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From alife@COGNET.UCLA.EDU Fri May 7 02:57:39 1993 Return-Path: Received: from Regulus.COGNET.UCLA.EDU by (5.65c/Spike-2.0) id AA22138; Fri, 7 May 1993 02:57:33 -0400 Received: by (Sendmail 5.61c+YP/3.20-COG) id AA18922; Thu, 6 May 93 21:50:34 -0700 Date: Thu, 6 May 93 21:50:34 -0700 From: alife@COGNET.UCLA.EDU Message-Id: <> To: alife@COGNET.UCLA.EDU Subject: Alife Digest Volume #101 Status: R Alife Digest, Number 101 Thursday, May 6th 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 Evolutionary Robotics: Journal Submission/Info Needed Evol. Robotics: Tech Reports by ftp Final Program for Conference on Understanding Images KR94: Call for Papers Call for Papers: SAB94 CFP: Cybernetics of Knowledge Symposium, EMCSR'94 (Vienna) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Wed, 5 May 93 16:31:40 -0700 From: liane@CS.UCLA.EDU (Liane Gabora) Subject: Calendar of Alife-relaved Events ********************************************************************** Workshop On Computational Neurosciences, Austin, TX May 14-15, 1993 v94 European Conf on ALife, Brussels May 24-26, 1993 v82 Intnl Workshop on Neural Networks, Barcelona Spain June 9-11, 1993 v76 World Congress on Neural Networks, Portland, OR July 11-15, 1993 v95 Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology, Washington July 7-9, 1993 v84 Fifth Intnl Conf on GAs, Urbana-Champaign IL July 17-22, 1993 v80,100 Dynamically Interacting Robots Workshop Late Aug, 1993 v91 Neural Networks and Telecommunications, Princeton, NJ October 18-20,1993 v100 Neural Information Processing Systems, Denver, CO Nov 29-Dec 2, 1993 v98 Intnl Conf Knowledge Rep and Reasoning, Bonn, Germany May 24-27, 1994 v101 Simulation of Adaptive Behavior, Brighton, UK Aug 8-12, 1994 v101 Cybernetics and Systems Research, Vienna April 5-8, 1994 v101 Congress on Medical Informatics, Sao Paulo, Brazil Sept 9-14, 1995 v91 (Send announcements of other activities to ********************************************************************** ------------------------------ From: Date: 26 Apr 93 16:43 Subject: Evolutionary Robotics Hi, We are currently producing an overview of work in Evolutionary Robotics for journal submission. If you are working in the field (or those mentioned below) a paragraph detailing your work and references to it would guarantee your entry. If still in the limbo stage before publication we will gladly take internal documents for references. Also pointers (email or snail addresses) to those carrying out research would be gratefully recieved. We concieve Evolutionary robotics as a fusion between artificial life and the bottom-up approach to robotic control architectures. We also believe that while real world automata is preferable temporal constraints from computational limitations mean a lot of the work is carried out in simulation, this is completely valid and will be included. Please send applications to: Apologies: This is being sent out to a number of lists if you recieve it more than once we are sorry... Thanks in advance, Adam P. Fraser & Jon R. Rush ============================================================================= || ||\\ /|| ||\\ ||\\ //\\ || A.P.Fraser, || || || \\ / || || \\ || \\ // || Snail:PostGraduate Section || || || / || || // || // // \\\ || Elec & Electronic Dept || || || || ||//\ ||//\ \\ // || University Of Salford || || || || || \\ || \\ \\// || Salford, M5 4WT, England || || ...Mobile Robots Research Group... || || ============================================================================= |||| When we try to pick anything out by itself, we find |||| |||| it hitched to everything else in the universe. - John Muir |||| ============================================================================= ------------------------------ Date: Tue, 27 Apr 93 14:51 BST From: (Inman Harvey) Subject: Evol. Robotics - tech reports by ftp Evolutionary Robotics at Sussex -- Technical Reports by FTP =========================================================== Six