaired Profs in Mathematical Psychology/Cognitive Sciences

The Department of Cognitive Sciences ( at the U of
California, Irvine (UCI) invites applications for faculty positions
associated with the Falmagne Endowed Chairs in Mathematical
Psychology/Cognitive Sciences. Applicants should have an exemplary track
record of implementing innovative mathematical approaches to important
questions in psychology or cognitive science. We are especially
interested in candidates at the advanced Associate or Full Prof
level whose research focus is in either human cognition or visual
perception, and related areas of specialization.

Information about the Chairs at:

The online application includes: A cover letter, CV, research and
teaching statements, 3 major publications, and contact information for
3-5 referees. Interested candidates can apply for the position at:

Application review will commence on 1 Dec 2015 and continue until filled.

Jeff Krichmar,
Department of Cognitive Sciences
U of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697-5100

29. Florida International, open rank and instructor in CS
due 31 dec 15

The School of Computing and Information Sciences (SCIS) seeks
exceptionally qualified candidates for tenure-track and tenured
faculty positions at all levels as well as non-tenure track faculty
positions at the level of Instructor, including visiting instructor
appointments. SCIS is a rapidly growing program of excellence at the
University, with 30 tenure-track faculty members and over 2,000
students, including over 80 PhD students. SCIS offers BS, MS, and PhD
degrees in Computer Science, an M.S. degree in Telecommunications and
Networking, an MS degree in Cybersecurity, and BS, BS, and MS degrees
in Information Technology. SCIS has received over $22M in the last
four years in external research funding, has six research
centers/clusters with first-class computing and support
infrastructure, and enjoys broad and dynamic industry and
international partnerships.

Open-Rank Tenure Track/Tenured Positions (Job ID# 508676) SCIS seeks
exceptionally qualified candidates for tenure-track and tenured faculty
positions at all levels. We seek well-qualified candidates in all areas;
researchers in the areas of computer systems, cybersecurity, cognitive
computing, data science, health informatics, and networking are
particularly encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to candidates
who will enhance or complement our existing research strengths.

Ideal candidates for junior positions should have a record of
exceptional research in their early careers.  Candidates for senior
positions must have an active and proven record of excellence in
funded research, publications, and professional service, as well as a
demonstrated ability to develop and lead collaborative research
projects. In addition to developing or expanding a high-quality
research program, all successful applicants must be committed to
excellence in teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate
levels. An earned PhD in CS or related disciplines is required.

Non-tenure track instructor positions (Job Opening 507474)
We seek well-qualified candidates in all areas of Computer Science
and Information Technology. Ideal candidates must be committed to
excellence in teaching a variety of courses at the undergraduate
level. A graduate degree in CS or related disciplines is required;
significant prior teaching and industry experience and/or a PhD in CS
is preferred.

Florida International University is recognized as a Carnegie engaged
university. It is a public research university with colleges and
schools that offers more than 180 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral
programs in fields such as engineering, international relations,
architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida’s anchor
institutions, FIU contributes $9.8B annually to the local economy. FIU
emphasizes research as a major component of its mission. FIU has
awarded over 200,000 degrees and enrolls more than 54,000 students in
two campuses and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell,
FIU@I-75, and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. FIU also supports
artistic and cultural engagement through its three museums: the
Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, the Wolfsonian-FIU, and the
Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. FIU is a member of Conference USA and
has over 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. For more
information about FIU, visit

Qualified candidates for open- rank faculty positions are encouraged
to apply to (Job Opening ID #508676); and candidates for instructor
positions are encouraged to apply to (Job Opening ID # 507474). Submit
applications at and attach cover letter,
curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, research
statement, etc as individual attachments.  Candidates will be required
to provide names and contact information for at least 3 references
who will be contacted as determined by the search committee.  To
receive full consideration, applications and required materials should
be received by 31 dec 2015.  Review will continue until
position is filled.

If you are interested in a visiting appointment please contact the
department directly by emailing Dr. Mark Weiss at All other applicants should apply by going to

30. Postdoctoral researcher needed, Wright State U


Human Neuroscience and Visual Cognition & ASTECCA Laboratories,
Department of Psychology, Wright State U

We are seeking a postdoctoral fellow to take a leading role in our
research on the neurocognitive correlates of attentional control and
lapses of attention in semi-structured ecological settings. The goal
of this project is to rigorously characterize the relationship between
laboratory measures of attentional control and failures of attention
in realistic task contexts. We specifically aim to combine cognitive
behavioral studies, ERP experiments, and computational modeling to
test the extent to which laboratory measures can predict individual
differences in susceptibility to attentional failures. We will
investigate how these combined measures can be used to identify which
individuals are most likely to benefit from a cognitive training
paradigm aimed at enhancing attentional control. The postdoctoral
fellow will be responsible for designing the studies, programming the
experimental paradigms, recruiting participants, and collecting the
data. In addition, the fellow will be responsible for data analysis
and reporting the research findings in peer-reviewed journals.

The position is fully funded for three years. The successful candidate
will hold a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience, Cognitive Psychology,
Computer Science, or any other related discipline by the start date of
the position. Experience in computer programming, especially with
Matlab, and familiarity with fMRI or EEG research are
required. Experience in computational cognitive modeling will be
considered a strong advantage.

