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Frank E. Ritter

Frank Ritter is a Professor of IST, Psychology, and Computer Science and Engineering at Penn State. He researches the development, application, and methodology of cognitive models, particularly as applied to interface design, predicting the effect of behavioral moderators, and understanding learning, and conducts experiments to test these models. With Martin Yeh, he has a popular iPhone app, CaffeineZone, for predicting the time course and effects of caffeine. His lab is building and testing tutors on several topics. His report on applying cognitive models in synthetic environments, was published by the Human Systems Information Analysis Center (HSIAC) as a State of the Art Report (2003), a book on order effects on learning was published in 2007 by Oxford, and he contributed to a National Research Council report on how to use cognitive models to improve human-system design (Pew & Mavor, eds., 2007). He is working on a textbook of the ABCS of what psychology do systems designers need to know (to be published by Springer), which has repeatedly won awards at the HCI Consortium’s annual meeting.

His papers on modeling have won awards; one on high level languages with St. Amant was selected for the "Siegel-Wolf Award for best applied modeling paper" at the International Conference on Cognitive Modeling, and four have won awards at the BRIMS conference. He currently edits the Oxford Series on Cognitive Models and Architectures for Oxford University Press. He serves on the editorial boards of Cognitive Systems Research, Human Factors, and IEEE SMC, Part A: Systems and Humans.