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ACT-Touch Reference Manual, Working Draft

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Author(s)

Kristen Greene, Franklin Tamborello

Abstract

ACT-Touch is a set of manual motor request extensions for ACT-R 6 (Adaptive Control of Thought-Rational, hereafter, ACT-R) . These manual request extensions constitute theoretical claims predicting motor preparation and execution times for certain manual gestures commonly used with multitouch computer displays. These manual request extensions follow ACT-R’s theoretical claims about how cognition interfaces with action to output information from the human to the environment, which in turn originated with the EPIC (Executive-Process/Interactive Control) architecture. This document is meant as a practical guide to using ACT-Touch; it does not focus on theoretical developments. This document describes the manual request extensions to ACT-R provided by ACT-Touch as well as the associated virtual multitouch display device. ACT-Touch is implemented as Lisp code that is meant to load with ACT- R’s software. The scope of this reference manual is restricted to the ACT-Touch distribution. This document is written with the assumption that the reader is familiar with ACT-R and programming in Lisp.
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Cognitive Science, Engineering, and Technology from Cogscent, LLC

Keywords

ACT-R, ACT-Touch, cognitive architectures, computational cognitive modeling, modeling and simulation, touch and gesture, movement vocabulary, gestural input, mobile devices, multitouch tablets, virtual multitouch display device

Citation

Greene, K. and Tamborello, F. (2013), ACT-Touch Reference Manual, Working Draft, Cognitive Science, Engineering, and Technology from Cogscent, LLC, [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=913488, http://cogscent.com (Accessed February 25, 2024)
Created August 15, 2013, Updated February 19, 2017