The Department of Psychology is housed in the College of Science and
Mathematics, offers a PhD in Human Factors and Industrial/
Organizational Psychology, and has 3 undergraduate concentration
areas: (1) Cognition and Perception, (2) Industrial/ Organizational,
and (3) Behavioral Neuroscience. Wright State U was recently ranked
among the “Best in the Midwest” universities by The Princeton Review,
listed among 260 Best National Universities in the annual “America’s
Best Colleges” rankings by US News & World Report, and ranked 4rth
nationally among universities with limited numbers of doctoral
programs in the Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index. Wright State U
is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

For more information on this position contact Assaf Harel, PhD or Ion Juvina, PhD Applicants should visit the following link to
upload CV and statement of research: . In addition, please have three
letters of reference sent directly to Ion Juvina, Assistant Prof,
Psychology, 313G Fawcett Hall, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Wright State U,
Dayton, OH 45435.

Review of complete applications will begin 8 Aug 2015, and continue
until the position is filled. All new hires must go through a criminal
background check before they can be hired.

31. Postdoctoral researcher, CMU
email John Anderson

I am looking for a postdoctoral researcher.  The work in our
laboratory involves developing ACT-R models of the learning of complex
skills and relating these models to the temporal structure of fMRI,
EEG, and MEG data.  An appropriate candidate would have relevant
background in some aspects of such work and an interest in learning
other aspects.  Interested candidates should email their CV to me
( and contact me with any questions about the position.

John R. Anderson,
Prof of Psychology and Computer Science
Carnegie Mellon U
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


32. Postdoc ACS Lab, Penn State [Ritter]

Postdoc position @ Applied Cognitive Science Lab, College of IST, Penn

We’ve started a 5-year project on learning, tutoring, and maintenance
funded by ONR.  It related to the D2P project, Herbal, and work on
measuring and modeling learning.  We anticipate hiring a post-doc in the
summer of 2016.  If you are interested, please stay in touch. Work will
be with the D2P system (

Please direct informal inquiries to

Job ad and formal applications to follow in Summer 2016.

33. Post-doc, Rice U,  due 1 oct 2015

From: Mike Byrne (>
Date: Mon, 3 Aug 2015 14:24:45 -0500

The Computer-Human Interaction Laboratory (CHIL) at Rice U is seeking
a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to take a leading role in an NSF-funded
project on using ACT-R to assess the usability of voting systems,
particularly the design of ballots.  The position starts October 1,

The position is fully funded for two years, with possible continuation
contingent on additional funding. The ideal candidate has (or will
have) a PhD in cognitive psychology, cognitive science or computer
science, with experience in ACT-R modeling and a strong programming

Further details can be found at Rice U’s jobs web site, .  Please direct questions to Mike

34. Postdoc in Games, Play, and Motivational Design @ Northeastern U , posted July 2015

Apologies for cross-posting: I you are or know someone who might want
to work with me and the fab faculty at the Northeastern U on game
design, gameful design, embarrassment, motivation, and all that fun
stuff: I have a postdoc position open immediately. Of course, if you
have any questions, feel free to ask.

# General Info
Position Title:    Postdoctoral Research Associate
Requisition Number:    STFR002325
Division/College: College of Arts, Media and Design
Location: Boston Main Campus
Full-time/Part-time: Full Time
Posting Date: 07/13/2015

# Responsibilities

The Playable Innovative Technologies (PLAIT) Lab at Northeastern U is
seeking a Post Doctoral Research Associate (Post Doc) to join our
fast-growing game research group
( The position involves assisting
in quantitative and qualitative empirical studies, helping in the
design of applied games and playful experiences, and writing research
papers around designing for engagement and enjoyment in and beyond
game play. Additional responsibilities include grant proposal
preparation and laboratory management.

Game play is a subject-environment ecology purposefully designed to
create enjoyment, motivation, and engagement. The Post Doc will be
involved in advancing the state of knowledge of how design features
and contextual circumstances together afford motivation and enjoyment
in and beyond games, and how to translate such knowledge into a form
useful for designers. The Post Doc will help in writing review
articles and grant proposals on particular motives. The main
responsibilities will be to help set up and run research studies and
publish about these. The Post Doc will get the opportunity to become
involved in the development of motivational systems and to supervise
graduate and undergraduate students.

Current example projects are developing a system for automatic
difficulty balancing of citizen science games (;
identifying how embarrassment acts as a hurdle to engagement and how
to reduce it (; or understanding how the context
of serious games in schools affects their experience and
effectiveness. Work will be performed under the guidance of
Dr. Sebastian Deterding, an Assistant Prof of Game Design. As
most projects will involve collaborations with other PLAIT members and
faculty across Northeastern U and around the globe, the Post Doc will
have the opportunity to interact with and become visible to a wide
variety of researchers and industry partners.

