Monday, August 15, 2011

Professor Peter Todd was awarded a prestigious grant from the Mellon Foundation to study food from the perspective of cognitive science, please check out this link:

Monday, July 25, 2011

"Causal Graphical Models for Computational Social Science"

Speaker: David Jensen (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
When: Thursday July 28, 3:00-4:30pm
Where: Informatics East room 130

Abstract: Over the past 25 years, a surprising and impressive body of work has accumulated on algorithms for inferring causal dependence from observational data. This work has shown how patterns of observed statistical dependence can constrain the space of possible joint causal models, often to the point of uniquely identifying specific causal dependencies. Most of this work has been limited to very simple types of data, typically independent and identically distributed instances. Recently, my students and I have begun to extend this work to the analysis of more complex models whose causal dependencies also have spatial and temporal extent. This work draws on graphical models, social network analysis, statistical relational learning, and quasi-experimental design. I will describe some of this work, and provide an extended historical example of how it could significantly alter the practice of computational social science.

Bio: David Jensen is Associate Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Knowledge Discovery Laboratory at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His current research focuses on causal discovery in relational data, computational social network analysis, fraud detection, and privacy. He serves on the Executive Committee of the ACM Special Interest Group on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining and on the program committees of the International Conference on Machine Learning and the International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining. He is an associate editor of the ACM Transactions on Knowledge Discovery from Data. He received the 2011 Outstanding Teaching Award from the College of Natural Science at UMass. From 1991 to 1995, he served as an analyst with the Office of Technology Assessment, an agency of the United States Congress. He received his doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis in 1992.

Monday, March 28, 2011

The third annual Midwest Undergraduate Cognitive Science Conference is on April 2nd -- In ONE WEEK!!

We are looking forward to a great conference next Saturday. The schedule of talks and abstracts has been POSTED! Check it out on our schedule page:

A few people have asked about parking -- There is free parking at the Fee Lane Garage, located on South Fee Lane near the Kelley Graduate School. Here is a map --

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Career events: January/February 2011

There will be two notable career events on campus this January/February:

First event:
For all students: Internship Fair will be held on Wednesday, January 26, from 10a.m to 3p.m., in the Alumni Hall at Indiana Memorial Union

Second event:
For students interested in computers: there will be Spring Career Fair hosted by School of Informatics and Computing, on Wednesday, February 16, from 11a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Alumni Hall at Indiana Memorial Union

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Undergraduate Cognitive Science Conference,Spring 2011

The Indiana University Student Organization for Cognitive Science and the Indiana University Cognitive Science Program are pleased to announce the Midwest Undergraduate Cognitive Science Conference on the weekend of April 2-3, 2011 in Bloomington, Indiana.
This conference is organized to provide the next generation of cognitive scientists an opportunity to present their research to their peers from across the Midwest.
We are pleased to have two plenary speakers presenting their research:
Linda Smith, Professor of Psychology at Indiana University, will be delivering her plenary address on Saturday, April 2nd, 2011.
Larry Yaeger, Professor of Informatics at Indiana University, will be delivering his plenary address on Sunday, April 3rd, 2011.

Undergraduate students who wish to present a poster or talk should visit the submissions page on the MUCSC website. Here you will find more information on abstract requirements and the submission form. The deadline for submissions is February 4th, 2011. Abstracts will be peer-reviewed by the program committee and notifications will be sent via e-mail beginning February 28th, 2011.

Posters will be showcased during a 1.5 hour session and presenters must be present to answer questions. New to this year's conference, poster presenters have an opportunity to give a one minute teaser to their poster presentation prior to the poster session. The event, MUCSC RUCKUS (pronounced mʌ•kʌs rʌ•kʌs), will be a fast-paced, fun introduction to the numerous posters that will be presented by students across the Midwest. Participation is optional but encouraged for all poster participants. For more information, visit the MUCSC website or email

Also new to this year's conference is the MUCSC Question of the Week, where students and faculty can engage in discussing various topics from all areas within cognitive science. In the coming weeks, we will request professors from the Midwest to submit questions that will be posted to our MUCSC Tumblr beginning in January. These questions can be commented on by anyone, but discussion will be moderated by the program committee. The most discussed questions will be featured at the conference on Sunday, April 3rd during a live discussion. ***If you would like to submit a question, we encourage you to reply to to us with your question. Most likely this question will be featured on our Tumblr! Thank you in advance for any submissions!***

Registration is free and required by all attendees. Students may register by visiting the registration page. Submitters of an abstract for a poster presentation or talk will automatically be registered as a conference attendee. Transportation and lodging arrangements will be the responsibility of the participants. Travel information and hotel suggestions are located on the MUCSC website.

Further details will be announced as the conference date grows closer. To be placed on our mailing list, send a message to with the body "subscribe cogsconf-l". If there are any questions please contact