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From alife@COGNET.UCLA.EDU Thu Feb 4 16:57:06 1993 Return-Path: Received: from Regulus.COGNET.UCLA.EDU by (5.65c/Spike-2.0) id AA08320; Thu, 4 Feb 1993 16:57:00 -0500 Received: by (Sendmail 5.61c+YP/3.20-COG) id AA19274; Thu, 4 Feb 93 11:32:53 -0800 Date: Thu, 4 Feb 93 11:32:53 -0800 From: alife@COGNET.UCLA.EDU Message-Id: <> To: alife@COGNET.UCLA.EDU Subject: Alife Digest Volume #094 Status: R Alife Digest, Number 094 Thursday, February 4th 1993 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~ Artificial Life Distribution List ~ ~ ~ ~ All submissions for distribution to: ~ ~ All list subscriber additions, deletions, or administrative details to: ~ ~ ~ ~ All software, tech reports to Alife depository through ~ ~ anonymous ftp at in ~ftp/pub/alife ( ~ ~ ~ ~ List maintainers: Liane Gabora and Rob Collins ~ ~ Artificial Life Research Group, UCLA ~ ~ ~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Today's Topics: Calendar of Alife-related Events Evolution of Sex ESPRIT: Draft work programme, 1993-94 MIE'93 - European Congr. Medical Informatics Reminder - IJCAI WS on Dynamically Interacting Robots - Deadline 3/1 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Thu, 4 Feb 93 11:25:46 -0800 From: liane@CS.UCLA.EDU (Liane Gabora) Subject: Calendar of Alife-related Events ********************************************************************** Symposium on Pattern Formation, Claremont California Feb 12-13, 1993 v90 Biol and Tech of Autonomous Agents, Trento Italy Mar 1-12, 1993 v88 Conf on Neural Networks, San Francisco CA Mar 28-Apr 1, 1993 v79 Conf on Fuzzy Systems, San Francisco CA Mar 28-Apr 1, 1993 v79 AI and Simulation of Behaviour Conf, Birmingham UK Mar 29-Apr 2, 1993 v75 Intnl Conf on Neural Nets and GAs, Innsbruck, Austria Apr 13-16, 1993 v80 BEAM Robot Olympics, Toronto Canada Apr 22-25, 1993 v81 European Conf on ALife, Brussels May 24-26, 1993 v82 Intnl Workshop Neural Networks, Barcelona Spain June 9-11, 1993 v76 Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology, Washington July 7-9, 1993 v84 Fifth Intnl Conf on GAs, Urbana-Champaign IL July 17-22, 1993 v80 Dynamically Interacting Robots Workshop Late Aug, 1993 v91 Congress on Medical Informatics, Sao Paulo, Brazil Sept 9-14, 1995 v91 (Send announcements of other activities to ********************************************************************** ------------------------------ Date: Tue, 26 Jan 93 13:17:10 PST From: (Craig Davis) Subject: request At AlifeIII I presented a simple model that explained why organisms have sex. I found very few people to talk with about this problem. Perhaps there are others who are interested in some of the following questions: Why sex? Why have some organisms evolved and others have not? Is geographic separation necessary for speciation? What characteristics are selected for in evolution in any life form? What parameters encourage evolution? Could these parameters be applied to social evolution? Craig Davis ------------------------------ Date: Mon, 1 Feb 93 12:48:52 UT From: 75008378@VAX1.DCU.IE(Barry McMullin) Subject: ESPRIT: Draft work programme, 1993-94 I have just read a copy of the European Community's ESPRIT draft work programme for 1993-94 (dated 13th January 1993). I noticed some R&D tasks which might conceivably be of interest to ALife'rs (within the EC at least), so I reproduce the relevant extracts below. There may be others which I did not notice. If you require further general or detailed information on ESPRIT please not *not* contact me - contact the relevant agencies in your own state, or the EC Commission (DG XIII) directly. However, if anyone has consortia in existence or even in embryo, who are considering making proposals in the ALife area, I would appreciate hearing about it (I'll summarise to the digest if appropriate). The first three R&D Tasks are classified in Domain 5, "Computer Integrated Manufacturing and Engineering", and make up a subsection headed "Mechatronics, Robotics and Sensing Technologies"; the relation to Alife is a bit peripheral, but may be of interest nonetheless: "Objectives To develop and integrate available and emerging technologies to achieve new levels in quality and functionality in both capital and consumer products, with priority given to systems which meet the high degrees of progammability, flexibility and integration demanded by the market. R & D Tasks *5.10 Development of integratable IT-based autonomous components for open, and reconfigurable production and handling systems. The systems would be capable of handling rigid and non-rigid materials. 5.11 Development of low cost, intelligent sensors and microsystems and their integration into production systems. This would address discrete parts manufacture, process plant and environmental monitoring and control. 