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The Society for Mathematical Psychology promotes the advancement and communication of research in mathematical psychology and related disciplines. Mathematical psychology is broadly defined to include work of a theoretical character that uses mathematical methods, formal logic, or computer simulation. The Society journal is the Journal of Mathematical Psychology.

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David Rumelhart

Dear Colleagues,

It is with great personal sadness that I write with the news that David
Rumelhart passed away this morning.  David was a towering intellect and
contributed to many areas of mathematical psychology and cognitive
science.   Hailing from South Dakota, be studied Mathematical Psychology
as a graduate student at Stanford, then joined the faculty at UCSD.
After 20 years he returned to Stanford as a professor in the Department
of Psychology.

Rumelhart developed powerful algorithms for training neural networks and
played a critical leadership role in articulating the computational
advantages and implications of neural networks in the 1980's.  Among
other things David led, with me, the group that produced 'Parallel
Distributed Processing: Explorations in the Microstructure of
Cognition', a two volume work on the foundations and applications of
neural network models that has sold over 100,000 units (including both
single and double-volume sales) since its publication in 1986.

David became tragically disabled due to a progressive neurological
condition during the mid-1990's, leaving his professorship at the end of
that decade.

David received many honors during his lifetime, including election to
membership in the National Academy of Sciences and a MacArthur 'Genius'
Award.  David was also a Fellow of the SEP and he and I jointly received
the SEP Warren Medal in 1993. In 2000, the Glushko-Samuelson foundation
created a major prize for fundamental contributions to the theoretical
foundations of cognitive science in David's honor.

There will be a memorial service for David later in the spring in the
bay area.

Jay McClelland

 
Math Psych 2011 Call for Abstracts

The 44th Annual Meeting of the Society for Mathematical Psychology (SMP) will take place on the Medford, Massachusetts Campus of Tufts University, which is in the greater Boston area. The preconference meeting of women mathematical psychologists and the conference welcome reception will be held on July 15, 2011.  The conference will run three full days from July 16 to July 18 (no half days as in some previous years). There will be one plenary speaker for each day of the conference.  There will be both paper sessions and a poster session.  A prize is available for the best student poster related to cognitive science. On Tuesday July 19 there will be a full day workshop on the building, fitting, and interpreting of multinomial processing tree models from a diverse set of perspectives. The workshop will be taught by William Batchelder, Richard Chechile, and Xiangen Hu.

Registration for the workshop is separate from the registration for the conference but both can be done through the conference website. The Cognitive Science Society meeting begins on July 20 in nearby Boston. More information about the SMP meeting can be found through the link to the conference website: http://www.mathpsych.org/conferences/2011/.

The deadline for abstract submission is Monday, April 18th, 2011.

 
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