# Qualifications
We seek candidates who hold a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI),
Cognitive Science, Learning Science, Psychology, Sociology or related
areas at the time of starting their position. Successful candidates
will have an interdisciplinary background, an clear research interest
in games, and expertise in quantitative and qualitative empirical
research. Candidates should ideally have experience with game or user
experience design, the development of interactive systems, and grant

# Additional Information
This is a 1-year position with the possibility of 1 year renewal
contingent on funding and performance. We hope to fill this position
as soon as possible and we will review applications as they
arrive. The position is open until filled.  For more information,
please contact Dr. Sebastian Deterding (

35. School of Information Tech, Carleton U – Assistant Prof
URL too long!

Tenure Track Position in HCI, games or Digital Media at Carleton U

School of Information Technology – Assistant Prof
Carleton U

(Applications will be considered until the position has been filled)

The School of Information Technology invites applications from
qualified candidates for a Tenure Track appointment at the rank of
Assistant Prof beginning 1 Jul 2015.

We are interested in candidates with expertise in the area of
interactive digital media with a focus on computer games, HCI,
multimedia systems and networks. Relevance to big data is desirable.
Successful candidates are expected to pursue an active research
program, perform both graduate and undergraduate teaching and
supervise graduate students (at the Master’s and PhD levels), and
undergraduate senior projects.  Participation in the development and
operation of the School is an integral element of the position.

The School has 8 full time faculty and offers a Bachelor of
Information Technology degree in three distinct programs: Interactive
Multimedia and Design, Network Technology, and Photonics and Laser
Technology.  All programs provide an innovative mix of courses drawing
on a variety of disciplines and combine a strong foundation in
academic theory with hands-on training. The School also participates
in the multidisciplinary graduate program in HCI.  New Graduate
programs in Digital Media, and Networking; and an undergraduate
program in Information Resource Management are under development.
Further information on the School of Information Technology can be
obtained at More information on the U
is available at the Faculty Recruitment and Support Web site: Information about the
undergraduate programs can obtained at

A PhD in a field relevant to interactive digital media, multimedia
systems, games, HCI or networks is required. The successful candidate
will be expected to demonstrate an existing record of research with
publications at top-tier international forums; have evidence of strong
teaching ability or potential; present a plan to develop an
externally-funded program offering exceptional training opportunities
and pursue dynamic partnerships with industry and government

Applications, including a curriculum vitae and statements of teaching
and research interests, should be emailed in one single PDF document
to: Applicants should also arrange for three
letters of reference to be sent either directly or by email.  Email
letters should include contact information of the author for
verification purposes.  Applications will not be considered complete
until the letters are received. Initial screening of complete
applications will begin on May 15, 2015 and continue until an
applicant is chosen and the position is filled.

Please indicate in your application if you are a Canadian citizen or
permanent resident of Canada.

— Carleton U —

Located in Ottawa, Ontario, Carleton U is a dynamic and
innovative research and teaching institution committed to developing
solutions to real world problems by pushing the boundaries of
knowledge and understanding.  Its internationally recognized faculty,
staff, and researchers provide academic opportunities in more than 65
programs of study to more than 27,000 full- and part-time students,
from every province and more than 100 countries around the
world. Carleton’s creative, interdisciplinary, and international
approach to research has led to many significant discoveries and
creative work in science and technology, business, governance, public
policy, and the arts.

Those applicants that are selected for an interview will be requested
to contact the Chair of the Search Committee as soon as possible to
discuss any accommodation requirements. Arrangements will be made to
accommodate requests in a timely manner.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. Canadians and
permanent residents will be given priority.  All positions are subject
to budgetary approval.

Audrey Girouard, PhD          Audrey.Girouard@CARLETON.CA
School of Information Technology, AP 230 D
Carleton U

36. 4 postdocs and RAs in AI consciousness, Tokyo

4 Postdoctoral and/or RA positions at Araya Brain Imaging, Tokyo, Japan.

Four postdoctoral positions (or RA positions) are available to work on
a JST (Japan Science and Technology) funded CREST research project on
“Towards constructing artificial consciousness based on the integrated
information theory (IIT)” (PIs: Kanai, Kawanabe and Maekawa, Co-PIs:
Tsuchiya and Oizumi), which will run for 5.5 years from Oct 2015. The
initial appointment will be for one year, with renewal based upon
satisfactory performance and evaluation. Salary will be commensurate
with experience.

We are looking for young researchers (i.e., RAs, late-stage candidates
for MSc or PhD degrees, or postdoctoral fellows) whose main research
interest is the neuronal basis of consciousness, artificial
intelligence, and/or the integrated information theory (IIT) of

There are 4 main projects:
1. Evolving artificial intelligent systems in complex game environments
2. Constructing systems with flexible sensory, cognitive and motor
capability using deep neural networks (DNN)
3. Evaluation of integrated information in artificial systems
4. Empirical tests of IIT in real neural systems

You will be employed at Araya Brain Imaging (CEO: Kanai) in Japan for
all projects, but the actual location of work depends on the
project. Projects 1 and 2 will mainly take place within Araya Brain
Imaging in Tokyo, Japan, whereas Projects 3 and 4 will be conducted at
Monash University, Australia.  All projects will be supervised by
Ryota Kanai (Araya), Naotsugu Tsuchiya (Monash) and Masafumi Oizumi
(Monash and RIKEN, Japan).  Researchers in all projects are expected
to travel between Japan and Australia frequently (at least twice a
year) to maximise interactions within the team.

For each project, the exact requirement for experience and skills
differ, but excellent programming and mathematical skills (especially
familiarity in advanced statistics, machine learning and information
theory) will be essential in all projects.  Research Assistants are
expected to learn those skills upon appointment. Excellence in written
and oral English communication skills, as supported by objective
publication recorded, is essential for postdoctoral applicants.  Most
importantly the enthusiasm to solve consciousness is mandatory.

