12.0378 conferences & workshops

Humanist Discussion Group (humanist@kcl.ac.uk)
Fri, 29 Jan 1999 22:39:27 +0000 (BST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 12, No. 378.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

[1] From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@english.uga.edu> (128)
Subject: Conference on Consciousness and Cognition

[2] From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@english.uga.edu> (65)
Subject: Workshop: Proof Theory for Conditional and Non-
monotonic Logic

[3] From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@english.uga.edu> (67)
Subject: CFP: Mathematics of Language

[4] From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@english.uga.edu> (32)
Subject: TSD'99 - 1-st Call for Papers

[5] From: David Green <david@ninch.org> (82)
Subject: School for Scanning Conference - Chicago

Date: Fri, 29 Jan 1999 22:31:03 +0000
From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@english.uga.edu>
Subject: Conference on Consciousness and Cognition

>> From: "Robert L. Campbell" <campber@CLEMSON.EDU>

Mind 4
Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland, August 16-20, 1999

Theme: "Two Sciences of Mind"

Confirmed invited speakers include:
Bernard Baars
David Galin
Karl Pribram
Stuart Hammeroff
Kathy McGovern
Steven Nachmanovitch
Jacob Needleman

Program Committee:
Bernard Baars
Mark Bickhard
Robert Campbell
Christian de Quincey
Stuart Hammeroff
Paul Mc Kevitt
Kathy McGovern
Steven Nachmanovitch
Jacob Needleman
Sean O Nuallain
Yoshi Nakamura
Max Velmans
Terry Winegar

Keynote addresses:

Jabob Needleman: "Inner and Outer Empiricism in Consciousness Research"

Bernard Baars: "The Compassionate Implications of Brain Imaging of
Conscious Pain: New Vistas in Applied Cognitive Science."

Stream 1: Outer and Inner empiricism in consciousness research

This stream will feature papers that attempt to show how "inner" states can
be elucidated with reference to external phenomena. "Inner empiricism"
designates experience, or qualia. They are shaped (somehow) by brain
processes or states which sense and interpret the external phenomena. The
physical nature of these processes or states may tell us much about
consciousness. Likewise, the argument that we are conscious of only one
thing at a time because of the gating action of the nuclei reticularis
thalami (Taylor, Baars, etc) is indicative of the kind
of thinking we are trying to encourage. In this vein, pain experience and
its imperfect relationship to neural activity are similarly relevant. We
particularly welcome papers that feature empirical data, or, lacking these
data, show a grasp of the range of disciplines necessary to do justice to
the topic.

Papers are also invited that

- Interpret qualia in terms of a quantum-mechanics based panpsychism (or,
in current terms,

- Establish links with developments like Whitehead's pan-experientialism
and process thought

-Interrelate physiological processes at the neural level with current
thought in QM

- Emphasize "relational empiricism", ie second-person considerations

- Investigate the brain processes or states giving rise to qualia at
whatever level the writer considers appropriate (eg intra-cellular
cytoskeletal activities and/or quantum-level phenomena).

- Involve studies of central pain states as well as other curiosities like
allodynia, spontaneous analgesia, pain asymbolia, and hypnotic analgesia.

The invited talks include:

David Galin "The Experience of 'Spirit' in Cognitive Terms."

Stuart Hameroff "Quantum Computing and Consciousness"

Steve Nachmanovitch "Creativity and Consiousness"

Each of these talks will be followed by a panel discussion discussing
respectively, consciousness as explored experientially, through scientific
investigation, and in the arts.

Stream 2: Foundations of Cognitive Science


Sean O Nuallain

Dublin City University, Dublin 9, Ireland


Robert L. Campbell

Department of Psychology, Clemson University,

Clemson, SC USA



Though deep and contentious questions of theory and metatheory have always
been prevalent in Cognitive Science--they arise whenever an attempt is made
to define CS as a discipline--they have frequently been downrated by
researchers, in favor of empirical work that remains safely within the
confines of established theories and methods.