Tech. Reports previously advertised, describing our recent work in using genetic algorithms to develop neural-network controllers for a simulated simple visually-guided robot, produced so many requests that we have made them available by anonymous ftp. Brief abstracts and ftp instructions follow: ---------MICRO-ABSTRACTS------------------ csrp219: Issues in evolutionary robotics I. Harvey, P. Husbands, D. Cliff Methodology proposed. Design by hand too difficult. Artificial evolution of adaptive noise-tolerant dynamical neural networks. Simulation versus reality. csrp220: Evolving visually guided robots D. Cliff, P. Husbands, I. Harvey Results, evolving accurately simulated robot with vision, using ray-tracing. Visual morphology co-evolved. Hardware for doing same with real vision. csrp256: Incremental evolution of neural network architectures for adaptive behaviour, D. Cliff, I. Harvey, P. Husbands Details of recurrent neural networks used, neuron model. Analysis of evolved networks. Noise used in evolution, shown that networks utilise the noise. csrp264: Analysis of evolved sensory-motor controllers D. Cliff, P. Husbands, I. Harvey Two evolved networks analysed. Same external behaviour achieved through very different methods. Comparison with neuroethological analysis in biology. csrp265: Analysing recurrent dynamical networks evolved for robot control P. Husbands, I. Harvey, D. Cliff Qualitative and quantitative analysis of evolved networks. Use of time plots of sensor, neuron and motor activities. csrp267: Genetic convergence in a species of evolved robot control architectures, I. Harvey, P. Husbands, D. Cliff Evolution not optimisation. Genetically converged species of robots. Analysis of movement of population across genotype sequence space. ------------FTP INSTRUCTIONS-------------- unix> ftp [ or ftp ] login: anonymous password: ftp> cd pub/reports/csrp ftp> binary ftp> get csrp???.ps.Z [ for ??? substitute 219,220,256,264,265,267 ] ftp> bye unix> uncompress csrp???.ps.Z unix> lpr csrp???.ps ------------------------------ Date: Tue, 27 Apr 93 22:06:20 EDT From: "Dr. Francis T. Marchese" Subject: Final Program for Conference on Understanding Images FINAL PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE CONFERENCE ON UNDERSTANDING IMAGES ____________________ SPONSORED BY THE ACM/NYC SIGGRAPH AND PACE UNIVERSITY'S SCHOOL OF COMPUTER SCIENCE AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS ON FRIDAY & SATURDAY, MAY 21-22, 1993 AT THE PACE DOWNTOWN THEATER, 1 PACE PLAZA, NEW YORK, NY 10038 IN HYPERMDIA, MULTIMEDIA AND VIRTUAL REALITY SYSTEMS VAST AMOUNTS OF INFORMATION CONFRONT THE OBSERVER OR PARTICIPANT. YET, IMAGE CONSTRUCTIO , TRANSMISSION, RECEPTION, DECIPHERMENT AND ULTIMATE UNDERSTANDING ARE COMPLEX TASKS STRONGLY INFLUENCED BY PHYSIOLOGY, EDUCATION AND CULTURE. THEREFORE, THE PURPOSE OF THIS CONFERENCE IS TO BRING TOGETHER A BREADTH OF DISPCIPLINES, INCLUDING PHYSICAL, BIOLOGICAL, COMPUTATIONAL SCIENCES, TECHNOLOGY, ART, PSYCHOLOGY, PHILOSOPHY, AND EDUCATION, IN ORDER TO DEFINE AND DISCUSS THE ISSUES ESSENTIAL TO IMAGE UNDERSTANDING WITHIN TH COMPUTER GRAPHICS CONTEXT. PROGRAM SCHEDULE: 8:00AM-8:30AM REGISTRATION 8:30AM-9:00AM CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST 9:00AM-9:15AM OPENING ADDRESS - DR. SUSAN M. MERRITT, DEAN, SCHOOL OF COMPUTER SCIENCE AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS, PACE UNIVERSIT 9:15AM-10:00AM "DESIGNING TECHNOLOGY: A CHALLENGE FOR ALL DESIGNERS" 10:00AM-10:30AM "PHOTOGRAPHIC INTERPRETATION" TOM HUBBARD, SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM, OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY 10:30AM-11:00AM *BREAK* 11:00AM-11:45AM "COMPOSING AND UNDERSTANDING SPATIAL IMAGES" LES M. SZTANDERA, ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT, UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO 11:45AM-12:30PM "SOME SPECULATIONS ABOUT GRAPHIC COMMUNICATION" BARBARA TVERSKY, PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT, STANFORD