IST receives $100,000 grant for cognitive modeling research

Professors Frank Ritter and Steven Haynes of the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) at Penn State University have received a $100,000 award from Charles River Analytics for EasyCog, which extends the Herbal human cognition model and tool used to understand how humans behave, think, learn and retain knowledge.

Ritter said that IST has helped with the project through paperwork assistance as well as other input on the project. Ritter said he works with graduate students and also uses the EasyCog and Herbal model in his classes so students may offer suggestions for improvement.

“I’ve done this several times and it helps both teaching and research, here and in IE [industrial engineering] and psychology,” Ritter said.
Winning this award provides both a corporate partner to seek input from as well as financial support from the company.

Cindi Mahilik, of the Research Office at IST, said EasyCog will extend the existing Herbal model to make these models more powerful and easier to apply. Penn State will continue to use the EasyCog and Herbal cognitive modeling environment to create models in important new domains.

Last Updated July 07, 2011