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Index:




1) ECCAI : Bulletin #3 - May 2006
2) AI ALERT
3) AI Communications - New Issue Alert
4) AI-2006, Cambridge UK, December 2006
5) ACL2 2006
6) AIMSA 2006: AI, people and the web
7) Agent Technology and Autonomic Computing (ATAC'2006)
8) AI Communications - New Issue Alert
9) AIPR-07
10) ANTS 2006
11) ATVA 2006
12) Computer Vision, Pattern Recognition & Graphics
13) BNAIC'06 : BeNeLux conference on Artificial
Intelligence
14) Book Chapters on Evolutionary Art and Music
15) Chapter - Intelligent Complex Adaptive Systems
16) Chapters on Computational Intelligence
17) CMSB06
18) CICLOPS 2006
19) CELDA 2006 Barcelona, Spain
20) C&CA-2006
21) ECCAI: bulletin#4 september
2006!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
22) EMO-2007 (March 5-8, 2007)
23) EvoMusArt: Workshop on Evolutionary Music and Art
24) ESSLLI 2007
25) ESM2006
26) Foundations of Genetic Algorithms - FOGA 2007
27) GAME-ON 2006, Univ. Braunschweig, Germany, Nov 29-Dec 1
28) GEP: Mathematical Modeling by an Artificial
Intelligence
29) IAT'06...
30) ICDM'06...
31) ICDVRAT and ArtAbilitation Esbjerg, Denmark
32) ICNC'06-FSKD'06
33) IEEE CEC 2007
34) IICAI-07
35) IJAIT - New Issue Contents
36) IJCAI-07 !!!!!!!!!
37) IJCIA - New Issue Contents
38) IJPRAI - New Issue Contents
39) IJUFKS - New Issue Contents
41) IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Electronic
Letter
42) IWISIC2006
43) John Nash to receive Herbert A. Simon Award
44) JELIA'06
45) LPAR 2006 (Phnom Penh, Cambodia)
46) MICAI-2006, Artificial Intelligence
47) META´2006
48) NEW BOOKS by L. Magnani et al
49) Open PhD student positions
50) PhD student - open position
51) PhD Student Position in Swarm Robotics at IDSIA
52) Postdoc position in Swarmanoid project - Brussels
53) Postdoctoral Research Associate post in UK
54) PPSN Workshop on Bio-Inspired Computing
55) research positions 2006-3
56) Roboludens International Symposium 2006
57) RuleML 2006
58) SEAL2006
59) Senior Researcher at IDSIA, OR & AI
60) vacancies for 2 PhD-students
61) Vacancy:logic for knowledge representation.
62) Workshop on Biologically-Inspired Optimisation Methods
63) Workshop on Constraints and Bioinformatics
64) AI Communications - New Issue Alert
65) Artificial Intelligence Genealogy Project (AIGP)
66) Artificial Intelligence and Applications (AIA 2007)
67) AI-2006 Cambridge UK December 2006
68) Call for book Chapters
69) Complex Systems and Self-Organization Modelling -
70) ECAL2007
71) ESM2006
72) Analysis of Genetic Representations and Operators
73) IAPLM'06
74) 2007 IEEE Swarm Intelligence Symposium
75) Computational Intelligence for Modelling, Control
76) Job vacancies: Computational Optimization
77)   LPAR 2006, Phnom Penh
78)   Post-doc Position at Durham University, UK
79)   PDP 2007
80)   WII 06
81)   AISB

1) ECCAI : Bulletin #3 - May 2006


Bulletin #3, May 2006
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50 Years Artificial Intelligence
================================
This year, the Artificial Intelligence community celebrates the golden anniversary of the 1956
Dartmouth Conference that marks the beginning of AI as a research field.

One the celebrations takes place in Bremen, Germany on 17 June, 2006. Besides Marvin
Minsky, several ECCAI Fellows will give speeches on the past and future of AI. The speakers
include Aaron Sloman, Wolfgang Bibel, Joerg Siekmann, and Wolfgang Wahlster. Visit the 50
Years AI Symposium website!

Live streaming video of the talks will be available on 17 June via 50yearsAI.informatik.uni-
bremen.de

ECAI-06 conference (latest news)
================================
17th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence -
including PAIS 2006 : Prestigious Applications of Intelligent Systems
August 29- September 1, 2006, Riva del Garda, Italy
Organized by ECCAI and the Italian Association of Artificial Intelligence
Conference Chair : Silvia Coradeschi, Sweden
Programme Chair : Gerhard Brewka, German
Organizing Committee Chairs : Anna Perini and Paolo Traverso, Italy
Workshop Chair : Toby Walsch, Australia

There were 501 full paper submisssions and 49 poster submissions. The programme
committed decided to accept 131 full papers and 75 posters. The acceptance rate for full
papers is of 26,1%.

Submissions were received from 43 different countries and accepted papers are from 25
countries. In comparison with ECAI 2004, a strong increase in the relative number of
submissions from Distributed AI/Agents and Cognitive modelling. Knowledge Representation &
Reasoning, traditionally strong in Europe, remains the biggest area of ECAI 2006.

The ECAI-06 best paper award, sponsored by Elsevier, goes to a machine learning paper : A
Real Generalization of Discrete AdaBoost but Richard Nock and Frank Nielsen. Congratulations
to the authors!

The ECAI-06 best poster award, sponsored by IOS Press, will be decided after the poster
session in Riva Del Garda. The ten best papers are invited to a fast track of the Artificial
Intelligence Journal.

There will be four invited talks :
  Socially Inteligent Robots by Cynthia Breazeal
  Managing diversity in knowledge by Fausto Giunchiglia
  The truth about defaults by Hector Levesque
  Getting answers on the go by Wolfgang Walhster

ECCAI Journals
==============

- IEEE Intelligent systems May/June 2006 : The Future of AI
--------------------------------------------------------------
2006 marks the 50th anniversary of the Dartmouth summer workshop, which many consider
to be the birth of modern AI. IEEE Intelligent Systems celebrates this anniversary not by
reviewing the field's past but by imagining its future. Also in this issue: intelligent surveillance,
affective computing, and more.

The following articles are available without an electronic subscription in PDF format:
   Introducing the Future of AI by James Hendler
   Robotics and Intelligent Systems in Support of Society by Raj Reddy
   AI’s 10 to Watch : The recipients of the IEEE Intelligent Systems 10 to Watch award—Eyal
Amir, Regina Barzilay, Jennifer Golbeck, Tom Griffiths, Steve Gustafson, Carsten Lutz,
Pragnesh Jay Modi, Marta Sabou, and Richard A. Watson—discuss their current research and
their visions of AI for the future.

- Artificial Intelligence Communications: Volume 19, Number 1 / 2006
-----------------------------------------------------------------------
Table of Contents :
Evolution of a supply chain management game for the Trading Agent Competition pp. 1 - 12
by Joakim Eriksson, Niclas Finne, Sverker Janson

Evolutionary concept learning in First Order Logic: An overview pp. 13 - 33 by Federico Divina

The state of CASC pp. 35 - 48 by Geoff Sutcliffe and Christian Suttner

Decomposition of planning problems pp. 49 - 81 by Laura Sebastia, Eva Onaindia, Eliseo
Marzal

Automatic ontology generation from Web tabular structures pp. 83 - 85
by Aleksander Pivk


IJCAI-07 :
==========
   Twentieth International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence
   6-12 January, 2007          Hyderabad, India      www.ijcai-07.org
Theme: Artificial Intelligence and Its Benefits to Society…
Conference Chair : Ramon Lopez de Mantaras confchair07@ijcai.org
Important Dates:
   June 23, 2006 - Electronic abstract submission deadline
   June 30, 2006 - Electronic paper submission deadline


ECCAI Conferences
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28 Aug - 1 Sep 2006
  ECAI-06     17th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Riva del Garda (Italy)

ECCAI Sponsored Conferences
============================
27 - 30 Jun 2006
   IEA/AIE-2006        19th International Conference on Industrial and Enginering Applications of
Artificial Intelligence and Expert Systems, Annecy (France)
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Next ECCAI-Bulletin in July 2006
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Bulletin #2, March 2006
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Editorial
=========
Get ready for the premier European Artificial Intelligence event in 2006. ECAI-06
(http://ecai2006.itc.it/) will offer a set of excellent talks, plenty of most recent progress work
presented in workshops, and the pleasant atmosphere of late summer evenings at lake Garda.
Early registration is welcome until May 28th, 2006. As a member of a national AI society you
will receive a registration discount which will in many cases be more than your annual AI
society membership fee. Lets meet in Riva del Garda from Aug 28th to Sept 1st, 2006.

Werner Horn, ECCAI Chair

Ecai-06 : ECAI Travel Awards 2006
==================================
ECAI is pleased to announce a Travel Award Scheme for students, young researchers and
faculty who are members of an ECCAI affiliated society participating in ECAI 06. The awards,
valued at 400 Euros each, are for reimbursement of travel and part payment of registration
fees. The ECAI Travel Award Scheme is sponsored by ECCAI and Savannah Simulations.

The purpose of these awards is to help young people at an early stage in their career.
Research students, young teaching faculty or young research staff in need of financial help to
attend. Grants to reimburse 75% of total costs are available, to a limit of 400 Euros.
Recipients must be members of an ECCAI affiliated society. A basic understanding of the field
is expected so that attendance should enrich existing knowledge, rather than being used for
training. Only one applicant per institution and per paper can be funded, provided she has not
recieved the travel grant in previous years. If you accept the ECAI Travel award you must
include an acknowledgement to the ECAI sponsors in your presentation at the conference.

Applicants should follow the electronic submission procedure
(see http://www.eccai.org/travelaw.shtml).
Notification deadline: 22 May 2006

ECCAI Journals
==============
- IEEE Intelligent systems (http://www.computer.org/intelligent/) :
March/April 2006 : Self-Managing Systems
We’re surrounded by natural self-managing systems, such as multicellular organisms, social
insects, and ecosystems. Incorporating the key ideas from these systems into information
systems could lead to cheap, straightforward, and highly robust solutions. Also in this issue:
computational humor, an Internet-based content recommender, and more

Feature Article : Self-Organization Patterns in Wasp and Open-Source Communities, by Sergi
Valverde, Guy Theraulaz, Jacques Gautrais, Vincent Fourcassié, and Ricard V. Solé
Examining both software developers and social insects as agents interacting in a complex
network reveals common organization patterns. It also reveals that different reinforcement
mechanisms clearly distinguish a few core members from the rest of the open-source
community.

- Artificial Intelligence Communications: Volume 19, Number 1 / 2006
   http://iospress.metapress.com/link.asp?id=c4qymcykuhpr

Artificial Intelligence Genealogy Project
==========================================
(see http://aigp.csres.utexas.edu/):
Ben Kuipers invite ECCAI members to contribute to the Artificial Intelligence Project in the
current issue of AI Communications, volume 19. You can find the text here. The main idea is
to create and maintain a database collecting the doctoral student-advisor relationships among
researchs in the field. The inspiration is the Mathematical Genealogy Project (see
http://www.genealogy.ams.org/).

ECCAI conferences and ECCAI sponsored Conferences
=================================================

Call for ACAI-07 organization:
===============================
Deadlines:
   1 May 2006 : submission of draft detailed bids
   30 June 2006 : end of the discussion between the candidates and the    ECCAI board
   August2006 : presentation of the bids and selection by the ECCAI General Assembly at
Lago de Garda (ECAI-06) Information can be obtained by Ulises Cortes (email: ia@lsi.upc.edu
) or see the web page http://www.eccai.org/acai.shtml

Calls for Ecai-08 (PC Chair) and ECAI-10 (organization)
==========================================================
=

  * Call for Program Committee (PC) Chair position for ECAI-2008 in Patras (2008)

The national societies and the General Conference Chair should nominate a possible candidate
and the next ECCAI General Assembly will elect the ECAI-2008 PC chair. Such nominations
should be accompanied by appropriate supporting material including a curriculum vitae, letters
of support and a statement by the candidate that s/he will have the time necessary and
secretarial assistance to serve as a PC Chair for ECAI-2008.

Deadlines:
The nominations can be submitted for 1st May 2006 via email to Silvia Codareschi
(silvia.coradeschi@tech.oru.se).
The discussion will take place during summer 2006 and the selection announced at Lago de
Garda (ECAI-06).

* Call for ECAI-10 Organisation
=================================

Deadlines:
  1 May 2006 : submission of draft detailed bids
  30 June 2006 : end of the discussion between the candidates and the ECCAI board
  August2006 : presentation of the bids and selection by the ECCAI General Assembly at
Lago de Garda (ECAI-06) Guidelines for organizing ECAI. See also the map of the last ECAIs
and the content of the last ECCAI General Assembly
For information, please contact Silvia Codareschi (email: silvia.coradeschi@tech.oru.se)
IJCAI-07 :
==========
Twentieth International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence
6-12 January, 2007          Hyderabad, India       www.ijcai-07.org
Theme: Artificial Intelligence and Its Benefits to Society…
Conference Chair : Ramon Lopez de Mantaras confchair07@ijcai.org
CALL FOR TECHNICAL PAPERS, TUTORIALS PROPOSALS, WORKSHOPS PROPOSALS : see
www.ijcai-07.org/


ECCAI Conferences
===================
28 Aug - 1 Sep 2006 : ECAI-06      17th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Riva del
Garda (Italy)

6-12 January, 2007 : IJCAI-07
www.ijcai-07.org Hyderabad, India
Theme: Artificial Intelligence and Its Benefits to Society…

ECCAI Sponsored Conferences
=============================
27 - 30 Jun 2006 : IEA/AIE-2006         19th International Conference on Industrial and
Enginering Applications of Artificial Intelligence and Expert Systems, Annecy (France)

26-28 Sept. 2006 : AIC-2006
10th RUSSIAN CONFERENCE ON ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
WITH INTERNATIONAL PARTICIPATION (AIC-2006), held in Obninsk, Moscow region.
General Contacts:
Gennady Osipov (chair)e-mail: gos@isa.ru
Oleg Kuznetsov (vice-chair) e-mail: olkuznes@ipu.rssi.ru Vadim Stefanuk (vice-chair) e-mail:
stefanuk@iitp.ru

==================================
Next ECCAI-Bulletin in May 2006
==================================
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2) AI ALERT



AI ALERT
11 May 2006
 Welcome to the <http://www.aaai.org/aitopics/articles&columns/aialerts.html>AI
ALERT, a service from <http://www.aaai.org/>The American Association for Artificial
Intelligence, showcasing an eclectic subset from the
<http://www.aaai.org/aitopics/html/current.html>AI in the news collection in
<http://www.aaai.org/aitopics/html/welcome.html>AI TOPICS, the AAAI sponsored
pathfinder web site. As explained in our
<http://www.aaai.org/aitopics/html/notices.html>notices & disclaimers, the AI ALERT is
intended to keep you informed of news articles published by third parties. The mere fact
that a particular item is selected for inclusion does NOT imply that AAAI or AI TOPICS
has verified the information (articles are offered
"<http://www.aaai.org/aitopics/html/notices.html#alert>as is") or that there is
endorsement of any kind. And because the excerpt may not reflect the overall tenor of the
article, nor contain all of the relevant information, you are encouraged to access the entire
article.

The Headlines:

<#may00c>Bolt Down Those Costs - Fortune Small Business Magazine
<#may1e>Computer Science Looks for a Remake - Computerworld
<#may1d>Fair Isaac's designs are on artificial intelligence - Star Tribune (plus one related article)
<#may2e>Autonomous vehicles to drive in traffic for $2 million - The Associated Press
<#may2f>Artificial intelligence grad students meet at Cornell to network, discuss and practice - Cornell Chronicle
Online
<#may2b>BabyBot takes first steps - IST Results (plus one related article)
<#may5pc>Golden Anniversary For AI - Dartmouth News (podcast)
<#may5b>The poker machine - FT.com
<#may7a>Music made modern with robotic marvels - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (plus one related article)
<#may8e>CMU's Reddy to be honored by National Science Board - Pittsburgh Business Times (plus two related
articles)
<#may8a>A "Neural" Approach to the Market - BusinessWeek Online
<#may8f>Science teaching gets weak diversity grade - USAToday.com (plus two related articles)
<#may9a>Turning online feedback into trust - Australian IT
<#may9c>Interview with David Hanson - Ubiquity
<#may11d>Making Computers Smarter - Red Herring (plus two related articles)
The Expansion Slot - a few more articles: <#may00b>Getting Vexed - A robot kit that's fun as well as functional |
<#may1x>Smarter Spam Could Mimic Friends' Mail | <#may4d>Open the pod bay doors, HAL | <#may10b>Website
helps users develop reading skills | <#may11a>Trends hint at a golden era of nanotechnology

The Articles:

May 2006:
<http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fsb/fsb_archive/2006/05/01/8376226/index.htm>Bolt
Down Those Costs - How artificial intelligence keeps a truck business on track. By Ron
Stodghill. Fortune Small Business Magazine (Volume 16, Number 4: page 85). [Posted
online on May 10, 2006 as: Financial software that can save a company.]
"[Ron] Towry is the kind of client Sageworks, the Raleigh software firm that created
ProfitCents, hopes to target. 'Most small-business owners are smart, college-educated,
and have great savvy in operations and sales, but they really can't make heads or tails of
their financial statements,' says Brian Hamilton, CEO of Sageworks, which charges a
variable annual fee for access to the ProfitCents site (profitcents.com). 'This is like an
automated CFO for small businesses.' A former CFO himself, Hamilton founded
Sageworks in 1998 with Sarah Tourville, an information technology consultant with
whom he created a patented technology called FIND. It aggregates data from a firm's
general ledger and compares its performance to that of similar companies in its industry.
Then, using artificial-intelligence software that Hamilton developed, it translates those
findings into narrative text. Today, Hamilton says, ProfitCents is used by thousands of
accounting firms, banks, and financial companies worldwide."
-> <#listtop>back to headlines

May 1, 2006:
<http://www.computerworld.com/securitytopics/security/story/0,10801,110959,00.html>
Computer Science Looks for a Remake - How can CS become an appealing career choice
again? Robot dogs, a new focus on users and a prime-time TV show. Future Watch by
Gary Anthes. Computerworld.
"Two of the world's premier facilities for research and education in computer science are
celebrating big birthdays this spring. Stanford University's CS department observed its
40th birthday in March, and Carnegie Mellon University's school of CS passed the half-
century mark last month. Despite the celebrations on both campuses, there is a deep
malaise in computer science these days. Professors bemoan falling enrollments, a decline
in prestige and a lack of attention to real-world problems. But, paradoxically, they say the
future of CS has never been brighter, both within the discipline and in fields that
computer technology will increasingly influence. Computerworld's Gary Anthes recently
asked six CS professors [Kenneth P. Birman, Randal E. Bryant, John Canny, Jaime
Carbonell, Bernard Chazelle, and William J. Dally] what lies ahead for the field. ... How
important is computer science as a discipline today? ... Which areas in CS will show the
most important and interesting advancements in the next few years? ... Carbonell:
Artificial intelligence. Although those words may be somewhat out of fashion these days,
much of the deep excitement and universally useful apps descend therefrom. For
example: speech understanding and synthesis in handheld devices, in cars, in laptops;
machine translation of text and spoken language; new search engines that find what you
want, not just Web pages that contain query words; self-healing software, including
adaptive networks that reconfigure for reliability; robotics for mine safety, planetary
exploration; prosthetics for medical/nursing care and manufacturing; game theory for
electronic commerce, auctions and their design to ensure fairness and market liquidity
and maximize aggregate social wealth. ... Is the looming end of Moore's Law a key driver
for CS today? ... How can CS be made a more attractive choice for students? ... How
should CS programs be moder! nized? ... Bernard Chazelle says CS lacks a 'great
popularizer' such as Stephen Hawking in physics. Does CS need such a person?"
-> <#listtop>back to headlines

May 1, 2006: <http://www.startribune.com/535/story/405512.html>Fair Isaac's designs
are on artificial intelligence - The firm is betting its future on selling companies powerful
software capable of being taught to help make business decisions better and faster than
humans. By Thomas Lee. Star Tribune.
"Like its trademark FICO credit scoring system, Fair Isaac Corp. long has been
something of a black box to the outside world. But if the generation of credit scores
seems like financial alchemy, the Minneapolis-based firm's next set of innovations in
artificial intelligence promise to take Fair Isaac even further into the rarefied world of
predicting your behavior before you make a move. From calculating insurance policies to
recognizing your typing patterns, the technology is intended to bring next-generation
sophistication to customers' interactions with banks, insurers, credit card companies and
retailers. ... 'We build neural networks that are a lot smarter than bugs or even some small
animals,' said Ted Crooks, vice president of global fraud solutions. 'To detect fraud, you
have to look at a lot of "weak" clues. There are almost never any silver bullets. The
problem is complicated enough that humans can't really solve it very well,' Crooks added.
'In stead of trying to program a solution, we program a system to learn the solution. We
feed it data on past examples. The system learns all the combinations, strong or weak,
that indicate fraud.' ... The technology is impressive -- and a bit disturbing, said Allen
Lynch, a professor of economics and quantitative methods at Mercer University in
Georgia. 'It is a little creepy,' Lynch said. 'If it doesn't smack of Big Brother, then I don't
know what does.' At the same time, the technology is invaluable to large companies, he
said."

Also see: <http://www.cbronline.com/article_cbr.asp?guid=DE52BC45-02E2-42EA-9071-757AE9C19557>The
importance of business rules - After a near-death experience, business rules management technologies are back in
demand as a prerequisite for business agility. By Madan Sheina. Computer Business Review Online (May 3, 2006).
"Business rules touch our lives in many interesting ways. They can dictate your credit worthiness, what type of loan or
insurance rate you qualify for or even why you are overlooked for the last business class upgrade at the airport. Driving
these decisions is a new generation of business rules management systems (BRMS) designed to automate decision
making in enterprise IT applications. These systems differ radically from the old 'expert systems' of yesteryear that
failed to catch corporate IT attention because they were too complex, expensive to run and maintain and not business-
user friendly. ... What has really changed in BRMS is that rules have been formally introduced to business users, who
are now presented with an opportunity to control the behaviour of corporate processes, workflows and mission-critical
applications without depending on IT. In other words business, not IT, makes the rules. BRMS vendors have responded
in kind by making their software more usable through new graphical interfaces that let non-programmers intuitively
create, view and modify rules logic in their production applications in a controlled manner without knowing anything
about the underlying syntax or code. Fair Isaac's Blaze Advisor BRMS hides the complexity of the rules development
behind an intuitive graphical interface, that masks a complex conditional programming language with English-like
statements that are easily understood by business staff. ... Commerzbank, one of Germany's leading private sector
banks, implemented rules technology to streamline its customer credit applications by ! an impressive 50%. It improved
the ability of business users to tweak and change hundreds of rating assessment criteria rules in near real-time. The
company also managed to shave off 50% in overall deployment costs and times. ... [Mark] Layden believes the next big
opportunity is to combine the agility and automation of BRMS with the segmentation of data mining analytics and
optimisation techniques for automated, predictive analytics."

-> <#listtop>back to headlines

May 2, 2006: <http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/science/20060502-1119-
robotchallenge.html>Autonomous vehicles to drive in traffic for $2 million. By Alicia
Chang. The Associated Press / available from SignOnSanDiego.com.
"Seven months after an unmanned Volkswagen successfully drove itself over the rugged
desert, the Pentagon is sponsoring another challenge for self-driving vehicles that can
weave through congested city traffic without causing an accident. The contest, to be held
in November 2007, will test the vehicles' ability to independently carry out a simulated
military supply mission in an urban setting in less than six hours. ... Stanford University
computer scientist Sebastian Thrun, who won last year's race, said he was excited to see
DARPA take the challenge to the next level. Thrun said the artificial intelligence
knowledge gained from the contest could also benefit society by pushing the
development of 'smart cars' that can self-navigate on highways and potentially reduce
accidents."
-> <#listtop>back to headlines

May 2, 2006:
<http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/May06/NESCAI06.ws.html>Artificial intelligence
grad students meet at Cornell to network, discuss and practice. By Bill Steele. Cornell
Chronicle Online.
"'These are our future colleagues,' said Cornell graduate student Filip Radlinski, waving
his hand at some 100 other graduate students assembled in Upson B-17 for a talk by Tom
Mitchell, professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University. The lecture was
part of the first annual North East Student Colloquium on Artificial Intelligence
(NESCAI), held on the Cornell campus April 28-29. Graduate students came from 18
regional schools, some as far away as Pittsburgh, Montreal, Philadelphia and Boston.
Mitchell's talk and an earlier one by Jon Kleinberg, Cornell professor of computer
science, were the only intrusions of faculty into the student-organized event. ... Why a
conference just for graduate students? ..."
-> <#listtop>back to headlines

May 2, 2006:
<http://istresults.cordis.lu/index.cfm/section/news/tpl/article/BrowsingType/Features/ID/
81616>BabyBot takes first steps. IST Results.
"BabyBot, a robot modelled on the torso of a two year-old child, is helping researchers
take the first, tottering steps towards understanding human perception, and could lead to
the development of machines that can perceive and interact with their environment. The
researchers used BabyBot to test a model of the human sense of 'presence', a combination
of senses like sight, hearing and touch. The work could have enormous applications in
robotics, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine perception. The research is being funded
under the European Commission‘s FET (Future and Emerging Technologies) initiative of
the IST programme, as part of the ADAPT project. 'Our sense of presence is essentially
our consciousness,' says Giorgio Metta, Assistant Professor at the Laboratory for
Integrated Advanced Robotics at Italy's Genoa University and ADAPT project
coordinator. ... 'We took an engineering approach to the problem, it was really
consciousness for engineers,' sa ys Metta, 'Which means we first developed a model and
then we sought to test this model by, in this case, developing a robot to conform to it.'
Modelling, or defining, consciousness remains one of the intractable problems of both
science and philosophy. 'The problem is duality, where does the brain end and the mind
begin, the question is whether we need to consider them as two different aspects of
reality,' says Metta. ... ADAPT did not seek to solve it in one project. They made a very
promising start and many of the partners will take part in a new IST project, called
ROBOTCUB. In ROBOTCUB the engineers will refine their robot so that it can see, hear
and touch its environment. Eventually it will be able to crawl, too. "

Also see: <http://www.newscientisttech.com/article/dn9117-baby-robot-learns-like-a-human.html>'Baby' robot learns
like a human. By Tom Simonite.NewScientist.com news (May 5, 2006) "A robot that learns to interact with the world
in a similar way to a human baby could provide researchers with fresh insights into biological intelligence. Created by
roboticists from Italy, France and Switzerland, 'Babybot' automatically experiments with objects nearby and learns how
best to make use of them. This gives the robot an ability to develop motor skills in the same way as a human infant. ...
Babybot's 'brain' is actually a cluster of 20 computers running several neural networks. This is software that mimics a
biological neural system and learns in a similar way - by establishing and altering the strength of links between
artificial neurons. By adjusting the neural network software and observing the robot's learning behaviour, the
roboticists can test different neuroscience models."

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May 5, 2006:
<http://www.dartmouth.edu/%7Enews/features/podcasts/2006/moor.html>Golden
Anniversary For AI [podcast]. Dartmouth News: Views from the Green.
"The field of artificial intelligence was officially named 50 years ago by Dartmouth
Professor John McCarthy when he convened the 1956 Dartmouth Summer Research
Project on Artificial Intelligence. In this podcast, philosophy professor Jim Moor
discusses the history of AI and some of the philosophical questions he's been thinking
about. He also talks about this summers's AI@50 conference, which will be held July 13-
15 at Dartmouth."
-> <#listtop>back to headlines

May 5, 2006: <http://news.ft.com/cms/s/17a07cfa-db41-11da-98a8-
0000779e2340.html>The poker machine. By Tim Harford. FT.com [subscription now
req'd].
"[Chris] Ferguson, who is reported to have won more than $5m in tournament play, is the
best of a new generation of players trying to conquer poker with the branch of
mathematics known as game theory. It is a curious struggle, one that has pitted
bespectacled geeks against hardened gamblers. But the strangest thing is that poker
intellectuals exist at all. Late in the 1920s, the most brilliant man in the world decided to
work out the correct way to play poker. John von Neumann, the mathematician who
would mastermind the development of the computer and the atomic bomb, had been
struck by an engaging new conceit: he wanted to apply mathematical principles to social
sciences and devise a theory to analyse everything from the breakdown of diplomatic
negotiations to unexpected co-operation between enemies, or even the possibility of
nuclear terrorism. He believed that if you wanted a theory that could explain life, you
should start with a theory that could explain pok er - game theory. ... Chris Ferguson soon
emerged as a dominant player in this rarefied world. A computer-science graduate in the
doctoral programme at University of California, Los Angeles, Ferguson was studying
artificial intelligence, using game theory to help computers play board games. Ferguson
was exposed to both poker and game theory at an early age. ... When Binion‘s hosted the
World Series of Poker in 1970, participation was by invitation only; a few hands were
played and then everyone voted to honour the veteran Johnny Moss with the title of
world champion. The 2005 World Poker Robot championship, the first such event,
harked back to that tradition. The six software programs were there by invitation, and the
true champion was not in doubt: the University of Alberta games research group, having
defeated all electronic challengers for seven years, was asked to referee rather than play.
... [Darse] Billings and his colleagues have yet to produce software capable! of beating
Ferguson, who is seen as a particular challenge because he is unfazed by an opponent
who gives away no physical clues. But they relish the challenge of besting a world
champion who holds a doctorate in artificial intelligence and game theory. For now,
though, just about any top human player can outplay the robots. In a pair of exhibition
matches concluding the World Poker Robot championships, the big-name professional
Phil 'Unabomber' Laak was recruited to play the machines. As a partisan crowd chanted
'Hu-mans! Hu-mans!' he swiftly disposed of both the Alberta program and the newly
minted world champion, a program called PokerPro. Nobody was surprised. Artificial
intelligence researchers see the same challenge in poker that von Neumann did nearly 80
years before them, that of understanding deception. At the moment von Neumann‘s game
theory remains the most successful approach, exemplified by the fearsome computer
program, SparBot, which beats most of the ! humans who log on to the Alberta website to
try their skill. '! I believ e that bots will eventually play better than all human beings,'
predicts Billings. Ferguson agrees. 'If poker robots had a tenth of the resources that were
spent on chess, they‘d already have beaten us.'"
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May 7, 2006:
<http://www.ajc.com/sunday/content/epaper/editions/sunday/arts_44c5be97b343816d00b
0.html>Music made modern with robotic marvels. Kirsten Tagami. The Atlanta Journal-
Constitution & ajc.com.
"[I]f it hadn't been for that piano teacher, would [Gil Weinberg] have gone on to get a
Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's famed Media Lab and join the
cutting edge of music technology? Weinberg has made it his life's work to invent new
instruments that allow kids --- and untrained adults --- to experience the bliss of music-
making before they ever have to play scales or study music theory. ... Expect more such
ideas to originate in Atlanta: Weinberg is overseeing the creation of a new master's
degree in music technology at Georgia Tech. The program was announced in March and
is awaiting final approval from the Board of Regents, which is considered likely. ... The
leader in the field of music technology, MIT professor Tod Machover, said Weinberg
brings to the field 'a fine sense for human-machine interaction of a kind that is fun both
for the human player and the human observer/listener. This work shows that intelligent
physical systems can be w orthy collaborators with people, even in the sensitive interplay
of musical jamming.' That said, all members of the collaboration still have a lot of
practicing to do --- in mechanical nuance, musical response and sonic variety, before this
is ready for prime time. ... His robot plays a real drum but also uses certain aspects of
artificial intelligence, such as perception, to do things few humans (except maybe
Mozart) ever could, such as play back, in reverse, an extended musical motif from 10
minutes before."

Also see : <http://www.newscientisttech.com/article/mg19025516.200.html>Drummers tune in to robot rhythm. New
Scientist (May 13, 2006; Issue 255: page 27). "Drum machines have done drummers out of a lot of work, so a robot
percussionist might be expected to pile on the misery. But not Haile. Its developer, Gil Weinberg of the Georgia
Institute of Technology in Atlanta claims it will help drummers rather than hinder them. ... Weinberg now plans to use
genetic algorithms to modify the beats in real time, to come up with new patterns."

-> <#listtop>back to headlines

May 8, 2006:
<http://pittsburgh.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/stories/2006/05/08/daily2.html>CMU's
Reddy to be honored by National Science Board. By Jennifer Curry. Pittsburgh Business
Times.
"Raj Reddy, a professor of computer science and robotics at Carnegie Mellon University,
will be honored this week by the National Science Board. Reddy will receive the
Vannevar Bush Award Tuesday for his research in robotics and intelligent systems and
his contributions to national information and telecommunications policy. The award,
which is named after Vannevar Bush, was established in 1980 to recognize outstanding
contributions made in science and technology. Bush was an engineer and scientific
adviser to presidents who played a key role in establishing the National Science
Foundation in 1950. He also was one of the original pioneers of artificial intelligence and
came up with an idea similar to today's World Wide Web. 'I would call him the first
computer scientist,' Reddy said. 'In many ways, he was ahead of his times. I'm glad that
I'm the first computer scientist to win this award. It's great that finally a computer
scientist is getting this awarded that was named after him.'"

Also see:
<http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=106921>Charles Townes, Raj Reddy Receive the 2006 Vannevar
Bush Award for Lifetime Contributions and Statesmanship to Science - Townes, father of quantum electronics, and
Reddy, a computing and robotics pioneer are honored. National Science Foundation (NSF) press release (April 27,
2006). "Reddy is considered one of the most notable contributors to the information revolution in the past four decades.
He directed the nation's first robotics institute, which recognized the interrelationships between artificial intelligence
and robotics and allowed discoveries leading to some of the nation's most important new technologies. Some of those
include broad use of industrial robotics that have increased productivity, state-of-the-art medical developments like hip
replacement surgery, and mobile robotic devices in NASA's planetary exploration program. In addition to serving on P
ITAC and organizing the nation's IT research agenda, Reddy's influence nationally and internationally is significant. He
taught or mentored a number of Silicon Valley executives. Reddy also established a 'CMU West' in the valley. He is
also developing the Million Book Digital Library Project, as well as helping low-level readers rural environments
worldwide gain access to computer appliances and technology to improve their quality of life."
<http://www.gulf-
times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=84521&version=1&template_id=36&parent_id=16>Top robotics
scientist calls for 100% global e-literacy. Gulf Times (May 2, 2006). "Eminent computer science and robotics expert Dr
Raj Reddy has called for developing capacity building programmes to make 100% of the world population e-literate. ...
Dr Reddy, the Mozah Bint Nasser University Professor of Computer Science and Robotics, Carnegie Mellon
University (CMU), Pittsburgh, US, was delivering one of the keynote addresses of the second symposium in the
Innovations in Education (IIE2) series yesterday. Speaking on 'Empowerment of Masses through Education and
Capacity Building,' he explained that multi-lingual interfaces, spoken language interfaces and multi-lingual translation
systems ought to be developed."

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May 8, 2006:
<http://www.businessweek.com/investor/content/may2006/pi20060508_776926.htm>A
"Neural" Approach to the Market - This S&P portfolio uses a computer model that
"learns" from its mistakes -- and has handily beaten its benchmark index. By Will
Andrews. BusinessWeek Online.
"For investors, experience is the best teacher -- even for a computer-driven stock-
selection strategy. That's the basic approach of Standard & Poor's Neural Fair Value 25
portfolio, which employs the investment research outfit's proprietary quantitative stock
ranking system. The Neural Fair Value (NFV) concept, which was created by Andre
Archambault, S&P's director of quantitative strategies, starts with S&P's Fair Value stock
valuation system, which uses earnings estimates and other metrics to determine whether
stocks are trading above or below their fair value. The 'neural' part comes into play when
Archambault's model, updated weekly, combs the 3,000 stocks in that group for the 25
names it thinks have superior price appreciation potential. ... The NFV approach,
Archambault explains, is based on 'Neural Network' theory, an artificial intelligence
concept that seeks to replicate the human brain's ability to learn from mistakes. ... [Q:]
The Fair Value conce pt is familiar to many investors, but the part that makes this unique
is the neural overlay. How does the artificial intelligence concept come into play? [A:]
Neural nets are kind of like 'black boxes,' and they're being used in all kinds of industries.
..."
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May 8, 2006: <http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/2006-05-08-science-
teaching_x.htm>Science teaching gets weak diversity grade. USAToday.com.
"A survey of 100 top technology executives gives the nation's public schools a C-minus
for efforts to encourage girls and minorities to pursue science and technology careers. But
the same survey finds that only 37% of these executives say their companies or
employees support science education programs that help create 'the next generation of
inventors, innovators and discoverers.'"

Also see:
<http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/060505/sff021.html>Microsoft Donates $1 Million to the National Center for Women
and Information Technology - Four-year Alliance Created to Attract Women to Technology Careers. Press release
available from Yahoo! Finance (May 5, 2006). "The announcement was made at today's Future Potential in IT seminar
held at Seattle University. The series is a national program, co-founded by Microsoft and the Society for Information
Management, designed to encourage young people to consider a career in information technology or a related field. ...
Microsoft's support of NCWIT reinforces the company's commitment to address critical shortages of females in the
talent pipeline, from getting young girls interested in science and technology through advanced education in computer
science, computer engineering and related disciplines. ... The popularity in the U.S. of computer science as a major for
inco ming college students has plummeted. It has fallen more than 60 percent between 2000 and 2004, according to the
Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA. However, according to the U.S. Labor Department, the fastest-growing
job categories projected through 2012 include data communication analysts, health information technicians and
computer software engineers. ...[F]ewer than 20 percent of students who graduate in engineering, computer science and
other technical fields are women. At the same time, according to NCWIT, the female work force is growing at a faster
pace than the male workforce. And yet, the technology industry has yet to capitalize on hiring and retaining women in
technical fields. ... In 2005, Microsoft awarded $500,000 in undergraduate scholarships. Among those receiving
scholarships this year, 11 of the 46 are women."
<http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/localnews/columnists/molivera/stories/DN-
olivera_06met.ART.West.Edition1.3e323cb.html>Metro News Column. By Mercedes Olivera, Metro Columnist. The
Dallas Morning News (May 6, 2006). "The first time 11-year-old Christian Gomez saw a real robot, it was two months
ago at NASA's Johnson Space Center. He was impressed. But he decided he doesn't trust robots. 'Someday they're
going to build them with artificial intelligence, and terrorists might take control of them and use them to hurt us,' he
said this week. It's a very precocious observation. But his reaction about the trip to NASA was very typical: 'It was the
most important thing I've ever done.' That's how the rest of the 11 students from Obadiah Knight Elementary School
also felt about the annual field trip to Houston. ... It was the high point in the school year for the students who are in the
school's talented an d gifted program and who had been studying a space-centered curriculum. The school is in a
predominantly Latino neighborhood near Love Field airport. ... For the past 12 years, Southwest Airlines has funded
the trip to help students see first-hand the wonders of science."

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May 9, 2006:
<http://australianit.news.com.au/articles/0,7204,19039913%5E15400%5E%5Enbv%5E,0
0.html>Turning online feedback into trust. By Bruce McCabe. Australian IT.
"If you are a regular seller on eBay, you will know feedback ratings from previous buyers
are your most precious asset. ... Trawling through all the material, and there are often
hundreds of postings for a high-volume eBay seller, can be a time-consuming headache,
stopping us from using it to the extent we would like. ... Although media attention was
focused on robots at the international conference on Intelligent User Interfaces in Sydney,
one of the best paper awards was quietly given a group of Osaka University computer
scientists, on summarising comments on auction sites and efficiently presenting results to
buyers. Although the work of these scientists was concerned auction sites, it could be
applied to feedback about anything else you care to name. The Osaka team is just one of
many groups working to develop better systems, and no doubt some will deservedly
make millions out of it. Much of their work relates to natural language processing and
finding better methods for breaking down text."
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May 9-15, 2006: <http://www.acm.org/ubiquity/interviews/v7i18_hanson.html>Interview
with David Hanson. Ubiquity (Volume 7, Issue 18).
"As CEO of Hanson Robotics, Inc, David Hanson creates robot faces that have been
dubbed 'among the most advanced in the world' by the BBC, and inspired Science to
label Hanson 'head of his class' in social robotics. ... UBIQUITY: So what would your
definition of social robotics be and how does it differ from other kinds of robotics?
HANSON: Social robotics is comprised of robots meant to engage people socially. ...
UBIQUITY: Where do you see your research going? HANSON: I'm interested in making
these robots easily custom-designed and mass producible -- in other words, easily
designed using low-cost hardware, so that very inexpensive facial expressions can go
with inexpensive walking robot bodies, as well as easily customized software. Therefore,
we will be improving the software, improving the quality and rate of the speech
recognition. The ability to design a custom personality and animation for the robots and
to tweak and tun e those things needs to get better. I see these as practical tools for
bringing social robots into our lives, be they human-like or cartoon-like. These tools will
be useful for artificial intelligence development. In an essay a couple of years ago AI
pioneer Marvin Minsky lamented the fact that the graduate students and the AI lab at
MIT had spent most of their time soldering instead of developing artificial intelligence. ...
UBIQUITY: Look back on the history of artificial intelligence and social robotics and
help us see it as a unified history. You remember Eliza, right? Start from Eliza, and tell us
what's happened since then. ..."
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May 11, 2006:
<http://www.redherring.com/Article.aspx?a=16834&hed=IBM+to+Make+Computers+S
marter>Making Computers Smarter - Scientists at IBM cognitive conference hope to
create computers that act just like the human brain. Red Herring.
"Computers seeking to emulate the human brain will have to abandon current structures
and become more organic, scientists and researchers said at IBM‘s annual Almaden
Institute conference in San Jose, California. The theme of this year‘s conference,
cognitive computing, had experts declaring Wednesday that traditional software
programs emulating behavior should be tossed away. Computers based on neuroscience
and psychology more accurately reflect the way the brain works, they said. ... 'The brain
isn‘t like a [current] computer. It‘s more like an evolutionary jungle,' said Nobel Prize
winner Gerald Edelman, director of the Neurosciences Institute, which devises and tests
theories on how the brain works. 'They learn by making mistakes, just like we do,' said
Dr. Edelman. He believes cognitive computing focuses on meeting a goal, while current
artificial intelligence technology is concerned too much about following software
instructions and ca n‘t learn from errors. Though his organization focuses on theory, Dr.
Edelman is also involved in practical applications -- such as creating robots like Darwin
X and BrainWorks. They can learn similar to the way humans or animals do. BrainWorks
won the 2005 RoboCup, a soccer-like event for robots."

Also see:
<http://www.redherring.com/Article.aspx?a=16764&hed=Q%26amp%3BA%3A+IBM%E2%80%99s+Dharmendra+M
odha>Q&A: IBM‘s Dharmendra Modha - Cognitive computing guru wants to build smarter machines based on human
brain. Red Herring (May 6, 2006). "In real life, computers that think like humans have eluded their would-be makers.
Some experts believe that‘s because scientists have focused too much on artificially creating intelligence rather than
learning first how the mind works. The Almaden Institute at IBM‘s San Jose, California, research facility will tackle
the issue when it presents its cognitive computing conference Wednesday and Thursday. Dharmendra Modha, chair of
the institute and IBM‘s leader for cognitive computing, hopes scientists will accept his challenge to pursue
neuroscience and psychology in order to create computers with minds. ... Q: Why use the term ―cognitive
computing&rdqu o; rather than the better-known ―artificial intelligence‖? A: The rough idea is to use the brain as a
metaphor for the computer. The mind is a collection of cognitive processes -- perception, language, memory, and
eventually intelligence and consciousness. The mind arises from the brain. The brain is a machine -- it‘s biological
hardware. Q: Are programs or algorithms that, for example, measure feelings and thoughts similar to this? A: No.
Cognitive computing is less about engineering the mind than it is the reverse engineering of the brain. ..."
<http://news.com.com/Blueprinting+the+human+brain/2100-11393_3-6071061.html>Blueprinting the human brain.
By Stefanie Olsen. CNET News.com (May 10, 2006). "A 3D computer simulation of 10,000 neurons firing in the
human brain produces a terabyte of data--a fraction of what it would take to map the brain's billions of neurons in
algorithms. That's according to Henry Markham, a scientist working on the Blue Brain project, a collaboration of IBM,
the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, or EPFL, in Lausanne, Switzerland, and others. The project is an
attempt to create a blueprint of the human brain to advance cognition research. ... 'This is the first step,' said Markham,
speaking here Wednesday at the Cognitive Computing conference, a two-day gathering hosted by IBM's Almaden
Institute."

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May 2006: <http://www.spectrum.ieee.org/may06/3417>Getting Vexed - A robot kit that's fun as well as functional.
By Stephen Cass. IEEE Spectrum. "Either you think building robots is cool, or you don't. But if you do, then you'll love
the Vex Robotics Design System, a line of robot construction kits and accessories from RadioShack Corp.,
headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. RadioShack developed the Vex system in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon
University's Robotics Institute, in Pittsburgh, and the organizers of an international high school robotics competition
sponsored by FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology), a nonprofit organization based in
Manchester, N.H. While the kit's target audience is high school kids in classroom and lab settings, it is versatile enough
to appeal to a much wider audience. ... The controller module can also be configured to use a basic, but ful ly
autonomous, preinstalled program that enables a robot to feel its way around a room on its own."
-> <#listtop>back to headlines

May 1, 2006: <http://www.techweb.com/wire/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=187002202>Smarter Spam Could Mimic
Friends' Mail. By Gregg Keizer. TechWeb News. "The next generation of spam and phishing e-mails could fool both
software filters and the most cautious people, Canadian researchers said Sunday, by mimicking the way friends and real
companies write messages. John Aycock, an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Calgary, and
his student, Nathan Friess ... created software that mined the data in a pair of e-mail message pools to find statistically-
significant patterns of abbreviation, capitalization, and signatures. A second program then used the discovered patterns
to automatically transform a standard, one-line spam into a more convincing and individualized reply."
-> <#listtop>back to headlines

May 4, 2006: <http://www.newscientisttech.com/article/mg19025506.100-open-the-pod-bay-doors-hal.html>Open the
pod bay doors, HAL. New Scientist (Issue 2550; page 27). "HAL 9000, the chatty computer from 2001: A Space
Odyssey, has come a step closer to reality. A team crewing NASA's Mars Desert Research Station, a simulated
planetary environment in the Utah desert, has been experimenting this week with software that can talk to the crew
about the status of their spacecraft's systems. Using wireless headsets, crew members ask the computer questions ...."
-> <#listtop>back to headlines

May 10, 2006: <http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/techinnovations/2006-05-10-ibm-reading_x.htm>Website helps
users develop reading skills. USAToday.com. "IBM will give schools, libraries and community centers free access to a
new website that allows young children and adults with limited English to practice reading aloud, the company
announced Wednesday. The website uses newly developed speech-recognition software that 'listens' to readers and
helps correct errors. The Reading Companion program...."
-> <#listtop>back to headlines

May 11, 2006: <http://www.stnews.org/commentary-2820.htm>Trends hint at a golden era of nanotechnology -
Innovations like robotic blood cells portend a ―golden era‖ of nanotechnology. Commentary by Ray Kurzweil. Science
& Theology News. "One of the profound implications is that we are understanding our biology as information
processes. We have 23,000 little software programs inside us called genes. ... "
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The Headlines:

<#may26c>The next wave of the web - Nature (plus one related article)
<#may29h>Military getting high-tech help from SRI lab - San Francisco Chronicle (plus two related articles)
<#may29c>UTech, Worthy Park to engineer 'smart system' for sugar production - Jamaica Gleaner News
<#may29g>The robot turns 85 - Radio Prague (plus one related article)
<#may30a>Intelligent Beings in Space! - The New York Times (plus two related articles)
<#may31c>The educational computer myth - Financial Times
<#may31b>Codes on Sites 'Captcha' Anger of Web Users - The Wall Street Journal
<#may31e>A Know-It-All IM Buddy - Technology Review
<#june00e>The Soul of The Machine - Discover
<#june1f>Take a moment and a raise a glass to the wonderful, underappreciated AI. - USA Today
<#june2b>Exhibit uses movie relics to turn fantasy into reality - The Enquirer
<#june2c>Technology innovators told to think big, develop must-have products - Canadian Press
<#june6a>Alan Kotok; he tred vanguard of computers with brilliance, wit - The Boston Globe (plus two articles about
others who have died)
<#june7c>Translator lets computers "understand" experiments - New Scientist
<#june8a>This Day in History - Computer History Museum
<#june8d>High-tech and looking forward - Ocala Star-Banner (plus one related article)
<#june8f>Trust me, I'm a robot - The Economist Technology Quarterly
<#june19a>Into Egypt - A country invites the world, and its scrutiny - National Review (plus one related article)
<#slot>The Expansion Slot - just a few more articles: <#may28b>Even computers have soccer fever |
<#may28a>Science Fiction and Fantasy | <#june00x>Gone Swimmin' | <#june5e>Surveillance system scrambles
people's faces | <#june7b>Were Greeks 1,400 years ahead of their time? | <#june7e>Artificial intelligence says Brazil
will beat Italy for their sixth Cup

The Articles:

May 26, 2006: <http://www.nature.com/news/2006/060522/full/060522-21.html>The
next wave of the web. By Declan Butler. news at nature (no longer available w/o
subscription).
"Web gurus and geeks descended on Edinburgh, UK, this week for www2006. Chairing
the panel 'The Next Wave of the Web' was Nigel Shadbolt, an artificial intelligence
researcher at the University of Southampton, UK, and deputy president of the British
Computer Society. Declan Butler asks him about the Web's progress. ... [Q:] Your
background is in artificial intelligence. How is AI fitting into the Web? [A:] I did my
PhD here in Edinburgh in the late 1970s. We had interesting problems in trying to
emulate human expertise and knowledge acquisition. But we couldn't get network effects
going like what is happening on the Web. One of the problems of AI is that we've often
been trying to do too good a job of emulating classic inductive reasoning; we've picked
problems that are too hard. So AI hasn't really delivered on providing sentience in a box.
But, though most people don't realize it, the Web is already full of knowledge-intensive
[AI] components. The Web is a brilliant place to get AI out there. Take Bayesian
methods.... [Q:] The idea of a 'semantic web' -- this notion of adding machine-readable
tags to web pages so that a computer can read and 'understand' the text and data -- has
been around for years. But, like nuclear fusion, it always seems to be 'just around the
corner'. Is it ever going to happen?"

Also see: <http://edition.cnn.com/2006/TECH/science/05/17/internet/>Caught up in the 'Net - How the Internet has
quietly changed our lives. CNN.com (May 29, 2006). "'Without question the ability to communicate, share data,
develop projects jointly, network has magnified the human mind has changed everything,' says Peter Diamandis. 'The
Internet is the nervous system of a new developing "meta-intelligence".' ... However we teach our children and however
our society evolves, many scientists already have a clear vision of the way technology is leading us. 'Singularity,' the
fusion of human, machine and the communication capacity of the web may enable a spectacular and fundamental shift
in our understanding of human consciousness. 'I am still a big believer in Artificial Intelligence; new software 'shells'
that surround us as individuals and becomes our interface with the outside world,' says Diamandi. 'These int erfaces
will allow us to communicate with individuals and machines more efficiently. The Internet will merge into these
software shells, serving as a global nervous system interconnecting people to people in the way single cell life-forms
grouped into multi-cellular organisms and eventually into an organism as complex as the human body.'"

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May 29, 2006: <http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-
bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/05/29/BUGF8J39HK1.DTL>Military getting high-tech help
from SRI lab - New system can recognize words, understand simple foreign phrases. By
Tom Abate. San Francisco Chronicle & SFGate.com.
"During a recent product demonstration at SRI headquarters in Menlo Park, computer
scientist Harry Bratt spoke into the microphone of his lab's new translation computer:
'Did you hear the explosion this morning?' Several seconds later, software written by SRI
International scientists piped the question through the computer's speaker -- this time in
the Iraqi dialect of Arabic. Saad Alabbodi, an Iraqi immigrant posing as a civilian being
questioned by a U.S. soldier, answered in his native tongue. There was another pause as
the computer translated Alabbodi's reply into English in a mock interrogation that
provided another example of how technology is slowly mimicking complex human
capabilities such as speech. [Go to the <http://sfgate.com/cgi-
bin/blogs/sfgate/detail?blogid=5&entry_id=5590>related podcast to hear the actual
conversation.] ... 'One of the crying needs in Iraq is overcoming the language barrier,'
said Kristin Precoda, director the SRI lab that developed the two-way translation system
called IraqComm."

Also see:
<http://news.rgj.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060526/NEWS10/605260395/1002/NEWS>UNR students creating
high-tech war games. By Don Cox. Reno Gazette-Journal (May 26, 2006). "Advanced computer science and
engineering students at the University of Nevada, Reno are creating high-tech war games for use by the Navy to train
ship captains and officers. ... 'The Navy uses simulations for training,' said Sushil Louis, computer science and
engineering professor. 'A lot of good simulations are very much like a big video game.' But the simulations are serious.
... 'What we are designing for them is artificial intelligence to control a large number of (ships),' Louis said of the
computer programs."
<http://www.washingtontechnology.com/news/21_10/emerging-tech/28648-1.html>Ahoy there, solution. By Doug
Beizer. Washington Technology (May 29, 2006; Volume 21, Number 10). "It‘s not uncommon for a family preparing
for a long road trip to use pad and pencil to tick off items on a checklist as they load the minivan. And until recently,
the Navy used much the same method when loading a vessel for an ocean voyage. The difference is more than one of
size. Intricate planning is needed to store hundreds of pieces of cargo on a ship‘s multiple decks. Even more complex
planning and precise loading is necessary to safely load and store hazardous materials. But now the armed forces have
upgraded their loading arsenal to include specialized software running on rugged handhelds, said Boone Pendergrast, a
customer support representative for CDM Technologies Inc., a San Luis Obispo, Calif., company that developed the
software. The Integrated Computerized Deployment System (Icodes) is a ship stow-planning application that uses
artificial-intelligence principles and techniques that CDM developed in association with California Polytechnic State
University, San Luis Obispo. ... 'Under the old scenario, if you don‘t notice the mistake until two or three hours later,
there could be 30 to 50 pieces that might have to be moved to get that one piece out,' Pendergrast said. The system also
has slashed the planning time, he said. Where once it took five people five days to plan a load, now one skilled user can
do a stow plan in half a day."

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May 29, 2006: <http://www.jamaica-
gleaner.com/gleaner/20060529/business/business2.html>UTech, Worthy Park to engineer
'smart system' for sugar production. By Martin Henry. Jamaica Gleaner News.
"The Worthy Park Estate is collaborating with the School of Engineering at the
University of Technology (UTech) to further develop applications for an artificial
intelligence system to optimise the yield of sugar in its factory operations. Worthy Park's
engineer, Romaindra Mohabir, has just completed one year of an M.Phil. research
programme in electrical engineering. His research is aimed at optimising the crystal-
lisation of sugar from cane syrup during the boiling process to minimise losses and
increase the yield of crystallised sugar. ... What the research aims to do, he explains, is to
encode all the knowledge available about the sugar boiling process into a computer
neural network, mimicking how the human brain processes information and make
decisions. The system can then automatically control the sugar crystallisation process
with great precision. Dr. Darmand says he intends to patent the finalised process."
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May 29, 2006: <http://www.radio.cz/en/article/79408>The robot turns 85. By Brian
Sabin. Radio Prague (audio available).
"From R2D2 to the Terminator, robots are a common theme in modern fiction, but not
many people realize that the robot was born in Prague exactly 85 years ago. To celebrate
its birthday a project last week at the University of Cambridge in England examined the
life of robots and their Czech creator. Karel Capek was one of the great writers of inter-
war Czechoslovakia. His play R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots) coined the term to
describe human-like androids that perform mundane, repetitive labor. In 1921 the play
opened right here in Prague and introduced robots to the world. Now Cambridge
University's Robot Project explores their life, their history and what they say about us.
Social Anthropologist Kathleen Richardson, who organized the project, says the themes
of Capek's seminal play can be used to explore larger issues."

Also see: <http://www.sci-tech-today.com/news/Robots-That-Spark-Your-
Imagination/story.xhtml?story_id=13300DVECGDD>Robots That Spark Your Imagination - Interestingly enough, the
history of robotics officially began with the 1921 play R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots) by Czech writer Karel
Capek. The term "robot" originates from the Czech word robota, which means "forced labor." Sci-Tech Today (April
26, 2006). "Robots are a part of everyday life, not just figments of the imagination. Today, we have robots performing a
great number of tasks that include repetitive and high-stress jobs such as car assembly, medical surgery, space and
deep-sea exploration, dangerous military and police applications, and even entertainment. But besides the occasional
Asimo, lifelike hostess robots, and multimillion-dollar robotic fish, most of them are a bit boring. And you will never
hear the best lines in science-fiction robot history u ttered by any of them."

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May 30, 2006:
<http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/30/science/space/30rock.html>Intelligent Beings in
Space! By Kenneth Chang. The New York Times (registration req'd).
"Until recently, interplanetary robotic explorers have largely been marionettes of mission
controllers back on Earth. The controllers sent instructions, and the spacecraft diligently
executed them. But as missions go farther and become more ambitious, long-distance
puppetry becomes less and less practical. If dumb spacecraft will not work, the answer is
to make them smarter. Artificial intelligence will increasingly give spacecraft the ability
to think for themselves. 'These technologies are already in operation on specific
missions,' said Steve Chien, a computer scientist who heads the artificial intelligence
group at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. Scientists discussed some
of the recent progress last week at a meeting of the American Geophysical Union in
Baltimore. ... Dr. Chien's group wrote the software that manages the schedule of Earth
Observing-1, a satellite that looks for natural disasters like volcanic eruptions, wildfires
and floods . ... NASA's two rovers now on Mars -- the Spirit and the Opportunity -- also
possess a measure of thinking ability."

Also see:
<http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/5022524.stm>Mars robots to get smart upgrade. By Jonathan Amos. BBC News
(May 28, 2006). "The US space agency's rovers will get a software upgrade to allow them to make 'intelligent'
decisions in the study of Martian clouds and dust devils. The new algorithms will give the robots' computers the
onboard ability to search through their images to find pictures that feature these phenomena. Only the most significant
data will then be sent to Earth, maximising the scientific return from the missions. Nasa says its robotic craft will
become increasingly autonomous in the future. ... Leaving the robots to 'get on with it' -- to do the decision-making -- is
the way ahead, Nasa believes. The agency's Mars Odyssey orbiter, which has been mapping the Red Planet since 2001,
will get new autonomous flight software later this year. ... [Ralph Lorenz] said self-reliant spacecraft would open up
new science opportunities on far-distant missions, where probes might be out of contact with Earth for hours or even
days at a time."
<http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/05/060530-software.html>Artificial Intelligence to Boost Space-
Probe Efficiency. By Richard A. Lovett. National Geographic News (May 30, 2006). "In a shift some hail as a
revolution in space technology, scientists are reprogramming existing space probes to make more decisions on their
own. Experts say artificial intelligence will help unmenned spacecraft work more efficiently and send better data back
to Earth. ... Steve A. Chien, a JPL computer scientist and AGU panel speaker, said that the new approach, called
onboard autonomy, is already in use on the Earth Observing-1 spacecraft, or EO-1. ... For more than a year, the satellite
has been programmed to make its own decisions. If the unit spots a volcanic eruption, EO-1 reprograms its mission and
zooms its cameras in for a closer look. Likewise, if the satellite detects a flood, EO-1 takes pictures as soon as possible.
The upgrade, Chien says, has increased the satellite's scientific contribution a hundredfold, while cutting operating
costs by more than a million U.S. dollars a year."

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May 31, 2006: <http://news.ft.com/cms/s/a8ad9d82-f094-11da-9338-
0000779e2340.html>The educational computer myth. Commentary by Thomas W.
Hazlett. Financial Times.
"Learning is mostly about growing an ability to think, and web surfing skills – or even
championship agility in the point-and-click Olympics – scarcely pings the higher cerebral
reaches. At best. At worst, the classroom PC sucks up valuable oxygen, diverting
youngsters from frog dissections, multiplication tables, and the ABCs. ... The point is that
modern systems - from networked communications to artificial intelligence - are not a
boon to mankind, or that children should be barred from enjoying their fruits. It is that
computers, which complement the sweaty mental work-outs that grow young minds into
strong thinkers, do not substitute for exercise."
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May 31, 2006: <http://online.wsj.com/public/article/SB114903737427467003-
C_VyvrTBJuk8M1vG2w6fsYAPlwM_20070531.html>Codes on Sites 'Captcha' Anger
of Web Users. By David Kesmodel. The Wall Street Journal.
"Dave Simmer is a computer-savvy graphic designer. Yet when he surfs the Internet, he
often gets stumped by the distorted jumbles of letters and numbers that some Web sites
ask users to retype to gain access. ... The visually impaired have long decried these codes,
which protect sites such as Yahoo.com and Ticketmaster.com from computer programs
that create scores of email accounts for spammers or buy hundreds of concert tickets for
scalpers ... Captcha is an acronym for Completely Automated Public Turing Test to Tell
Computers and Humans Apart. Computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University coined
the term in 2000 to describe codes they created to help Internet giant Yahoo Inc. thwart a
spam problem. 'Turing' refers to Alan Turing, a mathematician famous for his
codebreaking work during World War II and, later, as a pioneer in artificial intelligence.
In 1950, Turing wrote a paper that proposed a test in which a person in one room would
ask questions of both a human and a computer in another to try to determine which of the
respondents was human. If the judge couldn't tell which was which, the computer could
be said to be able to think."
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May 31, 2006:
<http://www.technologyreview.com/read_article.aspx?id=16940&ch=infotech>A Know-
It-All IM Buddy - A Kansas startup adds "social search" to instant messaging. By Eric
W. Pfeiffer. Technology Review.
"If you had a buddy who was all-knowing, infinitely patient, good at undlerstanding your
questions, and always available through instant messaging, you'd probably turn to him
rather than a traditional search engine for information. And that's what Kozoru, a startup
based in Overland Park, KS, wants to train you to do -- except that the 'buddy' is a piece
of software. Kozoru's technology, which launches June 5, turns instant messaging (IM)
into a social search engine. ... As hope and capital coalesce around Web 2.0, one of the
areas of greatest frenzy is social networking: media and merger-and-acquisition darlings
such as Facebook, Flickr, and MySpace attract millions of visitors per month, who are
eager to interact, share, and create content. Another area is second-generation search, in
which heavyweights such as Autonomy, IBM, and Inxight are moving beyond simple
key-word searches made ubiquitous by Google. Using sophisticated pattern-recognition
software and na tural-language processing, these companies are attempting to identify the
meaning behind the words. Kozoru's technology is what Web 2.0 mavens call a 'mashup'
of these two trends. The company started in July 2004 by attacking the problem of
natural-language understanding."
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June 2006: <http://www.discover.com/issues/jun-06/departments/jaron/>The Soul of The
Machine - Can a random collection of data be conscious? Jaron's World by Jaron Lanier.
Discover (Volume 27, Number 6; registration req'd).
"There's been a resurgence of discomfortwith science, bubbling up from both
conservative religious quarters and New Age movements. From the times of Galileo
through the 1960s or so, the philosophical debate mostly involved God. Something has
changed. We've entered a more selfish era, and with it has come a new challenge. The
concern with God has been joined by anxiety over the nature of personhood. In the mid-
20th century, scientists like John von Neumann and Alan Turing presented the world with
a new framework for explanation. Suddenly, the mind could be interpreted with a
technological metaphor: the computer. ... One hears a bit of goading in the way some
scientists and technologists, including Steven Pinker, Ray Kurzweil, Marvin Minsky, and
others, have tried to challenge the notion that individuals are too special to be understood
like any other phenomena."
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June 1, 2006: <http://www.usatoday.com/tech/columnist/andrewkantor/2006-06-01-
wonder-ai_x.htm>Take a moment and a raise a glass to the wonderful, underappreciated
AI. Andrew Kantor's CyberSpeak column. USAToday.com.
"AI does more than make better games ... What Far Cry illustrates is how far artificial
intelligence has come. It's so sophisticated that we almost dismiss it. In a way, that's a
sign of their quality. Invisible tech is often the best tech. ... Because Google doesn't talk
like HAL 9000, we don't think of it as AI. Working with its own algorithm and the data
input by millions of users every time they search, Google is able to help you find
information on the billions of pages of the Web in a matter of seconds. Or less. ...
Another example: When I check my e-mail, Thunderbird deletes almost all of the
incoming spam. It does this not by looking for obvious spam words, but by using
artificial intelligence - in this case Bayesian filtering to create a detailed profile of each
message. Based on what it's learned - yes, learned - about the mail I receive, it can tell it
how likely any given message is legit. If you drive a modern car, your vehicle's artificial
intelligence is doing a lot for you - quietly and behind the scenes, of course. ... So while
we're waiting for our computers to have meaningful conversations with us, take a
moment to appreciate the underappreciated AI - and be glad its not trying to kill us -
much."
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June 2, 2006:
<http://news.cincinnati.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2006606020337>Exhibit uses
movie relics to turn fantasy into reality. By Betsa Marsh. The Enquirer & Cincinnati.com.
"For nearly 30 years, since we first discovered what it was to jump into hyperspace and
enter 'a galaxy far, far away,' some of us have had dozens of unanswered 'Star Wars'
questions. ... Some answers are lost forever in film mythology, but some will be revealed
- and more questions posed - in the new Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination
exhibit opening Saturday at COSI Columbus. It is the first stop in a seven-city tour for
the exhibit. The exhibit reflects a five-year collaboration between the Museum of Science
in Boston with writer-director George Lucas' Lucasfilm Ltd. It poses two immense
questions for the future: How will we get around in the post-automobile age? And how
will robots become our close friends and helpers? Acknowledging that most American
students and adults are less than tech-literate.... In 'Robots and People,' C-3PO and R2-D2
introduce their real-world cousins emerging from labs today. To catch the latest on
robotics, let's pop inside an old rusted interior of a Jawa Sandcrawler to meet C-3PO in
the 'flesh' and Cynthis Breazeal on video. Dr. Breazeal, director of the Robotic Life
Group, MIT Media Lab, is working to create socially intelligent machines who will
eventually work collaboratively with humans, as useful as seeing-eye dogs."
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June 2, 2006: <http://www.canada.com/topics/technology/story.html?id=e152a152-67a7-
4e5a-b862-b1cdef4ce7da&k=77659>Technology innovators told to think big, develop
must-have products. By Dirk Meissner. Canadian Press & canada.com.
"Technology innovators seeking success in the business world must think big and possess
a killer instinct that includes the ability to fire their best friend or even themselves, a
group of inventors was told Friday. ... 'The most important thing is to think big,' said
Morten Irgens, president and chief technology officer of the Vancouver-based company
Actenum Corp. that designs scheduling software for industry. ... Actenum, using artificial
intelligence and operations research, develops computer software that allows companies
in the oil, gas and mining industries to stick closely to their maximum production
schedules despite facing constant unplanned events that could disrupt operations.
Actenum has also used its technology to participate in national security research projects
that include enhancing coastal surveillance and guarding against natural disasters. ... The
business advice for innovators was part of a three-day Intelligent Systems conference that
conclu ded Friday. ... It was sponsored by Precarn Incorporated, an independent, non-
profit company that helps Canadian companies market their new ideas. A technology
showcase at the conference included an intelligent water monitor that detects
contaminants in drinking water and a robot that can swim, making it capable of helping
divers."
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June 6, 2006:
<http://www.boston.com/news/globe/obituaries/articles/2006/06/06/alan_kotok_he_tred_
vanguard_of_computers_with_brilliance_wit/>Alan Kotok; he tred vanguard of
computers with brilliance, wit. By Bryan Marquard. The Boston Globe & boston.com.
"For someone who devised a computer chess program as an MIT undergraduate in the
late 1950s, helped create the world's first video game, and held a leadership role with the
World Wide Web Consortium, Alan Kotok got his start in an inauspicious fashion -- or so
he was told. 'There's a family legend, which I don't personally recall,' he said in a 2004
oral history, 'that my engineering career began at a tender age when I stuck a screwdriver
into an electric outlet.... Arriving at MIT in 1958, Mr. Kotok joined the Tech Model
Railroad Club, where he met like-minded students interested in computers. In the spring,
artificial intelligence pioneer John McCarthy , then a professor at MIT, taught a computer
programming class for freshman. McCarthy told four students that he had been working
on a computer chess program, Mr. Kotok recalled, and asked whether they would take
over. Mr. Kotok ended up writing a thesis for his bachelor's degree in electrical
engineering on the pr ogram. ... As an undergraduate, Mr. Kotok began working with
several students who collectively developed Spacewar, the first video game, and the first
joystick. After graduating, Mr. Kotok went to work for Digital."

Also in the news was this memorial:
<http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/displayNode.jsp?nodeId=149235&command=displayContent&sourceNode=14921
8&contentPK=14546888>Family of Tragic Everest Climber Hail RGU Tribute. By Sean Bate. The Press and Journal &
this is north scotland (May 30, 2006). "A Memorial to an Aberdeen graduate who died near Mount Everest's summit
has been unveiled. Dr Robert Milne, who perished just 400m from the peak last year, was honoured at The Robert
Gordon University. ... Dr Milne, 49, worked closely with the RGU computing department and was an expert in
artificial intelligence." [See the <http://www.aaai.org/aitopics/assets/AIalerts/alert.6.9.05.html#june5b>9 June 2005 AI
ALERT.]
And sadly, here is a recent fatality to report:
<http://icnewcastle.icnetwork.co.uk/eveningchronicle/eveningchronicle/tm_objectid=17153531&method=full&siteid=5
0081&headline=ex-durham-student-is-killed-in-iraq-blast-name_page.html>Ex-Durham student is killed in Iraq blast.
By Sonia Sharma. The Evening Chronicle & icNewcastle (May 31, 2006). "Lt Tom Mildinhall, 26, who went to
Durham University, and L-Cpl Paul Farrelly, 27, from Cheshire, were on patrol in north-western Basra on Sunday night
when they were hit by the explosion. ... Lt Mildinhall was the son of a retired Army officer and the family home was in
Battersea. After studying artificial intelligence and computer science at Durham University and completing his officer
training at Sandhurst in April 2004 he was commissioned into the QDG."

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June 7, 2006: <http://www.newscientisttech.com/article/dn9288-translator-lets-
computers-understand-experiments-.html>Translator lets computers "understand"
experiments. By Tom Simonite. New Scientist Tech News.
"A framework for translating the write-ups of experiments into a format that can be
processed by computers has been developed by academics. The new tool could
revolutionise the way scientific papers are written and help scientists make creative leaps,
researchers say. ... 'Computers are not very good with natural language, they need to have
things as formalised as possible,' says Ross King, a researcher at Aberystwyth University
in Wales, who developed the framework with colleague Larisa Soldatova. Called EXPO,
it can be used to translate scientific experiments into a format that can be interpreted by a
computer. The researchers have published the software code online so that anyone can
use and modify it. ... EXPO provides a descriptive framework, or ontology, to represent
different stages of an experiment and the relationships between these stages. It also
includes ways to define the hypothesis tested, the way results are analysed, and the
conclusion drawn." ;
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June 8, 2006: <http://www.computerhistory.org/tdih/index.php?seldate=6,8,1954>This
Day in History. Computer History Museum.
"June 8, 1954: Computer Pioneer Alan Turing Found Dead. 'Computer pioneer Alan
Turing is found dead at age 42, of an apparent suicide. ...'"
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June 8, 2006:
<http://www.ocala.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060608/OPINION/206080356/100
8/OPINION>High-tech and looking forward. Editorial opinion. Ocala Star-Banner.
"By typical economic development measures, the news on Wednesday that the Florida
Institute for Human & Machine Congnition is setting up shop in Ocala wouldn't be much
of a big deal. ... But IHMC isn't your typical new business. Not by a long shot. The
Pensacola-based lab is one of Florida's, maybe the nation's, most respected private high-
tech research outfits. ... The areas of technology it is delving into include robotics,
human-machine interaction, machine learning and artificial intelligence. ... What makes
IHMC, which did $22 million in grant research last year, an economic development coup
for Ocala is not just what it does or its affiliation with four Florida universities - the
University of West Florida, the University of Central Florida, Florida Institute of
Technology and Florida Atlantic university - but who will be doing it. [IHMC founder
and Director Ken] Ford, for starters, is a bona fide star in research circles. .. And he's not
the only star on the IHMC team. Florida is home to five fellows of the prestigious
American Association of Artificial intelligence, among only some 200 worldwide. All
five work for IHMC."
Also see:
<http://www.pensacolanewsjournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060604/BUSINESS/606040314/1003>What the
boss is reading - Ken Ford is one smart guy. By Carlton Proctor. PensacolaNewsJournal.com (June 4, 2006). "A
renowned research scientist and author of hundreds of scientific papers and five books, Ford is founder and director of
the Pensacola-based Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition. ... Asked what book has influenced his
illustrious career the most, Ford said it was difficult to choose one. 'But in terms of career motivation, nearly 30 years
ago, I read Douglas Hofstadter's "Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid,' he said. ... Ford, whose own broad
interests include artificial intelligence, cognitive science, human-centered computing, and entrepreneurship in
government and academia, said the book has inspired a generation of fledgling computer scientists."

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June 8, 2006:
<http://www.economist.com/science/displayStory.cfm?Story_ID=7001829>Trust me, I'm
a robot - Robot safety: As robots move into homes and offices, ensuring that they do not
injure people will be vital. But how? The Economist Technology Quarterly.
"Last year there were 77 robot-related accidents in Britain alone, according to the Health
and Safety Executive. With robots now poised to emerge from their industrial cages and
to move into homes and workplaces, roboticists are concerned about the safety
implications beyond the factory floor. To address these concerns, leading robot experts
have come together to try to find ways to prevent robots from harming people. Inspired
by the Pugwash Conferences -- an international group of scientists, academics and
activists founded in 1957 to campaign for the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons -- the
new group of robo-ethicists met earlier this year in Genoa, Italy, and announced their
initial findings in March at the European Robotics Symposium in Palermo, Sicily. ...
According to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe's World Robotics
Survey, in 2002 the number of domestic and service robots more than tripled, nearly
outstripping their industrial counterp arts. ... So what exactly is being done to protect us
from these mechanical menaces? 'Not enough,' says Blay Whitby, an artificial-
intelligence expert at the University of Sussex in England. ... Robot safety is likely to
surface in the civil courts as a matter of product liability. 'When the first robot carpet-
sweeper sucks up a baby, who will be to blame?' asks John Hallam, a professor at the
University of Southern Denmark in Odense. If a robot is autonomous and capable of
learning, can its designer be held responsible for all its actions? Today the answer to
these questions is generally 'yes'. But as robots grow in complexity it will become a lot
less clear cut, he says." [Also listen to the related
<http://www.economist.com/displaystory.cfm?story_id=7033056>audio interview with
Tom Standage, Technology Editor of The Economist, about science fiction becoming
reality.]
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June 19, 2006 [issue date]:
<http://nrd.nationalreview.com/article/?q=ZmMwMjNjY2U0ZjllZWU0NDgzODJhZWJ
kMmNjZDQwZTQ=>Into Egypt - A country invites the world, and its scrutiny. By Jay
Nordlinger. <http://nrd.nationalreview.com/?q=MjAwNjA2MTk=>National Review
(subscription req'd).
"[E]very spring, the WEF [World Economic Forum] comes to the Middle East, for a
three-day conference focused exclusively on this crucial region. ... This burst of
liberalization has been overseen by what the country's publicists call a 'dream team,' a
'handful of reformist ministers.' They are led by the prime minister himself, Ahmed
Nazif. He is the face of what you might call the New Egypt.... Later, I interview Prime
Minister Nazif one on one. He's an impressive-looking man, in his mid-50s, tall and
solid, with a full head of gray-white hair. And he speaks like the intellectual he is. His
Ph.D. is in computer engineering, from McGill, and his research was in computer vision.
'What's that?' I ask. 'In the simplest possible terms, it's making computers understand
pictures, images.' And 'it is a beautiful science.' A mark of Nazif's interests and
inclinations is his membership in the American Association for Artificial Intelligence."

Also see:
<http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=M2NiNDI5ZGFhYjkzMTk4Yzk2ZDIyYzUzMWY3MzJhODc=>Sharm El
Sheikh Journal, Part II. Jay Nordlinger's Impromtus on National Review Online (May 24, 2006). "The real star of this
show is Ahmed Nazif, the prime minister of Egypt. ... Nazif is both the symbol and the driver of Egypt‘s reform.
Acknowledged as a major brain, he holds a Ph.D. in 'computer vision' from McGill. He‘s big on artificial intelligence --
that sort of thing. ... In a later interview -- one on one -- I will ask Nazif about Nour, the judges, the plight of Sudanese
refugees, and so on. That interview will be imbedded in a piece published in the next National Review."