UNIV. 12:30PM-2:00PM *LUNCH BUFFET* 2:00PM-2:45PM "AUTOMATING PROCEDURES FOR GENERATING CHINESE CHARACTERS JOHN LOUSTAU AND JONG-DING WANG, MATH AND STAT DEPARTMEN HUNTER COLLEGE 2:45PM-3:30PM "IMPLEMENTATION OF COLLABORATIVE MULTIMEDIA TECHNOLOGIES IN URBAN PLANNING SITUATIONS" MICHAEL J. SHIFFER, COMPUTER RESOURCE LABORATORIES, MIT 3:30PM-4:00PM *BREAK* 4:00PM-4:45PM "GESTURE TRANSLATION: USING CONVENTIONAL MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS IN UNCONVENTIONAL WAYS" ROBERT WILLIAMS, COMPUTER SCIENCE DEPARTMENT, PACE UNIV. 4:45PM-5:30PM "THE RULING EFFECT OF CONTOURS, SURFACE MARKINGS AND BACKGROUND IN PERCEPTION OF SHAPE FROM SHADING" XIAOPING HU AND NARENDA AHUJA, BECKMANN INSTITUTE AND DEPARTMENT OF ECE, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS SATURDAY, MAY 22ND, 1993 8:30AM-9:00AM CONTINTENTAL BREAKFAST 9:00AM-9:45AM "VISUALIZATION FOR THE DOCUMENT SPACE" XIA LIN, LAW LIBRARY, PACE UNIVERSITY 9:45AM-10:30AM "VISUAL LANGUAGE" JUDSON ROSEBUSH, JUDSON ROSEBUSH COMPANY, NYC 10:30AM-11:00AM *BREAK* 11:00AM-11:45AM "NEUROMUSIC" MATTHEW WITTEN AND ROBERT WYATT, UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AND CENTER FOR HIGH PERFORMANCE COMPUTING 11:45AM-12:30PM "MASACCIO'S BAG OF TRICKS" MARC DE MEY, UNIVERSITY OF GHENT 12:30PM-2:00PM *LUNCH BUFFET* 2:00PM-2:45PM "IS ALLIGATOR SKIN MORE WRINKLED THAN TREE BARK? THE ROLE FO TEXTURE IN OBJECT DESCRIPTION" A. RAVISHANKAR RAO, IBM WATSON RESEARCH CENTER AND NALINI BHUSHAN, PHILOSOPHY DEPARTMENT, SMITH COLLEGE 2:45PM-3:30PM "UNIVERSALITY AND VARIABILITY IN HUMAN VISUAL INFORMATIO PROCESSING" BEVERELY J. JONES, SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE AND APPLIED ARTS, UNIVERSITY OF OREGON 3:30PM-4:00PM *BREAK* 4:00PM-4:45PM "AESTHETICS AND NATURE: THE MANUFACTURING OF AN AUTHORITATIVE VOICE IN SCIENTIFIC VISUALIZATION" MARK BAJUK, NCSA, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS 4:45PM-5:30PM "THE METAPHYSICS OF VIRTUAL REALITY" 5:30PM-6:15PM "SONIC ISSUES" RORY STUART, NYNEX HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS: THE HOTEL MILLENIUM, 55 CHURCH STREET, NEW YORK, NY 10048 VOICE: (212) 693-2001 (800) 835-2220 ; FAX (212) 571-2317 PLEASE CALL HOTEL DIRECTLY FOR RESERVATIONS AND MENTION PACE UNIVERSITY/ NYC/ACM SIGGRAPH. RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE BY MAY 10, 1993. 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FRANCIS T. MARCHESE COMPUTER SCIENCE DEPARTMENT NYC/ACM SIGGRAPH CONFERENCE 1 PACE PLAZA ROOM T-1704 NEW YORK, NY 10038 VOICE: 212-346-1803 FAX: 212-346-1933 EMAIL: MARCHESF@PACEVM.BITNET ------------------------------ Date: Fri, 23 Apr 1993 16:59:34 +0200 From: KR94 Conference Service Subject: KR94: Call for Papers KR'94 - CALL FOR PAPERS FOURTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PRINCIPLES OF KNOWLEDGE REPRESENTATION AND REASONING Gustav Stresemann Institut, Bonn, Germany May 24-27, 1994 with support from Gesellschaft fuer Informatik Explicit representations of knowledge manipulated by inference algorithms provide an important foundation for much work in Artificial Intelligence, from natural language to expert systems, and a growing number of researchers study the principles governing systems based on such representations and reasoning. The KR conferences bring together these researchers in a more intimate setting than that of general AI conferences, and provide authors with the opportunity to give presentations of adequate length to present substantial results. This year's conference will take place in Europe for the first time. The conference emphasizes both the theoretical principles of knowledge representation and reasoning and the relationships between these principles and their embodiments in working systems. Authors are encouraged to relate their work to at least one of the following questions: (1) What issues arise in representing and using knowledge about real problems, and how can they be addressed? (2) What are the theoretical principles