Araya Brain Imaging is a rapidly growing start-up located in
Tokyo. While being a private company, our priority is the quality in
research that drives innovation in neurotechnology. Many of the Araya
members have been trained abroad (UK and US) and we are aiming to
build an international hub for artificial consciousness.

Monash University, one of the eight top universities in Australia
(G8), is forming a strong cluster of consciousness researchers,
ranging from philosophers, neurophysiologists, and psychologists with
excellent cognitive neuroscience tools available (simultaneous EEG &
fMRI experiments and EEG/TMS & fMRI experiments at Monash Brain
Imaging facility, which hosts a research-only MRI scanner, EEG, TMS
and eye tracking.

Interested candidates are encouraged to send a CV, statement of
research accomplishments and interests, PDF copies of representative
publications, and contact information for 2 reference letters to:

Yoshiko Tan ( for questions and application.

Application review will begin immediately and continue until the
positions are filled.

Ryota Kanai
CEO of Araya Brain Imaging

37. CS@Virginia Tech, tenure track

Virginia Tech’s Department of Computer Science is hiring Tenure-Track
Faculty positions in areas related to HCI.

An Interactive Computing position includes human-computer interaction,
graphics, intelligent user interfaces, visualization, visual
analytics, human interaction with big data, augmented reality,
tangible interfaces, human-robot interaction, game design, creativity
support, or computing in the arts and humanities.

There are also open positions in Data Analytics and Cyber Security.

See details below.  Please forward on to others who may be interested.

-Chris North

Faculty Search – 2015/16



The Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech seeks applicants for tenure-track faculty
positions in three areas: interactive computing, cyber security, and
data analytics. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in Computer Science or
related field at the time of appointment, a rank-appropriate record of
scholarship and collaboration in computing and interdisciplinary
areas, sensitivity to issues of diversity in the campus community, and
will be required to teach at the undergraduate and/or graduate
levels. The position requires occasional travel to professional
conferences and meetings.

Tenure-track Assistant Prof in Interactive Computing – Blacksburg, VA
Strong candidates from any area related to interactive computing are
encouraged to apply. Exceptional candidates at higher ranks will also be
considered. Candidates who complement existing strengths in
human-computer interaction, graphics, intelligent user interfaces,
visualization, visual analytics, human interaction with big data,
augmented reality, tangible interfaces, human-robot interaction, game
design, creativity support, or computing in the arts and humanities are
especially encouraged.  Candidates have opportunities for collaboration
in the interdisciplinary Center for Human-Computer Interaction
( that includes 30 faculty across campus, the
Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (
housed in the new Moss Center for the Arts, and the Discovery Analytics
Center ( Applications must be submitted online to
( for posting # TR0150108. Applicant screening will
begin on November 20, 2015 and continue until each position is filled.
Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Chris North, Search Committee Chair,

Tenure-track Assistant Prof in Cyber Security – Blacksburg, VA

Candidates with expertise in cyber security, including technologies
for and applications in information security, network security, and
trustworthy computing are encouraged to apply.  Candidates focusing on
security issues of cyber-physical systems, embedded systems, sensor
networks, robotics, Internet of Things (IoT), etc. are especially
encouraged. The candidate will join the CS department and also
participate in an interdisciplinary team of five faculty in Advanced
Manufacturing and share common space and equipment, leveraging
established labs and the Commonwealth Center for Advanced
Manufacturing (>, a
public-private partnership in Virginia. There is an active group of
cyber security faculty in CS and ECE departments collaborating in
research as well as graduate and undergraduate education (see: Applications must be submitted online to for posting # TR0150107. Applicant screening will
begin on November 20, 2015 and continue until the position is
filled. Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Ali Butt, Search Committee

Associate/Full Prof in Data Analytics – National Capital Region (NCR)

Candidates with research depth and breadth in data analytics, data
mining, “big data”, or data science are encouraged to
apply. Candidates working at the intersection of data analytics and
cyber-security and at the intersection of data analytics and urban
computing are especially encouraged. Candidates should present a
proven ability to initiate and sustain collaborations within computing
as well as with application specialists. The department is home to the
Discovery Analytics Center ( that leads “big
data” research on campus. The successful candidate will contribute to
the research and graduate programs in the NCR and collaborate with
faculty at Virginia Tech’s campus in Blacksburg, VA. The NCR campus
( is located near the Washington D.C./Falls
Church area and houses the Virginia Tech Research Center
( in Arlington, VA. Applications must
be submitted online to for posting #
TR0150106. Applicant screening will begin on November 20, 2015 and
continue until the position is filled.  Inquiries should be directed
to Dr. Naren Ramakrishnan, Search Committee Chair,

The Department of Computer Science has 40 research oriented
tenure-track faculty and ~10 postdocs/research faculty.  There are a
total 12 NSF/DOE CAREER awardees in the department. Research
expenditures for FY2015 were $412 thousand per tenure-track faculty
member (i.e., a total of $15.5 million); total research funding at the
beginning of FY2015 was $43.4 million. BS, MS, and PhD degrees are
offered, with a growing enrollment of over 610 undergraduate majors
(14% women) and over 270 PhD/MS students. In 2010, CS@VT was ranked
5th in the country in recruiting quality of CS undergrads by the Wall
Street Journal. The department is in the College of Engineering, whose
undergraduate program was ranked 8th and graduate program was ranked
12th among public engineering schools in 2014 by U.S. News & World

Early applications are encouraged. We welcome applications from women
or minorities. Salary for suitably qualified applicants is competitive
and commensurate with experience. Selected candidates must pass a
criminal background check prior to employment.