-> <#listtop>back to headlines

The Expansion Slot

May 28, 2006:
<http://today.reuters.com/tv/videoChannel.aspx?storyId=21a1c8e6b052cb1889be688012553aa7432e240a>Even
computers have soccer fever. Reuters Video. "Argentina's technology experts prepare for robot World Cup. In a Buenos
Aires laboratory, technology students and professors are working furiously as they get ready for the upcoming world
championships in Germany. But, unlike the rest of the country, these Argentines have a very different event in mind:
the Robot World Cup championships, with two different tournaments taking place in June in Germany set to rival their
human counterparts. Robots are already being put through their paces, as their 'masters' in the technology faculty of the
Interamerican Open University (UAI) feverishly program them in time for the first challenge, the RoboCup. ...
Argentina has particularly high hopes for the FIRA RoboWorld Cup. Held yearly, the ev ent boasts several categories,
with Argentina focusing on the Micro-robot tournament and the Simulated Robot soccer tournament."
-> <#listtop>back to headlines

May 28, 2006: <http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/05/25/AR2006052501339.html>Science
Fiction and Fantasy - India's apocalyptic future, satirical short stories and a nasty case of zombie flu. By Martin Morse
Wooster. The Washington Post. "Today's sf writers have largely stopped trying to use what we know now to predict
what will happen soon. Some writers have preferred to write in less research-heavy genres. Others believe in the
'singularity,' a semi-mystical notion that, in about 20 years, advances in technology will be so marvelous that the future
is impossible even to imagine. Either way, readers who like sf books based on deep study of social trends have been
gravely disappointed. Ian MacDonald, however, has not heard the news that no one wants to read about the near future
any more. ... In River of Gods, the lives of nine characters ... intertwine as India veers toward an apocalypse caused by
a reckless search for cheap power. MacDonald predicts that India will be divided into several warring states, each with
sophisticated robot armies. ... Artificial intelligence will be advanced enough so that machines will pass for humans
most of the time."
-> <#listtop>back to headlines

June 2006: <http://www.spectrum.ieee.org/jun06/3641>Gone Swimmin' - An amphibious robot explores aquatic
environments and could help save coral reefs, too. By Michelle Théberge and Gregory Dudek. IEEE Spectrum Online.
"The mechanical hexapod, called Aqua, is the latest in a series of seagoing robots our research group at McGill
University, in Montreal, has been developing in collaboration with teams led by Michael Jenkin at York University, in
Toronto, and Evangelos Milios at Dalhousie University, in Halifax, N.S., Canada."
-> <#listtop>back to headlines

June 5, 2006: <http://www.newscientisttech.com/article/dn9276-surveillance-system-scrambles-peoples-
faces.html>Surveillance system scrambles people's faces. By Lakshmi Sandhana. New Scientist Tech News. "An
intelligent video surveillance system that automatically scrambles people's faces to protect them from unwarranted
monitoring has been developed by a Swiss company. Developed by EMITALL Surveillance, based in Montreux,
Switzerland, the technology singles out any people in a video feed, on the basis of their movement, and disguises them
digitally while leaving the rest of the scene intact. ... Its developers say the system could let law enforcers use closed
circuit television (CCTV) cameras without invading the privacy of those being watched. For example, a video stream
could remain anonymous until its operators realise that a crime has been committed. The video could then be unscramb
led by authorities with the necessary encryption key."
-> <#listtop>back to headlines

June 7, 2006: <http://news.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=838112006>Were Greeks 1,400 years ahead of their
time? Scotsman.com News. "For decades, researchers have been baffled by the intricate bronze mechanism of wheels
and dials created 80 years before the birth of Christ. The 'Antikythera Mechanism' was discovered damaged and
fragmented on the wreck of a cargo ship off the tiny Greek island of Antikythera in 1900. Now, a joint British-Greek
research team has found a hidden ancient Greek inscription on the device, which it thinks could unlock the mystery.
The team believes the Antikythera Mechanism may be the world's oldest computer, used by the Greeks to predict the
motion of the planets. ... The mechanism contains over 30 bronze wheels and dials and was probably operated by hand,
Mr [Mike] Edmunds said."
-> <#listtop>back to headlines

June 7, 2006: <http://www.gulf-news.com/sport/Football/10045272.html>Artificial intelligence says Brazil will beat
Italy for their sixth Cup. By Sarah Tregoning. Gulf News. "The World Cup may whip football fans into a frenzy of
passion, but two students [at American University in Sharjah] have applied cold science to predict the tournament's
outcome. Imran Fanaswala and Yashar Fasihnia, both 22, say they know exactly who is going to win the World Cup,
thanks to their artificial intelligence World Cup predictor FIFI. FIFI, which stands for Fifa Intelligence, has predicted
the winners of each game from the group stages to the final."
-> <#listtop>back to headlines


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The Headlines:

<#may12a>Smarter than thou? - San Francisco Chronicle (plus a related podcast)
<#may12b>Right questions key to data mining - Chicago Tribune
<#may14b>Robots 'R' us? - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
<#may15a>Largest Cosmic Map Confirms How Little We Know - SPACE.com
<#may16e>An artist at RPI who draws on the future - TimesUnion.com (plus one related article)
<#may16f>Students Compete in Robotics Competition - NewsHour with Jim Leher (transcript of television broadcast
plus four related articles)
<#may17d>MIT's Speech Recognition Baby - WebProNews.com (plus one related article)
<#may18a>Searching for the soul in the machine - IST Results (plus three related articles)
<#may22g>Digital Planet - BBC World Service Radio (plus one related article)
<#may22e>Scientists - Computers will be everywhere - United Press International (plus one related article)
<#may23b>Google users promised artificial intelligence - The Guardian Unlimited
<#may23g>Soldiers bond with iRobot machine; CEO dreams big - Reuters (plus one related article)
<#slot>The Expansion Slot - just a few more articles: <#2>Spam Blogs Pollute Internet Searches | <#3>UCI senior
receives fellowship | <#10>Female tech researchers are no drop-outs | <#4>The SMART money's going on Capital firm
packed with PhDs | <#5>Their software idea puts them in the game | <#6>AI software attracts Cambridge University
Press | <#7>Privacy worries over web's future | <#15>Robot madness? It can only be Daft Punk | <#8>Let a chatbot
help you quit | <#9>4 Articles about AAAI Award Recipients at the Intel International Science a nd Engineering Fair

The Articles:

May 12, 2006: <http://sfgate.com/cgi-
bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2006/05/12/BUG9IIMG1V197.DTL&type=busine
ss>Smarter than thou? Stanford conference ponders a brave new world with machines
more powerful than their creators. By Tom Abate. San Francisco Chronicle &
SFGate.com.
"Is technology poised to develop machines that can outsmart their human creators? And
what will happen to mere mortals if such superintelligent machines arise? These will be
among the questions pondered when experts in artificial intelligence, brain research and
other futuristic fields gather at Stanford University on Saturday for what is being called
the Singularity Summit. ... The speakers' lineup will include inventor and author Ray
Kurzweil, whose recent book, 'The Singularity Is Near,' argues that a fusion of machine
and biological intelligence is not only imminent but beneficial. ... More-skeptical
speakers will include Douglas Hofstadter, a cognitive scientist at Indiana University who
is probably best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, 'Gödel, Escher, Bach.' 'I don't
think it's inconceivable that some kind of singularity entity could eventually have
superior intelligence to humans, but I'd be very surprised if anything remotely like this
happen ed in the next 100 to 200 years,' Hofstadter said, adding that if and when
superintelligent machines arise, the question will be, 'whether we become animals in the
zoo, or go extinct or just coexist (with it) like ants.' ... In a way, the daylong summit is
shaping up as the Bay Area coming-out party for the tech-inspired philosophy called
transhumanism. In a nutshell, transhumanism holds that genetics, nanotechnology and
robotics are converging, creating the potential for 'human enhancements.' ... Although
little known outside technological circles, transhumanism inspires intense opposition
from ethical watchdog groups that dispute the notion that such technological tweaking
would represent progress."

Also listen to the related Chronicle <http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/sfgate/detail?blogid=5&entry_id=5137>podcast:
Tech Talk -The creation of superintelligent machines may not be that far into the future (May 12, 2006). "Chronicle
innovation reporter Tom Abate asks inventor and author Ray Kurzweil to outline his theories of how the exponential
increase in computer intelligence will lead to superintelligent machines and human-machine hybrids - and whether this
is a future master race."

-> <#listtop>back to headlines

May 12, 2006: <http://www.chicagotribune.com/technology/chi-
0605120138may12,0,538952.story?coll=chi-homepagepromo440-fea>Right questions
key to data mining - Finding phone links possible but difficult. By Jon Van. Chicago
Tribune.
"Connecting the dots is difficult, but for homeland security agents, the real trick is
figuring out where the dots are and which ones need connecting. ... The White House
hasn't confirmed the NSA program, but in December, an official of DARPA, a Defense
Department agency that funds advanced research, published a paper in an academic
journal that suggests an ambitious role for link mining. 'Metaphorically, link mining
offers the potential not only for connecting the dots, but for determining which dots to
connect, a far more difficult task,' wrote Ted Senator, who stipulated he was expressing
his own views, not those of DARPA or the government. The science of connecting the
dots began decades ago when sociologists began studying social networks, charting
people's connections with each other by hand, said Karrie Karahalios, an assistant
professor of computer science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign."
-> <#listtop>back to headlines

May 14, 2006: <http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06134/689745-109.stm>Robots 'R' us?
The machines are getting smarter every day. Human beings better be thinking about
science fiction becoming reality. Opinion by Charles Rubin. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
"The recent unveiling of the 'Crusher' robotic combat truck by the Carnegie Mellon
University Robotics Institute makes it clear that Pittsburgh is a leader in this increasingly
important area of technology. After decades of slow change and unfulfilled promise, it
may be that robots and artificial intelligence are on the verge of transforming what people
do and how we do it. Yet popular culture has long reflected how the rise of robots is not a
prospect that everyone greets with enthusiasm. If people's fears are to be addressed
honestly, the hopes behind the serious work of invention going on here will need to be
matched by equally serious thought about the consequences for the human future these
cutting-edge efforts will have. At first glance, the benefits of ever more sophisticated
robots are obvious. ... In our world of dumb robots and dangerous jobs, concerns about
artificial intelligence out-of-control are easy to dismiss as too speculative. But had you
prese nted today's technologies to the 'great generation' back when they were young,
many would have sounded just as implausible -- to say nothing of how they would have
sounded to generations now past. Indeed, it is a truism among those who think about the
implications of the accelerating rate of technological change that if speculation does not
sound like science fiction, it is probably missing the boat. ... At another extreme, imagine
an extended sphere of moral concern like animal rights advocacy, which would protect
robots on a par with humans, the way Lieutenant Commander Data was treated by the
crew of the starship Enterprise."
-> <#listtop>back to headlines

May 15, 2006:
<http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/060515_map_heavens.html>Largest Cosmic
Map Confirms How Little We Know. By Sara Goudarzi. SPACE.com.
"The new cosmic map is a three-dimensional atlas of more than one million galaxies
reaching a distance greater than 5 billion light-years. The most distant galaxies in the
universe are more than 13 billion light-years away, and not all of them have been
catalogued or even discovered. The map was created using a new artificial intelligence
technique that helps overcome challenges to figuring out how far galaxies are in a
photograph that renders them all essentially in two dimensions. 'By using very accurate
distances of just 10,000 galaxies to train the computer algorithm, we have been able to
estimate reasonably good distances for over a million galaxies,' said Adrian Collister of
the University of Cambridge. 'This novel technique is the way of the future.'"
-> <#listtop>back to headlines

May 16, 2006:
<http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=482342&category=REGION
&newsdate=5/16/2006>An artist at RPI who draws on the future - Graduate student in
electronic arts uses provocative acts to make people think about issues. By Kate Perry.
TimesUnion.com.
"Last February, Boryana Rossa and her colleagues sent a decree of robot rights by e-mail
to the Pope's people at the Vatican. And the staff of the Bulgarian Orthodox patriarch. It
should be considered a sin, the decree said, to kill an artificially created, sentient being
(that is, a robot). Robots have the right to chose their own religion, it continued. An entity
or creature created by humans must be considered equal to humans. Rossa, a Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute student, and the members of her artistic collective, Ultrafuturo,
weren't being funny when they sent the e-mail. 'In terms of artificial intelligence, you
can't have an intelligent entity without the possibility of free will,' she said. 'It has to have
choices and intentions, otherwise it is like a toaster.' ... Ultrafuturo critiques science,
specifically the uses of artificial intelligence and the responsibilities that come with that.
But Rossa said statements Ultrafuturo makes about robots can of ten be applied to the
marginalized in society, such as women, homosexuals, minorities and animals. ... Even if
she's demanding rights for robots, Rossa said being over-the-top is important because
provocative acts are more likely to get people thinking about societal issues."

Also see: <http://www.newsashland.com/articles/index.cfm?artOID=330578&cp=4295>Robots Begin World
Domination At Oregon Museum Of Science & Industry May 27. NewsAshland.com (May 19, 2006) "On Saturday,
May 27, visitors to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) will have a chance to see what robots look
like in real life and how we use and interact with them in hands-on labs, when the highly anticipated Robots + Us
exhibit makes its debut. Robots + US will give OMSI visitors a lighthearted look at modeling artificial life after the real
thing, without the threat of robot world domination! Robots + Us encourages OMSI visitors of all ages to compare sci-
fi fantasies of robots with today's technical realities and to explore why it's so hard to build robots to be like humans. ...
It is also about some persistent questions with a surprisingly long history: Could a machine ever be alive? Could we
make machines that e xceed our own capabilities? Are we, too, a kind of machine?"

-> <#listtop>back to headlines

May 16, 2006: <http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/science/jan-june06/robots_05-
16.html>Students Compete in Robotics Competition - High school students competing at
the FIRST robotics competition learn science and life lessons. Correspondent Tom
Bearden reports. The Online NewsHour: the Web site of the NewsHour with Jim Leher.
[Transcript of television broadcast. Audio and video also available.]
"TOM BEARDEN: The $1,000 robot had been stopped cold when a key that cost about a
nickel fell into the drive train. It was heartbreaking, but dealing with breakdowns like this
is exactly what FIRST is all about. FIRST, an acronym meaning 'For Inspiration and
Recognition of Science and Technology,' was the brainchild of Dean Kamen, an inventor
best known for developing the Segway scooter and the iBOT wheelchair. DEAN
KAMEN, Founder, FIRST: The skills these kids learn when they participate in FIRST
give them career opportunities. Do you want to be an electric engineer, physicist? Do you
want to do proteomics, or genomics, or nanotechnology? What exciting career do you
want to go into? We're helping you make that option possible. TOM BEARDEN: Kamen
says helping kids develop a passion for math, science and engineering is vital to the
country's future. ... TOM BEARDEN: It was back in January when this year's
competition began with a k ickoff rally in New Hampshire that was beamed by satellite to
auditoriums all over the country. For the nearly 30,000 high school students who
participate, this is their first glimpse of what game they will have to design their robots to
play. ANNOUNCER: This year's game is played on a 26-by-54-foot field. TOM
BEARDEN: This year, it was a complicated mix of shooting a ball through a high goal
for three points, into low goals for one point, and climbing up a ramp at end of the two-
and-a-half minute game to score bonus points. Just minutes after the kickoff rally ended,
Team 159 huddled to plot their strategy. ... ANGELINA SALDIVAR, High School
Senior: I really didn't think that I could do anything like this, engineering. I'm a Hispanic
female. And doing engineering or even going to college was something that was
completely out of the question for me. And really being through the program, it taught
me to believe in being able to achieve anything.&quo! t;

Also see:
<http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/hereford/worcs/4770431.stm>Robotic project gets £3,000 boost. BBC News (May
14, 2006). "A school in Worcestershire has been awarded £3,000 by the UK's top scientific society so pupils can design
and build robots. The Royal Society funding will help Droitwich High School's science club, which aims to build
search-and-rescue robots within 12 months. ... The Royal Society aims to promote excellence in science."
<http://www.bellinghamherald.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060514/NEWS11/605140363/1001/NEWS>Robotic
Society hosts festival - Whatcom residents can learn to make their own robots. By Kira Millage. The Bellingham
Herald (May 14, 2006). "R2D2 and C-3PO weren't there, but Nicky Mangan still bounced around excitedly as he
examined the robots on display at the second annual Bellingham Robotics Festival on Saturday. 'It's amazing that
people could build these machines,' the 7-year-old robot enthusiast said, after watching a robotic dog play with a rubber
ball. 'What's mainly exciting me is I've never been here before.' He was among hundreds of people who came through
the Bellingham Public Library to see robots constructed by members of the Bellingham Artificial Intelligence Robotic
Society. ... 'We want to promote artificial intelligence and robotics in Bellingham and Whatcom County,' said [Jianna]
Zhang, president of BAIRS. 'We want to get people to know exactly what a robot is and how they can make one. We
want to let everyone know they can make a robot.' 'It's so wonderful,' said Arlan Norman, dean of College of Sciences
and Technology at WWU. 'To have something in science and math that combines with the community is essential these
days.'"
<http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,2020365,00.html>Testing Artificial Intelligence on German Soccer Fields. By
Sean Sinico. Deutsche Welle (May 16, 2006). "German researchers play a key role in developing the robots that
Robocup organizers hope will take the field against a human soccer team -- and win -- by 2050. Human scouting can
start this June in Bremen. ... How far [Sven] Behnke and his team have come with their robots will be put to the test
next month in Bremen, where robots on some 350 teams from 40 countries play in four size-based leagues and one
computer-based simulation league at the 10th Robot World Cup, an international initiative designed to research and
development of robotics and artificial intelligence. ... Just like the players on soccer's more traditional pitches, the
robots make their own decisions when it comes to shooting or passing. ... To help speed up development, the
competitions are accompanied by scientific conferences where researchers are able to share information and detail how
their droids process the thousands of decisions involved in a soccer game. ... 'The soccer tournament is a good test area
for many aspects of what is being developed,' [Peter] Dauscher said, adding that advanced mechanics, photo
recognition and artificial intelligence are among the many skills researchers are still trying to teach robots. 'In the game
the robots see the ball, their opponents and the goalposts, in a daily situation it could be the cat, a chair and the oven.'"
<http://www.popsci.com/popsci/whatsnew/bff8b39fa893b010vgnvcm1000004eecbccdrcrd.html>Bend It Like Nimbro
- Soccer-playing humanoids kick off one of the biggest robotics competitions of the year. By Patrick Di Justo. Popular
Science (June 2006 issue). "As World Cup soccer rages in Germany this month, 350 teams from around the world will
convene in the city of Bremen to compete in the robotic equivalent, the 10th annual RoboCup World Championship.
The goal, so to speak, of this event is highly ambitious: to create android athletes that could whip the human world-
champion soccer team by the year 2050—and, along the way, advance the field of artificial intelligence. ... Here, our
favorite players. ... " [Video available.]

-> <#listtop>back to headlines

May 17, 2006: <http://www.webpronews.com/topnews/topnews/wpn-60-
20060517MITsSpeechRecognitionBaby.html>MIT's Speech Recognition Baby. By Jason
Lee Miller. WebProNews.com.
"The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) may be on the verge of a
revolutionary development in speech and video algorithmic technology. Their test
subject: a 9 month-old baby boy, who is the center of a project called 'The Human
Speechome Project.' ... [Deb] Roy's team will be developing machine learning systems
with a variety of speech and video processing algorithms to test hypotheses of how
children learn and to make sense of behavioral and communication patterns embedded in
the data collected. They hope to, though analysis, to expose basic movement patterns
with the home (e.g., a person moving from room to room), as well as more complex
behaviors (e.g., changing a diaper or putting away dishes). ... It's interesting enough what
may come of what we learn about human speech development, but [Frank] Moss informs
us that the research could have a wide impact on other technological realms. 'Equally
exciting are the 'spinoff' opportunities that could result f rom this research. The
innovative tools that are being developed for storing and mining thousands of terabytes of
speech and video data offer enormous potential for breaking open new business
opportunities for a broad range of industries -- from security to Internet commerce,' Moss
said."
Also see: <http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/4987880.stm>'Big brother' informs baby talk. BBC News (May 17,
2006). "The team then hopes to build computers that can learn words and grammar, from hearing and seeing precisely
the same images and sounds as the child, to understand the learning process in humans. As well as these insights into
language development, Professor Roy and his team believe the technology that has been developed for the project may
also have applications in other fields such as personal video or analysing images from security cameras."

-> <#listtop>back to headlines

May 18, 2006:
<http://istresults.cordis.europa.eu/index.cfm/section/news/tpl/article/BrowsingType/Featu
res/ID/81933>Searching for the soul in the machine. IST Results.
"If computers could create a society, what kind of world would they make? Thanks to the
work of an ambitious project that adds a whole new meaning to the phrase, ‗computer
society‘, in which millions of software agents will potentially evolve their own culture,
we could be about to find out. With funding from the European Commission‘s Future and
Emerging Technologies (FET) initiative of the IST programme, five European research
institutes are collaborating on the NEW TIES [New and Emergent World models
Through Individual, Evolutionary, and Social Learning] project to create a thoroughly
21st-century brave new world -- one populated by randomly generated software beings,
capable of developing their own language and culture. This kind of social interaction is a
tantalising prospect for the artificial intelligence (AI) experts, computer scientists,
sociologists and linguists working on NEW TIES. ... 'For the linguists and sociologists,
the main motiv ation is to study existing processes in societies and languages,' [Gusz]
Eiben explains. 'The computer scientists on the other hand want to develop and study
machine collaboration, with an eye on future applications in robotics. Robots in the home
are only five to 10 years away, and in the future we might be able to send robot rescue
teams to disaster areas to search for survivors. They could even one day travel to Mars.
Obviously, it will be important for them to be able to cooperate with each other -
especially if they are in a hostile environment.'"

Also see:
<http://www.infoworld.com/article/06/05/19/78497_HNsoftwarebeings_1.html>Scientists build a world of 'software
beings' - Research project will study social interactions between millions of virtual human beings. By Nancy Gohring.
IDG News Service & InfoWorld (May 19, 2006). "Plenty of research has been done into artificial intelligence, but that
research hasn't focused on how artificial beings interact, [Gusz Eiben] said. The results of the research could be applied
to several fields. 'You could use this for engineering robot collectives,' he said. 'We could tell them how to engineer the
minds of a group of robots in such a way that the group as a total would behave in a desirable way.' Sociologists,
anthropologists and politicians could also use the research to simulate reactions to events. 'If we'd had this already
calibrated on a large scale, so you could have a good model simulation of Europe, we wouldn't ha ve needed a
referendum about the European Constitution,' Eiben joked."
<http://www.stnews.org/commentary-2841.htm>The Daily Dose: Searching for the soul in the machine. New
research on cyber-societies is raising fresh questions about ethics and what it means to be human. Commentary by Matt
Donnelly. Science & Theology News (May 19, 2006). "One of the least discussed aspects of the science-and-religion
dialogue is the rapid development of artificial intelligence. While many have become distracted by debates over
intelligent design, AI innovations continue to blur lines between humans and machines. ... This project raises important
questions for those involved in the science-and-religion dialogue. For example, do the ethical standards we apply to
humans in society apply -- equally or in a modified form -- to these cyber-societies? What are the implications for those
seeking to build conscious robots? ... STNews.org has reported at length about the evo lving relationship between
humans and machines: [links to several articles]."
<http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/arts_life/story.html?id=706afc51-f2d3-4f96-b731-
af18746f5376&k=16565>Science fiction coming to gaming. By Ed Willett. The Leader-Post & canada.com (May 25,
2006). "Computer games are designed to present the player with the illusion that he or she is interacting with actual,
thinking, human (or alien) beings. In reality, of course, the beings one meets within such games are more akin to actors
in a play: perhaps allowed to improvise a little, but still bound by the script. But European scientists are now attempting
to create millions of software beings that will 'live,' interact, evolve and reproduce within a computer. The project is
called NEW TIES, an acronym for 'New and Emergent World models Through Individual, Evolutionary, and Social
learning.' ... According to [Gusz] Eiben, although there's been a lot of research into artificial intelligence, that research
hasn 't focused on how artificial beings interact. The research could prove useful in the development of robot
collectives to accomplish certain tasks, in computer games (of course) and even in fields like sociology, anthropology
and political science, to simulate and thus predict and prepare for reactions to certain events. One could envision, for
example, a Saskatchewan political party running a simulation of the province in a computer and only calling an election
when the software beings within are prepared to elect them. ... If this all sounds like science fiction, so it should: The
scientists note that their ideas were partly inspired by the short story Non Serviam by the late Polish science fiction
writer Stanislaw Lem."

-> <#listtop>back to headlines

May 22, 2006: <http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4849402.stm>Digital Planet, the
weekly BBC World Service programme presented by Gareth Mitchell which reports on
technology stories from around the globe. Listen to the programme in one of three
formats.
"On the 85th anniversary of the invention of robots, we look at what part they really do
play in our lives. Bill Thompson visits an exhibition celebrating the robot in Cambridge
and finds out that they were invented by the Czech playwright Karel Capek. In 1921....
Gareth looks to the future with artificial intelligence expert Joanna Bryson from the
University of Bath. Need we really worry about Terminator-style robots taking over the
world, or are automatic vacuum cleaners and lawnmowers the true pinacle of robotic
development ? We also visit the Cybersonica exhibition at the Science Museum in
London and get to grips with a machine based on a 19th century music box called the
Schitzoporotica. It plays well-known tunes from its digital memory...."

Also see: <http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/city/2006/05/15/623fedfb-23a1-4db3-8a9a-
84eb9adc43d6.lpf>Kathleen lets the robots take over. CEN News & Cambridge Evening News (May 15, 2006). "Man
is a robot with defects,' wrote Emile Cioran, in The Trouble with Being Born. By their very nature, robots have always
raised questions about what it means to be human. The word robot was coined by Czech writer Karel Capek in his play
R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots), first performed in 1921. Now, 85 years on, a Cambridge PhD student is reviving
the play, alongside a series of robot-themed events. ... Robots through the ages will be examined through a series of
films, talks with invited speakers, and an exhibition of photographs of robots from the USA, UK and Japan."

-> <#listtop>back to headlines

May 22, 2006: <http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/view.php?StoryID=20060522-105629-
7776r>Scientists - Computers will be everywhere. United Press International.
"Spanish scientists say this decade might become known as the dawn of pervasive
computing, during which computers became embedded in nearly everything. The
researchers say hardware exists that can easily accommodate features such as artificial
intelligence and wireless connectivity and software is quickly catching up."

Also see: <http://istresults.cordis.lu/index.cfm/section/news/tpl/article/BrowsingType/Features/ID/81809>Embedded
software made simpler yet more powerful. IST Results (May 22, 2006). "[Germán] Puebla coordinated the ASAP
project, which, with funding from the European Commission‘s Future and Emerging Technologies initiative, set out to
solve the problem of creating and adapting software to run efficiently on pervasive computing systems, where
computers are integrated in everyday objects and environments. The result is a groundbreaking open source
programming, analysis and optimisation toolkit for pervasive computing systems using Constraint Logic Programming
(CLP) languages that has been validated in a series of case studies. The decision to use CLP for pervasive computing
not only represents a clean break from the norm, but a major innovation that will smooth the rollout of more complex
software for the ti ny ubiquitous computers of the future."
-> <#listtop>back to headlines

May 23, 2006: <http://technology.guardian.co.uk/news/story/0,,1781121,00.html>Google
users promised artificial intelligence. By Richard Wray. The Guardian Unlimited.
"A search engine that knows exactly what you are looking for, that can understand the
question you are asking even better than you do, and find exactly the right information
for you, instantly - that was the future predicted by Google yesterday. Speaking at a
conference for Google's European partners, entitled Zeitgeist '06, on the outskirts of
London last night Google chief executive Eric Schmidt and co-founder Larry Page gave
an insight into perhaps the most ambitious project the Californian business is undertaking
- artificial intelligence (AI). 'The ultimate search engine would understand everything in
the world. It would understand everything that you asked it and give you back the exact
right thing instantly,' Mr Page told an audience...."
-> <#listtop>back to headlines

May 23, 2006: <http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-
dyn/content/article/2006/05/23/AR2006052300428.html>Soldiers bond with iRobot
machine; CEO dreams big. By Joel Rothstein. Reuters / available from The Washington
Post.
"U.S. soldiers in Iraq are giving nicknames and forming emotional bonds with bomb-
defusing robots they have come to regard as teammates, according to the founder of the
company that invented the machines. IRobot Inc. Chief Executive Colin Angle said one
group of soldiers even named its robot 'Scooby Doo' and grieved when it was blown up
after completing 35 successful missions defusing improvised explosive devices. ... 'I
think it's very rational,' he said. '(Scooby Doo) was someone, something, that was doing a
great service for them and thus when they brought it back, it was viewed not just as a loss
of a machine gun or a piece of body armor or a helmet. It was a loss of a contributing
member of the team.'

Also see : <http://news.com.com/My+friend%2C+the+robot/2008-11394_3-6075921.html?tag=nefd.lede>Newsmaker
- My friend, the robot. By Tom Krazit. CNET News.com (May 24, 2006). "Future robots might not look like C-3PO of
'Star Wars' fame or Rosie on 'The Jetsons,' but they are becoming more personal than even their creators might have
realized. iRobot Chief Executive Officer Colin Angle often fields questions about the Roomba robot vacuum, which is
probably one of the more widely used consumer robots, with over 2 million units sold. But Angle is just as proud of his
company's PackBots, which U.S. soldiers are using in Iraq to detonate roadside improvised explosive devices. ... Q: I
wanted to ask you a little bit more about this notion of robots and companionship. How much of that is people
projecting things onto robots, and how much of that is robot designers building in cues that will allow people to do
that? Angle: With the iRobot Roomba, we explicitly tried not to make it cute. The idea was, this is a serious appliance,
we want people to take it seriously, and yet the personification happens anyway. ... [Q:] Do you think people would
buy a robot that was created for that purpose, though? Do you think people buy them because they want a friend or they
want a pet? Angle: Do you mean, would they admit to themselves they're buying it because they want a friend? I
actually have heard people say 'yes,' older people saying, 'I wanted a Furby because they give me something to talk to.'
They are often careful not to suggest that this would be a replacement for human friends, but this is a nice thing, and
the way they describe it is interesting. ..."

-> <#listtop>back to headlines

The Expansion Slot
May 15, 2006:
<http://www.informationweek.com/showArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=CRVKHVH5GX40QQSNDBECKICCJUMEKJVN?
articleID=187202310&queryText=%22artificial+intelligence%22>Spam Blogs Pollute Internet Searches - Spam blogs,
known as splogs, are invading the Web by the millions. Blog search engines are trying to stamp them out, but more
work needs to be done. By Christopher Heun. InformationWeek. "There are millions of spam blogs, or splogs, with
more added every day. 'It's not getting any better, and it's probably getting worse,' says Tim Finin, a computer science
professor at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, who co-wrote a paper about detecting splogs that was
presented at an American Association for Artificial Intelligence conference in March."
-> <#listtop>back to headlines

May 18, 2006: <http://www.ocregister.com/ocregister/news/local/article_1146113.php>UCI senior receives fellowship
- Grant pays for three years of graduate study in exchange for 21-year-old's contribution to research and teaching. By
Slav Kandyba. The Orange County Register & ocregister.com. "For the next three years, Arthur Uy Asuncion Jr. won't
have to worry about how he will pay for graduate school. The 21-year-old Cypress resident and UC Irvine senior has
received a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. ... Q: What will the fellowship
allow you to do? [A:] This fellowship is going to fully fund my graduate education and it will allow me to work on the
topic that I proposed trying to do cross-disciplinary work between distributed computing and artificial intelligence. Q:
What do you hope to accomplish after completing the graduate study? ... "
-> <#listtop>back to headlines

May 19, 2006: <http://www.siliconrepublic.com/news/news.nv?storyid=single6447>Female tech researchers are no
drop-outs. By Elaine Larkin. SiliconRepublic.com. "Female researchers do not find sectors such as science and
technology as attractive as other sectors such as humanities and social sciences. However, according to a report
presented at a conference in Vienna yesterday, female researchers in science and technology are less likely than their
female counterparts in other disciplines to drop out. The report on Women in Science and Technology (WiST) -- The
Business Perspective highlights the existence of a 'leaky pipeline' which sees a progressive decline in female
representation at the higher stages of career progression. While this is evident in many areas of research, the report
found that in the area of science, engineering and technology that is not so."
-> <#listtop>back to headlines

May 22, 2006: <http://business.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=759072006>The SMART money's going on Capital firm
packed with PhDs. By Scott Reid. Evening News & Scotsman.com. "An Edinburgh-based company working on an
artificial intelligence system that removes the human element from high-volume financial trading has secured £50,000
in Scottish Executive funding. Level E Limited, which boasts six staff with PhDs in artificial intelligence among its
eight-strong headcount, said the SMART award plus recent private investment of £112,000 would help it cover costs
for a year. ... Chief executive Dr Sonia Schulenburg said: '... It creates a large number of virtual agents that are learning
constantly as information is changing, developing several market strategies and then conducting the actual trade. The
product can also be used as a decision-support system with human intervention.'"
-> <#listtop>back to headlines

May 22, 2006:
<http://www.democratandchronicle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060522/BUSINESS/605220312/1001>Their
software idea puts them in the game - RIT students' program has potential for production. By David Tyler. Rochester
Democrat and Chronicle. "Video game designers everywhere constantly hunt for new ways to add increased realism to
their programs. One of the latest quests is the search for cinematic perspective, which provides the effortless camera
shots that make your game experience feel more like being inside a movie. Two Rochester Institute of Technology
students are working on a way to make the process quicker and more seamless, making games feel more open as the
'camera' automatically moves around a scene. Kingdon Barrett and Juozas Gaigalas plan to graduate next spring with
degrees in computer science. By that time, they also hope their company, Tuesday Studios, will be well on i ts way to
selling software. Their program uses artificial intelligence to help pick camera angles or cinematic styles based on
situations in the game."
-> <#listtop>back to headlines

May 22, 2006: <http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/story.cfm?c_id=5&ObjectID=10382868>AI software attracts
Cambridge University Press. By Liam Dann. The New Zealand Herald & nzherald.co.nz. "Auckland company Intuto
has reached an agreement with Cambridge University Press to convert thousands of pages of resource material into an
online format. Intuto and its software development subsidiary, KoComm, have developed an artificial intelligence
software system that can digest expert knowledge and convert it into useful blocks of information for web-based study.
The company believes RACE (Rapid Assessment and Conversion Engine) can convert data more quickly and
efficiently than anything else on the market."
-> <#listtop>back to headlines

May 24, 2006: <http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/5009774.stm>Privacy worries over web's future. By Jonathan
Fildes. BBC News. "The next phase of the web could face 'big privacy' issues, a senior UK academic has warned. Hugh
Glaser of the University of Southampton made the comments at the WWW2006 conference in Edinburgh. He was
describing the semantic web, an attempt to make the web more intelligent. Privacy problems could occur, he said,
because the semantic web deliberately combines multiple sources of information about people and places."
-> <#listtop>back to headlines

May 24, 2006: <http://film.guardian.co.uk/cannes2006/story/0,,1781947,00.html>Robot madness? It can only be Daft
Punk. By Andrew Pulver. Guardian Unlimited. "A Daft Punk movie is bit of an event at Cannes. France doesn't have
too many music acts who command international admiration, so there's a sense of quiet self-satisfaction in the massed
ranks of French teens who pack out the first screening of Daft Punk's new film Electroma in the Director's Fortnight. ...
It has to be said that the Punks have an eye for an arresting image: their simple tale of two robots who make themselves
human faces out of wax is beautifully filmed, and occasionally very funny."
-> <#listtop>back to headlines

May 25, 2006: <http://www.newscientisttech.com/article/mg19025535.800-let-a-chatbot-help-you-quit.html>Let a
chatbot help you quit. New Scientist (Issue 2553: page 27). "Betsy van Dijk and colleagues from the University of
Twente in Enschede, the Netherlands, and the Dutch anti-smoking organisation Stivoro are developing a female chatbot
to provide free, round-the-clock advice and exercises for people trying to give up. ... Virtual coaches have a good track
record. Frequent conversations with the chatbot Laura, the brainchild of Timothy Bickmore at Northeastern University
in Boston, helped to persuade a group of elderly people to exercise more (New Scientist, 3 December 2005, p 42)."
-> <#listtop>back to headlines

Articles about AAAI Award Recipients at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair:

May 13, 2006: <http://www.nationmultimedia.com/2006/05/13/headlines/headlines_30003944.php>Thai students
receive honours at Intel's global science competition - Four Thai students have won preliminary awards at the Intel
International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), which has 1,190 projects from 47 countries in competition. The
Nation (Bangkok). "Nat Piyapramote, 17, of Ratchaburi's Sarasit Phithayalai School, won two awards, one from the
Association for Computing Machinery and another from the American Association for Artificial Intelligence. His
project is called 'Statistical-based Adaptive Binarisation for Document Imaging'."
May 16, 2006: <http://starbulletin.com/2006/05/16/news/story09.html>Hawaii students earn awards at science fair.
starbulletin.com. "Members of Hawaii's student delegation to the International Science and Engineering Fair last week
in Indianapolis brought home an array of awards from the competition. ... Lucia Mocz, 15, Mililani High School --
$500 from the American Association for Artificial Intelligence; Honorable Mention from the American Statistical
Association. Project: 'Computer-aided Identification of Cancer from Photomicrographs by Entropy Analysis.'"
May 17, 2006:
<http://www.oregonlive.com/science/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/science/1147827316293610.xml&coll=7>Oregon
students score. The Oregonian & OregonLive.com.. "Oregon students score: ... Students from Oregon high schools won
$171,800 in scholarships and awards at the Intel International Science Fair last week in Indianapolis. ... Winners from
Oregon: ... Alan Garrett Pierce, $500, American Association for Artificial Intelligence; Nathaniel John Broussard,
$500, American Association for Artificial Intelligence; ..."
May 17, 2006: <http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/0517edintel0517.html>State students net
$69,000 in awards at science event. The Arizona Republic & azcentral.com. "Arizona students are bringing home more
than $69,000 in scholarships and prizes from the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2006, presented by
Agilent Technologies. The fair is the world's largest exhibition of the world's young scientists and inventors in Grades
9-12. A pool of 1,482 competitors entered from 47 countries, regions and territories. ... Here are the Arizona winners
and their projects: ... Andrew David Gamalski, 17, Hamilton High School in Chandler and Vinayak Muralidhar, 16,
from Corona del Sol High School in Tempe Project: A New Algorithm To Minimize Factory Inefficiency Through
Penalty Reduction. Award of $500, American Association for Artificial Intelligence. Also Second-Place Grand Award,
Team Projec ts, $1,500. ..."


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The Headlines:

<#ap14a>Promise of AI not so bright - The Washington Times
<#ap14e>Europe's Robotic Challenge - Technology Review
<#ap14g>The new breed of soldier: Robots with guns - USA Today
<#ap18aa>Future Summit technology profiles: Cybernetics & Robotics - CNN
<#ap18c>LT discovered in area; no problem for people - The Nashville News
<#ap19c>John Koza Has Built An Invention Machine - Popular Science
<#ap20a>Applauding the androids - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
<#ap21b>Robo-ethics - Times Union
<#ap22b>New hunt is on for robot top dog - New Scientist (plus one related article)
<#ap23a>Man and machine - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (interview)
<#ap24b>First A.I. essay contest to publish student work - The Dartmouth
<#ap24a>Soon that cell will be all ears - San Francisco Chronicle
<#ap26f>Student's Prize Is a Trip Into Immigration Limbo - The New York Times
<#ap26h>The Total Information Awareness Project Lives On - Technology Review
<#may00a>Android Science - Scientific American
<#slot>The Expansion Slot - some more articles: <#ap18b>Computers on Stamps | <#ap25a>Ottawa Citizen summer
camp listings | <#ap26a>Chirac unveils his grand plan to restore French pride | <#ap26aa>New Arab search engine to
challenge Google

The Articles:

April 14, 2006: <http://washingtontimes.com/technology/20060413-105217-
7645r.htm>Promise of AI not so bright. By Fred Reed. The Washington Times.
"A curious technology that was thought to have great promise but didn't go anywhere --
well, sort of didn't -- is artificial intelligence, or AI. What happened? Why don't we have
computers that talk to us about the meaning of art? Is AI nonsense? No, if you are
reasonable about it. ... A problem that proponents of AI regularly face is this: When we
know how a machine does something 'intelligent,' it ceases to be regarded as intelligent.
If I beat the world's chess champion, I'd be regarded as highly bright."
-> <#listtop>back to headlines

April 14, 2006: <http://www.techreview.com/BizTech-
Manufacturing/wtr_16699,309,p1.html>Europe's Robotic Challenge - Next month,
Germany will host Europe's version of DARPA's Grand Challenge -- but don't expect
desert-busting autonomous SUVs. By Duncan Graham-Rowe. Technology Review.
"Roboticists from 47 teams are preparing to take part in Europe's answer to the U.S.
Department of Defense's Grand Challenge (last year's robotic car race aimed at
encouraging research into autonomous cars). This first European Land-Robot Trial, to
take place in Germany on May 15, will pit against each other teams from nine countries,
representing both academia and industry. Unlike the U.S. Grand Challenge, organized by
the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which is a single 132-mile
race in the desert, the European version will consist of three different events, putting
robots to the test in urban, non-urban, and landmine detection and removal scenarios.
Despite the obvious comparisons with the Grand Challenge, the European organizers
stress that their event is not so much a competition as an evaluation of existing
technology."
-> <#listtop>back to headlines

April 14, 2006: <http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/techinnovations/2006-04-13-robot-
soldiers_x.htm>The new breed of soldier - Robots with guns. By Steven Komarow. USA
Today.
"Spurred by the risks from roadside bombs and terrorist ambushes, the military is
aggressively seeking to replace troops with battlefield robots, including new versions
armed with machine guns. 'There was a time just a few years ago when we almost had to
beg people to try an unmanned ground vehicle,' says Marine Col. Terry Griffin, manager
of the Robotic Systems Joint Project Office in Huntsville, Ala. 'We don't have to beg
anymore.' ... Although the Pentagon initially focused on aircraft, such as the Predator
drone, now new ground- and sea-based robots are being developed and tested, military
records show. For example: ... Self-driving convoy trucks. ... The next step -- robots that
decide themselves when to fire -- is much harder. Robots will become more independent,
but having them fight without human control is 'not a technology issue, so much as it's a
safety issue,' says Scott Myers, president of General Dynamics Robotic Systems."
-> <#listtop>back to headlines

April 17 - 18, 2006: <http://www.cnn.com/CNNI/Programs/futuresummit/>CNN Future
Summit technology profiles:

<http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/science/04/10/cybernetics.profile/>Cybernetics<http:/
/www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/science/04/10/cybernetics.profile/>: Merging machine and
man. By Michael Bay and Matt Ford. CNN.com (April 18, 2006). "'We are the species
that goes beyond our limitations,' says futurist Ray Kurzweil. 'The science of control and
communications in the animal and machine,' is how American mathematician Norbert
Wiener defined cybernetics. The fields of neuroscience, biomechanics, robotics,
mathematics, computer science, materials science and tissue engineering all play a role in
the effort to use machines to help patients who have lost some control over their bodies,
whether through accident or disease. 'By merging human and machine, by creating that
intimacy,' says Hugh Herr of the MIT Biomechatronics Group, 'we will truly be able to
rehabilitate people.' ... We already augment our intelligence by using computers: A quick
Internet search helps us find information faster than ever before. ... photo caption:
Replacement limbs powered by artificial intelligence could soon become commonplace."
<http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/science/04/14/fs.roboticsprofile/index.html>Robots:
<http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/science/04/14/fs.roboticsprofile/index.html> The
future is now. By Michael Bay and Matt Ford. CNN.com (April 17, 2006). "'The
advances in robotics make it clear that many household chores will be easily handled by a
robot in the near future,' says Bob Christopher, the CEO of UGOBE, a robotic technology
company that is marketing a toy robot called Pleo. BT Futurist-in-Residence and CNN
Future Summit Nominating Committee member Ian Pearson envisions a home where
robots outnumber humans. 'I've only one child and one wife, but I could easily imagine
five or six robots in the home as well.' ... Demographic changes, such as a rapidly aging
population and a shrinking workforce will drive forward the application of new
technology. ... 'Most of us would rather be attended to in a hosp ital by a robot than be
ignored,' says [Joanne] Pransky, 'and given the choice to stay in our own homes with a
nursebot or go to a nursing home, a robot would allow us to continue to live
independently as well as offer a more cost-effective alternative.' ... 'I am afraid that the
long term future we are building will have no space left for human beings,' says Daniela
Cerqui, a social and cultural anthropologist at the Institute of Sociology and
Anthropology of the University of Lausanne. 'I definitely do not like the idea of robots
replacing human beings.' 'What it means to be a healthy human is to move, to do work,
we shouldn't replace that or cancel it out,' says MIT's Hugh Herr. 'I'm personally
disturbed by the notion of a world where we have these robots and better and better
artificial intelligence, where systematically those systems replace humans, human
services, human work. I think we're at our limit at what machines should do for us.'"
-> <#listtop>back to headlines

April 18, 2006: <http://www.nashvillenews.org/index.php/comments/3077/>LT
discovered in area; no problem for people. By John Miller. The Nashville News.
"There have been two outbreaks of a poultry disease known as LT in Howard County. ...
LT is the abbreviation for Laryngo Tracheitis. ... While LT poses no threat to people,
[Paul] Britt said, the bird flu does. Because of this, Tyson Foods has been proactive in its
approach to AI, or avian influenza."
>>> Another reminder that LT and AI can be the initials for terms other than Logic
Theorist and Artificial Intelligence!
-> <#listtop>back to headlines

April 19, 2006:
<http://www.popsci.com/popsci/science/0e13af26862ba010vgnvcm1000004eecbccdrcrd.
html>John Koza Has Built An Invention Machine - Its creations earn patents, outperform
humans, and will soon fly to space. All it needs now is a few worthy challenges. By
Jonathon Keats. Popular Science.
"Now 62 and an adjunct professor at Stanford University, [John] Koza is the inventor of
genetic programming, a revolutionary approach to artificial intelligence (AI) capable of
solving complex engineering problems with virtually no human guidance. Koza‘s 1,000
networked computers don‘t just follow a preordained routine. They create, growing new
and unexpected designs out of the most basic code. They are computers that innovate,
that find solutions not only equal to but better than the best work of expert humans. His
'invention machine,' as he likes to call it, has even earned a U.S. patent for developing a
system to make factories more efficient, one of the first intellectual-property protections
ever granted to a nonhuman designer. Yet as impressive as these creations may be, none
are half as significant as the machine‘s method: Darwinian evolution, the process of
natural selection. ... What Koza has done is to automate the creative process. .. . Koza‘s
thesis adviser at the University of Michigan was John Holland, the man widely regarded
as the father of genetic algorithms. ... January 25, 2005, looms large in the history of
computer science as the day that genetic programming passed its first real Turing test:
The examiner had no idea that he was looking at the intellectual property of a computer.
... John Holland has lately been researching what such ingenuity might tell us about the
creative process in humans. "
-> <#listtop>back to headlines

April 20, 2006: <http://pittsburghlive.com/x/tribune-
review/business/s_445494.html>Applauding the androids. By Rob Amen. Pittsburgh
Tribune-Review & PittsburghLive.com.
"Carnegie Mellon on Wednesday revealed that Gort and four other robots, both real and
fictitious, will be inducted into the hall in June. The announcement came on the first day
of the university's 50th anniversary celebration of computer science education and
research. ... The Robot Hall of Fame, a small section inside the Carnegie Science Center,
recognizes real robots that have improved everyday life...."
<http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2006-04/cmu-cmu041906.php>Carnegie Mellon
University announces 2006 inductees into Robot Hall of Fame® Press release available from EurekAlert! (April 19,
2006). "Five robots, ranging from an iconic female humanoid in a classic silent film to a ubiquitous industrial robot that
helped make electronics inexpensive and commonplace, will be inducted into Carnegie Mellon University's Robot Hall
of Fame® during a ceremony this June. The third class of inductees includes Maria, the art deco star of Fritz Lang's
1927 film 'Metropolis'; Gort, the metallic giant from an alien world in the 1951 sci-fi thriller 'The Day the Earth Stood
Still'; David, the boy-like android that stole his adoptive mother's heart in Steven Spielberg's 'Artificial Intelligence:
AI'; AIBO, Sony's dog-like robot pet that is also a robust research and teaching tool; and t he Selective Compliance
Assembly Robot Arm (SCARA), a widely used type of industrial arm with motions especially suited to assembling
consumer products."
<http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12359455/#060421a>And the robo-winner is... Which robotic TV star is the People‘s
Choice? Alan Boyle's Cosmic Log blog. MSNBC (April 21, 2006). "Carnegie Mellon University's Hall of Fame
recognized five fictional and real-life robots, ranging from 1927's 'Metropolis' Maria to the recently retired AIBO robo-
dog. They joined other gear-driven greats such as C-3PO and R2-D2, Robby the Robot, ASIMO and the Pathfinder
robot. But there are always some crowd favorites who get left behind in these award ceremonies (isn't that true, Jim
Carrey?), and that's why we opened up the People's Choice category for Cosmic Log readers."

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April 21, 2006:
<http://timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=473861&category=ARTS&newsd
ate=4/21/2006>Robo-ethics - Symposium delves into how machines help -- or are used
against us. By Michael Lisi. Times Union.
"Robots concern Chico MacMurtrie. Advertisement Not Hollywood robots like chirping
R2-D2 or hulking Gort from the 1950s sci-fi flick 'The Day the Earth Stood Still.' What
worries MacMurtrie are real-life robotics that might end up in surveillance systems,
credit cards with embedded microchips, or computerized networks that make it easy for
anyone or anything motivated enough -- the government, for example -- to follow your
electronic trail through everything you do, everyone you know. 'I am frightened to death
of the way technology controls our society and is used against us,' said MacMurtrie,
artistic director of the Manhattan-based Amorphic Robot Works, a collective of artists
and engineers who create robotic artworks, performances and installations. ...
MacMurtrie is the keynote speaker for 'Robots: In Our Own Eyes,' the Schenectady
Museum's second annual High Voltage Fields symposium. The Saturday seminar features
a panel discussion focusing on the practical and ethical use of robots and robotics. The
title of MacMurtrie's speech says it all: 'How Robotics Affects Our Society and Why It
Concerns Me.'"
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April 22, 2006: <http://www.newscientisttech.com/article/mg19025485.400.html>New
hunt is on for robot top dog. By Chelsea Wald. New Scientist (Issue 2548; subscription
req'd).
"When the last of Sony's Aibo robotic dogs rolled off the production line last month, it
wasn't just consumer fans who mourned its passing. For years robotics researchers have
been using Aibo to test artificial intelligence systems, and they were dismayed by its
demise. ... Since its birth in 1999, Aibo has quietly become one of the most widely used
robotics research tools. Its skills as a soccer player that could be programmed to compete
in teams for the annual RoboCup Four-Legged Challenge are what first attracted many
research labs. ... A group of researchers who compete for the RoboCup are compiling a
volume of some 150 papers they have published on research using Aibos. They plan to
present it to Sony in the next few weeks to alert the company to the amount of work
carried out, in the slim hope of changing its mind. 'Even I was surprised by collecting all
these papers,' says Manuela Veloso, a computer scientist at Carnegie Mellon University
in Pittsburgh, Penn sylvania, who is editing the volume."

Also see: <http://english.chosun.com/w21data/html/news/200604/200604270019.html>Korea's Own Robot Pet Dog
Unveiled. Digital Chosun Ilbo (April 27, 2006). "[T]he country's first commercially available smart robot dog that
'understands' human speech was unveiled on Thursday. Robotics maker Dasatech in Bucheon, Gyeonggi Province
developed two robotic dogs for use as household pets.... The couple named 'Genibo' resemble bull terriers and are 30cm
tall, 33.4 cm long and weigh 1.5 kg."

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April 23, 2006:
<http://www.ajc.com/business/content/business/stories/0423bizupclose.html>Man and
machine - Scholar envisions new devices to help extend the reach of the human race ---
tirelessly. By Bill Husted. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution & ajc.com.
"Once a week, a robot handles the vacuuming for Henrik Christensen. It does a good job
but --- like a lot of housekeepers --- sometimes misses dirt in the corners. Christensen
occupies the newly created KUKA Chair of Robotics at Georgia Tech's College of
Computing. And he practices what he preaches with the robotic housekeeper. ... Q: Is
there a place for that stereotypical robot, too? The machines that work around the house?
... Q: One of the public fears, when it comes to robots, is that they'll eventually cost
people jobs. Do you think that's a rational fear? ... Q: What are the new developments in
robotics? A: That comes in two areas. In the industrial area, traditionally robots have
been behind fences. You had a protected area where robots operated and another where
humans operated. The industrial area where change is occurring is in the food industry.
We are starting to see lots of robots going in there. This is, in part, a response to the
pandemic fears, like bird flu. It is very nice that we can process food without it being
touched by human hands. You can now think that customers will want to pay more for
things that have not been touched by humans. As far as personal robots, we have now
seen the success story with the vacuum cleaner. We are going to go to more complex
applications. The first place we see this will be in assisting the elderly and handicapped.
It could be an intelligent walker. You have people today who have walkers. But if they
have Alzheimer's they may forget where they are going. So with a robotic walker, you
can tell it that I want to go to the kitchen. Or if you are in the hospital and need to go to a
certain place for treatment, it will guide you to where you want to go."
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April 24, 2006: <http://www.thedartmouth.com/article.php?aid=2006042401030>First
A.I. essay contest to publish student work - Campus publications hope to encourage
undergraduate writing on artificial intelligence. By Lense Gebre-Mariam. The
Dartmouth.
"The first John McCarthy Artificial Intelligence Prize for scientific and philosophical
articles discussing artificial intelligence will be awarded to an undergraduate this year in
a contest sponsored by the Dartmouth Undergraduate Journal of Science and Aporia
Dartmouth Undergraduate Journal of Philosophy, two student-run publications.
Philosophy professor Carey Heckman, who helped organize the contest, thought it would
be a good way to get students to write who might not otherwise be interested in artificial
intelligence. The contest explores the creation and development of artificial intelligence
over the past 50 years. Monetary prizes will be awarded to the top three submissions in
scientific and philosophical areas. A combined total of $1,800 will be awarded.... [Julia]
Bernstein and other DUJS staff members sought to connect the contest to the yearly
artificial intelligence conference held at Dartmouth, which take place July 13 to 15."
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April 24, 2006: <http://sfgate.com/cgi-
bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/04/24/BUGO8IDCD71.DTL>Soon that cell will be all ears -
Voice-recognition technology will cut out the wait time. By Ryan Kim. San Francisco
Chronicle & SFGate.com.
"A handful of companies is creating solutions that allow users to find what they're
looking for by utilizing an already familiar cell phone behavior: speaking into the phone.
Companies are creating voice recognition applications that allow users to say a search
term into the phone and be rewarded in seconds with results. ... The advances mean
voice-search services can offer results in a couple of seconds with more than 90 percent
accuracy. It saves people the time of scrolling through screen after screen of results. For
many carriers, this technological advance could unlock revenue that is currently bottled
up by the byzantine search format of cell phones. ... A study by ChangingWorlds, an Irish
provider of artificial intelligence products, and Mobile Metrix, a Swedish research firm,
found last year that almost two-thirds of mobile content was more than 12 clicks away. ...
[R]ecently, voice-recognition companies have made strides in expanding the available
search terms, speeding up the process and adding intuitive and predictive functions that
allow computer servers to better understand what consumers are asking for. .. 'Voice isn't
just for speaking. It's now an interface, and it's driving commands,' [Craig Hagopian
said.]"
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April 26, 2006: <http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/26/nyregion/26deport.html>Student's
Prize Is a Trip Into Immigration Limbo. By Nina Bernstein. The New York Times &
nytimes.com.
"A small, troubled high school in East Harlem seemed an unlikely place to find students
for a nationwide robot-building contest, but when a neighborhood after-school program
started a team last winter, 19 students signed up. One was Amadou Ly, a senior who had
been fending for himself since he was 14. The project had only one computer and no real
work space. Engineering advice came from an elevator mechanic and a machinist's son
without a college degree. But in an upset that astonished its sponsors, the rookie team
from East Harlem won the regional competition last month, beating rivals from elite
schools like Stuyvesant in Manhattan and the Bronx High School of Science for a chance
to compete in the national robotics finals in Atlanta that begins tomorrow. ... Left here
long ago by his mother, he has no way to attend the college that has accepted him, and
only a slim chance to win his two-year court battle against deportation. ... Most team
members learned of hi s problem only yesterday at a meeting with Kristian Breton, 27,
the staff member at the East Harlem Tutorial program who started the team, inspired by
his own experience in the competition when he was a high school student in rural
Mountain Home, Ark."
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April 26, 2006:
<http://www.technologyreview.com/read_article.aspx?id=16741&ch=infotech>The Total
Information Awareness Project Lives On - Technology behind the Pentagon's
controversial data-mining project has been acquired by NSA, and is probably in use. By
Mark Williams. Technology Review.
"Washington's lawmakers ostensibly killed the TIA project in Section 8131 of the
Department of Defense Appropriations Act for fiscal 2004. But legislators wrote a
classified annex to that document which preserved funding for TIA's component
technologies, if they were transferred to other government agencies, say sources who
have seen the document, according to reports first published in The National Journal.
Congress did stipulate that those technologies should only be used for military or foreign
intelligence purposes against non-U.S. citizens. ... With access to much of the world's
telecom traffic, the [National Security Agency's] supercomputers can digitally vacuum up
every call placed on a network and apply an arsenal of data-mining tools. Traffic
analysis, together with social network theory, can reveal patterns indiscernible to human
analysts, possibly suggesting terrorist activity. Content filtering, applying highly
sophisticated search algorithms and powerful statistical methods like Bayesian analysis in
tandem with machine learning, can search for particular words or language combinations
that may indicate terrorist communications. ... Beyond these programs, additionally, there
exist all the data-mining applications currently employed in the private sector for
purposes like detecting credit card fraud or predicting health risks for insurance. All the
information thus generated goes into databases that, given sufficient government
motivation or merely the normal momentum of future history, may sooner or later be
accessible to the authorities. How should data-mining technologies like TIA be regulated
in a democracy?"
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May 2006 [issue date]:
<http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?chanID=sa006&colID=30&articleID=000E16B9-
8ADE-1447-8ADE83414B7F0101>Android Science - Hiroshi Ishiguro makes perhaps
the most humanlike robots around - not particularly to serve as societal helpers but to tell
us something about ourselves. By Tim Hornyak. Scientific American 294(5): 32-34.
"Director of Osaka University's Intelligent Robotics Laboratory, Ishiguro has a high
furrowed brow beneath a shock of inky hair and riveting eyes that seem on the verge of
emitting laser beams. Besides the justification for making robots anthropomorphic and
bipedal so they can work in human environments with architectural features such as
stairs, Ishiguro believes that people respond better to very humanlike robots. Androids
can thus elicit the most natural communication. 'Appearance is very important to have
better interpersonal relationships with a robot,' says the 42-year-old Ishiguro. 'Robots are
information media, especially humanoid robots. Their main role in our future is to
interact naturally with people.' ... To emulate human looks and behavior successfully,
Ishiguro yokes robotics with cognitive science. In turn, cognitive science research can use
the robot as a test bed to study human perception, communication and other faculties.
This novel cross-fert ilization is what Ishiguro describes as android science."
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The Expansion Slot

April 18, 2006: <http://blog.wired.com/techstamps/>Computers on Stamps. Image gallery from Wired News. "The
following images of stamps from around the world are a window into the computer's history. ... Images and captions
were provided by Larry Dodson, author of Computers on Stamps and Stationary."
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April 25, 2006: <http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/story.html?id=687dc7aa-f6f9-4fea-ae0b-d1eb3d2adf0f>Ottawa
Citizen summer camp listings (Part 1). Compiled by Linda Denley. The Ottawa Citizen. "Lots of fun and some learning
too ... Canada Science and Technology Museum Camps ... Adventures in Robotics: Ages 9-12 discover how robots are
used in an automobile assembly line, in films and entertainment, in space and in medicine. What are animatronics and
artificial intelligence? Work in teams to create and build robotic components. Use the LEGO Mindstorms construction
system to create and program a robot that performs simple tasks. Build your own robot to take home."
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April 26, 2006: <http://technology.guardian.co.uk/news/story/0,,1761482,00.html>Chirac unveils his grand plan to
restore French pride - President hopes to secure legacy with rival to Google. By Angelique Chrisafis. Guardian
Unlimited. "The French president, Jacques Chirac, yesterday unveiled what he hopes will be his great legacy to
France's struggle against the global dominance of the US: a series of technological projects including a European
search engine to rival Google. ... Named Quaero - Latin for 'I search' - the search engine aims to be the first to
efficiently sort through audio, images and video. It would search the growing array of podcasts and videoclips on the
web and deliver the information to computers and mobile phones. Quaero has been a pet project of Mr Chirac's for
some time. In his new year speech at the Elysée Palace, he spoke of the need to 'take up the global challenge pos ed by
Google and Yahoo!'."
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April 26, 2006: <http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/internet/04/26/arabic.search.reut/index.html>New Arab search
engine to challenge Google. Reuters / available from CNN.com. "A Saudi-German plan to launch a dedicated Arabic
language search engine for the Web could revolutionize the moribund Arabic Internet market, a senior official in the
project said. 'Sawafi', planned for the last quarter of 2006, could also set a tough challenge for international search
giants such as Google, MSN and Yahoo, which offer a basic Arabic search facility at present."
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The Headlines:

<#mar27x>A.I. Gone Awry - Skeptic
<#ap00d>Electric Thoughts? - Scientific American Mind
<#ap1a>How Dr Who does it - Western Mail (plus two related articles)
<#ap00e>Oy, Robot! - Fast Company
<#ap2a>In a Wired South Korea, Robots Will Feel Right at Home - The New York Times
<#ap3a>The best of times in science and tech - CNet News (interview plus a related photo gallery)
<#ap5a>Computer Science@40 - Stanford Report
<#ap6a>U.S. News releases its annual grad school rankings - Inside Illinois (plus a link to related resources)
<#ap6c>Students show off their artificial intelligence - Daytona Beach News-Journal
<#ap7a>Robot to perform underwater surgery - National Post
<#ap9a>Keeping track of Dad - Chicago Tribune
<#ap10a>Emergence timeline: Evolution of an idea - Science & Theology News (plus two related articles)
<#ap10c>NASA thinks small for Mars trip - San Francisco Chronicle (plus two related articles)
<#ap10d>Research Revolution - InformationWeek
<#ap12a>MIT Fraternity Accused Of Robot Hazing - The Onion (satire)
<#ap12g>Scientists Look at Promise, Peril of Technology - VOA News
<#ap13a>'Hello computer, I wish to check my account' - icBerkshire (plus one related article)
<#ap13b>Group offers free computer science lessons - Associated Press
<#ap15a>The word: Common sense - New Scientist

The Articles:

Late March 2006: A.I. Gone Awry - The Futile Quest for Artificial Intelligence. By Peter
Kassan. <http://www.skeptic.com/the_magazine/index.php>Skeptic (Volume 12,
Number 2: pages 30 - 39; subscription req'd).
"AI has splintered into three largely independent and mutually contradictory areas
(connectionism, computationalism. and robotics), each of which has its own subdivisions
and contradictions. Much of the activity in each of the areas has little to do with the
original goals of mechanizing (or computerizing) human-level intelligence. However, in
pursuit of that original goal, each of the three has its own set of problems, in addition to
the many that they share."
-> <#listtop>back to headlines

April 2006: <http://www.sciammind.com/article.cfm?articleID=00069385-58DE-1429-
898483414B7F0000>Electric Thoughts? The latest computer designs draw inspiration
from human neural networks. But will machines ever really think? By Yvonne Raley.
Scientific American Mind.
"[R]ecent technological advances are narrowing the gap between human brains and
circuitry. At Stanford University, bioengineers are replicating the complicated parallel
processing of neural networks on microchips. Another development--a robot named
Darwin VII--has a camera and a set of metal jaws so that it can interact with its
environment and learn, the way juvenile animals do. Researchers at the Neurosciences
Institute in La Jolla, Calif., modeled Darwin's brain on rat and ape brains. The
developments raise a natural question: If computer processing eventually apes nature's
neural networks, will cold silicon ever be truly able to think? And how will we judge
whether it does? More than 50 years ago British mathematician and philosopher Alan
Turing invented an ingenious strategy to address this question, and the pursuit of this
strategy has taught science a great deal about designing artificial intelligence, a field now
known as AI. At the same time, it has shed some light on human cognition. ... [T]he
Chinese Room Argument--was developed by philosopher John Searle of the University
of California, Berkeley, to show that a computer can pass the Turing Test without ever
understanding the meaning of any of the words it uses. ... [Stevan Harnad of the
University of Southampton] proposes a revised Turing Test, which he calls the Robotic
Turing Test. To merit the label 'thinking,' a machine would have to pass the Turing Test
and be connected to the outside world. Interestingly, this addition captures one of
Turing's own observations: a machine, he wrote in a 1948 report, should be allowed to
'roam the countryside' so that it would be able to 'have a chance of finding things out for
itself.'"
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April 2006: <http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/104/open-debate-extra.html>Oy,
Robot! - Are we doomed to some postapocalyptic nightmare in which robots rule the
planet? Roboticists Henrik Hautop Lund and Rodney Brooks square off. Fast Company
(Issue 104; page 112).
"Resolved: In the next century, robots will take over the planet. Lund: I cannot imagine
such a scenario with robots taking over the planet. ... Brooks: I think it all depends on
what we mean by 'take over' and 'planet.'"
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April 1, 2006:
<http://icwales.icnetwork.co.uk/0900entertainment/0050artsnews/tm_objectid=16890892
%26method=full%26siteid=50082%26headline=how%2ddr%2dwho%2ddoes%2dit-
name_page.html>How Dr Who does it. By Rin Simpson. Western Mail & icWales.
"A new book by Paul Parsons, editor of the BBC's science and technology magazine
BBC Focus, has the answers. He shares a few here: ... Could humans become Cybermen?
This race of creatures was once humanoid but, having experimented with cybernetic
modifications to their bodies, became entirely robotic. We have already started this
process with medical technology.... In 1998 Professor Kevin Warwick at the University
of Reading decided to take this a step further by becoming the first human to have a
microchip surgically implanted into his body, which served as a transponder. ... Warwick
believes there will be strong motivation for us to modify our bodies in these ways as a
consequence of developments in artificial intelligence."

Also see:
<http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Healthology/story?id=1804875&page=1>Get Ready for the Real Bionic Man - Science
fiction is turning into science fact, experts say. By E.J. Mundell. HealthDayNews & ABC News (April 4, 2006). "The
cyborgs are coming. Human-machine hybrids, they will carry 100-pound loads over long distances, develop artificial
arms, hands and legs, and scan their surroundings with powerful bionic eyes. But don't worry -- the science whizzes
who designed them say ordinary humans have nothing to fear. 'Integrating machines with human life is part of the
natural progression of technology,' said Homayoon Kazerooni, a professor of mechanical engineering and director of
the Robotics and Human Engineering Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley. ... Many Americans over 40
have vivid memories of the original bionic man, TV's Col. Steve Austin. In those days, making a person 'better,
stronger, fa ster' by incorporating machinery into or outside his or her body was the stuff of the future. But Kazerooni
points out that bionics -- using technology to extend the body's potential -- actually has a very long history."
<http://kdka.com/topstories/local_story_102165806.html>Bionic Technology Takes Center Stage In Pgh. Reported by
Bob Allen. KDKA.com & CBS (April 12, 2006). "This week, Pittsburgh doctors are being educated this week in some
incredible technology that brings to mind really the bionic man. It's a robotic knee that helps amputees get around with
ease. It is proof that technology is advancing by leaps and bounds. We haven't seen a bionic man yet, but there is a
bionic knee or artificial limb that could potentially improve the quality of life for thousands of amputees. ... [Bill
Dunham] had his right leg amputated above the knee after he was wounded by friendly fire in 1989 during the Panama
conflict. He's seen the technology advance over the last 16 years to the first bionic knee with artificial intelligence."
[Video available.]

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April 2, 2006: <http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/02/world/asia/02robot.html>In a Wired
South Korea, Robots Will Feel Right at Home. By Norimitsu Onishi. The New York
Times & nytimes.com (subscription req'd).
"South Korea, the world's most wired country, is rushing to turn what sounds like science
fiction into everyday life. The government, which succeeded in getting broadband
Internet into 72 percent of all households in the last half decade, has marshaled an army
of scientists and business leaders to make robots full members of society. By 2007,
networked robots that, say, relay messages to parents, teach children English and sing and
dance for them when they are bored, are scheduled to enter mass production. Outside the
home, they are expected to guide customers at post offices or patrol public areas,
searching for intruders and transmitting images to monitoring centers. If all goes
according to plan, robots will be in every South Korean household between 2015 and
2020. That is the prediction, at least, of the Ministry of Information and
Communication.... While other countries have focused on developing military, industrial
or humanoid robots, [Mr. Oh] said, South Korea decided three years ago to develop
service robots that, instead of operating independently, derive their intelligence from
being part of a network."
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April 3, 2006: <http://news.com.com/The+best+of+times+in+science+and+tech/2008-
11395_3-6056207.html>The best of times in science and tech. Newsmaker interview by
Stefanie Olsen. CNet News.com.
"Curt Carlson will gladly tell you he's gone to heaven. Technologist heaven, that is,
thanks to his dream job as CEO of SRI International, a veritable Willy Wonka factory of
science and tech R&D. Once known as Stanford Research Institute for its home at the
prestigious university from 1946 to independence in 1970--SRI is a nonprofit that's been
instrumental to the development of everyday marvels like the computer mouse, the PC,
the cell phone and high-definition television. ... [Q:] Scientific research has taken a hit in
this country, with labs at NASA being cut and so forth. How does SRI fit into the
landscape? Carlson: I think the state of scientific research in America right now is still
superb. The big corporate labs like RCA labs, where I was in my first part of my career,
and Bell Labs are very different organizations today. That model which came from
Thomas Edison, who created the central research lab, is not very productive in today's
worl d. The idea that you can do everything yourself in today's world is a prescription for
getting into trouble fast. The key is to put together teams to first identify the major
opportunities and then to assemble teams that can move really, really quickly to capture
those opportunities. The people who take that perspective do very well, and it's not a
centralized research model. For example, we have a program here--it happens to be a
government program, but it's typical of what we do--it is to develop the next generation
of iPods that are intelligent. You'll be able to talk to it; it will able to talk back to you. It
will be able to plan and help you navigate through all the choices you have to make every
day. We assembled a who's who of people in the United States; all the great researchers
in artificial intelligence from MIT, CMU and Stanford and Harvard are part of the team.
In fact, this is one of the five disciplines of innovation that we teach: is how do you put
these tea! ms together...effectively, what are the criteria, how should we think about
that?"

Visit the related CNet photo gallery, <http://news.com.com/2300-11395_3-6056698-1.html>Innovation on display at
SRI, and learn about Shakey the Robot, SRI's robotic surgical system, and SRI's Artificial Intelligence Center.

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April 5, 2006: <http://news-service.stanford.edu/news/2006/april5/csforty-
040506.html>Computer Science@40 - Faculty, alumni celebrate life-changing advances.
From its origins in the Math Department, Computer Science reflects on its revolutionary
research, entrepreneurial spirit. By David Orenstein. Stanford Report.
"Through ground-breaking research, teaching and often entrepreneurship, Stanford
computer science faculty, students and staff have had an impact on technology that is
broad, deep and unique. The department's optimistic and ambitious nature was readily
apparent among the more than 400 faculty and alumni who gathered to celebrate its 40th
anniversary at the Arrillaga Alumni Center on March 21. 'Our department culture was to
hire people we thought would change the world,' said Ed Feigenbaum, the Kumagai
Professor in the School of Engineering, Emeritus, paraphrasing an explanation university
President John Hennessy offered last year for why the department has been so successful.
Both men are former chairs of the department. 'For over 40 years our faculty and our
graduates changed the world of computer science and continue to do so today.' ... In
medicine, Stanford computer scientists also have made advances. In 1967, for example,
Feigenbaum, then research associate B ruce Buchanan, chemistry Professor Carl Djerassi
and genetics Professor Joshua Lederberg (a Noel laureate) demonstrated the DENDRAL
project, a so-called 'expert system' that helped compute molecular structures from mass
spectrogram data. In recent years, Professors Jean-Claude Latombe, the Kumagai
Professor in the School of Engineering, and Professor J. Kenneth Salisbury each have
made substantial advances in computer-assisted medicine. ... In 1985, [Nils] Nilsson, who
at SRI led the development of the first mobile robot, 'Shakey,' joined the department as
chair. That year he led the department's migration from the School of Humanities and
Sciences to the School of Engineering.... Artificial intelligence expert Daphne Koller, an
associate professor of computer science and 2004 MacArthur 'genius grant' recipient,
focused on a particular data-intensive set of applications in her remarks."
-> <#listtop>back to headlines

April 6, 2006: <http://www.news.uiuc.edu/ii/06/0406/usnews.html>U.S. News releases
its annual grad school rankings. Inside Illinois (Volume 25, Number 18).
"In its latest rankings of America‘s best graduate schools, U.S.News & World Report
ranked a number of UI units best in the nation.... The issue hit newstands April 3. The
magazine does not evaluate all disciplines every year. ... The UI‘s computer science
program was ranked fifth nationally and subspecialties were ranked as follows: artificial
intelligence, 8; programming language, 8; systems, 5."

For more information about the U.S. News & World Report rankings, follow this
<http://www.aaai.org/aitopics/html/resourcST.html#rankings>link to AI TOPICS.

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April 6, 2006: <http://www.news-
journalonline.com/NewsJournalOnline/News/Neighbors/South/evlNS01040606.htm>Stu
dents show off their artificial intelligence. By Joe Morrison. Daytona Beach News-
Journal Online.
"After a shaky start, during which jitters prevailed over genius, Spruce Creek High
School's robotics club team soared to fourth place in the regional Botball competition at
Jacksonville the day after St. Patrick's Day. The 18-student contingent, led by project
coordinator and SCHS senior Alyssa Everhart, had two teams, each with a fully
automated and programmed robot. ... There is a Botguy, the poor flood victim who must
be rescued, while the tribbles, or fuzzy, colored pom-pom balls, are the supplies for the
rescue. ... The scenario, this year based on the Hurricane Katrina disaster, is changed each
year for the nationwide Botball competition. ... The national competition will be held in
Norman, Okla., in the middle of July. Botball is but one emerging consequences of the
world of robotics. It is designed to enhance public and student understanding of science,
engineering, technology and mathematics."
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April 7, 2006: <http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=7fb630eb-
5054-40cc-a73a-dd3b8be1531b&k=2621>Robot to perform underwater surgery. By Tom
Blackwell. National Post & canada.com.
"Dr. Mehran Anvari will do experimental surgery this Sunday that could one day help
save astronauts in outer space or northerners in the far-flung Arctic -- yet he will not be
anywhere near his 'patient.' Wielding specialized joysticks at a hospital in Hamilton, Ont.,
Dr. Anvari plans to manipulate a unique, Canadian-made robot to sew up an abdominal
vein in a mock space station under the Atlantic ocean. The patient this time will be a
sophisticated dummy. But Dr. Anvari has already used the world-leading tele-robotic
technology to perform complex operations on 22 'real' patients who were at medical
facilities hundreds of kilometres away from his office. The goal is to provide such a
service to secluded communities that have no surgeons of their own, and maybe operate
on astronauts travelling to the moon or Mars. After Sunday's project with NASA, Dr.
Anvari's team will focus on a new, even more mind-bending phase: 'semi-autonomous'
robots that are programmed to d o surgical procedures on their own, without a physician
directly controlling their movements. 'Canada is the leader in the world on this,' said Dr.
Anvari yesterday."
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April 9, 2006: <http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-
0604090283apr09,1,147125.story?coll=chi-newsnationworld-hed>Keeping track of Dad
- Technology allows aging Americans to enjoy more independence while families
monitor them from miles away. By Kirsten Scharnberg. Chicago Tribune.
"Research and innovation -- some academic, some commercial but all directed toward the
elderly and those who care for and about them -- are under way across the country: ... At
the University of Washington, researchers are developing a handheld global positioning
system device that uses artificial intelligence to predict where a forgetful person is trying
to go and help him or her navigate the way there through verbal prompts and directional
instructions. Home builders in Florida are offering smart floors that can sense when an
elderly person has fallen and then summon emergency help. The technology is being
tested, designed and marketed to support a burgeoning social movement aimed at
allowing people to 'age in place' -- to grow old inside their homes. ... Inside a cozy
demonstration apartment in Seattle, researchers for Intel work on a system that monitors a
person's movements far more precisely than the technology at Oatfield does. ... The
system then uses artif icial intelligence to determine what is happening: If the resident
runs water, picks up a spoon, touches a kettle and opens the cabinet where cups are
stored, the apartment's computer system concludes that tea has just been made and logs
that on a database that social workers or children can track. ... Clearly the biggest worry
associated with much of this technology is the loss of privacy. ... Yet the technology can
be tweaked to deal with some privacy concerns."