in knowledge representation and reasoning? (3) How can these principles be embodied in implemented knowledge representation systems, and what practical tradeoffs arise? (4) How do these approaches to problems relate to corresponding approaches in other parts of AI (natural language, robotics, etc.) or in other fields (psychology, philosophy, logic, economics, cognitive science, computer science, management, engineering, etc.) Submissions are encouraged in (but are not limited to) the following topic areas: REPRESENTATIONAL FORMALISMS REASONING METHODS AND TASKS - logics of knowledge and belief - deduction - nonmonotonic logics - abduction - temporal logics - induction - spatial logics - deliberation and decision analysis - taxonomic logics - planning and plan analysis - logics of uncertainty - learning and evidence - diagnosis - logics of preference and utility - classification - logics of intentions and actions - inheritance - deontic logics - belief management and revision - constraint solving - analogical reasoning - reasoning about reasoning GENERIC ONTOLOGIES FOR DESCRIBING ISSUES IN IMPLEMENTED KR&R SYSTEMS - time - comparative evaluation - space - empirical results - causality - benchmarking and testing - resources - reasoning architectures - constraints - efficiency/completeness tradeoffs - decisions - complexity - activities - algorithms - mental states - embedded systems - multi-agent organizations - knowledge sharing and reuse - applications classes, e.g. medicine - standards SUBMISSION OF PAPERS The Program Committee will review EXTENDED ABSTRACTS rather than complete papers. Abstracts must be at most twelve (12) pages with a maximum of 38 lines per page and an average of 75 characters per line (corresponding to the LaTeX article-style, 12pt), excluding the title page and the bibliography. Overlength submissions will be rejected without review. All abstracts must be submitted on 8 1/2" x 11" or A4 paper, and printed or typed in 12-point font (10 characters/inch on a typewriter). Dot matrix printout, FAX, or electronic submission will not be accepted. Each submission should include the names and complete addresses (including email, when possible) of all authors. Correspondence will be sent to the first author, unless otherwise indicated. Also, authors should indicate under the title which of the questions and/or topic areas listed above best describes their paper (if none is appropriate, please give a set of keywords that best describe the topic of the paper). To be considered, five (5) paper copies of the extended abstract must be received by one of the program co-chairs no later than November 8, 1993 (or must have been sent by express courier no later than November 5). Authors are also STRONGLY encouraged (it is to their advantage) to submit an electronic abstract in the form described below. Electronic abstracts that accurately reflect the contents of the papers will significantly aid the reviewing process by helping direct the papers to the most appropriate reviewers. MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS Submitted papers must be unpublished and substantively different from papers currently under review. Papers may be submitted after January 1, 1994 to other conferences as long as (a) the prior submission to KR'94 is noted on those submissions and (b) the paper is withdrawn from the later conference if accepted by KR'94. ELECTRONIC ABSTRACT In addition to submitting the paper copies of the extended abstract, authors should (if possible) send a short (200 word) electronic abstract of their paper to to aid in the reviewing process. In order to make use of software for classifying papers and selecting reviewers, most of the electronic abstract must be in plain ASCII text (no LaTeX or other formatting commands) in the following format, separating each field from the next with a blank line. TITLE: FIRST AUTHOR: <last name, first name> FIRST ADDRESS: <first author address or affiliation> COAUTHORS: <their names, if