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Frank Ritter, Farnaz Tehranchi, & David Schwartz

Penn State University

Frank E. Ritter is a professor in the College of Information Sciences and Technology, professor in the Department of Psychology, and professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Penn State University. He studies cognitive modeling, cognitive architectures, human computer interaction and learning.

Farnaz Tehranchi is a 5th year PhD student in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at the Pennsylvania State University. She works in the Applied Cognitive Science Lab, where she is co-advised by Dr. Frank E. Ritter and Dr. Rebecca Passonneau. Her research is focused on cognitive computing at the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction
and Cognitive Science. Farnaz is developing an artificial intelligence agent, eyes and hands model by extending visual and motor modules for cognitive architectures. She received the best poster award at ICCM 2019.

David Schwartz recently graduated from Bucknell University and is working towards a PhD in Informatics at Penn State. His prior work concerned getting ACT-R and ACT-R/Phi to interact with other simulations such as Project Malmo and Skirmish Sim. He is  interested in making cognitive models easier to use and able to better replicate human behavior.

“Extending ACT-R with JSegMan to Perform a Long Task with Implications for Perception, Motor Output, Fatigue, and Motivation”

PDF of Talk.