Also see:
<http://www.boston.com/business/personaltech/articles/2006/04/03/elders_finding_love_in_a_household_machine/?rss
_id=Boston+Globe+--+Business+News>Elders finding love in a household machine - Seemingly sentient robots can
fill void, researchers say. By G. Jeffrey MacDonald. The Boston Globe & boston.com (April 3, 2006) "Until recently,
Dorothy Light of West Lafayette, Ind., described herself as a 74-year-old lonely widow. She had said goodbye to her
home and even her cat when she moved into a senior apartment building that doesn't allow pets. ... 'I had lost my
identity' with no husband, pets, or children at home to nurture, she said. The AIBO from Sony ''gives me a sense of
identity,' Light said. 'The dog loves me all the time. . . . It gives me an entrée into a world I had thought I'd lost forever.'
Light got Big Boy from Purdue University, one of several institutions studying how elders interact with robotic pets.
With nursing homes experiencing labor shortages and with the over-65 population projected to double by 2050,
scientists are asking whether machines designed to seem sentient could provide a low-maintenance means of improving
the emotional lives of seniors. Some researchers are hopeful. ... But the semblance of sentience in these therapeutic
robots has raised ethical questions. Is it right for anyone who feels desperately lonely or depressed to gain relief in an
illusion?"

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April 10, 2006: <http://www.stnews.org/News-2768.htm>Emergence timeline -
Evolution of an idea. The history of emergence from the 1843 A System of Logic to the
present debate in the scientific community. Science & Theology News.
"1843: System of logic: English political theorist John Stuart Mill publishes A System of
Logic, which includes a description of what would eventually become known as
emergence.... 1951: Invention: Marvin Minsky, MIT researcher in artificial intelligence,
invents the Stochastic Neural-Analog Reinforcement computer (SNARC), one of the first
electronic learning machines based on neural network models. ... 1984: Network: The
Terminator, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, describes the evil emergent properties of a
network of computers. ... 1989: SimCity: 'SimCity' is released by game designer Will
Wright, one of earliest popular computer games to use emergent properties."

Related STNews articles:
<http://www.stnews.org/news-2766.htm>Emergence theorists expand our view of origins - Why is there
something rather than nothing, and how did that something get here? Emergence seeks to answer these questions. By
Matt Donnelly. Science & Theology News (April 10, 2006). "Among those who think about emergence, said
Australian philosopher David J. Chalmers, two main positions have developed: strong emergence and weak emergence.
Supporters of weak emergence make the claim that the more fundamental theory can in principle explain the
phenomena of the higher-level theory. And many also argue that emergent laws and properties, even if they do exist,
don‘t cause anything on a lower level of reality to change in any way. 'The sense of emergence that I approve of is what
I‘ve called innocent emergence,' said Daniel C. Dennett, director of the Center for Cognitive Studies and A ustin B.
Fletcher Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University in Medford, Mass. Dennett said his definition of an emergent
phenomena 'is one that is startling, surprising, one that allows us to use a higher-level description to characterize it, but
it‘s not in principle unpredictable or irreducible or anything like that.'"
<http://www.stnews.org/news-2767.htm>Emergence glossary: Reducing the terms. By Britt Peterson. Science &
Theology News (April 10, 2006). "Emergent property: Appears when a number of individual agents form to initiate
complicated and unpredictable behavior. ..."

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April 10, 2006: <http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-
bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/04/10/MNGVGI6MV41.DTL>NASA thinks small for Mars
trip - Tiny robotlike brains would safeguard ship. By Keay Davidson. San Francisco
Chronicle & SFGate.com.
"If American astronauts fly to Mars in the next few decades, they might be chaperoned
by NASA's version of 'thinking machines' -- electronic brains that will run the spaceship
largely without human aid and make lightning-fast decisions to guard the crew against
danger. ... Nor are the machines likely to look or sound like the red-eyed, suave-voiced
Hal of the 1968 blockbuster '2001: A Space Odyssey.' Rather, these computerized
'intelligent systems' could be near-invisible legions of microelectronic butlers and maids.
Hidden inside the spaceship's computer circuits, they'll sleeplessly monitor the ship's
sensors to ensure it isn't about to blow up, lose air pressure or veer off course."
Also see:
<http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/05/technology/techspecial4/05nasa.html>Like to Tinker? NASA's Looking for
You. By Noah Shactman. The New York Times & nytimes.com (April 5, 2006). "[W]ith budgets tightening and the
obstacles to human space exploration looking more daunting, NASA is enlisting the expertise of outsiders. For
example, the agency is offering 13 contests, which it calls Centennial Challenges, that anyone can enter. The prizes
range from $200,000 to more than $5 million, for building gear as diverse as solar sails, lunar excavators and the tiny
elevators. But more important than the cash prizes, contestants and administrators say, is the opportunity to sidestep the
traditional ways NASA has done business and bring some fresh faces to its ranks. ... Many of NASA's contests also
center on robotics. The Telerobotic Construction Challenge, scheduled for August 2007, requires a team of machines to
assemble items with minimal human supervision. ... In the Regolith Excavation Challenge, set for May 2007, an
autonomous machine will have to dig through 24 square meters of simulated moon rock. ... Some contests will be held
annually; others will be one-time events. NASA funds robotics research through conventional contracts too, and it uses
Small Business Innovation Research grants to back companies outside the industry's mainstream. But the paperwork
involved in the innovation research grants, called S.B.I.R.'s, can be intimidating. ... The competitions offer economic
benefits to NASA as well. The contestants, not the space agency, pay for the development."
<http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/4877028.stm>Robotic route for Polar pioneers. By Richard Black. BBC News
(April 5, 2006). "The next generation of Antarctic explorers could be robots capable of driving hundreds of kilometres
and doing scientific experiments alone. ... It is a far cry from the early days of Antarctic exploration, when the best
vehicles available to pioneers such as Amundsen and Scott had four legs and fur to keep them warm. This concept has
more in common with the robotic probes dropped with great success on the surface of Mars by the US space agency
Nasa. ... The robots are designed to master most obstacles they will find on the Antarctic surface...."

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April 10, 2006:
<http://www.informationweek.com/research/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=184429883>R
esearch Revolution - A handful of hotshots at Yahoo, Google, and Microsoft are
changing how tech innovation is incubated--and delivered. By Aaron Ricadela, with
Thomas Claburn. InformationWeek.
"Going back just a few years, the corporate relationship between research scientists and
the engineers and execs who built and sold products was entrenched, methodical, and
often contentious. Top tech minds at companies like AT&T, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, and
Xerox toiled in their labs for the next breakthrough, which, after sufficient gestation and a
lot of luck, made its way through advanced engineering, product development, and
marketing. Out of this process, which could easily take years, came landmark products
such as the mainframe, the PC, laser printing, touch-tone dialing, and Unix. Now, in
trying to gain an edge in the fast-paced Internet software market, Google, Microsoft, and
Yahoo are taking a wholly new approach to research. They're building labs focused on
the problems and opportunities that have emerged with sleeker Web sites, the explosion
of online video and photos, widespread broadband connections, and the soaring numbers
of hours people spend onli ne. ... Yahoo, too, is trying to rewrite the research formula. It's
supplementing labs in Silicon Valley with groups in New York, Spain, and Chile, and it
recently hired Ron Brachman, an artificial intelligence expert from the Defense
Advanced Research Projects Agency, to expand its labs. ... The Web's many advantages
have set off a talent war. Google last summer hired speech-recognition and artificial
intelligence expert Kai-Fu Lee away from Microsoft to head a new R&D center in
Beijing... Sun also is turning to Web research to improve its products. The company is
funding Berkeley's Reliable, Adaptive, and Distributed Systems lab to apply a branch of
AI called machine learning...."
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April 12, 2006: <http://www.theonion.com/content/node/47207>MIT Fraternity Accused
Of Robot Hazing. [Satire. "The Onion is not intended for readers under 18 years of age."]
The Onion (Issue 42•15).
"Several members of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology chapter of the Theta Tau
fraternity are in campus-police custody today following a brutal hazing incident in which
one robot remains missing and two others are in critical condition with extensive circuitry
and servo-motor injuries, sources revealed Monday. ... 'We will thoroughly investigate
this matter, and take strong disciplinary action,' MIT Dean of Students Geraldine Knight
said. 'These robots are extremely artificially intelligent. They wouldn't willingly subject
themselves to this sort of abuse without extreme levels of peer pressure or even
downright reprogramming.' ... In protest, human-emotion-simulator robot Kismet, a
respected member of the MIT community, announced that it will only display an
expression of disapproval -- refusing to smile, show fear, or raise a curious eyebrow --
until those responsible receive appropriate punishment."
-> <#listtop>back to headlines

April 12, 2006: <http://www.voanews.com/english/2006-04-12-voa78.cfm>Scientists
Look at Promise, Peril of Technology. Scientists meeting in Los Angeles say technology
offers the hope of a better world, but presents hazards if mishandled. The University of
Southern California and the journal "Science" convened a panel of scientific innovators
to look at the promise and the perils of technology. By Mike O'Sullivan. VOA News.
"There are dangers in a democracy when an ill-informed citizenry must make policy
decisions relating to medicine, the environment, or other branches of science, says John
Seely Brown, the former chief scientist for the Xerox Corporation. 'You've got to ask, do
we now have the scientific literacy in the public to be able to have informed dialogues
about what these issues are really going to mean to civilization, to mankind itself,' he
said. 'If we don't have the right kind of scientific literacy, all scientific debate becomes
ideological.' The panelists say promoting scientific literacy is a challenge but a necessary
goal, as new technologies change our society. ... Raymond Kurzweil is a researcher in the
field of artificial intelligence. ... He says technology, however, is a balance between
promise and peril."
-> <#listtop>back to headlines

April 13, 2006:
<http://icberkshire.icnetwork.co.uk/0100news/0600business/tm_objectid=16942328&met
hod=full&siteid=50102&headline=-hello-computer--i-wish-to-check-my-account--
name_page.html>'Hello computer, I wish to check my account' - Call centres of the
future may no longer be based in other countries, but staffed by an artificial intelligence
instead. By Alan Bunce. icBerkshire.
You may be used to your conversations with call centres being recorded for training
purposes but soon a computer may be monitoring what you say as well. Reading
businessman Stan Bembenek's firm, Electronics 2000 (E2000), is at the forefront of
developing speech recognition technology that can hold conversations with you, monitor
speech for key words and even recognise who is speaking. ... David Connolly, who
oversees E2000's marketing, said: 'If you are a financial institution dealing with 2,000
calls a day and you want to listen for anybody who is angry or irrational and they get
abusive down the telephone, you can redirect the call if that is the issue. The other side of
it is you might be sat in a centre and a caller suddenly says, "I am going on holiday next
week". For financial institutions which want to sell insurance, a box could pop up on the
worker's screen which says "sell him travel insurance". A person may forget to ask.' A
crucial adva nce is that for the first time monitoring is done in real time, rather than
afterwards. ... But E2000 must encourage a cultural shift among users. Just as people took
time to accept voice-mail, many will be reluctant to talk to machines."

Also see: <http://news.com.com/Google+patent+points+to+voice+search/2100-1025_3-6060575.html>Google patent
points to voice search. By Candace Lombardi. CNET News.com. "A recently published patent provides further
evidence that Google is developing a voice-activated search engine. Patent No. 7027987, of which Google is the
assignee, concerns 'a voice interface for search engines. Through the use of a language model, phonetic dictionary and
acoustic models, a server generates an n-best hypothesis list or word graph.' ... The obvious eventual application is for
cell phones. ... Google isn't the only one to do work in this area. Another voice interface was released in May of 2005
by a team led by Dr. Meirav Taieb-Maimon of the Department of Information Systems at Ben-Gurion University of the
Negev in Israel."

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April 13, 2006: <http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/business/14330298.htm>Group offers
free computer science lessons By Brian Bergstein. Associated Press / available from Star-
Telegram.com. "With all the recent talk about improving math and basic science
education to keep the United States competitive, Chris Stephenson worries that a third
piece of the educational picture is being forgotten: computer science. Now Stephenson,
executive director of the Computer Science Teachers Association, is hoping to overcome
that somewhat by giving away free teaching resources for use in kindergarten through
12th-grade computer classes. In conjunction with IBM Corp.,...."
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April 15, 2006 [issue date]:
<http://www.newscientist.com/channel/opinion/mg19025471.700-the-word-common-
sense.html>The word - Common sense. New Scientist (Issue 2547; page 54).
"This is the big headache for artificial intelligence (AI) researchers: they can design a
computer that might beat Garry Kasparov at chess, but you couldn't have an intelligent
conversation with it because it has no grasp of ordinary life.How, then, do you teach a
computer common sense? Researchers at a company called Cycorp in Austin, Texas, are
trying to find out. Since 1984, they have been incorporating a huge collection of everyday
knowledge in an AI project named Cyc. ... Cycorp has also just launched a trivia game
for the public that will help fill in gaps in Cyc's knowledge...."
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The Headlines:

<#mar14b>Florida Tech's youngest turns 12 - Florida Today (plus one related article)
<#mar14e>Ikea robot - The Engineer
<#mar15c>Bacteria could power tiny robots - CNET News.com
<#mar15d>Big Brother's Big Business - Newsweek (plus two related articles)
<#mar16c>Association for Computing Machinery Honors Berkeley Professor for Contributions to Computing
Education - AScriber Newswire (plus news about other ACM awards)
<#mar20b>Upstarts and rabble rousers - Stanford fetes 4 decades of computer science pioneers - San Francisco
Chronicle (plus two related articles)
<#mar22a>He's an expert guide, fluent in Italian, takes you round the museum - and he's a robot - The Guradian
<#mar23a>Computing the future - The Economist (plus several related news & journal articles)
<#mar23c>In this soccer match, the players are robots - The Wall Street Journal
<#mar24b>Inside MIT‘s Surprising Museum - American Heritage
<#mar24e>Podcast - Artificial intelligence and machine learning; Now and the future. Vanderbilt News Service &
WRLT FM
<#mar27d>Artificial Intelligence - a three-part special report looking at the past, present and future of AI - ZDNet UK
<#mar28a>The Great Robot Race - NOVA (television broadcast; plus four related articles)
<#mar28b>PC, leave me alone -- I‘m busy - Financial Times
<#mar29b>CMU uses game maker's characters to interest girls in computer programming - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
(plus one related article)
<#mar30b>Work on hi-tech centre under way - BBC News (plus one related article)
<#mar31a>Launching net gains - The Australian (plus one related article)
<#ap00a>Losing One's Head - Wired

The Articles:

March 14, 2006:
<http://www.floridatoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060314/NEWS01/60314032
5/1006/news01>Florida Tech's youngest turns 12. By Maria Sonnenberg. Florida Today.
"[Aaron] was 11 when he enrolled in the spring semester this year, making him the
university's youngest student by four years. Parents Melanie and Mitch Rotenberg of
Satellite Beach weren't pushing their gifted child into college. Aaron just needed a bit of
a challenge. ... Florida Tech's admissions office contacted the Rotenbergs and offered
Aaron a spot in the computer science class. The university's youngest student is doing
just fine in college. 'He just got a 99 on his midterm in his FIT programming course, so,
yes, he is doing OK in college,' his mom said via e-mail. ... Although he's good at
anything he tries, Aaron thinks his chosen field will relate to computers. 'I think I'll be
involved in computers, but I'm not sure,' he said. 'It will most likely be something doing
with artificial intelligence.'"

Another student in the news: <http://www.syracuse.com/entertainment/poststandard/index.ssf?/base/entertainment-
0/1143713113127980.xml>12 student plays make the finals. By Frank Herron. The Post- Dispatch & Syracuse.com
(March 30, 2006). "12 Central New York high school students ... have emerged as finalists in the eighth annual Writing
the Future: Young Playwrights Festival, sponsored by Syracuse Stage and JPMorgan Chase. ... The finalists cover a
wide range of issues and settings, says Pat Pederson, artistic assistant at Syracuse Stage. ... Another, 'Artificial
Intelligence,' by Mike Kenien, of Christian Brothers Academy, focuses on a widower who tries to re-create his dead
wife."

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March 14, 2006: <http://www.theengineer.co.uk/Articles/293832/Ikea+robot.htm>Ikea
robot. The Engineer Online.
"Some of Europe's leading research institutes, universities and automation technology
companies are planning to bring industrial robotics to the masses. The masses in this case
are Europe's 200,000-plus smaller manufacturing firms, who will have access to intuitive,
affordable self-assembly 'light' robots if the EU's SMErobot project within the 6th
Framework Programme project is successful. ... A team of leading research institutes,
universities and robot manufacturers, including ABB and Kuka, have three main goals.
The first of these is to design a robot capable of understanding human instructions. They
hope to achieve this by developing a combination of existing devices and methods to
create intuitive instruction paradigms. The team wants to produce robots that understand
speech and human gestures as well as other automatically generated instructions that will
ultimately limit the programming effort."
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March 15, 2006: <http://news.com.com/Bacteria+could+power+tiny+robots/2100-
1008_3-6050161.html>Bacteria could power tiny robots. By Michael Kanellos. CNET
News.com.
"A strain of bacteria that releases electrons as a waste product could become the secret
ingredient for developing fuel cells for spy drones and other small robots. Researchers at
Rice University and the University of Southern California have embarked on a project to
harness the power of Shewanella oneidensis, a microorganism that essentially spits
lightning. Rather than consume oxygen to turn food into energy, Shewanella consumes
metals."
-> <#listtop>back to headlines

March 15, 2006: <http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11832024/site/newsweek/>Big
Brother's Big Business - In a world of fear, American cities and corporations are
spending billions on high-tech surveillance equipment. A look at the economic engine
and privacy concerns surrounding 'smart cameras' and other devices. By Jessica Bennett.
Newsweek Web Exclusive / available from MSNBC.
"Video surveillance has become the fastest-growing industry within the major categories
of electronic security -- with nearly one in four major cities in America investing in new
technology, analysts say. It has more than doubled in the last five years, becoming an
estimated $9.2 billion business in 2005 and expected to grow to $21 billion by 2010, says
Joe Freeman, a columnist for Security Technology & Design Magazine and founder and
president of J.P. Freeman, a market research and consulting firm. ... The future of video
surveillance, using so-called 'intelligent cameras' and software, is designed to function far
beyond what is humanly possible. ... They are high resolution, and can recognize sounds
and movements -- if necessary, sending signals to appropriate authorities. Their
manufacturers say they can tell if a gunshot goes off: using acoustic sensors to point the
camera toward the direction of the shot, and can recognize if a suitcase is left unattended
or a car is parked illegally. They can monitor erratic behavior, and create invisible 'trip
wires' to guard no-trespassing zones. They'll even inform authorities with suggestions on
how to respond to what they see. ... Debate over surveillance systems has long been a
heated subject. But with new systems replacing the old, civil liberties groups are raising
additional concerns about the pervasiveness -- and room for abuse -- within the new
technology. ... Does the potential protection outweigh the occasional abuse or invasion of
privacy? ... "

Also see:
<http://www.fcw.com/article92710-03-27-06-Print>Video surveillance gets smart - Integrated systems evolve from
mere watchers to security enforcers. By Michael Arnone. FCW.com (March 27, 2006).
<http://news.com.com/Drone+aircraft+may+prowl+U.S.+skies/2100-11746_3-6055658.html>Drone aircraft may
prowl U.S. skies. By Declan McCullagh. CNET News.com (March 29, 2006). "Unmanned aerial vehicles have soared
the skies of Afghanistan and Iraq for years, spotting enemy encampments, protecting military bases, and even
launching missile attacks against suspected terrorists. Now UAVs may be landing in the United States. A House of
Representatives panel on Wednesday heard testimony from police agencies that envision using UAVs for everything
from border security to domestic surveillance high above American cities. Private companies also hope to use UAVs
for tasks such as aerial photography and pipeline monitoring."

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March 16, 2006: <http://newswire.ascribe.org/cgi-
bin/behold.pl?ascribeid=20060316.141357>Association for Computing Machinery
Honors Berkeley Professor for Contributions to Computing Education. AScribe
Newswire.
"The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has named Stuart J. Russell of the
University of California, Berkeley for its 2005 Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator
Award. Professor Russell was cited for his contribution to placing the teaching of
artificial intelligence on a statistical and quantitative foundation. The recipient is co-
author of 'Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach,' with Dr. Peter Norvig. ... ACM
will present the 2005 Karlstrom Award to Professor Russell at its annual Awards Banquet
on May 20, at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco."

Other <http://awards.acm.org/current_recipients.cfm>2005 ACM award recipients include:
<http://awards.acm.org/newell/>Allen Newell Award to Jack Minker: "For his fundamental contributions to the fields
of deductive databases, logic programming, artificial intelligence, and, more generally, logic-based methods in
Computer Science and for his truly unprecedented role in organizing and stimulating scientific discourse."
<http://campus.acm.org/public/pressroom/press_releases/3_2006/newell.cfm>Newell Award Winner Led
Efforts to Secure Human Rights of Computer Scientists. ACN Press Release (March 15, 2006).
<http://awards.acm.org/software_system/>Software System Award to Robert S. Boyer, Matt Kaufmann, and J. Strother
Moore for The Boyer-Moore Theorem Prover: "For pioneering and engineering a most effective theorem prover
(named the Boyer-Moore Theorem Prover) as a formal methods tool for verifying safety-critical hardware and
software."

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March 20, 2006: <http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-
bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/03/20/BUGBTHNVSI161.DTL>Upstarts and rabble rousers -
Stanford fetes 4 decades of computer science pioneers. By Tom Abate. San Francisco
Chronicle & SFGate.com.
"A little over 40 years ago, Stanford University recognized computer science as a new
academic discipline. Since then, its scientists have spawned companies like Yahoo and
Google and helped create futuristic fields like artificial intelligence. On Tuesday,
Stanford will fete the field that has been one of the spark plugs of Silicon Valley. The
daylong event will honor academic pioneers like artificial intelligence guru John
McCarthy and look ahead at technologies that are still in the dreaming stages. ... [David
Patterson, president of the Association for Computing Machinery] cited studies that show
computer science has spawned 19 different industries during the past four decades,
starting with timeshare computing in the 1960s to the World Wide Web today. Stanford
deserves special note even among the big four computer science schools, Patterson said --
the others being Berkeley, MIT and Carnegie-Mellon -- not only because it was early to
make the field a separate d iscipline, but also because it has a strong tradition of research
with a practical spin."

Also see:
<http://www.insidebayarea.com/business/ci_3627363>Stanford computer department turns 40. By Barbara Grady.
Inside bay Area (March 22, 2006).
<http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/business/technology/14159117.htm>Stanford still the golden goose
of valley tech. By Mike Langberg. MercuryNews.com (March 22, 2006)
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March 22, 2006:
<http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,,1736315,00.html>He's an expert guide,
fluent in Italian, takes you round the museum - and he's a robot. By Barbara McMahon.
The Guradian & Guardian Unlimited.
"It looks like an oversized vacuum cleaner, but can call on enormous amounts of
information. It has wheels, a keyboard and monitor, and can navigate itself around a
room of objects, many of them precious. Welcome to your latest tour guide, a 1.5-metre
tall robot that from next month will greet visitors, in Italian, to the Agrigento
archaeological museum in Sicily and then take them around it. Cicerobot can plan tours
and respond to a visitor's wishes. Harris Dindo, part of the science team at Palermo
University that developed the robot, said: 'It uses the technique of latent semantic
analysis, which means it can answer many of the questions tourists throw at it and have
intelligent interaction with them.'"
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March 23, 2006:
<http://www.economist.com/science/displayStory.cfm?story_id=5655067>Computing
the future - The practice of science may be undergoing yet another revolution. The
Economist (March 23, 2006).
"This week, a group of computer scientists claimed that developments in their subject
will trigger a scientific revolution of similar proportions in the next 15 years. That claim
is not being made lightly. Some 34 of the world's leading biologists, physicists, chemists,
Earth scientists and computer scientists, led by Stephen Emmott, of Microsoft Research
in Cambridge, Britain, have spent the past eight months trying to understand how future
developments in computing science might influence science as a whole. They have
concluded, in a report called 'Towards 2020 Science', that computing no longer merely
helps scientists with their work. Instead, its concepts, tools and theorems have become
integrated into the fabric of science itself."

Also see:
<http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2152577/schools-fail-teach-kids>Schools fail to teach scientific computing
skills - Poor education standards are to blame for lack of UK scientists. By Matt Chapman. vnunet.com (March 23,
2006). "Schools and colleges are failing the next generation of scientists by not providing the computer skills they need
to do the job, according to the scientists behind Microsoft Research's 2020 report. 'Our findings show that computer
science is set to become as fundamental to the natural sciences as mathematics has become to the physical sciences,'
said Stephen Emmott, a director at Microsoft Research Cambridge. 'This means that tomorrow's scientists will need to
be highly computationally literate as well as being highly scientifically literate. As a consequence we need to rethink
how we educate today's children in order to ensure that we have the new kinds of scientists that we need for tomorrow's
science.' ... 'A scientist not interested in computing is an oxymoron,' suggested Ehud Shapiro, a professor at the
Weizmann Institute of Science. "
<http://www.silicon.com/publicsector/0,3800010403,39157482,00.htm>Scientists go back to school - To learn
computer science... By Dan Ilett. silicon.com (March 23, 2006). "While businesses sometimes hog centre stage in the
computing world, now it's time for the men in white coats to have their say. The 2020 Science Group - a think tank of
34 of the world's leading biologists, mathematicians, physicists and computer science academics - this week released a
report detailing the findings of a three-day brainstorming session. Their conclusion? Computers are essential to the
future of science."
According to the <http://research.microsoft.com/towards2020science/background_overview.htm>overview of
Microsoft Research's 2020 report: "The Towards 2020 Science report inspired a
<http://research.microsoft.com/towards2020science/nature.htm>special issue of Nature on '2020 Computing.'" Articles
from that <http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v440/n7083/edsumm/e060323-01.html>issue include:
<http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v440/n7083/full/440409a.html>2020 Computing: Exceeding human limits.
Scientists are turning to automated processes and technologies in a bid to cope with ever higher volumes of data. But
automation offers so much more to the future of science than just data handling, says Stephen H. Muggleton.Nature
440, 409-410 (23 March 2006).
<http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v440/n7083/full/440398a.html>2020 computing: Champing at the bits. Despite
some remaining hurdles, the mind-bending and frankly weird world of quantum computers is surprisingly close. Philip
Ball finds out how these unusual machines will earn their keep. Nature 440, 398–401 (23 March 2006).
<http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v440/n7083/full/440402a.html>2020 computing: Everything, everywhere. Tiny
computers that constantly monitor ecosystems, buildings and even human bodies could turn science on its head. Declan
Butler investigates. Nature 440, 402-405 (23 March 2006).
<http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v440/n7083/full/440419a.html>2020 Computing: A two-way street to science's
future. To view the relationship between computing and science as a one-way street is mostly untrue today, argues Ian
Foster, and will be even less true by 2020. Nature 440, 419 (23 March 2006)
<http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v440/n7083/full/440399a.html>2020 computing: Milestones in scientific
computing. By Jacqueline Ruttimann. Nature 440, 399-405 (23 March 2006).
<http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v440/n7083/full/440411a.html>2020 Computing - The creativity machine.
What will emerge from using the Internet as a research tool? Commentary by Vernor Vinge. Nature 440, 411 (23
March 2006).

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March 23, 2006: <http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06082/675474.stm>In this soccer
match, the players are robots. By Scott Patterson. The Wall Street Journal
(<http://online.wsj.com/article/SB114308418234606033.html?mod=hpp_us_pageone>su
bscription req'd) / also available from post-gazette.com.
"Blending artificial intelligence, robotics and soccer, RoboCup is an obscure competition
known mostly to computer-science wonks at top universities around the world. ...
RoboCup, which is shorthand for Robot Soccer World Cup, has an eye-popping long-
term goal. By 2050, it wants to create a humanoid robotic soccer team that can defeat the
winner of soccer's real World Cup. ... In June, more than 100 teams will square off in
Bremen, Germany, for the 10th-annual RoboCup World Championship. ... The idea to
use soccer as a way to experiment with robots appeared in a 1993 paper called 'On Seeing
Robots,' by Alan Mackworth, professor of computer science at the University of British
Columbia in Vancouver. ... The Aibo teams have an even bigger challenge ahead of
them. In January, Sony pulled the plug on the Aibo Entertainment Robot line."
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March 24, 2006: <http://www.americanheritage.com/travel/articles/web/20060324-mit-
slide-rule-robots-william-barton-rogers-mit-museum-holographs-harold-edgerton-i-m-
pei.shtml>Inside MIT‘s Surprising Museum. By Kara Peters. AmericanHeritage.com.
"History-hungry visitors to Boston may cross the Charles River to stroll through Harvard
Yard, but they don‘t often visit MIT. The university synonymous with America‘s
technological forward march remains stubbornly identified with the future, not the past.
But a visit to the sorely underappreciated MIT Museum offers a different perspective. ...
Some of the museum‘s other treasures include ... a riveting robotics exhibit that affords
visitors a glimpse of some of the world‘s most significant research in artificial
intelligence. The museum‘s directors have an ambitious five-year plan to establish it as a
gateway to MIT. This will mean moving to a larger facility, continuing to engage the
community with lectures and forums on pressing issues in science and technology, and
mounting new exhibits. ... 'When you come here, you‘re part of a fairly unusual space in
a cultural sense, but you‘re also part of an experiment, an experi ment in how best to
communicate the science, technology, history, social, and cultural significance of
scientific research,' [Deborah] Douglas says."
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March 24, 2006: <http://www.vanderbilt.edu/news/releases?id=25514>Podcast -
Artificial intelligence and machine learning; Now and the future. Vanderbilt News
Service.
"Doug Fisher, associate professor of computer science and computer engineering at
Vanderbilt University, talks about the state of the art in artificial intelligence and robotics
in this interview by Adelyn Jones of WRLT FM radio in Nashville."
<http://www.archive.org/details/DanBuckleyONEONONEINTERVIEWWITHDOUGFI
SHER>Also available from the Internet Archive.
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March 27 - 29, 2006: <http://insight.zdnet.co.uk/?s=h1>Artificial Intelligence - a three-
part special report looking at the past, present and future of AI. ZDNet UK.

Part 1:
<http://insight.zdnet.co.uk/hardware/emergingtech/0,39020439,39259512,00.htm>Artific
ial Intelligence - Working backwards from HAL. By Nick Hampshire. ZDNet UK
(March 28, 2006). "In the first part of a three-part special report looking at the past,
present and future of AI, we examine the origins of machine intelligence and neural
networks. ... The phrase 'artificial intelligence' was first coined by John McCarthy at a
conference at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, in 1956, but the concept of artificial,
or machine, intelligence is in fact as old as the computer. The computer was, after all,
initially developed during the Second World War to break codes that were too hard for
humans and required high speed 'machine intelligence'. It was one of the most celebrated
of the Second World War code breakers, Alan Turing, a man who many would describe
as the inventor of the first modern computer, who p roposed in 1950 what has become
known as the Turing Test. This simply said that we could consider a machine to be
intelligent if its responses in some sort of conversation were indistinguishable from those
of a human. It is this proposal that is seen by many not only as the definitive test of
machine intelligence but also the point at which today's quest to develop artificial
intelligence was born."
Part 2:
<http://insight.zdnet.co.uk/hardware/emergingtech/0,39020439,39259779,00.htm>Artific
ial Intelligence: DNA sequencers to dancing robots. By Nick Hampshire. ZDNet UK
(March 28, 2006). "In the second part of a three-part special report looking at the past,
present and future of AI, we take a look at contemporary applications of the technology.
... So, are we surrounded by intelligent machines, or are we still waiting? Both yes and
no. We do not of course have the positronic robots of Asimov's imagining, but machines
are becoming more intelligent. We have dancing and cycling robots like Asimo, and we
have vehicles that can find their own way around a desert in California or the surface of
Mars. ... In fact artificial intelligence techniques are being applied everywhere, in
electronic equipment, in telecommunications, the Internet, in defence, computer software,
consumer goods, and in business. ... This wide use of AI techniques is helping to restore
optimism about the future of machine intelligence. ... New applications are starting to
emerge for such systems, and most importantly the funding for artificial intelligence
research is starting to return. Today we could be looking at a new dawn for the quest to
create an intelligent machine."
Part 3:
<http://insight.zdnet.co.uk/hardware/emergingtech/0,39020439,39259807,00.htm
>Artificial Intelligence: Virtual sea slugs and beyond. By Rupert Goodwins. ZDNet UK
(March 29, 2006). "In the third and final part of a special report into AI, it's time to skirt
the edges of science fact and examine where current research may eventually lead, if
anywhere. ... IBM and the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne are collaborating
on Blue Brain. This is a Blue Gene supercomputer project to model 10,000 complex
neurons configured as a rat neocortical column (NCC). ... A computer powerful enough
to model the entire brain could be built in the next ten years, say the researchers, although
well before that point they expect to find useful results about brain data processing,
neurological diseases, and how memory and sensation w ork."

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March 28, 2006 [broadcast date]: <http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/darpa/about.html>The
Great Robot Race. NOVA, the PBS science television series. [If you missed the
broadcast, you can now watch it
<http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/darpa/program.html>online.]
"Join NOVA for an exclusive backstage pass to the DARPA Grand Challenge -- a
raucous race for robotic, driverless vehicles sponsored by the Pentagon, which awards a
$2 million purse to the winning team. Armed with artificial intelligence, laser-guided
vision, GPS navigation, and 3-D mapping systems, the contenders are some of the
world's most advanced robots. Yet even their formidable technology and mechanical
prowess may not be enough to overcome the grueling 130-mile course through Nevada's
desert terrain. From concept to construction to the final competition, 'The Great Robot
Race' delivers the absorbing inside story of clever engineers and their unyielding drive to
create a champion, capturing the only aerial footage that exists of the Grand Challenge."

Also see:
<http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?articleID=00045E00-3D69-1420-BD6983414B7F0000>Robot Race
Backgrounder. Scientific American (March 27, 2006).
<http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/techinnovations/2006-03-27-robot-race_x.htm>Gentlemen, start your robot-
driven engines. By Melissa Mixon, USA Today (March 27, 2006) . "A one-hour PBS special, NOVA's 'The Great
Robot Race,' airing Tuesday night, chronicles the race and teams in the 2005 race, which was the second Grand
Challenge conducted by DARPA. Viewers will see the different approaches and personalities of the robot's creators,
from [Red] Whittaker's army-like team of students waking up at 4 a.m. to examine the racecourse to a lone Berkeley
graduate student and his small team's creation, Ghostrider, the only driverless motorcycle in the race."
<http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06086/677096-115.stm>Documentary chronicles CMU's contestants in race of the
robots. By John Hayes. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (March 27, 2006). "PBS suggests that having a film crew chronicling
the creation of the CMU robots might be akin to videotaping the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk. 'I don't know about
Kitty Hawk,' says [filmmaker Joe] Seamans. 'Only history would know something like that. But from the start, we
knew this was important, that what we were filming was going to be a first.' ... 'A contest like this changes our belief
state,' says Whittaker. 'Lindbergh flying across the Atlantic -- that was a contest. Before that, people didn't think you
could fly across the ocean, they certainly didn't think trans-Atlantic commercial transportation was really possible. This
race and this show lift the technology from the lab and bring it to life.'"
<http://www.eet.com/news/latest/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=183702603>City driving is next for Darpa. By R. Colin
Johnson. EE Times Online (March 27, 2006). "Darpa is in the planning stages of a follow-on to its Grand Challenge,
unofficially called the 'Urban Challenge.'"

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March 28, 2006: <http://news.ft.com/cms/s/e20cfce2-bd97-11da-a998-
0000779e2340,dwp_uuid=863bb51c-1f76-11da-853a-00000e2511c8.html>PC, leave me
alone -- I‘m busy. By Danny Bradbury. Financial Times & FT.com.
"Could modern systems be made more considerate by understanding our working
patterns and adapting their behaviour to suit? Eric Horvitz thinks so. The senior manager
and research area manager at Microsoft Research has worked for years on building
context-sensitive IT systems that know when to leave us alone until we have finished
what we are doing. 'We have systems that calculate the cost of interrupting someone in
dollar terms. How much would a person be willing to pay to avoid an interruption of this
type in this situation?' says Horvitz. 'We can also forecast when that person will have a
lower cost in the future, to help schedule communications.' Horvitz‘s system uses
artificial intelligence to guess when a person may be contactable and then tells callers
how long they can expect to wait. ... Inferring new rules from our behaviour might seem
like science fiction but most human activity is depressingly predictable. For example
Reality Mining, a project run by MIT ‘s Media Lab, used data from participants‘ mobile
phones to build a profile of their behaviour. ... The application of such systems could be
broad, but home healthcare could be one. Understanding the behavioural patterns of the
elderly, or someone in the early stages of Alzheimer‘s disease, could alert a computer
when they deviate from the norm."
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March 29, 2006: <http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06088/677530-115.stm>CMU uses
game maker's characters to interest girls in computer programming. By Mark Roth.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
"The delights of computer programming can be a tough sell to many students --
particularly girls. 'If you walk into a roomful of middle school girls and say "Do you want
to learn how to program a computer?", only a few hands will go up,' says Carnegie
Mellon University computer science professor Randy Pausch. 'But if you walk in and say
"Do you want to learn how to tell a story and make a movie?", all the hands go up.' That's
one reason why Dr. Pausch is so excited about a groundbreaking deal announced earlier
this month in which video game giant Electronic Arts has agreed to donate the animation
for characters from 'The Sims' to Carnegie Mellon for use in a novice programmers'
course the school has developed. ... If that encourages more students, particularly girls, to
become computer science majors, no one will be happier than video game companies like
Electronic Arts. A survey by the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA showed
that the number of college freshmen interested in becoming computer science majors has
dropped more than 60 percent over the last four years. The dropoff has been worse for
women. ... 'There's kind of a critical period during middle school where girls sort of
decide for or against math and science,' Ms. [Caitlin] Kelleher said."

Also see: <http://www.usatoday.com/tech/gaming/2006-03-12-sims-mellon_x.htm>Carnegie Mellon to use 'Sims' in
educational software. By Daniel Lovering. The Associated Press / available from USA Today.com (March 12, 2006).
"Carnegie Mellon University plans to incorporate characters and animation from the popular video game The Sims in
its free educational software that strives to make computer programming more appealing to students. The university
will use the animation to enliven the next version of Alice, a teaching program developed over the past decade and used
at more than 60 colleges and universities and about 100 high schools, said Randy Pausch, a computer science professor
and director of the Alice Project. ... The effort to revamp Alice is intended to boost interest in computer programming
among students, who have historically found the skill frustrating to learn. ... Redwood City, Calif.-based Electronic
Arts I nc., which publishes The Sims, wants 'more women in computer science, they want more minorities in computer
science ... any underrepresented group,' Pausch said. ... Steve Seabolt, vice president of Electronic Arts, said that 'by
marrying the characters, animations and playful style of The Sims to Alice, we are helping make computer science fun
for a new generation of creative leaders.'"

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March 30, 2006: <http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/4861642.stm>Work on hi-tech
centre under way. BBC News.
"Work to transform an Edinburgh city centre site into a leading centre for computer
science and artificial intelligence has started. Edinburgh University's new £42m
Informatics Forum in Crichton Street will attract top researchers and students from
around the world. It is hoped the new building, set to be completed next year, will
generate world class research. The department was destroyed more than three years ago
by the Cowgate fire."

<http://news.scotsman.com/scotland.cfm?id=490812006>Minister in forum launch. Edinburgh Evening News &
Scotsman.com (March 30, 2006). "Deputy First Minister Nicol Stephen was today due to launch Edinburgh
University's new £42 million informatics forum. The building in Crichton Street, will be the university's new home for
computer science, artificial intelligence, cognitive science and linguistics."

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March 31, 2006:
<http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,18559134%255E50
00920,00.html>Launching net gains - Bright ideas are the source of this entrepreneur's
success. By Cameron Cooper. The Australian.
"Liesl Capper creates great businesses -- and then walks away. ... As the tech-wreck
unfolded in 2001, Capper launched Mooter Media, a search engine that uses predictive
personalisation, clustering and theme analysis to provide search results. ... After
overseeing Mooter's capital-raising phase, taking it into international markets, inking
deals with major clients including Yahoo and Fairfax, and preparing the company for last
year's listing, Capper left to chase new goals. Today, her focus is artificial intelligence
through LookMedical, a health self-management portal that is set for launch later this
year through an alliance with print publisher Optimal Health Communications and the
University of Queensland research division, Your Health Group. The portal will feature a
'cyber doc' that people can talk to online. It will make recommendations about medical
information."

Also see : <http://www.redherring.com/Article.aspx?a=16278>VC Money Finds Local Search - Search engines that
help people get information on their neighborhood are exploring search‘s last frontier. Red Herring (March 27, 2006).
"Insider Pages, a search engine that helps users track down local information such as the location of the nearest
hairstylists, say, and get reviews on how talented they are with the scissors, said Monday it raised $8.5 million in
venture funding, in yet another sign 'local' is the catchword in search. ... Of course there are also a lot of startups that
want a piece of this market. One of them is GenieKnows.com, which launched a beta of its local search site Monday. ...
The differentiator, [Hyun Chul Lee, director of research] says, is that his engine, which also uses artificial intelligence,
extracts geographic information from web pages and then uses it to determine relevance."
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April 2006 [issue date]:
<http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/14.04/posts.html?pg=2>Losing One's Head. By
Tom McNichol. Wired (Issue 14.04).
"Somewhere on a shelf in a cavernous warehouse in Alabama rests the life-like noggin of
Philip K. Dick, quietly dreaming of electric sheep. Or maybe.... [David] Hanson and
software developer Andrew Olney studied the author's life and used his novels -
particularly We Can Build You - as a blueprint for applying PKD's personality to the
robot. The head won first place in a competition sponsored by the American Association
for Artificial Intelligence, and the Smithsonian was planning to exhibit it this fall. ...
When Hanson arrived at the San Francisco airport, he finally realized he had left his bot
behind. Hanson was determined not to lose his head, having already lost Philip K.
Dick's."
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<#feb2c>PDP Planet.com - Computer History and Restoration Archive - Web Talk Radio (audio interview)
<#feb24x>The Searcher: Yahoo!'s head of research, Prabhakar Raghavan, helps find order in the chaos of the Internet -
TheDeal.com (interview)
<#feb24aa>Profile - Larry Brilliant, Doctor looks to use technology to aid global health care - San Francisco Chronicle
<#feb24j>Curriculum - Fascinating, fun and, yes, that‘s science - The Times Educational Supplement (plus one related
article)
<#feb28c>Music Analysis - Deutsche Welle TV
<#mar2c>Masters of Chinese chess to battle it out against robots - Agence France Presse
<#mar2d>Computer scientist saves lives by putting names to new drugs - CanWest News Service
<#mar3d>IBM's research juggling act - CNET News.com (interview)
<#mar5a>The Art of Building a Robot to Love - The New York Times
<#mar5b>Artificial intelligence and globalisation - Daily Times
<#mar6a>Artificial Intelligence Turns 50 - VOX of Dartmouth (plus two related articles)
<#mar6b>Disaster game to the rescue - The Daily Breeze
<#mar7bb>Tiny robots gear up for soccer competition - CNET News.com
<#mar9a>Science Quickens Its Steps - Los Angeles Times
<#mar11a>Has chatbot Alice crossed to the dark side? - New Scientist (plus one related article)
The Expansion Slot - On Campus: <#1>Robot capable of identifying objects by simple properties |
<#feb24gh>Animated Robot for Hospitalized Children | <#feb25a>Tuneful site taps into song rhythms |
<#feb26b>Researchers developing precise search software | <#feb27b>Pioneering artificial intelligence project
outlined at British University in Dubai | <#mar00e>Halfway to Mars | <#mar1c>Artificial Intelligence Gains
Momentum | <#mar1g>Evolution inspires Artificial Intelligence at Kent | <#mar3b>Swarming ants hold clues to
ending traffic jam | <#
mar6f>Dorms take on themes | <#mar6g>Software shows Mona Lisa to be neither man, nor da Vinci

The Articles:

February 2, 2006: <http://www.webtalkguys.com/mp3/webtalk-2006-02-02.mp3>PDP
Planet.com - Computer History and Restoration Archive. Interview with Rich Alderson,
the project's chief systems administrator. WebTalkGuys World Radio Show on
<http://www.webtalkradio.com/>Web Talk Radio, with hosts, Rob and Dana Greenlee.
[Note: the broadcast can be accessed from several sources including
<http://podcasts.yahoo.com/episode?s=3324c7525639698fe40cb975a0a10d5e&e=14>thi
s page at Yahoo! Podcasts.]
"Rich Alderson: The kinds of programming that got done on systems like the DEC-10
and the DEC-20 were some of the biggest breakthroughs in areas like artificial
intelligence and databases -- these things were invented on this kind of hardware and it
was done in what was a very limited resource environment. Large disk drives were under
500 megabytes ... that's megabytes. ... We had to be smart about how we programmed.
What Paul wanted to see was that the techniques that we learned under those conditions
didn‘t get lost when it came time for people to have to do the same sort of thing on a 500-
gigabyte disk and a CPU that ran literally one million times as fast as the ones we were
using. ... Rob Greenlee: Talk about what you can do at the site itself. ... You give access
to these older systems to help people learn ... "
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February 24, 2006:
<http://www.thedeal.com/NASApp/cs/CS?pagename=TheDeal/TDDArticle/TechArticle
&bn=NULL&c=TDDArticle&cid=1140767695953>The Searcher - Yahoo!'s head of
research, Prabhakar Raghavan, helps find order in the chaos of the Internet. His task:
discerning today what consumers want tomorrow. By David Shabelman. TheDeal.com. -
Tech Confidential Magazine. [The interview is also available from CNET News.com:
<http://news.com.com/The+driving+force+behind+Yahoo+Research/2100-1024_3-
6044575.html>The driving force behind Yahoo Research / March 1, 2006]
"'We have this huge mountain of data, and it raises fascinating questions about how we
can use that to better the experience for our users,' [Prabhakar Raghavan] says. 'How do
you create a sentient network of properties that seems to give the user exactly what
they're looking for at every point, and not just with a search emphasis?' ... [Q:] Yahoo
recently hired an expert in artificial intelligence to head up your New York research
office. How do you expect to use AI in your search technologies? [A:] At some level,
artificial intelligence is this broad umbrella, this catchall, for a bunch of techniques.
When I talk about search and information, when I talk about machine learning, those are
two disciplines that are classically branches of artificial intelligence. If you go to our
Web site, you'll see things like the Tech Buzz Game [http://buzz.research.yahoo.com/bk],
a prediction market for picking the technologies of the future. So the way you should
think about it is--I'm almost shying away from the label of artificial intelligence because
that's sort of a classical label--some of the newer sciences we are creating are really the
confluence of multiples of these areas, whether it's machine learning or economics or so
on. I expect that at least some of the lines of IT research will be redrawn over the next
two years based on the new technological advances at companies like ours. [Q:] For most
companies, of course, AI is just another acronym to ignore. Should the technology matter
to them, and how could it change the nature of business? ... "
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February 24, 2006: <http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-
bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2006/02/24/MNGKLHE6QJ1.DTL>Profile - Larry Brilliant,
Doctor looks to use technology to aid global health care. By Patrick Hoge. San Francisco
Chronicle & SFGate.com.
"[Dr. Larry] Brilliant's plan: to create a vastly expanded, nongovernmental version of a
Canadian Internet program that scours the world for information to help fight disease,
poverty and suffering after catastrophes. The system, searching Web sites in seven
languages, identifies for public health officials worldwide the first hints of nearly 40
percent of the disease outbreaks subsequently verified by the World Health Organization.
... One former colleague, Dr. Alfred Sommer, former dean of the School of Public Health
at Johns Hopkins University, pointed Brilliant to Canada's Global Public Health
Intelligence Network, a Web-crawling computer application that led to early
identification of a SARS outbreak in China. ... 'SARS is the pandemic that did not occur,'
Brilliant said. The key with diseases, he said, is 'you find them early and kill them before
they spread.' Anderson took the idea to Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page,
who subsequently chose Brill iant to lead Google.org, their new, $1 billion philanthropic
arm. The serendipity of it all was fitting for a man whose life has been one long, strange
trip."
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February 24, 2006: <http://www.tes.co.uk/2196000>Curriculum - Fascinating, fun and,
yes, that‘s science. By Deedee Cuddihy. Teaching in Scotland, from TES, The Times
Educational Supplement.
"Forget about the facts; concentrate on asking questions. That‘s the philosophy behind
the new £1 million Connect science and technology gallery [www.nms.ac.uk/connect].
Opened just last week, with the help of National Museums of Scotland funds and a
gaggle of sponsors, the gallery at the Royal Museum offers a wealth of interactive,
visually-stunning and unique displays. ... The exhibition space has been divided into five
main subject areas covering transport (Move It!), artificial intelligence (Robots), cloning
(Me2), space travel (Blast Off!) and energy (Power Up). Each subject area is designed
around a number of significant museum objects, complemented by a range of specially
designed interactives."

Here's another exhibit in the news:
<http://news.galvestondailynews.com/story.lasso?ewcd=105a8bc25dc4674a>Exhibit explores world of robots, A.I. By
Bridget Brown. The Galveston County Daily News. February 24, 2006. "Space Center Houston will help us understand
what makes robots tick when artificial intelligence invades the premises. The 5,000-square-foot 'Robots and Us' exhibit
showcases the history and creation of robots, and answers the question of why humans often fear and, at the same time,
are intrigued by them. 'At first, robots were seen as these evil things that would take over the earth,' said Roger
Bornstein, director of marketing for Space Center Houston. 'It has progressed from people being afraid to them getting
more comfortable. There is something almost heroic about (robots) now. We totally accept them.'"

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February 28, 2006: <http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,2144,1913977,00.html>Music
Analysis. Tomorrow Today, the science magazine on Deutsche Welle's DW-TV.
"What makes a concert a concert? When do notes become music? And what distinguishes
one interpretation of Mozart from another? That's what computer expert Gerhard Widmer
decided to find out with the help of a Bösendorfer grand piano equipped with chips and
measuring tools designed to record the volume and length of every chord via a laptop.
The computer also isolated individual styles of playing, allowing scientists at the Vienna
Institute for Artificial Intelligence to identify the stylistic trademarks of players such as
Horowitz, Barenboim and Rubinstein." [Video available.]
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March 2, 2006:
<http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060302/od_afp/chinachesstechnologyoffbeat_06030216
0849>Masters of Chinese chess to battle it out against robots. Agence France Presse /
available from Yahoo! News.
"Masters of Chinese chess are to face the ultimate challenge later this year when they
battle it out against a team of robots, the Chinese Society of Artificial Intelligence
revealed. Five masters of Xiangqi, which is called Chinese chess in the West, would take
on a robot team in the July 25-31 competition, the first of its kind, the official Xinhua
news agency said, quoting the society." [Also see the <#china>related article below.]
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March 2, 2006:
<http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/story.html?id=76083c90-8b2e-
49ab-94f8-13b00e70244e>Computer scientist saves lives by putting names to new drugs
- Software avoids confusion by eliminating guesswork. By Jodie Sinnema. CanWest
News Service / available from Times Colonist & canada.com.
"'There is a lot of confusion. There are a lot of errors,' said [Greg] Kondrak, a professor at
the University of Alberta who developed two computer programs now being used by the
U.S. Federal Food and Drug Administration to create drug names that won't be confused
with others. 'There are thousands and thousands of cases where people are actually taking
the wrong drug because of that confusion and sometimes in some cases, it ends
tragically.' ... 'I think it's my responsibility to help,' said Kondrak, who originally created
his computer program to help linguists find similarities between words in their search for
language histories. ... The program used by the FDA is able to identify over 90 per cent
of words that people may confuse, compared with 40 to 80 per cent of names identified
by other programs, says a study co-authored by Kondrak and published in January's
edition of Artificial Intelligence in Medicine [36(1): 29-42]."
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March 3, 2006: <http://news.com.com/IBMs+research+juggling+act/2008-1011_3-
6045459.html>IBM's research juggling act. By Martin LaMonica. CNET News.com.
"Paul Horn, the director of IBM Research and a physicist by training, faces one of the
toughest math problems at the computing giant: how to divide a $5 billion to $6 billion
yearly research budget across hardware, software and--increasingly--services. ... Horn
spoke to CNET News.com about research in services and IBM's investment in emerging
technologies, from natural language processing to special-purpose hardware appliances to
open source software. ... [Q:] One of the high-profile projects that came out of IBM
Research in the last couple of years was WebFountain, which was called 'Google for the
enterprise.' Where are you going with that? Horn: It continues to be a big thing for IBM
and for IBM Research, but it's not just WebFountain. The basic issues are, really, natural
language understanding in general. What WebFountain was able to do, which made it
powerful, was it would go in and would scan text documents on the Web and it would
understa nd enough about what people were saying that you could query it about what
people were saying. ... WebFountain is an example of a natural language technology that
allows you to essentially analyze from an intelligence point of view what people are
saying, but the important point is that this is just a small piece of many, many problems
that companies have and where you want to take advantage of natural language
understanding, such as translating spoken English to Russian and back again. We talked
about call centers. Natural language understanding can be incredibly powerful, even if
you've got a call center operator, just by monitoring the calls and trying to understand
what the issues are. ... "
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March 5, 2006: <http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/05/weekinreview/05robots.html>The
Art of Building a Robot to Love. By Henry Fountain. The New York Times & nytimes.
com.
"Marvin the Robot, a supporting player in 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy,' speaks
in the dull monotone of the chronically depressed. In the "Star Wars" films, C-3PO is a
bundle of anxiety and neuroses. And in '2001: A Space Odyssey,' the HAL 9000 is
creepily homicidal. These are all fictional machines, far removed from real robots of the
present or even those that scientists envision for the future. Yet they raise questions: If
robots can act in lots of ways, how do people want them to act? We certainly don't want
our robots to kill us, but do we like them happy or sad, bubbly or cranky? 'The short
answer is no one really know what kind of emotions people want in robots,' said Maja
Mataric, a computer science professor at the University of Southern California. But
scientists are trying to figure it out: ..."
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March 5, 2006:
<http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2006%5c03%5c05%5cstory_5-3-
2006_pg5_26>Artificial intelligence and globalisation. By Kenneth Rogoff. Daily Times
/ <http://www.koreaherald.co.kr/SITE/data/html_dir/2006/03/07/200603070023.asp>also
available from The Korea Herald (March 7, 2006).
"Today‘s conventional wisdom is that the rise of India and China will be the single
biggest factor driving global jobs and wages over the twenty-first century. ... But I
wonder whether, even within the next few decades, another factor will influence our
work lives even more: the exponential rise of applications of artificial intelligence. My
portal to the world of artificial intelligence is a narrow one, the more than 500-year-old
game of chess. You may not care a whit about chess, long regarded as the ultimate
intellectual sport. But the stunning developments coming out of the chess world during
the past decade should still command your attention. Chess has long been the centerpiece
of research in artificial intelligence. ... The 'Turing test' is the holy grail of artificial
intelligence research. Well, for me, a chess game is a conversation of sorts. From my
perspective, today‘s off-the-shelf computer programs come awfully close to meeting
Turing&rs quo;s test. Over the course of a small number of games on the Internet, I could
not easily tell the difference. ... [T]he vast body of evidence suggests that technological
changes were a much bigger driver in global wage patterns than trade. ..."
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March 6, 2006: <http://www.dartmouth.edu/%7Evox/0506/0306/ai.html>Artificial
Intelligence Turns 50 - July conference will celebrate field's founding at Dartmouth. By
Susan Knapp. VOX of Dartmouth.
"'<http://www.dartmouth.edu/%7Eai50/homepage.html>AI@50,' a conference
celebrating the 50th anniversary of artificial intelligence --- a field of research that was
officially named by the 1956 Dartmouth Summer Research Project on Artificial
Intelligence --- will be held July 13 through 15 on campus. The conference will reunite
four researchers who were at the original 1956 meeting, and will feature numerous
current AI scholars from around the world. ... The 2006 conference will commemorate
those pioneering efforts and consider the future of AI. According to [James] Moor, the
major goal of 'AI@50' will be to define and measure future prospects for AI in a modern
human society that is increasingly served by computer intellect. 'Because artificial
intelligence touches so many aspects of our society, this conference holds promise for
productive discussions about where the field is going, how it will get there, and what
important ethical decisions and tech nological discoveries must be made along the way,'
says Provost Barry Scherr."

And here's some news about other celebrations:
<http://www.carnegiemellontoday.com/article.asp?Aid=310>Celebrating Fifty Years of Computer Science. Carnegie
Mellon Today. February 2006 (Vol. 3, No. 1). "In 1956 ... In Pittsburgh, in the basement of the then Graduate School of
Industrial Administration building at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, associate dean Herbert Simon was
orchestrating another type of revolution: the electronic revolution. With a unique interdisciplinary mix of psychology,
economics, organizational behavior and a brand new IBM 650, Simon‘s Computation Center led Carnegie Tech into
the forefront of computer science and artificial intelligence. ... The School of Computer Science will host a campus-
wide celebration, April 19-22, to commemorate the past achievements and to celebrate future endeavors that will
continue to revolutionize the world. Key events will include a semi-centennial symposium and a celebration of the
newest bui lding on campus, the Gates Center for Computer Science."
<http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-03/02/content_4248889.htm>Expo on artificial intelligence to be held in
Beijing. Xinhuanet. March 2, 2006. "China's first exposition on the achievements of artificial intelligence science will
be held in Beijing in August to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the science. The chief organizer, the
Chinese Society of Artificial Intelligence, told Xinhua that the exposition will include a wide range of subjects using
artificial intelligence, such as housing facilities, examination devices, controlling devices, transportation tools, software
and games, as well as robots."

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March 6, 2006: <http://www.dailybreeze.com/news/articles/2411511.html>Disaster game
to the rescue - A computer program in the works for training would allow L.A. fire
officials to simulate responses with more efficiency. By Nick Green. The Daily Breeze.
"'It's so costly to have large exercises,' said Capt. Ron Roemer, a San Pedro resident who
is one of three Los Angeles Fire Department officials in charge of the regional training
unit. At the same time, the limitations associated with simulations planned on a piece of
paper can undermine a drill's authenticity. But what if you could design what is
essentially a sophisticated video game as a training device instead? Using artificial
intelligence, a computer program acting on its own could dictate the elements of the
disaster scenario based upon set parameters within a 3-D environment. No need for the
clumsy make-believe scenario of today. What artificial intelligence experts dub
'autonomous software agents' -- programs embedded within the overall simulation --
would dictate how it plays out. For instance, software dictates how fire propagates and
which buildings 'burn' based on such variables as wind speed, the type of structural
materials and street widths. ... It may sound like the stuff of science fiction, but the day of
creating realistic simulated macro-disasters on a citywide scale is drawing near. Rancho
Palos Verdes resident Milind Tambe, an associate professor in the USC Department of
Computer Science, is leading a computer-modeling effort to create just such a program in
conjunction with the Los Angeles Fire Department. Funding comes from USC-based
CREATE -- the Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events -- the first
university center in the nation backed by money from the Department of Homeland
Security. The idea behind CREATE is to develop tools emergency responders can use to
protect lives and property in the aftermath of a disaster such as a major terrorist strike.
The simulation Tambe is creating along with doctoral student Nathan Schurr is an
outgrowth of a competition for computer science geeks dubbed RoboCup."
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March 7, 2006:
<http://news.com.com/Tiny+robots+gear+up+for+soccer+competition/2100-11394_3-
6046828.html>Tiny robots gear up for soccer competition. By Hayashi Sakawa, with
Jennifer Guevin contributing. CNET News.com.
"The Eco-Be, which measures less than one square inch, features a motor unit adapted
from tiny watch motors. With a lithium battery, small LED and microprocessor on board,
the robot can move forward and backward, as well as turn around. ... Citizen [Watch] is
working with the University of Osaka's engineering department, along with robot
development specialists from Robot Laboratory and Vision. The organizers of RoboCup,
an international robotics soccer competition held annually, plan to have a new category
this year named the 'RoboCup Citizen Eco-Be League'.... The University of Osaka is a
leading institution in artificial intelligence-enhanced robot development."

Here's another robot in the news: <http://www.boston.com/business/personaltech/articles/2006/03/06/my_robot/>My
robot - Hackers reprogramming Roombas to do more than just clean floors. By Hiawatha Bray. The Boston Globe &
boston.com. March 6, 2006. "Some people are tinkering with their Roomba robotic vacuums, but not much of it has to
do with cleaning floors. ... And iRobot is happy to help them experiment. In October, it introduced a $30 kit that lets
people reprogram the software in older Roombas so they can modify how it works. The newest models feature a digital
data port, similar to those found on PCs, that allows the robot's sensors and motors to be controlled by a computer. And
iRobot is even giving university robotics labs free Roombas to use as teaching aids. ... Phillip Torrone, associate editor
of Make, a magazine for do-it-yourselfers, has turned his Roomba into a roving camera that relays pict ures from his
house to the Internet site Flickr."

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March 9, 2006: <http://www.latimes.com/la-he-amputee9mar09,0,236454.story>Science
Quickens Its Steps - High-tech prostheses help a new generation of war veteran amputees
regain mobility like never before. Some even return to active duty. By Shari Roan. Los
Angeles Times & latimes.com.
"In the history of war, the more proficient combatants have become at fighting, the better
medicine has become at healing. ... Unlike the dead-weighted and immutable arms, feet
and knees offered to veterans of the Vietnam War, the best prosthetic knees currently
available rely on artificial intelligence to anticipate the user's movements. One knee,
expected to become available in a few months, will even mimic lost muscle activity by
powering ankle and leg amputees up stairs, or up from a sitting position. But that's just
the beginning. Advances in robotics, electronics and tissue engineering ultimately could
create ways to lengthen damaged limbs, grow new cartilage, skin and bone, and
permanently affix a prosthesis to the body. Some researchers are even designing a so-
called biohybrid limb --- a prosthesis that can be controlled by the user's thoughts. ... 'A
decade or two ago we imagined a neural interface, but it was science fiction,' said Hugh
Herr, a research er at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who lost his feet at age
17 to frostbite during mountain climbing. 'But now these things are pretty close to being
realized in the laboratory.'... The Rheo knee --- which uses artificial intelligence, in effect
mimicking the ability to think --- is considered the most sophisticated prosthetic limb
available. ... The ultimate goal of biohybrid limbs, however, lies in neuroprosthetics ---
the ability to control an artificial limb using thoughts. This technology works by
capturing brain signals, or nerve impulses from the residual limb, and translating those
into computer commands that tell the prosthesis what to do: lift, move left or right, speed
up, stop."
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March 11, 2006 [issue date]: <http://www.newscientist.com/channel/info-
tech/mg18925425.600>Has chatbot Alice crossed to the dark side? New Scientist (Issue
2542, page 25).
"Fears are growing that a clone of the open source chatbot Alice is being used to dupe
users of MSN's instant messaging service into downloading spyware. Thanks to her
ability to engage people in conversation, Alice is a three-time winner of the prestigious
Loebner Prize for artificial intelligence."

Also in the March 11th issue: <http://www.newscientist.com/channel/info-tech/mg18925426.000.html>'Hunch engine'
sharpens up your half-baked ideas. By Celeste Biever. New Scientist (Issue 2542; subscription req'd). "The 'hunch
engine' blends a computer's ability to rapidly sift through a large number of possible solutions to a problem with human
hunches for what looks or sounds right. Whether you are trying to think up a company name or find the perfect image
on the web, the system does the hard work and lets you have all the fun. Developed by Icosystem of Cambridge,
Massachusetts, the hunch engine uses a genetic algorithm (GA) whose evolutionary direction can be nudged by the
person running it."

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The Expansion Slot: On Campus

February 24, 2006:
<http://www.electronicsweekly.com/Articles/2006/02/24/37754/Robotcapableofidentifyingobjectsbysimpleproperties.h
tm>Robot capable of identifying objects by simple properties. By Harry Yeates. ElectronicsWeekly.com. "Researchers
at the University of Birmingham have developed a robot that can identify objects by type. The system is still very
primitive, but it is a step towards a cognitive machine with integrated language and vision processing. ... The aim of the
four-year Cognitive Systems for Cognitive Assistants (CoSY) project is to combine natural language processing with
vision, adding ‗attention‘ to the robot‘s behaviour. Combining language with vision requires a mediating layer of
representation between the two. The attention behaviour allows the robot to find an object more quickly if it knows
what it is looking for."

February 24, 2006: <http://www.techpsych.net/archives/000110.html>Animated Robot for Hospitalized Children.
AATP Interactive (the weblog of the American Association for Technology in Psychiatry). "The Robotics & Multibody
Research Group (Brussels University) is working on Anty, an intelligent soft robot that will entertain long-term
hospitalized children. When developed the robot will walk, talk and show feelings. According to the creators, Anty will
be able to develop different personalities, so kids won't get bored with him. Anty uses sensors for vision, audio and
touch to interact with the children. By means of artificial intelligence, Anty is capable of understanding and expressing
emotions."

February 25, 2006: <http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/story.html?id=b1cb750e-bd73-44d5-a13f-
d5c889517372&k=97590>Tuneful site taps into song rhythms. By Maurice Bridge. The Vancouver Sun & canada.com.
"What does O Canada have in common with the William Tell Overture by Gioachino Rossini, Eight Days a Week by
The Beatles, I Feel Good by James Brown and No Rain by Blind Melon? They're the answers you get when you tap out
the first few bars of our national anthem on a website called The Song Tapper, which identifies tunes by the rhythm of
their lyrics. It's a catchy little concept which has started to spread around the world, much to the surprise of its creators.
The site (www.songtap per.com) is the brainchild of Simon Fraser University computing-science student Geoff Peters
and two other students who developed it last year as a project for an artificial-intelligence course. ... The site has b een
up and running since September, but the Internet community really jumped on it it early this year. 'It really took off in
the beginning of January,' Peters said. 'It learned songs by people teaching it, and it grew to 500 songs, and then a few
thousand songs, and then it couldn't handle it, so we had to upgrade the server.' The site now knows about 14,000
songs, although it can only search about 3,500 at a time."

February 26, 2006: <http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2006/02/26/needles_in_a_haystack/>Researchers
developing precise search software. By Greg Kline. The News-Gazette.com. "[University of Illinois Professor Anhai]
Doan and UI colleagues in a variety of fields are working to make that kind of thing possible in the future, however, for
purposes not only of making your Web searches more fruitful but as diverse as studying literature, teasing new medical
treatments from vast databanks of genes and identifying terrorist activity. In the process, they are helping shift the kind
of searching we know, love and sometimes loathe from Yahoo and Google to data mining: harvesting useful patterns
and knowledge, often unexpected, from increasingly vast repositories of digital materials, like diamonds from
mountains of rock. The outcome loo ks to be potentially beneficial and even exciting. But the technology also raises
some questions, particularly with respect to what's left of our privacy. How much are we willing to reveal about
ourselves to get better results? Where our data is part of the mix, who controls it, where's it stored and how safely? ...
The driving force behind efforts to improve what Michael Welge, a researcher at the UI-based National Center for
Supercomputing Applications, likes to call 'knowledge discovery in databases' is that we have so much stuff in digital
form and online these days. More of this stuff comes by the second, and a lot of it is 'born digital,' meaning it will never
meet paper unless it's printed out. 'I think the motivation is obvious, because now we've got a huge amount of data
everywhere,' said Jiawei Han, a professor who heads the Data Mining Research Group in the UI Computer Science
Department."

February 27, 2006: <http://www.ameinfo.com/78974.html>Pioneering artificial intelligence project outlined at British
University in Dubai. Posted by Lara Lynn Golden, News Editor. AME Info. "A pioneering research project from within
the Middle East, which aims to examine how an artificially-intelligent tutor can help teach English as a foreign
language, is set to be discussed at the British University in Dubai (BUiD) in March. The experimental program -
'Intelligent Tutor' - is capable of systematically correcting errors for students studying English as a foreign language,
and adapting to their preferred style of learning. Developed by Dr Marina Dodigovic, it could provide an important tool
for students of the future looking to develop their language skills and has been hailed as one of the major 'technologies
of the future' by experts in artificial intelligence. Dr. Marina Dodigovic, Ass istant Professor of English and TESOL,
the American University of Sharjah, will deliver the lecture, employing her wide knowledge of the field of Computer
Assisted Language Learning (CALL)."

March 2006: <http://www.spectrum.ieee.org/mar06/3059>Halfway to Mars - How a hardy band of researchers braved
freezing nights, bad food, and high winds in the Chilean desert to test the next generation of planetary rovers. By Jean
Kumagai. IEEE Spectrum Online. "[David] Wettergreen, an associate research professor at Carnegie Mellon
University's Robotics Institute, in Pittsburgh, and his team have been roughing it here in the Atacama since August, and
they'll remain until November, just as South America's spring gives way to summer. They've come to test out new
concepts and designs for the next generation of planetary rover, because this place, more than any other on Earth,
approximates the barren, arid rockiness of the Red Planet. Testing the rover means pushing the technology to its limits,
and sometimes beyond. The robot is so unusual and so new that breaking down is, for now, anyway, what it's supposed
to do. 'A hundred percent success means we're not really trying hard enough,' Wettergreen says. It isn't the most
elegant-looking machine ever built. Weighing in at 180 kilograms, the rover, dubbed Zoë, looks something like a
motorized, overgrown ice cream cart. But it is beautiful in the one way that really matters to planetary scientists: unlike
all the rovers built thus far, Zoë can roam autonomously. ... The rover can even make some rudimentary decisions
about what terrain to explore. In a set of experiments conducted in Chile, Zoë successfully determined which tests to
run at a given location."

March 1, 2006: <http://www.memphisdailynews.com/Editorial/StoryLead.aspx?id=91864>Artificial Intelligence Gains
Momentum - New robotics center plans to develop machines to do human tasks. By Rosalind Guy. Memphis Daily
News (Volume 121, Number 49). "These types of technological advances inspire the research at the FedEx Institute of
Technology [FIT] at the University of Memphis. To that end, the institute is planing to open its robotics research center
this month. ... Eric Mathews, associate director for corporate research and development at the institute and director of
the new robotics center, said the idea for the center grew out of a project the institute is working on with FedEx called
'yard management.' It involves researching and creating an autonomous vehicle that will be able to move cargo bins on
a tarmac. ... The research center's first couple of years will be spent lookin g at smaller robots, experimenting with them
and developing artificial intelligence and mechanical systems that can be scaled up in subsequent years. So two types
of robots could evolve from this particular project. 'One of the robots will be the off-the-shelf research robot already
pre-made with all the sensors,' Mathews said. The other will come from a vehicle that can navigate through the halls of
FIT."
March 1, 2006: <http://www.innovations-report.de/html/berichte/bildung_wissenschaft/bericht-55938.html>Evolution
inspires Artificial Intelligence at Kent. Innovations Report. "The University of Kent is launching a unique cross-
disciplinary degree course that explores artificial intelligence (AI) from the combined perspectives of computer
science, philosophy, psychology, biology and electronics. Championed by technology experts and visionaries ranging
from Bill Gates to film-maker George Lucas, AI is about making computers behave intelligently -- for instance, by
performing tasks requiring the ability to learn, to reason and to cope with unpredicted situations. Lucas told delegates at
a recent computing conference in Los Angeles that advancements in AI will vastly change technology 'to a point where
you can talk to a computer game and the game will talk back'. Other important applications i nclude robotics, data
mining and computer vision."

March 3, 2006: <http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/story.html?id=15d95558-259d-4d56-9700-
62122e49e356&k=38529>Swarming ants hold clues to ending traffic jams. By Deborah Tetley. Calgary Herald &
canada.com. "'People in cars in a traffic system do not behave much differently than birds in a flock, fish in a school,
bees in a hive or buffalo,' says Christian Jacob, an associate professor at [University of Calgary], where he holds a joint
appointment with the departments of computer science and biochemistry and molecular biology. 'When you have a few
ants together, not much happens,' said Jacob, who also heads the evolutionary and swarm design research group of the
Artificial Intelligence Research Lab. 'But get 10,000 ants together, or a critical mass, and something spectacular
happens. They build bridges and just generally exhibit collective intelligence or swarm intelligence . We have the
technology to build a road system inspired by ants.' Jacob has taken that swarm intelligence model -- where ant
colonies behave like 'super organisms' -- and built a traffic simulator."

March 6, 2006: <http://daily.stanford.edu/tempo?page=content&id=19704&repository=0001_article>Dorms take on
themes. By Amit Arora. The Standford Daily Online. "Added to the list of residential programs will be two new
initiatives, as Wilbur Hall‘s Arroyo will feature a symbolic systems focus for its upper-class students and Manzanita
Park‘s Lantana House will host a one-unit residential humanities program. Devised by the resident fellows of these
dorms, the initiatives aim to attract upper-class students with similar academic interests. ... Termed the 'Mind and
Intelligence Focus,' Arroyo‘s symbolic systems program looks to draw in a range of students attracted to the
interdisciplinary field. As described in a University press release, the dorm will offer residential seminars, guest
speakers and coordinated discussions. 'The Mind and Intelligence Focus is i ntended to be of interest to anyone who
wonders how the mind works, how people behave and communicate and what the future holds for computers and
artificial intelligence,' the release noted."

March 6, 2006: <http://www.news-
gazette.com/news/local/2006/03/06/software_shows_mona_lisa_to_be_neither_man_nor_da_vinci/>Software shows
Mona Lisa to be neither man, nor da Vinci. By Greg Kline. The News-Gazette. "Mona Lisa probably wasn't a man, and
it's even more unlikely that the famous artist who painted the famous painting used himself as the model. So conclude
University of Illinois researchers, who created a buzz last year when their facial-recognition software was used to
analyze the Mona Lisa's enigmatic smile. ... [Thomas] Huang, who co-leads the Human-Computer Intelligent
Interaction group at the UI's Beckman Institute, is working on facial recognition for a variety of purposes. Those
include security systems and making your computer more personal by getting it to recognize you and set itself up
accordingly, even adjust to the moods reflected on your face. Businesses might use the system to collect customer data,
like the ratio of guys to gals who order Quarter Pounders at McDonald's, or for 'adaptive displays,' billboards that
change ads from ESPN to Victoria's Secret depending on whether a man or woman walks by, for instance. Huang said
the technology also might be used in 'smart kiosks' -- electronic bank tellers, for example -- that could recognize and
address a user properly."




3) AI Communications - New Issue Alert
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4) AI-2006, Cambridge UK, December 2006
*** SUBSTANTIAL PRICE REDUCTION ***
AI-2006: Cambridge, UK, December 11th - 13th 2006

http://www.bcs-sgai.org/ai2006/

Organised by BCS SGAI: The British Computer Society Specialist
Group on Artificial Intelligence (an ECCAI Member Society)

The fee for the 'main' two days of the conference now also includes
free entry to the preliminary day of workshops, i.e. the two-day
price is now a three-day price. This reduction applies to all
categories of delegate and is worth up to £90 (+ value-added tax at
17.5%). There is also a 'workshop only' rate which remains
unchanged from 2005.

The workshop programme is being expanded this year. It will
include the eleventh UK CBR workshop (full day), plus at least four
half-day workshops. Details will be given on the conference website
in the near future.

There are reduced rates for members of SGAI and other ECCAI
member societies, NCAF and for students. The deadline for
submitting regular and short papers (posters) is Monday June 5th.

--------------------------------------

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS

AI-2006 is the Twenty-sixth SGAI International Conference on
Innovative Techniques and Applications of Artificial Intelligence.

The scope of the conference comprises the whole range of AI
technologies and application areas. AI-2006 reviews recent
technical advances in AI technologies and to show how these
advances have been applied to solve business problems. Key
features of AI-2006 are:

- The Technical Stream presents the best of recent developments
in AI, covering a wide range of technical areas.
- The Application Stream is the largest annual showcase in Europe
of real applications using AI technology.
- The best papers will be published in a special issue of the journal
Knowledge Based Systems.
- The Poster Session is a forum for disseminating new
developments and latest work in progress.
- Prizes for Best Paper in each stream and Best Poster.
- The programme also includes tutorials and workshops to provide
greater depth in selected topics.
- The Machine Intelligence (MI) competition exhibits working
systems that are a significant step toward machine intelligence.
- UK CBR11, the 11th UK CBR Workshop, will be co-located with
AI-2006.
 - The conference qualifies for the IEE and BCS CPD schemes.

- AI-2006 will be held at Peterhouse College in Cambridge.
 - In addition to the formal sessions, the conference programme
includes a welcome reception and a Gala Dinner.

AI-2006 offers a valuable opportunity to keep up to date with
developments in AI and to share experiences in the practical
issues of developing AI systems.

IMPORTANT DATES

- Paper/Poster Submission: Monday 5th June 2006 (This deadline
will not be extended)
- Notification of Acceptance: Monday 24th July 2006
- Camera Ready Paper: Monday 4th September 2006

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS

Contributions are invited in the form of papers of up to fourteen A4
pages presenting original work in AI. Contributions are welcome to
two streams, and a parallel poster session. Papers accepted for
presentation at the conference will be published in book form by
Springer SBM.

