Workshop for Students of Cognitive Systems (SOCS) at ACS 2015

The Students of Cognitive Systems workshop (SOCS-15) is aimed at second and third year Ph.D. students who have completed a majority of their course work and are working towards proposing a thesis. Students will be paired with mentors who have recently graduated or are at the finishing stages of their graduate work and are on the job market. The mentors will be matched with students based on interest and research themes. Each invited student from a United States university will receive an NSF Travel Award (see below). Approximately 8-10 students will be invited to participate.

The workshop has the following primary goals:

NSF Travel Awards

We will give National Science Foundation (NSF) Travel Awards to students from United States Universities who participate. Each award will cover the entire cost of the student's conference registration and will partially cover the student's travel fees and/or lodging. Soon, we will post more details in this section about how much we expect to be able to provide for travel fees and/or lodging. Please check back soon!

Submission Procedure

Interested students should assemble a PDF packet with the following materials:

At the conference, students will give a short presentation on their work. Please plan to speak for 10-12 minutes, allowing 3-5 minutes for questions.

All applications should be submitted using the following EasyChair submission link (applicants will have to create an EasyChair account if they do not have one already):

Students of Cognitive Systems (SOCS) submission site

Important Dates

Workshop Program

Locations: All events on Thursday (except dinner and the coffee breaks) will be held in the GVU Cafe, which is near the staircase on the second floor of the Technology Square Research Buildling (TSRB), located at 85 5th Street NW. The poster session on Friday will be held in the TSRB auditorium area.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Time Authors/Presenters Title
9:15 am Maria Chang, Shiwali Mohan, Bryan Wiltgen Welcome, introductions, and opening remarks
9:30 am Keynote Speaker: Kenneth Forbus It’s Steam Engine Time.
10:30 am Refreshments
  Student Presentations: Session 1
10:45 am Clifton McFate An Analogical Approach to Learning Constraints on Non-canonical Constructions
11:00 am Tesca Fitzgerald Case-Based Skill Transfer in Robotic Agents
11:15 am Michael Leece Unsupervised Learning of HTNs in Complex Adversarial Domains
11:30 am Morteza Behrooz Remember That Time? Generating Interesting Stories from Social Interactions with Intelligent Agents
11:45 am Joseph Blass Interactively Learning Moral Norms via Analogy
12:00 Lunch
  Student Presentations: Session 2
1:00 pm David Winer Characterizing Narrative Sequencing Effects with a Cognitive-Computational Framework
1:15 pm Steven Jones Efficient and Effective Spreading Activation for Cognitive Architectures
1:30 pm Chen Liang Combining Structure Mapping and Statistical Learning for Structured Learning
1:45 pm Sarah Harmon Computational Cognitive Narrative: Generation meets Understanding
2:00 pm Panel: Nate Derbinsky, Arnav Jhala, Boyang Li, Shiwali Mohan
3:00 pm Refreshments
3:30 pm Keynote Speaker: Ashwin Ram Cognitive Systems: Real Theory, Real Impact
4:30 pm Maria Chang, Bryan Wiltgen, Shiwali Mohan Closing Remarks
6:30 pm Leave from TSRB for Dinner at Escorpion

Friday, May 29, 2015

Time Authors/Presenters Title
6:00 pm All Students Poster Session in TSRB auditorium area


If you have any questions about participation, please feel free to contact Maria Chang ( or Bryan Wiltgen (

Organizing Committee for SOCS 2015

  • Shiwali Mohan PARC
  • Bryan Wiltgen Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Maria Chang Northwestern University
  • Gordon Briggs Tufts University

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