Our goal to is redress the balance. We encourage participants in this
stream to raise and discuss such questions as:

* the adequacy of computationalist accounts of mind

* the adequacy of conceptions of mental representation as structures that
encode structures out
in the environment

* the consequences of excluding emotions, consciousness, and the social
realm from the purview of cognitive studies

* the consequences of Newell and Simon's "scientific bet" that
developmental constraints do not have to be studied until detailed models
of adult cognition have been constructed and tested

* the relationship between cognitive science and formal logic

A wide range of theoretical perspectives is welcome, so long as the
presenters are willing to engage in serious discussion with the proponents
of perspectives that are different from their own:

* Vygotskian approaches to culture and cognition

* Dynamic Systems theories

* Piagetian constructivism

* interactivism

* neuroscience accounts such as those of Edelman and Grossberg
* accounts of emergence in general, and emergent knowledge in particular

* perception and action robotics

* functional linguistics

* genetic algorithms

* Information Procesing

* connectionism

* evolutionary epistemology


Contributors will be asked to submit short papers (3000 word limit) in
the form of ASCII text files (HTML files are also welcome, but are
optional) to Robert Campbell (for stream 2) and Sean O Nuallain (stream 1).
The deadline is March 1, 1999. We will email notification of acceptance or
rejection by April 1.

The standard presentations during the streams will be 20-minute talks and
poster sessions.


The "MIND" conferences have normally had their proceedings published by
John Benjamins. We have already been approached by prospective publishers
for Mind 4. All accepted papers and posters will be included in a preprint.

Robert L. Campbell
Professor, Psychology
Brackett Hall 410A
Clemson University
Clemson, SC 29634-1511 USA
phone (864) 656-4986
fax (864) 656-0358
Editor, Dialogues in Psychology

Date: Fri, 29 Jan 1999 22:34:41 +0000
From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@english.uga.edu>
Subject: Workshop: Proof Theory for Conditional and Non-monotonic Logic

>> From: Dov Gabbay <dg@dcs.kcl.ac.uk>



Conditional logic and non-monotonic logic are central areas in philosophy,
computer science and language. Moreover, the connection between
non-monotonic consequence "A entails B" and the conditional "A>B" is well
known, so too are the formal similarities between the conditional and
substuctural implications.

The semantic modelling (possible worlds, probabilistic, translational,
etc) of the conditional and non-monotonic consequence seems to be
relatively well developed but not much work has been done on the
proof-theoretic aspects.

Put simply, we need systems which can do the following:

Given a (non-monotonic/conditional) database Delta and given a formula C
(which could be of the form A>B ), we need formal but intuitive
algorithmic, proof procedures (e.g. tableaux, Gentzen, goal directed, LDS
etc.) for determining whether D follows from Delta . Furthermore, we need
to correlate different such proof systems within the landscape of known
semantically presented conditional /non-monotonic logics.

This workshop calls for papers in this area covering some of (but not
exclusively) of the topics below:

* proof rules for conditional/non-monotonic logics;

* connections between non-monotonic consequence and conditionals;

* connections with belief revision and the Ramsey test (no triviality
result holds if the database is non-monotonic);

* time, action and the conditional;

* conditional proof theory compared to substructural proof theory;

* translations of conditional systems into classical and/or modal logic;

* labelled proof systems for conditional logic;

* executable conditional logic.

The workshop will take place during the second week of the ESSLLI Summer

School (August 16-20, 1999) and allows for up to 12 30-45 minute

The ESSLLI Summer School is organized under the auspices of the
European Association for Logic, Language and Information (FoLLI).
Previous ESSLLI Summer Schools have been highly successful,
attracting around 500 students from Europe and elsewhere. The
school has developed into an important meeting place and forum
for discussion for students and researchers interested in the
interdisciplinary study of Logic, Language and Information.
For more information see <http://esslli.let.uu.nl>.

Good papers from the workshop will be published either as a volume in
one of Dov Gabbay's book series or as a special issue in one of the
journals for which he is an editor (e.g. JLC or IGPL).

All researchers in the area, but especially Ph.D. students and young
researchers, are encouraged to submit a two-page abstract (hard copy or
e-mail (plain ASCII or (La)TeX) .