any> OTHER ADDRESSES: <addresses or affiliations of coauthors> CONTENT AREAS: <at most three content areas, separated by commas> KEYWORDS: <keywords, separated by commas> ABSTRACT: <text of the abstract> The content areas preferably should be drawn from the topics listed above, with other areas added only if necessary. The keywords are to aid the human reviewers only and may be chosen as desired. The text of the abstract field may include formatting commands, if desired, but these should be omitted from all other fields. A blank form for electronic abstracts and an example abstract may be found at the end of this Call. REVIEW OF PAPERS Submissions will be judged on clarity, significance, and originality. An important criterion for acceptance is that the paper clearly contributes to principles of representation and reasoning that are likely to influence current and future AI practice. Extended abstracts should contain enough information to enable the Program Committee to identify and evaluate the principal contribution of the research and its importance. It should also be clear from the extended abstract how the work compares to related work in the field. NOTIFICATION Authors will be notified of the Program Committee's decision by January 24, 1994. Notification will be made by electronic mail whenever possible. FINAL PAPERS Authors of accepted papers will be expected to submit substantially longer full papers for the conference proceedings. Final camera-ready copies of the full papers will be due February 28, 1994. Final papers will be allowed at most twelve (12) double-column pages in the conference proceedings (corresponding to approximately 28 article-style LaTeX pages; a style file will be provided by the publisher). PLANNING TO ATTEND People planning to attend the conference are asked to send a note stating their intention as early as possible to the local conference organizer, Ms. Christine Harms (, in order to help estimate the facilities needed for the conference. (Postal address: Christine Harms, c/o GMD, Schloss Birlinghoven, W-5205 Sankt Augustin 1, Germany. Phone: +49-2241-14-2473, Fax: +49-2241-14-2472.) CONFERENCE CHAIR Erik Sandewall Department of Computer and Information Science Linkoeping University S-58183 Linkoeping SWEDEN Voice: +46 1328 1408 Fax: +46 1328 2606 Email: PROGRAM CO-CHAIRS Jon Doyle Piero Torasso MIT Universita' di Torino Laboratory for Computer Science Dipartimento di Informatica 545 Technology Square Corso Svizzera 185 Cambridge, MA 02139 I-10149 Torino USA ITALY Voice: +1 (617) 253-3512 Voice: +39 11 7712002 Fax: +1 (617) 258-8682 Fax: +39 11 751603 Email: Email: LOCAL ARRANGEMENT CHAIR Gerhard Lakemeyer Institute of Computer Science III University of Bonn Roemerstrasse 164 D-5300 Bonn 1 GERMANY Voice: +49-228-550-281 Fax: +49-228-550-382 Email: PUBLICITY CHAIR Werner Horn Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence Schottengasse 3 A-1010 Vienna AUSTRIA Voice: +43 1 53532810 Fax: +43 1 5320652 Email: PROGRAM COMMITTEE Giuseppe Attardi (U. Pisa, Italy), Franz Baader (DFKI, Germany), Fahiem Bacchus (U. Waterloo, Canada), Philippe Besnard (IRISA, France), Piero Bonissone (GE, USA), Craig Boutilier (UBC, Canada), Maurice Bruynooghe (KUL, Belgium), Anthony Cohn (U. Leeds, UK), Ernest Davis (NYU, USA), Rina Dechter (UC Irvine, USA), Johan de Kleer (Xerox, USA), Oskar Dressler (Siemens, Germany), Jennifer Elgot-Drapkin (Arizona State U., USA), Richard Fikes (Stanford U., USA), Alan Frisch (U. York, UK), Hector Geffner (Simon Bolivar U., Venezuela), Georg Gottlob (TU Wien, Austria), Pat Hayes (U. Illinois, USA), Hirofumi Katsuno (NTT, Japan), Henry Kautz (AT&T, USA), Sarit Kraus (Bar-Ilan U., Israel), Maurizio Lenzerini (U. Rome, Italy), Vladimir Lifschitz (U. Texas, USA), David Makinson (Unesco, France), Joao Martins (IST, Portugal) David McAllester (MIT, USA), John-Jules Meyer (U. Amsterdam, Netherlands), Katharina Morik (U. Dortmund, Germany), Johanna Moore (U. Pittsburgh, USA), Hideyuki Nakashima (ETL, Japan), Bernhard