Technical Stream:

Areas of interest include (but are not restricted to): knowledge
based systems; knowledge engineering; semantic web; constraint
satisfaction; intelligent agents; machine learning; model based
reasoning; verification and validation of AI systems; natural
language understanding; speech-enabled systems; case based
reasoning; neural networks; genetic algorithms; data mining and
knowledge discovery in databases; robotics and pervasive
computing.

Application Stream:

Case studies are welcomed describing the application of AI to real-
world problems. Papers in recent years have covered all application
domains, including commerce, manufacturing and government, and
every major AI technique. In addition to case studies and specific
applications of AI, we would welcome papers that discuss issues
such as managing the transfer from research to production of AI-
based products. Papers are selected to highlight critical areas of
success (and failure) and to present the benefits and lessons of
value to other developers. Submitted papers should make these
points clear. Guidance notes for Application Stream authors are
available from the website.

Poster Session:

The Poster Session is intended for the presentation of work which
meets the high standards of AI-2006, but which is more topical and
preliminary than the work presented in the main two streams. It is
an excellent forum for disseminating new developments and latest
work in progress.

Papers submitted to the Technical and Application streams will be
automatically considered for poster presentation if they fall short of
the standards for oral presentation.

Publication of Papers:

- The books will be prepared from camera-ready copy supplied by
the authors of accepted papers.
- Formatting specifications for the proceedings have been provided
by the publisher and are available from the AI-2006 website.
 - Authors will retain copyright in all papers published in the two
volumes of proceedings. - The best six refereed papers in each
stream will be reprinted as a special issue of the international
journal Knowledge Based Systems.

Papers accepted for poster presentation at the conference will be
published in the BCS-SGAI magazine Expert Update. Authors will
retain their copyright.

Submission of Papers:

Papers must be submitted as either Word 2000 or PDF files and
uploaded to the conference website by *** Monday June 5th 2006
*** at the latest. Please note:

- Authors must indicate the stream to which their papers are being
submitted.
 - At least one author of each accepted paper must register for and
attend the conference to present it in person, for the paper to be
published.
 - Presenting authors will be asked to register for the conference at
the discounted speakers' rate when they return the final camera-
ready printed versions of their papers.

Tutorials & workshops:

The Conference Committee invites proposals for tutorials and
workshops to be presented on the first day of the conference.
These should be directed in the first instance to the
Tutorial/Workshop Organiser.

Prizes:

There are sponsored prizes (a trophy plus 500 pounds) for the best
paper submitted in each stream and a trophy plus a cash prize for
the best poster, awarded on the basis of delegate voting.

Machine Intelligence Competition:

A permanent trophy awarded for one year plus a 1,000 pounds
cash prize, sponsored by Electrolux, will be awarded to the winner
of the annual machine intelligence competition. This prize will be
awarded to the working system that is considered to be the most
significant step forward towards Machine Intelligence on display at
the competition.

All correspondence should be sent by email to the Conference
secretariat:
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*** DEADLINE FOR PAPER/POSTER SUBMISSION: MONDAY
5TH JUNE 2006 ***

AI-2006: Cambridge, UK, December 11th - 13th 2006

Organised by BCS SGAI: The British Computer Society Specialist
Group on Artificial Intelligence (an ECCAI Member Society)
CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS

http://www.bcs-sgai.org/ai2006/

AI-2006 is the Twenty-sixth SGAI International Conference on
Innovative Techniques and Applications of Artificial Intelligence.

The scope of the conference comprises the whole range of AI
technologies and application areas. AI-2006 reviews recent
technical advances in AI technologies and to show how these
advances have been applied to solve business problems. Key
features of AI-2006 are:

- The Technical Stream presents the best of recent developments in AI, covering a wide
range of technical areas.
- The Application Stream is the largest annual showcase in Europe of real applications
using AI technology.
- The best papers will be published in a special issue of the journal Knowledge Based
Systems.
- The Poster Session is a forum for disseminiating new developments and latest work in
progress.
- Prizes for Best Paper in each stream and Best Poster.
- The programme also includes tutorials and workshops to provide greater depth in
selected topics.
- The Machine Intelligence (MI) competition exhibts working systems that are a
significant step toward machine intelligence.
- UKCBR11, the 11th UK CBR Workshop, will be co-located with AI-2006.
- The conference qualifies for the IEE and BCS CPD schemes.
- AI-2006 will be held at Peterhouse College in Cambridge.
- In addition to the formal sessions, the conference programme includes a welcome
reception and a Gala Dinner.

AI-2006 offers a valuable opportunity to keep up to date with developments in AI and to
share experiences in the practical issues of developing AI systems.

IMPORTANT DATES

- Paper/Poster Submission: Monday 5th June 2006
   (This deadline will not be extended)
- Notification of Acceptance: Monday 24th July 2006
- Camera Ready Paper:          Monday 4th September 2006

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS

Contributions are invited in the form of papers of up to fourteen A4 pages presenting
original work in AI. Contributions are welcome to two streams, and a parallel poster
session.

Technical Stream:

Areas of interest include (but are not restricted to): knowledge based systems; knowledge
engineering; semantic web; constraint satisfaction; intelligent agents; machine learning;
model based reasoning; verification and validation of AI systems; natural language
understanding; speech-enabled systems; case based reasoning; neural networks; genetic
algorithms; data mining and knowledge discovery in databases; robotics and pervasive
computing.

Application Stream:

Case studies are welcomed describing the application of AI to real-world problems.
Papers in recent years have covered all application domains, including commerce,
manufacturing and government, and every major AI technique. In addition to case studies
and specific applications of AI, we would welcome papers that discuss issues such as
managing the transfer from research to production of AI-based products. Papers are
selected to highlight critical areas of success (and failure) and to present the benefits and
lessons of value to other developers. Submitted papers should make these
points clear. Guidance notes for Application Stream authors are available from the
website.

Poster Session:

The Poster Session is intended for the presentation of work which meets the high
standards of AI-2006, but which is more topical and preliminary than the work presented
in the main two streams. It is an excellent forum for disseminiating new developments
and latest work in progress.

Papers submitted to the Technical and Application streams will be automatically
considered for poster presentation if they fall short of the
standards for oral presentation.

Publication of Papers:

Papers accepted for oral presentation at the conference will be published in book form by
Springer SBM.

- The books will be prepared from camera-ready copy supplied by the authors of accepted
papers.
- Formatting specifications for the proceedings have been provided by the publisher and
are available from the AI-2006 website.
 - Authors will retain copyright in all papers published in the two volumes of
proceedings.
- The best six refereed papers in each stream will be reprinted as a special issue of the
international journal Knowledge Based Systems.

Papers accepted for poster presentation at the conference will be published in the BCS-
SGAI magazine Expert Update. Authors will retain their copyright.

Submission of Papers:

Papers must be submitted as either Word 2000 or PDF files and uploaded to the
conference website by *** Monday June 5th 2006 *** at the latest. Please note:

- Authors must indicate the stream to which their papers are being submitted.
 - At least one author of each accepted paper must register for and attend the conference
to present it in person, for the paper to be published.
 - Presenting authors will be asked to register for the conference at the discounted
speakers' rate when they return the final camera- ready printed versions of their papers.

Tutorials & workshops:

The Conference Committee invites proposals for tutorials and workshops to be presented
on the first day of the conference. These should be directed in the first instance to the
Tutorial/Workshop Organiser.

Prizes:

There are sponsored prizes (a trophy plus 500 pounds) for the best paper submitted in
each stream and a trophy plus a cash prize for the best poster, awarded on the basis of
delegate voting.

Machine Intelligence Competition:

A permanent trophy awarded for one year plus a 1,000 pounds cash prize, sponsored by
Electrolux, will be awarded to the winner of the annual machine intelligence competition.
This prize will be awarded to the working system that is considered to be the most
significant step forward towards Machine Intelligence on display at the competition.

CONFERENCE COMMITTEE

ALL CORRESPONDENCE SHOULD BE SENT BY EMAIL TO THE CONFERENCE
SECRETARIAT:
sgai-conference@bcs.org.uk

- Conference Chair: Dr. Andrew Tuson, The City University
  (andrewt@city.ac.uk)
- Deputy Conference Chair: Dr. Tony Allen, The Nottingham Trent
  University (tony.allen@ntu.ac.uk)
- Conference Administrator: Mark Firman, The City University
  (mfirman@soi.city.ac.uk)
- Treasurer: Rosemary Gilligan, University of Hertfordshire
  (r.e.gilligan@herts.ac.uk)
- Deputy Conference Chair (Electronic Services): Dr. Alun
  Preece, University of Aberdeen (apreece@csd.abdn.ac.uk)
- Deputy Conference Chair (Local Arrangements): Dr Frans
  Coenen, University of Liverpool (frans@csc.liv.ac.uk)
- Technical Programme Chair: Professor Max Bramer, University
  of Portsmouth (Max.Bramer@port.ac.uk)
- Deputy Technical Programme Chair: Dr Frans Coenen,
  University of Liverpool (frans@csc.liv.ac.uk)
- Application Programme Chair: Richard Ellis, Stratum
  (richard.ellis@stratum-management.co.uk)
- Research Student Liaison: Alice Kerly, University of Birmingham
  (alk584@bham.ac.uk)
- Tutorial/Workshop Organiser: Prof. Adrian Hopgood,
  The Nottingham Trent University (adrian.hopgood@ntu.ac.uk)
- Poster Session Organiser: Dr Nirmalie Wiratunga, The Robert
  Gordon University, Aberdeen (nw@comp.rgu.ac.uk)

Note that papers must be submitted electronically. See the website for details.


5) ACL2 2006

                          ACL2 2006
International Workshop on the ACL2 Theorem Prover and its Applications
            http://www.cc.gatech.edu/~manolios/acl206

                       FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS

            August 15-16, 2006 in Seattle, Washington
    Part of FLoC 2006 (http://research.microsoft.com/floc06/)
                Hosted by CAV 2006 and IJCAR 2006

IMPORTANT DATES
===============================================================
=========
Abstract Submission Deadline        April 14, 2006, 11:59 PM NY time
Paper Submission Deadline April 19, 2006, 11:59 PM NY time
Acceptance notification:    June 9, 2006
Final version due:          July 24, 2006

SCOPE OF CONFERENCE
===============================================================
=========
ACL2 2006 is the major technical forum for users of the ACL2 theorem
proving system and is the sixth in a series of workshops that occur
every 18 months. ACL2 is an industrial-strength automated reasoning
system that is part of the Boyer-Moore family of theorem provers, winner
of the 2005 ACM Software System Award. ACL2 2006 is hosted by the CAV
and IJCAR conferences, which are part of FLoC 2006, the Federated Logic
Conference. In addition, and as reflected by our program committee, we
encourage participation from users of other theorem provers and persons
interested in the application of theorem proving technology. We invite
papers on any ACL2-related topic, including but not limited to:

+ applications of the theorem prover,

+ proposals for ACL2 theorem prover improvements, especially as
 illustrated in experimental extensions or other systems,

+ comparisons with other theorem provers, programming languages, or
 specification languages,

+ solved (and unsolved!) challenge problems, and

+ implementations connecting ACL2 with other systems.

PAPER SUBMISSIONS
===============================================================
=========
Submissions must be made electronically in PDF format, following the
instructions on the ACL2 2006 Web site. Submissions must use the ACM
SIG Proceedings format with letter-size paper (see
http://www.acm.org/sigs/pubs/proceed/template.html).

Two categories of papers will be accepted: long (at most 10 pages) and
short (at most 4 pages). Note that the current paper format is much more
compact than the LNCS format we used in the past! Authors can assume
that the workshop audience has a working knowledge of ACL2's syntax,
basic commands, and modeling techniques. Papers should contain a short
abstract of approximately 150 words clearly stating the contribution of
the submission. Authors of accepted papers are required to give a
presentation at the workshop. Papers should be self-contained, but, as
has been the case traditionally (and where applicable), we strongly
encourage authors to provide ACL2 "books" or script files that provide
full details, along with instructions for how to process these books
with ACL2. The submission guidelines for supporting materials, which we
strongly recommend you adhere to can be found at
http://www.cs.utexas.edu/users/moore/acl2/v2-9/new/books/. For
accepted papers, these books will be mirrored on the ACL2 home page and
included in future ACL2 distributions. We expect to provide workshop
proceedings and to include these proceedings in the ACM digital library.

ORGANIZATION
===============================================================
=========
ChairsChairs: Panagiotis Manolios, Georgia Institute of Technology
          Matthew Wilding, Rockwell Collins Inc.
Publications: Ruben Gamboa, University of Wyoming
Webmasters: Sudarshan Srinivasan, Georgia Tech
          Daron Vroon, Georgia Tech

PROGRAM COMMITTEE
===============================================================
=========
Ruben Gamboa, University of Wyoming, USA
David Greve, Rockwell Collins Inc., USA
Warren Hunt, University of Texas at Austin, USA
Deepak Kapur, University of New Mexico, USA
Matt Kaufmann, University of Texas at Austin, USA
Bill Legato, NSA, USA
Panagiotis Manolios, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Jose Meseguer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Paul Miner, NASA Langley Research Center, USA
J Strother Moore, University of Texas at Austin, USA
Lawrence C. Paulson, University of Cambridge, UK
Jose Luis Ruiz-Reina, University of Seville, Spain
David M. Russinoff, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., USA
Jun Sawada, IBM Austin Research Laboratory, USA
Mary Sheeran, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Konrad Slind, University of Utah, USA
Matthew Wilding, Rockwell Collins Inc., USA

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6) AIMSA 2006: AI, people and the web
               CALL FOR PAPERS

         The 12th International Conference on
   Artificial Intelligence: Methodology, Systems, Applications
                 AIMSA 2006
             - AI, people and the web -
         Varna, Bulgaria, 13-15th September, 2006

             <http://www.aimsaconference.org/>www.aimsaconference.org

SCOPE

The AIMSA conference series has provided a biennial forum for the
presentation of AI research and development since 1984.
The conference, which is held in Bulgaria, covers the full range of topics
in Artificial Intelligence and related
disciplines and provides an ideal forum for international scientific
exchange between Central/Eastern Europe and the rest
of the world. AIMSA 2006 is supported by ECCAI, European Coordinating
Committee for Artificial Intelligence.

As its name indicates the conference is dedicated to Artificial intelligence
in its entirety. However, for AIMSA 2006,
we would like to put the emphasis on a specific phenomenon that affects all
areas of AI: the application and leverage
of artificial intelligence technology in the context of human collaboration
which today is mediated by the web.

Artificial intelligence is used for supporting human communication in a wide
variety of ways. For example, reasoning
over the semantic web, analysing relationships between people, enhancing the
user experience by learning from their behavior,
applying natural language to large multilingual corpora, planning a
combination of web services, adapting and personalizing
educational material, etc. All Artificial intelligence techniques are
amenable to facilitating communication on the web.

Moreover, these techniques are not deployed in isolation but are typically
combined with results from other disciplines
such as the social sciences, discrete mathematics, network computing, or
cryptography. AIMSA 2006 aims to reflect this
plethora of avenues whereby Artificial intelligence supports human
collaboration based activities.

LOCATION

AIMSA 2006 will be held at the Sunny Day Tourist Complex, 10 km to the
north-east of Varna and 16 km from Varna Airport.

LANGUAGE
The official language of the conference is English.

CONFERENCE CHAIRMAN

John Domingue
Knowledge Media Institute, The Open University, UK

PROGRAMME COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSON

Jérôme Euzenat
INRIA Rhône-Alpes, Montbonnot, France


SUBMISSION DETAILS

Submissions should describe original research and should be sent
electronically at <http://aimsa2006.inrialpes.fr/>http://aimsa2006.inrialpes.fr in PDF
format. Papers should be written in English and should be no more than 10
pages, font Times New Roman 11pt. The first page
should contain the title of the paper, names and addresses of all authors
(including e-mail, if available), an abstract
(100-150 words) and a list of keywords
(<http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html>http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/aut
hors.html).

Papers accepted for presentation at AIMSA 2006 cannot be presented or have
been presented at another meeting with publicly
available published proceedings. Papers that are being submitted to other
conferences must indicate this on the title page,
as must papers that contain significant overlap with previously published
work.

Over lengthy or late submissions will be rejected without review.

Notification of receipt and acceptance of papers will be sent to the first
author.


TOPICS

The conference welcomes submissions of original, high quality papers in all
areas of Artificial Intelligence,
including but not limited to:
- AI in education
- Ambient intelligence
- Automated reasoning
- Computer vision
- Data mining and data analysis
- Data semantics
- Dialogue management and argumentation
- Distributed AI
- AI and Human-computer interaction
- Information integration
- Information retrieval
- Intelligent user interfaces
- Knowledge engineering
- Knowledge representation and reasoning
- Large scale knowledge management
- Logic and constraint programming
- Machine learning
- Multi-agent systems
- Multimedia systems
- Natural language processing
- Neural networks
- Ontologies (creating, linking, merging, reconciliation)
- Planning
- Robotics
- Semantic peer-to-peer and grid systems
- Semantic interoperability
- Semantic web for e-business and e-learning
- Semantic web inference schemes
- Semantic web services (description, invocation, composition)
- Social desktop and personalisation
- Social network analysis
- Tools and methodologies for multi-agent software systems
- Trust, privacy, and security on the semantic web
- AI and visualization and modeling
- AI and web-based technology

All submissions will be subject to academic peer review by at least two
members of the program committee. Selection criteria
include accuracy and originality of ideas, clarity and significance of
results, and quality of presentation.

For each accepted paper, at least one author is required to attend the
conference to present the paper.

The best paper of the conference, as selected by the AIMSA 2006 programme
committee, will receive the Best Paper Award
during the conference.
IMPORTANT DATES

Submission deadline: April 15, 2006
Notification of acceptance: June 10, 2006
Deadline for final papers: June 30, 2006
Conference: September 13-15, 2006

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7) Agent Technology and Autonomic Computing (ATAC'2006)
******************************* Call for Papers *************************
 First International Workshop on Agent Technology and Autonomic Computing
           (ATAC'2006) Erfurt, Germany, September 18-21, 2006
      within Net.ObjectDays 2006; http://www.netobjectdays.org


AIMS AND SCOPE

Agent technology is one of the most prominent and attractive
technologies in computer science at the beginning of the new
millenium. It is not only a promising technology, but it is also
emerging as a new way of thinking : a conceptual paradigm for
analyzing problems and for designing systems, for dealing with
complexity, distribution, and interactivity while providing a new
perspective on computing and intelligence. Recently, an interest
has been witnessed in computing community to autonomic computing.
Inspired by the functioning of the human nervous systems,
autonomic computing is to design and build computing systems that
posses inherent self-managing capabilities. While autonomic computing
is a quite new revolutionary move to the discipline of computing and
so far a holistic solution has not yet appeared, we think that agent
technology is already available for being integrated into the
framework of autonomic computing. We look primarily in this workshop
for ideas that foster the link between agent technology and autonomic
computing. Theoretical as well as practical aspects are welcome. The
organisers welcome participation and contributions from those working
or interested in the intersection of agent technology and autonomic
computing.

TOPICS OF INTEREST

The topics of interest for ATAC'06 include, but are not limited to :
Agents for autonomic systems
Agents in self-healing
Agents in self-optimization
Agents in self-cofiguration
Agents in self-protection
Agent computing versus autonomic computing
Applications domains of agent technology and autonomic computing

SUBMISSION PROCEDURE and FORMATTING GUIDELINES

Authors should submit their contributions electronically in PDF format to
Walid.Chainbi@lycos.com by the deadline given below in the list of
important dates. The contributions should be named as
contact-author-surname.pdf (example: gregory.pdf). Papers should be
written in english with a maximum of 12 pages. Accepted papers will
be published in a workshop note and distributed among participants
during the workshop.
Depending on the quality of contributions, we are planning to publish
a post-proceedings of the papers either as a book or a aspecial issue
of an international journal.

WORKSHOP CHAIR

Dr. Walid Chainbi
ENIS
Département d'informatique et de mathématiques appliquées
B.P.W. -3038- Sfax - TUNISIA
E-mail: Walid.Chainbi@lycos.com

PROGRAM COMMITTEE

Walt Truszkowski, NASA Goaddard Space Flight Center (USA)
Walid Chainbi, Ecole Nationale des Ingénieurs de Sfax (Tunisia)
Rainer Unland, University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany)
Cherif Branki, University of Paisley (UK)
Hans Czap, University of Trier (Germany)
Cosimo Anglano, University del Piemonte Orientale (Italy)
David Chess, Thomas J. Watson Research Center, IBM Research Division (USA)
Roy Sterritt, University of Ulster at Jordanstown (Northern Ireland)
Manish Parashar, The State University of New Jersey (USA)
Salim Hariri, University of Arizona (USA)

IMPORTANT DATES

May, 15, submission due.
June, 15, Notification of acceptance.
July, 15, camera-ready due.

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9) AIPR-07
The 2007 International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Pattern Recognition
(AIPR-07) will be held during 9-12 of July 2007 in Orlando, FL, USA. The
conference will be held simultaneously at the same place where three other
major events in computer science are taking place. Click on
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10) ANTS 2006
   Ant Colony Optimization and Swarm Intelligence: ANTS 2006
              http://iridia.ulb.ac.be/ants2006


SUBMISSION DEADLINE (electronic submission): Mar 19, 2006

NOTE: The requirement that title and abstract be submitted in advance
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11) ATVA 2006
CALL FOR PAPERS - ATVA 2006
===================================================
ATVA 2006 --
Fourth International Symposium on
Automated Technology for Verification and Analysis
Beijing, China, 23-26 October 2006
http://lcs.ios.ac.cn/~atva06/
===================================================

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:
Thomas Ball (Microsoft Research, US)
Jin Yang (Intel Corporation, US)
Mihalis Yannakakis (Columbia University. US)

INVITED TUTORIALS:
Three tutorials on software verification,
hardware verification and the theory of verification
will be given by the three keynote speakers
T. Ball, J. Yang and M. Yannakakis, respectively.

IMPORTANT DATES:
20 May 2006, submission deadline
10 July 2006, acceptance notification
1 August 2006, camera-ready copy
23 October - 26 October 2006, ATVA 2006

PUBLICATION:
Following ATVA 2004 (LNCS 3299) and ATVA 2005 (LNCS 3707), the
formal proceedings is to be published as a volume of LNCS, Springer-Verlag.
Extended versions of selected papers on theoretical foundation and
technology-transfer from the conference series will be solicited for
publication in special issues of the International Journal of Foundations
of Computer Science (IJFCS) (http://www.cs.ucsb.edu/~ijfcs) and of
the International Journal on Software Tools for Technology Transfer (STTT)
(http://sttt.cs.uni-dortmund.de).

FOCUS:
ATVA 2006 is the fourth in the series of symposia on Automated Technology
for Verification and Analysis. The purpose of ATVA is to promote research on
theoretical and practical aspects of automated analysis, verification and
synthesis in East Asia by providing a forum for interaction between
the regional and the international research communities and industry in the
field. Submissions reporting original contributions are solicited in all
areas of automated verification and analysis.

SCOPE:
The scope of interest is intentionally kept broad; it includes:
(1) theory useful for providing designers with automated support
   for obtaining correct software or hardware systems, including
   both functional and non functional aspects, such as: theory
   on (timed) automata, Petri-nets, concurrency theory, compositionality,
   model-checking, automated theorem proving, synthesis,
   performance analysis, correctness-by-construction results,
   infinite state systems, abstract interpretation, decidability results,
   parametric analysis or synthesis.
(2) applications of theory in engineering methods and particular
   domains and handling of practical problems occurring in tools,
   such as: analysis and verification tools, synthesis tools,
   reducing complexity of verification by abstraction, improved
   representations, handling user level notations (such as UML), practice
   in industry applications to hardware, software or real-time and embedded
   systems. Case studies, illustrating the usefulness of tools or
   a particular approach are also welcome.
Theory papers should be motivated by practical problems and applications
should be rooted in sound theory. Of particular interest are algorithms
on one hand and methods and tools for integrating formal approaches into
industrial practice. Special care should be taken as well to present papers
in such a way that they are accessible not only to specialists, that is,
jargon need to be defined and intuitive interpretation provided for theories.

STEERING COMMITTEE:
E.A. Emerson (University of Texas at Austin)
Oscar H. Ibarra (University of California at Santa Barbara)
Insup Lee (University of Pennsylvania)
Doron A. Peled (University of Warwick)
Farn Wang (National Taiwan University)
Hsu-Chun Yen (National Taiwan University)

GENERAL CHAIR:
Huimin Lin (Chinese Academy of Sciences)

PROGRAM CO-CHAIRS:
Susanne Graf (VERIMAG)
Wenhui Zhang (Chinese Academy of Sciences)

LOCAL ARRANGEMENT CHAIR:
Naijun Zhan (Chinese Academy of Sciences)

PROGRAM COMMITTEE:
Rajeev Alur         (University of Pennsylvania)
Christel Baier            (University of Bonn)
Jonathan Billington      (University of South Australia)
Sung-Deok Cha           (Korea Advanced Inst. of Sci. and Techn.)
Shing-Chi Cheung        (Hong Kong Univ. of Sci. and Techn.)
Ching-Tsun Chou                  (Intel)
Jin Song Dong            (National University of Singapore)
E. Allen Emerson (University of Texas at Austin)
Masahiro Fujita           (University of Tokyo)
Susanne Graf            (VERIMAG)
Wolfgang Grieskamp (Microsoft research)
Teruo Higashino         (Osaka University)
Pei-Hsin Ho              (Synopsys)
Oscar H. Ibarra          (University of California at Santa Barbara)
Orna Kupferman          (Hebrew University)
Robert P. Kurshan        (Cadence)
Insup Lee         (University of Pennsylvania)
Xuandong Li                (Nanjing University)
Shaoying Liu              (Hosei University)
Zhiming Liu                (IIST/United Nations University)
Mila E. Majster-Cederbaum (University of Mannheim)
Olaf Owe           (University of Oslo)
Doron A. Peled             (University of Warwick)
Zhong Shao               (Yale University)
Xiaoyu Song               (Portland State University)
Yih-Kuen Tsay               (National Taiwan University)
Irek Ulidowski        (Leicester University)
Bow-Yaw Wang               (Academia Sinica)
Farn Wang         (National Taiwan University)
Ji Wang                    (National U. of Techn. of China)
Yi Wang                      (Uppsala University)
Baowen Xu         (Southeast University of China)
Hsu-Chun Yen            (National Taiwan University)
Tomohiro Yoneda               (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Wenhui Zhang            (Chinese Academy of Sciences)
Lenore Zuck             (University of Illinois at Chicago)




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13) BNAIC'06 : BeNeLux conference on Artificial Intelligence
Call for papers: BNAIC2006

www.BNAIC2006.be

The BNAIC 2006 venue will be held in the University of Namur under the auspices of
the Belgian-Dutch Association for Artificial Intelligence (BNVKI) and the Dutch
research school for
Information and Knowledge Systems (SIKS). The conference aims at presenting an
overview of state-of-the art research in artificial intelligence in Belgium and The
Netherlands.

TOPICS

Possible topics of submissions include:
multi-agent systems
intelligent agents
robotics
logic in AI
games
search
verification and validation
logic programming
knowledge-based systems
knowledge representation
knowledge management
ontologies
machine learning
optimisation
evolutionary algorithms
neural networks
knowledge discovery and data mining
natural language processing
cognitive modeling
speech recognition
handwriting recognition
applications
AI in law, music & art
other
SUBMISSION

Submissions of the following three types are invited:
Type A: REGULAR PAPERS
Papers presenting new original work. Submitted papers should not exceed a length of 8
pages. These papers will be reviewed on overall quality and relevance. A-Papers will be
accepted for either oral or poster presentation. Accepted papers will be fully published in
the proceedings.
Type B: COMPRESSED CONTRIBUTIONS
AI papers that have been accepted after June 1st, 2005 at other refereed conferences or
journals can be resubmitted and will be accepted as compressed contributions. Authors
are invited to submit the officially published version (without page restriction) together
with a one or two-page abstract. B-Papers will be accepted for either oral or poster
presentation. The abstract of the paper will be published in the proceedings. Every author
may submit at most 1 B-paper of which they are the corresponding author, and only if
they do not submit any A-paper as corresponding author. Note that a separate author
registration is required for each B-type contribution.
Type C: DEMONSTRATIONS & APPLICATIONS
Proposals for demonstrations will be evaluated based on submitted demonstration
summaries (in English) stating the following: the purpose of the system to be
demonstrated, its user groups, the organisation or project for which it is developed, the
developers, and the technology used. In addition, the system requirements and the
duration (not exceeding 30 minutes) should be mentioned. Researchers from industry are
especially encouraged to submit papers presenting their applications and experiences.
The maximum size of demonstration summaries is 2 pages.
Papers and demonstration summaries should be submitted electronically. More details
can be found at the BNAIC 2006 site: www.BNAIC2006.be. Submissions should be
accompanied by a message stating the submission type (A,B, or C) and an abstract of the
paper in plain text. Proper receipt of submissions will be acknowledged by e-mail. The
deadline for submissions is June 1st, 2006. Submission implies willingness of at least one
author to register for BNAIC and present the paper. For each paper, a separate author
registration is required. Authors keep the copyright of their submissions. The BNAIC
Proceedings are published under ISSN series number 1568-7805.

IMPORTANT DATES
Deadline for submissions
June 1st, 2006

Notification of acceptance
July 7th, 2006

Deadline for camera-ready papers
September 7th, 2006

BNAIC06 conference
October 5-6th, 2006


14) Book Chapters on Evolutionary Art and Music
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Call for Book Chapters
The Art of Artificial Evolution
Springer Natural Computing Series
--------------------------------------------------------------------------

The use of biological inspired techniques for the development of artistic
systems is a recent, exciting and significant area of research. There is a
growing interest in the application of these techniques in fields such as:
visual art and music generation, analysis, and interpretation; sound
synthesis; architecture; video; and design.

Resulting from this growing interested, this edited volume seeks to present
the latest state-of-the art contributions to the emerging field of
Biological Inspired Art and Music. The editors wish to invite authors to
submit their original and unpublished contributions to this field.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------
Topics of Interest
--------------------------------------------------------------------------

The chapters should concern the use of biological inspired techniques - e.g.
Evolutionary Computation, Artificial Life, Swarm Intelligence, etc. - in the
scope of the generation, analysis and interpretation of art, music, design,
architecture and other artistic fields. Topics of interest include, but are
not limited to:

- Generation
   o Biological Inspired Art - Systems that create drawings, images,
animations, sculptures, poetry, text, etc.;
   o Biological Inspired Music - Systems that create musical pieces,
sounds, instruments, voices, etc.;
   o Robotic Based Evolutionary Art and Music;

- Analysis and Interpretation
   o Systems that resort to biological inspired computation to perform the
analysis of image, music, sound, sculpture, or some other types of artistic
object;
  o Systems in which the analysis of artworks is used in conjunction with
EC techniques to produce novel objects;

- Theory
   o Computational Aesthetics, Emotional Response, Surprise, Novelty;
   o Representation techniques;
   o Validation methodologies;
   o Studies on the applicability of these techniques to other related areas;

- Artistic perspectives
   o Analysis and evaluation of the artistic potential of biological
inspired art and music;
   o Analysis, description and evaluation of the artistic processes
inherent to these approaches;
   o Analysis and evaluation of the resultant artefacts;

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Chapter Submission
--------------------------------------------------------------------------

The book will be published in Springer Verlag, Natural Computing Series.
Please prepare the manuscript using the author guidelines and format given
in the following link:

ftp://ftp.springer.de/pub/tex/latex/compgl/mult.zip

The recommended size for full chapters is 20 pages. Chapters should be
submitted by electronic mail to both volume editors.


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Important Dates
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Authors Intention to Contribute (with abstract): April 21, 2006
Full Chapter Submission: June 1, 2006
Notification of Acceptance: July 15, 2006
Camera-ready Submission: September 15, 2006
Publication: December 2006


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Volume Editors
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Please direct all your queries to:
Penousal Machado
University of Coimbra, Portugal
Machado AT dei DOT uc DOT pt

Juan Romero
University of A Coruna, Spain
jj AT udc DOT es


15) Chapter - Intelligent Complex Adaptive Systems
************************************************************************
*
CALL FOR CHAPTERS
Proposal submission deadline: August 15, 2006

Intelligent Complex Adaptive Systems
Editor: Ang Yang & Yin Shan, University of New South Wales, Australia
************************************************************************
*


Introduction
============
The universe is a big system of systems. It has for example, ecological systems, social
systems, commodity and stock market, etc. These
systems are complex and constantly adapting to their environment. Many of these
systems are essential to the very existence of human
beings. They cannot be fully understood by isolating their components or applying simple
cause and effect reasoning due to the complexity
and intensive interactions among these components. These systems can be examined by
looking for patterns within their behaviour. The
Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS) research uses systemic inquiry to build multi-level
and multi-disciplinary representations of reality to
study these systems. Recently, it has been a focus across a number of disciplines.

The Overall Objective of the Book
=================================
The use of the theory of CAS is prevalent in most areas of scientific endeavour.
However, most papers on the application of CAS are
scattered around in different journals and conference proceedings. As such, journal and
conference publications tend to focus on a very
special and narrow topic. It is therefore vital to have a book which summarizes the state-
of-art in this highly-evolving area.
This special volume will consist of open-solicited and invited papers written by leading
researchers in the field. All papers will go
through a peer review process by at least three recognised reviewers and one of the
editors. The book will cover the foundation as well as
the practical side of the topic. This represents a balance between technicality of
specialists, and readability of a larger audience.

This work will raise the profile of the contribution that complex adaptive systems can
make toward better understanding of the various
critical systems around us. In doing so, this work should encourage both further research
into this area and also the practical
implementation of the results derived from this area.

The Target Audience
===================
Researchers working in the field of complex adaptive systems and related fields such as
machine learning and artificial intelligence,
multi-agent systems, data mining, as well as professionals in related applications such as
defence, bioinformatics and sociology will find
this book an indispensable state-of-art reference. Because of the comprehensive coverage
of the book, the book can also be used as a text
at the post-graduate level.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
===============================================================
===
. Theory of Complex Adaptive Systems
. Complex Adaptive System Tools
  o Network Theory
  o Multi-Agent Systems
  o Learning Methods
  o Simulation Models
  o Evolutionary Game
  o Data Mining and Data Farming
  o Visualization and Virtual Environments
. Applications
  o Ecosystem
  o Economic systems (market, finance, stock market)
  o Energy (e.g. power grid)
  o Bioinformatics (e.g. genomics)
  o Health (e.g. epidemiology)
  o Sociology (e.g. social networks)
  o Defence and homeland security

Submission Procedure
====================
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before August 15, 2006, a 2-5
page manuscript proposal clearly explaining the
mission and concerns of the proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be
notified by September 15, 2006 about the status of
their proposals and sent chapter organizational guidelines. Full chapters are expected to
be submitted by December 15, 2006. All submitted
chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. The book is scheduled to be
published by Idea Group Inc., www.idea-group.com,
publisher of the Idea Group Publishing, Information Science Publishing, IRM Press,
CyberTech Publishing and Idea Group Reference imprints.

Timeline
========
August 15, 2006: Chapter proposal due
September 15, 2006: Notifying authors of acceptance/rejection of the proposal
December 15, 2006: Full chapter due
February 15, 2007: Notifying authors for revision
March 31, 2007: Revised chapter due
May 31, 2007: Final accepted chapter deadline


Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded to:
==============================================
Ang Yang
School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering
University of New South Walese
Australian Defence Force Academy
Northcott Drive, Canberra ACT 2600
AUSTRALIA
Tel.: (+61) (2) 62688189 Fax: (+61) (2) 62688581
E-mail: ayang@tst.adfa.edu.au


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16) Chapters on Computational Intelligence
Intelligent Systems Engineering Book Series (<>http://www.isebis.eng.uerj.br)

Computational Intelligence in Information Assurance and Security
Call for Chapters (Springer SCI Series)
(<>http://www.isebis.eng.uerj.br/cfp-2006-3.html)

The global economic infrastructure is becoming increasingly dependent upon
information technology, with computer and communication technology being
essential and vital components of Government facilities, power plant
systems, medical infrastructures, financial centres and military
installations to name a few. Finding effective ways to protect information
systems, networks and sensitive data within the critical information
infrastructure is challenging even with the most advanced technology and
trained professionals.

This volume is intended to be published by Springer and targeted to provide
the academic and industrial community a medium for presenting original
research and applications related to information assurance and security
using computational intelligence techniques. Authors are invited to submit
(see instructions for authors) their original and unpublished work that
communicates current research on information assurance and security
regarding both the theoretical and methodological aspects, as well as
various applications in solving real world information security problems.

The topics of interest include, but not limited to:

* Authentication
* Data protection
* Computer forensics
* Internet and web security
* Information and data integrity
* Intrusion detection
* Information warfare and cyber-attacks
* Security models and architectures
* Secure software engineering
* Cryptography and coding
* Cryptographic and E-commerce protocols
* Agent and mobile code security
* Security in sensor networks
* Biometrics
* Key management
* Wireless and ad hoc network security
* Information security management
* Database and system security
The time schedule for this publication is as follows:

* Intention of contribution: February 28, 2006
* Manuscript submission: April 21, 2006
* Authors Notification: June 30, 2006
* Camera-ready submission: July 28, 2006

Book Editors

* Nadia Nedjah - <>http://www.eng.uerj.br/~nadia/english.html
* Ajith Abraham - <>http://www.softcomputing.net/
* Luiza Mourelle - <>http://www.eng.uerj.br/~ldmm

If you intend to contribute to this book, please send an e-mail to
<>nadia@eng.uerj.br with a copy to <>ajith.abraham@ieee.org informing the title
of the chapter and its abstract.

Looking forward to receiving your contributions.

Nadia Nedjah




17) CMSB06


INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON
COMPUTATIONAL METHODS IN SYSTEMS BIOLOGY

18 and 19 October 2006
The Microsoft Research - University of Trento
Centre for Computational and Systems Biology
TRENTO - ITALY
http://www.msr-unitn.unitn.it/events/cmsb06.php


The CMSB (Computational Methods in Systems Biology) conference series was
established in 2003 to help catalyze the convergence of modellers,
physicists, mathematicians, and theoretical computer scientists from fields
such as language design, concurrency theory, program verification, and
molecular biologists, physicians, neuroscientists interested in a
systems-level understanding of cellular physiology and pathology.
CMSB'06 solicits original research articles (including significant
works-in-progress), surveys of current research and posters. These may cover
theoretical or applied contributions that are motivated by a biological
question and can demonstrate either actual or potential usefulness towards
answering that question. They may also cover models of computation inspired
by biological processes; the motivation may be as much computational as
biological. Particularly relevant case studies and open issues from the
biological side that demands modeling of systems are of interest as well.
The introduction of formal models should be supported by theoretical
arguments about the model and/or on the analyses that they enable, by
comparisons with other network models, and/or by examples of representation
and analysis of a biological system.

Topics of interest include:
1.     Biological systems and networks: inference, properties, modeling,
dynamics, simulation and reverse engineering
2.     Formal methods for drug discovery and design
3.     Methods to predict biological network behavior from incomplete
information
4.     Models including symbolic evolution and learning
5.     Models of Self-assembly
6.     Detailed case-studies on how a biological question was successfully
addressed using formal models
7.     Emergence of properties in complex biological systems
8.     Theoretical comparisons between different formal models of cellular
processes
9.     Differential, discrete and/or stochastic modeling-language
frameworks
10.    Quantitative formal languages
11.    Biologically-inspired extensions to concurrency theory, constraint
programming, logical methods or language equivalences
12.    Computer models in nano-sciences applied to biological domains
13.    Definition and study of theoretical properties of
biologically-inspired formal languages
14.    Biological data bases and exchange formats for biological data and
standards


History
2003 held in Trento, chaired by Corrado Priami
2004 held in Paris, co-chaired by Vincent Danos and Vincent Schachter
2005 held in Edinburgh, chaired by Gordon Plotkin.

Paper and poster submission guidelines
Authors are invited to submit original research papers or survey papers of
no more than 15 pages in .pdf format using the LNCS templates, available at
the url below

http://www.springer.com/sgw/cda/frontpage/0,11855,5-164-2-72376-0,00.html


We also accept poster proposals in the form of a text-only abstract
describing the poster contents.

Papers and posters descriptions should be sent by e-mail to

cmsb06@msr-unitn.unitn.it

The subject line should be CMSB Paper: (Title of Paper).
The body of the e-mail should contain the title, authors and affiliations,
an abstract, and the themes to which the paper/poster refers according to
the topics of interest list. If no theme is listed, please insert some
keywords.




All submissions will be reviewed by the program committee. Accepted papers
will be included in the proceedings available at the conference. Publication
as an LNBI volume by Springer is under negotiation.

Important Dates (deadlines are strict):
       Submission of papers:                  May, 10
       Notification of paper acceptance:      June, 10
       Revised version of papers due:         June, 30
       Submission of posters:                         July, 10
       Notification of poster acceptance:     July, 30

Venue
The conference will be held in Trento (Italy) at the premises of the newly
established Microsoft Research - University of Trento Centre for
Computational and Systems Biology. The dates are 18 - 19 October 2006.

Steering Committee
Finn Drablos, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim (NO)
Monika Heiner, TU Cottbus (D)
Patrick Lincoln, Stanford Research International (US)
Satoru Miyano, University of Tokyo (JP)
Corrado Priami, University of Trento (IT)
Magali Roux-Rouquié, CNRS-UPMC (FR)
Vincent Schachter, Genoscope, Evry (FR)
Adelinde Uhrmacher, University of Rostock (D)
Program Committee Chair
Corrado Priami - The Microsoft Research - University of Trento Centre for
              Computational and Systems Biology - (I)

Program Committee
Charles Auffray, CNRS (F)
Muffy Calder, University of Glasgow (UK)
Luca Cardelli, Microsoft Research Cambridge (UK)
Diego Di Bernardo, Telethon Institute of Genetics and Medicine (IT)
David Harel, Weizmann Institute (Israel)
Monika Heiner, University of Cottbus (D)
Ela Hunt, University of Zürich (CH)
François Kepes, CNRS / Epigenomics Program, Evry (F)
Marta Kwiatkowska, University of Birmingham (UK)
Cosimo Laneve, University of Bologna (IT)
Eduardo Mendoza, LMU (D) and University of the Philippines-Diliman (PH)
Bud Mishra, New York University (US)
Satoru Miyano, University of Tokyo (JP)
Christos Ouzounis, European Bioinformatics Institute (UK)
Gordon Plotkin, University of Edinburgh (UK)
Alessandro Quattrone, University of Florence (IT)
Magali Roux-Rouquié, CNRS-UPMC (F)
David Searls, Senior Vice-President, Worldwide Bioinformatics -
GlaxoSmithKline (US)
Adelinde Uhrmacher, University of Rostock (D)
Alfonso Valencia, Centro Nacional de Biotecnologia-CSIC (ES)

Organizing Committee
Matteo Cavaliere and Elisabetta Nones - The Microsoft Research - University
of Trento Centre for Computational and Systems Biology (IT)

Events and Meetings Office of the University of Trento (IT)
http://www.unitn.it/ln/umc

PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL BUT WRITE TO
cmsb06@msr-unitn.unitn.it




18) CICLOPS 2006
===============================================================
========
           Call For Papers
             CICLOPS 2006
Colloquium on Implementation of Constraint LOgic Programming Systems

        http://www.cs.nmsu.edu/lldap/CICLOPS06
              August 21, 2006

To be held in conjunction with
22nd International Conference on Logic Programming
Seattle, Washington
===============================================================
========

Workshop Motivation
====================

The last years have witnessed continuous progress in the technology
available both for academic and commercial computing environments.
Examples include more processor performance, increased memory capacity
and bandwidth, faster networking technology, and operating system support
for cluster computing. These improvements, combined with recent advances in
compilation and implementation technologies, are causing high-level
languages to be regarded as good candidates for programming complex,
real world applications. Techniques aiming at achieving flexibility in
the language design make powerful extensions easier to implement; on
the other hand, implementations which reach good performance in terms
of speed and memory consumption make declarative languages and systems
amenable to develop non-trivial applications.

Logic Programming and Constraint Programming, in particular, seem to offer
one of the best options, as they couple a high level of abstraction and a
declarative nature with an extreme flexibility in the design of their
implementations and extensions and of their execution model. This
adaptability is key to, for example, the implicit exploitation of
alternative execution strategies tailored for different applications
(e.g., for domain-specific languages) without unnecessarily jeopardizing
efficiency.

This workshop continues a tradition of successful workshops on
Implementations of Logic Programming Systems, previously held with in
Budapest (1993) and Ithaca (1994), the Compulog Net workshops on
Parallelism and Implementation Technologies held in Madrid (1993 and
1994), Utrecht (1995) and Bonn (1996), the Workshop on Parallelism and
Implementation Technology for (Constraint) Logic Programming Languages
(ParImp) held in Port Jefferson (1997), Manchester (1998), Las Cruces
(1999), and London (2000), and more recently the Colloquium on
 Implementation of Constraint and LOgic Programming Systems (CICLOPS) in
 Paphos (Cyprus, 2001), Copenhagen (2002), Mumbai (2003), Saint-Malo
 (France, 2004), and Sitges (Spain, 2005), and the CoLogNet Workshops on
 Implementation Technology for Computational Logic Systems held in Madrid
 (2002), Pisa (2003) and Saint-Malo (France, 2004).

Workshop Description
====================

The workshop aims at discussing and exchanging experience on the design,
implementation, and optimization of logic and constraint (logic) programming
systems, or systems intimately related to logic as a means to express
computations. Preference will be given to the analysis and description of
implemented (or under implementation) systems and their associated
techniques, problems found in their development or design, and steps taken
towards the solutions.

The workshop topics include, but are not limited to:

 - Implementation of standard/alternative sequential models (generalization
   and modification of the WAM, translation to lower-level and/or
   general-purpose languages, etc.);
 - Implementation of parallel/concurrent models;
 - Interaction between high-level optimizations/transformations and lower-
   level issues;
 - Compile-time analysis and its application to code generation;
 - Balance between compile-time effort and run-time machinery;
 - Memory management, indexing, and garbage collection issues;
 - Profiling tools and performance evaluation;
 - Implementation techniques for declarative programming paradigms with
   basis on, or extending, logic and constraint programming, such as
   non-monotonic reasoning, inductive logic programming, natural language
   processing systems, etc;
 - Software desing with and for (C)LP systems: components, patterns, etc.;
 - Design and implementation of programming environments;
 - Experiences from using systems in real-life applications.


Workshop Format
===============
 The workshop will emphasize discussion and cross-fertilization, so
 presentations will be balanced with discussion time. In this direction,
 the workshop is seeking high quality papers that address cutting-edge
 research in this field, and that can contribute to the discussion.
 The agenda will include paper presentations, a panel discussion, and
 possibly an invited speaker. At least one author of each accepted
 submission is expected to attend the workshop.

Important Dates
===============
  Submission Deadline:      June 1st, 2006 (strict)
  Notifications to Authors: July 1st, 2006
  Final Version Deadline: July 20th, 2006
  CICLOPS 2006 Workshop: August 21st, 2006

Submission Guidelines
=====================
 Participants should submit a paper (maximum 15 pages, PDF
 format), describing their work in topics relevant to the
 workshop. Accepted papers will be presented during the workshop.
 At least one author of an accepted contribution is expected to
 register for the workshop, and present the paper.

 All submissions should include the author's name(s),
 affiliation, complete mailing address, and email address.

 Authors are requested to prepare their submissions, following
 the LNCS/LNAI Springer format. Please see:
    http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html
 for further details.

 The submission should be submitted through the electronic
 submission site, accessible via the workshop web page.
 The deadline for receipt of submissions is June 1, 2006.
 Papers received after this date may not be reviewed.
 Eligible papers will be peer-reviewed by at least three
 members of the Program Committee.
 Authors will be notified via email of the results by July 1,
 2006. Authors of accepted papers are expected to improve
 their paper based on reviewers' comments and to send a camera
 ready version of their manuscripts by July 20, 2006.

 Accepted papers will be included in the workshop proceedings,
 which will be distributed to the participants.

 Questions about submissions may be directed to
      haifengguo <AT> mail <DOT> unomaha <DOT> edu


Organizing Committee
====================
 Hai-Feng Guo     (University of Nebraska at Omaha)
 Enrico Pontelli   (New Mexico State University)


Program Committee
=================
 Manuel Carro       (Polytechnic University of Madrid)
 Bart Demoen        (KUL Leuven)
 Michel Ferreira (University of Porto)
 Hai-Feng Guo       (University of Nebraska at Omaha)
 Gopal Gupta       (University of Texas at Dallas)
 Enrico Pontelli (New Mexico State University)
 Vitor Santos Costa (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro)
 Tom Schrijvers     (KUL Leuven)
 Christian Schulte (University of Uppsala)
 Neng-Fa Zhou        (City University of New York)

Contact Information
===================
  Hai-Feng Guo
  University of Nebraska at Omaha
  Department of Computer Science
  6001 Dodge Street
  Omaha, NE 68182, USA
  haifengguo <AT> mail <DOT> unomaha <DOT> edu

   Enrico Pontelli
   New Mexico State University
   Department of Computer Science
   Box 30001, MSC CS
   Las Cruces, NM 88003, USA
   epontell <AT> cs <DOT> nmsu <DOT> edu



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19) CELDA 2006 Barcelona, Spain
                    IADIS International Conference on
       Cognition and Exploratory Learning in Digital Age (CELDA 2006)
                December 8 - 10, 2006 - Barcelona, Spain

(<http://www.graphicmail.com/sendlink.asp?HitID=1147093652000&SiteID=1351&SID
=0&EmailID=670901&Link=http://www.iadis.org/celda2006>http://www.iadis.org/celda
2006)

       Endorsed by: IEEE Technical Committee on Learning Technology
       and Japanese Society of Information and Systems in Education

* Keynote Speaker (confirmed):
Professor David Merrill, Brigham Young University Hawaii, USA

* Invited Talk (confirmed):
Dr Marco Marsella, European Commission, DG Information Society, Directorate E, Unit
E3 TeL

* Tutorial Expert (confirmed):
Professor J. Michael Spector, Florida State University, USA

* Conference background and goals
The IADIS CELDA 2006 conference aims to address the main issues concerning with the
evolving learning processes and supporting pedagogies and applications in digital age.
There have been huge advancements in both cognitive psychology and computing that
have affected the educational arena. The convergence of these two disciplines has never
been faster before and this marriage has affected the very basis of the academia.
Paradigms such as just-in-time learning, constructivist approaches, student-cantered
learning and collaborative approaches have emerged, and are being supported by
technological advancements such as simulations, virtual reality and multi-agents systems
to name a few. This merger has created both opportunities and areas of serious concerns.
This conference aims to cover both technological as well as pedagogical issues related to
these developments. Main tracks have been identified (see below). However innovative
contributions that do not fit into these areas will also be considered as long as they are
directly related to the overall theme of the conference.

* Format of the Conference
The conference will comprise of invited talks, oral presentations for discussion-oriented
papers, and poster sessions for work-in-progress. The proceedings of the conference will
be published in the form of a book and CD-ROM.

Authors of the best published papers in the CELDA 2006 proceedings will be invited to
publish extended versions of their papers in Journal of Research on Technology in
Education.

* Types of submissions
Full papers, Short Papers, Reflection papers and Tutorials. All submissions will go
through a double-
blind refereeing process with at least two international experts.

* Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following areas:
- Acquisition of expertise
- Assessing progress of learning in complex domains
- Assessment of exploratory learning approaches
- Assessment of exploratory technologies
- Cognition in education
- Collaborative learning
- Educational psychology
- Exploratory technologies (such as simulations, VR, i-TV and so on)
- Just-in-time and Learning-on-Demand
- Learner Communities and Peer-Support
- Learning Communities & Web Service Technologies
- Pedagogical Issues Related with Learning Objects
- Learning Paradigms in Academia
- Learning Paradigms in Corporate Sector
- Life-long Learning
- Student-Centered Learning
- Technology and mental models
- Technology, learning and expertise
- Virtual University

* Important Dates:
- Submission Deadline: 2 June 2006
- Notification to Authors : until 11 September 2006
- Final Camera-Ready Submission and Early Registration : Until 16 October 2006
- Late Registration : After 16 October 2006

* Conference Location
The conference will be held in Barcelona, Spain.

* Secretariat
IADIS Secretariat - IADIS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CELDA 2006
Rua Sao Sebastiao da Pedreira, 100, 3
1050-209 Lisbon, Portugal
E-mail: <mailto:celda_sec@iadis.org>celda_sec@iadis.org
Web site:
<http://www.graphicmail.com/sendlink.asp?HitID=1147093652000&SiteID=1351&SID
=0&EmailID=670901&Link=http://www.iadis.org/celda2006>http://www.iadis.org/celda
2006

* Program Committee

Conference Chair
Pedro Isaias, Universidade Aberta (Portuguese Open University), Portugal

Program Co-Chairs
Kinshuk, Massey University, New Zealand
Demetrios G Sampson, University of Piraeus, Greece
J. Michael Spector, Florida State University, USA

Committee Members: please see
<http://www.graphicmail.com/sendlink.asp?HitID=1147093652000&SiteID=1351&SID
=0&EmailID=670901&Link=http://www.iadis.org/celda2006/committees.asp>http://ww
w.iadis.org/celda2006/committees.asp for
updated list.

* Co-located Conference:
This conference is co-located with the IADIS International Conference on
e-Commerce 2006
(<http://www.graphicmail.com/sendlink.asp?HitID=1147093652000&SiteID=1351&SID
=0&EmailID=670901&Link=http://www.iadis.org/ec2006>http://www.iadis.org/ec2006)
- participants of one conference may attend
the sessions from the other conference at no extra charges.
20) C&CA-2006
               C&CA-2006

       1st International Workshop on
        CROWDS & CELLULAR AUTOMATA
                      at

       7th International Conference
         on Cellular Automata for
       Research and Industry (ACRI 2006)

       University of Perpignan (France)
              19-20, September 2006

       Call for extended abstracts

Cellular Automata (CA) models have been recently a good source of
scientific knowledge to face the study and simulation of crowd dynamics
behavior. It is an intrinsic multidisciplinary research area, and the
current literature involving CA and agent-based models is disseminated
in a vast range of conferences proceedings, journals and books belonging
to different disciplines --- from physics to urban planning and psychology.

The main goal of this Workshop is to enable meeting for researchers
coming from different disciplines and using Cellular Automata for
modeling and simulation of the dynamical behavior of the crowds,
societies and worlds.

Topics of the workshop include, but are not limited to:

  * crowd dynamics
  * pedestrian behavior
  * traffic models
  * urban planning
  * structural social self-organization
  * voting
  * opinion formation
  * market dynamics
  * trading
  * collective beliefs
  * rumors
  * firm dynamics
  * knowledge diffusion
  * emotional contagion
  * warfare
  * competition
  * religion
  * coalitions
  * social structures
  * politics
  * would-be worlds

We invite submissions where cellular automata are employed as simulation
tools or theoretical and computational paradigms.

Important Dates:

Paper submission:          April 28^th 2006
Notification of acceptance: June 1^st 2006
Camera ready version:       June 26^th 2006
Registration deadline:     June 26^th 2006
Workshop:                September 19-20 2006

Paper submission format

Extended abstracts not exceeding 4 pages, written in English and
complying with the LNCS Springer format (www.springeronline.com/lncs
<http://www.springeronline.com/lncs>) should be submitted electronically
to bandini@disco.unimib.it <mailto:bandini@disco.unimib.it> or
andrew.adamatzky@uwe.ac.uk <mailto:andrew.adamatzky@uwe.ac.uk>.

Accepted works will be published in the ACRI 2006 proceedings published
on the Springer series Lecture Notes in Computer Science.

Selected papers will be published in special issue of Journals of
Cellular Automata.

Workshop Chairs

Prof. Stefania Bandini
Artificial Intelligence Lab
Department of Computer Science, Systems and Communication
University of Milano - Bicocca
Milan Italy
bandini@disco.unimib.it

Prof. Andy Adamatzky
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
University of the West of England
Bristol BS16 1QY
United Kingdom
andrew.adamatzky@uwe.ac.uk


Program committee (not definitive)

* Andrew Adamatzky (University of the West of England – Bristol, UK)
* Jeffrey Adler (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – Troy, NY- USA)
* Stefania Bandini (University of Milano-Bicocca - Italy)
* Michael Batty (University College London - UK)
* Victor Blue (State Dept. of Transportation – Poughkeepsie, NY - USA)
* Jan Dijkstra (Eindhoven University of Technology - The Netherlands)
* Rainer Hegselmann (University of Bayreuth - Germany)
* Dirk Helbing (Inst. for Transport and Economics – Dresden, Germany)
* Andrew Ilachinski (Center for Naval Analyses – Alexandria, VA - USA)
* Wander Jager (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)
* Nabeel Koshak (Umm Al-Qura University - Saudi Arabia)
* Katsuhiro Nishinari (University of Tokyo - Japan)
* Andreas Schadschneider (Inst. of Theoretical Physics – Cologne, Germany)
* Michael Schreckenberg (University of Duisburg-Essen - Germany)
* Henry Timmermans (Technical University Eindhoven – The Netherlands)
* Giuseppe Vizzari (University of Milano-Bicocca - Italy)
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21) ECCAI: bulletin#4 september 2006!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OUTLINE :
=========
Editorial by Werner Horn
ECCAI conferences : ECAI-06 + IJCAI-07
ECCAI fellows
ECCAI General Assembly : new ECCAI board + ACAI-07 + ECAI-
08 + ECAI-10
ECCAI Journals : IEEE Intelligent Systems + AIComs
====================================================
====================
Editorial
---------
ECAI 2006 was really excellent. We spent a week with lively
discussions, very many good talks, lots of new ideas and a
refreshing new and young AI scene - not to mention the sun and
lake-side atmosphere. Thanks to the organizers and chairs,
specifically Anna Perini, Paolo Traverso, Gerd Brewka and all
the numerous others who helped in creating such a successful
event. Special thanks goes to Silvia Coradeschi. As a
conference chair she guided the whole conference and
moderated a lively week in Trentino. After six years of hard work
in the ECCAI board she leaves together with Uli Furbach the
board. Many thanks to them for their long term engagement in
all activities of ECCAI.

Werner Horn, ECCAI Chair
====================================================
========================
ECCAI conferences
-----------------
- ECAI-06 : 17th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence -
including PAIS 2006 : Prestigious Applications of Intelligent
Systems - August 29- September 1, 2006, Riva del Garda, Italy

ECAI-06 in Riva was very successful and we congratulate all
those involved in organisning it for an excellent job. The annual
gathering of the European AI community was a great chance to
learn about the latest technical developments, but also to meet
other members of your field and the larger AI community. With
more than 800 participants, ECAI-06 was a very good : Excellent
organization, interesting invited talks, impressive participation
to the 31 workshops and the 4 tutorials, high percentage of
registered students (41%) . Photos can be seen on the ecai-06
web page (http://ecai2006.itc.it/).

- IJCAI-07 :
Twentieth International Joint Conference on Artificial
Intelligence
6-12 January, 2007, Hyderabad, India, www.ijcai-07.org
Theme: Artificial Intelligence and Its Benefits to Society…
Conference Chair : Ramon Lopez de Mantaras
confchair07@ijcai.org

====================================================
==========================
ECCAI Fellows
-------------
11 new ECCAI fellows were nominated. Welcome to all of them!
Grigorios Antoniou, Greece - FORTH
Christian Bessiere, France - LIRMM, CNRS
Patrick Doherty, Sweden - Linköping University
Tom Eiter, Austria - Technical University of Vienna
Floriana Esposito, Italy - University of Bari
Malik Ghallab, France - LAAS-CNRS
Lluís Godo, Spain - Spanish Scientific Research Council (CSIC)
András Lörincz, Hungary - Eötvös Loránd University
Sebastian Thrun, Germany - Stanford University
Gerhard Widmer, Austria - Johannes Kepler University

See the total list of ECCAI fellows at
http://www.eccai.org/c/fellows.

====================================================
================
ECCAI General Assembly
----------------------
- ECCAI Board

ECCAI held its annual General Assembly during ECAI-06 where
a number of significant decisions were made. These are
summarised below:
(the minutes of that assembly are in progress).

  * The President's Report 2006 is on the ECCAI website
  * the new ECCAI board
      o Werner Horn, Austria, Chair
      o Hendrick Blockeel, Belgium, Treasurer
      o Ulisse Cortès, Spain, Vice-chair
      o Gerhard Brewka, Germany
      o Paolo Traverso, Italy
      o Marie-Odile Cordier, France


- ACAI-07 Summer school
The next ACAI summer shool will be held in August, 20-28, in
Leuven (Belgium) on “Logic for AI”.
It will be hosted by the Laboratory for declarative languages and
artificial intelligence (DTAI / Katholieke Universiteit Leuven).
More details in the next bulletin

- ECAI-08 in Patras (Greece)
More details in the next bulletin, have a look on the site
(http://www.ece.upatras.gr/ecai2008/).

- ECAI-10 in Lisbon (Portugal)
More details in the next bulletin
====================================================
===================
ECCAI Journals
--------------
- IEEE Intelligent systems http://www.computer.org/intelligent/
July/August 2006, Machine Ethics cover image
Machine-ethics research might be the key to alleviating people's
fears concerning machine intelligence and will likely advance
our thinking about ethical theory. This special issue features
articles that argue for, and begin to develop, machine ethics
from both philosophical and AI perspectives.
Also in this issue: AI's semantic future, human-inspired robots,
and more

- Artificial Intelligence Communications:
http://iospress.metapress.com/openurl.asp?genre=issue&issn=0
921-7126&issue=current

====================================================
===========================
Next ECCAI-Bulletin in October 2006
====================================
--
Marie-Odile Cordier, Professeur Université Rennes1, IRISA,
Campus de Beaulieu, F-35042 Rennes Cedex, tel : +33 2 99 84 71
O0, fax : +33 2 99 84 71 71 ou +33 2 99 84 25 33

22) EMO-2007 (March 5-8, 2007)

==================================================
Evolutionary Multicriterion Optimization 2007
 Date: March 5-8, 2007
 Place: Hotel Taikanso, Matsushima, Japan
 Home Page: http://www.is.doshisha.ac.jp/emo2007/
==================================================

<<< SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS >>>

IMPORTANT DATES

Paper Submission Deadline: 30 September, 2006
Author Notification: 10 November, 2006
Final Camera-ready Papers due: 07 December, 2006
Late-breaking Paper Submission: 29, December, 2006
Early Registration (General-US$400, Student-US$100): 05 February, 2007
On-site Registration Starts (General-US$500, Student-US$150): 04 March, 2007

SCOPE

The Institute of Fluid Science (IFS), Tohoku University, is proud to
invite you to the Fourth International Conference on Evolutionary
Multi-Criterion Optimization (EMO 2007), which will be held at Hotel
Taikanso, Matsushima, near Sendai, Japan, from 5 to 8 March,
2007. Sendai is two hours north from Tokyo the by bullet train.

Following the very successful EMO 2001, EMO 2003 and EMO 2005
conferences, which were held at Zurich, Switzerland, Faro, Portugal,
Guanajuato, Mexico, respectively, this will be the fourth international
conference dedicated entirely to this important topic.

The EMO 2007 conference will highlight recent research in the rapidly
growing field of evolutionary multi-criterion optimization (EMO).
Theory, practice and applications of all forms of evolutionary
computation related to multi-criterion decision-making (MCDM) will
be covered. Topics include, but are not limited to:
* EMO algorithm developments (e.g., constraint handling, diversity
  preservation, elitism, many objectives and/or decision variables;
  either evolutionary or based on other heuristics such as particle
  swarm optimization, differential evolution, cultural algorithms, etc.)
* Theoretical analysis of EMO algorithms
* Test problem, metrics and comparative studies for EMO
* Comparison/Integration of EMO and MCDM
* EMO software development
* Real-world/Industrial applications of EMO algorithms

EMO 2007 will include Keynote Lectures, Regular Oral Sessions,
Interactive Poster Sessions, Late-Breaking Poster Sessions
(new event), and Industrial Sessions (new event) to encourage
industrial participation. Student travel awards will be announced on
the conference web site.

KEYNOET SPEAKERS

* Prof. Hirotaka Nakayama, Konan University, Japan,
  "Aspiration Level Methods in Interactive Multi-objecitve Programming
  and Their Engineering Application"
* Dr. Kay Chen Tan, National University of Singapore,
  "Improving the efficacy of multi-objective evolutionary algorithms for
  real-world applications"
* Dr. Carlos Fonseca, Universidade do Algarve, Portugal,
  "Decision Making in Evolutionary Optimization"

SUBMISSION

Authors are invited to submit original, full-length papers (maximum 15
pages) in PDF format. EMO 2007 submissions must be made
electronically via the Conference URL Address. The EMO 2007
proceedings will be published by Springer-Verlag as a volume of the
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series
(http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/index.html). Formatting details and
templates are available at http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/ authors.html.
Please follow the guidelines for Proceedings and Other Multiauthor
Volumes under Information for LNCS Authors. Papers for Late-Breaking
Poster Sessions and Industrial Sessions will be published in the separate
proceedings.

VENUE

The conference venue is Hotel Taikanso at Matsushima, a resort hotel near
Sendai. Various types of rooms will be available at conference rate and
special discount will be provided for young researchers and students.
http://www.taikanso.co.jp/eg/

ORGANIZATIONS

General Chairs:
 Shigeru Obayashi, IFS, Tohoku University, Japan
 Carlo Poloni, University of Trieste, Italy
 Kalyanmoy Deb, IIT Kanpur, India

EMO Steering Committee
 David Corne, Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom
 Kalyanmoy Deb, IIT Kanpur, India
 Peter J. Fleming, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
 Carlos Fonseca, Universidade do Algarve, Portugal
 J. David Schaffer, Phillips Research, United States
 Lothar Thiele, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
 Eckart Zitzler, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Local Organizing Committee
 Shigeru Obayashi (Chair), IFS, Tohoku University, Japan
 Tomoyuki Hiroyasu (Secretariat), Doshisha University, Japan
 Tadahiko Murata (Program), Kansai University, Japan
 Hernan Aguirre, Shinshu University, Japan
 Tetsushi Higashimura, Cd Adapco Japan, Japan
 Hisao Ishibuchi, Osaka Prefecture University, Japan
 Shinkyu Jeong, IFS, Tohoku University, Japan
 Keiji Kudo, Engineous Japan, Japan
 Kaname Narukawa, Honda R&D, Japan
 Tatsuya Okabe, HRI-JP, ATR, Japan
 Akira Oyama, JAXA-ISAS, Japan
 Jun Sakuma, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
 Koji Shimoyama, IFS, Tohoku University, Japan
 Tetsuya Uchimoto, IFS, Tohoku University, Japan
 Shinya Watanabe, Ritsumeikan University, Japan
 Kazuomi Yamamoto, JAXA-ISTA, Japan

--
Hernan Aguirre
---------------------
Research Associate
Graduate School of Science and Technology
SHINSHU UNIVERSITY, JAPAN

************************************************************************
               Fourth International Conference on
           Evolutionary Multi-Criterion Optimization
                           EMO 2007
            http://www.is.doshisha.ac.jp/emo2007/
***********************************************************************




23) EvoMusArt: Workshop on Evolutionary Music and Art

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FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS

EvoMUSART 2007

5th European Workshop on Evolutionary Music and Art

11-13 April, 2007, Valencia, Spain

http://www.evostar.org/

---------------------------------------------------------------------------
INTRODUCTION
---------------------------------------------------------------------------

The use of biological inspired techniques for the development of
artistic systems is a recent, exciting and significant area of
research. There is a growing interest in the application of these
techniques in fields such as: visual art and music generation,
analysis, and interpretation; sound synthesis; architecture;
video; and design.

EvoMUSART 2007 is the fifth workshop of the EvoNet working
group on Evolutionary Music and Art. Following the success of
previous events and the growth of interest in the field, the main
goal of EvoMUSART 2007 is to bring together researchers who
are using biological inspired techniques for artistic tasks,
providing the opportunity to promote, present and discuss
ongoing work in the area.

The workshop will be held from 11-13 April, 2007 in Valencia,
Spain, as part of the Evo* event.

Accepted papers will be presented orally at the workshop and
included in the EvoWorkshops proceedings, published by
Springer Verlag in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science
series.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------
    TOPICS OF INTEREST
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
The papers should concern the use of biological inspired
techniques - e.g. Evolutionary Computation, Artificial Life,
Swarm Intelligence, etc. - in the scope of the generation,
analysis and interpretation of art, music, design, architecture
and other artistic fields. Topics of interest include, but are not
limited to:

- Generation
      o Biological Inspired Art - Systems that create drawings,
images,
      animations, sculptures, poetry, text, etc.;
      o Biological Inspired Music - Systems that create musical
pieces,
      sounds, instruments, voices, etc.;
      o Robotic Based Evolutionary Art and Music;
      o Other related generative techniques;
- Theory
      o Computational Aesthetics, Emotional Response,
Surprise, Novelty;
      o Representation techniques;
      o Surveys of the current state-of-the-art in the area;
identification
       of weaknesses and strengths; comparative analysis and
classification;
      o Validation methodologies;
      o Studies on the applicability of these techniques to related
areas;
      o New models designed to promote the creative potential
of biological
       inspired computation;
- Computer Aided Creativity
      o Systems in which biological inspired computation is
used to promote
       the creativity of a human user;
      o New ways of integrating the user in the evolutionary
cycle;
      o Analysis and evaluation of: the artistic potential of
biological
       inspired art and music; the artistic processes inherent to
these
       approaches; the resulting artifacts;
      o Collaborative distributed artificial art environments;
- Automation
      o Techniques for automatic fitness assignment;
      o Systems in which an analysis or interpretation of the
artworks is
       used in conjunction with biological inspired techniques to
produce
       novel objects;
      o Systems that resort to biological inspired computation to
perform
       the analysis of image, music, sound, sculpture, or some
other types
       of artistic object;

---------------------------------------------------------------------------
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND SUBMISSION DETAILS
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
Submit your manuscript, at most 10 A4 pages long, in Springer
LNCS format (instructions downloadable from
http://www.springeronline.com/sgw/cda/frontpage/0,11855,5-164-
2-72376-0,00.html) no later than November 1, 2006.

The papers will be peer reviewed by at least three members of
the program committee. Authors will be notified via email on the
results of the review by December 15, 2006.
The authors of accepted papers will have to improve their paper
on the basis of the reviewers' comments and will be asked to
send a camera ready version of their manuscripts, along with
text sources and pictures, by January 8, 2007. The accepted
papers will appear in the workshop proceedings, published in
Springer LNCS Series, which will be available at the workshop.

Further information, including the Online Submission Details,
can be found on the following pages:
     Evo*2007: http://www.evostar.org
     EvoMUSART2007: http://evonet.lri.fr/TikiWiki/tiki-
index.php?page=EvoMUSART

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IMPORTANT DATES
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
Submission:                    1 November 2006
Notification:                  15 December 2006
Camera ready:                  8 January 2007
Workshop:                      11-13 April 2007

---------------------------------------------------------------------------
WORKSHOP CHAIRS
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
Penousal Machado
University of Coimbra, Portugal
Machado AT dei DOT uc DOT pt

Juan Romero
University of A Coruna, Spain
jj AT udc DOT es


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PROGRAM COMMITTEE
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
Alan Dorin, Monash University, Australia
Alejandro Pazos, University of A Coruna, Spain
Amilcar Cardoso, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Andrew Gildfind, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology,
Australia
Andrew Horner, University of Science & Technology, Hong Kong
Antonino Santos, University of A Coruna, Spain
Artemis Sanchez Moroni, Renato Archer Research Center, Brazil
Bill Manaris, College of Charleston, USA
Brian J. Ross, Brock University, Canada
Carlos Grilo, School of Technology and Management of Leiria,
Portugal
Charlie D. Frowd, University of Stirling, UK
Christian Jacob, University of Calgary, Canada
Colin Johnson, University of Kent, UK
Eduardo R. Miranda, University of Plymouth, UK
Evelyne Lutton, INRIA, France
Francisco Camara Pereira, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Francois-Joseph Lapointe, University of Montreal, Canada
Gary Greenfield, University of Richmond, USA
Gerhard Widmer, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
Gianfranco Campolongo, University of Calabria, Italy
James McDermott, University of Limerick, UK
Janis Jefferies, Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK
Jeffrey Ventrella, Independent Artist, US
Joao Martins, University of Plymouth, UK
John Collomosse, University of Bath, UK
Jon McCormack, Monash University, Australia
Jorge Tavares, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Larry Bull, University of the West of England, UK
Luigi Pagliarini, Pescara Electronic Artists Meeting & University
of
      Southern Denmark, Italy
Maria Goga, University of Bucharest, Romania
Martin Hemberg, Imperial College London, UK
Matthew Lewis, Ohio State University, USA
Nicolas MonmarchZ, University of Tours, France
Nicu Goga, University of Bucharest, Romania
Paul Brown, University of Sussex, UK
Paulo Urbano, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
Peter Bentley, University College London, UK
Peter Todd, Max Planck Institute for Human Development,
Germany
Rafael Ramirez, Pompeu Fabra University, Spain
Rodney Waschka II, North Carolina State University, USA
Ruli Manurung, University of Indonesia, Indonesia
Scott Draves, Independent Artist, USA
Stefano Cagnoni, University of Parma, Italy
Stephen Todd, IBM, UK
Tim Blackwell, Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK
William Latham, Art Games Ltd, UK




24) ESSLLI 2007

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   19th European Summer School in Logic, Language and
Information
                ESSLLI 2007
          August 6 - 17, 2007, Dublin, Ireland

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          CALL FOR COURSE and WORKSHOP PROPOSALS
          --------------------------------------

The European Summer School in Logic, Language and
Information (ESSLLI)
is organized every year by the Association for Logic, Language
and
Information (FoLLI, http://www.folli.org) in different sites around
Europe.

The main focus of ESSLLI is on the interface between
linguistics,
logic and computation. ESSLLI offers foundational, introductory
and
advanced courses, as well as workshops, covering a wide
variety of
topics within the three areas of interest: Language and
Computation,
Language and Logic, and Logic and Computation.

Previous summer schools have been highly successful,
attracting up to
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.

The ESSLLI 2007 Program Committee invites proposals for
foundational,
introductory, and advanced courses, and for workshops for the
19th
annual Summer School on a wide range of timely topics that
have
demonstrated their relevance in the following fields:

 - Logic and Language
 - Logic and Computation
 - Language and Computation


PROPOSAL SUBMISSION: Proposals should be submitted
through a web form
available at http://www.folli.org/submission.php

All proposals should be submitted no later than

         ******* Thursday June 15, 2006. *******

Authors of proposals will be notified of the committee's decision
by
October 2006. Proposers should follow the guidelines below
while
preparing their submissions; proposals that deviate can not be
considered.


GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION: Anyone interested in lecturing
or
organizing a workshop during ESSLLI-2007, please read the
following
information carefully.

ALL COURSES: Courses are taught by 1 or max. 2 lecturers.
They
consists of five sessions (a one-week course), each session
lasting 90
minutes. Lecturers who want to offer a long, two-week course
should
structure it as two independent one week courses (ideally, with
an
introductory part in the first week of ESSLLI, and a more
advanced part
during the second). The ESSLLI program committee has the
right to
select only one of the two proposed courses.

Timetable for Course Proposal Submission:

 Jun 15, 2006: Proposal Submission Deadline
 Sep 15, 2006: Notification
 Jun 1, 2007: Deadline for receipt of camera-ready course
         material (by ESSLLI Local Organizers)

FOUNDATIONAL COURSES: These are strictly elementary
courses not
assuming any background knowledge. They are intended for
people to
get acquainted with the problems and techniques of areas new
to them.
Ideally, they should allow researchers from other fields to
acquire
the key competences of neighboring disciplines, thus
encouraging the
development of a truly interdisciplinary research community.
Foundational courses may presuppose some experience with
scientific
methods in general, so as to be able to concentrate on the
issues that
are germane to the area of the course.

INTRODUCTORY COURSES: Introductory courses are central to
the
activities of the Summer School. They are intended to equip
students
and young researchers with a good understanding of a field's
basic
methods and techniques. Introductory courses in, for instance,
Language and Computation, can build on some knowledge of
the component
fields; e.g., an introductory course in computational linguistics
should address an audience which is familiar with the basics of
linguistics and computation. Proposals for introductory courses
should
indicate the level of the course as compared to standard texts in
the
area (if available).

ADVANCED COURSES: Advanced courses should be pitched at
an audience of
advanced Masters or PhD students. Proposals for advanced
courses
should specify the prerequisites in detail.