5.12 Development of autonomous systems for disassembly and recycling of products in non-structured environments, and functional integration of IT for handling products for which design and manufacturing descriptions are not available, and so would need to incorporate the ability to recognise shapes and identify materials." The asterisk on task 5.10 flags that "major R & D work is already in hand in on-going projects" which presumably means that completely new proposals would be unlikely to be successful. The last, and perhaps most relevant, R&D task I have identified is in Domain 6, "Basic Research": "Objective The dual objective is to replenish the reservoir of new knowledge and expertise on which industrial research must draw to generate future technological breakthroughs, and to ensure the environment for training tomorrow's researches [sic] in the most effective way possible, through research itself. Basic Research achieves this objective by contributing to the programme's main aims from an upstream position and reinforcing interdisciplinary links. To ensure focus and effective application of reseources, the priority R&D tasks for 1993/94 fall into seven clusters taking sharp aim at major themes of industrial R&D, notably software best practice, high performance computing and networking, image processing, multimedia and basic microelectronic technologies. Projects would mostly be of a horizontal and highly interdisciplinary nature addressing problems with potential impact in several industrial areas. R&D Tasks 6.2 Basic aspects of multiple computing agents: Novel underlying theories and semantic principles for systems and computational models based on multiple and cooperating agents such as communication networks and distributed systems, massively parallel computers, cellular automata, adaptive control and neural networks." Happy proposing, Barry. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ + Barry McMullin, School of Electronic Engineering, + + Dublin City University, Dublin 9, IRELAND. + + + + E-mail: McMullinB@DCU.IE Phone: +353-1-704-5432 FAX: +353-1-704-5508 + ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ------------------------------ Date: Mon, 1 Feb 1993 13:45:00 BSC (-0300 C) From: SABBATINI@CCVAX.UNICAMP.BR Subject: MIE'93 - European Congr. Medical Informatics ------------------------------------------------------ MIE'93 Eleventh International Congress of Medical Informatics ------------------------------------------------------ "Spring in Jerusalem" Jerusalem, Israel, April 18-22, 1993 The Israel Association of Medical Informatics is proud to host MIE'93, the 11th International Congress of Medical Informatics, the official conference of the European Federation for Medical Informatics, which will be held in Israel, April 18-22, 1993. The Congress will take place in Jerusalem in the spring, a perfect time to enjoy this magnificent city. MIE'93 will focus on all aspects of medical informatics and health care computing. The Congress is aimed at health policy planners, hospital administrators, physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, university educators and scientists, practicing clinicians, medical informaticians and researchers. SCIENTIFIC PROGRAMME The scientific programme will consist of plenary, parallel and poster sessions, educational sessions, as well as workshops. Presentations will be given by leading invited speakers and free paper contributors. TOPICS 1. Artificial Intellingence and Expert 8. Hospital Information Systems Systems 9. Imaging and Signal Analysis 2. Biomedical Engineering, Biometry 10. Laboratory Systems 3. Clinical Information Systems 11. Medical Records and the Use 4. Coding, Classification and DRG of Optical Archives 5. Data Security and Protection 12. Public Health, Primary Health 6. Decision Support Systems Care and Epidemiology Information 7. Economic and Financial Management 13. Nursing Information Systems of Medical Services 14. Software, Database and Application Tools CONGRESS VENUE AND LANGUAGE The Congress will be held at the Ramada Renaissance Hotel, 6 Wolfson Street, Jerusalem. This is the largest convention and resort hotel complex in Jerusalem and it offers 5-star facilities and services. The magnificent health club, including a large landscaped outdoor pool, is complemented by the large indoor heated pool, gigantic jacuzzi, sauna, gymn, tennis court, etc. The Congress will be conducted in English. INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL EXHIBITION In conjunction with the Congress, an exhibition of products and innovations will be held, adjacent to the Congress session halls, at Ramada Renaissance Hotel. REGISTRATION FEES Before Feb 1 After Feb 1 Participant US$ 360 410 Accompanying Person 120 140 Gala dinner 47 47 Registration fees for participants cover: admission to sessions and commercial exhibition, congress material and book of proceedings, coffee breaks, get-together reception, visit to Israel Museum and Israeli folklore performance. Mode of payment: out of the USA: by bank draft to MIE'93, credit cards (VISA or AMEX), by bank transfer to MIE'93, account no. 399876 Israel Discount Bank, Branch 100, 4 Rotschild Blvd., 66881 Tel Aviv, Israel. In the USA: send registration form and fee made out to Tzell Travel (see below). ACCOMODATION Two persons Single Ramada Renassaince (*****) $ 120 $ 103 Sonesta (****) 80 74 + Knesset (****) 80 74 + Jerusalem Gate (****) 75 68 Student hostels please apply + Adjacent to Ramada Hotel Reservations: cheque or bank order of US$ 100 per person to International Ltd. OPTIONAL PRE- AND POST-CONGRESS TOURS Jerusalem and Betlehem (Apr 18), Galilee and Golan Heights (April 23-26) Galilee, Golan Heights and Jerusalem (April 23-27), Eilat (April 23-25). CONGRESS/SECRETARIAT