38. Lecturer/SL in games, U. of Lincoln, England

The U of Lincoln, UK, is looking for a Lecturer / Senior Lecturer
(equiv. Asst / Assoc Prof in the US & Canada) in Games Computing,
possibly with a research background in HCI.

The full posting is available via, and more info on
our more recent games research is available at

39. Information Science, UC/Boulder, due 2 Nov 2015, position number F02925.

U of Colorado Boulder
Dept of Information Science

The newly established Department of Information Science in the College
of Media, Communication and Information at the University of Colorado
Boulder (CU) seeks outstanding candidates for multiple tenure-track
positions at all ranks. Successful candidates will help shape the
future of Information Science–as a Department and as a discipline–and
support the growth trajectory of the new College. The Department takes
a progressive approach to the discipline of Information Science,
focusing on human-data interaction in all its diverse forms and

The College of Media, Communication and Information (CMCI) is the
first new college at CU in 53 years. CMCI is at the forefront of the
revolution in communication and digital technology, and is a
distinctive, collaborative, interdisciplinary and entrepreneurial
enterprise where students engage with world-class faculty to learn,
create and analyze media content in its many forms.  CMCI is
establishing a new standard for teaching and scholarship in
communication, media and information.

The roster of the Department’s founding faculty reveals a diversity of
backgrounds and interests that constitutes a shared commitment to
progressive visions of Information Science. Our current faculty have
training in multiple disciplines that include Cognitive Science,
Computer Science, Computer-Supported Cooperative Work, Data Science,
Education, Human-Computer Interaction, Humanities, Informatics, Law,
Media Studies, and Psychology. Furthermore, the Department sits in a
College that includes faculty with whom we have close relationships in
Advertising, Public Relations and Media Design; Communication;
Critical Media Practices; Intermedia Art, Writing and Performance;
Journalism; and Media Studies. In addition, the Department’s research
and educational missions are enhanced by multiple cross-disciplinary
relationships across the university at large. Finally, the Department
of Information Science collaborates extensively with the Department of
Computer Science and is a member of the campus-wide Human-Centered
Computing community.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Information Science, Computer Science,
or a related discipline. Candidates must show evidence of or an
ability to develop an independent research program; a commitment to
teaching and creating a diverse educational environment; and a desire
to contribute to a rapidly expanding institutional environment.

Applications will be evaluated beginning 2 Nov 2015. The search
will continue until positions are filled. Applications must include a
letter of interest specifying an area of specialization and how that
relates to the broader mission of information science; curriculum
vitae; statements of research and teaching; and contact information
for at least three references.

CU Boulder is a research university with about 25,000 undergraduates
and 6,000 graduate students. The city of Boulder is a high-tech hub,
with the highest concentration of tech startups in the US at 2.5 times
the density of Silicon Valley, according to the Kauffman
Foundation. Boulder is also home to 4 national labs–NCAR, NIST, NOAA,
and NREL–which support additional opportunities for scientific and
technical collaboration. Located at the base of the Rocky Mountains
yet only 27 miles from Denver, Boulder is frequently named one of the
most desirable places in the US to live.

The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed
to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from women,
racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities and
veterans. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request
for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at

Applications must be submitted online at, position number F02925.

Leysia Palen
Prof of Computer Science
Prof and Founding Chair of Information Science
University of Colorado, Boulder

40. CS@U Central FL, tenure track

The Computer Science Division in the College of Engineering and
Computer Science at UCF invites applications for three tenure-track
(or tenured) positions at the assistant or associate prof level,
starting Fall 2016. Successful candidates will have a record of
high-quality publications and be recognized for their expertise and
the impact of their research. We welcome exceptional applicants from
all CS research areas though we are particularly interested in
applicants in the following areas: cyber security, algorithms and the
theory of computing, and human-computer interaction.

Computer Science (CS) at UCF has a rapidly-growing educational and
research program with over $4.5 million in research contracts and
expenditures annually and over 215 graduate students. Computer Science
has strong areas of research in Computer Vision, Machine Learning,
Virtual and Mixed Reality, Big Data, and HCI. The CS division is also
well-known for the success of its two-time defending National Champion
Cyber Defense team and the exceptional record of its programming teams
in regional, national, and world competitions. More information about
the Computer Science division can be found at

UCF has the top-tier Carnegie Foundation designation of a “very high
research activity” university. Research sponsors include NSF, NIH,
NASA, DOT, DARPA, ONR, and other agencies of the DOD. Industry
sponsors include AMD, Boeing, Canon, Electronic Arts, General
Dynamics, Harris, Hitachi, Intel, Lockheed Martin, Oracle, SAIC,
Symantec, Toyota USA, and Walt Disney World, as well as local

UCF is the nation’s second largest university and is ranked by
U.S. News and World Report as the third most up-and-coming university
in terms of innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, and
student life. Located in Orlando, UCF is at the center of the I-4 High
Tech Corridor. The corridor has an excellent industrial base that
includes software, defense, space, simulation and training, and a
world-renowned entertainment industry. Adjacent to UCF is a thriving
research park that hosts more than 100 high-technology companies and
the UCF Institute for Simulation and Training. The Central Florida
area is designated by the state of Florida as the Center of Excellence
in Modeling and Simulation. UCF also features the College of Medicine
(COM) which opened in 2009 and is fully accredited. Great weather,
easy access to the seashore, one of the largest convention centers in
the nation, and one of the world’s best airports are just a few
features that make Orlando an ideal location.