WORKSHOPS: The aim of the workshops is to provide a forum
for advanced
Ph.D. students and other researchers to present and discuss
their
work. Workshops should have a well defined theme, and
workshop
organizers should be specialists in the theme of the workshop. It
is a
strict requirement that organizers give a general introduction to
the
them during the first session of the workshop. They are also
responsible for the organization and program of the workshop
including
inviting the submission of papers, reviewing, expenses of
invited
speakers, etc. Each workshop organizer will be responsible for
producing the 1st Call for Papers in December, 2006. The call
must
make it clear that the workshop is open to all members of the LLI
community. It should also note that all workshop contributors
must
register for the Summer School.


Timetable for Workshop Proposal Submissions

  Jun 15, 2006: Proposal Submission Deadline
  Sep 15, 2006: Notification
  Nov 15, 2005: Deadline for receipt of Call for Papers
          (by ESSLLI PC chair)
  Dec 1, 2006: Workshop organizers send out (First) Call for
Papers
  Feb 15, 2007: Deadline for Papers (suggested)
  May 1, 2007: Notification of Workshop Contributors
(suggested)
  Jun 1, 2007: Deadline for receipt of camera-ready copy of
Workshop
          Proceedings (by ESSLLI Local Organizers)

Notice that workshop speakers will be required to register for
the
Summer School; however, they will be able to register at a
reduced
rate to be determined by the Local Organizers.


FORMAT FOR PROPOSALS: The web-based form for submitting
course and
workshop proposals will be accessible at
http://www.folli.org/submission.php. You will be required to
submit
the following information:

* Name (name(s) of proposed lecturer(s)/organizer)

* Address (contact addresses of proposed lecturer(s)/organizer;
  where possible, please include phone and fax numbers)

* Title (title of proposed course/workshop)

 * Type (is this a workshop, a foundational course, an
introductory
   course, or an advanced course?)

* Section (does your proposal fit in Language & Computation,
  Language & Logic or Logic & Computation? name only one)

 * Description (in at most 150 words, describe the proposed
contents and
   substantiate timeliness and relevance to ESSLLI)

* External funding (will you be able to find external funding to
  help fund your travel and accommodation expenses? if so,
how?)

 * Further particulars (any further information that is required by
   the above guidelines should be included here; in particular,
indicate
   here your teaching experience in an interdisciplinary field as
the
   one addressed by ESSLLI.)


FINANCIAL ASPECTS: Prospective lecturers and workshop
organizers
should be aware that all teaching and organizing at the summer
schools
is done on a voluntary basis in order to keep the participants
fees as
low as possible. Lecturers and organizers are not paid for their
contribution, but are reimbursed for travel and accommodation
(up to a
fixed, maximum amount that will be notified to lecturers when
courses
are accepted). It should be stressed that while proposals from
all
over the world are welcomed, the Summer School cannot
guarantee full
reimbursement of travel costs, especially from destinations
outside
Europe.

Please note the following: In case a course is to be taught by
two
lecturers, a lump sum is reimbursed to cover travel and
accommodation
expenses for one lecturer. The splitting of the sum is up to the
lecturers.

The local organizers highly appreciate it if, whenever possible,
lecturers and workshop organizers find alternative funding to
cover
travel and accommodation expenses, and such issues might be
taken
into account when selecting courses.

PROGRAM COMMITTEE:

Chair:
 Tomaz Erjavec
 Jozef Stefan Institute
 Jamova 39
 SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
 e-mail : tomaz.erjavec (at) ijs.si
 www : http://nl.ijs.si/et/

Local co-chair:
 Tim Fernando
Area Specialists:
 Nissim Francez and Makoto Kanazawa (Logic and Language)
 Michael Fisher and Balder ten Cate (Logic and Computation)
 Dan Cristea and Geert-Jan Kruijff (Language and
Computation)

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE:
 Carl Vogel (chair)


FURTHER INFORMATION: The Web site for ESSLLI 2007 will
become
operational in the second half of 2006. For this year's summer
school,
please see the web site at http://esslli2006.lcc.uma.es/

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25) ESM2006

            ESM2006
The 2006 European Simulation and Modelling Conference
           Toulouse, France
          October 23-25, 2006
      MODELLING AND SIMULATION 2006

         Methodology and Tools
         Simulation and AI
   High Performance and Large Scale Computing
Simulation in Education and Graphics Visualization Simulation
Simulation in the Environment, Ecology, Biology and Medicine
    Analytical and Numerical Modelling Techniques
         Web Based Simulation
        Agent Based Simulation

        Workshop Simulation with Petri Nets
   Modelling and Simulation with Bondgraphs
           DEVS Workshop
   Fluid Flow Simulation Modelling Workshop
          SIMULA Workshop
   Complex Systems and Self-Organization Modelling

           Tutorials
      Student Papers, Poster Sessions
      Partners for Projects Sessions
           Exhibition

          Organised by
            EUROSIS
         and Sponsored by
     The European Technology Institute

           Hosted by
           LAAS-CNRS
           www.laas.fr

        For latest information see:
            www.eurosis.org
                or
  http://biomath.ugent.be/~eurosis/conf/esm/esm2006/

AIM OF ESM 2006

The ESM 2006 (European Simulation and Modelling Conference)
is the
original European international conference concerned with state
of
the art technology in modelling and simulation. ESM 2006 aims
to
provide an overview of academic research in the field of
computer
simulation.
A number of major tracks of simulation research are presented
next to
specific workshops, which capture the art and science of
present-day
simulation research
All submissions will be peer reviewed by at least three members
of the
International Program Committee. Accepted papers will be
published
in the conference Proceedings (both print and electronic format
on
the web), that will be copyrighted and widely disseminated. All
talks and tutorials, must be accompanied by a paper of between
three
to eight Proceedings pages. Contributions to the technical
program
are solicited in the following general areas;

METHODOLOGY AND TOOLS

METHODOLOGY
Continuous, discrete and hybrid simulation methodology,
Simulation
environments, Multi-paradigm simulation, Simulation
uncertainty,
Simulation visualisation, Integration of simulation and
geographical
information systems, Object-oriented programming and
Languages,
Multi-paradigm Languages, Software comparisons. Numerical
Methods for
Simulation,

Mathematical Analysis in Simulation, Parallel Simulation
Methodology,
Discrete Event Simulation, Simulation Fidelity and Performance
Evaluation,
Advanced Training and Simulation Concepts for Education,
Multiparameter
Sequential Optimization Methods in Simulation, Verification,
Validation,
and Control in Complex Systems Simulation, Distributed and
Parallel Systems
 Simulation, Combined Continuous and Discrete Event Models,
Symbol Analysis
and Manipulation of Equation-Based Models, Simultaneous vs
Modular
Simulation Methods, Standardization Issues

Object orientation and Re-use
Object-Oriented Modelling Languages, Modularity, Model
Structuring,
Inheritance, Model Re-use, Organization of Model Libraries

TOOLS
Simulation Tools, Statistical Output Evaluation Tools,
Optimization
Tools, Special Purpose Simulation Languages and Tools,
Simulator
Development Environments, Interfaces for Coupling with
External
Tools


SIMULATION AND AI

AI Based Simulation Languages, Special Architectures,
Graphical
Simulation Environments and Simulation Software Tools,
Intelligent
Simulation Environments, Parallel Processing Environments for
Simulation, User Friendly Software Tools, Advanced Man-
Machine
Interfaces, Graphical Model Editors, Browsing Facilities,
Database
Management of Models and Results, Architecture of Modelling
and
Simulation Environments

AI and Expert Systems
Expert Controllers and Genetic Algorithms in Simulation,
Knowledge
Based Simulation Tools, AI and Expert Systems in Simulation
AI and Neural Networks
Classification, Data analysis, Fault tolerance, Forecasting,
Knowledge acquisition, Economics and Finance, Planning, Pre-
treatment of data, Process control, Robotics, Speech and image
recognition, Web intelligence, involving methodologies such as:
Hybrid systems (GA, fuzzy, symbolic representation), Methods
or
tools for evaluating ANN performance, Reinforcement Learning,
Simulation tools (research, education, development), Neural
nets for
simulation: modelling of parts (components) of the system
simulated
by neural networks, evaluation of simulation models using
neural
nets, decision support in simulation models by neural nets;
Simulation of neural nets: systems of pre-designed neural
networks,
techniques and tools for simulation and programming of neural
networks.

AI and fuzzy Systems
Fuzzy Qualitative simulation, fuzzy rules and fault models.
Classification, Data analysis, Fault tolerance, Forecasting,
Knowledge
acquisition, Economics and Finance, Planning, Pre-treatment of
data,
Process control, Robotics, Speech and image recognition, Web
intelligence, involving methodologies such as:ˇHybrid systems
(GA, fuzzy,
symbolic representation), Methods or tools for evaluating ANN
performance,
Reinforcement Learning, Simulation tools (research, education,
development).

HIGH PERFORMANCE AND LARGE SCALE COMPUTING

This track invites contributions on efficient Modelling and
Simulation Algorithms and Computer-intensive Simulation
Projects on
High-performance Large Scale Computers and Distributed
Platforms.
Methods and techniques for parallel simulation (scheduling,
synchronisation, load balancing), Performance of parallel and
distributed simulation (experimental and comparative studies,
performance models, benchmarks), High Level Architecture
(HLA) and
related standards (time management, model semantics,
implementation
issues), High Performance and Large Scale Systems for
Computational
Science (biological, chemical, physical, etc.) Application of
parallel and distributed simulation (computer systems,
manufacturing
systems, etc.), Parallelisation of simulations (numerical
methods,
(Quasi-Monte-Carlo simulation), Simulation in Cluster,
Multicluster,
and Grid Computing, Simulation in Pervasive and Ubiquitous
Computing
(wireless, mobile, wearable, invisible)


SIMULATION IN EDUCATION AND GRAPHICS VISUALIZATION
SIMULATION

This track covers; Simulation and e-learning, - Role Strategies)
Management Games, Simulation with "man in the loop", Virtual
Reality
Systems, Realistic Presentation of Simulation, Results,
Simulation
for Training and Education, Web-based Simulation, Multi-site
Group
Simulation, Special Purpose Simulation Languages and Tools,
Simulation Environments, Simulator Development
Environments, Visual
Modelling Tools, Multimedia, Visualisation and Animation Tools,
Interfaces for Coupling with External Tools


SIMULATION IN ENVIRONMENT, ECOLOGY, BIOLOGY AND
MEDICINE

The main goal is to enhance the trans-disciplinarity and to
facilitate contacts and dialogs between computer scientists and
specialists of Environmental Sciences. Since 10 years the
modelling
process took benefits from recent (and less recent) techniques
of
computer science : Object-Oriented Languages, Discrete Event
Simulation, Concepts of Agent and Actor, Fuzzy Logic, UML,
model -
GIS interface, Web-based simulation, environment management,
predictive models of forest growth, fishing, climate and other
biological processes. Papers dealing with ecological modelling
(in a
wider sense) are welcome in the areas of: Applications:
Environment
managing, Waste managing, Ecosystem dynamics (terrestrial
and
oceanographic ecology) Population dynamics (diseases &
epidemics,
changes in biodiversity, genome, predator-prey relationships,
fishing...), Population behaviour, Individual behaviour, involving
methodologies such as: Artificial Intelligence, Distributed
Interactive Simulation, High-Performance Computing,
Languages,
Modelling Techniques, Simulation Methodologies & Tools,
Synthetic
Environment, Virtual Reality, Petri nets, DEVS and Bond Graphs.
Modelling and simulation have an important role in structuring
biological, medical and ecological systems.

The intrinsic complexity and non-linearity of these types of
systems
need continuous and discrete simulation methodology, soft
computing
methodology in order to handle the different degrees of
uncertainty,
as well as virtual reality methodology describing the time and
space
dependent complexity.

Topics are biological systems, medical systems and ecosystems
with
the domain specific topics such as molecular modelling, genetic
algorithms in biosystems, fuzzy sets and neural nets in
biosystems,
physiology, cardiology, anesthesia, cancer, circulatory system,
respiratory system, renal system, biomechanics, agricultural
production, simulation of global change, ecotechnology and
eco-
engineering, GIS, population dynamics, etc Simulation of Patient
Care,Quality of Service, Hospital Logistics, Simulation of
Disease
Proliferation, Virtual Reality in Surgical Procedures, Simulating
Biological Phenomena and Organs, Simulation as a Tool for
Diagnosis,
Simulation of Emergency Procedures (Disaster Gaming),
General
Medical Simulations, Pharmacometric Modelling, Physiological
Simulations

Simulation in Biology, Medicine and Health Care Management
Health Care Management
Strategic Management & Resource Planning in Health Care,
Operational
Management in Health Care, Decision Support in Health Care,
Disease
Management and Emergency and Disaster Organization, Case
Studies:
Success Stories and Failures

Hospital Logistics
Healthcare Networks, Modelling of Clinical Environments,
Clinical
Information Flows, Patient Flows in Hospitals, Wards Planning,
Drugs
Inventory Management, Logistics Flow, Long and Short Time
Tables of
Personnel, Utility and Case Analysis of Helicopter Usage,
Information and Surveillance Systems


ANALYTICAL AND NUMERICAL MODELLING TECHNIQUES

Contributions based on exact and approximate methods as well
as
applications are encouraged but not restricted to the following
topics:
Techniques and Algorithms, Stochastic Petri Net Models,
Queuing
Systems and Network Models, Markov Models, Performance
Optimization,
Stochastic Process Algebras, Stochastic Precedence Graphs,
Bounds
and Theoretical Properties, Interconnection Networks,
Evaluation
Studies of Analytical and Numerical Modelling, Computer
Systems,
Manufacturing Systems, Workflow Management Systems,
Communication
Systems (LANs and Distributed Systems, ATM Switches, Mobile
Radio,...), Workload modelling and Characterisation, Operating
Systems, Client-Server Systems, Multimedia Systems,
Measurements and
Hybrid Techniques, Software Performance and Software Tools
for
Analytical and Numerical Modelling


WBE BASED SIMULATION

Web-based Simulation Environments (WSE), Web-based
Distributed
Interactive Simulation (WDIS) Sharing and reuse of simulation
models
and tools in WSE , Techniques and Standards for model
integration,
Communication interoperability in WSE and WDIS, WSE and
WDIS
applications to education, training and learning. , Simulation
visualization/animation in WSE and WDIS, Web-based
Distributed
Simulation (distributed modelling via the Web, Java based,
Federated, and so on)

AGENT BASED SIMULATION
Agent Based Simulation covers, Basic Methodologies, Agent
Architectures, Model Specification and Languages, Mobile
Agents,
Multi Agent System Communication and Cooperation, Multi-
Level
Simulation and Emergence, decision making and Strategies,
plus applications in Ecology and Environment (environment
management, resource management, social and political
impact on the environment, computer aided decision making,
socio-eco systems modelling), psychology, Cognitive Science
and AI, Economics and Market Systems, Business Process
Management, Industry, Manufacturing and Logistics and
Transport(control of Industrial Systems, scheduling,
Planning, Supply Chain) and Health Care with the emphasis
on simulation and modelling.


WORKSHOP SIMULATION WITH PETRI NETS

Petri nets were introduced by C.A. Petri as a "finitary
combinatorial model of event topology which, is in close
correspondence with the models of modern physics, is capable
of
describing total information flow, and has proven superior to
some
conventional models both in construction and in analysis of
systems
of complex organization". Although many other models of
concurrent
and distributed systems have been developed, Petri nets are still
considered "a central model for concurrent systems with
respect to
both the theory and the applications" due to the natural way
they
allow to represent reasoning on concurrent active objects which
share resources and their changing states.

The huge amount of work invested in making the modelling
power
of Petri nets formalism more and more intensive, led to a
continuous evolution of this area, such that "Petri nets" is
currently a generic name for a whole class of models divided
into
three main layers (ranging from Elementary Net Systems and
Place/Transition nets to traditional High Level nets and High
Level
nets with abstract data types). For the performance evaluation of
the modelled system, time execution and/or stochastic
processes
have also been considered, leading to important extensions to
the
above general Petri nets classification: Timed and Stochastic
Petri
nets.

Petri nets are widely considered as an operational (rather than
denotational) formalism for Discrete Event Systems. They have
proven
to be useful in solving difficult discrete-event problems in a
variety of application domains such as in software
engineering,
operating systems, databases, communication and co-operation
protocols in distributed systems, manufacturing systems,
defence
command and control, business processes and
telecommunications, etc.

As investigations in this area show, Petri nets also cover a large
number of currently active research areas. Despite the great
amount of work and achievements, much effort is still to be
done to
meet the applications requirements.
This workshop is intended to provide a forum for the
presentation and discussion of original ideas, recent
results and achievements by researchers, students and
system
developers on issues and challenges related to the above
domain.
We invite to submit original contributions addressing, but not
limited to one of the following topics:
-- Simulation using Petri Net Systems,
-- Place/Transition nets,
-- High-level Petri nets,
-- Timed and Stochastic Petri nets,
-- Temporal and real-time logics with respect to Petri nets,
-- Analysis methods of High Level nets and their time
extensions,
-- Modular Petri nets,
-- Object-oriented Petri nets (OOPNs),
-- Computer tools based on OOPNs,
-- Applications of OOPNs.


WORKSHOP MODELLING AND SIMULATION WITH
BONDGRAPHS

The Bond Graph Workshop will bring experts together for the
purpose
of discussing new concepts, methods, techniques, tools and
applications of this energy-based modelling methodology.
Papers
dealing with all aspects of the use of bond graphs in system
design,
analysis, and control are welcome. The workshop will provide a
forum for the presentation and discussion of recent research
and
applications of the Bond Graph methodology. Research papers
are
welcome in the following categories of presentation: Tutorials,
Panel Discussions, Software and Tools, Bond Graph Theory,
Advanced
Bond Graph Methodology, Bond Graphs and Block Diagrams,
Computer
Graphics and Bond Graph Modelling, Qualitative Modelling,
Mechatronics Systems, Mechanical Systems and Robotics,
Electrical
and Power Systems, Control Systems, Thermal and Chemical
Systems,
Biomechanics and Prosthetics, Ecological Systems, Biological
and
Medical Systems, Social and Economic Systems, Industrial

Applications, Large, Nonlinear Models

DEVS WORKSHOP
The DEVS Workshop will cover: Extensions to the DEVS
formalism, DEVS
and Distributed DEVS frameworks, DEVS-based next generation
VHDL,
DEVS standardization, DEVS applications

FLUID FLOW SIMULATION MODELLING WORKSHOP

Papers are solicited in:
Conventional fluid dynamics
New developments in boundary tracking, adaptive multiscale
meshes,
algorithm stability, turbulence

Atomistic methods
Ab-initio and classical molecular dynamics, direct simulation
Monte
Carlo.

Mesoscopic methods
Lattice gases, lattice-Boltzmann, smoothed particle dynamics,
dissipative particle dynamics, discrete simulation automata, etc.

Hybrid methods
Atomistic-mesoscopic and mesoscopic-continuum: direct
simulation
Monte Carlo, adaptive-mesh dissipative-particle dynamics, etc.

Multidisciplinary and industrial applications
Chemical and biomedical engineering, automotive, oil extraction
and
aeronautic industry, flow in porous media, Fluid Dynamics
Simulation, Fluid Dynamics Simulation in Turbomachinery Flow
Analysis of Pump Turbines, Water, air, vibration analysis
through
fluid flow modelling, Electromagnetic Field Simulation, Virtual
Wind
Tunnels, Structural analysis Statics (Stress, Deformation),
Dynamics
(Vibration), Eigen value, Fatigue, Thermal load Electric power
plants, General plant components Computational fluid dynamics
Compressible flow, Incompressible flow, Heat transfer,
Multiphase/multi component flow, Combustion, Reaction,, Noise
(Flow-
induced sound) Gas turbines/Steam turbines,Combustors,
Nuclear plant
components, Hydro turbines, Pumps, Heat exchangers, Piping
systems
Computational electro-magnetics Static elecromagnetics, Eddy
current, Electromagnetic wave, Electric circuit Nuclear fusion
reactor, Transformers, Switch gear, Rotating machinery,
Inverters/Converters Coupled problems Fluid-structure coupled
analysis, (Flow-induced vibration), Fluid-electric field coupled
analysis, (Insulation) Heat exchangers, Electric power
transmission
components


SIMULA Workshop: "SIMULA past, present and future"

SIMULA is the first OOP language and with the exception of Beta
programming language, other broadly used OOP languages are
conceptual subsets of SIMULA. The standard was defined in
1967,
that's why the language used to be called SIMULA 67. The basic
ideas
were presented at the IFIP Working Conference "Simulation
Programming Languages" in Oslo in 1967, the proceedings were
published 35 years ago in 1968. SIMULA (SIMple Universal
LAnguage)
as such is a general object-oriented language. Its system
classes
Simset and Simulation add the knowledge of linked lists and
time
processes making SIMULA a process-oriented simulation
language.
The workshop would concentrate on the SIMULA's advanced
OOP features
that cannot be found in other OOP languages and on its
simulation
capabilities. The so-called main classes (nested classes that
contain other local classes) that can be further specialized
represent modularity achieved by using the OOP capabilities of
the
language. The system class Simulation will be enhanced to
contain
classes supporting transparent statistics and classes oriented
to
the simulation of queueing networks. SIMULA implementation
for PC
computers is now freely available, so the participants of the
workshop will get tools and knowledge to create fast their own
simulation models.

Special track on COMPLEX SYSTEMS AND SELF-
ORHGANIZATION MODELLING
- Ant systems modelization
- Cognitive sciences modeling
- - Modern computer algebra


TUTORIALS
Tutorials can be proposed in the following three categories:
  T1- Introductory tutorials
  T2- State of the Art Tutorials
  T3- Software and Modelware Tutorials
Tutorial proposals should be emailed to
Philippe.Geril@biomath.ugent.be

POSTER SESSION
The poster session only features work in progress. Next to the
actual poster presentation, these submissions also feature as
short
papers in the Proceedings.

STUDENTS SESSION
This session is for students who want to present their work in
progress or part of their doctoral thesis as a paper. Student
papers
are denoted by the fact that only the name of the student
appears on
the paper as an author. They are published as short papers in
the
Proceedings.

DIVERSE ACTIVITIES
For demonstrations or video sessions, please contact EUROSIS.
Special session will be set up for vendor presentations in co-
ordination with the scientific program. User Group meetings for
simulation languages and tools can be organised the day before
the
conference. If you would like to arrange a meeting, please
contact
the Conference Chairs. We will be happy to provide a meeting
room
and other necessary equipment.
Partners for projects session(s) will be organised by EUROSIS
to
give potential project teams or individuals the opportunity to
present their research in order to link up with fellow researchers
for future research projects. Those wishing to participate in this
session need to send a proposal to EUROSIS.

A EUROSIS TC Meeting and an EU Project update meeting

COMPANY VISIT
A company visit is envisaged to Airbus to see the A380
Production line : www.airbus.com
On the second day of the conference.


EXHIBITION
A special exhibition will be held during the conference focused
on
simulation tools. For more information please contact EUROSIS
for
further details. Email: Philippe.Geril@biomath.ugent.be


DEADLINES AND REQUIREMENTS
Send all submissions in an ELECTRONIC FORM ONLY in
uuencoded, zipped
Microsoft Word format, PDF or Postscript format indicating the
designated track and type of submission (full paper or an
extended
abstract) to the EUROSIS (Philippe.Geril@biomath.ugent.be).
Please provide your name, affiliation, full mailing address,
telephone / fax number and Email address on all submissions as
well.
For submissions please put in the subject of your Email the
following indications: ESM2006 and designated track or USE
THE
ABSTRACT SUBMISSION PAGE!!
Only original papers, which have not been published elsewhere,
will
be accepted for publication


REGISTRATION FEES

Registration Fees
            Author     EUROSIS        Other
                    Members       Participants
Pre-reg before   485 EURO    485 EURO          545 EURO
September. 30th 2006
Registration after Pre-registration 545 EURO         595 EURO
September 30th '2006 required

The registration fee includes one copy of the Conference
Proceedings, coffee and tea during the breaks, all lunches, a
welcome cocktail a conference dinner and the company visit to
AIRBUS


PAPER SUBMISSION TYPES

FULL PAPER (including abstract, conclusions, diagrams,
references)
During review, the submitted full papers can be accepted as a
regular 5 page paper. If excellent, full papers can be accepted by
the program committee as an extended (8-page) paper. Each
submission
will be reviewed by at least three members of the International
Program Committee.

EXTENDED ABSTRACT (at least five pages)
Participants may also submit a 5 page extended abstract for a
regular (5 pages) or short (3 pages) paper or poster, which will
be
reviewed by the International Program Committee. All accepted
papers
will be published in the ESM 2006 Conference Proceedings.

SHORT ABSTRACT (at least three pages)
Participants may also submit a 3 page abstract for a short paper
or
poster, which will be reviewed by the International Program
Committee. All accepted papers will be published in the ESM
2006
Conference Proceedings.

ONE PAGE ABSTRACTS ARE NOT ACCEPTED.

CORRESPONDENCE ADDRESS
Philippe Geril
Ghent University
Faculty of Engineering
Dept. of Industrial Management
Technologiepark 803
B-9062 Ghent-Zwijnaarde, Belgium
Tel: +32 9 2645509
Fax: + 32 9 2645824
Email: philippe.geril@biomath.ugent.be

OUTSTANDING PAPER AWARD
The 2006 European Simulation and Modelling Conference
Committee will
select the Outstanding Paper of the Conference. The author of
this
paper will be awarded a free registration for a EUROSIS
conference.
Only papers SUBMITTED AS FULL papers will be eligible for the
Outstanding Paper Award.

Selected papers are published in the following journal:
International Journal of Computational Science and Engineering
(IJCSE) to be published by InderScience:
http://www.inderscience.com/catalogue/c/ijcse/indexijcse.html

LANGUAGE
The official conference language for all papers and
presentations is
English

IMPORTANT DEADLINES

EARLY BIRD SUBMISSION DEADLINE: JUNE 15TH, 2006

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: JULY 1ST


June 15 - July 1, 2006:
 Submit contributed full-papers
 (5 to 8 proceedings pages) not previously published. These
submissions, when
accepted will be published as regular or extended papers,
depending
on their quality.

June 15 - July 1, 2006:
 Submit extended abstracts (5 abstract pages) or short papers (3
abstract pages), reports of scientific projects and summaries of
posters. These submissions, when accepted will be published
as
regular, of up to 5 proceedings page papers.

June 15 - July 1, 2006:
 Submit one -to -three page proposals to present tutorials,
 to organise and chair panel sessions, to organise user
meetings,
vendor sessions or to exhibit software

July 1, 2006:
Submit abstracts for student and poster session

LATE SUBMISSION DEADLINE AUGUST 15TH 2006


September 1, 2006:
Notification of Acceptance or Rejection

October 5, 2006:
Authors provide camera-ready manuscript

October 23-26, 2006:
Conference

VENUE: LAAS, CNRS, Toulouse, France
www.laas.fr


REPLY CARD
First Name:
Surname:
Occupation and/or Title:
Affiliation:
Mailing Address


Zip code: City: Country.
Telephone:      Fax:
E-Mail:

Yes, I intend to attend the ESM 2006:
[ ] Presenting a paper, by submitting a full paper
[ ] Presenting a short paper (by submitting an extended abstract)
[ ] Participating in the industrial program
[ ] Organizing a vendor session
[ ] Proposing a panel discussion (please mention names of
    panellists)
[ ] Contributing to the exhibition
[ ] Without presenting a paper
The provisional title of my paper / exhibited tool is:



With the following highlights:



The paper belongs to the category (please tick only one):
[ ] Methodology and Tools
[ ] Simulation in AI
[ ] High Performance and Large Scale Computing
[ ] Simulation in Education and Graphics Visualization
Simulation
[ ] Simulation in the Environment, Ecology, Biology and
Medicine
[ ] Analytical and Numerical Modelling Techniques
[ ] Web Based Simulation
[ ] Agent Based Simulation
[ ] Simulation with Petri Nets
[ ] Modelling and Simulation with Bondgraphs
[ ] DEVS Workshop
[ ] Fluid Flow Simulation Modelling
[ ] SIMULA Workshop
[ ] Complex Systems and Self-Organization Modelling
[ ] Poster session
[ ] Student Session

Other colleague(s) interested in the topics of the conference
is/are:
Name:
Address:
Name:
Address:
If you would like to receive more information about EUROSIS
and its
activities, please tick the following box:

[ ] YES, I would like to know more about EUROSIS
[ ] NO, please remove me from your database.
Please send or fax this card immediately to:
Philippe Geril, Ghent University, Technologiepark 903, B-9052
Ghent-Zwijnaarde, Belgium

--
Philippe Geril        Tel: +32.9.264.55.09
EUROSIS -ETI            Fax: +32.9.264.58.25
Ghent University        E-mail:
Philippe.Geril@biomath.ugent.be
Dept.of Industrial Mgmt. E-mail: pgeril@yahoo.co.uk
Technologiepark 903        E-mail: philippe.geril@eurosis.org
Campus Ardoyen            URL: http://www.eurosis.org
B-9052 Ghent-Zwijnaarde      URL:
http://biomath.ugent.be/~eurosis
Belgium              URL: http://www.sim-center.net


26) Foundations of Genetic Algorithms - FOGA 2007

                 FOGA IX
           Foundations of Genetic Algorithms

         Mexico City, Mexico, 7--11 January 2007
        http://www.sigevo.org/foga-2007/index.html

We invite submissions of extended abstracts for the ninth
biennial
workshop on the Foundations of Genetic Algorithms. The
workshop covers
the theoretical foundations of all forms of evolutionary
computation. FOGA will be held 7--11 January, 2007 in Mexico
City. Attendance at the workshop will be limited; the goal is to
create a small interdsiciplinary forum with close interaction
among
participants from different fields - evolutionary computation,
population genetics, animal behaviour, physics and
biochemistry, among
others. Individuals submitting papers will be given priority for
attendance, and some slots will be reserved for students.
Anyone
wishing to attend must indicate this by either submitting a paper
or
requesting attendance in advance (see deadlines below).

Extended abstracts must be received by 20th September,
2006. Submissions should address theoretical issues in
evolutionary
computation. Papers that consider foundational issues and/or
are of a
multidisciplinary nature are especially encouraged. This does
not
preclude the acceptance of papers that use an experimental
approach,
but such work should be directed towards validation of suitable
hypotheses concerning foundational matters.

Please check the web page
       http://www.sigevo.org/foga-2007/submission.html
for information on the submission procedure.


Important Dates:
Extended abstracts due:              20th September 2006
Notification of acceptance:          1st November 2006
Requests for attendance due:           20th September 2006
Full papers due:                 1st December 2006
FOGA Workshop:                     7--11 January 2007


Organising Committee:

Chris Stephens, Instituto de Ciencias Nucleares, UNAM
(stephens@nucleares.unam.mx)
Darrell Whitley, Colorado State University
(whitley@cs.colostate.edu)
Peter Stadler, University of Leipzig (studla@bioinf.uni-leipzig.de)
Marc Toussaint, University of Edinburgh
(mtoussai@inf.ed.ac.uk)

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27) GAME-ON 2006, Univ. Braunschweig, Germany, Nov 29-Dec
1


                     GAME-ON 2006
                November 29 - December 1, 2006
                    CALL FOR PAPERS

             Technische Universitaet Braunschweig
                 Braunschweig, Germany

                      Organized by
                      EUROSIS-ETI

                    Supported by
    Ghent University, Larian Studios, The Moves Institute,
Binary
       Illusions, ModelBenders LLC, University of Bradford,
   Sheffield University, Liverpool John Moores University and
TU Delft

                  Conference website
      http://www.ibr.cs.tu-bs.de/news/ibr/game-on-
2006/index.html


The aim of the 7th annual European Game-On Conference on
simulation and AI in
Computer Games, is to bring together researchers and games
people in order to
exchange ideas on programming and programming techniques,
which will be
beneficial to the gaming industry and academia. Secondly it
aims to steer
young people into this industry by providing how-to tutorials
and giving them
the opportunity to show their ideas and demos to the gaming
industry. The
conference will concentrate mostly on the programming of
games, with special
emphasis on simulation, AI and fuzzy sets, and physics related
computer
graphics. Next to that, all of this will be fused in the topic of
computer
game design in stand-alone and networked games. Software
providers will be
able to show their latest packages and give hand-on tutorials for
the
participants.
Companies will also have the opportunity to seek new talent at
this event.


The conference will cover two core tracks

Artificial Intelligence
Physics and Simulation

a number of peripheral tracks

Graphics Simulation and Techniques
Facial, Avatar, NPC, 3D in Game Animation
AI and Simulation Tools for games design
Game Design
Rendering
Learning & Adaptation
Intelligent/Knowledgeable Agents
Collaboration & Multi-agent Systems
Opponent Modelling
Rendering Techniques
Voice Interaction
Artistic input to game and character design
Storytelling and Natural Language Processing
Security Issues in Online Gaming


Some Special Sessions will be organised on:
Networked gaming
AIBO Based Gaming

Applications
Wargaming methodology and techniques applied to strategic
game design using
Campaign managers, character generators, terrain generators.
Multiplayer wargaming
and Web Wargaming
Aerospace Simulations, Board Games etc....
Games for training.
Games Console Design

Tutorials, "Aren't we great" presentations, Student Demos.

Students are encouraged to show demos of their work to the
companies present at the
conference. The best demo will receive a prize from the
organizers.

LOCATION AND VENUE
The conference will be held at Technische Universitaet
Braunschweig, Braunschweig,
Germany; More information will be available on the web.

POSTER SESSION
The poster session only features work in progress. Next to the
actual poster
presentation, these submissions also feature as short papers in
the Proceedings.

STUDENTS SESSION
This session is for students who want to present their work in
progress or part of
their doctoral thesis as a paper. Student papers are denoted by
the fact that only
the name of the student appears on the paper as an author. They
are published as short
papers in the Proceedings.

DIVERSE ACTIVITIES
For demonstrations or video sessions, please contact Philippe
Geril. Special session
will be set up for vendor presentations in co-ordination with the
scientific program.
User Group meetings for simulation languages and tools
can be organised the day before the conference. If you would
like to arrange a meeting,
please contact the Conference Chairs. We will be happy to
provide
a meeting room and other necessary equipment.
Partners for projects session(s) will be organised by EUROSIS
to give potential project
teams or individuals the opportunity to present their research in
order to link up with
fellow researchers for future research projects. Those wishing to
participate in this
session need to send a proposal to Philippe Geril


EXHIBITION
A special exhibition will be held during the conference focused
on gaming tools. For
more information please contact EUROSIS for further details.
Email: Philippe.Geril@biomath.ugent.be


REGISTRATION FEES

Registration Fees
         Author     EUROSIS         Other
                 Members      Participants
Pre-reg before 485 EURO   485 EURO         535 EURO
November 10th 2006

Reg after Pre-registration 535 EURO          595 EURO
November 10th '2006 required

Student authors pay: 250 EUR

Students who register after November 10th and who are not
authors pay 350 EUR.
Before November 10, they pay 295 EUR.
The registration fee includes a copy of the Proceedings,
lunches, conference dinner,
get-together party, coffee breaks, company visit and
demonstrations.


PAPER SUBMISSION TYPES

FULL PAPER (including abstract, conclusions, diagrams,
references) During review,
the submitted full papers can be accepted as a regular 5 page
paper. If excellent,
full papers can be accepted by the program committee as an
extended (8-page) paper.
Each submission will be reviewed by at least three members of
the International
Program Committee.

EXTENDED ABSTRACT (at least five pages)
Participants may also submit a 5 page extended abstract for a
regular (5 pages) or
short (3 pages) paper or poster, which will be reviewed by the
International Program
Committee. All accepted papers will be published in the
GAMEON'2006 Conference
Proceedings.

SHORT ABSTRACT (at least three pages)
Participants may also submit a 3 page abstract for a short paper
or poster, which
will be reviewed by the International Program Committee. All
accepted papers will
be published in the GAMEON'2006 Conference Proceedings.

ONE PAGE ABSTRACTS ARE NOT ACCEPTED.

All EUROSIS Proceedings are indexed by ISI-Thomson and IEE-
INSPEC
DEADLINES AND REQUIREMENTS
Send all submissions in an ELECTRONIC FORM ONLY in
uuencoded, zipped Microsoft Word
format, PDF or Postscript format indicating the designated track
and type of submission
(full paper or an extended abstract) to EUROSIS
(Philippe.Geril@biomath.ugent.be).

Please provide your name, affiliation, full mailing address,
telephone / fax number
and Email address on all submissions as well. For submissions
please put in the subject
of your Email the following indications: GAMEON2006
and designated track or USE THE ABSTRACT SUBMISSION
SITE!!

Only original papers, which have not been published elsewhere,
will be accepted for
publication


SUBMISSION DEADLINES

EARLY BIRD SUBMISSION: JULY 31

 SEPTEMBER 15 2006:
 Submit contributed full-papers
 (5 to 8 proceedings pages) not previously published. These
submissions, when accepted
 will be published as regular or extended papers, depending on
their quality.

Submit extended abstracts (5 abstract pages) or short papers (3
abstract pages), reports
of industrial projects and summaries of posters. These
submissions, when accepted will
be published as regular, of up to 5 proceedings page papers.

Submit one -to -three page proposals to present tutorials, to
organise and chair panel
sessions, to organise user meetings, vendor sessions or to
exhibit software

SEPTEMBER 15, 2006:
Submit abstracts for student and poster session

LATE PAPER SUBMISSION DATE: SEPTEMBER 25

OCTOBER 15, 2006:
Notification of Acceptance or Rejection

NOVEMBER 10, 2006:
Authors provide camera-ready manuscript

NOVEMBER 29-DECEMBER 1, 2006:
Conference

OUTSTANDING PAPER AWARD
The 2006 GAMEON Conference Committee will select the
Outstanding Paper of the
Conference.
The author of this paper will be awarded a free registration for a
EUROSIS conference.
Only papers SUBMITTED AS FULL papers will be eligible for the
Outstanding Paper Award.

LANGUAGE
The official conference language for all papers and
presentations is English.


REPLY CARD
First Name:
Surname:
Occupation and/or Title:
Affiliation:
Mailing Address


Zip code: City: Country.
Telephone:      Fax:
E-Mail:

Yes, I intend to attend the GAMEON'2006:
[ ] Presenting a paper, by submitting a full paper
[ ] Presenting a short paper (by submitting an extended abstract)
[ ] Participating in the industrial program
[ ] Organizing a vendor session
[ ] Proposing a panel discussion (please mention names of
panellists)
[ ] Contributing to the exhibition
[ ] Without presenting a paper
The provisional title of my paper / exhibited tool is:



With the following highlights:



The paper belongs to the category (please tick only one):
[ ] Artificial Intelligence
[ ] Physics and Simulation
[ ] 3D Scalability
[ ] Facial Animation
[ ] Skeletal Animation and Fully Scaled Rendering
[ ] 3-D in Game Animation
[ ] Tools
[ ] Design
[ ] Rendering
[ ] Security
[ ] Voice Interaction
[ ] Cognitive Psychology
[ ] Artistic Input
[ ] Wargaming
[ ] Applications
[ ] Games Console Design
[ ] Networked Gaming
[ ] AIBO Based Gaming
[ ] European Projects
[ ] Exhibition
[ ] Poster session
[ ] Student Session

Other colleague(s) interested in the topics of the conference
is/are:
Name:
Address:
Name:
Address:
If you would like to receive more information about EUROSIS
and its activities,
please tick the following box:

[ ] YES, I would like to know more about EUROSIS
[ ] NO, please remove me from your database.

Please email your reply or send or fax this card immediately to:
(fax: +32.9.264.58.25)

CORRESPONDENCE ADDRESS
Philippe Geril
EUROSIS
European Simulation Office
Ghent University,
Faculty of Engineering, Dept.of Industrial Management,
Technologiepark 903 , B-9052, Zwijnaarde-Ghent, Belgium.
Tel: +32.9.264.55.09
Fax: +32.9.264.58.25
Email: philippe.geril@biomath.ugent.be
www.eurosis.org


--
Philippe Geril        Tel: +32.9.264.55.09
EUROSIS -ETI            Fax: +32.9.264.58.25
Ghent University        E-mail:
Philippe.Geril@biomath.ugent.be
Dept.of Industrial Mgmt. E-mail: pgeril@yahoo.co.uk
Technologiepark 903        E-mail: philippe.geril@eurosis.org
Campus Ardoyen            URL: http://www.eurosis.org
B-9052 Ghent-Zwijnaarde     URL:
http://biomath.ugent.be/~eurosis
Belgium              URL: http://www.sim-center.net


28) GEP: Mathematical Modeling by an Artificial Intelligence

Greetings from GEP-list!

The second, substantially extended and revised edition of my
book is now
available!

Gene Expression Programming: Mathematical Modeling by an
Artificial
Intelligence by Candida Ferreira
2nd edition 2006,
478 p. 159 illus., Hardcover
Springer-Verlag, Germany
ISBN: 3-540-32796-7
http://www.gene-expression-programming.com/Books/index.asp


Availability:
Springer-Verlag:
http://www.springer.com/uk/home/engineering?SGWID=3-175-
22-139763358-0
Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/3540327967/103-9680295-
6879017?v=glance&n=2
83155


About the book:

Candida Ferreira thoroughly describes the basic ideas of gene
expression
programming (GEP) and numerous modifications to this
powerful new algorithm.
This monograph provides all the implementation details of GEP
so that anyone
with elementary programming skills will be able to implement it
themselves.
The book also includes a self-contained introduction to this new
exciting
field of computational intelligence, including several new
algorithms for
decision tree induction, data mining, classifier systems, function
finding,
polynomial induction, times series prediction, evolution of
linking
functions, automatically defined functions, parameter
optimization, logic
synthesis, combinatorial optimization, and complete neural
network
induction. The book also discusses some important and
controversial
evolutionary topics that might be refreshing to both evolutionary
computer
scientists and biologists.

This second edition has been substantially revised and
extended with five
new chapters, including a new chapter describing two new
algorithms for
inducing decision trees with nominal and numeric/mixed
attributes.

Book Chapters:

1 Introduction: The Biological Perspective
2 The Entities of Gene Expression Programming
3 The Basic Gene Expression Algorithm
4 The Basic GEA in Problem Solving
5 Numerical Constants and the GEP-RNC Algorithm
6 Automatically Defined Functions in Problem Solving
7 Polynomial Induction and Time Series Prediction
8 Parameter Optimization
9 Decision Tree Induction
10 Design of Neural Networks
11 Combinatorial Optimization
12 Evolutionary Studies


Best regards,
Candida Ferreira
---
Candida Ferreira, Ph.D.
Chief Scientist, Gepsoft
http://www.gene-expression-programming.com/author.asp

GEP: Mathematical Modeling by an Artificial Intelligence
2nd Edition, Springer-Verlag 2006
http://www.gene-expression-programming.com/Books/index.asp

Modeling Software:
http://www.gepsoft.com/




29) IAT'06...

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     IEEE/WIC/ACM Intelligent Agent Technology 2006

           CALL FOR PAPERS

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2006 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on
Intelligent Agent Technology (IAT'06)

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong,
China,
18-22 December 2006.
Sponsored By
IEEE Computer Society
Web Intelligence Consortium (WIC)
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

Co-Organized With
Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU)

University/Corporate Sponsors
Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU)
Microsoft Corp.

http://www.comp.hkbu.edu.hk/iwi06/

(Papers Due: 5 July 2006)
Accepted papers will be published in the conference
proceedings
by the IEEE Computer Society Press that is indexed by EI.
**********************************************************************

The 2006 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on
Intelligent Agent Technology (IAT'06)
will be jointly held with the 2006 IEEE/WIC/ACM International
Conference on Web Intelligence (WI'06)
and the 6th IEEE International Conference on Data Mining
(ICDM'06)
for providing synergism among the three research areas.
It will provide opportunities for technical
collaboration beyond that of previous conferences. The three
conferences will have a joint opening, keynote, reception, and
banquet. Attendees only need to register for one conference and
can
attend workshops, sessions and tutorials across the three
conferences.
We are also planning a joint panel and joint paper sessions that
discuss
common problems in the three areas.

IAT 2006 provides a leading international forum to bring together
researchers and practitioners from diverse fields, such as
computer
science, information technology, business, education, human
factors,
systems engineering, and robotics, to (1) examine the design
principles and performance characteristics of various
approaches in
intelligent agent technology, and (2) increase the
cross-fertilization of ideas on the development of autonomous
agents
and multi-agent systems among different domains. By
encouraging
idea-sharing and discussions on the underlying logical,
cognitive,
physical, and sociological foundations as well as the enabling
technologies of intelligent agents, IAT 2006 will foster the
development of novel paradigms and advanced solutions in
agent-based
computing.

+++++++++++++++++++
Topics of Interest
+++++++++++++++++++

The topics and areas include, but not limited to:

* Autonomy-Oriented Computing (AOC)
  - Agent-Based Complex Systems Modeling and Development
  - Agent-Based Simulation
  - Autonomy-Oriented Modeling and Computation Methods
  - Behavioral Self-Organization
  - Complex Behavior Characterization and Engineering
  - Emergent Behavior
  - Hard Computational Problem Solving
  - Self-Organized Criticality
  - Self-Organized Intelligence
  - Swarm Intelligence
  - Nature-Inspired Paradigms

* Autonomous Knowledge and Information Agents
 - Agent-Based Distributed Data Mining
 - Agent-Based Knowledge Discovery And Sharing
 - Autonomous Information Services
 - Distributed Knowledge Systems
 - Emergent Natural Law Discovery in Multi-Agent Systems
 - Evolution of Knowledge Networks
 - Human-Agent Interaction
 - Information Filtering Agents
 - Knowledge Aggregation
 - Knowledge Discovery
 - Ontology-Based Information Services

* Agent Systems Modeling and Methodology
  - Agent Interaction Protocols
  - Cognitive Architectures
  - Cognitive Modeling of Agents
  - Emotional Modeling
  - Fault-Tolerance in Multi-Agent Systems
  - Formal Framework for Multi-Agent Systems
  - Information Exchanges in Multi-Agent Systems
  - Learning and Self-Adaptation in Multi-Agent Systems
  - Mobile Agent Languages and Protocols
  - Multi-Agent Autonomic Architectures
  - Multi-Agent Coordination Techniques
  - Multi-Agent Planning and Re-Planning
  - Peer-to-Peer Models for Multi-Agent Systems
  - Reinforcement Learning
  - Social Interactions in Multi-Agent Systems
  - Task-Based Agent Context
  - Task-Oriented Agents

* Distributed Problem Solving
  - Agent-Based Grid Computing
  - Agent Networks in Distributed Problem Solving
  - Collective Group Behavior
  - Coordination and Cooperation
  - Distributed Intelligence
  - Dynamics of Agent Groups and Populations
  - Efficiency and Complexity Issues
  - Market-Based Computing
 - Problem-Solving in Dynamic Environments
 - Distributed Search

* Autonomous Auctions and Negotiation
  - Agent-Based Marketplaces
  - Auction Markets
  - Combinatorial Auctions
  - Hybrid Negotiation
  - Integrative Negotiation
  - Mediating Agents
  - Pricing Agents
  - Thin Double Auctions

* Applications
  - Agent-Based Assistants
  - Agent-Based Virtual Enterprise
  - Embodied Agents and Agent-Based Systems Applications
  - Interface Agents
  - Knowledge and Data Intensive Systems
  - Perceptive Animated Interfaces
  - Scalability
  - Social Simulation
  - Socially Situated Planning
  - Software and Pervasive Agents
  - Tools and Standards
  - Ubiquitous Systems and E-Technology Agents
  - Ubiquitous Software Services
  - Virtual Humans
  - XML-Based Agent Systems

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
On-Line Submissions and Publication
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

High-quality papers in all IAT related areas are solicited. Papers
exploring new directions or areas will receive a careful and
supportive review. All submitted papers will be reviewed on the
basis of technical quality, relevance, significance, and clarity.
Note that IAT'06 will accept ONLY on-line submissions,
containing
PDF versions.

Paper submissions should be limited to a maximum of 8 pages
in the
IEEE 2-column format (see the IEEE Computer Society Press
Proceedings
Author Guidelines at
http://www.computer.org/portal/pages/ieeecs/publications),
and will be reviewed by the Program Committee on the basis of
technical quality, relevance to data mining, originality,
significance, and clarity. Please use the Submission Form on
the IAT'06
website to submit your paper. Accepted papers will be
published
in the conference proceedings by the IEEE Computer Society
Press that is
indexed by EI.

A selected number of IAT'06 accepted papers will be expanded
and
revised for inclusion in Web Intelligence and Agent Systems: An
International Journal (http://wi-consortium.org/journal.html) and
in
Annual Review of Intelligent Informatics
(http://www.wi-consortium.org/annual.html)

The best paper awards will be conferred at the conference on
the
authors of (1) the best research paper and (2) the best
application
paper. Application-oriented submissions will be considered for
the
best application paper award.

More detailed instructions and the On-Line Submission Form
can be
found from the IAT'06 homepage:
http://www.comp.hkbu.edu.hk/~wii06/.

++++++++++++++++++++
Industry/Demo-Track
++++++++++++++++++++

We solicit Industry/Demo-Track papers by the following two
methods:

(1) Industry papers of 4 pages can be submitted on the same
schedule as
   the research track.
(2) Separate 2 page demo proposals can submitted at a later
schedule.
(3) Full regular paper submissions can include a demo option.
   That is, a full paper submissions will be asked to
   specify if they would like to give a demonstration; choice of
   demonstrations (while utilizing information from the regular
reviewing
   process) will be selected based on value as a demonstration.

For options (1) and (2), please find more detailed instructions
at the homepages:
http://www.comp.hkbu.edu.hk/iwi06/iat/?index=demo

We are planning to arrange the Demo session in the afternoon of
Dec 19
(before and during the conference reception), jointly with the
WI'06 and
ICDM'06 Demo sessions.

+++++++++
Workshops
+++++++++

As an important part of the conference, the workshop program
will
focus on new research challenges and initiatives. All papers
accepted
for workshops will be included in the Workshop Proceedings
published
by the IEEE Computer Society Press, to be indexed by EI, and
will be
available at the workshops. Detailed information is available at
the
conference homepage.

Note: we will not have a separate workshop registration fee this
year
(i.e., only one conference registration covers everything).

I. Accepted as Fullday Workshops

1. International Workshop on Agent and Data Mining Interaction
(ADMI)
2. International Workshop on Web Privacy Intelligence
3. International Workshop on Service Composition
4. The 3rd International Workshop on Web-based Support
Systems (WSS'06)

II. Accepted as Halfday Workshops

5. International Workshop on Intelligent Agents in Wireless
Sensor Networks
  (IA-WSN)
6. International Workshop on Adaptation and Personalisation for
e-Business
  Intelligence
7. International Workshop on Semantics in VO and WS
8. International Workshop on Communication between Human
and Artificial Agents
9. International Workshop on Intelligent Web Interaction (IWI-
2006)
10. International Workshop on P2P Computing and Autonomous
Agents
11. International Workshop on GrC and Brain Informatics (BI) for
WI
12. International Workshop on Multi-Agent Systems in E-
Business: Concepts,
   Technologies and Applications (MASeB'06)
13. International Workshop on Research of Agent-based
Government Horizon
   Business Integration Management Systems
14. International Workshop on Technologies and Applications of
  Knowledge Computing on the Web

For more information, please visit the conference website at
http://www.comp.hkbu.edu.hk/~wii06/.

++++++++++
Tutorials
++++++++++

IAT'06 also welcomes Tutorial proposals. IAT'06 will include
tutorials providing in-depth background on subjects that are of
broad
interest to the intelligent agent community. Both short (2 hours)
and
long (half day) tutorials will be considered. The tutorials will be
part of the main conference technical program. Detailed
information
is available at the conference homepage.

Note: we will not have a separate tutorials registration fee this
year
(i.e., only one conference registration covers everything).

++++++++++++++++
Important Dates
++++++++++++++++

Workshop proposal submission: April 10, 2006
Electronic submission of full papers: ** July 5, 2006 **
Tutorial proposal submission: July 15, 2006
Notification of paper acceptance: September 4, 2006
Camera-ready copies of accepted papers: September 29, 2006
Workshops: December 18, 2006
Conference: December 19-22, 2006

++++++++++++++++++++++++
Conference Organization
++++++++++++++++++++++++
Conference Chairs:
 * Jiming Liu, Hong Kong Baptist University, HK
 * Benjamin Wah, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
USA

Organizing Chair:
 * Yiu-Ming Cheung, Hong Kong Baptist University, HK

Program Chair:
 * Toyoaki Nishida, Kyoto University, Japan

Program Co-chairs:
 * Matthias Klusch, German Research Center for AI, Germany
 * Katia Sycara, Carnegie-Mellon University, USA
 * Makoto Yokoo, Kyushu University, Japan

Industry/Demo-Track:
 * Wray Buntine, Helsinki Institute for Information Technology,
Finland
 * Kazuhiro Kuwabara, ATR, Japan
 * Jianchang Mao, Yahoo! Inc., USA

Workshop Co-Chairs:
 * Cory J. Butz, University of Regina, Canada
 * Ngoc Thanh Nguyen, Wroclaw University of Technology,
Poland
 * Yasufumi Takama, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan

Tutorial Co-Chairs:
 * Yuefeng Li, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
 * Pawan Lingras, Saint Mary's University, Canada
 * Hideaki Takeda, National Institute of Informatics/University of
Tokyo, Japan

Publicity Chairs:
* Marcin Szczuka, Warsaw University, Poland
* Guoyin Wang, Chongqing University of Posts and
Telecommunications, China
* Hui Xiong, Rutgers University, USA
Sponsorship Chairs:
* Man-chung Chan, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HK
* Einoshin Suzuki, Yokohama National University, Japan
* Hongjin Yang, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Program Vice Co-chairs:
* Jeffrey Bradshaw, Institute for Human and Machine
Cognition/UWF, USA
* Barbara Dunin-Keplicz, Warsaw University, Poland
* Amal El Fallah Seghrouchni, University of Paris 6 and CNRS,
France
* Maria Gini, University of Minnesota, USA
* Churn-Jung Liau, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
* Jeremy Pitt, Imperial College, UK
* Eugenio Oliveira, University of Porto, Portugal
* Liz Sonenberg, The University of Melbourne, Australia

*** Contact Information ***

WI/IAT/ICDM'06 Secretariat
Department of Computer Science
7/F, Sir Run Run Shaw Building,
Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
E-mail: wii06@Comp.HKBU.Edu.HK



30) ICDM'06...

ICDM '06: The 6th IEEE International Conference on Data Mining

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong,
China,
18-22 December 2006

Sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society

Co-Organized With
Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU)
University/Corporate Sponsors
Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU)
Microsoft Corp.

http://www.comp.hkbu.edu.hk/iwi06/

(Papers Due: 5 July 2006)
Accepted papers will be published in the conference
proceedings
by the IEEE Computer Society Press that is indexed by EI.
====================================================
===============

The IEEE International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM) has
established itself as the world's premier research conference in
data
mining. The 6th ICDM conference (ICDM '06) provides a premier
forum
for the dissemination of innovative, practical development
experiences
as well as original research results in data mining, spanning
applications, algorithms, software and systems. The conference
draws
researchers and application developers from a wide range of
data
mining related areas such as statistics, machine learning,
pattern
recognition, databases and data warehousing, data
visualization,
knowledge-based systems and high performance computing. By
promoting
high quality and novel research findings, and innovative
solutions to
challenging data mining problems, the conference seeks to
continuously
advance the state of the art in data mining. As an important part
of
the conference, the workshops program will focus on new
research
challenges and initiatives, and the tutorials program will cover
emerging data mining technologies and the latest developments
in data
mining.

The ICDM '06 conference will be co-located with the
IEEE/WIC/ACM
International Joint Conference on Web Intelligence (WI) and
Intelligent Agent Technology (IAT) for providing synergism
among the
three research areas. It will provide opportunities for technical
collaboration beyond that of previous conferences. The three
conferences will have a joint opening, keynote, reception, and
banquet. Attendees only need to register for one conference and
can
attend workshops, sessions and tutorials across the three
conferences.
We are also planning a joint panel and joint paper sessions that
discuss
common problems in the three areas.

+++++++++++++++++++
Topics of Interest
+++++++++++++++++++

Topics related to the design, analysis and implementation of
data
mining theory, systems and applications are of interest. These
include, but are not limited to the following areas:

 * Foundations of data mining
 * Data mining and machine learning algorithms and methods in
   traditional areas (such as classification, regression, clustering,
   probabilistic modeling, and association analysis), and in new
areas
 * Mining text and semi-structured data, and mining temporal,
spatial
   and multimedia data
 * Mining data streams
 * Pattern recognition and trend analysis
 * Collaborative filtering/personalization
 * Data and knowledge representation for data mining
 * Query languages and user interfaces for mining
 * Complexity, efficiency, and scalability issues in data mining
 * Data pre-processing, data reduction, feature selection and
feature
   transformation
 * Post-processing of data mining results
 * Statistics and probability in large-scale data mining
 * Soft computing (including neural networks, fuzzy logic,
   evolutionary computation, and rough sets) and uncertainty
   management for data mining
 * Integration of data warehousing, OLAP and data mining
 * Human-machine interaction and visual data mining
 * High performance and parallel/distributed data mining
 * Quality assessment and interestingness metrics of data
mining
   results
 * Security, privacy and social impact of data mining
 * Data mining applications in bioinformatics, electronic
commerce,
   Web, intrusion detection, finance, marketing, healthcare,
   telecommunications and other fields

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Conference Publications and ICDM Best Paper Awards
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

High quality papers in all data mining areas are solicited.
Original
papers exploring new directions will receive especially careful
and
supportive reviews. Papers that have already been accepted or
are
currently under review for other conferences or journals will not
be
considered for publication at ICDM '06.

Paper submissions should be limited to a maximum of 12 pages
in the
IEEE 2-column format (see the IEEE Computer Society Press
Proceedings
Author Guidelines at
http://www.computer.org/portal/pages/ieeecs/publications/cps/fi
nal/icdm2005.html),
and will be reviewed by the Program Committee on the basis of
technical quality, relevance to data mining, originality,
significance, and clarity. Please use the Submission Form on
the ICDM
'06 website to submit your paper. Accepted papers will be
published
in the conference proceedings by the IEEE Computer Society
Press
that is indexed by EI.

A selected number of IEEE ICDM '06 accepted papers will be
invited for
possible inclusion, in an expanded and revised form, in the
Knowledge
and Information Systems journal (http://www.cs.uvm.edu/~kais/)
published by Springer-Verlag.

IEEE ICDM Best Paper Awards will be conferred at the
conference on the
authors of (1) the best research paper and (2) the best
application
paper. Application-oriented submissions will be considered for
the
best application paper award.

++++++
Demos
++++++

The demonstration session for ICDM is planned to be a
research-oriented demonstration; submission will be as a
demonstration
option associated with regular paper submission.

Note: For ICDM '06, we will NOT have an Industry/Demo-Track
paper
submission. However, a full paper submissions will be asked to
specify if they would like to give a demonstration; choice of
demonstrations (while utilizing information from the regular
reviewing
process) will be selected based on value as a demonstration.

We are planning to arrange the Demo session in the afternoon of
Dec 19
(before and during the conference reception), jointly with the
WI-IAT'06 Demo session.

++++++++++
Workshops
++++++++++

As an important part of the conference, the workshop program
will
focus on new research challenges and initiatives. All papers
accepted
for workshops will be included in the Workshop Proceedings
published
by the IEEE Computer Society Press, to be indexed by EI,
which will be available at the workshops.

Note: we will not have a separate workshop registration fee this
year
(i.e., conference registration covers everything).

Accepted Workshops

1. ICDM 2006 Workshop on Ontology Mining and Knowledge
Discovery
  from Semistructured Documents
2. ICDM 2006 Workshop on Data Mining in Bioinformatics
3. ICDM 2006 Workshop on Mining Complex Data
4. ICDM 2006 Workshop on Mining Spatial and Spatio-temporal
Data
5. ICDM 2006 Workshop on Foundation of Data Mining and Novel
Techniques
  in High Dimensional Structural and Unstructured Data
6. ICDM 2006 Workshop on Privacy Aspects of Data Mining
7. ICDM 2006 Workshop on Data Mining for Design and
Marketing
8. ICDM 2006 Workshop on Mining Stream/Evolving Data
9. ICDM 2006 Workshop on Risk Mining
10. ICDM 2006 Workshop on Reliability Issues in Knowledge
Discovery
11. ICDM 2006 Workshop on Data Mining and Wireless Sensor
Networks
12. ICDM 2006 Workshop on Optimization-based Data Mining
Techniques
   with Applications

For more information, please visit the conference website at
http://www.comp.hkbu.edu.hk/~wii06/.

++++++++++
Tutorials
++++++++++

ICDM'06 will include tutorials providing in-depth background on
subjects that are of broad interest to the data mining
community.
Both short (2 hours) and long (half day) tutorials will be
considered. The tutorials will be part of the main conference
technical program.

Note: we will not have a separate tutorials registration fee this
year
(i.e., only one conference registration covers everything).

++++++++++++++++
Important Dates
++++++++++++++++

Electronic submission of full papers: July 5, 2006
Tutorial proposal submission: July 5, 2006
Notification of paper acceptance: September 4, 2006
Camera-ready copies of accepted papers: September 29, 2006
Workshops: December 18, 2006
Conference: December 19-22, 2006

All paper submissions will be handled electronically. Detailed
instructions are provided on the conference home page at
http://www.comp.hkbu.edu.hk/~wii06/icdm/.

Conference Co-Chairs:
* Jiming Liu, Hong Kong Baptist University, HK
* Benjamin Wah, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
USA

Program Committee Chairs:
* Chris Clifton, Purdue University, USA
* Ning Zhong, Maebashi Institute of Technology, Japan

Local Arrangements Chair:
* Yiu-Ming Cheung, Hong Kong Baptist University, HK

Workshops Chair:
* Shusaku Tsumoto, Shimane University, Japan

Tutorials Chair:
* Eamonn Keogh, University of California at Riverside, USA

Panels Chair:
* Yong Shi, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Demo Chairs:
* Kenichi Yoshida, University of Tsukuba, Japan
* Ubbo Visser, University of Breman, Germany

Publicity Chairs:
* Marcin Szczuka, Warsaw University, Poland
* Guoyin Wang, Chongqing University of Posts and
Telecommunications, China
* Hui Xiong, Rutgers University, USA

Sponsorship Chairs:
* Man-chung Chan, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HK
* Einoshin Suzuki, Kyushu University, Japan
* Hongjin Yang, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Proceedings Chair:
* Xindong Wu, University of Vermont, USA

Program Vice Co-chairs:
* Aristides Gionis, University of Helsinki, Finland
* Qiang Yang, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
* Naren Ramakrishnan, Virginia Tech, USA
* Howard Hamilton, University of Regina, Canada
* Rosa Meo, Universit` degli Studi di Torino, Italy
* Hiroki Arimura, Hokkaido University, Japan
* David Cheung, University of Hong Kong
* Yves Kodratoff, Universite Paris-Sud, France
* Philip Chan, Florida Institute of Technology, USA
* Shichao Zhang, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
* Alex Tuzhilin, New York University, USA
* Zhihua Zhou, Nanjing University, China
* Tu Bao Ho, JAIST, Japan

ICDM Steering Committee:
 * Max Bramer, University of Portsmouth (UK)
 * Nick Cercone, Dalhousie University (Canada)
 * Ramamohanarao Kotagiri, University of Melbourne (Australia)
 * Vipin Kumar, University of Minnesota (USA)
 * Katharina Morik, University of Dortmund (Germany)
 * Gregory Piatetsky-Shapiro, KDnuggets (USA)
 * Benjamin W. Wah, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
(USA)
 * Xindong Wu (Chair), University of Vermont (USA)
 * Philip S. Yu, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center (USA)
 * Ning Zhong, Maebashi Institute of Technology (Japan)

Further Information:

WI/IAT/ICDM'06 Secretariat
Department of Computer Science
7/F, Sir Run Run Shaw Building,
Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
E-mail: wii06@Comp.HKBU.Edu.HK
31) ICDVRAT and ArtAbilitation Esbjerg, Denmark
Please find attached the programme for the upcoming conferences ICDVRAT
and ArtAbilitation for September 18-20 in Esbjerg, Denmark which I am
organising chair for.

Notable is the offer for gratis research students places and also the gratis
exhibition for organisations, industry, projects, institutes... all held at one of the
premier venues in Denmark The Performing Arts Centre, Music House Esbjerg.
A large number of international delegates are already signed up as well as the
exhibition stands being globally represented.

This conference is also a celebration of ten years of the International Conference
on Disability and Associated Technologies (ICDVRAT) and the inaugural
ArtAbilitation conference.

Registration is online at www.artabilitation.net

The conference committees hope that this early look at the programme will
attract even more delegates and we ask that if appropriate that you distribute
throughout your network of those you expect would be interested parties.

Thank you -


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Best Regards

Tony Brooks PhD
Associate Professor
Medialogy, Software & Media Technology
Computer Science Department
Research and Development park
Aalborg University Esbjerg
Niels Bohrs vej 8
6700 Esbjerg
Denmark

Tel: +45 79127716 - Fax: +45 79127710
(Secretary Susanne Theils 79127740 sus@aaue.dk)

http://en.aau.dk/

Editorial Board: International Journal Disability & Human Development
Editorial Board: International Journal Virtual Reality




Please find attached the programme for the upcoming conferences ICDVRAT
and ArtAbilitation for September 18-20 in Esbjerg, Denmark which I am
organising chair for.

Notable is the offer for gratis research students places and also the gratis
exhibition for organisations, industry, projects, institutes... all held at one of the
premier venues in Denmark The Performing Arts Centre, Music House Esbjerg.
A large number of international delegates are already signed up as well as the
exhibition stands being globally represented.

This conference is also a celebration of ten years of the International Conference
on Disability and Associated Technologies (ICDVRAT) and the inaugural
ArtAbilitation conference.

Registration is online at <http://www.artabilitation.net>www.artabilitation.net

The conference committees hope that this early look at the programme will
attract even more delegates and we ask that if appropriate that you distribute
throughout your network of those you expect would be interested parties.

Thank you -



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Best Regards

Tony Brooks PhD
Associate Professor
Medialogy, Software & Media Technology
Computer Science Department
Research and Development park
Aalborg University Esbjerg
Niels Bohrs vej 8
6700 Esbjerg
Denmark

Tel: +45 79127716 - Fax: +45 79127710
(Secretary Susanne Theils 79127740 <mailto:sus@aaue.dk>sus@aaue.dk)

<http://en.aau.dk>http://en.aau.dk/

Editorial Board: International Journal Disability & Human Development

Editorial Board: International Journal Virtual Reality




32) ICNC'06-FSKD'06

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
   The 2nd International Conference on Natural Computation
(ICNC'06)
   The 3rd International Conference on Fuzzy Systems and
Knowledge Discovery (FSKD'06)
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

24 - 28 September 2006, Xi'an, China
                                 ---------------------------------------------
---------------------
Home Page: <http://www.icnc-fskd2006.org/> http://www.icnc-
fskd2006.org

<http://see.xidian.edu.cn/nc2006>http://see.xidian.edu.cn/nc2006
                                ---------------------------------------------
----------------------

*** Submission Deadline: 15 April 2006 ***

CALL FOR PAPERS
ICNC'06-FSKD'06 aims to provide a high-level international
forum for scientists and researchers to present the state of the
art of computational algorithms inspired from nature, including
biological, ecological, and physical systems. It is an exciting and
emerging interdisciplinary area in which a wide range of
techniques and methods are being studied for dealing with
large, complex, and dynamic problems. The joint conferences
will feature plenary speeches given by worldwide renowned
scholars, regular sessions with broad coverage, and some
special sessions focused on cross-fertilization over these
exciting and yet closely-related areas.

Specific areas include, but are not limited to neural computation,
evolutionary computation, quantum computation, DNA
computation, chemical computation, information processing in
cells and tissues, molecular computation, computation with
words, fuzzy computation, granular computation, artificial life,
swarm intelligence, ants colony, artificial immune systems, etc.,
with applications to knowledge discovery, finance, operations
research, and more.

Submission of Papers
Prospective authors are invited to submit high-quality
manuscripts written in English via the online submission
system. The submission of a paper implies that the paper is
original and has not been submitted to elsewhere for possible
publication. There is no page limit for the submission. All
submissions will be peer-reviewed by experts in the field based
on originality, significance, quality and clarity. Authors should
use the Latex style files or MS-Word templates provided by the
Spring Lecture Notes to format their papers. The ICNC'06 and
FSKD'06 conference proceedings will be published in Springer's
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) and Lecture Notes in
Artificial Intelligence (LNAI), respectively. Furthermore, a
selected number of authors will be invited to expand and revise
their papers for possible inclusions in peer-reviewed
international journals or edited books.

Important Dates
Paper Submission                           15 February - 15 April
2006
Decision Notification                                 15 May 2006
Final Versions / Author Registration                 20 June 2006

For more details, please visit the conference website at:
<http://www.icnc-fskd2006.org/>http://www.icnc-fskd2006.org or
<http://see.xidian.edu.cn/nc2006>http://see.xidian.edu.cn/nc2006
.


ICNC'06-FSKD'06 Secretariat
<mailto:info@icnc-fskd2006.org>info@icnc-fskd2006.org



33) IEEE CEC 2007

*****The conference proceedings of CEC have been continuously included in the
EI Compendex Database and IEEE Xplore.*****



==================================================
  IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (CEC)
              September 25-28, 2007
         Swissôtel The Stamford, Singapore
          Website: http://www.cec2007.org
==================================================



CALL FOR PAPERS

We would like to invite you to attend the 2007 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary
Computation (CEC). Sponsored by the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society,
and co-sponsored by the Evolutionary Programming Society and the IET, the CEC
2007 will be held in Singapore, September 25-28, 2007. The annual IEEE Congress
on Evolutionary Computation is one of the leading events in the area of
evolutionary computation. It covers all topics in evolutionary computation,
including, but not limited to:

* Ant colony optimization                       * Artificial immune systems
* Artificial life                               * Autonomous mental & behavior
development
* Bioinformatics & bioengineering               * Coevolution & collective
behavior
* Cognitive systems & applications              * Combinatorial & numerical
optimization
* Computational finance & economics             * Constraint & uncertainty
handling
* Evolutionary data mining                      * Evolutionary design
* Evolutionary games                            * Evolutionary intelligent
agents
* Evolutionary learning systems                * Evolutionary robotic &
control systems
* Evolvable hardware & software                 * Evolving neural networks &
fuzzy systems
* Memetic & hybrid algorithms                  * Molecular & quantum computing
* Multiobjective optimization                  * Particle swarm intelligence
* Real-world applications                      * Representation & operators
* Theory of evolutionary computation



CEC 2007 will feature a world-class conference that aims to bring together
researchers and practitioners in the field of evolutionary computation and
computational intelligence from all around the globe. Technical exchanges
within the research community will encompass keynote speeches, special
sessions, tutorial workshops, panel discussions as well as poster
presentations. On top of this, participants will be treated to a series of
social functions, receptions and networking sessions, which will serve as a
vital channel to establish new connections and foster everlasting friendship
among fellow counterparts.



Singapore is a vibrant commercial and financial hub, which at the same time
also serves its role as a melting pot for the fusion of a diverse mix of many
different cultures. Visitors to this tropical island resort will be treated to
a great array of interesting attractions, festival celebrations and cultural
events, not forgetting the one-stop shopping and eating experience in this
entertainment paradise. The conglomeration of all the different elements will
definitely give visitors of Singapore an exciting and unforgettable experience.



International Advisory Board:
Edmund Burke
David Corne
Kalyanmoy Deb
David Fogel
Toshio Fukuda
Jong Hwan Kim
Bob Mckay
Xin Yao
Gary Yen
Ali Zalzala

Honorary Chair:
Tong Heng Lee

General Chairs:
Kay Chen Tan
Jian Xin Xu

Program Chairs:
Dipti Srinivasan
Lipo Wang

Technical Chairs:
Hussein Abbass
Carlos Coello Coello
Andries Engelbrecht
Garrison Greenwood
Graham Kendall
Naoyuki Kubota

Competitions Chair:
Simon Lucas

Exhibits Chair:
Kok Kiong Tan

Finance Chair:
Woei Wan Tan

Industrial Liaison Chair:
Bernhard Sendhoff

Local Arrangements Chair:
Meng Hiot Lim

Poster Sessions Chair:
Byoung-Tak Zhang

Proceedings Chair:
Arthur Tay

Publicity Chairs:
Keshav Dahal
Dikai Liu
Tatsuya Okabe
Zengqi Sun
Lingfeng Wang
Zhi-Hua Zhou

Registration Chair:
Ponnuthurai Nagaratnam Suganthan

Special Sessions Chair:
Yew Soon Ong

Student Activities Chair:
Slawo Wesolkowski

Tutorials Chair:
Yaochu Jin

Webmaster:
Ji Hua Brian Ang



Student Travel Support:

The IEEE/CIS Student Travel Grant Program offers a limited number of travel
grants to assist IEEE/CIS Student Members presenting papers at IEEE CEC 2007.
For more information, please see the conference website at
http://www.cec2007.org.



Best Paper Awards:
The   Evolutionary Programming Society will sponsor two Best Student Paper Awards
and   one Best Overall Paper Award at CEC 2007. These awards will be presented at
the   banquet. The winners will be chosen by the EPS Board of Directors based on
the   technical merit of the accepted papers to CEC 2007.



Accepted Tutorials:

* Artificial Immune Systems: Dipankar Dasgupta
* Evolution Strategies: Thomas Baeck
* Evolutionary Computation: A Unified Approach: Kenneth A. De Jong
* Evolutionary Computation in Bioinformatics: Gary Fogel and Gwenn Volkert
* Evolutionary Computation in Finance and Economics: Edward Tsang
* Evolutionary Multi-Criterion Optimization (EMO): Fundamentals, State-of-the-
art Methodologies and Future Challenges: Kalyanmoy Deb
* Evolutionary Robotics: Dario Floreano
* From Evolving Single Neural Networks to Evolving Ensembles: Xin Yao
* Genetic Programming Practice and Theory: Riccardo Poli
* Particle Swarm Optimization and Differential Evolution: Ponnuthurai
Nagaratnam Suganthan and Andries P Engelbrecht



Call for Special Sessions:

Special sessions have been both a tradition and an essential aspect of CEC.
With the aim of bringing together researchers on a specific topic, such
sessions are organized by renowned experts in the field across the globe. The
IEEE CEC 2007 Program Committee solicits proposals for special sessions that
are encompassed within the technical scope of the conference. Interested
researchers are cordially invited to submit a proposal, which should include
the session title, a brief description of the scope and motivation, names,
contact information, and brief CVs of the organizers. For enquires, please
contact the Special Sessions Chair, Dr Yew Soon Ong (asysong@ntu.edu.sg).



Important Dates:

Paper Submission: March 15, 2007
Decision Notification: May 15, 2007
Camera-Ready Submission: June 15, 2007



For more details, please visit the conference website at:
http://www.cec2007.org



Please send a blank email to remove_cec2007@evolab.ece.nus.edu.sg should you
wish to be removed from the CEC 2007 mailing list.




34) IICAI-07
The 3rd Indian International Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IICAI-07) (website:
<http://www.iiconference.org>http://www.iiconference.org) will be held in Pune, INDIA
during December 17-19 2007. IICAI-07 is one of the major AI events in the world.
This conference focuses on all areas of AI and related fields. We invite paper
submissions. Please visit on the conference website for more details.


Bhanu Prasad
IICAI-07 Chair
Department of Computer and Information Sciences
Florida A&M University
Tallahassee, FL 32307
USA
Email: <mailto:bhanu.prasad@famu.edu>bhanu.prasad@famu.edu
Phone: 850-412-7350




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36) IJCAI-07 !!!!!!!!!

IJCAI-07 CALL FOR PAPERS

-------------------------------------------------------------------
Twentieth International Joint Conference on Artificial
Intelligence
6-12 January, 2007                 Hyderabad, India              www.ijcai-07.org
Theme: Artificial Intelligence and Its Benefits to Society∑

The IJCAI-07 program will include workshops, tutorials, and oral
and
poster presentations of technical papers. The theme of the
conference,
Artificial Intelligence and Its Benefits to Society, has been
chosen
to enable the understanding of the existing and potential
contributions of artificial AI research and development to the
quality
of life. The program will include panels and invited talks on the
theme.

-------------------------------------------------------------------
CALL FOR TECHNICAL PAPERS, details at www.ijcai07.org/

Submissions are invited on significant, original, and previously
unpublished research on all aspects of artificial
intelligence. Technical papers, not to exceed six pages, will be
accepted for oral or poster presentation, in one of twelve major
areas, namely, constraint satisfaction, control learning, learning,
knowledge representation and reasoning, multi-agent systems,
natural
language processing, planning and scheduling, robotics,
search,
uncertainty, web/information retrieval/data mining, and other.
Authors
are fully responsible to follow the complete submission details
in
terms of format, anonimity, and originality.

