Frank E. Ritter: Using behavior representation models in risk-driven design
I am happy to be able to announce that Frank E. Ritter (Applied Cognitive Science Lab, Penn State) is visiting us in Stellingen on July, 24th.
Frank Ritter's works are concerned with cognitive modeling within a unified theory of cognition such as Soar or ACT-R to test theories of learning, moderators, and networks, and to improve human-computer interaction. He has built several tools to make model building, protocol analysis, and statistical analysis easier. He is also working on stochastic learning and optimization algorithms to model behavior and to improve other analyses.
He will be here for the whole day (10:00-18:00) and will give a talk 14:00 - 15:30 (incl. discussion) in D-220. In addition to his talk (see below) Frank has reserved time to meet colleagues who are interested in presenting their work or discussing research topics related to his work. For more information about his research please consult his website at http://www.frankritter.com/ritter.html
If you want to schedule a meeting or lab-demo with Frank, please contact me (Martin Christof Kindsmüller: phone: -2527 / email: email@example.com) until Monday 22nd.
Hope to see many of you at Franks talk or in one of our meeting/demo sessions!
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Using behavior representation models in risk-driven design
Frank E. Ritter, Applied Cognitive Science Lab, College of IST, Penn State
A report by the National Research Council (Human-system integration in the system development process: A new look. Pew & Mavor, eds., 2007, available free with registration; http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=11893) noted a new way to include human factors in developing systems of systems, the risk-driven spiral model. In this talk I introduce the theory in this report and note a few extensions based on thinking since the report. The report argues that most systems are developed with a mind to what are the riskier aspects of the design and implementation. The report notes how different perspectives have different views of what is risky, and that risk-driven spiral model can be used to organize methods in HCI. (This theory can apply to developing our own models as well.) The report calls for using user models as a shared representation between designers and design stages. The use of models as shared representations in design offers a new outlet and use for user models, but also raised new challenges and repeats old ones, like the ability to build models easily and make them explainable to others. Knowing this report will help modelers understand their own work, find find their audience, and apply their models more effectively.
Professor of Information Sciences and Technology, of Psychology, and of Computer Science and Engineering
Frank Ritter's current research is in the development, application, and methodology of cognitive models, particularly as applied to interface design, predicting the effect of behavioral moderators, and understanding learning. With Martin Yeh, he has an iPhone app, caffeinezone, for predicting the time course and effects of caffeine, and his lab is building tutors for the Marine Corps on shooting and combat lifesaving skills. He has helped write and edit several books. A report on applying cognitive models in synthetic environments, was published by the Human Systems Information Analysis Center (HSIAC) as a State of the Art Report (2003), a book on order effects on learning was published in 2007 by Oxford, and he contributed to a National Research Council report (Pew & Mavor, eds., 2007) on how to use cognitive models to improve human-system design. He is about to publish a book of practical advice on how to run studies given as a tutorial here at BRIMS 2012 (Sage) and the ABCS of what psychology do systems designers need to know (Springer).
Three of his papers on modeling users have won awards, one on high level languages with St. Amant was selected for the "Siegel-Wolf Award for best applied modeling paper" at the International Conference on Cognitive Modeling, and two were selected for recommended reading lists by the BRIMS conference, one on interfaces for models and one on how rules of engagement can be influenced by moderators. The ABCS book has repeatedly won awards at the HCI Consortium annual meeting. He has served as an external examiner in England for degree programs in cognitive science and knowledge management systems. He currently edits the Oxford series on cognitive models and architectures for Oxford University Press. With Kennedy and Best he has co-chaired the BRIMS conference and edited special issues of the best papers for Computational and Mathematical Organizational Theory. His work has been funded by ARL, Darpa, DMSO, Dstl (UK), DSTO (Australia), DTRA, and ONR. He spent the Fall 2005 semester as a Senior Fulbright Scholar at TU/Chemnitz in Germany.