Jane Spurr , Department of computer science , King's College London,
Strand, London WC2R 2LS.
It is preferable to submit electronically to jane@dcs.kcl.ac.uk.


Papers submitted to the workshop can also be considered, if the author
so wishes, as a regular submission to any of Dov Gabbay's journals.

professor D M Gabbay

Dept of computer Science
King's College
London WC2R 2LS

Telephone + 44 171 873 5090
Fax + 44 171 240 1071

Latex or postscript files send to Jane Spurr jane@dcs.kcl.ac.uk

Date: Fri, 29 Jan 1999 22:35:01 +0000
From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@english.uga.edu>
Subject: CFP: Mathematics of Language

>> From: Jennifer MacDougall <jmacdoug@central.cis.upenn.edu>

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July 23-25, 1999
University of Central Florida
Orlando, Florida, USA

The Association for the Mathematics of Language is pleased to announce
that its sixth meeting (MOL6) will be held in July, 1999. The biennial
MOL meetings are a workshop-style forum for presenting work relating to
mathematical linguistics.

Submissions are invited from all areas of study that deal with
the mathematical properties of natural language. These areas
include, but are not limited to, mathematical models of phonology,
morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics; mathematical properties
of linguistic frameworks/theories and models of natural language processing
and generation; mathematical models of language acquisition and change;
parsing theory; and statistical and quantitative models of language.

Submissions should give enough motivation to attract the interest of the
audience and enough details to attract people who follow the area of the

Submissions should be no longer than 5000 words in length (about 10 pages,
11pt, excluding references). Papers must include an abstract (200 words.

All contributions to MOL6 are to be made electronically as an
uncompressed mime-encoded postscript attachment. Please send
your submission to mol-submit@cis.upenn.edu.

Deadline for submissions: February 15, 1999
Notification of acceptance: April 15, 1999
Deadline for final drafts: June 1, 1999
Meeting dates: July 23-25, 1999

Tilman Becker (DFKI)
Patrick Blackburn (University of Saarland)
Christophe Fouquere (Paris 13)
David Johnson (IBM Yorktown Heights)
Mark Johnson (Brown University)
Aravind Joshi, Co-Chair (UPENN)
Andras Kornai (BBN)
Uli Krieger (DFKI)
Natasha Kurtonina (Utrecht/UPENN)
Alain Lecomte (Grenoble U.)
Carlos Martin-Vide (GRLMC/Tarragona)
Mehryar Mohri (AT&T)
Larry Moss, Co-Chair (Indiana)
Mark-Jan Nederhof (DFKI)
Richard Oehrle (University of Arizona)
Fernando Pereira (AT&T)
James Rogers (UCF)
Giorgio Satta (Padua)
Walt Savitch (UCSD)
Mark Steedman (Edinburgh)
David Weir (Sussex)
K. Vijayshanker (U. Del.)

The conference will be held in Orlando, Florida at the University of
Central Florida. Orlando has very good air access, and there are a wealth
of attractions for those who might like to bring family along.

For questions about local arrangements, please contact jrogers@cs.ucf.ed.
Information about the program, when available, and about the Association
for the Mathematics of Language can be obtained on the World-Wide Web at

Titles of papers from previous MOL meetings can be found
at http://www.cis.upenn.edu/~ircs/mol/molpubs.html.

Date: Fri, 29 Jan 1999 22:36:42 +0000
From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@english.uga.edu>
Subject: TSD'99 - 1-st Call for Papers

>> From: Jana Netrvalova <jnetrval@kiv.zcu.cz>

A Workshop on Text, Speech and Dialog (TSD'99)

September 13--17, 1999

Plzen, Czech Republic




Detailed information is available from http://www-kiv.zcu.cz/events/tsd99

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Workshop theme:
TSD'99 will be concerned with topics in the field of natural language
processing, in particular:

- corpora, texts and transcription;
- speech analysis, recognition and synthesis;
- their intertwinnig within NL dialog systems.