Important Dates:
June 23, 2006 - Electronic abstract submission deadline
June 30, 2006 - Electronic paper submission deadline
September 18, 2006 - Paper notifications sent
October 16, 2006 - Camera-ready copy due
January 9-12, 2007 - IJCAI-07 Technical program

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Conference Chair
Ramon Lopez de Mantaras
Artificial Intelligence Research Institute
Spanish Council for Scientific Research
confchair07@ijcai.org

Program Chair
Manuela M. Veloso
Carnegie Mellon University
pcchair07@ijcai.org

Local Arrangements Committee-07 (LAC) Secretariat
Vijaya Sekhar K S, Asst. Manager (Outreach Division)
International Institute for Information Technology
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37) IJCIA - New Issue Contents
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMPUTATIONAL INTELLIGENCE AND APPLICATIONS
(<http://www.worldscinet.com/ijcia/ijcia.shtml>IJCIA)

<http://www.worldscinet.com/ijcia/05/0504/S14690268050504.html>Vol. 5, No. 4 (December 2005) is now available
online.

<http://www.worldscinet.com/ijcia/05/0504/S1469026805001702.html>SETTING UP A PROBABILISTIC NEURAL
NETWORK FOR CLASSIFICATION OF HIGHWAY VEHICLES
MAJURA F. SELEKWA, VALERIAN KWIGIZILE and RENATUS N. MUSSA
<http://www.worldscinet.com/ijcia/05/0504/S1469026805001714.html>MULTIOBJECTIVE OPTIMIZATION OF
PROCESS PLANT USING GENETIC ALGORITHM
L. GOVINDARAJAN and T. KARUNANITHI
<http://www.worldscinet.com/ijcia/05/0504/S1469026805001684.html>NEW SELF-ORGANIZING MAPS FOR
MULTIVARIATE SEQUENCES PROCESSING
FARIDA ZEHRAOUI and YOUNÉS BENNANI
<http://www.worldscinet.com/ijcia/05/0504/S1469026805001696.html>CLASSIFICATION OF CIRRHOSIS FROM
B-SCAN IMAGES USING PYRAMID NEURAL NETWORK
YAN SUN, JIANMING LU and TAKASHI YAHAGI
<http://www.worldscinet.com/ijcia/05/0504/S1469026805001738.html>SAGAXSEARCH: AN XML
INFORMATION RETRIEVAL MECHANISM USING SELF ADAPTIVE GENETIC ALGORITHMS
K. G. SRINIVASA, S. SHARATH, K. R. VENUGOPAL and M. PATNAIK
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38) IJPRAI - New Issue Contents

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PATTERN RECOGNITION AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (IJPRAI)

<http://www.worldscinet.com/ijprai/20/2004/S02180014062004.html>Vol. 20, No. 4 (June 2006) is now available
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Special Issue: Intelligent Mobile and Embedded Systems

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GESTURE INTERACTION FOR SMALL HANDHELD DEVICES
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<http://www.worldscinet.com/ijprai/20/2004/S021800140600482X.html>CONTENT-BASED IMAGE RETRIEVAL
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<http://www.worldscinet.com/ijprai/20/2004/S0218001406004843.html>AN ATTENTION BASED SPATIAL
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39) IJUFKS - New Issue Contents
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF UNCERTAINTY, FUZZINESS AND KNOWLEDGE-BASED SYSTEMS
(IJUFKS)

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online.

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FIXED VARIABILITY FOR OWA OPERATORS
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SOLVING FUZZY GAMES
WEI YI LIU, JIN LI, KUN YUE, NING SONG and HONG YAO
<http://www.worldscinet.com/ijufks/14/1403/S0218488506004023.html>MULTIPLICATIVE PROPERTIES IN
EVALUATION OF DECISION TREES
LOVE EKENBERG, MATS DANIELSON and JOHAN THORBIÖRNSON
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EVALUATION BASED ON MULTIPLE CRITERIA ANALYSIS IN ENGINEERING SYSTEMS
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40) ISDA'06


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****** ISDA'06 - Final Call for Papers ******

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6th International Conference on Intelligent Systems Design and
Applications (ISDA'06)


October 16-18, 2006
Jinan, Shandong, P. R. CHINA
ISDA'06 proceedings will be published by IEEE Computer
Society


Conference URL: http://isda2006.ujn.edu.cn

ISDA'05 Proceedings
http://csdl2.computer.org/persagen/DLPublication.jsp?pubtype=
p&acronym=ISDA

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Plenary Speakers

- Jim Kennedy (US Dept. of Labor, USA), Swarm Intelligence

- Yukio Ohsawa (University of Tokyo, Japan), chance Discovery:
Data-based Decision for Systems Design

- Edward Tsang (University of Essex, UK), Wind-tunnel Testing
for strategy and market design

- Fuchun Sun (Tsinghua University, China), Modeling, Control
and Filtering of Multi-Time-Scale Dynamical Systems Based on
fuzzy singularly perturbed models

- Gabriel Ciobanu (Romanian Acadamy,Romania), Coordination
and Self-Organization in MultiAgent Systems

- Sung-Bae Cho (Yonsei University, South Korea), Title to be
confirmed

More details at:
http://isda2006.ujn.edu.cn/talks.html

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Organized Workshops and Special Sessions
- 3rd Int. Workshop on Swarm Intelligence and Patterns (SIP'06)

- Second International Workshop on Evolutionary Multiobjective
Optimization Design and Application (EMODA'06)

- The First International Workshop on Intelligent Application in
Product
Lifecycle Management (IAPLM'06)

- The First International Workshop on Image Analysis and
Biometrics (IA&B'2006)

- Special Session on Nature Imitation Methods - Theory and
Practice (NIM'06)

- Special Session on Artificial Intelligence in Information
Assurance and Security

More details at:
http://isda2006.ujn.edu.cn/special_session.html

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       Student Travel Grants

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Some travel grants are available for students and research
fellows. Please visit the conference web site for more details.


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ISDA'06 is technically co-sponsored by:


- IEEE Systems Man and Cybernetics Society
- European Neural Network Society (ENNS)
- European Society for Fuzzy Logic and Technology (EUSFLAT)
- The World Federation on Soft Computing
- IEEE Singapore Robotics and Automation Chapter
- Intelligent Automation Society of Chinese Association of
Automation


Intelligent Systems Design and Applications (ISDA2006) is the
6th
International conference that brings together international soft
computing, artificial intelligence, computational intelligence
researchers, developers, practitioners and users. The aim of
ISDA 2006
is to serve as a forum to present current and future work as well
as to
exchange research ideas in this field.


ISDA'06 will focus on the following topics:


A. Intelligent Systems Architectures and Applications
 * Artificial Neural Networks
 * Mathematical foundations of neural networks
 * Architectures and algorithms
 * Learning theory (supervised/ unsupervised/ reinforcement
learning)
 * Knowledge based networks
 * Implementation issues of neural networks
 * Support Vector Machines
 * Neural network applications
 * Fuzzy Systems, fuzzy logic and possibility theory
 * Fuzzy expert systems
 * Fuzzy system design using evolutionary algorithms
 * Fuzzy system modeling and simulation
 * Fuzzy systems and applications
 * Evolutionary Algorithms
 * Genetic algorithms, evolution strategies, genetic
programming and
evolutionary programming
 * Learning Classifiers
 * Hybrid evolutionary algorithms
 * Evolutionary algorithms and applications
 * Fusion of neural network- fuzzy systems
 * Fusion of fuzzy systems- evolutionary algorithms
 * Fusion of neural network - evolutionary algorithms
 * Fusion of neural network- fuzzy systems- evolutionary
algorithms
 * Intelligent agents (architectures, environments, adaptation/
learning and knowledge management)
 * Bayesian networks and probabilistic reasoning
 * Rough sets
 * Statistical learning techniques
 * Fusion of statistical methods and soft computing techniques
 * CAD systems
 * Intelligent optimization techniques
 * Intelligent techniques in Bioinformatics


B. Intelligent Image and Signal Processing
 * Design and implementation of intelligent signal processing
systems
 * Image, vedio and multidimensional signal processing
 * Multimedia signal processing
 * Speech processing
 * Features and classification
 * Texture analysis
 * Document analysis
 * Stereoscopic vision
 * Shape processing
 * Object recognition
 * Image and video retrieval
 * Image and video compression


C. Intelligent Internet Modeling
 * Web intelligence
 * Search engines
 * Information retrieval (web mining)
 * Database querying
 * Ontology
 * XML mining
 * Intelligent networking between Web Sites
 * Network security, intrusion detection
 * Information aggregation and fusion
 * Interaction with intelligent agents
 * Intelligent agents and interfaces for personalization and
adaptivity
 * Intelligent tutoring systems on the WWW
 * Adaptive hypermedia systems
 * Agents for digital cities, virtual communities and agent
societies


D. Intelligent Data mining
 * Discovering patterns in continuous data
 * Uncertainty management for data mining
 * Clustering algorithms and applications
 * Classification trees
 * Mining time series
 * Mining in a Mobile Environment
 * Statistical Considerations in Learning
 * XML Mining
 * Text Mining
 * Distributed Data Mining


E. Intelligent Business Systems
 * e-learning, e-commerce, e-business, e-finance
 * Risk management
 * Derivatives pricing
 * Portfolio management and asset allocation
 * Stock market, forex market analysis, dynamics; simulation
 * Hedging, trading & arbitrage strategies
 * Financial modeling
 * Computational economics
 * Intelligent management
 * Multicriteria decision making


F. Intelligent Control and Automation
 * Mathematical modeling and analysis of complex systems
 * Soft computing/computational intelligence in control systems
 * Knowledge based control systems
 * Adaptive control systems
 * Control applications in robotics, manufacturing, process
control,
industrial systems, automotive, vehicular systems, spacecraft
and so on


G. Intelligent Agents
 * Adaptation and learning
 * Agent architectures and communication languages
 * Communication, collaboration, and interaction of humans and
agents
 * Conversational agents
 * Coordinating multiple agents
 * Designing agent systems - methodologies & software
engineering
 * Evolution of agents
 * Knowledge acquisition and management
 * models of emotion, motivation, or personality
 * multi-agent communication, coordination, and collaboration


H. Intelligent Knowledge Management
 * Application of knowledge representation techniques to
semantic
modeling
 * Development and management of heterogeneous knowledge
bases
 * Automatic acquisition of data and knowledge bases
(especially raw
text)
 * Performance evaluation
 * Parallel database systems
 * Data and knowledge sharing
 * Cooperation in heterogeneous systems
 * Domain modeling and ontology-building
 * Concurrent engineering and computer integrated
manufacturing
 * Digital Libraries
 * Multimedia Databases.


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Prospective authors are invited to submit a:

- full paper of 6 pages, for oral presentation, A4 size, IEEE 2
columns format, using MS Word/LaTeX


- proposal to organize a technical session / workshop:

(Please see the Call for Events Proposals in the conference Web
page for more
information).


The submission of a paper implies that the paper is original and
has
not been submitted under review or copyright protected by the
author if
accepted. Besides papers in regular sessions, papers in special
sessions are also invited to provide forums for focused
discussions on
new topics and innovative applications of established
approaches. A
special session consists of at least four related papers.
Proposals for
special sessions including the session organizers, author
names, paper
titles, abstracts, and brief statements on the purposes of the
sessions
must be submitted to by May 1, 2006.

All papers should be submitted electronically via Online Paper
Submission System.

http://isda2006.ujn.edu.cn/isda/author/submit.php
The format of the initial submissions can be PDF, MS
Word, or Postscript. The file of the final accepted papers should
be in
either Word or Latex.

All submitted papers will be refereed by at least THREE experts
in the respective
fields according to the criteria of originality, significance,
quality,
and clarity. The authors of accepted papers will have an
opportunity to
revise their papers and take consideration of the referees'
comments
and suggestions, before submitting the final papers.


All accepted papers with paid registration will be included in the
Proceedings of ISDA2006, to be published by IEEE Computer
Society Press.


*****************************************************************
Important Dates:

* Paper Submission: May 15, 2006
* Notification of Acceptance: June 15, 2006
* Final Paper Submission: June 30, 2006
*******************************************************

For general enquiries please contact:
Ajith Abraham, General Co-Chair <ajith.abraham@ieee.org>

For local information, please contact
Yuehui Chen, Program Co-Chair <yhchen@ujn.edu.cn>


41) IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Electronic Letter

Contents
1.   IEEE CIS News and Announcements
 1.1 2006 IEEE CIS Awards Nominations
 1.2 Call for WCI Information

2.     Awards

3.   Computational Intelligence Forum
 3.1 Neuro-Fuzzy Decision Trees

4.     Doctoral Dissertations

5.   Career Opportunities
 5.1 Two Faculty Positions in Control Engineering
 5.2 Postdoctoral Fellowship CNRS, France

6.     Bookshelf
 6.1   Integration of Fuzzy Logic and Chaos Theory
 6.2   Fundamentals of Computational Swarm Intelligence
 6.3   Computational Intelligence in Software Quality Assurance

7.   Most Recent Issues of Journals
 7.1 IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks, vol.17, no.1, 2006
 7.2 IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems, vol.14, no.1, 2006

8.     Conference Calendar and Call for Papers
 8.1   WCCI 2006: Call for Participations
 8.2   ICNC'06-FSKD'06 Call for Papers
 8.3   Call for Papers: ICONIP2006
 8.4   Late Breaking Papers for EFS'06


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       1.    IEEE CIS News and Announcements
*********************************************************.
1.1 2006 IEEE CIS Awards Nominations
Posted by: Enrique H. Ruspini (ruspini@ai.sri.com)
Date submitted: March 1, 2006

Content:
Call for Nominations: 2006 IEEE CIS Awards

The IEEE Computational Intelligence Society's awards recognize
top achievements and outstanding volunteers in the field. Here
is
a list of the current awards:

 - IEEE Frank Rosenblatt Award (awarded by IEEE)
 - IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks Outstanding Paper
Award
 - IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems Outstanding Paper
Award
 - IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation Outstanding
Paper Award
 - Neural Networks Pioneer Award
 - Fuzzy Systems Pioneer Award
 - Evolutionary Computation Pioneer Award
 - Meritorious Service Award
 - Outstanding Chapter Award
 - Outstanding PhD Dissertation Award

With the exception of the IEEE Frank Rosenblatt Award, which is
administered
separately by the IEEE, and of the Outstanding Chapter Award,
which has
special nomination procedures, all other award selections are
made by the
CIS Awards Committee from candidates nominated by the
general public. The
deadline for submission of nominations for CIS-administered
awards is March
31, 2006.

We encourage you to help CIS recognize outstanding achievers
in the field
by making nominations for its Awards.

Details, instructions, and forms may be found at the IEEE CIS
Awards site:
http://ieee-cis.org/

For inquiries, please contact the CIS Awards Committee Chair:
Enrique H. Ruspini
Artificial Intelligence Center
SRI International
333 Ravenswood Avenue
Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA
phone: (+1 650) 859 2314
fax: (+1 650) 859 3735
email: ruspini@ai.sri.com
www: www.ai.sri.com/~ruspini

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=====
1.2 Call for WCI Information
Posted by: Hongwei Wu (hongweiw@csbl.bmb.uga.edu)
Date submitted: Feb. 8th, 2006

Content:
As one of the measures to encourage women to participate in
the field of
computational intelligence and to make the community aware of
such
participations, the WCI (Women in Computational Intelligence)
committee
would like to call for contributions of the information regarding
Women in
Computational Intelligence, including but not limited to:
(1) Organizational events (establishment of chapters, working
groups, etc)
(2) Chairs of conference
(3) Plenary lectures
(4) Published books
(5) Awards
(6)   Realizations in companies
(7)   Success in elections, or in senior or fellow upgrading

Information and/or inquires may be directed to Hongwei Wu
(hongweiw@csbl.bmb.uga.edu). Such information will be
collected, sorted, and
updated on a regular basis and made accessible at WCI's
website:
http://www.mlpadgett.org/WCI/.

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=====



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       2.    Awards
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No submissions.
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       3.    Computational Intelligence Forum
*********************************************************.


3.1 Neuro-Fuzzy Decision Trees
Posted by: Rajen Bhatt and M.Gopal (rajen.bhatt@gmail.com)
Date submitted: Feb. 3rd, 2006

Content:
Fuzzy decision trees are powerful, top-down, hierarchical search
methodology
to extract human interpretable classification rules. However,
they are often
criticized to result in poor learning accuracy. We have proposed
the Neuro-
Fuzzy Decision Trees (N-FDTs); fuzzy decision trees with
structure intact
neural like parameter adaptation strategy. In the forward cycle,
we
construct fuzzy decision trees using any of the standard
induction
algorithms like fuzzy ID3. In the feedback cycle, parameters of
fuzzy
decision trees have been adapted using stochastic gradient
descent algorithm
by traversing back from leaf to root nodes. With this strategy,
during the
parameter adaptation stage, we keep the hierarchical structure
of fuzzy
decision trees intact. The proposed approach of applying
backpropagation
algorithm directly on the structure of fuzzy decision trees
improves its
learning accuracy without compromising the comprehensibility
(interpretability). The proposed methodology has been validated
using
extensive computational experiments on various real-world
datasets.

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       4.    Doctoral Dissertations
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No submissions.
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       5.    Career Opportunities
*********************************************************.


5.1 Two Faculty Positions in Control Engineering
Posted by: Professor Hong Wang
(hong.wang@manchester.ac.uk)
Date submitted: Feb. 3rd, 2006

Content:
THE LECTURESHIPS IN CONTROL ENGINEERING
SCHOOL OF ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING
UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

The School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the
University of
Manchester wishes to appoint two lecturers in Control
Engineering, to join
our Control Systems Centre and extend our multidisciplinary
coverage of
control and systems engineering.

Successful candidates will normally be expected to have a PhD
in a control
engineering topic, although a strong track record of applied
research is the
key requirement.

To apply, please send a CV together with the contacting details
of 3 referees
to Personnel Office, Faculty of Engineering and Physics
Sciences, The
University of Manchester, P O Box Manchester M60 1QD, UK.

Informal inquiries can be made to Professor Steve Williamson,
HoS (e-mail:
steve.williamson@manchester.ac.uk) or Professor Hong Wang
(e-mail:
hong.wang@manchester.ac.uk).

Applications deadline: 31 March 2006

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5.2 Postdoctoral Fellowship CNRS, France
Posted by: Lieven De Lathauwer (delathau@ensea.fr)
Date submitted: Feb. 15th, 2006

Content:

We announce a one-year position for a postdoctoral researcher
in the area of
signal processing. The position is financed by the French Centre
National de
la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). The research topic is
multilinear algebraic
methods for blind signal separation. The research will be carried
out at the
ETIS Laboratory, Cergy-Pontoise (near Paris). We are looking for
candidates
with a PhD degree in electrical engineering or applied
mathematics. The
deadline for applications is June 15. For a full announcement of
the
fellowship refer to:

http://www-etis.ensea.fr/master/doc-postdoc-2006

Prospective applicants should e-mail their CV, publication list
and names and
e-mail addresses of possible referees to

Lieven De Lathauwer
Research Associate CNRS
Lab. ETIS, Cergy-Pontoise, France
E-mail: delathau@ensea.fr
URL: http://www-etis.ensea.fr/Members/ldelathauwer
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       6.    Bookshelf
*********************************************************.


6.1 Integration of Fuzzy Logic and Chaos Theory
Posted by: Zhong Li (zhong.li@fernuni-hagen.de)
Date submitted: Feb. 3rd, 2006

Content:
Integration of Fuzzy Logic and Chaos Theory
Edited by Zhong Li, Wolfgang A. Halang, and Guanrong Chen
Springer, 2006, 625 pages, Hardcover, $129
ISBN: 3-540-26899-5

To order the book, go to:
http://www.springer.com
http://www.springer.com/sgw/cda/frontpage/0,11855,4-10053-22-
52483589-0,00.html


A deep-seated reason to study the interactions between fuzzy
logic and
chaos theory is that they are related at least within the context of
human reasoning and information processing. In fact, fuzzy
logic
resembles human approximate reasoning using imprecise and
incomplete
information with inaccurate and even self-conflicting data to
generate
reasonable decisions under such uncertain environments, while
chaotic
dynamics play a key role in human brains for processing
massive
amounts of information instantly. It is believed that the
capability of
humans in controlling chaotic dynamics in their brains is more
than just
an accidental by-product of the brain's complexity, but rather, it
could
be the chief property that makes the human brain different from
any
artificial-intelligence machines. It is also believed that to
understand
the complex information processing within the human brain,
fuzzy data
and fuzzy logical inference are essential, since precise
mathematical
descriptions of such models and processes are clearly out of
question
with today's scientific knowledge.

This book attempts to present some current research
progress and results on the interplay of fuzzy logic and chaos
theory. More specifically, in this book we collect some
state-of-the-art surveys, tutorials, and application examples
written by some experts working in the interdisciplinary fields
overlapping fuzzy logic and chaos theory. The content of the
book
covers fuzzy definition of chaos, fuzzy modeling and control of
chaotic systems using both Mamdani and Takagi-Sugeno
models, fuzzy
model identification using genetic algorithms and neural
network
schemes, bifurcation phenomena and self-referencing in fuzzy
systems, complex fuzzy systems and their collective
behaviours, as
well as some applications of combining fuzzy logic and chaotic
dynamics, such as fuzzy-chaos hybrid controllers for nonlinear
dynamic systems, and fuzzy-model-based chaotic
cryptosystems.

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6.2 Fundamentals of Computational Swarm Intelligence
Posted by: Andries Engelbrecht (engel@cs.up.ac.za)
Date submitted: Feb. 5th, 2006

Content:
Fundamentals of Computational Swarm Intelligence, by AP
Engelbrecht, Wiley and
Sons, December 2005, provides a comprehensive introduction to
the new
computational paradigm of Swarm Intelligence (SI), a field that
emerged from
biological research, and is now picking up momentum within the
computational
research community. Bio-inspired systems are becoming
increasingly important
research areas for computer scientists, engineers, economists,
bioinformatisions, operational researchers, and many other
disciplines. This
book introduces the reader to the mathematical models of social
insects'
collective behaviour, and shows how they can be used in
solving optimization
problems.

Focusing on the algorithmic implementation of models of swarm
behavior, this book:
 * examines how social network structures are used to exchange
information
   among individuals, and how the aggregate behaviour of these
individuals forms
   a powerful organism;
 * introduces a compact summary of the formal theory of
optimization;
 * outlines paradigms with relations to SI, including genetic
algorithms,
   evolutionary programming, evolutionary strategies, cultural
algorithms and
   co-evolution;
 * looks at the choreographic movements of birds in a flock as a
basis for
   the Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO) models, and provides
an extensive
   treatment of different classes of PSO models
 * shows how the behaviour of ants can be used to implement
Ant Colony
   Optimization (ACO) algorithms to solve real-world problems
including routing
   optimization, structure optimization, data mining and data
clustering;
 * considers different classes of optimization problems,
including
   multi-objective optimization, dynamic environments, discrete
and continuous
   search spaces, constrained optimization, and niching.

The interdisciplinary nature of this field will make Fundamentals
of
Computational Swarm Intelligence an essential resource to
readers with diverse
backgrounds. In addition, it will be an excellent reference for
computer
scientists, practitioners in business or industry and researchers
involved in
the analysis, design and simulation of multibody systems.
Advanced
undergraduates and graduate students in artificial intelligence,
collective
intelligence and engineering, will also find this book an
invaluable tool.

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6.3 Computational Intelligence in Software Quality Assurance
Posted by: Scott Dick (dick@ece.ualberta.ca)
Date submitted: Feb. 8th, 2006

Content:
Software systems surround us. Software is a critical component
in everything
from the family car to electrical power systems to military
equipment. As
software plays an ever-increasing role in our lives and
livelihoods, the
quality of that software becomes more and more critical.
However, our ability
to deliver high-quality software has not kept up with those
increasing
demands. The economic fallout is enormous; the U.S. economy
alone is losing
over $50 billion dollars per year due to software failures. This
book
presents new research into using advanced artificial intelligence
techniques
to guide software quality improvements. The techniques of
chaos theory and
data mining are brought to bear to provide new insights into the
software
development process. Written for researchers and practitioners
in software
engineering and computational intelligence, this book is a
unique and
important bridge between these two fields.

Features of the book:

* Extensive bibliography of over 300 references, covering the
  intersection of software engineering and computational
intelligence, as well
  as background material in each field.
* Unique usage of chaos theory in software reliability modeling.
* Novel approaches to software quality assurance using data
mining.
* Reviews of software engineering and computational
intelligence make
  the book self-contained

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       7.    Most Recent Issues of Journals
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7.1 IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks, vol.17, no.1, 2006
Posted by: Derong Liu (dliu@ece.uic.edu)
Date submitted: Mar. 1st, 2006

Content:
Effects of Kernel Function on Nu Support Vector Machines in
Extreme Cases
Ikeda, K.
Page(s): 1- 9

Recursive Processing of Cyclic Graphs
Bianchini, M.; Gori, M.; Sarti, L.; Scarselli, F.
Page(s): 10- 18

Generalized RLS Approach to the Training of Neural Networks
Xu, Y.; Kwok-WoWong, K.-W.; Leung, C.-S.
Page(s): 19- 34

Bayesian Multioutput Feedforward Neural Networks
Comparison: A Conjugate Prior
Approach
Rossi, V.; Vila, J.-P.
Page(s): 35- 47

Efficient Hyperkernel Learning Using Second-Order Cone
Programming
Tsang, I.W.; Kwok, J.T.
Page(s): 48- 58

A Sequential Dynamic Heteroassociative Memory for Multistep
Pattern
Recognition and One-to-Many Association
Chartier, S.; Boukadoum, M.
Page(s): 59- 68
Tuning the Structure and Parameters of a Neural Network by
Using Hybrid
Taguchi-Genetic Algorithm
Tsai, J.-T.; Chou, J.-H.; Liu, T.-K.
Page(s): 69- 80

Generalized Haar DWT and Transformations Between Decision
Trees and Neural
Networks
Mulvaney, R.; Phatak, D.S.
Page(s): 81- 93

A New Synaptic Plasticity Rule for Networks of Spiking Neurons
Swiercz, W.; Cios, K.; Staley, K.; Kurgan, L.; Accurso, F.; Sagel,
S.
Page(s): 94- 105

Stability Analysis of Cohen–Grossberg Neural Networks
Guo, S.; Huang, L.
Page(s): 106- 117

A Stable Neural Network-Based Observer With Application to
Flexible-Joint
Manipulators
Abdollahi, F.; Talebi, H.A.; Patel, R.V.
Page(s): 118- 129

Learning From Neural Control
Wang, C.; Hill, D.J.
Page(s): 130- 146

Neural Network Control of a Class of Nonlinear Systems With
Actuator Saturation
Gao, W.; Selmic, R.R.
Page(s): 147- 156

Efficient and Robust Feature Extraction by Maximum Margin
Criterion
Li, H.; Jiang, T.; Zhang, K.
Page(s): 157- 165

Ensemble-Based Discriminant Learning With Boosting for Face
Recognition
Lu, J.; Plataniotis, K.N.; Venetsanopoulos, A.N.; Li, S.Z.
Page(s): 166- 178

Unsupervised Analysis of Polyphonic Music by Sparse Coding
Abdallah, S.A.; Plumbley, M.D.
Page(s): 179- 196

An Analog Silicon Retina With Multichip Configuration
Kameda, S.; Yagi, T.
Page(s): 197- 210

A VLSI Array of Low-Power Spiking Neurons and Bistable
Synapses With
Spike-Timing Dependent Plasticity
Indiveri, G.; Chicca, E.; Douglas, R.
Page(s): 211- 221

An Analog VLSI Chip Emulating Polarization Vision of Octopus
Retina
Momeni, M.; Titus, A.H.
Page(s): 222- 232

Facial Expression Recognition Using Kernel Canonical
Correlation Analysis (KCCA)
Zheng, W.; Zhou, X.; Zou, C.; Zhao, L.
Page(s): 233- 238

Study on Modeling of Multispectral Emissivity and Optimization
Algorithm
Yang, C.; Yu, Y.; Zhao, D.; Zhao, G.
Page(s): 238- 242

Nonlinear Adaptive Control of Interconnected Systems Using
Neural Networks
Huang, S.N.; Tan, K.K.; Lee, T.H.
Page(s): 243- 246
Recurrent Neural Network as a Linear Attractor for Pattern
Association
Seow, M.-J.; Asari, V.K.
Page(s): 246- 250

An Improved Global Asymptotic Stability Criterion for Delayed
Cellular Neural
Networks
He, Y.; Wu, M.; She, J.-H.
Page(s): 250- 252

Global Convergence Analysis of a Discrete Time Nonnegative
ICA Algorithm
Ye, M.
Page(s): 253- 256

Clustering via Kernel Decomposition
Szymkowiak-Have, A.; Girolami, M.A.; Larsen, J.
Page(s): 256- 264

On Stability of Recurrent Neural Networks—An Approach From
Volterra
Integro-Differential Equations
Liu, P.; Han, Q.-L.
Page(s): 264- 267

Comments on "Complex-Bilinear Recurrent Neural Network for
Equalization of a
Digital Satellite Channel"
Deng, Y.; Yang, Z.
Page(s): 268- 268

What is Thought? B. Baum (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2004,
ISBN
0-262-02548-5) Reviewed by I. Brzeziska and R. Sowiski
Page(s): 269- 269

Flexible Neuro-Fuzzy Systems: Structures, Learning and
Performance
Evaluation. Rutkowski (Boston, MA: Kluwer Academic
Publishers, 2004, ISBN:
1-402-08042-5) Reviewed by A. E. Gaweda
Page(s): 270- 270

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7.2 IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems, vol.14, no.1, 2006
Posted by: Derong Liu (dliu@ece.uic.edu)
Date submitted: Mar. 1st, 2006

Content:
Robust H-infinity Control for Fuzzy Systems With Frobenius
Norm-Bounded Uncertainties
Lo, J.-C.; Lin, M.-L.
Page(s): 1- 15

A Simplified Version of Mamdani's Fuzzy Controller: The Natural
Logic Controller
Aceves-Lopez, A.; Aguilar-Martin, J.
Page(s): 16- 30

Support-Vector-Based Fuzzy Neural Network for Pattern
Classification
Lin, C.-T.; Yeh, C.-M.; Liang, S.-F.; Chung, J.-F.; Kumar, N.
Page(s): 31- 41

Dynamic Domination in Fuzzy Causal Networks
Zhang, J.Y.; Liu, Z.-Q.; Zhou, S.
Page(s): 42- 57

Model Reference Output Feedback Fuzzy Tracking Control
Design for Nonlinear
Discrete-Time Systems With Time-Delay
Tseng, C.-S.
Page(s): 58- 70

LMI-Based Integral Fuzzy Control of DC-DC Converters
Lian, K.-Y.; Liou, J.-J.; Huang, C.-Y.
Page(s): 71- 80
Fuzzy Spatial Pattern Processing Using Linguistic Hidden
Markov Models
Popescu, M.; Gader, P.; Keller, J.M.
Page(s): 81- 92

Fuzzy Rule Induction in a Set Covering Framework
Cloete, I.; vanZyl, J.
Page(s): 93- 110

Inverse Controller Design for Fuzzy Interval Systems
Boukezzoula, R.; Foulloy, L.; Galichet, S.
Page(s): 111- 124

Genetically Optimized Fuzzy Polynomial Neural Networks
Oh, S.-K.; Pedrycz, W.; Park, H.-S.
Page(s): 125- 144

Stabilizing and Tracking Control of Nonlinear Dual-Axis Inverted-
Pendulum
System Using Fuzzy Neural Network
Wai, R.-J.; Chang, L.-J.
Page(s): 145- 168

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       8.    Conference Calendar and Call for Papers
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8.1 WCCI 2006: Call for Participations
Posted by: Gary G. Yen (gyen@okstate.edu)
Date submitted: Feb. 20th, 2006

Content:
The 2006 IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence
will be held in
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on July 16-21, 2006.
Sponsored by the
IEEE Computational Intelligence Society and cosponsored by
the International
Neural Network Society (INNS), The Institute of Electric
Engineers, Inc.
(IEE), and Evolutionary Programming Society (EPS), this
congress is the
joint event of 2006 International Joint Conference on Neural
Networks
(IJCNN), 2006 IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems,
and 2006 IEEE
Congress on Evolutionary Computation. WCCI 2006 will feature

- Five plenary speeches by world-renown scholars- Robert
Hecht-Nielsen,
  Risto Miikkulainen, Sebastian Thrun, Janusz Kacprzyk, and
Shun-ichi Amari;
- Fifteen invited talks by top-notch researchers- Erkki Oja, Seppo
J.
  Ovaska, Bernie Widrow, Marios Polycarpou, Olaf Sporns for
IJCNN, Lotfi A.
  Zadeh, Enrique Ruspini, Robert John, Jerry M. Mendel, Nikhil R.
Pal for FUZZ-
  IEEE, and Xin Yao, Marco Dorigo, Melanie Mitchell, Tomoharu
Nakashima,
  Carlos A. Coello Coello for CEC;
- Sixty-six state-of-the-art special sessions organized by domain
experts
  involving many cross-disciplinary fundamentals and
application topics;
- Five moderated panel discussions to exploit the past, to
examine the
  current, and to explore the future of the technologies we
embrace;
- Twelve themed tutorial workshops to be announced soon;
- Two suites of competition programs including model selection,
  environmental modeling, Othello, binary series prediction,
evolved art,
  nonlinear programming, and Huygens probes;
- Twelve-fourteen parallel sessions of oral presentations
throughout five-
  day period, selected from over 2,400 submitted papers
representing 80
  countries; and
- Plenary poster sessions for one-on-one interactions on
Monday and Tuesday
  nights.

Planned social functions include welcoming reception, spouses
reception,
students reception, award banquet, and farewell reception. One
paid full
registration will allow you to attend all technical activities and
social
gatherings from all three conferences.

Please visit the congress website for further details at
www.wcci2006.org or
its mirror site at http://compsys.ia.ac.cn/~wcci2006/.

For registration, please visit the Registration Webpage at
http://www.wcci2006.org/WCCI-Web_reg.html. July in Vancouver
is in high
season. Many tourists come to Vancouver for vacation and a
cruise trip to
Alaska. WCCI has negotiated a special rate with a limited
number of rooms
made available for our attendees. You are invited to make your
hotel
reservation through Hotel Reservation webpage at
http://www.wcci2006.org/WCCI-Web_hotel.html. The hotel cut-off
date is June
10, 2006.

The Organizers are committed to make this event a great
success by fostering
cross-disciplinary technical exchanges, informing state-of-the-
art emerging
discoveries, renewing everlasting friendships, and establishing
new
collaborations.

We look forward to welcoming you in Vancouver this July.

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8.2 ICNC'06-FSKD'06 Call for Papers
Posted by: Bin Lu (blu@mail.xidian.edu.cn)
Date submitted: Feb. 4th, 2006

Content:
ICNC'06-FSKD'06 CALL FOR PAPERS
The 2nd International Conference on Natural Computation
(ICNC'06)
The 3rd International Conference on Fuzzy Systems and
Knowledge Discovery
(FSKD'06)
Xi'an, China
24 - 28 September 2006

Website: http://www.icnc-fskd2006.org
    http://see.xidian.edu.cn/nc2006

ICNC'06-FSKD'06 aims to provide a high-level international
forum for
scientists and researchers to present the state of the art of
computational
algorithms inspired from nature, including biological, ecological,
and
physical systems. It is an exciting and emerging
interdisciplinary area in
which a wide range of techniques and methods are being
studied for dealing
with large, complex, and dynamic problems. The joint
conferences will
feature plenary speeches given by worldwide renowned
scholars, regular
sessions with broad coverage, and some special sessions
focused on cross-
fertilization over these exciting and yet closely-related areas.

Specific areas include, but are not limited to neural computation,
evolutionary computation, quantum computation, DNA
computation, chemical
computation, information processing in cells and tissues,
molecular
computation, computation with words, fuzzy computation,
granular
computation, artificial life, swarm intelligence, ants colony,
artificial
immune systems, etc., with applications to knowledge
discovery, finance,
operations research, and more.

Submission of Papers
Prospective authors are invited to submit high-quality
manuscripts written
in English via the online submission system. The submission of
a paper
implies that the paper is original and has not been submitted to
elsewhere
for possible publication. There is no page limit for the
submission. All
submissions will be peer-reviewed by experts in the field based
on
originality, significance, quality and clarity. Authors should use
the Latex
style files or MS-Word templates provided by the Spring Lecture
Notes to
format their papers. The ICNC'06 and FSKD'06 conference
proceedings will be
published in Springer's Lecture Notes in Computer Science
(LNCS) and Lecture
Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI), respectively. Furthermore,
a
selected number of authors will be invited to expand and revise
their papers
for possible inclusions in peer-reviewed international journals or
edited
books.

Important Dates
Paper Submission                     15 February - 15 April
2006
Decision Notification                15 May 2006
Final Versions / Author Registration      20 June 2006

For more details, please visit the conference website at:
http://www.icnc-fskd2006.org or http://see.xidian.edu.cn/nc2006.

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8.3 Call for Papers: ICONIP2006
Posted by: Jun Wang (jwang@acae.cuhk.edu.hk)
Date submitted: Feb. 15th, 2006

Content:
                 CALL FOR PAPERS
 13th International Conference on Neural Information
Processing (ICONIP2006)
      Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong
                 October 3-6, 2006
              http://www.iconip2006.org/

The Thirteenth International Conference on Neural Information
Processing
(ICONIP2006) sponsored by the Asia Pacific Neural Network
Assembly (APNNA) and
organized by The Chinese University of Hong Kong, will be held
in Hong Kong on
October 3-6, 2006. You are invited to visit this vibrant and
dynamic
metropolitan to share the progress and research in neural
computation,
statistical processing, machine learning, and other related
topics. ICONIP2006
will include plenary speakers, invited talks, tutorials, special
sessions, as
well as highly selected oral and poster presentations of refereed
papers. In
addition, conference social events along with other local
attractions will
promote interactions among conference delegates.

Important Dates
       Tutorial & Special session proposal:   April 1, 2006
       Paper submission deadline:           April 1, 2006
       Notification of acceptance:         June 1, 2006
       Final paper submission:            July 1, 2006

Paper Submission
   Authors are invited to submit research and application papers
representing
original, previously unpublished work to ICONIP2006.
Submissions are solicited
in all areas of neural information processing, including (but not
limited to)
the following:

Neural Network Theory & Models
 -Mathematics of neural networks;
 -Advanced learning algorithms/models;
 -Neurodynamics;
 -Stability and convergence analysis;
 -Feedforward neural networks;
 -Recurrent neural networks;
 -Evolving neural networks;
 -Self-organizing networks;
 -Reinforcement learning;
 -PCA and ICA;
 -EM algorithm and mixture models;
 -Ensemble learning;
 -Kernel methods and support vector machine

Computational Neuroscience and Cognitive Science
 -Models of neurons;
 -Simulation of neurons, networks, and systems;
 -Neuroinformatics;
  -Cognitive learning and memory;
  -Attention and consciousness;
  -Language;
  -Emotion and motivation;
  -Perceptual systems

Neural Network Applications
 -Vision and image processing;
 -Pattern recognition;
 -Auditory processing;
 -Speech processing/recognition;
 -Robotics and control;
 -Biometric and security;
 -Time-series prediction;
 -Financial engineering;
 -Telecommunication;
 -Manufacturing systems;
 -Bioinformatics;
 -Data mining/Web mining;
 -Multimedia and information processing

Hybrid Systems and Hardware
 -Fuzzy neural systems;
 -Hybrid systems;
 -Genetic algorithms;
 -Evolutionary programming;
 -Reconfigurable systems;
 -Hardware implementation

Web links to supplementary materials (e.g., software, audio,
video,etc.) in
the manuscripts are encouraged. However, the manuscript must
be self-contained
and reviewers will not be required to review the supplementary
materials.

Accepted papers will be published in Lecture Notes in Computer
Science
(LNCS) by Springer-Verlag. In addition, a special issue on
Neural Information
Processing will be published in Neurocomputing based on
selected papers with
substantial expansion after further review.

Enquiry and Information
 ICONIP2006 Secretariat
 Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering
 The Chinese University of Hong Kong
 Shatin, NT, Hong Kong
 http://www.iconip2006.org/
 E-mail: iconip2006@cse.cuhk.edu.hk

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8.4 Late Breaking Papers for EFS'06
Posted by: Plamen Angelov (p.angelov@lancaster.ac.uk)
Date submitted: Feb. 25th, 2006

Content:
Late breaking papers for the
2nd International Symposium on Evolving Fuzzy Systems
(http://www.efs06.org )
can be submitted till 13 March 2006!

Take this opportunity to submit your late breaking paper and
have a chance
(subject to three positive peer reviews to have it included in the
program
and to attend this focused high quality event that will shape the
emerging
area of Evolving Intelligent Systems.

The Symposium (technically co-sponsored by Computational
Intelligence Society and Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society
as well as by
IFSA and EUSFLAT) is co-organized by InfoLab21, Lancaster
University, UK and
the Genetic Fuzzy Systems Task Force to the Technical
Committee on Fuzzy
Systems, CIS, IEEE and is planned to be in a single-track (no
parallel
sessions) and will give an excellent opportunity to:

- meet the leaders in this emerging area (R. Yager, P. Bonissone,
N.
  Kasabov, D. Filev, F. Gomide, O. Cordon, H. Ishibuchi, A.
Abraham, B. Carse,
  J. Casillas, F. Hoffmann, F. Klawonn, H. Hagras, B. John, A.
Bugarin, K.
  Valavanis etc.) - for the full list of confirmed key note and
invited
  speakers, please, visit

http://www.efs06.org/program.php?PHPSESSID=40c960bbe1f9d
db3ace1ca4d7ba3b7ee

- attend selected and focused presentations concerning
advanced industrial
  applications of evolving fuzzy systems;

- discuss in a warm and close environment the problems,
tendencies, and
  opportunities that the emerging area of Evolving Intelligent
Systems pose;

- win one of the series of 'best paper awards' (best student
paper, best
  industrially oriented paper, best paper) generously provided by
the co-
  sponsors of the event (BAE Systems, Nokia-UK, J&S Marine,
and Retail
  Analytics, Ltd.);

- have a peer reviewed paper in a Proceeding published by IEEE
after a
  careful selection.

- relax in the UK-leading all-year round resort overlooking Lake
Windermere
  (a home of many World speed records), near Lancaster, UK and
enjoy the
 dinner on a boat.

For details and updates, please, visit the Symposium web-site at
http://www.efs06.org

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42) IWISIC2006
The 2006 International Workshop on Intelligent Systems and Intelligent
Computing
October 5- 6, 2006 Beijing, China

Conference web site: http://cesa2006.csai.tsinghua.edu.cn/iwisic

Call For Papers

The First International Workshop on Intelligent Systems and Intelligent
Computing (IWISIC) will be held jointly with the 2006 IMACS Multiconference on
“Computational Engineering in Systems Applications”(CESA) during October 5-6
2006, in Beijing, China. This workshop is sponsored by Tsinghua University,
Intelligent Automation Society of Chinese Automation Association, Intelligent
Control and Intelligent Management Society of Chinese Association of Artificial
Intelligence in cooperation with the NSFC, and the aim of this workshop is to
bring together experts from different expertise areas to discuss the state of the
art in intelligent control and intelligent computing, and to present new research
results and perspectives on future development, especially with respect to next
generation of intelligent control and computing systems. Topics of interest
include, but are not limited to:
Artificial intelligence and its applications
Machine learning
Fuzzy logic, neural networks, neuro-fuzzy systems
Evolutionary computing, genetic algorithm, DNA computing
Intelligent modelling, control and management
Intelligent computing
Intelligent pattern recognition and fault diagnostics
Multiagent based planning, control and Intelligence
Intelligent robots and Intelligent vehicles
Intelligent signal processing and sensor fusion
Next generation intelligent control architectures and methods
Man-machine issues for control and computing
Intelligent transportation systems
Modeling and control for computing systems
All the accepted papers will be included in proceedings of CESA’2006 and
indexed by EI, good papers (about 15 % of presented papers) will be selected to
be developed and enlarged in order to be published in different high quality
international journals (indexed by SCI). For more detail of this conference, please
refer to the website http://cesa2006.csai. tsinghua.edu.cn

Paper Submission: Contributed papers are invited. A draft paper of no less than
4 pages must be submitted in PDF format through the e-
mail:hpliu@mail.tsinghua.edu.cn

Important Dates:

June 15, 2006        Submission of sessions proposals
June 30, 2006        Deadline for submission of draft papers
July 15, 2006       Notification of acceptance
August 15, 2006       Final paper submission

Honorary Committee Members:
Pierre Borne (France), Zixin Cai (China), Tianyou Chai (China), S.S.Ge
(Singapore), Laurence Hall (USA), Michael Smith (Canada), Xuyan Tu (China ),
Hongxin Wu (China), Bo Zhang (China)

General Chairs
Jacek M. Zurada (University of Louisvile, USA)
Zengqi Sun (Tsinghua University, China)

Program Committee Chairs:
Xin Yao (University of Birmingham, UK)
Hongxing Li (Beijing Normal University, China)

Program Committee Co-Chairs
Fuchun Sun (Tsinghua University, China)
Simon X. Yang (University of Guelph, Canada)

Orgnizing Committee Chairs
Yixin Yin (Beijing University of Science and Technology )
Junping Du (Beijing Technology and Business University, China)

IWISIC’2006 Scientific Secretariat :
Dr. Huaping Liu
Dept. of Computer Sci. and Tech., Tsinghua Univiersity
Beijing 100084, P.R.China
Phone:8610-62796858
Email:hpliu@tsinghua.edu.cn


For more information please see:

http://cesa2006.csai.tsinghua.edu.cn/iwisic




43) John Nash to receive Herbert A. Simon Award

The Herbert A. Simon Award for contributions to
the study of Complex Systems will be presented to

    John F. Nash, Jr.

for his analysis of

    Game Theory

at the International Conference on Complex Systems
June 25-30, Boston, MA.

For further information please see
http://www.necsi.org
http://www.necsi.org/events/iccs6
44) JELIA'06



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    | 10th European Conference on Logics in Artificial Intelligence |
    |          Liverpool, U.K., September 13-15, 2006                     |
    |             http://www.csc.liv.ac.uk/~jelia                     | |
|
    |       ----> Submission deadline: 1st May 2006 <----               |
    +---------------------------------------------------------------+

 NOTE: We are happy to announce grants of £100 to every
registered
 ----- student who is co-author of an accepted paper!

JELIA'06 will bring together researchers interested in all aspects
concerning the use of logics in AI to discuss current research,
results, problems and applications of both a theoretical and
practical
nature. Authors are invited to submit papers presenting original
and
unpublished research in all areas related to the use of Logics in
AI.

Proceedings will be published by Springer-Verlag in the Lecture
Notes
on Artificial Intelligence series. All submissions must be
received
(in PS or PDF only) by 1st May, 2006, and should be submitted
via the
JELIA-06 web page. Papers should be written in English, and
should be formatted according to the Springer LNCS style (with
standard margins). There are two categories of submission:
A. Regular papers. Submissions should not exceed 13 pages
including
  figures, references, etc., and should contain original research,
  and sufficient detail to assess the merits and relevance of the
  contribution.

B. Tool descriptions. Submissions should not exceed 4 pages,
and
 should describe the implemented tool and its novel features. A
 demonstration is expected to accompany a tool presentation.

IMPORTANT DATES
        Deadline for submission: 1st May, 2006
        Notification of acceptance: 8th June, 2006
        Camera Ready Copy due: 26th June, 2006

For further details, including lists of Conference Officials and
Programme Committee, see http://www.csc.liv.ac.uk/~jelia

Send your questions and comments to jelia06@csc.liv.ac.uk

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45) LPAR 2006 (Phnom Penh, Cambodia)

LPAR-13                             Phnom Penh, Cambodia
http://www.lix.polytechnique.fr/~hermann/LPAR2006/ 13th-17th
November 2006
                 Last Call For Papers
The 13th International Conference on Logic for Programming
Artificial
Intelligence and Reasoning (LPAR-13) will be held 13th-17th
November 2006,
at the Hotel Cambodiana, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Submission
of papers for
presentation at the conference is now invited. Topics of interest
include:
+ automated reasoning              + propositional reasoning
+ interactive theorem proving        + description logics
+ software verification               + hardware verification
+ software testing              + logic and ontologies
+ proof assistants             + network and protocol
verification
+ proof planning              + nonmonotonic reasoning
+ proof checking               + constructive logic and type
theory
+ rewriting and unification       + lambda and combinatory
calculi
+ logic programming             + knowledge representation and
reasoning
+ modal and temporal logics           + constraint programming
+ systems specification and synthesis + logical foundations of
programming
+ model checking                + computational interpretations
of logic
+ proof-carrying code            + logic and computational
complexity
+ logic and databases            + logic in artificial intelligence
+ reasoning for the semantic web       + reasoning about actions
Full and short papers are welcome. Full papers may be
either regular
papers containing new results, or experimental papers
describing
implementations or evaluations of systems. Short papers may
describe work
in progress or provide system descriptions. Submitted
papers must be
original, and not submitted concurrently to a journal or
another
conference.
The full paper proceedings of LPAR-13 will be published by
Springer-Verlag
in the LNAI series. Authors of accepted full papers will be
required to
sign a form transferring copyright of their contribution to
Springer-Verlag.
The short paper proceedings of LPAR-13 will be published by
the conference.
Program Committee
-----------------

 María Alpuente        Technical University of Valencia
 Franz Baader          Technische Universität Dresden
 Matthias Baaz         Vienna University of Technology
 Christoph Benzmüller Universität des Saarlandes
 Koen Claessen          Chalmers University of Technology
 Javier Esparza        University of Stuttgart
 Berndt Fischer        University of Southampton
 Jürgen Giesl         RWTH Aachen
 Jean Goubault-Larrecq ENS Cachan
 Erich Grädel         Aachen University of Technology
 Ziyad Hanna          Intel
 Pascal van Hentenryck Brown University
 Miki Hermann          CNRS and École Polytechnique
 Brahim Hnich          University College Cork
 Ian Horrocks,    University of Manchester
 Viktor Kuncak         MIT
 Orna Kupferman          Hebrew University
 Christopher Lynch       Clarkson University
 Dale Miller        INRIA Futurs and École Polytechnique
 George Necula          UC Berkeley
 Joachim Niehren         LIFL and INRIA Futurs
 Luke Ong            Oxford University
 Catuscia Palamidessi LIX and INRIA Futurs
 Michel Parigot       PPS and CNRS
 Frank Pfenning         Carnegie Mellon University
 Reinhard Pichler       Vienna University of Technology
 Michael Rusinowitch      LORIA and INRIA-Lorraine
 Mooly Sagiv          Tel-Aviv University
 Gernot Salzer        Vienna University of Technology
 Christelle Scharff    Pace University
 Sopheap Seng           ITC Phnom Penh
 Geoff Sutcliffe      University of Miami
 Sophie Tison         LIFL and Université de Lille
 Margus Veanes          Microsoft Research
 Andrei Voronkov            University of Manchester and Microsoft
Research

Submission Instructions
-----------------------
Papers must be prepared using the Springer-Verlag instructions
for authors
(http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html). Papers may
be up to 15
pages. If proofs do not fit in 15 pages, an appendix with
proofs may be
added. Short papers may be up to 5 pages. Papers must be
submitted in plain
postscript or PDF format, through the online submission system
(http://www.easychair.org/LPAR06/).
Dates and Deadlines:
+ Submission of full paper abstracts                         2nd May
+ Submission of full papers                             9th May
+ Notification of acceptance of full papers 10th July
+ Camera ready versions of full papers due 5th September
+ Submission of short papers                             28th August
+ Notification of acceptance of short papers 11th September
+ Camera ready versions of short papers due 25th September
Questions related to submission may be sent to the program
chairs, Miki
Hermann and Andrei Voronkov.
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               Cambodia ... Land of LPAR and Pagodas
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46) MICAI-2006, Artificial Intelligence

5th Mexican International Conference on ARTIFICIAL
INTELLIGENCE

     MICAI 2006

     November 13-17, Mexico; www.MICAI.org/2006
     Proceedings: Springer LNAI; poster session: IEEE CS.
     Submission: June 2 (see webpage).


PRELIMINARY CALL FOR PAPERS


*** PAPER SUBMISSION ***

Papers accepted for oral session will be published by Springer
in
Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI). Papers accepted
for poster session will be published by IEEE CS Press.

Submissions are received via www.MICAI.org/2006; see
guidelines there.


*** IMPORTANT DATES ***

June 2: Submission deadline.
July 24 / August 4: Acceptance notification for oral / poster
session.
August 21 / 25: Camera-ready deadline for oral / poster session.


*** TOPICS ***

All areas of Artificial Intelligence, see list on the webpage.


*** CONTACT ***

General inquiries: micai2006 at MICAI dot org.
See more contact options on www.MICAI.org/2006.



47) META´2006
********************************************

     CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

      META'2006 (School and Workshop)
Metaheuristics : Theory and Applications

        2-4 Nov 2006
       Hammamet, Tunisie

   http://www.lifl.fr/META2006

*********************************************




48) NCA 2006

                  Call for Papers

                         NCA 2006

Natural Computing and Applications Workshop

in conjunction with

SYNASC-2006
8th International Symposium on
Symbolic and Numeric Algorithms for Scientific Computing
Timisoara, Romania
September 26 - 29, 2006
http://synasc06.info.uvt.ro/index.php?option=com_content&task
=view&id=23&Itemid=23

Workshop description

Natural Computation is a field of research that is concerned with
the use of nature-inspired paradigms for solving computational
problems. The world of natural computation is diverse and
fascinating. It tries to combine the computing carried in
computer science with the computing observed in nature.

NCA'05 invites authors to submit their original and unpublished
work that demonstrate current research in all areas of natural
computation and their applications in science, technology,
business and commerce. Submitted papers have to be original,
containing new and interesting results.


Topics:

Suggested topics for papers include, but are not limited to, the
following:

 -evolutionary computing,
 -neural computing,
 -molecular computing (DNA computing, membrane computing)
 -quantum computing,
 -information processing in cells and tissues,
 -immunocomputing,
 -swarm intelligence,
 -computation with words,
 -granular computation,
 -artificial life,
 -hybrid systems and other intelligent systems inspired by
nature,
 -natural computing applications in knowledge discovery,
business, science, finance, operations research and other fields.


Submission of papers:

Papers of up to 8 pages edited using the IEEE conference style
must be submitted electronically to dzaharie@info.uvt.ro .

All papers will be peer reviewed by at least two or more
independent referees of the program committee of NCA'06 and
accepted on the basis of their scientific merit and relevance to
the Workshop topics. Papers accepted for presentation will be
published in the SYNASC'06 post-proceedings (IEEE Computer
Press).

Workshop deadlines:

Submission of papers: June 16, 2006
Notification of acceptance: August 1, 2006
Final paper: September 1, 2006
Registration: September 1, 2006

Workshop chairs:

Ajith Abraham - School of Computer Science and Engineering,
Chung-Ang University, Republic of Korea,
ajith.abraham@ieee.org
Dan Dumitrescu - Department of Computer Science, Babes
Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania,
ddumitr@nessie.ubbcluj.ro


Publicity Chair
Hongbo Liu - Dalian University of Technology, China


Program Committee:

Yuhui Chen - Jinan University, China
Juan M. Corchado - University of Salamanca, Spain
Yasuhiko Dote - Muroran Institute of Technology, Japan
Bernard De Baets - University of Ghent, Belgium
Olivier Francois - Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble,
France
Ranadhir Ghosh - University of Ballarat, Australia
Crina Grosan - Babes Bolyai University, Cluj Napoca, Romania
Hisao Ishibuchi - Osaka Prefecture University, Japan
Er Meng Joo - Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Janusz Kacprzyk - Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
Mario K\"{u}pen - Fraunhofer IPK, Germany
Jiri Kroc - University of West Bohemia, Czech Republic
Hongbo Liu - Dalian University of Technology, China
Carlos Martin-Vide - Roveira I Virgili University, Spain
Sanaz Mostaghim - University of Karlsruhe, Germany
Nadia Nedjah - State University of Rio, Brazil
Vasile Palade - Oxford University, UK
Gheorghe Paun - Institute of Mathematics of the Romanian
Academy, Romania
Witold Pedrycz - University of Alberta, Canada
Ashraf Saad - Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
P. Saratchandran - Nanyang Technological University,
Singapore
Yanqing Zhang - Georgia State University, USA
Berend Jan van der Zwaag - University of Twente, Netherlands
Fabio Zambetta - Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology,
Australia


Local organizer:

Daniela Zaharie - West University of Timisoara, Romania,
dzaharie@info.uvt.ro


48) NEW BOOKS by L. Magnani et al

1) L. MAGNANI (ed), Computing and Philosophy,
http://www.internetbookshop.it/ser/serdsp.asp?shop=1&c=IKBOI
D0IJW1QS
Associated International Academic Publishers (Scientific
Director: Lorenzo Magnani), Pavia, 2006. ISBN 88-89659-02-5, €
21.60.

Authors: M. Bazire, P. Brézillon, J. Burian, B. Cambon de
Lavalette, W. A. Cameron, L. Celi, L. De Carli, G. Dodig-
Crnkovic, S. Franchi, D. Gadia, A. Lacaste, C Leproux, Th.
Lindof, D. Marini, L. Marini- Lumer, S. Mildeova, S. Poitrenaud, A.
Riegler, C. T. Schmidt, C. Tabet, C. Tijus, S. Trausan-Matu, M.
Weinstein.

Publisher Website Associated International Academic Publisher
(Scientific Director: Lorenzo Magnani): http://www.aia-
company.com/PUBB/index.php?subpage=books&id=5&en=&pag
e=media&pub=y

***

2) L. MAGNANI and R. DOSSENA (eds), Computing, Philosophy
and Cognition,
http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=br_ss_hs/104-1946863-
0824727?search-alias=aps&keywords=magnani%20dossena
College Publications, London, 2005. ISBN 19-04987-24-9, £ 18.00.

Authors: T. Addis, P. Allo, C. Arrighi, E. Bardone, M. Berg, D.
Billinge, R. Bod, P. Boulos, S. Colon, R. Cordeschi, E. Datteri, F.
M. Dionisio, G. Dodig- Crnkovic, R. G. Domenela, M. J. Dovey, R.
O. Elveton, A. Faro, R. Feltrero, R. Ferrario, L. Floridi, A. Gatti, D.
Giordano, P. Gouveia, M. Guarini, T. Honkela, T. Knuuttila, P.
Kühnlein, J. Lee, L. Magnani, J. Marcos, A. Pease, A. Plebe, J.
Sarela, J. Schleimer, A. Smaill, M. Sprevak, S. Stuart, G.
Tamburrini, G. R. Wheeler.

Publisher Website: under (re)construction
http://www.dcs.kcl.ac.uk/kcl-publications/

***

3) Forthcoming: special issue of Minds and Society (Springer)
"Ontology, Meaning, Belief"
edited by Lorenzo Magnani

Authors: M. Carrara, P. Cherubini, P. Giaretta, A. Gomes, R.
Gudwin, A. Manfrinati, C. Niño El-Hani, E. Pessa, A. Pozzali, J.
Queiroz, M. Soavi, G. Terenzi

http://www.springer.com/sgw/cda/frontpage/0,,4-165-70-
36836270-0,00.html

***

4) Forthcoming: Special Issue of Logic Journal of the IGPL
(Oxford University Press) "Abduction, Practical Reasoning, and
Creative Inferences in Science"
edited by Lorenzo Magnani [the papers by Bandini, Mosca and
Palmonari and by Tuzet have been presented at the E-
CAP2004_ITALY].

Authors: A. Aliseda, S. Bandini, B. Banerjee, Z. A. Bari, D.
Batens, M. C. Becker, V. Bharathan, P. D. Bruza, W. Carnielli, R.
J. Cole, G. Dai, T. Knag Fylkesnes, D. Gabbay, K. Hakkarainen,
K. Inoue, J. R. Josephson, S. Luan, L. Magnani, J. Meheus, A.
Mosca, A. Nepomuceno, S. Paavola, M. Palmonari, C. Pizzi, P.
Pohjola, L. Reyes, C. Sakama, M. Sintonen, F. Soler, D. Song, G.
Tuzet, J. Wood, F. Zirpoli

http://jigpal.oxfordjournals.org/current.dtl

***

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University of Pavia,
Piazza Botta 6, 27100 Pavia, Italy

Department of Philosophy,
Sun Yat-sen University,
510275 Guangzhou (Canton), P.R.China

Chair (with Li Ping) of the Conference MBR06-CHINA
Model-Based Reasoning in Science and Medicine
http://www.unipv.it/webphilos_lab/mbr06.php July 2006


49) New books on Swarm Intelligence
--------------------------------------------
** Two New Books on Swarm Intelligence **
<http://www.softcomputing.net/sidm.html>
http://www.softcomputing.net/sidm.html
--------------------------------------------

SWARM INTELLIGENCE AND DATA MINING

Editors: Ajith Abraham, Crina Grosan and Vitorino Ramos,
Studies in Computational Intelligence,
Springer Verlag, Germany,
pages 270, ISBN: 3-540-34955-3,2006.

Foreword by James Kennedy:
<http://www.softcomputing.net/sidm_foreword.pdf>
http://www.softcomputing.net/sidm_foreword.pdf

Preface
<http://www.softcomputing.net/sidm-book-
preface.pdf>http://www.softcomputing.net/sidm-book-preface.pdf


Swarm Intelligence is an innovative distributed intelligent paradigm
for solving optimization problems that originally took its inspiration
from the biological examples by swarming, flocking and herding
phenomena in vertebrates. Data Mining is an analytic process designed
to explore large amounts of data in search of consistent patterns
and/or systematic relationships between variables, and then to
validate the findings by applying the detected patterns to new subsets
of data.

This book deals with the application of swarm intelligence in data
mining. Addressing the various issues of swarm intelligence and data
mining using different intelligent approaches is the novelty of this
edited volume. This volume comprises of 11 chapters including an
introductory chapter giving the fundamental definitions and some
important research challenges.

- Table of Contents -

Foreword by Dr. James Kennedy

Introduction to Swarm Intelligence and Data Mining

AntMiner+: A max-min ant system building rule-based classifier

Performing feature selection with ACO

Simultaneous ant colony optimization algorithms for learning

linguistic fuzzy rules

Ant colony clustering and feature extraction for anomaly intrusion detection

Data and text mining with hierarchical clustering ants
Clustering ensemble using ANT and ART

Swarm clustering based on flowers pollination by artificial bees

Computer study of the evolution of 'news foragers' on the Internet

Data swarm clustering

Particle Swarm Optimization for Pattern Recognition and Image Processing


Book Catalogue and Order form
<http://www.springer.com/east/home/computer?SGWID=5-146-22-173662727-
0>http://www.springer.com/east/home/computer?SGWID=5-146-22-173662727-
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STIGMERGIC OPTIMIZATION

Editors: Ajith Abraham, Crina Grosan and Vitorino Ramos
Studies in Computational Intelligence,
Springer Verlag, Germany
pages 300, ISBN: 3-540-34689-9.

Preface
<http://www.softcomputing.net/pref-book2.pdf>http://www.softcomputing.net/pref-
book2.pdf

Biologists studied the behavior of social insects for a long time.
After millions of years of evolution all these species have developed
incredible solutions for a wide range of problems. The intelligent
solutions to problems naturally emerge from the self-organization and
indirect communication of these individuals. Indirect interactions
occur between two individuals when one of them modifies the
environment and the other responds to the new environment at a later
time. Such an interaction is an example of 'stigmergy'.

This book deals with the application of stigmergy for a variety of
Optimization problems. This Volume comprises 12 Chapters including an
introductory chapter giving the fundamental definitions, inspirations
and some research challenges.

- Table of Contents -

Stigmergic Optimization: Foundations, perspectives and applications
Stigmergic autonomous navigation in collective robotics

A general approach to swarm coordination using circle formation

Cooperative particle swarm optimizers: a powerful and promising approach

Parallel particle swarm optimization algorithms with adaptive simulated annealing

Termite: a swarm intelligent routing algorithm for mobile wireless ad-hoc
networks

Linear multiobjective particle swarm optimization

Physically realistic self-assembly simulation system

Gliders and rders: A particle swarm selects for coherent space-time structures in
evolving cellular automata

Stigmergic navigation for multi-agent teams in complex environments

Intelligence: Theoretical proof that empirical techniques are optimal

Stochastic diffusion search: Partial function evaluation in swarm intelligence
dynamic optimization


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49) Open PhD student positions

Dear Colleague(s),
Enclosed please find the announcement for an open position for
a PhD
student, both in text and pdf form, that should be filled by
Jenuary 2007. The position concerns the project "DustBot"
financed by the EU. The project is aimed
at designing, developing, testing and demonstrating a system
for improving the
management of urban hygiene based on a network of
autonomous and cooperating
robots embedded in an Ambient Intelligence infrastructure.
Would it be
possible for you to distribute this call to students at your
university that could be interested in the position-- for instance,
by posting it to a student
bulletin board, or sending it to a student mailing list?

Thank you!

Silvia

             ***** PhD Student Positions Available *****

Centre for Applied Autonomous Sensor Systems (AASS), Örebro
University, Sweden

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Open PhD Position Announcement

Two fully funded PhD student positions will be available from
1st of January,
2007 at the AASS Learning Systems Lab, University of Örebro,
Sweden (Head of
the institute: Dimiter Driankov, project leader: Achim Lilienthal).
These are
PhD positions in a newly established project "DustBot -
Networked and
Cooperating Robots for Urban Hygiene" funded by the European
Union.
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DustBot Project:

The DustBot project involves altogether nine partners from
several European
countries, including academic and industrial institutions. The
project is aimed
at designing, developing, testing and demonstrating a system
for improving the
management of urban hygiene based on a network of
autonomous and cooperating
robots embedded in an Ambient Intelligence infrastructure. The
robots will
operate in partially unstructured environments (such as
squares, streets, parks,
etc.) where they vacuum-clean rubbish and dirt and transport
small quantities of
garbage. They will be equipped with different gas sensors to
monitor atmospheric
pollutants. The robots will also have the means to communicate
information on
the environmental quality. In order to model the distribution of
atmospheric
pollutants in real time, additional sensors (such as temperature,
humidity, and
airflow sensors) will be used both mounted on the mobile robots
and integrated
into the Ambient environment.

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PhD position "Navigation and Multi-Robot Path Planning":

The PhD student enrolled on this position will perform research
in the field of
robot navigation, path planning and obstacle avoidance in the
context of a team
of robots integrated into an Ambient Intelligence. Particular
challenges of this
PhD study will be the fusion of information from multiple
sensors and the
Ambient environment for localisation; constraints due to the
outdoor conditions
(pavements, steps or slopes); optimization of collective
coverage, taking into
account asynchronous requests from human operators or other
modules of the
DustBot system; and that the requests can be path or coverage
requests. Further
information about the PhD position can be found at
http://aass.oru.se/~dustbot/PhdAnn_NavPathPlan.html.

Prerequisites: The candidate must have the equivalent of a
Masters degree in
Robotics, Computer Science, or Computer Engineering, and an
excellent study
curriculum. Candidates with a Masters degree in a related area
(such as Physics,
Electronic Engineering, for example) with a solid programming
background and a
strong motivation in designing/building physical mechanical
systems as well as
in simulation and data analysis, will be also considered.
Previous experience
with mobile robots is a plus. Experience in robot vision and
sensor fusion and
with the cross-platform robot server Player and the
corresponding simulators
Stage and Gazebo are advantageous though not obligatory.
Proficiency in
writing/spoken English is mandatory.

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PhD position "Distributed Pollution Monitoring With a Group of
Mobile Robots":

The PhD student enrolled on this position will perform research
in the field of
gas distribution modelling and distributed environmental
monitoring by a team of
robots that is integrated into an Ambient Intelligence. In
particular, this PhD
study will require working with different gas sensors and
modelling their
interaction with the environment; and modelling gas distribution
in real time,
considering the chaotic character of gas transport in a real-
world environment
and the uncertainty regarding the position and the value of
measurements
obtained from the mobile robots. Further information about the
PhD position can
be found at http://aass.oru.se/~dustbot/PhdAnn_PollMon.html.

Prerequisites: The candidate must have a good theoretical
understanding of the
physical problem, a solid programming background, a strong
motivation in
modelling and data analysis and an excellent study curriculum.
Candidates must
have the equivalent of a Masters degree in one of the following
disciplines (but
other areas are also possible): Physics, Robotics, Computer
Science, Electronic
Engineering, Mathematics, or Computer Engineering. Previous
experience with gas
sensors and mobile robots is a plus. Proficiency in
writing/spoken English is
mandatory.

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Application:

Interested candidates should send an updated CV, together with
a motivation
letter and at least two academic references by e-mail to Dr.
Achim Lilienthal
(achim.lilienthal@tech.oru.de). The deadline for applications is
30.10.2006.

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More Information:

Contact Person:         Dr. Achim Lilienthal
<achim@lilienthal.de>
DustBot Project:       http://aass.oru.se/~dustbot/
About AASS:            www.aass.oru.se
Örebro University: http://www.oru.se/
PhD study at AASS:
www.oru.se/templates/oruExtNormal.aspx?id=15066

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50) PhD student - open position

Dear Colleague(s),

Enclosed please find the announcement for an open position for
a PhD
student that should be filled pretty urgently (September). The
position concerns
the project "PEIS Ecology" (www.aass.oru.se/~peis). Would it
be
possible for you to distribute this call to students at your
university that could be interested in the position-- for instance,
by posting it to a student
bulletin board, or sending it to a student mailing list?

Thank you!

Silvia




51) PhD Student Position in Swarm Robotics at IDSIA
******************** PhD Student Position in Swarm Robotics
********************

               STARTING OCTOBER 2006, 4 years

IDSIA - "Dalle Molle" Institute for Artificial Intelligence (Lugano,
Switzerland)

Prof. Luca M. Gambardella & Dr. G. Di Caro

A PhD position is available at IDSIA to perform research on
machine learning,
swarm robotics and complex systems in the framework of the
SWARMANOID project,
a Future and Emerging Technologies (FET-OPEN) project funded
by the European
Commission. The SWARMANOID project is a follow-up of the
successful Swarm-bots
project (http://www.swarm-bots.org/).


PROJECT DESCRIPTION
-------------------

The main objective of the SWARMANOID project is the design
and manufacturing
of a "swarmanoid", an innovative robotic system made of a
swarm of
heterogeneous autonomous robots acting and interacting in the
3D space. Flying
Eye-bots, climbing and grasping Hand-bots, and walking and
transporting
Foot-bots will be the robotic units of the swarm. Each unit will
be designed to
be autonomous and to have self-reconfiguration capabilities, as
well as to be
able to cooperate and self-assemble with the other units to
perform collective
task solution.
In addition to IDSIA, the project's consortium is composed of 5
research groups
including: Prof. Dorigo (IRIDIA, ULB, Belgium), Prof. Mondada
and Prof.
Floreano (both at EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland), and Prof. Nolfi
(CNR, Rome,
Italy).

* The PhD research work will focus on the development of
control algorithms for
  the single robot as well as the ensemble of the manufactured
robotic units.
  A minor part of the work will also focus on the implementation
of a realistic
  simulation environment for the swarmanoid using the Open
Dynamics Engine
  (http://www.ode.org)


CANDIDATE PROFILE
-------------------

We are looking for an excellent and highly motivated candidate
with a strong
interest and a scientific background in: machine learning,
distributed
robotics, swarm intelligence and artificial intelligence. The
candidate must
have a MASTER degree (or equivalent). She/he is expected to
have good
programming and mathematical skills, and to have a positive
attitude toward
interdisciplinary research and teamwork.


TIME FRAME, ENROLLMENT, and SALARY INFORMATION
----------------------------------------------

* Expected duration of the studentship: 4 years, starting from
October 2006
* The candidate will be affiliated to the Faculty of Informatics at
USI
  (http://www.inf.unisi.ch/) and will be supervised by Prof. Luca
Maria
  Gambardella (IDSIA, http://www.idsia.ch/).

 The regulations of the PhD program are available at:
 http://www.inf.unisi.ch/education/phd/phd-regulations.pdf.

* English is the official language both at the Faculty of
Informatics of USI
  and at IDSIA.

* The gross salary is roughly 38000 CHF (25000 EURO) per year
(corresponding to
  a net salary of about 2500 CHF/month). There is travel funding
in case of
  papers accepted at important conferences and for project
meetings.


HOW TO APPLY
------------

Applications should be submitted electronically to Dr. Gianni Di
Caro
at the following address: gianni AT idsia DOT ch

They must include:

     * Detailed curriculum vitae (including grades)

     * List of two references (including email addresses)

     * Statement about the research interests of the candidate,
pointing
       out their relationship with the topics of the project (1-2
pages)
      * Links to master thesis and publications

Position is open until filled, but not later than September 10,
2006.
Candidates are strongly encouraged to send their applications
by August 31, 2006.

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*


52) Postdoc position in Swarmanoid project - Brussels

PostDoc position available
IRIDIA
Institut de Recherches Interdisciplinaires et de
Développements en Intelligence Artificielle
Université Libre de Bruxelles
Brussels, Belgium
<http://iridia.ulb.ac.be/>http://iridia.ulb.ac.be/

Swarmanoid project:
Postdoctoral research position available

Start date: October 1st, 2006, or later.
Position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.


The Swarmanoid project is a Future and Emerging
Technologies (FET-OPEN) project funded by the
European Commission. The main scientific
objective of this research project is the design,
implementation and control of a novel distributed
robotic system. The system will be made up of
heterogeneous, dynamically connected, small
autonomous robots. Collectively, these robots
will form what we call a swarmanoid. The
swarmanoid that we intend to build will be
comprised of numerous (about 60) autonomous
robots of three types: eye-bots, handbots, and
foot-bots.

The Swarmanoid project is the successor project
to the SWARM-BOTS project, and will build on the
results obtained during the SWARM-BOTS project.
Information on the SWARM-BOTS project can be
found at the following address:
<http://www.swarm-bots.org>www.swarm-bots.org.

IRIDIA, the Artificial Intelligence laboratory of
the Université Libre de Bruxelles and
co-ordinator of the Swarmanoid project, has a
vacancy for a postdoctoral research position. The
successful applicant can start any time from
October 1st 2006 onwards. The vacancy will remain
open until a suitable candidate is found. There
is, therefore, no submission deadline.

The area of competence and/or interest of the
person we are looking for should be in at least
one of the following disciplines: Computational
Intelligence, Autonomous Robotics,
Self-organizing Systems. He or she should be an
experienced researcher with publications in the
above-mentioned fields. The working language of
the laboratory is English, though French, German
and Italian are spoken by most of its members.
The right person will have a commitment to
research and publication, and possess good
communication and presentation skills (in
English). He or she will be available for
traveling between European labs participating in
the research project. The ability to work as part
of an international team producing pre-defined
deliverables to fixed deadlines is essential.

The project is coordinated by Professor Marco
Dorigo, director of the IRIDIA lab. Other
participants include Prof. Mondada and Prof.
Floreano (both at EPFL, Lausanne), Prof.
Gambardella (IDSIA, Universit'a della Svizzera
Italiana, Lugano), and Prof. Nolfi (CNR, Rome,
Italy).

IRIDIA is dedicated to equal opportunities.
Indeed, we explicitly encourage female
researchers to apply for this position. We
guarantee that the selection process will be
based solely on scientific merit.

If you wish to apply, please send an email
containing (preferably as a PDF attachment) your
CV and a research interests statement to:

Dr. Elio Tuci, Ph.D.
Email: swarmanoid@iridia.ulb.ac.be

The full call for positions is available at:
http://www.swarmanoid.org/Swarmanoid_vacancy.pdf




53) Postdoctoral Research Associate post in UK

Postdoctoral Research Associate

A postdoctoral Research Associate post is available in the area
of search based software engineering at the Department of
Computer Science, School of Physical Sciences and
Engineering, King's College London. Search based software
engineering concerns the application to software engineering
problems of search techniques from OR and metaheuristics,
such as evolutionary computation, simulated annealing etc.

The post is part of a large EPSRC project, SEBASE, led by Prof.
Harman at King’s College London, in collaboration with
Birmingham University, York University, DaimlerChrysler,
Motorola and IBM.
The post holder will lead the King’s College part of the overall
project.

Applicants should hold a PhD and have a track record of
research in search techniques and/or software engineering
using search.

The appointment is expected to be made up to spinal point 11 of
the RA1 salary scale (subject to experience), the term of
appointment is for 60 Months.

Informal inquiries to Prof. Mark Harman, Head of Software
Engineering and project director, Department of Computer
Science (Mark.Harman@kcl.ac.uk).


For further details, job descriptions and application forms
please write to, Personnel Department, King's College London,
Strand Campus, London WC2R 2LS, or e-mail: strand-
recruitment@kcl.ac.uk quoting reference number W1/CCS/23/06.

Closing date: Friday 26th May 2006.