MIE 93 c/o International Ltd PO Box 29313 10 Rotschild Blvd. 61292 Tel Aviv, Israel Tel. +972 3 5102538 Fax +972 3 660604 Tlx. 371 767 INTVL IL TRAVEL/ACCOMODATION Tzell Travel 70 W 36th Street New York NY 10018 USA Tel. +1 212 279 3700 toll free +1 800 288 7908 Fax +1 212 465 8179 ORGANIZING COMMITEE Assa Reichert - Chairman Joseph Tanner - Secretary General (abridged and transcribed from official MIE'93 folder) ------------------------------ Date: Tue, 2 Feb 1993 07:45:15 -0800 From: Keiji Kanazawa Subject: Reminder - IJCAI WS on Dynamically Interacting Robots - Deadline 3/1 Included below is a call for papers for an IJCAI workshop on multiple interacting robots. Please feel free to forward it to appropriate people or bulletin boards. The deadline has been moved from February 26th to March 1st. Otherwise, the call for papers is unchanged from previous postings. Hope to see you at the workshop! - Keiji Kanazawa Call for Papers Dynamically Interacting Robots IJCAI-93 Workshop Chambery, France August 28, 29, or 30, 1993 This one-day workshop brings together researchers interested in the issues and challenges in controlling multiple interacting robots. Our goal is to illuminate issues in dynamic situated agency arising from the interaction of multiple agents. The technology for experimentation with robot societies is rapidly becoming available; the workshop provides an opportunity to identify key issues, vocabulary, and directions for future research. The focus of the workshop is experimental work. We hope to assess theories for controlling multiple interacting robots, and to share experiences in implementing robot societies. The dynamics inherent in multi-robot domains, coupled with the opportunities for reasoning about the possible actions of other robots, leads to new theories for control and planning in multiple robot systems. We welcome perspectives for controlling robot societies at the individual and group level. The robot societies may be engaged in cooperative, competitive, or individual activities, or combinations thereof. The workshop provides a forum for discussions of the special challenges involved with the control of a group of robots in real-time, especially in the context of advances made in distributed AI, theories of situated activity, robot control, decision theoretic methods, and adaptive behavior. One of our aims is to identify clearly the issues involved in robot societies, and how they might distinguish this research program from distributed AI in general. * Issues of Interest Implemented Systems: Descriptions of and lessons from implemented systems. Which issues arise from the group dynamics as opposed to implementational concerns? Languages/Architectures: What kind of languages are needed for describing group level behavior, including group dynamics and task description? Can we extend existing languages such as GAPPS or the subsumption architecture for robust control of a collection? Domains: What are good and bad domains for studying interacting robots? What is and isn't ``cheating''? Is central control to be frowned on? Does communication have to be direct, or can it be mediated? Is simulating some sensing and communication acceptable? Active Perception: Do different sensory requirements arise in collective robotics? How does sensing ability influence group dynamics and vice versa? Planning: To what extent should robots that could potentially interact plan their actions and interactions? When is planning a particularly good, or bad, idea? What forms should plans take, and what algorithms lead to those forms of plans? Communication: What is the role of communication in interacting robots? What are appropriate forms of communication? Modeling: How should robots model each other in their domain? How are such models constructed and used? Learning: How can we exploit group dynamics and interaction in learning? Does cooperation or competition enhance or inhibit learning? Those wishing to present their work should submit 5 copies of a short paper (approximately 5 pages) as well as a one-page statement of research interests and bibliography. Those wishing to participate only should submit 5 copies of a one-page research statement and bibliography. All submissions should include an e-mail address, a telephone number, and a mailing address. Prospective participants are encouraged to contact members of the program committee with any questions or comments. Submissions should be sent to arrive by March 1, 1993 to: Keiji Kanazawa Department of Computer Science University of British Columbia 333 - 6356 Agricultural Road Vancouver, B.C., Canada V6T 1Z2 +1-604-822-3061 (tel) The notification date for acceptances is April 1, 1993. The deadline for final manuscripts for inclusion into working notes will be June 1, 1993. * Conference Registration Registration for the main conference of IJCAI-93 is required to participate in a workshop. The registration fee for each workshop is 300FF (about US $60). Information about IJCAI-93 can be obtained from the IJCAI mail server with message body "send General-infos". * Program Committee Ronald C. Arkin ( Rodney A. Brooks ( Edmund Durfee ( John Hallam ( Keiji Kanazawa ( ------------------------------ End of ALife Digest *******************


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