Research grant systems that encourage innovation

A recent paper entitled "Cost of the NSERC Science Grant Peer Review System Exceeds the Cost of Giving Every Qualified Researcher a Baseline Grant" suggests that there are opportunities to improve on currently prevailing research funding systems and gives concrete examples.


Montreal: Science, Tech and Design co-sponsored by WAYS

29/11/2008 14:00
29/11/2008 16:00
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On Saturday, November 29th, please join us for an informal discussion panel bringing together Scientists, Technologists and Designers to weigh in about the current and future influence of each of these disciplines on one another. The Mother-Child Health International Research Network, The World Association of Young Scientists and the Canadian Centre for Architecture invite you to a public conversation on collaboration between these three critically important – and increasingly interdependent - fields of knowledge.

This session will be structured around a series of questions posed to our guest panelists, followed by a discussion and open exchange with the audience.

  • Saturday November 29th, 2008, from 2:30pm until 4:00pm

  • Canadian Centre for Architecture: 1920 rue Baile, Montréal, Québec – Shaughnessy House.
  • Refreshments will be provided.
  • Contact Us for more information.

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CfP: 9th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems, Montreal, Canada


9th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems
June 23-27, 2008 Montreal, Canada

******** Important Announcement *********************

NEW deadline extended until January 24, 12h PM (midnight) Easter time

******** REVISED Dates *********************

January 24th, 2008 : Paper & Poster submission.

January 24th, 2008 : Workshop & tutorial proposal due.

March 7th, 2008 : Notification of acceptance (full papers & posters).

=== April 1st, 2008 : Young Researchers Track submission. ===

April 6th, 2008 : Copyright form submission (full papers & posters).

April 6th, 2008 : Final camera-ready manuscript (full papers & posters).

April 16th, 2008 : Author registration deadline .

April 20th to May 8th : Workshop, Demonstrations and tutorial deadlines.

**** Theme: Intelligent Tutoring Systems: Past and Future *********

The 9th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems provides a
leading international forum for the dissemination of original results in the
design, implementation, and evaluation of intelligent tutoring systems and
related areas. The conference will draw researchers from a broad spectrum of
disciplines ranging from artificial intelligence and cognitive sciences to
pedagogy and educational psychology. The conference explores the real world
impact of intelligent tutoring systems (ITSs) on an increasingly global

Improved authoring tools and learning object standards enable fielding
systems and curricula in real world settings on an unprecedented scale.
Researchers deploy ITSs in ever larger studies, and increasingly use data
from real students, tasks, and settings to guide new research. With high
volumes of student interaction data, data mining and machine learning,
tutoring systems can learn from experience and improve their teaching

Increasing number of realistic evaluation studies also broaden researchers'
knowledge about the educational contexts for which ITSs are best suited. At
the same time, researchers explore how to expand and improve student-tutor
communication, for example, how to achieve more flexible and responsive
discourse with students, help students integrate Web resources into
learning, use mobile technologies and games to enhance student motivation
and learning, and address multicultural perspectives.

ITS'2008 will be supported by a strong international program committee that
will ensure full and effective refereeing of all submitted papers.

********** Topics of ************

Original papers related to the design, implementation and evaluation of
intelligent tutoring systems are solicited. Topics include, but are not
limited to, the followings:

- Adaptive Hypermedia
- Evaluation of Instructional Systems
- Learning Environments
- Affect and Models of Emotion
- Human Factors and Interface Design
- Machine Learning in ITS
- Agent-based Tutoring Systems
- Instructional Design
- Narratives in Learning
- Natural Language and Discourse
- Architectures
- Instructor Networking
- Pedagogical Agent
- Assessment
- Intelligent Agents
- Pedagogical Planning
- Authoring Systems
- Intelligent Web-Based Learning
- Situated Learning
- Case-Based Reasoning Systems
- Intelligent Multimedia Systems
- Speech and Dialogue Systems
- Cognitive Modeling
- Internet Environments
- Student Modeling
- Collaborative Learning
- Knowledge Acquisition
- Virtual Reality
- Digital Learning Games
- Knowledge Construction
- Web-based Training Systems
- Distributed Learning Environments
- Knowledge Representation
- Wireless and Mobile Learning
- Electronic Commerce and Learning
- Learning Companions

********** Contacts and Paper Submission ******************

Roger Nkambou (co-chair), University of Quebec at Montreal, Canada - Susanne Lajoie (co-chair), McGill, Canada -

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Proceedings of the conference will be published by Springer Verlag in its
Lecture Notes in Computer Science series.