Schedule for Spring 2011

**Note: Talks marked with a double asterisk are not ICS talks but are approved for the ICS Topics class.

January

January 10, 2011
First Day of Classes

January 13-14, 2011
-IBSC Conference

January 17, 2011
-Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, Campus Closed

January 21, 2011
-Speaker to be announced

January 28, 2011
-Thomas Hauser
Director of Research Computing, University of Colorado at Boulder

February

**February 3, 2011
--Special Lecture Center for Research on Training (MUEN E214 12:00-1:00pm), Michael Mozer
Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Colorado at Boulder 
Title: "Exploiting spacing effects for practical benefit: The Colorado optimized language training (COLT) project"

February 4, 2011
--Al Kim
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Colorado at Boulder

**February 10, 2011
--Special Lecture Center for Research on Training (MUEN E214 12:00-1:00pm), Christopher Wickens
University of Colorado, Alion Science and Technology Corporation 
Title: "Training strategies and their attention demands: A meta-analysis approach"

Abstract: 
This talk is in three parts. Part 1 will address the theoretical causes of the dissociation between learning and transfer, in the context of cognitive load theory (CLT), and will show how this dissociation is reflected in a series of training strategies related to Part task training, learner control, exploratory learning, "training wheels" and adaptive training. Part 2 will describe a novel meta-analytic approach based on ratio scores, that we have applied to examine the effectiveness of these training strategies, outlining both the strengths and weaknesses of this approach, which can complement more traditional approaches. Part 3 will examine the specific applications of this approach to part task training and to learner control. If time allows, the implications of the CLT dissociation to organizational purchase of training material will be described.

February 11, 2011
--Mike Mozer & Randy O'Reilly
Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Colorado at Boulder; Professor, Department of Psychology and Neuroscienc, University of Colorado at Boulder

**February 17, 2011
--Special Lecture Center for Research on Training (MUEN E214 12:00-1:00pm), Alice Healy
University of Colorado at Boulder
Title: "Principles of Training"  

Abstract: 
We have been conducting experiments aimed to identify and emprically support principles of training that can provide guidelines to trainers to enhance training effectiveness. These experiments include tests of the generality across tasks of individual principles, multiple principles in a single task, principles in complex dynamic environments, and new principles.

February 18, 2011
--Leon Gmeindl
Department of Psychology and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University 
Title: "Revealing the nature of spatial working memory: effects of perceptual segregation, selective attention, and neurodegeneration" 

Abstract: 
Leon Gmeindl, Ph.D.
Psychological & Brain Sciences
Johns Hopkins University

The ability to hold in mind the locations of objects when those objects are no longer visible plays an essential role in everyday, real-world performance; for example, while driving a car, one should keep track of nearby vehicles that are currently in one’s blind spot. Despite the vital importance of this ability for supporting goal-driven behavior and visual cognition, many questions remain regarding fundamental characteristics of spatial working memory: In what form and by what mechanisms are locations maintained in working memory? Are spatial representations and mechanisms influenced by object properties? By voluntary selective attention? What limits the capacity of spatial working memory? Is it difficult to bind together space and time (e.g., serial order) in working memory? In this talk, I will provide an overview of research that my collaborators and I have conducted with both healthy adults and individuals with multiple sclerosis that begins to illuminate these fundamental characteristics of spatial working memory.

February 25, 2011
--Alessandro Moschitti
Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Trento

March

March 4, 2011 
--Aaron Clauset
Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science; University of Colorado at Boulder

March 11, 2011 
--Tom Mitchell 
Fredkin University Professor and Department Head, Machine Learning Department School of Computer Science; Carnegie Mellon University

March 21-25, 2011 
--Spring Break

April

April 15, 2011 
--Bhuvana Narasimhan & Jill Duffield
Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of Colorado at Boulder; Graduate Student ICS Travel Award Winner, University of Colorado at Boulder

April 29, 2011 
--ICS Poster Session Fiesta
--Last Day of Classes

May

May 6, 2011 
--Commencement