First Annual UMass Cognitive Science Workshop

The First Annual Cognitive Science Workshop was held Thursday, November 13th from 2:00 until 5:30 in Computer Science 150/151. More than 50 faculty and graduate students from across the campus gathered to hear about ongoing research, and talk about ways that we can promote interdisciplinary communication and collaboration. The program and some photos of speakers are below, and a list of presentations from the poster session and some more photos can be found here. Thanks to everyone who participated!

Lisa Sanders

Lisa Sanders

2:00  Social 15 minutes to meet others interested in Cognitive Science and to see a short video introducing the new website

John McCarthy

John McCarthy

2:15  Lisa Sanders (Co-Director Initiative for Cognitive Science) outlined our current plans to become an Institute of Cognitive Science

2:20  John McCarthy (Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School) talked about interdisciplinary research and graduate education

2:30  Andy Barto (Computer Science) Computational Clues to the Brain’s Reward System

2:50  Louise Antony (Philosophy) Epistemology and Psychology: Can Justification be “Naturalized”?

3:10  Caren Rotello (Cognitive Psychology) Why Cognitive Psychology is Important for Neuroscience: An Example from Research on Reasoning

Caren Rotello

Caren Rotello

3:30  Poster session and social hour

4:30  Rajesh Bhatt (Linguistics) The Importance of Treebanks in Cognitive Science

Erik Cheries

Erik Cheries

4:50  Erik Cheries (Developmental Psychology) Foundations of Mind: Infants’ Knowledge of Objects, Agents, & Identity

5:10  Dave Huber (Cognitive Neuroscience) Testing a Perceptual Habituation Model with Electrophysiology

Dave Huber

Dave Huber

We would also like to thank the following graduate students for their time and help in organizing, setting up, facilitating transitions between talks, and cleaning up: Andrea Cataldo, Tina Chen, Kristina Curro, Coral Hughto, Lap-Ching Keung, Josh Levy, Claire Moore-Cantwell, Deniz Ozyildiz, Clemens Rosenbaum, and Ben Zobel.

Photos courtesy of Claire Moore-Cantwell and Tina Chen.