IWALS
2018

Perspectives on the Learner:
Cognition, Brain, and Education

University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA, USA

June 6-8
2018

Perspectives on the Learner: Cognition, Brain, and Education

Keynote Speakers ›

Kenneth R. Koedinger

Professor, Human Computer Interaction
Director, LearnLab (Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center)
Carnegie Mellon University

Kenneth Koedinger is a professor of Human Computer Interaction and Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University. He has an M.S. in Computer Science, a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology, and experience teaching in an urban high school. His multidisciplinary background supports his research goals of understanding human learning and creating educational technologies that increase student achievement. His research has contributed new principles and techniques for the design of educational software and has produced basic cognitive science research results on the nature of student thinking and learning. Koedinger directs LearnLab, which builds on the past success of Cognitive Tutors, an approach to online personalized tutoring that is in use in thousands of schools. He is also a founder of Carnegie Learning, Inc., which has brought Cognitive Tutor based courses to millions of students since it was formed in 1998.
http://pact.cs.cmu.edu/koedinger.html

Roberta Golinkoff

Unidel H. Rodney Sharp Professor of Education, Psychological and Brain Sciences, and Linguistics and Cognitive Science
Director, Child’s Play, Learning, and Development Laboratory University of Delaware

Roberta Golinkoff has held the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, the James McKeen Cattell sabbatical award, the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Service Award, and the Urie Bronfenbrenner Award for Lifetime Contribution to Developmental Psychology in the Service of Science and Society. She received the James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award from the Association for Psychological Science in 2015, and was also named a Distinguished Scientific Lecturer by the American Psychological Association. In 2017, she was awarded the Society for Research in Child Development’s Distinguished Scientific Contribution award. Passionate about the dissemination of psychological science for improving our schools and families’ lives, she and Hirsh-Pasek (her long standing collaborator) also write books for parents and practitioners.
http://roberta-golinkoff.com

Kathy Hirsch-Pasek

Stanley and Debra Lefkowitz Faculty Fellow
Director, Infant Language Laboratory
Department of Psychology, Temple University
Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

Kathy Hirsch-Pasek is a recipient of the American Psychological Association’s Bronfenbrenner Award for Lifetime Contribution to Developmental Psychology in the Service of Science and Society, the American Psychological Association’s Award for Distinguished Service to Psychological Science, the American Psychological Society’s James McKeen Cattell Award for “a lifetime of outstanding contributions to applied psychological research,” and the Temple University Great Teacher Award and the University Eberman Research Award. Kathy received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research in the areas of early language development and infant cognition has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and Human Development, and the Institute of Education Sciences.
http://kathyhirshpasek.com

Program ›

The full program will be put online at a later stage. The skeleton program is as follows:

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

  • 8:00 – 8:30: Registration
  • 8:30 – 9:30: Opening keynote
  • 9:30 – 12:00: Parallel sessions
  • 12:00 – 2:00: Lunch and poster session
  • 2:00 – 5:30: Parallel sessions
  • 5:30 – 7:00: Welcome reception
Opening Keynote
Kenneth Koedinger
Professor, Human Computer Interaction
Director, Learning Lab
Carnegie Mellon University


Thursday, June 7, 2018 

  • 8:00 – 8:30: Registration
  • 8:30 – 9:30: Keynote
  • 9:30 – 12:00: Parallel sessions
  • 12:00 – 2:00: Lunch and poster session
  • 2:00 – 5:30: Parallel sessions
  • 5:30 – 8:00: Conference dinner
Welcome Reception
Pitt’s Historic University Club


Friday, June 8, 2018

  • 8:30 – 9:30: Keynote
  • 9:30 – 12:00: Parallel sessions
  • 12:00 – 2:00: Lunch and poster session
  • 2:00 – 5:30: Parallel sessions
  • 5:30 – 7:00: Optional sightseeing event
William Pitt Union


How to get to Pittsburgh ›

By plane

The University of Pittsburgh is a half hour from the Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT airport code). Ranked 2017 Airport of the Year by Air Transport World, Pittsburgh International offers both domestic and international flights with over 50 nonstop destinations and connections to all major U.S. airports (Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, …).

By car

GPS coordinates for the University of Pittsburgh are: 40.4444° N, 79.9608° W. Pittsburgh is connected to key U.S. highways. The U.S. is a right-hand driving country. All major car rental companies serve the Pittsburgh area (Alamo, Enterprise, Hertz)

About Pittsburgh ›

Pittsburgh has all the charms of a larger city but lacks many of the usual disadvantages. Crime is low, as is the cost of living, and it’s easy to find a neighborhood that perfectly fits one’s needs. Friendly and diverse, the city is the University of Pittsburgh’s campus—a great place to live, work, and play.

Learn more about Pittsburgh here visitpittsburgh.com

And here coolpgh.pitt.edu

About the University of Pittsburgh ›

The University of Pittsburgh was founded in 1787, making it one of the oldest institutions of higher learning west of the Allegheny Mountains. One of the leading public research universities in the United States, it is a member of the prestigious association of American Universities.

Learn more about the history of the University of Pittsburgh here:
“Pitt: 225 Years of Building Better Lives.” Video here. (3:15)
The campus in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh is a 132-acre site adjacent to the renowned University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Carnegie Mellon University, the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, and Schenley Park.

About the Learning Research & Development Center ›

Since its establishment in 1963, the Learning Research and Development Center (LRDC) at the University of Pittsburgh has been a leading interdisciplinary center for research on learning and education. As one of the leading public research universities in the United States, the University of Pittsburgh serves as the foreground for connections between LRDC researchers and the many schools and departments across the university through joint appointments and collaborative research.

The Center's interconnected programs of research and development have reflected its mission of stimulating interaction between research and practice across a broad spectrum of problems: from the neural basis of learning through the development of intelligent tutors to educational policy. Among research institutions in learning and education, this interconnected breadth is unique.
Read more about LRDC at www.lrdc.pitt.edu.

Hotels in Pittsburgh ›

IWALS recommends that participants book their hotels directly.

The Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center Hotel has provided a special rate of $148 per night (use code “IWALS 2018”). The Wyndham is located at 100 Lytton Avenue in Pittsburgh and is within walking distance to all conference venues. Explore the Wyndham Hotel University Center (0.3 miles from LRDC).

Other hotels in the Oakland area:
Hilton Garden Inn (0.5 miles from LRDC)
Residence Inn by Marriott (0.8 miles from LRDC)
Hampton Inn (0.8 miles from LRDC)