PhillyCHI Meeting – Dario Salvucci – Walk, Text, and Chew Gum: A Computational Approach to Understanding Human Multitasking

Please join us as Dario Salvucci from Drexel University discusses “threaded cognition,” a theory that explains multitasking behavior. All PhillyCHI events are free and open to the public.

Date: Thursday, June 14, 2012
Time: 6:00PM – 8:00PM (Social time from 6:00-6:30PM)
Location: Ruth Auditorium, Nesbitt Hall
Drexel University
33rd & Market Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19104

About the Presentation
Multitasking pervades our daily lives in many forms: walking and talking, listening and note-taking, even (say it ain’t so!) dialing and driving. In this talk, I will describe the theory of “threaded cognition,” which states that multitasking can be represented as the interleaving of multiple cognitive “threads.” Threaded cognition uses computational cognitive models to simulate multitasking behavior and account for potential interference between two tasks. I will outline the theory and discuss a number of computational accounts of multitasking phenomena in both laboratory and applied tasks, especially in the context of driver distraction and human-computer interaction.

About the Presenter
Dario Salvucci is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. He received a B.S.E. from Princeton University in 1994 and a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in 1999, both in Computer Science. His work explores computational models of human behavior in complex tasks, with particular emphasis on multitasking and driving. Dr. Salvucci has written extensively in the areas of cognitive science, human factors, and human-computer interaction, and has received several awards including a National Science Foundation CAREER Award.

About PhillyCHI
PhillyCHI is the Philadelphia regionʼs chapter of the ACM SIGCHI, an interdisciplinary academic and professional group interested in Human-Computer Interaction, User Experience, Usability, and other related disciplines. PhillyCHI holds monthly meetings and socials to network and discuss current topics in HCI. Learn more at or follow along on Twitter at @PhillyCHI.