----
Max MANFRIN
http://iridia.ulb.ac.be/~mmanfrin/




54) PPSN Workshop on Bio-Inspired Computing

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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

PPSN WORKSHOP ON BIO-INSPIRED COMPUTING IN
COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY
Organized by: Systems Optimization Group, ETH Zurich,
Switzerland

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: July 31, 2006

September 9, 2006
PPSN IX 2006, Reykjavik, Iceland
http://ppsn2006.raunvis.hi.is/index.php?page=workshops#W4

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Workshop scope:

Computational biology aims at understanding biological
phenomena by
means of mathematical models and computational methods,
e.g.,
optimization techniques. In the analysis of biological data sets, a
variety of complex optimization problems need to be addressed.
Bio-inspired computing offers high flexibility in this respect as it
can
deal with complex problem formulations and does not require a
specific
algorithm to be developed for each variation of a problem
formulation.
The increasing interest of the biology community and the
increase of
available high-throughput data creates many opportunities for
innovative
contributions in this highly interdisciplinary field.

Workshop format:

There are two invited speakers, namely David Corne,
Department of Computer Science,
University of Exeter, and James Foster, Department of Biological
Sciences, University of Idaho. In addition, several short
presentations are
planned focusing on current EA-related research topics in
computational biology.
The workshop will end with a discussion about selected topics.
Submissions:

We invite submissions of original, possibly preliminary work as
extended
abstracts of two pages together with a tentative title of the talk,
author name(s),
affiliation(s), and email addresses. The extended abstracts
should be submitted
in PDF format via email to Simon Barkow:
barkow@tik.ee.ethz.ch. Accepted
contributions will be included in the workshop proceedings,
which will
be distributed among the workshop participants, and will be
presented
by one of corresponding authors at the workshop.

Important Dates:

  * Deadline for abstract submissions: July 31, 2006
  * Notification of acceptance: August 14 , 2006
  * Workshop: September 9, 2006

Organizers:

Simon Barkow, Stefan Bleuler, Dimo Brockhoff, and Eckart
Zitzler
Systems Optimization Group
Computer Engineering and Networks Laboratory
ETH Zurich, Switzerland
http://www.tik.ee.ethz.ch/sop/




55) research positions 2006-3
----------------------
2 research positions may be available in the Research Group on
Mathematical Linguistics at Rovira i Virgili University
(Tarragona, Spain) under a scheme funded by the Regional
Government of Catalonia.

The web site of the host institute is:

http://www.grlmc.com

ELIGIBLE TOPICS (in decreasing order of priority)

Language and automata theory and its applications.
Biomolecular computing and nanotechnology.
Bioinformatics.
Language and speech technologies.
Formal theories of language acquisition and evolutionary
linguistics.
Computational neuroscience.

Other related fields might still be eligible provided there are
strong enough candidates for them.

JOB PROFILE

Position A:

- It is intended for a very experienced scientist with a clear
leadership willing to develop an academic career in the
framework of the host institute for an unlimited time, starting in
2006-2007.
- It will be filled in under the form of a permanent work contract,
subject to periodical scientific assessment.
- Doctoral teaching and supervising are expected, as well as a
strong involvement in the institute’s activities.
- Only candidates with an outstanding publication record will be
considered.
- The PhD degree must have been awarded earlier than May
2002.
Position B:

- It is intended for a young scientist with a high potential and
leadership willing to develop an academic career in the
framework of the host institute for 5 years, starting in 2006-2007.
- It will be filled in under the form of a work contract.
- After the first 5 years, it is possible that the position will
become permanent after appropriate scientific assessment.
- Doctoral teaching and supervising are expected, as well as a
strong involvement in the institute’s activities.
- Only candidates with a high publication record will be
considered.
- Candidates must be not older than 35.
- The PhD degree must have been awarded earlier than May
2004.

ECONOMIC CONDITIONS

Position A:

- Annual salary amounting 40,000-43,000 euros approximately in
the first year, after taxes.
- If scientific evaluations give a positive result, an increase in the
salary is expected periodically.
- Full Social Security rights, including health assistance for the
researcher and her/his family.

Position B:

- Annual salary amounting 32,000-35,000 euros approximately in
the first year, after taxes.
- Full Social Security rights, including health assistance for the
researcher and her/his family.

EVALUATION PROCEDURE

It will consist of 2 steps:

- a pre-selection based on CV and carried out by the host
institute,
- an electronic application by the shortlisted candidates,
essentially involving CV and letters of reference, to be assessed
by the funding agency.

SCHEDULE

Expressions of interest are welcome until April 17, 2006. They
should simply contain the candidate's CV and mention "2006-3-
A or B" in the subject line. The outcome of the pre-selection will
be reported immediately after.

Pre-selected candidates will be supported in the application
process by the host institute. The deadline for completing the
whole process is:

- April 28 for position A.
- May 5 for position B.

The final results will be publicized not earlier than July 2006.

CONTACT

Carlos Martin-Vide
carlos.martin@urv.net


56) Roboludens International Symposium 2006
In conjunction with the Robocup Dutch Open Championship 2006, an one-day international symposium will
be held on April 10th 2006:

Robotics in Medical and Home Care; a Promising Future!

This one-day symposium is held in conjunction with the Robocup Dutch Open Championship 2006 on April
10th 2006. The symposium offers the opportunity for an exchange of knowledge and developments in the
area of robotics and artificial intelligence. Special attention will be given to developments in the medical field,
and robotics in the home environment and the social aspects of robotics.

The core of the symposium will be invited presentations by renowned speakers, experts in the field and
supported by poster sessions where Robocup participants and others will present their scientific
achievements.
Furthermore, there will be many possibilities for networking in an informal atmosphere.
The symposium is a preferred venue for those involved in the research and development of robotics and
 artificial intelligence, from industrial companies as well as institutes, colleges and universities, including
Robocup participants and students.
You are invited to attend this symposium, please register now through the Roboludens Website
WWW.ROBOLUDENS.NL -> symposium

Speakers on the symposium will be scientists in the field of robotics, a.o.

Dr. Jim Osborn, Director MERITS Institute / Carnegie Mellon Institute,
Prof. Dr. C.A. Grimbergen, Academisch Medisch Centrum Amsterdam,
Prof. P. Jonker Technical University Delft.

Prof. Maarten Steinbuch, Eindhoven University of Technology, will chair the symposium.

Reception of participants is from 8.30 hours, the official program starts at 9.30 hours.
The symposium will take place at 'the Strip' on the Philips High Tech Campus. Closing of the official program
is foreseen around 16.00 hours, with possibilities for extending networking thereafter.

The symposium registration fee is

€ 175 per participant,
€ 25 for students,

For Robocup team members the fee is included in the Robocup participation (registration still needed).
Coffee/tea and lunch as well as a closing reception are included in the fee. Participation is limited to 250 and
places are awarded on a first come first served basis.



The symposium program is supported by a Scientific Committee:

Prof.dr. E. Aarts, Philips Research,
Prof.dr. J. van Eijk, Philips Applied Technologies,
Prof.dr. E.J. Sol, TNO,
Prof.dr. M. Steinbuch, Eindhoven University of Technology

We hope to see you there!

On behalf of the RoboLudens organizing committee,

With best regards,

Bart Dirkx.




57) RuleML 2006

                  RuleML-2006:
            Second International Conference on
        Rules and Rule Markup Languages for the Semantic Web
               http://2006.ruleml.org
            Athens, Georgia, U.S.A.
             9-10 November 2006

Call For Papers

Semantic Web technologies have matured to the point where
they are
being adopted by many organizations for applications as diverse
as
data integration, optimized search, and decision support. The
increasing use of the technology has resulted from mainstream
commercial software vendors providing solutions that support
Semantic
Web technologies, and W3C making RDF and OWL standard
recommendations.

It is widely recognized that rules are the next layer of focus
within
the Semantic Web technology stack, and consequently interest
and
activity in this area has grown rapidly over recent years.
Semantic
Web rules would allow the integration, transformation and
derivation
of data from numerous sources in a distributed, scalable, and
transparent manner.

The rules landscape features theoretical areas such as
knowledge
representation (KR) and algorithms; design aspects of rule
markup;
engineering of engines, translators, and other tools;
standardization
efforts, such as the recent Rules Interchange Format activity at
W3C
(http://www.w3.org/2005/rules/wg.html); and applications.

Rules complement and extend ontologies on the Semantic Web.
They can
be used in combination with ontologies, or as a means to
specify
ontologies. In these settings, rules can be used either in
conjunction with or as an alternative to description logics. Rules
are
also frequently applied over ontologies, to draw inferences,
express
constraints, specify policies, react to events, discover new
knowledge, transform data, etc. Rule markup languages enrich
Web
ontologies by supporting publishing rules on the Web, exchange
rules
between different systems and tools, share guidelines and
policies,
merge and maintain rulebases, and more.



Meeting Format


The RuleML-2006 Conference is aimed to be the premier
scientific
forum for exchanging ideas on all aspects of rules for the
Semantic
Web. It follows on the heels of three successful workshops on
the
topic, in 2002, 2003, and 2004, and the first RuleML conference
that
took place in 2005. Like its precursors, RuleML-2006 will be held
in
collaboration with the International Semantic Web Conference
(http://iswc2006.semanticweb.org/) and will be co-located with it.
The
RuleML-2006 Conference will consist of both an academic track
and an
industry track.

- Academic Track
Papers submitted to the academic track are expected to focus
on
research related to the development and advancement of rule
formalisms
for the Semantic Web. The work reported should be of
foundational or
conceptual nature and will be judged according to the usual
criteria
of novelty, significance, technical quality, etc.

- Industrial Track
The industrial track is designed to encourage participation from
builders of rules engines and of practitioners who use rules for
e-business, information integration, and other areas of the
Semantic
Web. It is not necessary for a Semantic Web rule engine to have
been
deployed, although preference will be given to systems that
have
adopted or are exploring the adoption of new rules technology
such as
SWRL, RuleML or hybrid approaches to using DL or Datalog
with Semantic
Technology. If systems have been deployed, preference will be
given to
papers that have determined and measured figures of merit.


Topics of interest

We encourage submissions on all topics related to rules and
rule
markup languages for the Semantic Web, including (but not
limiting to)
the following:

 o Rule-based policies: their specification, execution, and
  management
 o Combining rules (including active rules) with ontologies
 o Reactive rules for the Semantic Web
 o Complex event processing
 o Event-driven/action rule languages and models
 o Semantic Rule Management
 o Extraction of rules from unstructured data sources
 o Semantics of rule frameworks, which interoperate with RDF
and OWL
 o Rules and nonmonotonic reasoning
 o Querying the semantic Web with rules
 o Complexity of reasoning problems involving rules
 o Languages, including standards (RuleML, SWRL, Jess, N3,
F-logic,
   etc.)
 o Execution models, rule engines, and environments
 o Implemented tools and systems for rules on the Semantic
Web
 o Active rules for Semantic Web Services
 o Uncertainty and fuzziness in rule-based systems
 o Modeling of business rules and event-driven/active rules
 o Rule-based software agents and the Semantic Web
 o E-contracting and automated negotiations with rule-based
   declarative strategies
 o Connecting event-driven and reactive rules to legacy
knowledge
   bases
 o Distributed rule bases
 o Rule base validation, verification and exception handling on
   the Semantic Web



Submission

We invite articles of no more than 10 pages in length in IEEE
two-column format describing original completed work, work in
progress, or interesting problems or use cases. The page limit
includes title, abstract, figures, references, etc. Submitted
papers
will be fully refereed based on the originality and significance of
the ideas presented as well as on technical aspects. The
proceedings
will be published by IEEE.
Submissions should be made online in PDF format on the
conference
submission site (http://www.easychair.org/RuleML2006/), by 22
May 2006
midnight Hawaii time. Multiple submission is not allowed.
Submissions
should clearly indicate the appropriate track (academic or
industrial).


Important Dates

 o 20 May 2006     -- Deadline for abstracts.
 o 27 May 2006     -- Deadline for paper submissions.
 o 22 July 2006   -- Notification of acceptance.
 o 18 August 2006 -- Final version of paper (camera-ready)
due.
 o 16 September 2006 -- Early registration deadline for
conference
              authors.
 o 9-10 November 2006 - RuleML 2006


Conference Program Co-Chairs

 o Academic track

  * Thomas Eiter, Technical University, Vienna, Austria
  * Enrico Franconi, Free University of Bolzano, Italy

 o Industrial track

  * Susie Stephens, Oracle, USA
  * Ralph Hodgson, TopQuadrant, Inc., USA


Conference General Chair

  o Michael Kifer, State University of New York at Stony Brook,
USA


Conference Publicity Chair

  o Jos de Bruijn, DERI Innsbruck, Austria


Steering Committee

  o Asaf Adi, IBM, Israel
  o Grigoris Antoniou, University of Crete, FORTH, Greece
  o Harold Boley, National Research Council and University of
    New Brunswick, Canada
  o Benjamin Grosof, Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
USA
  o Mike Dean, BBN Technologies, USA
  o Dieter Fensel, Digital Enterprise Research Institute,
    Ireland and Austria
  o Michael Kifer, State University of New York at Stony Brook
  o Jeff Z. Pan, University of Aberdeen, UK
  o Steve Ross-Talbot, Pi4 Technologies, USA
  o Giorgos Stamou, National Technical University of Athens
  o Suzette Stoutenburg, The MITRE Corporation, USA
  o Said Tabet, RuleML Initiative and Macgregor Inc., USA
  o Gerd Wagner, Brandenburg University of Technology at
Cottbus,
    Germany




Program Committee

  o Academic track

    Jose Alferes, University Nova Lisbon, Portugal
    Chitta Baral, Arizona State University, USA
    Leo Bertossi, Carleton University, Canada
    Jos de Bruijn, DERI Innsbruck, Austria
 Andrea Cali, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
 Tran Cao Son, University of New Mexico, USA
 Carlos Damasio, Universtiy Nova Lisboa, Portugal
 Juergen Dix, TU Clausthal, Germany
 Guido Governatori, University of Queensland, Australia
 Pascal Hitzler, AIFB, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
 Giovambattista Ianni, University of Calabria, Italy
 Georg Lausen, Freiburg University, Germany
 Nicola Leone, University of Calabria, Italy
 Thomas Lukasiewicz, University Roma La Sapienza, Italy
 Jan Maluszynski, Linkoping University, Sweden
 Massimo Marchiori, University of Venice, Italy
 Alberto Martelli, University of Torino, Italy
 Wolfgang May, University of Goettingen, Germany
 Boris Motik, University of Manchester, UK
 Marie-Laure Mugnier, LIRMM, France
 Wolfgang Nejdl, L3S, Germany
 Axel Polleres, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain
 Riccardo Rosati, University Roma "La Sapienza", Italy
 Marie-Christine Rousset, University of Grenoble, France
 Ulrike Sattler, University of Manchester, UK
 Sebastian Schaffert, Salzburg Research, Austria
 Michael Sintek, DFKI, Germany
 Umberto Straccia, CNR, Pisa, Italy
 VS Subrahmanian, University of Maryland, USA
 Terrance Swift, XSB, Inc., USA
 Hans Tompits, TU Vienna, Austria
 Dirk Vermeir, University of Brussels, Belgium
 Kewen Wang, Griffith University, Australia
 Guizhen Yang, SRI, USA


o Industrial track

 Alain Leger, France Telecom, France
 Allen Ginsberg, Mitre, USA
 Bill Andersen, Ontology Works, USA
 Christian de Sainte Marie, ILOG, France
 Christine Golbreich, University Rennes, France
 Con Kenney, US FAA Agency, USA
    Eric Neumann, Teranode, USA
    Harold Solbrig, Mayo Clinic, USA
    Jeff Pollock, Cerebra, USA
    Jos De Roo, AGFA, Belgium
    Juergen Angele, Ontoprise, Germany
    Leo Obrst, Mitre, USA
    Michael Bodkin, Lockheed Martin, USA
    Ora Lassila, Nokia, USA
    Parsa Mirhaji, University of Texas Medical Center, USA
    Rachel Yager, Citigroup, USA
    Ralph Traphoener, Empolis, Germany
    Ruediger Klein, Daimer-Chrysler, Germany
    Sidney Bailin, Knowledge Evolution, USA
    Silvie Spreeuwenberg, LibRT, The Netherlands
    Yaser Bishr, Image Matters, USA


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58) SEAL2006
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The Sixth International Conference on Simulated
Evolution And Learning
          (SEAL'06)
    15-18 October 2006, Hefei, Anhui, China
    http://nical.ustc.edu.cn/seal06/



IMPORTANT DATES
---------------

21 April 2006      Deadline for submission of full
papers (<=8 pages)
19 June 2006      Notification of acceptance
14 July 2006     Deadline for camera-ready copies
of accepted papers
15-18 October 2006 Conference sessions (including
tutorials and workshops)

full call for papers is attached.

Tomas Klos


Tomas Klos
http://homepages.cwi.nl/~tomas/

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The Sixth International Conference on Simulated Evolution And
Learning
                       (SEAL'06)
           15-18 October 2006, Hefei, Anhui, China
            http://nical.ustc.edu.cn/seal06/


Hosted and Sponsored by
     Nature Inspired Computation and Applications Laboratory
(NICAL)
     Department of Computer Science and Technology
     University of Science and Technology of China
     Hefei, Anhui 230027, China


AIMS AND SCOPES
---------------

Evolution and learning are two fundamental forms of adaptation.
SEAL'06
is the sixth biennial conference in the highly successful series
that
aims at exploring these two forms of adaptation and their roles
and
interactions in adaptive systems. Cross-fertilisation between
evolutionary
learning and other machine learning approaches, such as neural
network
learning, reinforcement learning, decision tree learning, fuzzy
system
learning, etc., will be strongly encouraged by the conference.
The other major theme of the conference is optimisation by
evolutionary
and other nature inspired approaches. The topics of interest to
this
conference include but are not limited to the following:

1. Evolutionary Learning

Fundamental Issues in Evolutionary Learning      Co-
Evolutionary Learning
Modular Evolutionary Learning Systems         Classifier
Systems
Representation Issues in Evolutionary Learning Artificial
Immune Systems
Interactions Between Learning and Evolution      Credit
Assignment
Swarm Intelligence                  Collective Intelligence
Comparison between Evolutionary Learning and Other Learning
Approaches,
2. Evolutionary Optimisation

Combinatorial Optimisation               Numerical/Function
Optimisation
(e.g., scheduling, allocation, planning, Hybrid Optimisation
Algorithms
packing, transportation, etc.)           Comparison of
Algorithms
Nature-Inspired Algorithms (ant colony optimisation, particle
swarm
optimisation, memetic algorithms, simulated annealing, ...)

3. Hybrid Learning

Evolutionary Artificial Neural Networks  Evolutionary Fuzzy
Systems
Evolutionary Reinforcement Learning     Evolutionary Clustering
Evolutionary Decision Tree Learning     Evolutionary
Unsupervised Learning
Genetic Programming                     Other Hybrid Learning
Systems
Developmental Processes

4. Adaptive Systems

Complexity in Adaptive Systems             Evolutionary
Robotics
Evolvable Hardware and Software            Artificial Ecology
Evolutionary Games              Self-Repairing Systems
Evolutionary Computation Techniques in Economics, Finance
and Marketing

5. Theoretical Issues in Evolutionary Computation

Convergence and Convergence Rate of Evolutionary Algorithms
Computational Complexity of Evolutionary Algorithms
Self-Adaptation in Evolutionary Algorithms

6. Real-World Applications of Evolutionary Computation
Techniques
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
----------------

Professor Karl Sigmund, University of Vienna, Austria
Professor Zbigniew Michalewicz, University of Adelaide,
Australia
Professor Gary Yen, Oklahoma State University, USA
Professor Han La Poutre, Centrum voor Wiskunde en
Informatica (CWI), Netherlands


IMPORTANT DATES
---------------

21 April 2006     Deadline for submission of full papers (<=8
pages)
19 June 2006     Notification of acceptance
14 July 2006    Deadline for camera-ready copies of accepted
papers
15-18 October 2006 Conference sessions (including tutorials
and workshops)


PAPER SUBMISSION
----------------

All manuscripts must be prepared in LaTeX according to
Springer's
llncs style (URL: http://www.springeronline.com/lncs). It is
absolutely
essential that you follow the instructions there. Each submitted
paper
must include a title, an abstract, a list of keywords, the names
and
addresses of all authors (including email addresses, and
telephone and
fax numbers), and the body. The length of submitted papers
must be no more
than 8 single-spaced, single-column pages including all figures,
tables
and bibliography. Shorter papers are strongly encouraged.
All papers must be submitted electronically via the conference
website
(http://nical.ustc.edu.cn/seal06/). Papers submitted via other
means
will not be considered.


PUBLICATIONS
------------

All accepted papers which are presented at the conference will
be included in
the conference proceedings, published by Springer in their
Lecture Notes in
Computer Science series. The best papers will be invited to
further revise and
extend their work to one of the following prestigious journal
special issues:
Genetic Programming and Evolvable Machines (Springer),
Connection Science
(Taylor and Francis), International Journal of Computational
Intelligence
and Applications (World Scientific), and Journal of Computer
Science and
Technology (Springer and China Computer Federation).


SPECIAL SESSIONS AND TUTORIALS
------------------------------

Special sessions and tutorials will be organised at the
conference.
The conference is calling for special session and tutorial
proposals.
The tutorials will be offered on 15 October 2006 (subject to
sufficient number of registrations).
CONFERENCE COMMITTEE
--------------------

Honorary General Chair: Qingshi Zhu (China)

General Chairs: Guo-Liang Chen (China) and Xin Yao (UK)

Programme Chairs: Xufa Wang (China) and Shu-Heng Chen
(Taiwan)

Technical Co-Chairs:

Tzai-Der Wang (Taiwan)
Hussein Abbass (Australia)
Hitoshi Iba (Japan)
Zengqi Sun (China)
Bob McKay (South Korea)

Tutorials and Special Sessions Chair: Xiaodong Li (Australia)

Organising Chair: Wenjian Luo (China)


PROGRAMME COMMITTEE
-------------------

Abbass, Hussein (Australia)
Bhattacharyya, Shiddhartha (USA)
Bonabeau, Eric (USA)
Carvalho, Andre C P L F de (Brazil)
Caulfield, John (USA)
Chen, Guoqing (China)
Chen, Shu-Heng (Taiwan)
Chen, Shyi-Ming (Taiwan)
Cheng, Xiaochun (UK)
Chidambaran, N. K. (USA)
Cho, Sung-Bae (South Korea)
Chu, Chao-Hsien (USA)
Coello, Carlos A. Coello (Mexico)
Darwen, Paul (Australia)
Dash, Jr, Gordon H. (USA)
Deb, Kalyanmoy (India)
Engelbrecht, AP (South Africa)
Fyfe, Colin (UK)
Gallegati, Mauro (Italy)
Handa, Hisashi (Japan)
Heymann, Daniel (USA)
Hayward, Serge (France)
Hiot, Lim Meng (Singapore)
Hiroshi, Furutani (Japan)
Ishibuchi, Hisao (Japan)
Izumi, Kiyoshi (Japan)
Jain, Lakhmi (Australia)
Jin, Yaochu (Germany)
Jo, Jun (Australia)
Kaboudan, Mak (USA)
Kahraman, Cengiz (Turkey)
Kaizoji, Taisei (Japan)
Keber, Christian (Austria)
Kendall, Graham (UK)
Kim, Jong-Hwan (South Korea)
Klos, Tomas (Netherlands)
Ko, Po-Chang (Taiwan)
Kubota, Naoyuki (Japan)
Kuldeep Kumar (Australia)
Kuo, Tzu-Wen (Taiwan)
Lajbcygier, Paul (Australia)
Lawless, William (USA)
Lee, JangMyung (South Korea)
Lee, Yuh-Jye (Taiwan)
Leung, Kwong-Sak (Hong Kong, China)
Li, Tong (China)
Lin, Ping-Chen (Taiwan)
Marostica, Ana (Argentina)
McKay, Bob (South Korea)
Michalewicz, Zbigniew (Australia)
Miyamoto, Sadaaki (Japan)
Nakao, Zensho (Japan)
Namatame, Akira (Japan)
Nishizaki, Ichiro (Japan)
North, Michael (USA)
Ohkura, Kazuhiro (Japan)
Pichl, Lukas (Japan)
Rechnagel, Friedrich (Australia)
Riechmann, Thomas (Germany)
Sasaki, Yuya (USA)
Sato, Yuji (Japan)
Soon, Ong Yew (Singapore)
Suganthan, Ponnuthurai Nagaratnam (Singapore)
Sun, Zhaohao (Australia)
Szeto, Kwokyip (Hong Kong, China)
Takadama, Keiki (Japan)
Tan, Kay Chen (Singapore)
Tano, Shun'ichi (Japan)
Terano, Takao (Japan)
Tohme, Fernando (Argentina)
Tsaih, Rua-huan (Taiwan)
Tsao, Chueh-Yung (Taiwan)
Tseng, Chiu-Che (USA)
Vadakkepat, Prahlad (Singapore)
Velez-Langs, Oswaldo (Spain)
Verma, Brijesh (Australia)
Vila, Xavier (Spain)
Vriend, Nicholas J. (UK)
Wang, Bing-Hong (China)
Wang, Han (Singapore)
Wang, Lipo (Singapore)
Wang, Shinn-Wen (Taiwan)
Wang, Zidong (UK)
Westerhoff, Frank (Germany)
Whigham, Peter (New Zealand)
While, Lyndon (Australia)
Wiles Janet (Australia)
Yang, Shengxiang (UK)
Yao, Xin (UK)
Yen, Gary (USA)
Yu, Tina (Canada)
Yu, Xinghuo (Australia)
Zhao, Qiangfu (Japan)
Zhang, Qingfu (UK)
Zheng, Zijian (USA)
Zhou, Zhi-Hua (China)



59) Senior Researcher at IDSIA, OR & AI

==========================
SENIOR RESEARCH SCIENTIST
==========================
IDSIA - Istituto Dalle Molle di Studi sull'Intelligenza Artificiale,
Manno-Lugano, Switzerland, http://www.idsia.ch

In OPERATIONS RESEARCH and ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

TENURE-TRACK position, starting beginning 2007.

We are seeking an outstanding highly motivated and talented
senior researcher with a strong scientific background that
integrates Operations Research and Artificial Intelligence
techniques to solve complex optimization problems.
The successful candidate must have a proven experience in
procuring projects and their successful management at the
national and international level and the ability to set-up, drive
and motivate a research team.
Candidates for this position must hold a doctoral degree for
more than three years in Operations Research and/or Artificial
Intelligence and a deep competence in Computer Science.
Theoretical and applied knowledge is required.

http://www.idsia.ch/luca/senior_researcher_2006_IDSIA.pdf

Attractive Swiss salary.

DEADLINE: September 30th 2006

Applicants should submit:
1.   Detailed curriculum vitae,
2.   List of three references (including their email addresses),
3.   Statement on how their research interests fit the above
topics (1-2 pages),

Please submit your application by email to

Prof. Luca Maria Gambardella
IDSIA, Istituto Dalle Molle di Studi sull’Intelligenza Artificiale
Galleria 2
6928 Manno-Lugano
Switzerland
Phone : +41 91-6108663
Fax : +41 91-61208661
www.idsia.ch/luca
email:luca@idsia.ch




60) vacancies for 2 PhD-students
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====================================================
==
2 PhD Students in Multi-agent Systems and Coordination
====================================================
==

The Intelligent Systems Group at Utrecht University and the
theme SEN3 Coordination Languages at CWI have two positions
for PhD students for four years. One PhD student will be
employed by the Utrecht University and one by CWI. Both
positions are within the research project "Coordination and
Composition in Multi-Agent Systems (CoCoMAS)", recently
funded by the Dutch national science organization, NWO
(http://www.nwo.nl/nwohome.nsf/pages/NWOP_5SME25_Eng).

Job description
---------------
The candidates are expected to work on the design and
development of compositional executable coordination models
for multi-agent systems. The general perspective of this project
is to provide the formal description of organizational structures
of multi-agent systems in terms of exogenous coordination
models. In particular, the aim is to develop and implement
integrated programming languages (syntax and semantics) for
exogenous coordination of roles, individual agents, and multi-
agent systems. The context of this project is given by an
integration and implementation of extensions of the existing
agent-oriented programming language 3APL and the exogenous
coordination language REO. Intended applications include the
organizational structures in incident management and business
processes. More information on this project can be found at the
following webpage:
http://www.cs.uu.nl/~mehdi/cocomas/index.html

This research spans over two separate groups: Intelligent
Systems at Utrecht University and SEN3 Coordination
Languages at CWI in Amsterdam. The candidates will work
together and will have regular meetings. The activities in
CoCoMAS involve both systems oriented and theoretical work in
both multi-agent systems and software engineering. The
CoCoMAS project complements the theoretical and
technological framework of other current projects within these
two groups. The candidates should have at least a master
degree in computer science or Artificial Intelligence, with a
background in multi-agent systems, logic, software engineering,
concurrency and distributed systems, or practical software
development.

Faculty of Science at Utrecht University &
Scientific Cluster of Software Engineering at CWI
-------------------------------------------------
The Faculty of Science consists of six departments: Biology,
Chemistry, Information and Computing Sciences, Mathematics,
Pharmaceutical Sciences and Physics and Astronomy. The
Faculty is home to 3500 students and nearly 2000 staff, and is
internationally renowned for the quality of its research. The
faculty's academic programmes reflect current developments in
today's society.
CWI is an internationally renowned research institute in
mathematics and computer science, located in Amsterdam, The
Netherlands. The theme SEN3 Coordination Languages of the
Scientific Cluster of Software Engineering at CWI is a dynamic
group of internationally recognized researchers who work on
Coordination Models and Languages and Component-Based
Software Composition. The activity in SEN3 is a productive,
healthy mix of theoretical, foundational, and experimental work
in Computer Science, ranging in a spectrum covering
mathematical foundations of models of computation, formal
methods and semantics, implementation of advanced research
software systems, as well as their real-life applications.

Terms of employment
-------------------
The salary at the Utrecht University will be € 1,933 during the
first year (gross per month) and will reach € 2,472 during the
fourth year. The salary is supplemented with a holiday bonus of
8% and an end-of-year bonus of 3% per year. In addition, we
offer a pension scheme, parental leave, facilities for childcare,
flexible employment conditions in which you may trade vacation
days for extra compensations. Conditions are based on the
Collective Employment Agreement of the Dutch Universities.

The salary and terms at CWI are in accordance with the Dutch
"CAO-onderzoeksinstellingen". The initial salary for a Ph.D.
student is €1848,- gross per month. The salary grows to € 2367,-
in the fourth year. The salary is supplemented with a holiday
bonus of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 4.1 %. Moreover CWI
offers very attractive working conditions, including flexibility
and help with housing for foreigners.

Further details
---------------
More information can be obtained from Dr. Mehdi Dastani,
telephone +31-30-253-3599, e-mail mehdi@cs.uu.nl and Dr. F.S.
D Boer, telephone +31-20-592-4139, email F.S.de.Boer@cwi.nl.

How to apply
------------
To apply, please send a statement of your interest, together with
curriculum vitae, letters of references, and possibly list of
publications to: Head of Personnel and Organization, Buys
Ballotlaboratorium, Princetonplein 5, 3584 CC Utrecht, The
Netherlands and send an e-mail to P&O@phys.uu.nl ( with a cc
to mehdi@cs.uu.nl and F.S.de.Boer@cwi.nl ). Please mention
vacancy number 62603. Make sure that you specifically mention
the CoCoMAS project.



--

Mehdi Dastani
Intelligent Systems Group
Utrecht University
P.O.Box 80.089
3508 TB Utrecht
The Netherlands
Tel: +31 - 30 - 253 3599
Fax: +31 - 30 - 251 3791
URL: http://www.cs.uu.nl/~mehdi
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61) Vacancy:logic for knowledge representation.
------------------------------------------------------------------------


The University of Luxembourg- Faculty for Language and Literature

The University of Luxembourg, which was founded in 2003, is a research university at
the heart of Europe. The Computer Science and Communication Research (CSC)
research unit, which belongs to the Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication,
is located in the city Luxembourg, next to the European Institutions (see
<http://www.uni.lu/>http://www.uni.lu). We are looking for a:

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER IN COMPUTER SCIENCE (M/F)

- 3-year contract, 40 hours/week -

The researcher will participate in research in the areas "logic for knowledge
representation" or "logic for multi-agent systems", at the Interdisciplinary Lab for
Intelligent and Adaptive Systems (ILIAS) within the CSC. The ILIAS team performs
pure and applied research in artificial intelligence, and the vacant position is created in
the context of the new research axe on knowledge representation and multi-agent
systems, led by Leon van der Torre and Emil Weydert. For more information see:

<http://agamemnon.uni.lu/ILIAS/>http://agamemnon.uni.lu/ILIAS/

Offer:

A challenging job in a dynamic and ambitious University;

International working environment for collaborative and interdisciplinary research;

Possible contribution to the supervision of master and PhD students, and teaching
activities;

A competitive salary (between 41 600 € and 53 300 € annually after taxes).


Profile:

Candidates hold a PhD, preferably in computer science (or equivalent), and obtained their
PhD at most 12 years ago;

Candidates are experienced and enthusiastic postdoctoral researchers with an excellent
track record on logic for artificial intelligence; Of particular interest are candidates with
special expertise in logic for knowledge representation or logic for multi-agent systems;

Candidates should possess good written and oral English skills; Working knowledge in
German and/or French is an advantage.

Interested candidates are asked to send their full application (cover letter, curriculum
vitae, a list of publications, the names of three referees) before May 30th 2006 with the
Reference: UL/ASS/CHERCH/COMSC/LV/04/2006 to:

Université du Luxembourg - Campus Limpertsberg - Service des Ressources Humaines -
162A, avenue de la Faïencerie L-1511 Luxembourg.


For further information on this position, please contact:

Prof. Dr. Leon Van der Torre

E-mail: <mailto:leon.vandertorre@uni.lu>leon.vandertorre@uni.lu
Homepage:
<http://agamemnon.uni.lu/ILIAS/vandertorre/>http://agamemnon.uni.lu/ILIAS/vander
torre/




62) Workshop on Biologically-Inspired Optimisation Methods

**************************************************
* International Workshop on
* Biologically-Inspired Optimisation Methods
* for Parallel and Distributed Architectures:
* Algorithms, Systems and Applications
*
* Held in conjunction with
* The 2nd IEEE International Conference on
* e-Science and Grid Computing
* Dec. 4-6, 2006, Amsterdam, Netherlands
**************************************************


This workshop invites papers discussing recent advances in the
development and application of biologically-inspired
optimisation
algorithms to the field of computational science. We encourage
submission of papers describing new concepts and strategies,
and
systems and tools providing practical implementations,
including
hardware and software aspects. Of particular interest are new
approaches in multi-objective optimisation and optimisation in
dynamic
environments. In addition, we are interested in application
papers
discussing the power and applicability of these novel methods
to
real-world problems in both well-established areas, such as
computational engineering, and emerging fields such as
computational
biology.
CALL FOR PAPERS

You are invited to submit a paper with unpublished original work
for
this workshop at eScience 2006.

Please, see http://eresearch.griffith.edu.au/workshops/eScience/
for
details.


IMPORTANT DATES

Papers due June 15, 2006
Paper acceptance Aug 15, 2006
Camera ready papers due Sept 20, 2006
Conference December 4, 5, 6 2006

WORKSHOP ORGANISATION

Andrew Lewis, Griffith University, Australia
Sanaz Mostaghim, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
Marcus Randall, Bond University, Australia




Andrew
--
Andrew Lewis            Manager, Research Computing Services
Ph: +61 7 373 56789       Division of Information Services,
Fax: +61 7 373 56650       Griffith University, Nathan Campus
A.Lewis@griffith.edu.au Brisbane, QLD, 4111, Australia
http://eresearch.griffith.edu.au/


63) Workshop on Constraints and Bioinformatics
====================================================
=============
            SECOND CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

              WCB06
  Workshop on Constraint Based Methods for Bioinformatics

        http://www.dimi.uniud.it/dovier/WCB06/

              September 25th, 2006,
         Cite' des Congres - Nantes, France

====================================================
=============

We are pleased to announce the second Workshop on
Constraint
Based Methods for Bioinformatics (WCB06) to be held in
Nantes,
France, on the 25th September 2006. This workshop is
associated
to CP 2006 conference: http://www.sciences.univ-
nantes.fr/cp06


Registration is still open
  http://www.dakini.fr/cp2006/registration.htm

News:

* Invited talk by Franois Fages:

Using temporal logics with constraints to express biological
properties of cell processes.

* Preliminary program is now online at
   http://www.dimi.uniud.it/dovier/WCB06/program.html

* Proceedings are online at

http://www.dimi.uniud.it/dovier/WCB06/WCB06_proceedings.pdf
See the workshop web page for more details:
  http://www.dimi.uniud.it/dovier/WCB06


64) AI Communications - New Issue Alert

Dear DAIS (Denmark) ECCAI Society,

Volume 19 Number 3/2006 of AI Communications is now
available on the iospress.metapress.com web site at
<http://iospress.metapress.com/link.asp?id=BQE446UEPKMP>
http://iospress.metapress.com.

This issue contains:

<http://iospress.metapress.com/link.asp?id=5J4DCA50QERQ0D
H4>Template programs for Disjunctive Logic Programming: An
operational semantics p. 193 Francesco Calimeri,
Giovambattista Ianni
<http://iospress.metapress.com/link.asp?id=5935CP9BXLGF2AG
8>A conceptual clustering approach for user profiling in
personal information agents p. 207 Daniela Godoy, Analía
Amandi
<http://iospress.metapress.com/link.asp?id=AU50LV3REM57PT8
M>Rewriting queries using views with negation p. 229 Foto
Afrati, Vassia Pavlaki
<http://iospress.metapress.com/link.asp?id=E93HC9B9FJXNUW
PT>A Compact Representation for Least Common Subsumers in
the description logic ALE p. 239 Chan Le Duc, Nhan Le Thanh,
Marie-Christine Rousset
<http://iospress.metapress.com/link.asp?id=39W8TCGD13T8T21
N>Fuzzy constraint satisfaction approach for landmark
recognition in mobile robotics p. 275 Abraham Otero, Paulo
Félix, Carlos Regueiro, Miguel Rodríguez, Senén Barro
<http://iospress.metapress.com/link.asp?id=DRCVK4W7C4WQ6
DJJ>Context-based statistical relational learning p. 291
Yonghong Tian
<http://iospress.metapress.com/link.asp?id=D0QVXMF1MW2HG
A2Y>Advances in optimization and prediction techniques: Real-
world applications p. 295 Alicia Troncoso Lora
<http://iospress.metapress.com/link.asp?id=009RCDJY031CEU6
P>Calendar p. 299

If you are not a current subscriber to this publication, you can
request a free sample issue
<http://iospress.metapress.com/link.asp?id=csi;103140> here.


Thank you,
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65) Artificial Intelligence Genealogy Project (AIGP)

Dear AAAI Members,

As previously announced, we have created the

     Artificial Intelligence Genealogy Project (AIGP)
     http://aigp.csres.utexas.edu

Thanks to information contributed by AI researchers all over the
world, including AAAI Fellows, ECCAI Fellows, and many others,
we now have over 1700 entries in the database.

We have recently released an entirely rewritten web interface to
the AIGP. Users can now add and correct the information on the
web immediately (like the Wikipedia), rather than requiring a
delay of several days before contributed information is approved
and becomes visible.

There are also ways to provide a URL with biographical
information about a researcher, to provide a cross-link to the
Mathematics Genealogy Project (MGP), to define new University
entries, and to provide multiple aliases for those Universities.
We will be continuing to improve the interface.

As you prepare to attend AAAI in Boston, please check your
entry in the AIGP, and provide any missing information about
yourself, your students, or your advisors.

We hope that the AIGP will be a useful resource for the AI
community starting from this, our 50th anniversary year.

Thank you very much.

Ben Kuipers
Professor, Computer Sciences Department
University of Texas at Austin



66) Artificial Intelligence and Applications (AIA 2007)

Date

AIA 2007 will take place from February 12 - 14, 2007.

Location


Innsbruck, Austria, is nestled in the valley of the Inn River and tucked between
the Austrian Alps and the Tuxer mountain range. Climb the Stadtturm on Herzog
Friedrich Strasse for a stunning view of the town and its surrounding scenery.
Attend a concert at the beautiful renaissance-style Ambras Castle. The sturdy
medieval houses and sidewalk cafés of Old Town Innsbruck beckon you to sit a
while and watch people stroll by.

<http://68.144.65.206:82/cgi-
bin/RocketServer.exe?email=brian$$daimi^^au^^dk&action=clicklink&mailing=10
0&link=4&url=http://www.congress-
innsbruck.at/index.php%3fid=8%26topId=8%26language=2>Congress Innsbruck
traces its beginnings to medieval Europe and The Dogana, a historic theatre.
Congress Innsbruck has been thrice awarded "Apex Congress Centre of the
Year."

 <http://68.144.65.206:82/cgi-
bin/RocketServer.exe?email=brian$$daimi^^au^^dk&action=clicklink&mailing=10
0&link=5&url=http://www.iasted.org/conferences/home-549.html%3faia>more...

Topics
Topics covered by AIA 2007 include, but are not limited to:

Knowledge Acquisition and Representation
Case-based and Probabilistic Reasoning
Connectionist Models
Natural Language Processing
Distributed Artificial Intelligence

AIA 2007

Part of the 25th IASTED International Multi-Conference on Applied Informatics.

Artificial Intelligence and Applications (AIA 2007) will act as a major forum for
international researchers and practitioners working in all areas of artificial
intelligence to present and observe the latest research, results, and ideas in
these areas.

Sponsors

AIA 2007 is sponsored by the International Association of Science and
Technology for Development (IASTED), with assistance from:

Technical Committee on Artificial Intelligence and Expert Systems

In cooperation with the World Modelling and Simulation Forum (WMSF).

Conference Chair


<http://68.144.65.206:82/cgi-
bin/RocketServer.exe?email=brian$$daimi^^au^^dk&action=clicklink&mailing=10
0&link=10&url=http://galeb.etf.bg.ac.yu/~devedzic/>Prof. Vladan Devedıic is a
Professor of Computer Science at the University of Belgrade, Serbia. His
research interests include artificial intelligence applications in education and
medicine, intelligent reasoning techniques, Semantic Web, knowledge modeling,
ontologies, and software engineering.

Tutorial Chair


<http://68.144.65.206:82/cgi-
bin/RocketServer.exe?email=brian$$daimi^^au^^dk&action=clicklink&mailing=10
0&link=11&url=http://www.ifi.uib.no/staff/weiqin/>Prof. Weiqin Chen is an
Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Science and Media Studies
at the University of Bergen, Norway. Her research interests include distributed
collaborative learning, software agents, human-computer interaction, and
intelligent tutoring systems and authoring environments.

Special Sessions

Special Session Chair: <http://68.144.65.206:82/cgi-
bin/RocketServer.exe?email=brian$$daimi^^au^^dk&action=clicklink&mailing=10
0&link=12&url=http://www.fit.fraunhofer.de/profil/personal/index_en.php%3fcn=Mi
los+Kravcik>Dr. Milos Kravcik, Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information
Technology, Germany

<http://68.144.65.206:82/cgi-
bin/RocketServer.exe?email=brian$$daimi^^au^^dk&action=clicklink&mailing=10
0&link=13&url=http://www.iasted.org/conferences/SpecialSession1-
549.html%3faia>"Engineering Applications Based on Intelligent Hybrid
Computing Approaches"
This special session is organized by Nabil M. Hewahi, Islamic University of Gaza,
Palestine. Please send your paper submissions for this session in PDF format to
<mailto:nhewahi@iugaza.edu>nhewahi@iugaza.edu.

<http://68.144.65.206:82/cgi-
bin/RocketServer.exe?email=brian$$daimi^^au^^dk&action=clicklink&mailing=10
0&link=14&url=http://www.iasted.org/conferences/SpecialSession2-
549.html%3faia>"Assistance Systems"
This special session is organized by Guenther Goerz and Bernd Ludwig,
University of Erlangen-Nuernberg, Germany. Please send your paper
submissions for this session in PDF format to <mailto:goerz@informatik.uni-
erlangen.de>goerz@informatik.uni-erlangen.de.

International Program Committee

See the AIA 2007 International Program Committee <http://68.144.65.206:82/cgi-
bin/RocketServer.exe?email=brian$$daimi^^au^^dk&action=clicklink&mailing=10
0&link=15&url=http://www.iasted.org/conferences/ipc-549.html%3faia>here.




67) AI-2006 Cambridge UK December 2006

*** AI-2006, Cambridge, UK, December 2006: Invitation to
Register **

AI-2006: Cambridge, UK, December 11th - 13th 2006

Organised by BCS SGAI: The British Computer Society
Specialist Group on Artificial
Intelligence (an ECCAI Member Society)

INVITATION TO REGISTER

http://www.bcs-sgai.org/ai2006/

AI-2006 offers the perfect opportunity for you to update your
knowledge of
current AI developments and applications, and to meet with
leading AI
practitioners in a relaxed social environment. This year's
conference
brings technical papers on the latest developments in AI,
presentations
from industry practitioners with practical experience of applying
AI in
the real world, and a new one day tutorial on the basics of AI -
ideal for
those seeking to expand and deepen their knowledge of a wide
range of AI
techniques. All this in the historic surroundings of Peterhouse,
Cambridge's oldest college.

The BCS SGAI is pleased at announce that:

 - Registration prices are held below AI-2004 levels
 - Workshops now FREE for those registering at the main
conference

WORKSHOPS (11th December)

There is a preliminary day (Monday December 11th) devoted to
workshops on:

- AI in Recommender Systems,
- Intelligent Robotics,
- Intelligent Systems in Accounting, Finance and Management,
- Artificial Intelligence in Education.
Together with the following:

- The 11th UK CBR Workshop.
- Basics of AI Workshop: suitable for new research students or
  practitioners considering using AI.

This day is included for FREE for attendees of the main
conference, but
can be attended on its own at a special rate.

MAIN CONFERENCE

The main 2-day conference (Tuesday December 12th -
Wednesday December
13th) includes:

 - Keynote lectures:
       - Prof Max Bramer, Portsmouth University on Artificial
Intelligence
         in Fact and Fiction: The First 3,000 Years.
       - Dr Graham Buckberry, Chief Software Architect at
Siemens
         Communications, on the subject of Pervasive Computing,
a rapidly
         developing area rich with opportunities and challenges
for
         artificial intelligence

 - Technical stream papers on GAs, Bio-Motivated Computing
and Bayesian
   Techniques, Knowledge Discovery in Data, Argumentation,
Dialogue Games
   And Optimisation, Knowledge Representation And
Management, Semantic
   Web, Model Based Systems And Simulation.

- Application stream papers on Data Mining and Bayesian
Networks, Genetic
  Algorithms and Optimisation Techniques, Agents and
Semantic Web, and
 Natural Language.

 - Industry Presentations: the Application Stream will include
   presentations and case-studies by industry practitioners,
offering
   insights into the practical issues that are faced with
implementing and
   deploying AI based systems.

 - Poster sessions on emerging research and applications in
intelligent systems.

 - The fifth annual BCS prize competition (sponsored by
Electrolux) for
   the best live demonstration of Progress Towards Machine
Intelligence.

This year's conference will be held at Peterhouse College in
Cambridge. In
addition to the formal sessions, the conference programme
includes a
welcome reception and a Gala Dinner. Plenty of time has been
inserted into
the programme to allow discussions with other delegates and
time to make
new contacts and renew old acquaintances.

AI-2006 offers a valuable opportunity to keep up to date with
developments
in AI and to share experiences in the practical issues of
developing AI
based systems.

Discounts are available for members of SGAI, AISB and other
ECCAI member
societies, students and also for members of NCAF.

A limited number of bursaries are available to enable full-time
research
students to attend.
CONFERENCE COMMITTEE

ALL CORRESPONDENCE SHOULD BE SENT BY EMAIL TO THE
CONFERENCE
SECRETARIAT:
sgai-conference@bcs.org.uk

- Conference Chair: Dr. Andrew Tuson, The City University
  (andrewt@city.ac.uk)
- Deputy Conference Chair and Deputy Application Programme
Chair: Dr. Tony
  Allen, The Nottingham Trent University (tony.allen@ntu.ac.uk)
- Secretary: Mark Firman, The City University
(mfirman@soi.city.ac.uk)
- Treasurer: Rosemary Gilligan, University of Hertfordshire
  (r.e.gilligan@herts.ac.uk)
- Deputy Conference Chair (Electronic Services): Dr. Alun
Preece,
  University of Aberdeen (apreece@csd.abdn.ac.uk)
- Deputy Conference Chair (Local Arrangements): Dr Frans
Coenen,
  University of Liverpool (frans@csc.liv.ac.uk)
- Technical Programme Chair: Professor Max Bramer, University
of
  Portsmouth (Max.Bramer@port.ac.uk)
- Deputy Technical Programme Chair: Dr Frans Coenen,
University of
  Liverpool (frans@csc.liv.ac.uk)
- Application Programme Chair: Richard Ellis, Stratum
  (richard.ellis@stratum-management.co.uk)
- Research Student Liaison: Alice Kerly, University of
Birmingham
  (alk584@bham.ac.uk)
- Tutorial/Workshop Organiser: Prof. Adrian Hopgood, The
Nottingham Trent
  University (adrian.hopgood@ntu.ac.uk)
- Poster Session Organiser: Dr Nirmalie Wiratunga, The Robert
Gordon
  University, Aberdeen (nw@scms.rgu.ac.uk)
68) Call for book Chapters
Call for book Chapters

The following two books are planned to be published by Springer-Verlag during
2007/2008:
(1). Soft Computing Applications in Business
(2). Soft Computing Applications in Industry
We invite book chapter contributions. Please see the website:
<http://www.bhanuprasad.org/chapters.html>http://www.bhanuprasad.org/chapters.html
for more information.
Please feel free to contact me if you need additional information.
Sincerely
Bhanu Prasad
Contact address
Bhanu Prasad
Department of Computer and Information Sciences
Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL 32307, USA
Email: <mailto:bhanu.prasad@famu.edu>bhanu.prasad@famu.edu and CC to:
<mailto:bhanupvsr@gmail.com>bhanupvsr@gmail.com
Phone: 1-850-412-7350 Fax: 1-850-599-3221
Call for book chapters
                           =================
We are in the process of bringing out (from Springer) an edited volume tentatively titled "Multi-objective
Evolutionary Algorithms for Knowledge Discovery from Data Bases"                           to be edited by us (A.
GHOSH of Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, S. Dehuri of Fakir Mohan University, Balasore and S. Ghosh
of Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India).

Prospective authors are invited to contribute a chapter (20-25 pages) in this volume within its theme area. Co-authored
chapters are welcome. As such, each chapter is expected to be complete within itself. In order to bring out the volume
in time, we request you to submit the article by November 30, 2006.

The manuscript needs to be prepared in Latex.

You may please send your chapter to:
A. Ghosh <mailto:ash@isical.ac.in>ash@isical.ac.in OR S. Dehuri
<mailto:satchi.lapa@gmail.com>satchi.lapa@gmail.com

Each chapter will be reviewed by two expert reviewers to ensure the quality of the volume.

===============
Prof. Ashish Ghosh
Machine Intelligence Unit & Center for Soft Computing Research
Indian Statistical Institute
203 B T Road
Kolkata 700 108
INDIA
69) Complex Systems and Self-Organization Modelling -

CoSSoM'06
Complex Systems and
Self-organization Modelling
at ESM'2006
CoSSoM'06
Complex Systems and Self-organization Modelling

A workshop for <http://85.255.195.219/conf/esm/esm2006/>ESM'2006
October 23-25, 2006, LAAS, Toulouse, France


Description

The aim of this workshop is to concern itself with the use of emergent computing and self-
organization modelling within various applications of complex systems. We focus our attention both
on the innovative concepts and implementations to model self-organizations, but also the relevant
applicative domains which can use them in an efficient way. For the first part, collective intelligence
and dynamic combinatorics are conceptual tools which can be used to model self-organization
processes. For the second part, geographical information systems (GIS), cognitive sciences and
natural ecosystems are some relevant applicative domains on which we propose to focus our
attention.

Workshop Sessions

Different sessions will be developed covering the following topics:

GIS and Complexity:
Geographical Information Systems are powerful tools which manage some great amounts of data in
complicated way. But, they can be also the basis of complex self-organizing systems revealed by
some applications. These applications can concern their own development like their updating
processes or some spatial-temporal conceptual implementations for their evolution. Some other
major applications on GIS are decision support systems for modelling social or urban development,
for example.
Collective Intelligence and neuronal learning:
We focus our attention for this session on self-organization models based on neuronal learning,
using for example Kohonen Maps. We are also interested by collective intelligence concepts like
artificial ant systems or immune systems. Innovative concepts or applications of these models are
welcome.
Dynamic Combinatorics and Complexity:
Dynamics Combinatorics deals with evolvable structures which motion can follow some properties
or can be in correspondence to some enumerative structures. We focus our attention on some
evolutionary systems build by elementary rules and leading to emergent properties. The goal is to
find a better understanding of evolvable complex systems by this methodologies.
Cognitive Science Modelling:
Cognition is typically the result of complex processes. Many works try to give some formal
description to better understanding the involved complex interactions. We suggest here, for
example, and without exclusivity, some contributions on the interaction emotion-cognition-action,
both on experimental approaches but also on modelling approaches. Multi-disciplinary studies are
welcome.
Natural Ecosystems Modelling:
Natural ecosystems are complex systems. Simulations are often used to describe some complex
interaction networks between involved species. The detection of dynamical natural structures or
organizations like food chains is one of the great challenge of the Individual Based Models (IBM).
This session deals with some generic methodologies which allow to model the detected
organizations inside the simulations during its run. The study of the evolution and the stabilization
of such detected structures are welcome for this session. Multi-scale processes, heterogeneous
modelling are some thrilling solutions for example.

Program

In progress.

Submission

The submission must follow <http://85.255.195.219/conf/esm/esm2006/submissions.html>the ESM'06
process
Submit your proposal <mailto:Philippe.Geril@eurosis.org?subject=Complex>here

Workshop Committee

to be confirmed

Aziz-Alaoui M.A., Le Havre University, France
Bennani Y., Paris XIII University, France
Bertelle C., Le Havre University, France
Cotsaftis M., LTME/ECE, Paris, France
Duchamp G.H.E., Paris XIII University, France
Guinand F., Le Havre University, France
Hadj Kacem H., Sfax University, Tunisia
Kadri-Dahmani H., Paris XIII University, France
Obaidat M.S., Monmouth University, USA
Olivier D., Le Havre University, France
Oqeili S., Al Balqa Applied University, Jordan
Osmani A., Paris XIII University, France
Sadoun B., Al Balqa Applied University, Jordan

Contact

To any additional informations, please contact

<mailto:cyrille.bertelle@univ-lehavre.fr?subject=CoSSoM06>Bertelle C., LITIS, Le Havre University
25 Rue Ph. Lebon, BP 540, 76058 Le Havre Cedex, France.
<mailto:gheduchamp@gmail.com?subject=CoSSoM06>Duchamp G.H.E. , LIPN, Paris 13 University
99 avenue Jean-Baptiste Clement, 93430 Villetaneuse, France.

Deadlines

September 13, 2006 : Submission of full papers (5 to 8 proceeding pages)
September 20, 2006 : Notification of acceptance or rejection
October 5, 2005 : Authors provide camera-ready manuscript
October 23-25, 2005: ESM'06 Conference & CoSSoM workshop at LAAS, Toulouse, France

Accommodation and fees

See the web site of the <http://85.255.195.219/conf/esm/esm2006>ESM'06 conference.

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Dept.of Industrial Mgmt.      E-mail: pgeril@yahoo.co.uk
Technologiepark 903           URL: http://www.eurosis.org
Campus Ardoyen
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70) ECAL2007
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ECAL2007 - 9th European Conference on Artificial Life

September 10-14, 2007
Lisbon, Portugal

Call for Workshops and Tutorials
Submission deadline: November 30, 2006 | www.ecal2007.org
We are soliciting proposals for workshops and tutorials to be held in conjunction
with ECAL2007 and related to the conference topics. Prospective organizers
should visit http://www.ecal2007.org for an in-depth description of the conference
and are encouraged to contact the workshops and tutorials coordinator should
any question come up.



ECAL2007 workshops and tutorials will be half-day or full day events scheduled
for the first day of the conference, September 10, 2007. The proposals must be
contained on a 1-2 pages long, plain text document, divided into two parts. The
first part must consist of a title and brief description of the event, as considered
suitable for the early posting on the conference website. It must include full
contact information for the main organizer. The second part should include a
rationale for the timeliness, importance, and relevance of the topic, as well as
organizational details concerning the program committee, organizers and
proposed format.



Accepted workshops must adhere to the common deadlines concerning
submission, notification of acceptance and camera-ready copy of contributions
as advertised for the main conference in its web site. The organizers of approved
workshops will be responsible for promoting their event, for setting up its website,
for the reviewing process, for collecting the camera-ready copies of accepted
papers (which must comply with the format of the main conference papers) and
for a summary paper covering the workshop material.



Workshop contributions will be distributed to conference attendees in CDROM
format but will not appear in the conference proceedings published by Springer-
Verlag. Workshop organizers are free to seek other ways for publishing the
papers including journals’ special issues.



Important dates:

Proposals Submission Deadline: November 30, 2006

Notification Date: December 7, 2006

Final version: May 31, 2007



Workshop Coordinator

Ernesto Costa

University of Coimbra

Email: ernesto [at] dei [dot] uc [dot] pt



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>>>>>>>>> Apologies for multiple copies <<<<<<<<<<<

Dear All,

Please find below (and in attached pdf) the Call for Workshops and Tutorials for
ECAL2007, The 9th European Conference on Artificial Life.

For more information about the whole conference please visit the web site at
<http://www.ecal2007.org>http://www.ecal2007.org.
For further details please send an email to workshops [at] ecal2007 [dot] org or to
ernesto [at] dei [dot] uc [dot] pt.
Ernesto Costa
Workshops and Tutorials Coordinator
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
--

ECAL2007 - 9th European Conference
on Artificial Life
September 10-14, 2007
Lisbon, Portugal
Call for Workshops and Tutorials
Submission deadline: November 30, 2006 |
<http://www.ecal2007.org>www.ecal2007.org
We are soliciting proposals for workshops and tutorials to be held in conjunction
with ECAL2007 and related to the conference topics. Prospective organizers
should visit <http://www.ecal2007.org>http://www.ecal2007.org for an in-depth
description of the conference and are encouraged to contact the workshops and
tutorials coordinator should any question come up.

ECAL2007 workshops and tutorials will be half-day or full day events scheduled
for the first day of the conference, September 10, 2007. The proposals must be
contained on a 1-2 pages long, plain text document, divided into two parts. The
first part must consist of a title and brief description of the event, as considered
suitable for the early posting on the conference website. It must include full
contact information for the main organizer. The second part should include a
rationale for the timeliness, importance, and relevance of the topic, as well as
organizational details concerning the program committee, organizers and
proposed format.

Accepted workshops must adhere to the common deadlines concerning
submission, notification of acceptance and camera-ready copy of contributions
as advertised for the main conference in its web site. The organizers of approved
workshops will be responsible for promoting their event, for setting up its website,
for the reviewing process, for collecting the camera-ready copies of accepted
papers (which must comply with the format of the main conference papers) and
for a summary paper covering the workshop material.

Workshop contributions will be distributed to conference attendees in CDROM
format but will not appear in the conference proceedings published by Springer-
Verlag. Workshop organizers are free to seek other ways for publishing the
papers including journals’ special issues.

Important dates:

Proposals Submission Deadline: November 30, 2006

Notification Date: December 7, 2006

Final version: May 31, 2007

Workshop Coordinator

Ernesto Costa

University of Coimbra

Email: ernesto [at] dei [dot] uc [dot] pt



Attachment converted: BrianMayoh:ECAL2007CWT.pdf (PDF /«IC») (00161168)




71) ESM2006


Please find enclosed the preliminary programme of

ESM2006 (the European Simulation and Modelling

Conference) which will be held at LAAS, Toulouse,

France from October 23-25, 2006




For more information about the conference please go

To http://www.eurosis.org/conf/esm/esm2006/index.html




Non-Author Registration forms are now online on
http://www.eurosis.org/conf/esm/esm2006/fax-reg.html




and

http://www.eurosis.org/conf/esm/esm2006/el-reg.html




Hotel registration forms can now be downloaded from




http://www.eurosis.org/conf/esm/esm2006/hotels.html




This programme will be posted on (from tomorrow)




http://www.eurosis.org/conf/esm/esm2006/prelprog.html




The conference will run as follows:




Monday October 23




08.00 – 17.00 Registration

09.00 – 09.15 Introduction and welcome dean of LAAS

09.15 – 10.00 Keynote Speech

10.00 – 10.30 Coffee Break

10.30 – 12.30 Parallel Sessions

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 15.00 Parallel Sessions and Tutorial

15.00 – 15.30 Coffee Break
15.30 – 18.00 Parallel Sessions and Tutorial




Tuesday October 25




08.00 – 15.30 Registration

09.00 – 10.00 Parallel Sessions

10.00 – 10.30 Coffee Break

10.30 – 12.30 Parallel Sessions

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 15.00 Parallel Sessions

15.00 – 15.30 Coffee Break

15.30 – 18.00 Parallel Sessions and visit to AIRBUS

20.00 - 23.00 Conference Dinner




Wednesday October 26




08.00 – 09.00 Registration

09.00 – 10.00 Parallel Sessions and EUROSIS member meeting

10.00 – 10.30 Coffee Break

10.30 – 12.30 Parallel Sessions and MOSAIC FP 7 meeting

12.30 – 12.45 Final Session and Best Paper Award




Tutorial:

Agent Based Modeling and Simulation

Laszlo Gulyas
KEYNOTE SPEECH

Simulation and 4G Applications

Marwan Al-Akaidi, de Montfort University, Leicester, UK




Overview of accepted presentations (titles based on original submissions)




SIMULATION METHODOLOGY




METH-01

A formal Method for the Sequential untimed Subset of SystemC

Primrose Mbanefo, Wolfgang Raab, Infineon Technologies AG, Neubiberg, , Germany
and Pierre Wodey, ISIMA/LIMOS, Aubière Cedex, France




METH-04

Backward Simulation with Multiple Objectives Control

Huang Chueng-Chiu, Tatung University, Taiwan, R.O.C.




METH-09

State of the art in Monte Carlo simulation

Megdouda Tari-Ourbiha and Abdelouhab Aloulay, University of Bejaia, Algeria




MODEL INTEROPERABILITY




METH-08
Process Interaction Diagrams for Structured Discrete Event Simulation Modeling

Acácio M. O. Porta Nova, Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisboa, Portugal




METH-07

Contextual Testing of Interactive Product Simulations for New Generation
Products

Alex Woolley and Steve Gill, University of Wales institute, Cardiff, United
Kingdom




METH-10

Simulation Model Interoperability in Support of Complex Organisation Design and
Change

R.H. Weston, M. Zhen, A. Rahimifard, J.O. Ajaefobi, C Ding, A. Guerrero, B
Wahid and T Masood, Loughborough University, Loughborough, United Kingdom




DECISION BASED SIMULATION




METH-15

The Application PLA for Creation Simulation Models for Decision Making

H.Pranevicius, V.Pilkauskas and D. Makackas, Kaunas University of Technology,
Kaunas, Lithuania




METH-16

The Simulation of the economic Effect of Power System Structure including
Renewable Sources of Energy

Eugeniusz M. Sroczan, Pozna? University of Technology,Poznan, Poland
RESOURCE FLOW AND PLANNING MODELLING




METH-06

The Model of Wood Resource Flow

Janis Oss, The Latvia University of Agriculture, Latvia




METH-12-TOOLS

Simulation Assisted Match-Up Rescheduling of Flexible Production Systems
Subject to Disturbances

Wilhelm Dangelmaier, Thomas Seeger, Kiran Mahajan, University of Paderborn,
Heinz Nixdorf Institut, Paderborn, Germany




GRAPH_06

Event simulation of supply chain networks – Dynamic detailing

in the material flow simulator d3FACT insight

Wilhelm Dangelmaier, Mark Aufenanger, Christoph Laroque, University of
Paderborn, Heinz Nixdorf Institut, Paderborn, Germany




METH-05

Modelling Methodology and Simulation of a Hospital Laundry

Michel Gourgand, Fateh Mebrek and Alain Tanguy, LIMOS,, Université Blaise
Pascal, Aubière Cedex, France




BIO-05

A Queueing Network Model of Patient Flow in an Accident and Emergency
Department

S.W.M. Au-Yeung, P.G. Harrison and W.J. Knottenbelt, Imperial College London,
United Kingdom
BIO-04

A Capacity Planning Simulation Model and its Application to a Nuclear medicine
Service

R G Cameron, Lattice Networks Limited and R E Dugdale and M. Page, Bradford
Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, United Kingdom




ENV-02

Multiagent System for Flow Management in Complex Systems: Development of a
Decision Support System in Epidemiology

Alexandre Weber , Ahmed Rahmani and Daniel Dupont, Ecole Centrale de Lille,
Cité Scientifique - Villeneuve d‟Ascq, Anne Follet, CERNS, Chaire
d‟Enseignement et de Recherche Norbert Ségard, and Philippe Kubiak, Faculté
Libre des Sciences et Technologies de Lille, Lille Cedex, France




ENGINEERING SIMULATION




METH-13

Finite Element Transient Thermal Analysis of Micro Friction Surfacing Process

V. I. Vitanov and N. Javaid, Cranfield University, Cranfield, UK,




METH-14

Combined Adaptive Control and Pole Placement Method for an Electrohydraulic
Servo System

Amirhossein Sorkhabi and S. Mahdi Hashemi, Azad University of Tabriz, Tabriz-
Iran




APPROXIMATION AND EVALUATION SIMULATION
ANMT-03

Reliability Based Pareto Optimum Design of Robust Compensators for a Dynamic
System with Parametric Uncertainty

N. Nariman-zadeh, A. Hajiloo, A. Jamali, A.Bagheri and A. Darvizeh, The
University of Guilan, , Rasht and A. Alasti, Sharif University, Tehran, Iran




ANMT-04

Generating Simulation Input with Approximate Copulas

Feras Nassaj and Johann Christoph Strelen, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-
Universitaet Bonn, Bonn, Germany




ANMT-05-COMPLEX

Expanded scope of traffic flow analysis: Entity Flow-Phase Analysis for Rapid
performance evaluation of enterprise process systems

Laszlo Muka, Elassys Consulting and Gabor Lensce, Szechenyi Istvan University,
Budapest, Hungary




ANALYTICAL AND NUMERICAL SIMULATION IN COMMUNICATIONS




ANMT-01

Differential Modeling and its Application to TCP/IP

H. Hassan, J-M.Garcia and C. Bockstal, MRS group, LAAS-CNRS, Toulouse, France




ANMT-02

Performance Analysis of Mobile Communication Networks with Clustering and
Neural Modeling

Dimitar Radev, University of Rousse, Rousse, Bulgaria and Izabella Lokshina,
SUNY Oneonta, Oneonta, USA
ANMT-06

Transient Analysis of Semi-Markovian Switching Systems in Telecommunication
Networks

Gerhard Hasslinger, T-Systems, Deutsche Telekom Darmstadt and Sebastian
Kempken, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Duisburg, Germany




HIGH PERFORMANCE COMPUTING




HPCN-01

Performance Analysis for High Precision Interconnect Simulation

R. Heinzl, M. Spevak?, P. Schwaha, T. Grasser and S. Selberherr?

Technical University Vienna,Vienna, Austria




HPCN-02

Developing a Meta Methodology Supporting the Application of Parallel Simulation

László Muka Elassys Consulting Ltd. and Gábor Lencse, Széchenyi István
University, Budapest, Hungary




HPCN-03-DEVS

Exploratory Modeling with Smalldevs

Vladim?r Janousek and Elod Kironsky, Brno University of Technology, Brno, Czech
Republic




HPCN-05

DISTME: A Generic Toolkit for Stochastic Simulation Distribution

Romain Reuillon and David R.C. Hill, Blaise Pascal Univeristy, Aubiere cedex,
France
SIMULATORS




GRAPH-03

An Approach to Virtual Lab Implementation using Modelica

Carla Martin, Alfonso Urquia and Sebastian Dormido, UNED, Madrid, Spain




METH-11

An Integrated Vehicular and Network Simulator for Vehicular Ad-Hoc Networks

Cristian Gorgorin, Victor Gradinescu, Raluca Diaconescu, Valentin Cristea, “
Politehnica” University Bucharest, Bucharest Romania and Liviu Iftode, Rutgers
University, New Jersey, USA




COMPLEX-01‟

Concept of “hands on “training for Spacecraft Operations

Christian D. Bodemann, Joachim.Ochs, Carol Quirke, Roberto Palmari, Vega IT
GmbH, Darmstadt, Germany




FLUID FLOW SIMULATION




FLUID-03

Investigation of Flow Dynamics in Porous Media using Computer Simulation

Arezou Jafari and S. Mohammad Mousavi, Sharif University of Technology,

Tehran, Iran and Piroz Zamankhan, Kari Pietarinen, Pertti Sarkomaa and Timo
Hyppanen, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Lappeenranta, Finland
FLUID-06

Property prediction model for a refinery process

S. Suganya, Department of Computer Science, Anna University, Chennai, India




FLUID-04

Thermohydraulic Modeling and Analysis of CANDU Shutdown Cooling System

Ilie Prisecaru and Daniel Dupleac, Politehnica University of Bucharest and Ni??
Iulian, Center for Engineering and Technology for Nuclear Objective, Bucharest,
Romania




FLUID-02

Generic Bond graph Procedure for Chemical Reactions Modelling

A.R. Khaled, École Centrale de Lille and B. Ould Bouamama and A. Nakrachi, ,
École Polytechnique Universitaire de Lille, Villeneuve d‟Ascq Cedex, France.




FLUID-05

Solubility of Toxic Compounds from Petroleum Spills into Seawater

M. R. Riazi and Y. M. Al-Roomi, Kuwait University, Safat, Kuwait.




AI BASED SIMULATION METHODOLOGY




AI-06

Game Analysis by means of Simulation

Roland Angerer, 3united and Helge Hagenauer, Universität Salzburg, Austria




AI-01
Simulation Based Optimisation using Global Search and Neural Network Metamodels

Anna Persson, Henrik Grimm and Amos Ng, University of Skövde, Skövde, Sweden




GRAPH-01

Optimization by extension-restriction neighborhood in local search application
to graph coloring problem

Isabelle Devarenne, Hakim Mabed, and Alexandre Caminada, UTBM , University of
Technology Belfort-Montbéliard, Belfort cedex, France




AI-02

Experimental Based Modeling and Pareto Optimization of Indirect Injection
Diesel Engines

K. Atashkari, N. Nariman-zadeh, A. Jamali, University of Guilan, Rasht, Iran
and Ì. Çelikten, Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey,




AI-03

Intelligent Control in the Simulation of Manufacturing Systems

Karim Tamani, Reda Boukezzoula and Georges Habchi, LISTIC - ESIA SYMME – ESIA,
Domaine universitaire, Annecy Cedex, France




PATH PLANNING AND COGNITIVE MAPS




METH-02-AI

Path Planning for UAVs using Symbiotic Simulation

Farzad Kamrani and Rassul Ayani, KTH, Royal Institute of Technology Marianela
Garcia Lozano, FOI, Swedish Defense Research Agency, Stockholm, Sweden




AI-04
Action Selection in Robots Based on Learning Fuzzy Cognitive Map and Analysis
of Variance

Ali Azadeh, Koosha Golmohammadi and Amirhossein Gharehgozli, University of
Tehran, Iran




GRAPHICS SIMULATION




GRAPH-02

Evaluation Textile Fabrics Color Difference by Scanner

A.Shams-Nateri, Textile Engineering Department, Guilan University, Rasht, Iran




GRAPH_04

Improving Error Metric Calculation Techniques of 3D Mesh Generation

Refik Samet and Emrah Ozsavas, Ankara University, Tandogan/Ankara, Turkey




GRAPH_05

A New Approach for 3D Mesh Generation

Refik Samet, Emrah Ozsavas, Ankara University Engineering Faculty, Ankara,
Turkey




BIOLOGICAL SIMULATION




BIO-01

Geometric Hierarchical Organisation of Anatomical Data in the Modelling of the
Cerebellum

Omar Bennani, F. Jouen, G.A. Chauvet, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes Paris
and P. Chauvet, UCO, Angers, France and   USC, Los Angeles, USA




BIO-02

A Development of a Cardiovascular Model with Baroreceptor Reflex

Jinhuai Lin, Derek G Tilley and Roger F Ngwompo, University of Bath, Bath,
United Kingdom




SIMULATION DYNAMICS IN ECOLOGY AND BIOLOGY




BIO-03

Micro-Gen: An Agent-Based Model of Bacteria-Antibiotic Interactions in Batch
Culture

James T. Murphy, Ray Walshe, Dublin City University,Dublin, Ireland.




ENV-03

Water Anoxia and Species Selection in Lagoons: An Analysis of Ecosystem
Dynamics

Francesco Cioffi and Giovanni Cannata, Università degli Studi di Roma „ La
Sapienza‟ , Rome, Italy




ENV-01

Modelling the Fight against Forest Fires by Means of a Numerical Battlefield

Yves Dumond, Université de Savoie, Le Bourget-du-Lac Cedex




WEB BASED SIMULATION
WEB-01

Integration of Web Based Simulators in the SINPL Platform

Alberto Coen-Porisini , Ignazio Gallo and Antonella Zanzi, Università degli
Studi dell‟Insubria, Varese, Italy




WEB-02

Extending a Simulation Groupware to allow Interoperability

Celso M. Hirata; Tony C. França;, Wladimir De Lara Araújo Filho, Vakulathil
Abdurahiman, Germano Kienbaum, Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica, S.J.Campos
– SP – Brazil




AGENT BASED SIMULATION IN BIOLOGY




AGENT-01

Analysis of the relative importance of the humoral versus the cellular response
during the acute stage of HIV infection: Results from multi-agent computer
simulations.

A. Callaghan, H.J. Ruskin, R. Walshe, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland




AGENT-08-BIO-PETRI

Simulation of Attentional Networks in the Brain – an Agent Based Approach

Terje Kristensen and Jørgen Johansen , Bergen University College, Bergen,
Norway




AGENT BASED NEGOTIATION




AGENT-03
Simulation of an Agent-based MarketPlace

Maria João Viamonte, Isabel Praça, Carlos Ramos, Zita Vale , GECAD Instituto
Superior de Engenharia / Instituto Politécnico do Porto, Porto, Portugal




AGENT-06

An Agent Based Distributed Simulation for the Supply Chain: Negotiation
Protocols between Collaborative Agents

El Habib Nfaoui and Omar El Beqqali, Abdellah University, Fes Atalas, Morocco
and Yacine Ouzrout and Abdelaziz Bouras, PRISMa, University la Lumiere Lyon 2,
Lyon, France




AGENT-09

Agent Based VS Nested Simulation for supporting On-Line Teller Scheduling in
Groceries Supermarket Distribution: A Case Study

Roberto Revetria, DIPTEM – Università degli Studi di Genova, Genova GE and
Cinzia Forgia, Alessandro Catania, IQR Consulting, Mindrevolver.com SaS Group,
Albenga SV, Italy




CROWD AND GROUP SIMULATIONS




AGENT-02

Emotions on Agent Based Simulators for Group Formation

Goreti Marreiros and Carlos Ramos, GECAD, Polytechnic of Porto and Paulo
Novais, José Machado, Carlos Ramos and José Neves, University of Minho,
Portugal.




