8.0375 Summer School: Logic, Language, Information (1/170)

Thu, 9 Mar 1995 20:57:22 EST

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 8, No. 0375. Thursday, 9 Mar 1995.

Date: Thu, 9 Mar 1995 10:22:21 +0100 (NFT)
From: ESSLLI 96 <esslli@ufal.mff.cuni.cz>
Subject: Call for proposals (fwd)

- PRAGUE, August 12-23, 1996 -

The European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information is an annual
event offering around 50 courses, workshops, and symposia on a wide variety
of topics in the following fields:

Language Language & Logic
Logic Logic & Computation
Computation Computational Linguistics.

The previous Summer Schools were highly successful, typically attracting
around 500 students from Europe and further afield. Moreover, they have
developed into an important meeting place, and forum of discussion, for
researchers and students interested in the interdisciplinary study of
Logic, Language and Information.

The 8th Summer School will be held in Prague on August 12-23, 1996. The
program committee consists of:

Language & Logic: Patrick Blackburn, Chair (Saarbruecken)
Language: Anne Abeille (Paris)
Language & Computation: Ted Briscoe (Cambridge)
Computation: Luis Damas (Porto)
Logic & Computation: Dov Gabbay (London)
Logic: Petr Hajek (Prague)

To help it select a balanced program of courses, workshops, and symposia,
the program committee is issuing this call for proposals. If you are
interested in lecturing, or organising a workshop or symposium at the
summer school, please read the following information carefully, and send
(by email) a copy of your proposal to both the program chair, and the
committee member in charge of the relevant section, before April 21st, 1995.


Two types of courses are offered at the ESSLLI schools: introductory and

Introductory courses for the three basic fields should provide
introductions to the field for non-specialists (an introductory course on
logic, for instance, should address linguists and computer scientists, not
logicians). The introductory courses in the interactive fields, on the
other hand, can build on knowledge of the respective sub-fields (for
example, an introductory course in computational linguistics should address
an audience which is familiar with the basics of linguistics and

Advanced courses should assume a higher level of background knowledge.
Indeed, especially in the three core fields, they may well be of a highly
specialised nature. Roughly speaking, prospective lecturers should assume
that advanced courses address PhD students actively working towards gaining
mastery of the field in question.

Courses are taught by 1 or (maximally) 2 lecturers. They consist of five
sessions (a one-week course) or ten sessions (a two-week course), where a
session lasts either 45 or 90 minutes. The most common formats are ten
45-minute sessions or five 90-minute sessions; the two other combinations
are less usual, but not impossible.


The aim of the workshops is to provide a forum for PhD students to present
and discuss their work, both with colleagues and with senior researchers.
A workshop has a theme and an organiser; the organiser should be a
specialist in the theme of the workshop and give a general introduction in
the first session; (s)he is also responsible for the programme of the
workshop (that is, for finding speakers).

A workshop consists of five sessions (a one-week workshop) or ten sessions
(a two-week workshop) where each session lasts 45 or 90 minutes.


The aim of the symposia is to provide a forum for in-depth discussion to
specialists in a given field; a symposium has one organiser, who should be
a senior researcher in the field, and who is responsible for the programme.
In order to reduce costs the organisers of symposia are kindly requested to
recruit the speakers as much as possible from the teaching staff or provide
a supplementary budget from other sources than ESSLLI. This means that
symposium organisers will have to work closely with both the program
committee and the organising committee.

Symposia have a maximum of 5 sessions (no two-week symposia!) and each
session lasts 45 or 90 minutes.


Prospective lecturers and workshop/symposium organisers should be aware
that all teaching and organising at the summer schools is done on a
voluntary basis in order to keep the participants fees as low as possible.
Lecturers and organisers are not paid for their contribution, but are
reimbursed for travel and accommodation. (However please note that the
organisers appreciate it if whenever possible lecturers/organisers find
alternative funding to cover travel and accommodation expenses.)

Workshop organisers get a maximum amount of money to be used for the
expenses of the speakers in their workshops (typically about 500 ECU).
Workshop speakers do not get free registration. The organiser of a
workshop provides the Summer School organiser with a budget (before the
Summer School) and with a statement of accounts afterwards.

Symposia should as far as possible be self-financing (for instance through
sponsorship by projects or research groups). The organiser is responsible
for coming up with a budget, in collaboration with the Organising

Finally, it should be stressed that while proposals from all over the world
are welcomed, the Summer School can only afford the travel costs for a
small number of lecturers/organisers from outside Europe.


Prospective lecturers unfamiliar with the ESSLLI schools should consider
consulting the program of the 7th Summer School, which is being held in
Barcelona from August 14th to 25th, 1995. Information about the
Barcelona school can be obtained from:

Avda. Vallvidrera 25
08017 Barcelona

Fax: +43 3 2054656
Phone: +43 3 2033597
E-mail: esslli95@gilcub.es


Please submit your proposal in the following format:

Name: --- Name(s) of proposed lecturer(s)/organiser. ---

Address: --- Contact addresses of proposed lecturer(s)/organiser.
Where possible, please include phone and fax numbers. ---

Title: --- Title of proposed course/workshop/symposium. ---

Type: --- State whether this is a workshop, a symposium,
and introductory course, or an advanced course. ---

Section: --- Which of the six sections (Language, Logic, Computation,
Logic and Computation, Computational Linguistics, or Language
and Logic) does it belong to? While it may be difficult
in some cases to decide which section is the most
appropriate, please just name one. ---

Description: --- A description of the proposed contents.
Not more than 150 words. ---

Please email copies of your proposal to both the Program Chair and the
relevant member of the Program Committee (that is, the committee member in
charge of the section named in your proposal) before April 21st, 1995.

When you email your proposal, please use the following subject line: