IACAT 2010


One of the most important developments in psychometrics during 2009 was the founding of the International Association for Computerized Adaptive Testing (IACAT).  IACAT’s mission is to encourage scholarly efforts and education regarding adaptive testing.  Learn more at www.iacat.org.

IACAT’s first meeting will be in June 2010.  The call for papers (released in November 2009) is found below.


The International Association for Computerized Adaptive Testing (IACAT) is a nascent organization dedicated to advancing computerized adaptive testing (CAT) through research and education.  IACAT is planning to hold its first annual conference June 7-9, 2010.  The conference will take place in Arnhem, The Netherlands, and is hosted by the Research Center for Examination and Certification (RCEC: www.rcec.nl), a partnership between Cito (www.cito.com) and the University of Twente (www.universiteittwente.nl/en).

IACAT welcomes proposals for conference presentations at this time.  Presentations will be in one of two formats: a 20-minute session and a traditional poster format.  We also welcome proposals for organized symposia involving related papers and discussion.  Proposals must include title, authors, and a description of 300 words or less.  To submit a proposal, please visit the conference webpage at www.iacat.org.

CAT research generally falls into two categories: theoretical research on algorithms and applications of CAT.  Both types of research are welcome at the conference; please also specify the category when submitting.  Proposals will be evaluated on technical quality, practical applicability, advancement of knowledge, and perceived interest to participants.


The Conference is organized by a committee consisting of:

Clifford Donath, Donath Group, USA

Theo Eggen, Cito, University of Twente, Netherlands

Nathan Thompson, Assessment Systems Corporation,USA

David Weiss, University of Minnesota, USA

Birgit Olthof, RCEC, University of Twente, Netherlands

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Nathan Thompson, PhD

Nathan Thompson earned his PhD in Psychometrics from the University of Minnesota, with a focus on computerized adaptive testing. His undergraduate degree was from Luther College with a triple major of Mathematics, Psychology, and Latin. He is primarily interested in the use of AI and software automation to augment and replace the work done by psychometricians, which has provided extensive experience in software design and programming. Dr. Thompson has published over 100 journal articles and conference presentations, but his favorite remains https://pareonline.net/getvn.asp?v=16&n=1.