Proceedings: GI + CHI 1987

Approximate modelling of cognitive activity: towards an expert system design aid

Phil Barnard, Michael Wilson, Allan MacLean

Proceedings of the SIGCHI/GI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems and Graphics Interface: Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 5 - 9 April 1987, 21-26

DOI 10.1145/29933.30855

  • BibTex

    @inproceedings{Barnard:1987:10.1145/29933.30855,
    author = {Barnard, Phil and Wilson, Michael and MacLean, Allan},
    title = {Approximate modelling of cognitive activity: towards an expert system design aid},
    booktitle = {Proceedings of the SIGCHI/GI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems and Graphics Interface},
    series = {GI + CHI 1987},
    year = {1987},
    issn = {0713-5425},
    isbn = {0-89791-213-6},
    location = {Toronto, Ontario, Canada},
    pages = {21--26},
    numpages = {6},
    doi = {10.1145/29933.30855},
    acmdoi = {10.1145/29933.30855},
    publisher = {Association for Computing Machinery},
    address = {New York, NY, USA},
    }

Abstract

Constructs from theoretical psychology can be used to decompose the representational and processing resources of cognition. The decomposition supports “cognitive task analysis” through which user performance can be related to the functioning of resources. Such functional relationships have been formalised and embodied in an expert system. This builds approximate models which describe cognitive activity associated with the execution of dialogue tasks. Attributes of these “cognitive task models” can be used to predict likely properties of user performance.