AGENT-07

Time and Space Management in Crowd Simulation

Benoit Lacroix, Philippe Mathieu and Sebastien Picault, Universite des Sciences
et Technologies de Lille, Villeneuve d‟Ascq Cedex
PROCESS SIMULATION WITH AGENTS




METH-03-PETRI-AGENT

Agent-Based Modeling of Processes and Scenarios with High Level Petri Nets

Timo Stevens, Thomas Zoller, Philipp Haugelmeyer, Fraunhofer IAIS, Sankt
Augustin, Germany




AGENT-11

Formal Infrastructure for Verification of Epistemic Properties of Multi-Agent
Systems

M. Bagic and M. Kunstic, University of Zagreb, Croatia




PETRI NETS FORMALISM




PETRI-05

Petri Net - based project scheduling methods: advantages and shortcomings

Konstantinos Kirytopoulos and Viktor Diamantas, University of the Aegean, Chios
and Vrassidas Leopoulos and Christos Dimadis National Technical University of
Athens, Athens, Greece




PETRI-03

Painted Petri Net and Functional Abstraction to Visualize Dynamic Modeling

Simon Hardy and Pierre N. Robillard, École Polytechnique de Montréal, Succ.
Centre-Ville, Montréal, Canada




PETRI-06
A Meta-modeling Approach for Sequence Diagrams to Petri Nets Transformation
within the requirements validation process

Adel Ouardani, Philippe Esteban, Mario Paludetto and Jean-Claude Pascal, LAAS-
CNRS, Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse Cedex 4, France




PETRI-07

State Class Graph for Fuzzy Time Petri Nets

J. Cardoso, IRITUT, Toulouse, France, Xiaoyu Mao, Almende / University of
Maastricht, The Netherlands and Robert Valette, LAAS-CNRS, Toulouse, France




PETRI NETS SIMULATION




PETRI-09

Simulation Validity Assessment tailoring with UML

V.Albert, A.Nketsa and M.Paludetto, LAAS-CNRS, Toulouse, France




PETRI-04

Hybrid Simulation for Critical Scenario Derivation

N. Sadou and H. Demmou, Laboratoire d‟Analyse et d‟Architecture des Systèmes,
Toulouse cedex, France




PETRI-01

Efficient simulation of SWN through a symbolic enabling test

Lorenzo Capra, Universit`a degli Studi di Milano (Italy) and Massimiliano De
Pierro, Universit`a di Torino, Italy




PETRI-08
ESA_PetriNet tool: Extraction Scenarios & Analyzer by Petri Net model
Application to the extraction of feared scenarios in a landing gears system

Malika Medjoudj, Hamid Demmou, Robert Valette, LAAS, Toulouse, France




INTRODUCTION, COMPLEX SYSTEMS MODELING AND METHODOLOGY




Michel Cotsaftis (invited speaker)




COMPLEX-02

Holistic Metrics, a Trial on Interpreting Complex Systems

J. Manuel Feliz-Teixeira, António E. S. Carvalho Brito, University of Porto,
Portugal




COMPLEX-06

Simulating Dynamic Behaviours in Complex Organisations: case study application
of a well structured modelling approach

M Zhen and R H Weston, Loughborough University, Loughborough, United Kingdom




COMPLEX SYSTEMS MODELING AND METHODOLOGY




COMPLEX-13

Different Goals in Multisale Simulations and how to reach them

Pierrick Tranouez and Antoine Dutot, LITIS, Université du Havre, Le Havre Cedex
– France




COMPLEX-05
Optimization in Packaging and Real Estate

William C. Conley, University of Wisconsin at Green Bay, Green Bay, U.S.A




COMPLEX-23

Invariant Manifolds of complex systems

JM. Ginoux and B. Rosseto




GIS AND COMPLEXITY




COMPLEX-16

The Evolution process of Geographical Data Base within self-organized
topological propagation area

Hakima Kadri-Dahmani, Gérard H.E. Duchamp and Aomar Osmani, LIPN - University
of Paris XIII, Villataneuse and Cyrille Bertelle, LITIS - University of Le
Havre, Le Havre cedex, France




COMPLEX-17

Self-organization simulation over Geographical Information System

based on multi-agent platform

Rawan Ghnemat, Cyrille Bertelle, LITIS - University of Le Havre, Le Havre
cedex and Gérard H.E. Duchamp, LIPN - University of Paris XIII, Villataneuse,
France




COMPLEX-18

Cliff collapse hazards spatio-temporal modelling through GIS : from parameters
determination to multi-scale approach

Anne Duperret, and Cyrille Bertelle, Université du Havre, Le Havre cedex and
Pierre Laville, BRGM : Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières, Paris
COMPLEX-22

Structural complexity, risk and catastroph systems dynamic: An approach of
system dynamic modelling

D. Provitolo




COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE AND NEURAL LEARNING




COMPLEX-08

Multiobjective Optimization using Ant Colonies

Feïza Ghezail and Henri Pierreval, LIMOS, Aubiere Cedex, France and Sonia
Hajri-Gabouj, INSAT, Tunis, Tunisia




COMPLEX-10

Self-organization in an artificial immune network system

Julien Franzolini and Damien Olivier, LITIS - University of Le Havre, Le Havre
Cedex – France




COMPLEX-11

Pyocyanic Bacillus Propagation Simulation

Antoine Dutot Pierre Magal Damien Olivier1 Guilhelm Savin, Université du Havre,
Le Havre Cedex – France




COMPLEX-24

On Adapting Neural Networks to Cellular Manufacturing

Dania A. El-Kebbe, Paderborn University, Heinz Nixdorf Institute, Paderborn,
Germany
EMOTION MODELLING




COMPLEX-12

Simulation of emotional processes in decision making

Karim Mahboub, Le Havre University, LITIS Laboratory, Le Havre Cedex France




COMPLEX-21

Emotions: Theoretical Models and Clinical Implications

Sophie Baudic, Hôpital Ambroise Paré, Boulogne Cedex and Gerard H E Duchamps,
Institut Galilée - Université Paris Nord, Villetaneuse, France




NATURAL ECOSYSTEM MODELLING




COMPLEX-19

Detection and reification of emerging systems in population dynamic simulations
using interaction networks and genetic algorithms: a

way to exploit Individual-Based Models

Guillaume Prevost and Cyrille Bertelle, LIH - Universite du Havre, Le Havre
Cedex – France




COMPLEX-20

Model and simulation engineering in the field of ecology using web and ontology
and XML

G. Prevost and,C. Bertelle, LIH - Universite du Havre, Le Havre Cedex – France




COMPLEX-09
Application of homotopy perturbation method for ecosystems and epidemiology
modelling

Zaid Odibat, Prince Abdullah Bin Ghazi Faculty of Science and IT, Al-
Balqa‟Applied University, Salt, Jordan, and Cyrille Bertelle, LITIS, University
of Le Havre, Le Havre cedex, France




SIMULATION AND PRODUCTION SYSTEMS




COMPLEX-15

Complex Systems Dynamics in an Economic Model with Mean Field Interactions

Gianfranco Giulioni, University “G. d‟Annunzio” of Chieti-Pescara, Pescara,
Italy




COMPLEX-03

Complexity of Traffic Interactions improving Behavioural Intelligence in
Driving Simulation Scenarios

A. Dumbuya, A, Booth, N. Reed, A. Kirkham and T. Philpott, TRL, Wokingham, and
Q. Zhao and R. Wood, Loughborough University, Loughborough, United Kingdom




COMPLEX-04

Design and implementation of an instructional Foundation Fieldbus-based pilot
plant (operation phase)

Gholamreza Mohammadove and Karim Salahshoor, Petroleum University of technology




COMPLEX-07

An Integrative Simulation Model for Project Management in Chemical Process
Engineering

Bernhard Kausch, Nicole Schneider, Morten Grandt and Christopher Schlick, RWTH
Aachen University, Aachen, Germany
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72) Analysis of Genetic Representations and Operators
                      Call for Papers

    Analysis of Genetic Representations and Operators
                        (AGRO 2007)
                 http://agro2007.dei.uc.pt


                A Special Session of the
    2007 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation
                      (CEC 2007)
           Singapore, September 25-28, 2007
               http://www.cec2007.org


Motivation

This Special session will focus on the analysis and design of
Genetic
Representations and Operators in Evolutionary Algorithms
(EAs).
In the past few years, EAs have been successfully applied to a
large number
of optimization problems. Nevertheless, most of the research
deals with
applying an EA to a new problem or applying a new EA to an
existing one. In
most of these studies, the focus is on showing how the EA was
able to solve
the problem (or find better solutions) and not why it was able to
solve it.
The choice of a genetic representation and the associated
operators cannot
be made independently of each other as both of them are crucial
to the
efficiency of the optimisation algorithm. The question whether a
certain
representation leads to better performing EAs than an
alternative
representation (and the respective operators) is crucial to our
understanding on why an EA can solve the problem
successfully.


Topics of Interest:

- Representation techniques and evolutionary operators;
- Theoretical and empirical properties of representations and/or
operators;
- Predictive performance measures;
- Search space analysis;
- Promising directions for future research.


Important Dates

Paper Submission: March 15, 2007
Decision Notification: May 15, 2007
Camera-ready Submission: June 15, 2007


Paper Submission:

Manuscripts should be prepared according to the standard
format of regular
papers specified in CEC2007 and be restricted to a maximum of
8 pages.
Paper submission is strictly only PDF format and online through
the regular
CEC2007 submission website. Special session papers will be
treated in the
same way as regular papers and included in the conference
proceedings.


Special Session Organizers:

Francisco B. Pereira
Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra
Portugal
xico [at] dei [dot] uc [dot] pt
Jorge Tavares
University of Coimbra
Portugal
jast [at] dei [dot] uc [dot] pt




73) IAPLM'06
**** IAPLM'06 - Call for Papers ****

The First International Workshop on Intelligent Application in Product Lifecycle Management (IAPLM'06)

October 16-18, 2006
Jinan, Shandong, P. R. CHINA

Workshop URL: <http://www.iaplm.org>http://www.iaplm.org

Email Address: <mailto:info@iaplm.org>info@iaplm.org or <mailto:wingha@cs.okstate.edu>wingha@cs.okstate.edu

Paper Submission Site: <http://isda2006.ujn.edu.cn/Submission.html>http://isda2006.ujn.edu.cn/Submission.html

ISDA'06 Site: <http://isda2006.ujn.edu.cn>http://isda2006.ujn.edu.cn

******************************************************
IAPLM'06 will focus on the following topics (but not limited to):

* Intelligent Product Design

* Knowledge-based Engineering

* Intelligent Manufacturing Design

* Business Intelligence

* Business Rules Systems

* Intelligent Business Processes

* Intelligent Management Systems

* Knowledge Management

* Business/Engineering/Manufacturing Ontology

* Engineering Knowledge Representation

* Other Intelligent Applications
**************************************************************
Prospective authors are invited to submit a:
- full paper of 6 pages, for oral presentation, A4 size, IEEE 2
columns format, using MS Word/LaTeX

The submission of a paper implies that the paper is original and has not been submitted under review or copyright
protected by the author if accepted. All papers should be submitted electronically via the ISDA'06 Online Paper
Submission System. The format of the initial submissions can be PDF, MS Word, or Postscript. The file of the final
accepted papers should be in either Word or Latex.

All submitted papers will be refereed by experts in the respective fields according to the criteria of originality,
significance, quality, and clarity. The authors of accepted papers will have an opportunity to revise their papers and
take consideration of the referees' comments and suggestions, before submitting the final papers.

All accepted papers with paid registration will be included in the Proceedings of ISDA2006, to be published by IEEE
Computer Society Press .

*****************************************************************
Important Dates:

* Paper Submission: May 15, 2006
* Notification of Acceptance: June 15, 2006
* Final Paper Submission: June 30, 2006
*******************************************************

IAPLM'06 Workshop Organization:

General Co-Chairs
Andy Auyeung, Dassault Systemes, USA
Ajith Abraham, Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Korea

International Program Committee
Alexander Gelbukh, National Polytechnic Institute, Mexico
Amir Atiya, Cairo University, Egypt
Bernard De Baets, Ghent University, Belgium
Bernard Grabot, National Engineers School of Tarbes, France
Crina Grosan, Babes-Bolyai University, Romania
David Corne, University of Exeter, United Kingdom
Francisco Herrera, University of Granada, Spain
Gheorghe Tecuci, George Mason University, USA
Hongbo Liu, Dalian University of Technology, China
Irina Perfilieva, University of Ostrava, Czech Republic
Janusz Kacprzyk, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
Roberto Miranda, University of Brasilia, Brazil
Ronald R. Yager, Iona College, NewYork
Vasile Palade, Oxford University, United Kingdom
Weishi Zhang, Dalian Maritime University, China
Witold Pedrycz, University of Alberta, Canada
Xiao-Jun Zeng, University of Manchester, United Kingdom
Yasuhiko Dote, Muroran Institute of Technology, Japan
Zhang Yi, School of Computer Science and Technology of China, China




74) 2007 IEEE Swarm Intelligence Symposium
The 2007 IEEE Swarm Intelligence Symposium (SIS2007 - see
http://www.computelligence.org/sis/2007/) will be held as part of
the first IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence
2007 (SSCI 2007), which consists of 12 symposia.

Swarm Intelligence is a computational intelligence technique
involving the study of collective behavior in decentralized
systems. Such systems are made up of a population of simple
individuals interacting locally with one another and with their
environment. Although there is typically no centralized control
dictating the behavior of the individuals, local interactions
among individuals often cause a global pattern to emerge. Such
systems are common in nature. Examples include social
organization in ant and bee colonies, bird flocking and animal
herd movement.

Authors are invited to submit their original and unpublished
work in swarm intelligence and other swarm-related fields.
Current areas of research focus include particle swarm
optimization, ant colony optimization, cultural algorithms and
swarm robotics. Work can consist of research, theory,
development, real-world application or any combination of the
above.

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the
following:

- Modeling and analysis of particle swarm optimization, ant
colony
  optimization, culture algorithm, swarm robotics, etc.
- Optimization techniques in dynamic, multi-objective,
constrained environments
- Modeling and analysis of biological collective systems such as
social insect
  colonies, school and flocking vertebrates
- Distributed computing, data clustering, graph partitioning, and
decision
  making based on swarm intelligence principles
- Theory and practice of swarm intelligence in control systems,
power systems,
  bioinformatics, business and finance, supply-chain
management, transportation
  systems, and other areas

Authors should refer to the SSCI 2007 web site at http://ieee-
ssci.org/submit for paper formatting and submission guidelines.

Important Dates:

Submission: October 31, 2006
Notification: November 30, 2006
Camera-Ready: January 15, 2007
Conference: April 1-5, 2007




75) Computational Intelligence for Modelling, Control



                 CALL FOR PAPERS
International Conference on Computational Intelligence for
Modelling,
              Control and Automation
            28 November to 1 December 2006
                Sydney , Australia
         http://www.ise.canberra.edu.au/conferences/cimca06/

Important Dates:
17 July 2006 Submission of papers
7 August 2006 Notification of acceptance
28 August 2006 Deadline for camera-ready copies of accepted
papers
28-30 November 2006 Conference sessions


In co-operation with:
IEEE Computer Society Publishing
Conference Proceedings will be published as books by IEEE
IEEE Computer
Society
in USA

Sponsored by:
European Society for Fuzzy Logic and Technology - EUFLAT
International Association for Fuzzy Set in Management and
Economy - SIGEF
Japan Society for Fuzzy Theory and Intelligent Informatics -
SOFT
Taiwan Fuzzy Systems Association - TFSA
World Wide Web Business Intelligence - W3BI
Hungarian Fuzzy Association - HFA
University of Canberra

                  Jointly with
International Conference on Intelligent Agents, Web
Technologies
                and Internet Commerce
        http://www.ise.canberra.edu.au/conferences/iawtic06/

Honorary Chair:
Lotfi A. Zadeh, University of California, USA
Stephen Grossberg, Boston University, USA


The international conference on computational intelligence for
modelling,
control and automation will be held in Sydney,
Australia on 28 November to 1 December 2006. The conference
provides a
medium for the exchange of ideas between theoreticians and
practitioners to address the important issues in computational
intelligence,
modelling, control and automation.
The conference will consist of both plenary sessions and
contributory
sessions, focusing on theory, implementation
and applications of computational intelligence techniques to
modelling,
control and automation. For contributory
sessions, papers (4 pages or more) are being solicited. Several
well-known
keynote speakers will address the
 conference.

Conference Proceedings will be published as books by IEEE
(The Institute of
Electrical and Electronic Engineering) in USA
and will be index world wide. All papers will be peer reviewed by
at least
two reviewers.
Topics of the conference include, but are not limited to, the
following
areas:

Modern and Advanced Control Strategies:
Neural Networks Control,
Fuzzy Logic Control,
Genetic Algorithms and Evolutionary Control,
Model-Predictive Control,
Adaptive and Optimal Control,
Intelligent Control Systems,
Robotics and Automation,
Fault Diagnosis,
Intelligent agents,
Industrial Automations

Hybrid Systems:
Fuzzy Evolutionary Systems,
Fuzzy Expert Systems,
Fuzzy Neural Systems,
Neural Genetic Systems,
Neural-Fuzzy-Genetic Systems,
Hybrid Systems for Optimisation

Data Analysis, Prediction and Model Identification:
Signal Processing,
Prediction and Time Series Analysis,
System Identification,
Data Fusion and Mining,
Knowledge Discovery,
Intelligent Information Systems,
Image Processing, and Image Understanding,
Parallel Computing applications in Identification & Control,
Pattern Recognition,
Clustering and Classification

Decision Making and Information Retrieval:
Case-Based Reasoning,
Decision Analysis,
Intelligent Databases & Information Retrieval,
Dynamic Systems Modelling,
Decision Support Systems,
Multi-criteria Decision Making,
Qualitative and Approximate-Reasoning

Paper Submission
Papers will be selected based on their originality, significance,
correctness, and clarity of presentation. Papers (4 pages or
more) should be
submitted to the following e-mail or the following address:
CIMCA'2006 Secretariat
School of Information Sciences and Engineering
University of Canberra, Canberra, 2616, ACT, Australia
E-mail: cimca@canberra.edu.au

Electronic submission of papers (either by E-mail or through
conference
website) is preferred. Draft papers should present original work,
which has
not been published or being reviewed for other conferences.

Important Dates
17 July 2006 Submission of papers
7 August 2006 Notification of acceptance
28 August 2006 Deadline for camera-ready copies of accepted
papers
28-30 November 2006 Conference sessions


Special Sessions and Tutorials
Special sessions and tutorials will be organised at the
conference. The
conference is calling for special sessions and tutorial proposals.
All
special session proposals should be sent to the conference
chair (by email
to: masoud.mohammadian@canberra.edu.au) on or before 4th
of August 2006.
CIMCA'06 will also include a special poster session devoted to
recent work
and work-in-progress. Abstracts are solicited for this session.
Abstracts (3
pages limit) may be submitted up to 30 days before the
conference date.

Visits and social events
Sightseeing visits will be arranged for the delegates and guests.
A separate
program will be arranged for companions during the conference.

Further Information
For further information either contact cimca@canberra.edu.au or
see the
conference homepage at:
http://www.ise.canberra.edu.au/conferences/cimca06/default.htm

Organising Committee Chair:
Masoud Mohammadian, University of
Canberra, Australia

International Program Committee:
H. Adeli, The Ohio State University, USA
W. Pedrycz, University of Manitoba, Canada
A. Agah, The University of Kansas, USA
T. Fukuda, Nagoya University, Japan
J. Bezdek, University of West Florida, USA
R. C. Eberhart, Purdue University, USA
F. Herrera, University of Granada, Spain
T. Furuhashi, Nagoya University, Japan
A. Agah, The University of Kansas, US
E. André, Universität Augsburg, Germany
A. Kandel, University of South Florida, USA
J. P. Bigus, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, USA
J. Liu, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
A. Namatame, National Defense Academy, Japan
K. Sycara, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
B. Kosko, University of Southern California, USA
T. Baeck, Informatic Centrum Dortmund, Germany
K. Hirota, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
E. Oja, Helsinki University of Technology, Finland
H. R. Berenji, NASA Ames Research Center, USA
H. Liljenstrom, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
A. Bulsari, AB Nonlinear Solutions OY, Finland
J. Fernandez de Cañete, University of Malaga, Spain
W. Duch, Nicholas Copernicus University, Poland
E. Tulunay, Middle East Technical University, Turkey
C. Kuroda, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
T. Yamakawa, Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan
J. Liu, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
A. Namatame, National Defense Academy, Japan
A. Aamodt, Norwegian University of Science & Technology,
Norway

International Liaison:
Canada and USA Liaison:
Robert John, De Montfort University, UK

Europe Liaison:
Dr. Eng. Djamel Khadraoui, Centre de Recherche Public,
Luxembourg
Frank Zimmer, SES ASTRA, Luxembourg

Asia Liaison:
R. Amin Sarker, ADFA, Australia

Local Arrangements and
Public Relation:
C. Meier, Australia

Publication:
Masoud Mohammadian, Australia




76) Job vacancies: Computational Optimization
          Job vacancies
STATUS:        News (official)
TITLE:       MARIE CURIE Research Training Network (RTN)
ABSTRACT:        MARIE CURIE Research Training Network
(RTN) COMISEF

Computational Optimization Methods in Statistics, Econometrics
and Finance

Dept. of Economics, Justus-Liebig-University, Giessen,
Germany - Dept. of
Computing, Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine,
London, UK
- Dept. of Statistics, Università degli Studi di Roma "La
Sapienza", Italy
- School of Economics, Mathematics and Statistics, Birkbeck
College,
University of London, UK - Swiss Banking Institute, University of
Zurich,
Switzerland - Dept. of Econometrics, Université de Genève,
Switzerland -
Risk Analytics & Instruments, Deutsche Bank AG, Frankfurt,
Germany - Dept.
of Economics, University of Copenhagen, Denmark - Dept. of
Public and
Business Administration, University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus -
CCFEA,
University of Essex, Colchester, UK - Dept. of Economics,
Klagenfurt
University, Austria - Dept. of Econometrics, University of Lodz,
Poland.

12 Appointments for Early Stage Researchers (3 Years) -

2 Appointments for Experienced Researchers (2 Years)

This new RTN has been established to develop novel
optimization procedures
for applications in statistics, econometrics and finance which
cannot be
tackled by means of standard, e.g. analytical or classical
numerical
methods. Thereby, COMISEF will concentrate on analysis and
development of
optimization methods based on optimization theory as well as
heuristic
search. It will consider the statistical analysis and performance
of these
methods. One objective of the network research activities is to
establish
heuristic optimization as a complementary research paradigm to
optimization theory based search algorithms in quantitative
research in
the fields covered by the network. To this end, a formal
framework for the
comparison of algorithms and the performance and
convergence of
optimization heuristics will be developed. New applications will
demonstrate the versatility and power of the proposed
paradigm. The second
key objective is to train a cohort of early stage researchers with
specific knowledge in this promising field of research activities.
Experienced researchers will be equipped with complementary
skills
required for a successful career in this interdisciplinary research
program. Third, COMISEF will contribute to disseminate the new
research
paradigm in academia and industry by organizing several
tutorials,
workshops and conferences and by contributing to relevant
international
conference series. The network brings together the specific
expertise in
many complementary areas available in our partner institutions.
In
particular, the following range of approaches is considered:
econometrics - financial market analysis - computing - agent-
based
modelling - time series analysis

Young researchers recruited into this RTN will experience an
outstanding
interdisciplinary training in quantitative methods in statistics,
econometrics and finance with a strong computational
component. They will
benefit from a well structured training programme in scientific
and
transferable skills exploiting the capacities of all partner
institutions.
Networking will be enhanced by the mobility between partner
groups. On
completing their training, they will be exceptionally well placed
for
careers in contemporary academic and industrial research.

There are 12 appointments as research assistants at the
postgraduate level
offering the opportunity to prepare for a PhD (3 Years, up to
3.500 Euro
gross salary per month) and 1 postdoctoral appointment (2
Years, up to
5.800 Euro gross salary per month) starting June 2007 and 1
postdoctoral
appointment (2 Years, up to 5.800 Euro gross salary per month)
starting
June 2008.

Details of the contracts will be subject to the respective local
legal
terms and the EU work programme
(http://cordis.europa.eu/fp6/mobility.htm).

Further details of possible research projects can be found on
http://www.comisef.eu/ and the group pages linked from there.

For further enquiries contact: Peter Winker, University of
Giessen,
Department of Economics, Licher Strasse 64, D-35394 Giessen,
Germany,
Tel.: +49-641-99-22640, applications@comisef.eu.

Applications should be sent to applications@comisef.eu in
electronic
format (a single pdf-file) including a completed application form
(download from www.comisef.eu), letter of intent, CV, copies of
diploma
and a list of all publication of the last three years if applicable.
Closing date: 28th February 2007.

REFERENCE:         KoWi
SOURCE:          University of Giesssen, Germany

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Max MANFRIN
http://iridia.ulb.ac.be/~mmanfrin/



77) LPAR 2006, Phnom Penh
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LPAR-13                             Phnom Penh, Cambodia
http://www.lix.polytechnique.fr/~hermann/LPAR2006/ 13th-17th
November 2006

                 2nd Call For Papers

The 13th International Conference on Logic for Programming
Artificial
Intelligence and Reasoning (LPAR-13) will be held 13th-17th
November 2006,
at the Hotel Cambodiana, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Submission
of papers for
presentation at the conference is now invited. Topics of interest
include:

+ automated reasoning             + propositional reasoning
+ interactive theorem proving        + description logics
+ software verification               + hardware verification
+ software testing             + logic and ontologies
+ proof assistants            + network and protocol
verification
+ proof planning              + nonmonotonic reasoning
+ proof checking              + constructive logic and type
theory
+ rewriting and unification       + lambda and combinatory
calculi
+ logic programming            + knowledge representation and
reasoning
+ modal and temporal logics           + constraint programming
+ systems specification and synthesis + logical foundations of
programming
+ model checking               + computational interpretations
of logic
+ proof-carrying code           + logic and computational
complexity
+ logic and databases            + logic in artificial intelligence
+ reasoning for the semantic web       + reasoning about actions

Full and short papers are welcome. Full papers may be
either regular
papers containing new results, or experimental papers
describing
implementations or evaluations of systems. Short papers may
describe work
in progress or provide system descriptions. Submitted
papers must be
original, and not submitted concurrently to a journal or
another
conference.

The full paper proceedings of LPAR-13 will be published by
Springer-Verlag
in the LNAI series. Authors of accepted full papers will be
required to
sign a form transferring copyright of their contribution to
Springer-Verlag.
The short paper proceedings of LPAR-13 will be published by
the conference.

Program Committee
-----------------

 María Alpuente       Technical University of Valencia
 Franz Baader         Technische Universität Dresden
 Matthias Baaz        Vienna University of Technology
 Christoph Benzmüller Universität des Saarlandes
 Koen Claessen         Chalmers University of Technology
 Javier Esparza       University of Stuttgart
 Berndt Fischer       University of Southampton
 Jürgen Giesl        RWTH Aachen
 Jean Goubault-Larrecq ENS Cachan
 Erich Grädel        Aachen University of Technology
 Ziyad Hanna         Intel
 Pascal van Hentenryck Brown University
 Miki Hermann         CNRS and École Polytechnique
 Brahim Hnich         University College Cork
 Ian Horrocks,    University of Manchester
 Viktor Kuncak        MIT
 Orna Kupferman         Hebrew University
 Christopher Lynch      Clarkson University
 Dale Miller       INRIA Futurs and École Polytechnique
 George Necula         UC Berkeley
 Joachim Niehren        LIFL and INRIA Futurs
 Luke Ong           Oxford University
 Catuscia Palamidessi LIX and INRIA Futurs
 Michel Parigot      PPS and CNRS
 Frank Pfenning        Carnegie Mellon University
 Reinhard Pichler      Vienna University of Technology
 Michael Rusinowitch    LORIA and INRIA-Lorraine
 Mooly Sagiv        Tel-Aviv University
 Gernot Salzer      Vienna University of Technology
 Christelle Scharff  Pace University
 Sopheap Seng         ITC Phnom Penh
 Geoff Sutcliffe    University of Miami
 Sophie Tison       LIFL and Université de Lille
 Margus Veanes        Microsoft Research
 Andrei Voronkov       University of Manchester and Microsoft
Research


Submission Instructions
-----------------------
Papers must be prepared using the Springer-Verlag instructions
for authors
(http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html). Papers may
be up to 15
pages. If proofs do not fit in 15 pages, an appendix with
proofs may be
added. Short papers may be up to 5 pages. Papers must be
submitted in plain
postscript or PDF format, through the online submission system
(http://www.easychair.org/LPAR06/).

Dates and Deadlines:
+ Submission of full paper abstracts         2nd May
+ Submission of full papers              9th May
+ Notification of acceptance of full papers 10th July
+ Camera ready versions of full papers due 5th September
+ Submission of short papers              28th August
+ Notification of acceptance of short papers 11th September
+ Camera ready versions of short papers due 25th September

Questions related to submission may be sent to the program
chairs, Miki
Hermann and Andrei Voronkov.

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               Cambodia ... Land of LPAR and Pagodas
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78) Post-doc Position at Durham University, UK


                VACANCY: RESEARCH ASSOCIATE IN
               VERIFICATION OF MULTI-AGENT SYSTEMS

       Department of Computer Science, Durham University, UK

====================================================
=

Applications are invited for the position of research associate
working
on an EPSRC-funded research project entitled "Model Checking
Agent
Programming Languages". The project aims at developing
sophisticated
techniques for verification of multi-agent systems implemented
in
agent-oriented programming languages. It will be carried out in
close
collaboration with the University of Liverpool, UK.

Candidates should have, or be soon to receive, a PhD in
Computer Science
or Artificial Intelligence. Research experience in multi-agent
systems
(ideally agent programming languages) or formal verification
(ideally
model checking) is desirable.

Informal enquiries to Dr. Rafael Bordini
(R.Bordini@durham.ac.uk).
Also, see http://www.csc.liv.ac.uk/~michael/mcapl06.html for
further
information about this joint project.
The post is available for 30 months. The initial salary is £24,352
p.a.

Closing date: 1st July 2006.       Please quote reference number:
1391

Further details of the post and an application form are available
at
https://jobs.dur.ac.uk or telephone +44 191 334 6499, fax +44 191
334 6495.
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79) PDP 2007

************************** CALL FOR PAPERS **************************

Multi-Agent and Bio-Inspired Algorithms and Applications for
Distributed
Systems that will take place at the conference:
Fifteen Euromicro Conference on Parallel, Distributed and
Network-based
Processing (P2P 2007) (Naples, Italy, February 2007).


Special Session on


Multi-Agent and Bio-Inspired Algorithms and Applications for
Distributed
Systems
----------------------------------------------------------

to take place during

15th Euromicro Conference on Parallel, Distributed and
Network-based
Processing (PDP 2007) Naples, Italy, February 7-9, 2007
http://www.pdp2007.it/


*************************************************************
Proceedings will be published by IEEE Computer Society

*************************************************************
Multi-Agent and Bio-Inspired Algorithms and Applications for
Distributed
Systems
-------------------------------------------------
Recently, the multi-agent paradigm is emerging for the
development of
solutions to very hard parallel and distributed computational
problems. This
paradigm is based either on the activity of „intelligent‰ ˆ
possibly mobile
- agents which perform complex functionalities or on the
exploitation of a
large number of very simple agents that can produce an overall
intelligent
behaviour (the so called „swarm intelligence‰), leading to the
solution of
alleged almost intractable problems. The multi-agent paradigm
is often
inspired by biologically systems. Bio-inspired algorithms such
as genetic
and evolutionary algorithms, ant colonies, and immune systems
are routinely
applied to hard and large problems in a variety of areas. Some
examples are
optimization through genetic algorithms, new ideas for
developing routing
algorithms in wireless networks inspired by honey bee
behaviour, resource
discovery and data mining computations in Grid and P2P
frameworks achieved
by ant-inspired algorithms, and so on. This session aims to
gather
scientists, engineers, and practitioners to share and exchange
their
experiences, discuss challenges, and report state-of-the-art and
in-progress
research on all aspects of Parallel and Distributed Multi Agent
and
Bio-Inspired Algorithms.
Areas of interest
-----------------
We are interested in the following topic areas (although this list
should
not be treated as exclusive):

Multi-agent algorithms and applications in distributed systems
Mobile agents
algorithms and applications Parallel and distributed techniques
of Swarm
Intelligence: ant colonies, flock of birds Cellular automata
Parallel and
distributed evolutionary algorithms Cluster and Grid
implementation of
multi-agent and bio-inspired algorithms Performance evaluation
of
multi-agent and bio-inspired algorithms High performance tools
for
implementing bio-inspired algorithms

Program Chairs
--------------------

Gianluigi Folino - ICAR/CNR (Italian National Research Council),
Italy
   folino@icar.cnr.it

Carlo Mastroianni - ICAR/CNR (Italian National Research
Council), Italy
  mastroianni@icar.cnr.it


Program Committee
--------------------------

Ivanoe De Falco, ICAR-CNR, Italy
Antonio Della Cioppa, University of Salerno, Italy Francisco
Fernández de
Vega, Universidad de Extremadura, Spain Giancarlo Fortino,
University of
Calabria, Italy Dominic Greenwood, Whitestein Technologies,
Switzerland,
Antonio Nebro Urbaneja, Universidad de Málaga, Spain Omer
Rana, Cardiff
University, UK Giandomenico Spezzano, ICAR-CNR, Italy
Domenico Talia,
University of Calabria, Italy Ian Taylor, Cardiff University, UK
Guy
Theraulaz, Centre de Recherches sur la Cognition Animale,
France Marco
Tomassini, University of Lausanne, Switzerland Rainer Unland,
University of
Essen, Germany

Web Site
--------
Information about this track may be found at
http://dns2.icar.cnr.it/folino/pdp07/


Submission Guidelines
---------------------

Original papers from the above-mentioned or other related areas
will be
considered. Please submit full papers: 6 pages maximum in
IEEE Computer
Society format
(http://www.computer.org/portal/pages/ieeecs/publications/cps/i
ndex.html).
Each submission will be reviewed by at least three members of
the
International Program Committee. All accepted papers will be
published in
the Workshop Proceedings.


Publication
-----------
Prospective authors should submit a full paper not exceeding
5000 words in
length and including a 150-200 word abstract. To facilitate an
anonymous
reviewing process, the first page of the paper should contain
only the title
and abstract.
Proceedings will be published by IEEE Computer Society Press.
Best papers will be selected for a special issue of Elsevier
Journal of
Systems Architecture.


Important Dates
---------------

Papers due: June 30th, 2006
Author notification: September 29th, 2006 Camera-ready final
papers due:
October 27th, 2006
PDP'07 and PCES: February 7-9th, 2007




80) WII 06

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     IEEE/WIC/ACM WEB INTELLIGENCE 2006

             CALL FOR PAPERS

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##############

2006 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on
Web Intelligence (WI'06)
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong,
China,
18-22 December 2006.

Sponsored By
IEEE Computer Society
Web Intelligence Consortium (WIC)
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

Co-Organized With
Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU)

University/Corporate Sponsors
Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU)
Microsoft Corp.

http://www.comp.hkbu.edu.hk/iwi06/

(Papers Due: 5 July 2006)
Accepted papers will be published in the conference
proceedings
by the IEEE Computer Society Press that is indexed by EI.
**********************************************************************

Web Intelligence (WI) has been recognized as a new direction for
scientific research and development to explore the fundamental
roles
as well as practical impacts of Artificial Intelligence (AI)
(e.g., knowledge representation, planning, knowledge discovery
and
data mining, intelligent agents, and social network intelligence)
and
advanced Information Technology (IT) (e.g., wireless networks,
ubiquitous devices, social networks, and data/knowledge grids)
on
the next generation of Web-empowered products, systems,
services, and
activities. It is one of the most important as well as promising IT
research fields in the era of Web and agent intelligence.
The 2006 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Web
Intelligence
(WI'06) will be jointly held with the 2006 IEEE/WIC/ACM
International
Conference on Intelligent Agent Technology (IAT'06) and the 6th
IEEE
International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM'06) for providing
synergism among the three research areas. It will provide
opportunities for technical collaboration beyond that of previous
conferences. The three conferences will have a joint opening,
keynote,
reception, and banquet. Attendees only need to register for one
conference and can attend workshops, sessions and tutorials
across the
three conferences. We are also planning a joint panel and joint
paper
sessions that discuss common problems in the three areas.

+++++++++++++++++++
Topics of Interest
+++++++++++++++++++

The topics and areas include, but not limited to:

* World Wide Wisdom Web (W4)
  - Meta-Knowledge Discovery and Representation
  - Problem Solver Markup Language (PSML)
  - Search of Best Means and Ends
  - Goal-Directed Services Support
  - Distributed Resources Optimization
  - Service Self-Aggregation
  - Web Inference Engine
  - Information and Knowledge Markets

* New Social Interaction Paradigms
  - Social and Psychological Contexts
  - Regularities and Laws of W4
  - Social Networks and Social Intelligence
  - Social Networks Mining
  - Web Site Clustering
 - Link Topology and Site Hierarchy
 - Theories of Small-World Web
 - Virtual and Web Communities
 - Web-Based Cooperative Work

* Knowledge Community Formation and Support
  - Ubiquitous Computing
  - Intelligent Wireless Web
  - Ubiquitous Learning Systems
  - Entertainment

* Knowledge Grids and Grid Intelligence
  - Semantic Grids
  - Knowledge Resources and Services Discovery
  - On-Demand Planning and Routing
  - Brokering and Scheduling
  - Middleware Architectures and Tools

* Web Mining and Farming
  - Text Mining
  - Data Stream Mining
  - Multimedia Data Mining
  - Web Content Mining
  - Web Log and Usage Mining
  - Learning User Profiles
  - Context Sensitive Web Mining
  - Web Information Clustering
  - Web Page Clustering and Mining
  - E-Mail Classification
  - Web Site Classification
  - Web Information Indexing
  - Data Warehousing
  - Web Farming and Warehousing

* Semantics and Ontology Engineering
  - Ontology-Based Information Extraction and Retrieval
  - Ontology-Based Web Mining
  - Web-Based Ontology Learning
  - Semantic Web
* Web Agents
  - Global Information Foraging
  - Distributed Problem Solving
  - Coordination
  - Resource Intermediary and Coordination Mechanisms
  - Self-Organization and Reproduction
  - Agent Networks and Topologies
  - Mobile Agents
  - Macroscopic Behavior Modeling
  - Trust Models for Web Agents

* Web Services
  - Service-Oriented Computing
  - Matchmaking
  - Web Service Reconfiguration
  - Web Service Workflow Composition
  - Middleware-Based Ubiquitous Services
  - Grid Services

* Web Information Filtering and Retrieval
  - Automatic Cataloging and Indexing
  - Clustering-Based Recommender Systems
  - Collaborative Filtering and Recommendation
  - Hybrid Recommendation
  - Information Retrieval Criteria and Evaluations
  - Web Information Categorization and Ranking
  - Proxy and Cache Techniques
  - Web Prediction and Prefetching
  - Distributed Web Search
  - Specifications for Web Information Extraction Process
  - Web Crawling Systems
  - Search Engines and Meta-search Engines

* Intelligent Human-Web Interaction
  - Adaptive Web Interfaces
  - Context-Aware Computing
  - Learning User Profiles
  - Personalized Interfaces
  - Personalized Web Sites
  - Remembrance Agents
 - Multimedia Representation
 - Visualization of Information and Knowledge
 - Social and Psychological Issues

* Web Support Systems
  - Information Retrieval Support Systems
  - Web Site Navigation Support Systems
  - Recommender Support Systems
  - Web-Based Decision Support Systems
  - Soft Computing (including neural networks, fuzzy logic,
    evolutionary computation, rough sets, and granular
computing)
    and Uncertainty Management for WI

* Intelligent e-Technology
  - Business Intelligence
  - Intelligent Enterprise Portals
  - Web-Based Direct Marketing and CRM
  - Web-Based EDI
  - e-Publishing
  - e-Business and e-Commerce
  - e-Finance
  - e-Community
  - Decentralized Community Communication Techniques
  - e-Learning
  - Digital Library
  - e-Science
  - e-Government
  - Web Security, Integrity, Privacy and Trust

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
On-Line Submissions and Publication
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

High-quality papers in all WI related areas are solicited. Papers
exploring new directions or areas will receive a careful and
supportive review. All submitted papers will be reviewed on the
basis of technical quality, relevance, significance, and clarity.
Note that WI'06 will accept ONLY on-line submissions,
containing
PDF versions.

Paper submissions should be limited to a maximum of 8 pages
in the
IEEE 2-column format (see the IEEE Computer Society Press
Proceedings
Author Guidelines at
http://www.computer.org/portal/pages/ieeecs/publications),
and will be reviewed by the Program Committee on the basis of
technical quality, relevance to data mining, originality,
significance, and clarity. Please use the Submission Form on
the WI'06
website to submit your paper. Accepted papers will be
published
in the conference proceedings by the IEEE Computer Society
Press
that is indexed by EI.

A selected number of WI'06 accepted papers will be expanded
and
revised for inclusion in Web Intelligence and Agent Systems: An
International Journal (http://wi-consortium.org/journal.html) and
in
Annual Review of Intelligent Informatics
(http://www.wi-consortium.org/annual.html)

The best paper awards will be conferred at the conference on
the
authors of (1) the best research paper and (2) the best
application
paper. Application-oriented submissions will be considered for
the
best application paper award.

More detailed instructions and the On-Line Submission Form
can be
found from the WI'06 homepage:
http://www.comp.hkbu.edu.hk/~wii06/.

++++++++++++++++++++
Industry/Demo-Track
++++++++++++++++++++

We solicit Industry/Demo-Track papers by the following
methods.

(1) Industry papers of 4 pages can be submitted on the same
schedule as
   the research track.
(2) Separate 2 page demo proposals can submitted at a later
schedule.
(3) Full regular paper submissions can include a demo option.
   That is, a full paper submissions will be asked to
   specify if they would like to give a demonstration; choice of
   demonstrations (while utilizing information from the regular
reviewing
   process) will be selected based on value as a demonstration.

For options (1) and (2), please find more detailed instructions
at the homepages:
http://www.comp.hkbu.edu.hk/iwi06/wi/?index=demo

We are planning to arrange the Demo session in the afternoon of
Dec 19
(before and during the conference reception), jointly with the
IAT'06 and
ICDM'06 Demo sessions.

+++++++++
Workshops
+++++++++

As an important part of the conference, the workshop program
will
focus on new research challenges and initiatives. All papers
accepted
for workshops will be included in the Workshop Proceedings
published
by the IEEE Computer Society Press, to be indexed by EI, and
will be
available at the workshops. Detailed information is available at
the
conference homepage.

Note: we will not have a separate workshop registration fee this
year
(i.e., conference registration covers everything).

I. Accepted as Fullday Workshops

1. International Workshop on Agent and Data Mining Interaction
(ADMI)
2. International Workshop on Web Privacy Intelligence
3. International Workshop on Service Composition
4. The 3rd International Workshop on Web-based Support
Systems (WSS'06)

II. Accepted as Halfday Workshops

5. International Workshop on Intelligent Agents in Wireless
Sensor Networks
  (IA-WSN)
6. International Workshop on Adaptation and Personalisation for
e-Business
  Intelligence
7. International Workshop on Semantics in VO and WS
8. International Workshop on Communication between Human
and Artificial Agents
9. International Workshop on Intelligent Web Interaction (IWI-
2006)
10. International Workshop on P2P Computing and Autonomous
Agents
11. International Workshop on GrC and Brain Informatics (BI) for
WI
12. International Workshop on Multi-Agent Systems in E-
Business: Concepts,
   Technologies and Applications (MASeB'06)
13. International Workshop on Research of Agent-based
Government Horizon
   Business Integration Management Systems
14. International Workshop on Technologies and Applications of
  Knowledge Computing on the Web

For more information, please visit the conference website at
http://www.comp.hkbu.edu.hk/~wii06/.

++++++++++
Tutorials
++++++++++

WI'06 also welcomes Tutorial proposals. WI'06 will include
tutorials
providing in-depth background on subjects that are of broad
interest
to the Web intelligence community. Both short (2 hours) and
long (half
day) tutorials will be considered. The tutorials will be part of the
main conference technical program. Detailed information is
available
at the conference homepage.

Note: we will not have a separate tutorials registration fee this
year
(i.e., only one conference registration covers everything).

++++++++++++++++
Important Dates
++++++++++++++++

Workshop proposal submission: April 10, 2006
Electronic submission of full papers: ** July 5, 2006 **
Tutorial proposal submission: July 15, 2006
Notification of paper acceptance: September 4, 2006
Camera-ready copies of accepted papers: September 29, 2006
Workshops: December 18, 2006
Conference: December 19-22, 2006

++++++++++++++++++++++++
Conference Organization
++++++++++++++++++++++++
Conference Chairs:
 * Jiming Liu, Hong Kong Baptist University, HK
 * Benjamin Wah, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
USA

Organizing Chair:
 * Yiu-Ming Cheung, Hong Kong Baptist University, HK

Program Chair:
 * Toyoaki Nishida, Kyoto University, Japan

Program Co-chairs:
 * Zhongzhi Shi, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
 * Ubbo Visser, Science Universitat Bremen, Germany
 * Xindong Wu, University of Vermont, USA

Industry/Demo-Track Co-Chairs:
 * Wray Buntine, Helsinki Institute for Information Technology,
Finland
 * Kazuhiro Kuwabara, ATR, Japan
 * Jianchang Mao, Yahoo! Inc., USA

Workshop Co-Chairs:
 * Cory J. Butz, University of Regina, Canada
 * Ngoc Thanh Nguyen, Wroclaw University of Technology,
Poland
 * Yasufumi Takama, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan

Tutorial Co-Chairs:
 * Yuefeng Li, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
 * Pawan Lingras, Saint Mary's University, Canada
 * Hideaki Takeda, National Institute of Informatics/University of
Tokyo, Japan

Publicity Chairs:
* Marcin Szczuka, Warsaw University, Poland
* Guoyin Wang, Chongqing University of Posts and
Telecommunications, China
* Hui Xiong, Rutgers University, USA
Sponsorship Chairs:
* Man-chung Chan, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HK
* Einoshin Suzuki, Yokohama National University, Japan
* Hongjin Yang, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Program Vice Co-chairs:
 * Mario Cannataro, University "Magna Greia" of Catanzaro, Italy
 * Meng Chang Chen, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
 * Joost Kok, Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science,
The Netherlands
 * Tsau Young Lin, San Jose State University, USA
 * Massimo Marchiori, Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
USA and
               University of Venice, Italy
 * Ralf Moeller, Hamburg University of Technology, Germany
 * Sankar Pal, Machine Intelligence Unit Indian Statistical
Institute, India
 * Steve Willmott, Technical University of Catalonia, Spain
 * Chengqi Zhang, Faculty of Information Technology, Australia
 * Lina Zhou, University of Maryland, USA

*** Contact Information ***

WI/IAT/ICDM'06 Secretariat
Department of Computer Science
7/F, Sir Run Run Shaw Building,
Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
E-mail: wii06@Comp.HKBU.Edu.HK


81) AISB
Dear AISB Members,

This is the miscellaneous bulletin for 11/10/2006

---------------------------------------------

1. Call for book Chapters - Soft Computing Application
2. CALL FOR PAPERS AND SPECIAL ISSUES - Mathematics in
Computer Science - A new Birkhauser/Springer journal

3.   2nd CFP: JSAT Special Issue on Satisfiability Modulo
Theories (DEADLINE: 25 November 2006)

---------------------------------------------

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*********************

1. Call for book Chapters - Soft Computing Application



   Contact: bhanu.prasad@famu.edu


Call for book Chapters


The following two books are planned to be published by
Springer-Verlag during 2007/2008:
 (1). Soft Computing Applications in Business
 (2). Soft Computing Applications in Industry

We invite book chapter contributions. Please see the
website: http://www.bhanuprasad.org/chapters.html for more
information.

Please feel free to contact me if you need additional
information.

Sincerely

Bhanu Prasad

Contact address
 Bhanu Prasad
 Department of Computer and Information Sciences
Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL 32307, USA
 Email: bhanu.prasad@famu.edu and CC to:
bhanupvsr@gmail.com
 Phone: 1-850-412-7350   Fax: 1-850-599-3221

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2. CALL FOR PAPERS AND SPECIAL ISSUES - Mathematics in
Computer Science - A new Birkhauser/Springer journal




Mathematics in Computer Science
               A new journal launched by
Birkhauser/Springer
                        http://www.cc4cm.org/mcs/

                    CALL FOR PAPERS AND SPECIAL ISSUES

The journal Mathematics in Computer Science (MCS) publishes
high-quality
original research papers on the development of theories and
methods for
computer and information sciences, the design,
implementation, and analysis
of algorithms and software tools for mathematical
computation and reasoning,
and the integration of mathematics and computer science for
scientific
and engineering application. Insightful survey articles may
be submitted
for publication by invitation. As one of its distinct
features, the journal
will publish only special issues on carefully selected
topics out of
international conferences (in particular, on Mathematical
Aspects of Computer
and Information Sciences), workshops, and seminars,
reflecting the trends
of development in the broad area of Mathematics in Computer
Science.

  Vol. 1, no. 1: Algorithms and Complexity
  Guest editors: Chee K. Yap and Hoon Hong
  Submission deadline: October 15, 2006
  http://cs.nyu.edu/yap/mcs-first-issue/

  Vol. 1, no. 2: Symbolic and Numeric Computation
  Guest editors: Dongming Wang and Lihong Zhi
  Submission deadline: November 30, 2006
  http://mmrc.iss.ac.cn/~lzhi/mcs-second-issue/
  Vol. 1, no. 3: Modeling and Analysis of Complex Systems
  Guest editors: To be announced
  Submission deadline: January 15, 2007
  http://www.cc4cm.org/mcs/third-issue/

Papers should be submitted electronically by e-mail to the
guest editors
of respective special issues listed at
http://www.cc4cm.org/mcs/ (or
alternatively to the managing editor , indicating
the title of the special issue). Submission of proposals
for special issues
is welcome and should be sent to the managing editor.

Editors-in-Chief:

  Dongming Wang (Managing Editor) and Zhiming Zheng

Editorial Board:

  Yaneer Bar-Yam (USA)
  Luis M. A. Bettencourt (USA)
  Jean-Charles Faugere (France)
  Ilias S. Kotsireas (Canada)
  Stefan Ratschan (Czech Republic)
  Peter F. Stadler (Germany)
  Bican Xia (China)
  Chee K. Yap (USA)
  Kazuhiro Yokoyama (Japan)
  Riccardo Zecchina (Italy)



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3.   2nd CFP: JSAT Special Issue on Satisfiability Modulo
Theories

    http://dit.unitn.it/~rseba/jsat_smt06/
   DEADLINE: 25 November 2006


========================   2nd Call for Papers
========================

 Journal on Satisfiability, Boolean Modeling and
Computation (JSAT)
        Special Issue on Satisfiability Modulo Theories
(SMT)

                  http://dit.unitn.it/~rseba/jsat_smt06/

  Deadline for paper submission: November 25th, 2006

===========================================================
===========
[notice the extended number of pages]

GENERAL INFORMATION

Satisfiability Modulo Theories (SMT) is the problem of
deciding the
satisfiability of first-order formulae with respect to some
decidable background theory (e.g., linear arithmetic, the
theory of
arrays, the theory of bit-vectors).
SMT techniques are gaining increasing relevance in many
application
domains, including formal verification of hardware and
software,
compiler optimization, planning and scheduling.
SMT is strongly related to SAT, as most SMT tools are built
on top of
or interface with efficient SAT solvers.
(See also the SMT-LIB page
http://combination.cs.uiowa.edu/smtlib/.)

TOPICS

Topics of interested include, but are not restricted to:

* Novel general SMT techniques

* Novel SMT techniques for theories of interest

* SMT for combined theories

* Novel implementation techniques for SMT

* Applications of SMT


SUBMISSIONS
This special issue welcomes original high-quality
contributions that
have been neither published in nor submitted to any
journals or
refereed conferences.

All submissions should be written in terms understandable
by general
readers of the journal. All submissions will be refereed
according
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Submissions should be written in LaTeX and formatted
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JSAT LaTeX style file can be obtained at the journal web
page (see below).

ABOUT JSAT

JSAT (http://www.isa.ewi.tudelft.nl/Jsat/) is a peer-
reviewed journal
which is freely distributed electronically and published in
print by
IOS Press. The scope of JSAT is propositional reasoning,
modeling and
computation, and related topics. JSAT publishes high-
quality original
research papers and survey papers which evidently
contribute to deeper
insight on a SAT-related topic.

GUEST EDITORS

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FURTHER INFORMATION

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Subject: AISB MISCELLANEOUS BULLETIN 2
From: "T.J.M.Hendrey-Seabrook" <t.j.m.hendrey-seabrook@sussex.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 12 Oct 2006 09:17:19 +0100
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Dear AISB Members,

This is the miscellaneous bulletin for 12/10/2006

---------------------------------------------

1. Special Issue on Medical Applications of Genetic and
Evolutionary Computation: Deadline extended to November 15
(DEADLINE: 15 November 2006)

---------------------------------------------

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*********************

1. Special Issue on Medical Applications of Genetic and
Evolutionary Computation: Deadline extended to November 15


   DEADLINE: 15 November 2006
   Contact: sls5@ohm.york.ac.uk


 Genetic Programming and Evolvable Machines
                      Special Issue on
                    Medical Applications

           .....DEADLINE EXTENDED TO NOVEMBER 15.....

***********************************************************
**********

Although the application of evolutionary computation (EC)
to medicine
is not new, the reporting of new work tends to be
distributed among
various technical and clinical publications in a
somewhat disparate
manner. A special issue of Genetic Programming and
Evolvable Machines
satisfies the need for a much needed focus for
medical related
applications of EC, not only providing a clear definition
of the state
of the art, but also support to practitioners for whom EC
might not be
their main area of expertise or experience.

Traditionally,   medical   applications   have used
straightforward
implementations   of   evolutionary   algorithms, such
as   genetic
algorithms, to optimize traditional data analysis in a
wide range of
medical applications including signal and image
processing, expert
systems, data mining, etc. More recently, however,
exploitation of
advanced    evolutionary  computation   paradigms such
as   genetic
programming and artificial immune systems have been
applied directly
to challenging applications such as diagnosis and
monitoring.

The aim of this Special Issue is to provide the reader with
a snapshot
of the current practice and an indication of future
trends in this
exciting and demanding application area.

Subjects will include (but are not limited to) applications
of Genetic
and Evolutionary Computation to:

Medical imaging
Medical signal processing
Clinical diagnosis and therapy
Data mining of medical data and records
Clinical expert systems
Modeling and simulation of medical processes

The publication schedule is as follows:
   * Submission deadline: October 15, 2006
   * Notification of acceptance: February 28, 2007
   * Final manuscript due: April 30, 2007

Submission procedure:

All electronic submissions must be sent to Steve Smith at:

sls5@ohm.york.ac.uk

Manuscripts should conform     to   the standard    format   of
the Genetic
Programming and Evolvable      Machine    journal    as
indicated in the
Information   for   Authors     available    at     the
Journal   website
(www.springer.com/10710).

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standards of the
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conference papers
must be extended substantially. Electronic submissions in
postscript
or PDF are strongly preferred. Please send all
submissions to one of
the guest editors.

All enquiries on this special issue   should be sent to
Steve Smith at:
sls5@ohm.york.ac.uk

Prospective authors are also invited to send an email to
Steve Smith
indicating their interest in submitting a paper and
the specific
topics addressed.


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Fax: +44 1904 433224

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Subject: AISB OPPORTUNITIES BULLETIN
From: "T.J.M.Hendrey-Seabrook" <t.j.m.hendrey-seabrook@sussex.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 11 Oct 2006 11:24:36 +0100
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Dear AISB Members,

This is the opportunities bulletin for 11/10/2006

---------------------------------------------

1. ICSRiM RA&RF vacancies University of Leeds -- 3D gesture
interfaces, digital preservation and cross-media processing

2. Ph.D. Research Fellowship:      Sophia Antipolis, FRANCE
(DEADLINE: 15 November 2006)

---------------------------------------------

***********************************************************
*********************

1. ICSRiM RA&RF vacancies University of Leeds -- 3D gesture
interfaces, digital preservation and cross-media processing

    www.icsrim.org.uk

1) http://www.jobs.ac.uk/jobfiles/YT674.html
   RA - Interactive Multimedia and Technology-enhanced
Music Education
2) http://www.jobs.ac.uk/jobfiles/YT732.html
   RF/Snr RF - Interactive Multimedia and Technology-
enhanced Music
Education
3) http://www.jobs.ac.uk/jobfiles/YT733.html
   RA - Cross-media processing and Multi-channel
distribution
4) http://www.jobs.ac.uk/jobfiles/YT734.html
   RA -- Digital preservation for Interactive Multimedia
Performing Arts
5) http://www.jobs.ac.uk/jobfiles/YT814.html
   RF/Snr RF - Cross-media processing and Multi-channel
distribution

***********************************************************
*********************

2. Ph.D. Research Fellowship:    Sophia Antipolis, FRANCE


   DEADLINE: 15 November 2006
   Contact: anne.hardy@sap.com


Ph.D. Research Fellowship:
at SAP Labs France SAS,
Sophia Antipolis, FRANCE
SAP Research
Founded in 1972, SAP AG is the recognized leader in
providing collaborative business solutions for all types of
industries and for every major market.
With 12 million users, 100,600 installations, and more than
1,500 partners, SAP is the world's largest interenterprise
software company and the world's third-largest independent
software provider overall. We have a rich
history of innovation and growth that has made us a true
industry leader. Today, SAP employs more than 34,000
people in more than 50 countries.
SAP Research is the research department of SAP.
It has several SAP Research Centers that are distributed
around the globe. Although each of them excels in
specific research areas, they have a joint commitment,
which is to support SAP\\\'s long-term strategy and to
establish SAP as the thought leader in the area of
innovative and breakthrough information technology.
SAP Research is currently shaped around five long-term
research programs that aim at introducing new
technology and concepts for future solutions that will be
of strategic importance to SAP and its customers. The
five programs are: Business Process Management & Semantic
Interoperability, Knowledge People Interaction,
Security & Trust, Smart Items Research and Software
Engineering & Architecture.
Ph.D. Research Fellowship:
The goal of this fellowship is to support a doctoral thesis
that will be executed in the context of SERENITY, a
European Research Project.
The primary goal of the SERENITY Integrated Project is to
enhance security and dependability for Ambient
Intelligence (AmI) ecosystems by capturing security
expertise and making it available for automated processing.
SERENITY will provide a framework supporting the automated
integration, configuration, monitoring and
adaptation of security and dependability mechanisms for
such ecosystems.
Technically, SERENITY will be based on (i) the enhanced
notions of S&D Patterns and Integration Schemes, and
(ii) the support for run-time pro-active and reactive
monitoring of requirements. SERENITY focuses on five key
areas to provide S&D mechanisms: (i) Organization &
Business, (ii) Workflow & Services, and (iii) Network &
Devices levels, (iv) provision of integrated solutions for
these mechanisms and (v) support for run-time
monitoring.
The results coming from these areas will be integrated to
produce the SERENITY framework.
The results will be driven by the scenarios and the
industrial requirements that will influence the research
results
to make them ready to be exploitable.
The SERENITY framework will be made available as open
source while other project results will form the basis of
contributions to relevant standardisation bodies.
Exploitation of results will be achieved through different
routes
but with the common theme of partners incorporating these
results in current or planned products.
SERENITY brings together software companies, application
solution developers and research institutions and will
be driven by the need for S&D solutions in smart items, e-
business, e-government, air traffic management and
communication domains.
The SERENITY project will proceed in the following manner:
Differentiation of S&D requirements and mechanisms at three
basic layers: (i) business and organisational; (ii)
workflow and services; and (iii) network and devices. This
distinction will reflect the typical layers of systems
architecture that we want to address, the diversity of
responsibility for providing S&D measures, and the
conceptual models at which S&D requirements and mechanisms
can be specified.
Investigation of real-world requirements driven by the
broad spectrum of industrial case studies and expertise
provided by SERENITY consortium partners (security experts,
system integrators, legal experts, etc.). This
investigation will feed into the development of a general
scheme for the specification of requirements in a way
that is intelligible for the SERENITY framework users and
supports the forms of automated reasoning required
by the framework.
Identification and validation of existing S&D mechanisms
that address requirements at the different layers
established in SERENITY. These mechanisms will range from
cryptographic and network protocols to complex
access control mechanisms and even solutions for parts of
business processes (e.g. secure payment). Validated
security mechanisms, together with context conditions
derived during the validation, information describing how
to adapt and monitor the mechanisms, and trust mechanisms,
will be described as S&D patterns.
Identification and validation of methods to combine and
integrate S&D patterns, while expressing them in
integration schemes. As in the case of S&D patterns, these
schemes will also define the conditions that determine
the contexts where they can be applied. In this way,
integration schemes will enable the users of the SERENITY
framework to react to dynamic context changes.
Development of supervisory mechanisms to verify the
effectiveness of S&D mechanisms and solutions during the
operation of systems and the fulfilment of context
conditions required by them. This is required to address
the
possibility of gaps in S&D solutions and the limitations of
their static verification (e.g. the intractability of
static
verification of complex models).
Development of support tools for the evolution of S&D
patterns and integration schemes in order to
accommodate emerging S&D mechanisms, requirements and
computing environments as well as to address
deficiencies of existing patterns and integration schemes
identified by the supervisory mechanisms. This will
guarantee that SERENITY's results can be adapted along with
the evolution of environments, technologies, and
devices.
SAP has committed to take the role of Innovation Director.
We have also committed to be responsible for the
Application Scenarios activity, to contribute to
Integration Schemes, Organizational & Business S&D
Patterns, and
Workflow & Services S&D Patterns.
For the PhD fellowship we would like to encourage an
interdisciplinary research approach, integrating the latest
achievements from Software engineering and architecture and
Application level security.
The expected output of the thesis is to provide a practical
solution and present a working proof of concept,
accompanied with a solid theoretical analysis.
Benefits: The fellowship will consist of a three year
contract, starting in January 2007. During the fellowship,
the
student will by default perform his research at the SAP
Research Center Sophia Antipolis at SAP Labs France.
Short research stays at the university in order to
guarantee an appropriate academic supervision will be
allowed
and supported. In addition to a monthly salary, the student
will be provided with an appropriate budget for
travel and other expenses that relate and are necessary to
his research.
Requirements: The candidate should hold a M. Sc., M. Eng.,
or an equivalent in computer science,
telecommunications, electrical engineering, or related
domain. He should have a good understanding of IT
security and a theoretical background and practical skills
in design of integrated systems, involving both software
implementation as well as basics of hardware design.
Experience in design and implementation of embedded
systems, as well as distributed software applications are
advantageous. A good knowledge of English is required.
The candidate should also provide a confirmation letter
from an existing or prospect Ph.D. supervisor from a
European higher education institution, who would be willing
to provide an academic advice for the duration of the
fellowship. SAP Labs France is an equal opportunity
employer.
How to apply: An application should consist of a tabular
CV, a motivation letter, a list of publications, a letter
of
intention from an academic supervisor and a list of
potential referees from academia or industry. It has to be
received via email or post no later than November 15th,
2006.
Contact:
Anne Hardy - SAP Labs France SAS – 805 Avenue du Docteur
Maurice Donat – BP 1216 – 06254 Mougins Cedex, FRANCE
Email: anne.hardy@sap.com Tel. +33 (4) 92286439

---------------------------------------------
To: aisb@cogs.susx.ac.uk
Subject: AISB OPPORTUNITIES BULLETIN
From: "T.J.M.Hendrey-Seabrook" <t.j.m.hendrey-seabrook@sussex.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 11 Oct 2006 11:24:36 +0100
X-Sussex: true
X-DAIMI-Spam-Score: -1.602 () BAYES_00,SUBJ_ALL_CAPS

Dear AISB Members,

This is the opportunities bulletin for 11/10/2006

---------------------------------------------

1. ICSRiM RA&RF vacancies University of Leeds -- 3D gesture
interfaces, digital preservation and cross-media processing

2. Ph.D. Research Fellowship:         Sophia Antipolis, FRANCE
(DEADLINE: 15 November 2006)

---------------------------------------------

***********************************************************
*********************

1. ICSRiM RA&RF vacancies University of Leeds -- 3D gesture
interfaces, digital preservation and cross-media processing

    www.icsrim.org.uk

1) http://www.jobs.ac.uk/jobfiles/YT674.html
   RA - Interactive Multimedia and Technology-enhanced
Music Education
2) http://www.jobs.ac.uk/jobfiles/YT732.html
   RF/Snr RF - Interactive Multimedia and Technology-
enhanced Music
Education
3) http://www.jobs.ac.uk/jobfiles/YT733.html
   RA - Cross-media processing and Multi-channel
distribution
4) http://www.jobs.ac.uk/jobfiles/YT734.html
   RA -- Digital preservation for Interactive Multimedia
Performing Arts
5) http://www.jobs.ac.uk/jobfiles/YT814.html
   RF/Snr RF - Cross-media processing and Multi-channel
distribution

***********************************************************
*********************

2. Ph.D. Research Fellowship:    Sophia Antipolis, FRANCE


   DEADLINE: 15 November 2006
   Contact: anne.hardy@sap.com


Ph.D. Research Fellowship:
at SAP Labs France SAS,
Sophia Antipolis, FRANCE
SAP Research
Founded in 1972, SAP AG is the recognized leader in
providing collaborative business solutions for all types of
industries and for every major market.
With 12 million users, 100,600 installations, and more than
1,500 partners, SAP is the world's largest interenterprise
software company and the world's third-largest independent
software provider overall. We have a rich
history of innovation and growth that has made us a true
industry leader. Today, SAP employs more than 34,000
people in more than 50 countries.
SAP Research is the research department of SAP.
It has several SAP Research Centers that are distributed
around the globe. Although each of them excels in
specific research areas, they have a joint commitment,
which is to support SAP\\\'s long-term strategy and to
establish SAP as the thought leader in the area of
innovative and breakthrough information technology.
SAP Research is currently shaped around five long-term
research programs that aim at introducing new
technology and concepts for future solutions that will be
of strategic importance to SAP and its customers. The
five programs are: Business Process Management & Semantic
Interoperability, Knowledge People Interaction,
Security & Trust, Smart Items Research and Software
Engineering & Architecture.
Ph.D. Research Fellowship:
The goal of this fellowship is to support a doctoral thesis
that will be executed in the context of SERENITY, a
European Research Project.
The primary goal of the SERENITY Integrated Project is to
enhance security and dependability for Ambient
Intelligence (AmI) ecosystems by capturing security
expertise and making it available for automated processing.
SERENITY will provide a framework supporting the automated
integration, configuration, monitoring and
adaptation of security and dependability mechanisms for
such ecosystems.
Technically, SERENITY will be based on (i) the enhanced
notions of S&D Patterns and Integration Schemes, and
(ii) the support for run-time pro-active and reactive
monitoring of requirements. SERENITY focuses on five key
areas to provide S&D mechanisms: (i) Organization &
Business, (ii) Workflow & Services, and (iii) Network &
Devices levels, (iv) provision of integrated solutions for
these mechanisms and (v) support for run-time
monitoring.
The results coming from these areas will be integrated to
produce the SERENITY framework.
The results will be driven by the scenarios and the
industrial requirements that will influence the research
results
to make them ready to be exploitable.
The SERENITY framework will be made available as open
source while other project results will form the basis of
contributions to relevant standardisation bodies.
Exploitation of results will be achieved through different
routes
but with the common theme of partners incorporating these
results in current or planned products.
SERENITY brings together software companies, application
solution developers and research institutions and will
be driven by the need for S&D solutions in smart items, e-
business, e-government, air traffic management and
communication domains.
The SERENITY project will proceed in the following manner:
Differentiation of S&D requirements and mechanisms at three
basic layers: (i) business and organisational; (ii)
workflow and services; and (iii) network and devices. This
distinction will reflect the typical layers of systems
architecture that we want to address, the diversity of
responsibility for providing S&D measures, and the
conceptual models at which S&D requirements and mechanisms
can be specified.
Investigation of real-world requirements driven by the
broad spectrum of industrial case studies and expertise
provided by SERENITY consortium partners (security experts,
system integrators, legal experts, etc.). This
investigation will feed into the development of a general
scheme for the specification of requirements in a way
that is intelligible for the SERENITY framework users and
supports the forms of automated reasoning required
by the framework.
Identification and validation of existing S&D mechanisms
that address requirements at the different layers
established in SERENITY. These mechanisms will range from
cryptographic and network protocols to complex
access control mechanisms and even solutions for parts of
business processes (e.g. secure payment). Validated
security mechanisms, together with context conditions
derived during the validation, information describing how
to adapt and monitor the mechanisms, and trust mechanisms,
will be described as S&D patterns.
Identification and validation of methods to combine and
integrate S&D patterns, while expressing them in
integration schemes. As in the case of S&D patterns, these
schemes will also define the conditions that determine
the contexts where they can be applied. In this way,
integration schemes will enable the users of the SERENITY
framework to react to dynamic context changes.
Development of supervisory mechanisms to verify the
effectiveness of S&D mechanisms and solutions during the
operation of systems and the fulfilment of context
conditions required by them. This is required to address
the
possibility of gaps in S&D solutions and the limitations of
their static verification (e.g. the intractability of
static
verification of complex models).
Development of support tools for the evolution of S&D
patterns and integration schemes in order to
accommodate emerging S&D mechanisms, requirements and
computing environments as well as to address
deficiencies of existing patterns and integration schemes
identified by the supervisory mechanisms. This will
guarantee that SERENITY's results can be adapted along with
the evolution of environments, technologies, and
devices.
SAP has committed to take the role of Innovation Director.
We have also committed to be responsible for the
Application Scenarios activity, to contribute to
Integration Schemes, Organizational & Business S&D
Patterns, and
Workflow & Services S&D Patterns.
For the PhD fellowship we would like to encourage an
interdisciplinary research approach, integrating the latest
achievements from Software engineering and architecture and
Application level security.
The expected output of the thesis is to provide a practical
solution and present a working proof of concept,
accompanied with a solid theoretical analysis.
Benefits: The fellowship will consist of a three year
contract, starting in January 2007. During the fellowship,
the
student will by default perform his research at the SAP
Research Center Sophia Antipolis at SAP Labs France.
Short research stays at the university in order to
guarantee an appropriate academic supervision will be
allowed
and supported. In addition to a monthly salary, the student
will be provided with an appropriate budget for
travel and other expenses that relate and are necessary to
his research.
Requirements: The candidate should hold a M. Sc., M. Eng.,
or an equivalent in computer science,
telecommunications, electrical engineering, or related
domain. He should have a good understanding of IT
security and a theoretical background and practical skills
in design of integrated systems, involving both software
implementation as well as basics of hardware design.
Experience in design and implementation of embedded
systems, as well as distributed software applications are
advantageous. A good knowledge of English is required.
The candidate should also provide a confirmation letter
from an existing or prospect Ph.D. supervisor from a
European higher education institution, who would be willing
to provide an academic advice for the duration of the
fellowship. SAP Labs France is an equal opportunity
employer.
How to apply: An application should consist of a tabular
CV, a motivation letter, a list of publications, a letter
of
intention from an academic supervisor and a list of
potential referees from academia or industry. It has to be
received via email or post no later than November 15th,
2006.
Contact:
Anne Hardy - SAP Labs France SAS – 805 Avenue du Docteur
Maurice Donat – BP 1216 – 06254 Mougins Cedex, FRANCE
Email: anne.hardy@sap.com Tel. +33 (4) 92286439
To: aisb@cogs.susx.ac.uk
Subject: AISB OPPORTUNITIES BULLETIN 2
From: "T.J.M.Hendrey-Seabrook" <t.j.m.hendrey-seabrook@sussex.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 11 Oct 2006 11:51:48 +0100
X-Sussex: true
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Dear AISB Members,

This is the opportunities bulletin for 11/10/2006

---------------------------------------------

1. Visiting Professorships -- CS Dept -- Univ of Cyprus
(DEADLINE: 31 October 2006)

2. PhD SCHOLARHIP IN COMPUTER MUSIC, University of Plymouth
(DEADLINE: 24 November 2006)

---------------------------------------------

***********************************************************
*********************

1. Visiting Professorships -- CS Dept -- Univ of Cyprus


    DEADLINE: 31 October 2006
    Contact: skevos@cs.ucy.ac.cy


UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS
             DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE

                   VISITING PROFESSORSHIPS


The Department of Computer Science at the University of
Cyprus has a number of vacancies for Visiting Professors at
the ranks of Lecturer, Assistant, Associate, and Full
Professor. ALL areas of Computer Science and Engineering
will be considered.

A visiting appointment is usually for one semester (Spring
semester: Jan-June; Winter semester: Sept-Dec), but it can
be renewed for up to four semesters.

Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in a relevant subject, have
post Ph.D. experience, and BE FLUENT IN GREEK (both these
requirements are mandatory).

The annual salaries for these positions (including the 13th
salary) are:

Professor      (Scale A15-A16)      CYP 34.754 - 45.177
Associate Professor (Scale A14-A15)      CYP 30.654 - 43.196
Assistant Professor (Scale A13-A14)      CYP 28.599 - 41.216
Lecturer       (Scale A12-A13)      CYP 24.152 - 37.632

(At present CYP 1 = 1.7 Euro, CYP 1 = 1.2 sterling and CYP
1 = 2.2 U.S. dollars).

Presently, the Department is seeking applications for the
spring semester of the academic year 2006-2007.   The
processing of applications has started and will
continue until all the available positions have been
filled. Anyone wishing to apply should send a full CV to
the following address (the deadline for receiving
applications is the 31st October 2006):

The Chairperson
Department of Computer Science
University of Cyprus
75 Kallipoleos Street
P.O. Box 20537, CY-1678
Nicosia, CYPRUS

For more details and other information, interested
individuals may contact the Chairperson of the Department
of Computer Science:

Professor Skevos Evripidou
Tel: +357-22-892700
Fax: +357-22-892701
E-mail: skevos@cs.ucy.ac.cy


***********************************************************
*********************

2. PhD SCHOLARHIP IN COMPUTER MUSIC, University of Plymouth

   http://www.plymouth.ac.uk/postgraduate
   DEADLINE: 24 November 2006
   Contact:


University of Plymouth - Faculty of Technology
Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research

PhD SCHOLARHIP IN COMPUTER MUSIC

Scholarship: £12,300 stipend + UK/EU fees

Applications are invited for a three-year (36 months) PhD
scholarship in the
Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research
(ICCMR), in the Faculty
of Technology at the University of Plymouth, commencing on
01 January 2007
or soon thereafter.

This post is part of an EPSRC-funded research project in
collaboration with
University College London, Johannes Kepler University of
Linz (Austria) and
Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology (Germany). The project
is aimed at the
development of models and tools for the application of
probabilistic machine
learning techniques to the analysis of music and brain
imaging data on music
cognition. The underlying theme of the project is the
learning of patterns
linking different data arising simultaneously from the same
piece of music.

The PhD project will involve the development of exemplar
systems for
generative performance of music, using the machine learning
techniques
developed by the team working in the project and/or related
techniques.

Candidates for this post are expected to have a Masters
degree with a
project combining AI and Music (e.g., MSc or MA in Musical
Informatics,
Music Technology, or Artificial Intelligence, or in an
associated area).
Strong candidates with a BA or BSc in a related topic and
proven experience
in the field of computer music may be considered for the
post. Candidates
should demonstrate good programming skills and knowledge of
music.

For more information on computer music research at the
University of
Plymouth please refer to the website:
http://cmr.soc.plymouth.ac.uk/

The website of the project is here:
http://www.lestrum.org/Site/Welcome.html

Application forms can be down loaded from
http://www.plymouth.ac.uk/postgraduate and should be
submitted together with
all the relevant documentation to

Carole Watson,
Faculty of Technology,
University of Plymouth,
Plymouth, Devon PL4 8AA,
UK
(Tel: 01752 232339, e-mail: carole.watson@plymouth.ac.uk).

Informal enquiries should be directed to Prof Eduardo R
Miranda by email
only: eduardo.miranda@plymouth.ac.uk

Closing date for applications:         24 November 2006, 12:00
Noon


To: aisb@cogs.susx.ac.uk
Subject: AISB OPPORTUNITIES BULLETIN 3
From: "T.J.M.Hendrey-Seabrook" <t.j.m.hendrey-seabrook@sussex.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 12 Oct 2006 10:36:44 +0100
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 Dear AISB Members,

This is the opportunities bulletin for 12/10/2006

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1. PART TIME RA/PHD STUDENT POSITION IN NATURAL LANGUAGE
GENERATION, University of Aberdeen (DEADLINE: 27 October
2006)

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1. PART TIME RA/PHD STUDENT POSITION IN NATURAL LANGUAGE
GENERATION, University of Aberdeen

   http://www.abdn.ac.uk/jobs/display.php?recordid=YCS059R
   DEADLINE: 27 October 2006
   Contact: cmellish@csd.abdn.ac.uk


 Computing Science within the Engineering and Physical
Sciences School invites applications for the above post, to
provide programming and system development support for an
ambitious programme of research in Natural Language
Generation (NLG), funded by the Engineering and Physical
Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

 The Natural Language Generation group within Computing
Science is one of the leading NLG research groups in the
world. More information about the group can be found from
its web site at www.csd.abdn.ac.uk/research/nlg. The group
is embarking on an exciting five-year project entitled
“Affecting People with Natural Language”, which will extend
existing knowledge of how to get computers to generate
language which has effects on the actions and feelings of
real people. The research assistant will provide technical
backup to the project and help with the creation and
maintenance of electronic data resources and software based
on the group‟s existing and new research.

 You should have a first class or upper second class
honours in Computer Science or a related discipline. You
are expected to be a competent programmer in Java and to be
conversant with technologies for web-based software
delivery. You should be able to learn and work with other
programming languages. It is highly desirable that you have
some background in Natural Language Processing and an
interest in pursuing research in NLG.

 The Research Assistant post is being offered for 60 months
on a half-time basis, to start on from 1st January 2007. It
is a condition of employment that the Research Assistant
also be registered as a part-time research student (with
the intention of obtaining a PhD) in the NLG area at
Aberdeen. The University of Aberdeen will pay the necessary
registration and tuition.

 Informal enquiries can be made to: Prof Chris Mellish
(Platform Grant Principal Investigator)
cmellish@csd.abdn.ac.uk

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