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Virtual International Symposium on Cognitive Architecture (VISCA 2020)

June 4-5, 2020: 10am-5:30pm EDT

Hosted by the Soar Research Group, University of Michigan

John Laird ( Organizer

VISCA-2020 is a wrap! We had 375 registrants from around the world and >160 people online at once.

Thanks to all of the speakers. Great talks!!!

Videos of talks are available below – attached to the titles of the talks.

Thanks to the gods of Zoom (and the University of Michigan for having a license). One or two small glitches, but this would have not been possible even a year ago.

Thanks to my students for helping organize and run the symposia.

We will repeat next year VISCA-2021: May/June 2021. It will still be invited virtual talks, but with some twists to make it more interactive with more discussion.

Original Call: Over the last forty years, there has been continual research in cognitive architecture – the computational substructure underlying cognition. VISCA is an attempt to bring together leaders in the field to share their current research across the breadth of cognitive architecture, including research on modeling human behavior, neural-cognitive architectures, functional capabilities of cognitive architectures, components of cognitive architectures, and applications. Our goal is to enable anyone in the world to participate. Please share this webpage with colleagues and friends who might be interested.

There are no registration fees or other costs. All that we ask is that you register so we can provide you access to the symposium and the materials we collect. The symposium will be a live event, June 4-5, 10am-5:30pm EDT both days, with limited questions following each presentation (and some short breaks). We plan to capture the lectures and make them available after the symposium.

We will use Zoom Webinar for the presentations. An email will be sent to all registrants with details of how to participate. Email if you have questions.

For those interested in the Soar cognitive architecture, the Soar Workshop was held June 3, and for those interested in broader questions of Cognitive Systems, the Advances in Cognitive Systems Conference will be held on August 10th-12th.

Speakers and Talks

Author information and a video of the talk are available via the links associated with talk titles.


John LairdUniversity of MichiganIntroduction to Cognitive Architecture

Variations in Cognitive Architectures

Ken ForbusNorthwestern UniversityAnalogy versus Rules in Cognitive Architecture
Ron Sun & Can MekikRensselaer Polytechnic InstituteClarion and Raven’s Matrices
Volkan Ustun & Paul RosenbloomUniversity of Southern CaliforniaThe Sigma Cognitive Architecture and System
Paul BelloNaval Research LabsRecent Progress on Intentions and Intentional Action in the ARCADIA Cognitive System
Pat LangleyInstitute for the Study of Learning and ExpertiseContinuous Planning and Adaptive Control in the PUG Architecture
Dongkyu ChoiA*STAR, SingaporeAn Integrative Approach to Collaborative Intelligence

Cognitive Modeling

David KierasUniversity of MichiganWhy Newell was Right: Constructing Explanatory Models for Visual Search
Niels TaatgenUniversity of GroningenUnderstanding Intelligence with a Multi-layer Cognitive Architecture
Christopher StevensAir Force Research LabsProfiling Cognitive Load with ACT-R
Greg TraftonNaval Research LabsMatching Cognitive Models to Individuals:  A Different Approach
Laura HiattNaval Research LabsUsing Cognitive Models to Train Big Data Models with Small Data
John AndersonCarnegie Mellon UniversityLearning to Play Video Games without Instruction
Christian LebiereCarnegie Mellon UniversityOptimizing Interaction Using Personalized Models of Decision Making
Frank Ritter, Farnaz Tehranchi, David SchwartzPenn State UniversityExtending ACT-R with JSegMan to Perform a Long Task with Implications for Perception, Motor Output, Fatigue, and Motivation

Neuro-Cognitive Models and Analysis

Chris EliasmithUniversity of WaterlooSpaun 2.0: Sometimes Bigger is Better
Terry StewartNational Research Council of CanadaUsing Neural Representations of Time and Space within a Cognitive Architecture
Andrea Stocco & Catherine SibertUniversity of WashingtonExploring Cognitive Architectures in the Era of Large Brain Data

Applications of Cognitive Models

Chris MyersAir Force Research LabsThe Problem(s) with Synthetic Teammates
Shiwali MohanPalo Alto Research Center (PARC)Exploring the Role of Common Model of Cognition in Designing Adaptive Coaching Interactions for Health Behavior Change
Matthew R. VersaggiOptumHow UHG/Optum Technology is gearing up to use Cognitive Technology in Healthcare

Photos from the final discussion…