05 January 2012

Call for Applications: NSF Funded Joint Conference

In association with the Cognitive Science Society, the US National Science Foundation hopes to fund up to eight conference grants/research fellowships to US citizens who are enrolled as students at a US institution.  The funds will support students to both attend the 34th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci2012) and to participate in a collaborative research project with a sponsoring institution in Japan.  The award will provide funds for travel, accommodations, and registration fees for the conference and for a short stay (3 to 4 days) at a relevant Japanese institution immediately prior to or after the conference to work on the project.  The number of awards will be based on available funds and the scientific merit of the submitted proposals.

Confirmed collaborating hosts/institutions include:

Hiroshi Motoda, Osaka University.
Research areas: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Mining, Knowledge Discovery, Scientific Discovery, Expert Knowledge Acquisition

Naomi Miyake, University of Tokyo.
Research areas: Learning sciences, Collaborative Problem Solving, Robotics for CSCL, Learning Process Analysis

Other potential host institutions in Japan include:

National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
Center for Experimental Research in Social Sciences, Hokkaido University

Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute at Kyoto/Osaka
Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University at Inuyama, Nagoya

The application process is as follows:

All eligible applicants who wish to apply should submit a one page proposal outlining the project on which they wish to work.  The deadline for this is February 1, 2012.  This outline may specify a collaborating institution, but need not.  Institutions not listed above will be considered if the applicant can provide the name of a suitable and willing academic collaborator at such an institution.  In addition to the proposal, applicants should provide indicative costs.

From the applicants, a subset will be identified by March 1 whose interests overlap sufficiently with those of a lab sponsor in Japan.

The student and lab sponsor will coordinate to plan a small research project that will include a visit to the lab before or after the conference in Sapporo.

With guidance from the sponsor, the student will submit a final proposal for review by the Selection Committee on or before May 1, 2012.

The Selection Committee will review and choose up to eight projects to support, based on student academic merits, potential impacts on students' education and research goals, financial need, and fundingavailability.  Awards will be announced on June 1, 2012.

Students will only be considered if they have submitted a paper to the CogSci2012 conference and if that paper is accepted for oral

Interested students should submit their applications to: CogSci.2012.sapporo@gmail.com.