Topics of the TSD'99 workshop will include (but are not limited to):

- text corpora and tagging;
- transcription problems in spoken corpora;
- sense disambiguation;
- links between text and speech oriented systems;
- parsing issues, especially parsing problems in spoken texts;
- multilingual issues, especially multilingual dialog systems;
- information retrieval and text/topic summarization;
- speech modeling;
- speech segmentation;
- speech recognition;
- text--to--speech synthesis;
- dialog systems;
- development of dialog strategies;
- assistive technologies based on speech and dialog;
- applied systems and software.

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Date: Fri, 29 Jan 1999 22:37:16 +0000
From: David Green <david@ninch.org>
Subject: School for Scanning Conference - Chicago

January 28, 1999

June 2-4: Chicago

>Date: Thu, 28 Jan 1999 16:16:14 -0500
>To: david@ninch.org
>From: "Gay Tracy" <tracy@nedcc.org>
>School for Scanning: Chicago
Issues of Preservation and Access for Paper-Based Collections

June 2-4, 1999
Presented by the Northeast Document Conservation Center
At the Chicago Historical Society, Clark Street at North Avenue, Chicago, IL

The conference is funded in part by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the
National Endowment for the Humanities. It is cosponsored by The Getty
Information Institute, the Chicago Historical Society, the National Park

What is the School for Scanning? This conference provides a rationale for
the use of digital technology by managers of paper-based collections in
cultural institutions. Specifically, it equips participants to discern the
applicability of digital technology in their given circumstances and
prepares them to make critical decisions regarding management of digital
projects. Although technical issues will be addressed, this is not a
technician training program. Conference content will include:

Developing Institutional Infrastructures to Support Digital Initiatives
Content Selection for Digitization
Text and Image Scanning
Quality Control and Costs
Copyright, Fair Use, and Other Legal Issues Surrounding Digital Technology
The Essentials of Metadata
Digital Preservation: Theory and Reality
Maximizing the Utility of Digital Information

Who Should Attend? Administrators within cultural institutions, as well as
librarians, archivists, curators, and other cultural or natural resource
managers dealing with paper-based collections, including photographs, will
find the School for Scanning conference highly relevant and worthwhile.
Since the complexion of this conference evolves with the technology, it
would be beneficial to attend even if you have participated in a previous
School for Scanning. An audience of 150 or more attendees is expected.

Who Are the Faculty? Steve Dalton, NEDCC; Howard Besser, UCLA; Steve
Chapman, Harvard University; Paul Conway, Yale University Library; Matthew
Cook, Chicago Historical Society; Richard Ekman, The Andrew W. Mellon
Foundation; Franziska Frey, Image Permanence Institute; Anne
Gilliland-Swetland, UCLA; Melissa Smith Levine, Library of Congress;
Clifford Lynch, Coalition for Networked Information; Wendy Lougee,
University of Michigan; Jan Merrill-Oldham, Harvard University; Marc
Pachter, Smithsonian Institution; John Price-Wilkin, University of
Michigan; Steve Puglia, National Archives and Records Administration;
Bernard Reilly, Chicago Historical Society; Abby Smith, Council on Library
and Information Resources; Roy Tennant, University of California at
Berkeley and Diane Vogt-O^RConnor, National Park Service.

What does the conference cost? The cost of the conference is $265 for
early bird registration, post marked by April 14, 1999, and $335 for late
registration, deadline May 12, 1999. Participants will also be responsible
for all their travel and lodging costs. Registration applications will be
accepted on a first-come-first-served basis.

For more information or to request a flier, a copy of the flier is posted
on NEDCC^Rs web site at <www.nedcc.org> or contact Gay Tracy, Northeast
Document Conservation Center, 100 Brickstone Square, Andover, MA 01810; 978
470-1010; or email <tracy@nedcc.org>.

Gay S. Tracy
Public Relations Coordinator
Northeast Document Conservation Center
100 Brickstone Square
Andover MA 01810-1494
Tel 978 470-1010
Fax 978 475-6021

David L. Green
Executive Director
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202/296-5346 202/872-0886 fax

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