Nebel (DFKI, Germany), Hans Juergen Ohlbach (Max Planck Institut, Germany), Lin Padgham (Linkoeping U., Sweden), Peter Patel-Schneider (AT&T, USA), Ramesh Patil (USC/ISI, USA), Raymond Perrault (SRI, USA), David Poole (UBC, Canada), Henri Prade (IRIT, France), Anand Rao (AAII, Australia), Jeff Rosenschein (Hebrew U., Israel), Stuart Russell (UC Berkeley, USA), Len Schubert (Rochester) Marek Sergot (Imperial College, UK), Lokendra Shastri (U. Pennsylvania, USA), Yoav Shoham (Stanford U., USA), Lynn Stein (MIT, USA), Devika Subramanian (Cornell U., USA), William Swartout (USC/ISI, USA), Austin Tate (AIAI, Edinburgh, UK), Peter van Beek (U. Alberta, Canada), Michael Wellman (U. Michigan, USA) IMPORTANT DATES Submission receipt deadline: November 8, 1993 Author notification date: January 24, 1994 Camera-ready copy due to publisher: February 28, 1994 Conference: May 24-27, 1994 <-- cut here --> ----------------------------------------------------------- KR'94 Electronic Abstract Form Complete and send to ----------------------------------------------------------- TITLE: FIRST AUTHOR: FIRST ADDRESS: COAUTHORS: OTHER ADDRESSES: CONTENT AREAS: KEYWORDS: ABSTRACT: ----------------------------------------------------------- <-- cut here --> ----------------------------------------------------------- KR'94 Electronic Abstract Example ----------------------------------------------------------- TITLE: Begriffsschrift: A formula language, modeled upon that of arithmetic, for pure thought FIRST AUTHOR: Frege, Gottlob FIRST ADDRESS: Department of Mathematics, University of Jena, Germany CONTENT AREAS: logics, deduction KEYWORDS: ideography, conceptual content, inferential sequence, argument, function ABSTRACT: I present an ideography to provide the most reliable test of the validity of a chain of inferences, one that points out every presupposition that tries to sneak in unnoticed, so that its origin can be investigated. I am confident that my ideography can be successfully used wherever special value must be placed on the validity of proofs, as for example when the foundations of the differential and integral calculus are established. ------------------------------ From: Phil Husbands <> Date: Thu, 22 Apr 93 14:46:59 +0100 Subject: call for papers: SAB94 ============================================================================== Conference Announcement and Call For Papers FROM ANIMALS TO ANIMATS Third International Conference on Simulation of Adaptive Behavior (SAB94) Brighton, UK, August 8-12, 1994 The object of the conference is to bring together researchers in ethology, psychology, ecology, cybernetics, artificial intelligence, robotics, and related fields so as to further our understanding of the behaviors and underlying mechanisms that allow animals and, potentially, robots to adapt and survive in uncertain environments. The conference will focus particularly on well-defined models, computer simulations, and built robots in order to help characterize and compare various organizational principles or architectures capable of inducing adaptive behavior in real or artificial animals. Contributions treating any of the following topics from the perspective of adaptive behavior will receive special emphasis. Individual and collective behavior Autonomous robots Neural correlates of behavior Hierarchical and parallel organizations Perception and motor control Emergent structures and behaviors Motivation and emotion Problem solving and planning Action selection and behavioral Goal directed behavior sequences Neural networks and evolutionary Ontogeny, learning and evolution computation Internal world models Characterization of environments and cognitive processes Applied adaptive behavior Authors should make every effort to suggest implications of their work for both natural and artificial animals. Papers which do not deal explicitly with adaptive behavior will be rejected. Submission Instructions Authors are requested to send five copies (hard copy only) of a