DILab has strong presence at International Conference on the Theory and Applications of Diagrams

August 2010- Ashok Goel, Mateja Jamnik (Cambridge) and Hari Narayanan (Auburn) chaired the Sixth International Conference on the Theory and Application of Diagrams in Portland, Oregon. The conference was big success.

Michael Helms presents two papers to the 2010 ASME IDETC/CIE Conference on Design Theory and Methods in Montreal, Canada. The first was entitled “The Effects of Functional Modeling on Understanding Complex Biological Systems,” and the second “Biologically Inspired Design: A Macrocognitive Account.”

Sameer Honwad presents a joint Rutgers-Georgia Tech paper “Connecting the Visible to the Invisible: Helping Middle School Students Understand Complex Ecosystem Processes” to the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society in Portland, Oregon.

Ashok Goel presented two poster papers to the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society in Portland, Oregon: “Taking a Look (Literally!) at the Raven’s Intelligence Test: Two Visual Solution Strategies,” and “Learning Functional and Causal Abstractions of Classroom Aquaria.”

Misc. July 2010 News

July 2010- Keith McGreggor and Maithilee Kunda organize the AAAI-2010 workshop on Visual Representation and Reasoning in Atlanta. Keith also gives a talk on “A Fractal Analogy Approach to Raven’s Test of Intelligence” to the workshop.

Ashok Goel gives the keynote talk on “Meta-Reasoning for Self-Adaptation in Intelligent Agents” to the AAAI-2010 workshop on Meta-Cogniton.

Ashok Goel gives an invited talk on “Reflection in Action” to the AAAI-2010 workshop on Goal-Directed Autonomy.

Joshua Jones gives a talk on “Effects of Faulty Knowledge Engineering on Structured Classification Learning” to the AAAI-2010 workshop on Abstraction, Reformulation and Approximation.

Julia Svoboda joins DILab as a post-doctoral fellow. She will work on the EMT project on learning about complex systems in middle school science.

Misc. May 2010 News

May 2010- Swaroop Vattam successfully defends his thesis proposal entitled “Mediated Analogy: From Practice to Theory to Technology.” His thesis committee includes Professors Janet Kolodner, Mary Lou Maher, Nancy Nersessian and Jeannette Yen.

Maithilee Kunda presents the paper “Can the Raven’s Progressive Matrices Intelligence Test Be Solved by Thinking in Pictures?” to IMFAR-2010 in Philadelphia.

Joshua Jones graduates with a Ph.D. in Computer Science! Congratulations Josh!

Josh is now a postdoctoral research scientist with Marie des Jardins and Tim Oates at University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Adity Dokania, Shantanu Gupta, Rohan Tewari, Bryan Wiltgen and Deepak Zambre graduate with a M.S. in Computer Science! Congratulations all!

Adity is joining The MathWorks in Boston, Deepak is joining Microsoft in Seattle, and Bryan is joining the Ph.D. program at Georgia Tech in Atlanta.