Review/recap the best of 2011/2012 and plan for the future

Dear Ottawa Cognitive Science meetup,

It has been a great year and we have had excellent meetings.  I have met a number of terrific people with interesting ideas and insights.  The membership is very diverse (like cognitive science itself) and may be looking for a variety of different things.  We have had some great presentations on philosophy of mind, applications of cognitive science, and other popular topics like the possibility of telepathy.

I have posted, attended and enjoyed many of the Institute for Cognitive Science meetings at Carleton, and we have had some good turn outs and discussion afterwards.  We have not been very successful at getting out the students or profs to our own events however.

I would like to talk about

-  varying the venue from time to time

-  defining sub-themes so that different membership elements can identify what is what

-  topics and format for discussion nights

-  guest speakers we would like to invite

-  topics members are willing to present to the group

- possible cross-attendance at events with the Montreal Cognitive Science meetup

- trying to attract the members of the very active ICS Students association

- getting better linkages with Carleton and the U of Ottawa


I prefer Sunday, Monday or Wednesday nights for the meetup due to my schedule with my kids.  I am open to some variation on venue and having more co-organizers for different themes.  My own interest is computational modelling of the mind and applications that could become business opportunities.


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  • Genk G

    Hahaha, me too, first meeting, which means we are up to 4 newbies among the 11 people to have RSVPed. It'll be interesting...

    October 21, 2012

    • Ron S

      Good to meet you Genk. Looking forward to your active participation.

      October 23, 2012

  • Anna N.

    Thank you Ron and Adam for your insightful presentations! I hope to see all of you again soon!

    October 22, 2012

    • Ron S

      Thanks Anna. Looking forward to your participation. Please suggest topics or readings of interest to you and consider providing a presentation.

      October 23, 2012

  • Kate

    Great presentations and excellent discussion. I enjoyed it and hope to see everyone again at the next event.

    October 22, 2012

  • Nikki Z.

    I'm New Too. Yay.

    October 21, 2012

  • Anna N.

    Hi All, I just joined this group on Friday. seeing as this is a "review/recap" meeting tomorrow, would you recommend it to a newbie (me), or is it better to maybe come next time.

    October 21, 2012

    • Jacqueline B.

      HI Anna, I'm new too. But I am definitely going. Actually, a recap is probably a good intro into what the group is about and definitely their plans for the future will be of interest also. Hope to see you there!!

      October 21, 2012

  • Kate

    Hi Anna. This will be my first meeting with this group as well. I think it's ideal for everyone and it's our chance to contribute ideas for future meetings. I'll look for you there. I hope you come out :-)

    October 21, 2012

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