full paper to the Program Chair (Dave Cliff). Papers should not exceed 10 pages (excluding the title page), with 1 inch margins all around, and no smaller than 10 pt (12 pitch) type (Times Roman preferred). Each paper must include a title page containing the following: (1) Full names, postal addresses, phone numbers, email addresses (if available), and fax numbers for each author, (2) A 100-200 word abstract, (3) The topic area(s) in which the paper could be reviewed (see list above). Camera ready versions of the papers, in two-column format, will be required after acceptance. Computer, video, and robotic demonstrations are also invited. Please contact Phil Husbands to make arrangements for demonstrations. Other program proposals will also be considered. Conference committee Conference Chair Philip HUSBANDS School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences University of Sussex Brighton BN1 9QN UK e-mail: Jean-Arcady MEYER Groupe de Bioinformatique URA686.Ecole Normale Superieure 46 rue d'Ulm 75230 Paris Cedex 05 France e-mail: Stewart WILSON The Rowland Institute for Science 100 Cambridge Parkway Cambridge, MA 02142 USA e-mail: Program Chair David CLIFF School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences University of Sussex Brighton BN1 9QN UK e-mail: Financial Chair: P. Husbands, H. Roitblat Local Arrangements: I. Harvey, P. Husbands Program Committee M. Arbib, USA; R. Arkin, USA; R. Beer, USA; A. Berthoz, France; L. Booker, USA; R. Brooks, USA; P. Colgan, Canada; T. Collett, UK; H. Cruse, Germany; J. Daugman, UK; J. Delius, Germany; A. Dickinson, UK; J. Ferber, France; N. Franceschini, France; S. Goss, Belgium; I. Harvey, UK; I. Horswill, USA; L. Kaelbling, USA; H. Klopf, USA; L-J. Lin, USA; P. Maes, USA; M. Mataric, USA; D. McFarland, UK; G. Miller, UK; R. Pfeifer, Switzerland; H. Roitblat, USA; J. Slotine, USA; O. Sporns, USA; J. Staddon, USA; F. Toates, UK; P. Todd, USA; S. Tsuji, Japan; W. Uttal, USA; D. Waltz, USA. Official Language: English Publisher: MIT Press/Bradford Books Important Dates =============== JAN 5, 1994: Submission deadline MAR 10: Notification of acceptance or rejection APR 10: Camera ready revised versions due MAY 1: Early registration deadline JUL 8: Regular registration deadline AUG 8-12: Conference dates General queries to: ============================================================================== ------------------------------ Date: Mon, 26 Apr 1993 15:41:33 +0100 From: (Francis Heylighen) Subject: CFP: Cybernetics of Knowledge Symposium, EMCSR'94 (Vienna) CALL FOR PAPERS ************************************************************* * Symposium : * * CYBERNETIC PRINCIPLES OF KNOWLEDGE DEVELOPMENT * ************************************************************* as part of the 12th European Meeting on Cybernetics and Systems Research EMCSR'94, Vienna, April 5-8, 1994 About the Symposium: ==================== A symposium in collaboration with the Principia Cybernetica Project (PCP) will be held at EMCSR'94. Chairmen are F. Heylighen (representing PCP) and S. Umpleby. The theme is a cybernetic perspective on the creation and evolution of knowledge, with special emphasis on methods of model construction in science. We wish to focus on both fundamental principles (what is knowledge, what is science, which criteria distinguish adequate knowledge, how does knowledge originate and develop, what is the role of induction, abduction, blind variation, selection, recombination, memetic spreading...) and practical applications (which methods and tools can help us to steer or improve the generation of knowledge). The latter is especially important for the Principia Cybernetica Project, as a collaborative computer-supported attempt to develop philosophical knowledge. The EMCSR meetings are possibly the most important and best organized large congresses in their domain. Though they are traditionally called "European", they really bring together researchers from all continents, albeit with a relative large