The conference workshop program provides an opportunity for in-depth discussion on a specific topic important to cognitive science. Please see below for details.
Modeling the Perception of Intentions
Time: Full-day (9:30 - 17:00)
Organizer: David Pautler
Attributing intentions to others based on observations of their behavior is a core cognitive ability. It is also a necessary precursor to social judgments such as judgments about responsibility and morality. The seminal work of Heider and Simmel (1944) highlighted the spontaneity, richness, and range of intention attributions that can be elicited by a stimulus as impoverished as moving geometric figures. Subsequent research has revealed a wide range of visuospatial cues that suggest specific intentions as well as observer attributes that influence judgments. How are such cues and observer attributes integrated into an inferred specific intention? A handful of processing models have used frameworks such as schema-matching or probabilistic inference to integrate such cues. This workshop will address two questions: 1) How have different fundamental paradigms fared in the quest for a model of human intention perception? and 2) What questions about this topic are most in need of answers?
Teleoperated Android as a Tool for Cognitive Studies, Communication and Art
Teleoperated androids, robots owning humanlike appearance equipped with semi-autonomous teleoperation facility, was first introduce to the world in 2007 with the public release of Geminoid HI-1. Geminoid is a teleoperated android robot that resembles existing human being. In this workshop, we will focus on the further enhanced and broadened usage of teleoperated androids that can provide new means for cognitive science studies, and can bridge the gap between cognitive neuroscience and the behavioral sciences, as well as philosophy, social science and arts, leading to a new way of understanding human beings.
Women in Cognitive Science Interactive Panel Discussion: Professional advancement, leadership and international collaboration
The workshop aims to bring together American and Japanese researchers in Cognitive Science at the 2012 meeting of the Cognitive Science Society in Sapporo, Japan. Speakers will discuss cross-cultural solutions to foster research productivity and visibility for women scientists. One major theme will be leadership, both how to identify and assume positions that help to develop leadership skills for professional advancement. A related theme is how those experiences do and do not differ across cultures. A second major theme will be how to develop new research collaborations outside of one's primary institution, including international collaborations. All acknowledge that this is not a simple process and often evolves slowly, out of more social networking connections. While such solutions generally occur on an ad hoc basis and vary across individuals, the aim of the WICS workshop is to enable discussion of possible solutions so as to enhance the productivity and visibility for women scientists in cognitive science.
Glenn Gunzelmann (U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory)