WELCOME MESSAGE FROM THE IACAT PRESIDENT
Our sixth IACAT conference in Niigata (Japan) in August 2017 promises to be as successful as our previous five conferences. IACAT strives to maintain its international presence, with our first conference in Arnhem (Netherlands), the second in the Monterey (USA), the third in Sydney (Australia), the fourth in Princeton (USA) and the fifth in Cambridge (UK).
In addition to the Presidential address by our incoming President, Prof Mark Reckase, we have secured keynotes by Prof Yukie Koyama (Japan); Prof Juan Barrada (Spain); Dr Gage Kingsbury (USA) and Dr Angela Verschoor (Netherlands); all prominent people in CAT. There will also be four workshops; one at beginner level, two at intermediate level and the fourth at advanced level, to cater for novices through to experienced attendees. The program will include interesting symposia, such as, "Computerized Adaptive and Multistage Testing (MST) with R" and "Item Pool Design and Evaluation" as well as other presentations across a wide range of topics within our theme “Advancing assessment through CAT” from people around the world. This will provide plenty of opportunity to meet others interested in adaptive testing and to share ideas and information.
We especially encourage early career researchers and students to attend. To help make this possible, we have made grants and awards available. We will have a plenary session for the award winner and dedicated sessions for students to experience presenting at an international conference.
Finally, I would like to sincerely thank our host, Prof Tetsuo Kimura and the Faculty of Social Welfare and Psychology at Niigata Seiryo University, the scientific and organising committees and our sponsors for their individual and collective contributions without which this conference would not have been possible.
Prof. John Barnard - President of IACAT; Executive Director - EPEC Pty Ltd
WELCOME MESSAGE FROM THE 2017 Conference host
Dear Colleagues and Conference Delegates,
The Faculty of Social Welfare and Psychology of Niigata Seiryo University is very pleased to welcome you to the 6th IACAT conference. This is the first time the conference is held in Asia, and so it is a quite honour for us to have it in Niigata, Japan. Niigata City is 300 km north of Tokyo, a distance of about a 2-hour ride on the shinkansen. With a population of about 0.8 million, it is the largest city on the western coast of Japan’s main island, and has a variety of cultural and commercial facilities.
The event is being organized with strong support by Niigata Visitors & Convention Bureau, as well as Niigata Prefecture and Niigata City governments. Our venue, Toki-Messe (Niigata Convention Center), is located at the mouth of Shinano-river in the heart of Niigata City. It is connected to our base hotel, Hotel Nikko Niigata, and it has a easy access from both Niigata Airport and Niigata Station.
As well as an excellent academic program and series of workshops, social activities are being planned in order to build a professional network and to promote friendship. At the reception party (which will be held at the 360-degree panoramic view observation room on the top of the hotel building), several different kinds of special sake will be served by a sake samurai. Niigata’s sake is well known and has a large following around the world. A banquet dinner will also be held at a western-style restaurant, Porto Cave d'Occi, in a part of MINATOPIA--Niigata City History Museum. A sunset cruise will be arranged as a transportation from the venue to the restaurant. In Niigata city, which faces the sea, you can enjoy beautiful scenes of the sunset as well as the fresh seafood.
Information about accommodation and a-half day excursion to a local museum will be added to this site later.
We are very much looking forward to seeing you in August, 2017.
Prof. Tetsuo Kimura - Dean, Faculty of Social Welfare and Psychology, Niigata Seiryo University