To apply:

41. Assoc/Full Prof, Learning Science/EDM/LAK at New York U

Assoc/Full Prof, Learning Science/Education Communication and
Technology, Tenured/Tenure-Track

View ad online:

The ( Educational Communication and
Technology program in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and
Human Development at New York University invites applications and
nominations for an open rank, tenured/tenure-track position in the area
of learning, measurement, and assessment with digital media with primary
responsibilities in the graduate program.  The ECT programs–the
Ph.D. in Educational Communication and Technology (ECT), the M.A. and
Advanced Certificate in Digital Media Design for Learning (DMDL), and
M.S. in Games for Learning (G4L)–offer graduate instruction in the
design, development, implementation, and evaluation of a broad range of
digital media-based learning environments, including simulation and
games, mobile apps, and online experiences. The programs aspire to
contribute to the ideals of social equity and an informed and
participatory citizenry through design and scholarship.


An earned doctorate is required in Learning Sciences, Educational
Psychology, Cognitive Science, Educational Technology, Human-Computer
Interaction, Computer Science, Data Science, or a related field.
Candidates should have a strong program of theory-based research on
the design or use of digital media for learning, measurement, or
assessment that advances the field. Research specializations that
include new and emerging learning-related areas, such as educational
data mining, learning analytics, or visual analytics, are of
particular interest. The ECT programs are interested in theoretical
and applied research on learning in traditional and nontraditional
settings and learning outcomes.


In addition to service at the program, school, and university levels,
responsibilities will include: (1) engagement in an active program of
scholarly research related to the design, use, and study of digital
media for learning, teaching, or assessment; (2) design and teaching
of courses primarily at the graduate level; (3) advisement and
supervision of undergraduates and of graduate student masters theses
and doctoral dissertations; (4) development of research grant
proposals to appropriate federal agencies, foundations, and private

NYU’s dynamic Global Network University includes NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU
Shanghai, and international programs and academic centers around the
world. NYU Steinhardt faculty may have the opportunity to engage in
research and teaching at these global study and research sites.

New York University is an equal opportunity employer. NYU does not
discriminate due to race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual
orientation, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital or
parental status, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship status,
veteran or military status, age, disability, unemployment status or
any other legally protected basis, and to the extent permitted by
law. Qualified candidates of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds are
encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels.


Please apply online with a letter of application, curriculum vitae, up
to three research manuscripts or journal articles, and the names and
contact information of three references:

Inquiries and requests for further information should be directed to
Jan L. Plass, ECT Program Director and Search Committee Chair,

Information about the ECT Programs can be found at:

Reviewing of applications will begin on November 1, 2015 and will
continue until the position is filled.

The starting date for the position is September 1, 2016, and the
appointment is on a nine-month schedule. Salary is competitive and
commensurate with experience. NYU provides a competitive benefits

Jan L. Plass, Paulette Goddard Prof of Digital Media and Learning Sciences
Director, Programs in ( Games for Learning (MS)
( Digital Media Design for Learning (MA)
( Educational Communication and Technology (PhD)

Director, ( CREATE Consortium for Research and
Evaluation of Advanced Technologies in Education
Co-Director, G4LI Institute for Games for Learning

MAGNET (Media and Games Network)
Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
New York University

Access our simulations and games using ( DREAM

42. Open-Rank Faculty Position in Quan Psy, U of Mich

The Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor,
invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position. The expected
start date is 1 Sep 2016.  The primary criterion for appointment is
excellence in research and teaching.  We are especially interested in
candidates whose research program contributes to the development of new
quantitative methods.  Although the specific research area is open, we
are especially interested in applicants for whom quantitative
theoretical modeling, which could include computational models, analytic
models, statistical models or psychometric models, is an essential part
of their research program.  The successful candidate will participate in
the teaching rotation of graduate-level statistics and
methods. Quantitative psychologists from all areas of psychology and
related disciplines are encouraged to apply. This is a university-year

Successful candidates must have a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline
(e.g. Bio-statistics, Psychology) by the time the position starts, and a
commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching. New faculty hired at
the Assistant Prof level will be expected to establish an
independent research program. Please submit a letter of intent,
curriculum vitae, a statement of current and future research plans, a
statement of teaching philosophy and experience, and evidence of
teaching excellence (if any). Applicants should also request at least
three letters of recommendation from referees. All materials should be
uploaded by September 30, 2015 as a single PDF attachment to  For
inquiries about the positions please contact Richard Gonzalez
( The University of Michigan is an equal
opportunity/affirmative action employer. Qualified women and minority
candidates are encouraged to apply. The University is supportive of the
needs of dual-career couples.

