User Modeling and User-Adapted Interaction

, Volume 29, Issue 5, pp 943–976 | Cite as

Equipping the ACT-R cognitive architecture with a temporal ratio model of memory and using it in a new intelligent adaptive interface

  • Mahdi IlbeygiEmail author
  • Mohammad Reza Kangavari
  • S. Alireza Golmohammadi


ACT-R, as a useful and well-known cognitive architecture, is a theory for simulating and understanding human cognition. However, the standard version of this architecture uses a deprecated forgetting model. So, we equipped it with a temporal ratio model of memory that has been named as SIMPLE (Scale-Independent Memory, Perception, and Learning). On the other hand, one of the usages of cognitive architectures is to model the user in an Intelligent Adaptive Interface (IAI) implementation. Thus, our motivation for this effort is to use this equipped ACT-R in an IAI to deliver the right information at the right time to users based on their cognitive needs. So, to test our proposed equipped ACT-R, we designed and implemented a new IAI to control a swarm of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). This IAI uses the equipped ACT-R for user cognitive modeling, to deliver the right information to the users based on their forgetting model. Thus, our contributions are: equipping the ACT-R cognitive architecture with the SIMPLE memory model and using this equipped version of ACT-R for user modeling in a new IAI to control a group of UAVs. Simulation results, which have been obtained using different subjective and objective measures, show that we significantly improved situation awareness of the users using the IAI empowered by our equipped ACT-R.


Cognitive architecture Forgetting model SIMPLE Intelligent adaptive interfaces Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) 



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mahdi Ilbeygi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mohammad Reza Kangavari
    • 1
  • S. Alireza Golmohammadi
    • 1
  1. 1.Iran University of Science and Technology (IUST)TehranIran

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