Join us at the 2019 IACAT Conference!
Our next conference will be held in June 10-13, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. This is a Monday-Thursday, with pre-conference workshops to be held on Monday. Attendees can arrive during the weekend to acclimate and enjoy Minneapolis, or fly in Monday morning if in the US and not attending a workshop. Opening keynote will be lunchtime on Monday the 10th. The theme is Improving Assessment with Adaptivity and AI.
This year's conference is hosted by Assessment Systems Corporation and will be located at the newly renovated Graduate Hotel on the University of Minnesota campus. The campus is near downtown Minneapolis and easily accessible from the airport via Light Rail (station right in front of the hotel), taxi, or ride-sharing service. As you can see in the image above, the campus straddles the Mississippi River just below the Falls of St. Anthony - the source of waterpower that led to the growth of Minneapolis as a milling and industrial center.
Back to our Roots
Much of the seminal research on adaptive testing occurred at the University of Minnesota in the 1970s, driven by David J. Weiss at the Psychometric Methods program in the Department of Psychology. Weiss hosted the first CAT conferences here in Minnesota, in 1977, 1979, and 1982. The Graduate Hotel was also the location of the two GMAC CAT Conferences (2007 and 2009) which renewed interest in the topic and led to the official founding of IACAT as a nonprofit association dedicated to the improvement of assessment.