Richard L. Lewis           
Department of Psychology             (734) 763-1466
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI  48109

43. Senior Neuroscientists, Virginia Tech

Senior Neuroscientist. Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech
( seeks a senior neuroscientist to complement
recent growth in neuroscience in the department, college, and
throughout the university. Exceptional advanced and senior candidates
with a focus on human systems are encouraged to apply. Appointment
will be made at the Assoc Prof or Prof level, with tenure. The
successful candidate will be expected to maintain a vigorous research
program, teach effectively at the undergraduate and graduate levels,
and participate in professional and university service. Candidates
will have opportunities for collaboration with many other established
neuroscientists on campus and at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research
Institute ( There is also the potential to
collaborate with new neuroscientists who will be hired by the Virginia
Tech School of Neuroscience (launch date expected in 2016;  Questions regarding the Senior
Neuroscientist in Psychology position can be directed to Prof. Martha
Ann Bell, Chair of Neuroscience Search, Psychology, Virginia Tech,
Blacksburg, VA 24061, (540) 231-2546, More detail and
the application process can be found at
(reference posting #TR0150115). Review of applications will begin on
December 1, 2015, and continue until the position is filled.

44. Comp. neuroscience positions at Sandia National Labs
[this has passed, but there seem to commonly be positions there]

From: Chance, Frances S. (

We are seeking computational neuroscientists to join our
interdisciplinary research program in understanding cognitive function
at the neural circuit level.  Example research topics of interest
include understanding neural circuit function, neural basis of
perception, decision-making, learning and memory, and the development
and validation of large-scale high-fidelity neural simulations.

Multiple positions for varying levels of experience are available.  To
apply, visit and click ‘View All Jobs’.
Type the indicated Job ID into the Keywords box to find the appropriate
posting.  For questions please contact Frances Chance
(, Brad Aimone (, or Glory
Emmanuel (

Technical Staff (Job ID 647552):  The successful applicant
for our technical staff position should have a strong background in
neuroscience (as evidenced by a PhD in neuroscience, cognitive
science, machine learning, or a related field), and experience with
current neuroscience research methods and data analysis.
The successful applicant will be expected to contribute to ongoing
projects as well as to develop new lines of research and pursue new
funding opportunities.  Experience should be commensurate with a
beginning assistant prof or higher.

Postdoctoral Position in Computational Neuroscience (Job ID
647564): An advanced degree (PhD or equivalent) in computational
neuroscience or a related area is required for this position, as is a
strong record of academic performance and publications.  Other
required qualifications include competence in C, C++, Matlab, Python,
or a related programming language, and excellent written- and
oral-communication skills.

Postdoctoral Position in Machine Learning/Computer Science (Job ID
647563): An advanced degree (PhD or equivalent) in mathematics or
computer science or related area is required for this position; with a
preference for those with experience in examining neural computation
or developing machine learning approaches based on neural inspiration.
Those with focus on mathematics research areas pertinent to neural
systems, such as studies of large dynamical systems, high-dimensional
statistics, and dimensionality reduction, are particularly encouraged
to apply.  A strong record of academic performance and publications is
required.  Other required qualifications include competence in C, C++,
Matlab, Python, or a related programming language, and excellent
written- and oral-communication skills.

45. Academic Fellow in Machine Learning, Leeds, due 30sep15

University Academic Fellow in Machine Learning (Tenure Track) — 250 Great Minds

(DEADLINE: 30:09:2015, note more positions will be open)

The University of Leeds wants to recruit 250 University Academic
Fellows by 2017 who have the potential to make a major contribution to
the University’s academic performance and standing — see  Join us and you will be supported
by a structured five year fellowship development programme leading to
an Associate Prof role.

We are currently advertising for a UAF in Machine Learning.

The School of Computing’s interests in Machine Learning range from the
foundations of learning to applications in data analytics; health,
commerce, biology, engineering; and robotics; control, smart
factories, security, biological systems.  The School has established
an international leadership in aspects of machine learning, most
notably through spatial reasoning, ontological alignment, and
cognitive vision.  We are seeking to strengthen our expertise in this
field, through an outstanding researcher with the drive and ambition
to eventually assume leadership of this activity in the School.  We
welcome applicants from all aspects of machine learning, but in
particular candidates whose research aligns with the major strategic
areas of robotics or data analytics.

Grade: 8
Salary: ?38k to ?45k
Closing Date: 30 Sep 2015

Reference: ENGCP1012
Please apply via:

46. Tenure Track Asst Prof in Cog Psychology at Syracuse

As part of our multiyear hiring plan, the Dept of Psychology at Syracuse
U invites applications for a full time tenure-track position in
Cognitive Psychology to join the Cognition, Brain, & Behavior (CBB)
area. The successful candidate is expected to pursue an exceptional
program of research using rigorous methods and driven by a strong
theoretical foundation to understand fundamental mechanisms underlying
cognition. Candidates with a program of research utilizing outstanding
quantitative skills will receive special consideration. Applicants for
the position should have a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive
Science, or a related field. Successful candidates will show evidence of
(1) high quality scholarship and the potential to build a vigorous
program of funded research (2) teaching promise at the undergraduate and
graduate levels and (3) promise of excellence in engaging graduate and
undergraduate students in research. Responsibilities include maintaining
an active program of research, teaching and advising at the graduate and
undergraduate levels, and contributing to the CBB program. Information
about the department may be found at CBB has
collaborations with the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience program Review of applications will
begin 1 Nov 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.

