Brendan Conway-Smith

Brendan is a PhD candidate at the Department of Cognitive Science at Carleton and a member of the Cognitive Modeling Lab. He is a teacher of undergraduate cognitive science.

Brendan has just returned from speaking at the 1st Meta-Reasoning Conference in Jerusalem. In November he presented at the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI).  Presently he is building a metacognitive model for the Medical University of Graz, in Austria.

Brendan received an MA in cognitive science from Carleton (2020). His thesis focused on the computational modeling of metacognition.

Research interests
•  Metacognition
•  Cognitive modeling
•  Artificial intelligence

Conway-Smith, B., West, R. L. & Mylopoulos, M. (Preprint 2023). Metacognitive skill; how it is acquired. Submitted to the Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

Conway-Smith, B., & West, R. L. (2022). System-1 and System-2 realized within the Common Model of Cognition. In AAAI Fall Symposium: Thinking Fast & Slow and Other Cognitive Theories in AI.

Conway-Smith, B., & West, R. L. (2022). Clarifying System 1 & 2 through the Common Model of Cognition. In Proceedings of ICCM 2022 20th International Conference on Cognitive Modelling. 

West, R. L., & Conway-Smith, B. (2019). A Computational Theory of Feeling. In Proceedings of ICCM 2019 17th International Conference on Cognitive Modelling, 295-300

The conversation article.


TEDx 2022

Meta-Reasoning and the Influence of Culture
Brendan presents at the 1st Meta-reasoning conference in Jerusalem.

AAAI 2022 Fall Symposium
Brendan presents a paper published at AAAI in Virginia, U.S.A.

Class lecture: metacognition (part 1)

Class lecture: metacognition (part 2)

Class lecture: metacognition (part 3)

ICCM 2022 presentation:
Clarifying system-1 & 2 through the common model of cognition

Video lecture archive:
Theories in Cognitive Science (CGSC 2001B):

Metacognition lecture:

CogSci 2021 conference:
The proceduralization of metacognitive skills

GRADflix – 1 min. video contest:

CogSci conference 2020:
A hierarchical model of metacognition

Carleton Colloquium :

Introduction to Cognitive Modeling & ACT-R:

Brief History of Cognitive Science:


Brendan is the winner of the 2018 TA award for excellence,
and the creator of the cognitive science logo