The university and department have a strong commitment to achieving
diversity among faculty and staff. Syracuse U is an equal
opportunity, affirmative-action institution. We are particularly
interested in receiving applications from members of underrepresented
groups and strongly encourage women and persons of color to apply for
these positions. The Dept of Psychology and broader Syracuse community
provides a rich and supportive environment for inclusive research
involving ethnically and economically diverse populations.

Syracuse is located in beautiful Upstate New York. The city and
surrounding areas offer outstanding school systems, a modest cost of
living, proximity to nature (Adirondack Mountains, Thousand Islands,
Lake Ontario, and the Finger Lakes) and easy access to major eastern
cities.  Several major medical centers, including SUNY Upstate Medical
Center and the Syracuse VA Medical Center, are in close proximity to
Syracuse University and offer opportunities for interdisciplinary

Applicants must complete a brief online faculty application at Attach electronic copies of
your curriculum vitae and a cover letter describing your research and
teaching accomplishments and interests and one representative
paper. Three letters of recommendation are required. Detailed
instructions for uploading their confidential recommendation letter into
the system will be sent to references identified in your
application. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and will
continue until the position is filled.

47. Director, Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study

Director, Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study

George Mason U, a public research university located in Fairfax
County, Va., is seeking the next Director for the Krasnow Institute for
Advanced Study. The Krasnow Institute seeks to expand understanding of
mind, brain, and complex adaptive systems by conducting advanced
interdisciplinary research. The Krasnow Institute plays a key role in
achieving the university’s goal of increased prominence through
research. For additional information, please see

Responsibilities: The Director of the Krasnow Institute provides overall
research and administrative leadership for the institute and reports
directly to the Executive Vice President/Provost. The Director is
responsible for working closely with faculty in setting the research
agenda for the institute–maintaining and enhancing the quality of the
institute, working collaboratively with faculty and staff to
continuously improve research programs, developing and sustaining
relationships between other academic units on campus and in the
community, enhancing the reputation of the institute to national and
international constituencies, and maintaining sound fiscal
management. The Director also will oversee the generation of external
resources, including sponsored research funding, philanthropic support,
and major gifts.

The Krasnow Institute is part of George Mason, which has grown in size,
stature and national rankings since its birth less than a half-century
ago. Mason is currently the largest and most diverse public university
in Virginia, with over 33,000 students from all 50 states and over 135
countries studying over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington,
Fairfax, and Prince William counties with more than 1,400 faculty

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution
with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Mason’s reach is
both deep and broad. Its location near Washington, D.C., affords unique
resources and opportunities for partnership with external
organizations. The university is within 20 miles of over 30 universities
and premiere research institutions, and federal agencies and federal
laboratories. Fairfax also boasts some of the finest public schools in
the country, such as Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and
Technology, numerous performing arts and health care facilities, and
over 30,000 acres of public parklands to provide a unique quality of

Qualifications: Applicants must have the ability to lead and manage an
interdisciplinary organization that successfully integrates cutting edge
research and academic activities relevant to the institute’s
mission. Applicants should also have demonstrated experience
facilitating productive partnerships and a positive reputation with the
external community.

Applicants for the position must:

Hold an earned terminal degree (e.g., Ph.D. or M.D.);
Have significant research accomplishments; and
Have academic experience in a scientific field connected to the mission of the institute.

The ideal candidate will also have:

A strong record of accomplishments consistent with tenure at the rank
of full prof at a research university;

Excellent interpersonal skills; and

Demonstrated experience in academic program leadership, and university
program development and fundraising.

48. Computational Social Science, GMU, Junior position

Tenure-Track Assistant Prof, Computational Social Science

George Mason U’s Computational and Data Sciences (CDS) Department in the
College of Science invites applicants for a full-time, tenure-track
faculty position at the Assistant Prof level.

Responsibilities: Beginning Fall 2016, this position is intended to
primarily support the Computational Social Science (CSS) Program within
CDS, including support of the Ph.D. degree in CSS, a master’s degree in
interdisciplinary studies, and a CSS certificate. This position will
also support undergraduate programs that are currently under

Qualifications: Potential for success in both research and teaching are
the primary criteria for this position. Applicants should have a
promising research record, with a deep knowledge of and interest in
computation as applied to one or more of the social sciences. While we
are open to expertise in all areas of computational social science, we
are particularly interested in social network specialists interested in
both theory and data. Applicants must have a Ph.D. (expected completion
by Aug 2016 is acceptable) from an accredited institution.

About the Program: Methodologically, the CSS Program focuses on
data-driven social science models using social network and agent-based
computational approaches from a complexity perspective. Current faculty
members have domain expertise in economics and finance, political
science and international relations, geography and geographic
information systems, land use and cover change, and public policy. As
one of the first programs of its type in the world, CSS has had
significant success in both research and professional placement. Our
students come from all over the world (the Americas, Europe, Africa,
Asia and Australia) and have been placed at a variety of top
universities (e.g., University of Oxford, University College London), at
government agencies, as well as in the private sector, including
start-up companies.
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