proportion of people from Central and Eastern Europe. Among the distinctive features are the high quality, well-distributed Proceedings, which are available at the start of the Conference. This implies that papers should be submitted (to the Congress secretariat, not to the chairpersons!) quite a while before the start of the conference. The official CFP and preliminary programme of EMCSR'94 are appended below. After the succesful organization of a symposium at the 8th World Congress of Systems and Cybernetics (New York, 1990), of the 1st Workshop of the Principia Cybernetica Project (Brussels, 1991), and of a Symposium at the 13th Int. Congress on Cybernetics (Namur, 1992), this will be the fourth official activity of the Principia Cybernetica Project. For more information about the Symposium (not for paper submissions), contact: Dr. Francis Heylighen PO-PESP, Free University of Brussels, Pleinlaan 2, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium. Fax: +32-2-641 24 89. E-mail: Prof. Stuart Umpleby Dep. of Management Science, School of Business and Public Management, George Washington University, Washington DC 20052, USA. Fax: +1-202-994 4930. E-mail: umpleby@gwuvm.bitnet. About Principia Cybernetica: ============================ The Principia Cybernetica Project (PCP) is a collaborative attempt to develop a complete cybernetic and evolutionary philosophy. Such a philosophical system should arise from a transdisciplinary unification and foundation of the domain of Systems Theory and Cybernetics. Similar to the metamathematical character of Whitehead and Russell's "Principia Mathematica", PCP is meta-cybernetical in that we intend to use cybernetic tools and methods to analyze and develop cybernetic theory. These include the computer-based tools of hypertext, electronic mail, electronic publishing, and knowledge structuring software. They are meant to support the process of collaborative theory-building by a variety of contributors, with different backgrounds and living in different parts of the world. PCP will thus naturally develop in the "cyberspace" of data shared through interlinked electronic networks, as implemented for example in the World-Wide Web distributed hypertext software. PCP is to be developed as a dynamic, multi-dimensional conceptual network. The basic architecture consists of nodes, containing expositions and definitions of concepts, connected by links, representing the associations that exist between the concepts. Both nodes and links can belong to different types, expressing different semantic and practical categories. As its name implies, PCP will focus on the clarification of fundamental concepts and principles of the broadly defined domain of cybernetics and systems, which includes related disciplines such as the "sciences of complexity", AI, ALife, Cognitive Science, Evolutionary Systems, etc. Concepts include: Complexity, Information, Entropy, System, Freedom, Control, Self-organization, Emergence, etc. Principles include Natural Selection, and the Laws of Requisite Variety, of Requisite Hierarchy, and of Regulatory Models. The PCP philosophical system is to be seen as a clearly thought out and well-formulated, global "world view", integrating the different domains of knowledge and experience. It should provide an answer to the basic questions: "Who am I? Where do I come from? Where am I going to?". The PCP philosophy is systemic and evolutionary, based on the spontaneous emergence of higher levels of organization or control (metasystem transitions) through blind variation and natural selection. It includes: a) a metaphysics, based on processes or actions as ontological primitives, b) an epistemology, which understands knowledge as constructed by the subject or group, but undergoing selection by the environment; c) an ethics, with survival and the continuance of the process of evolution as supreme values. Philosophy and implementation of PCP are united by their common framework based on cybernetic and evolutionary principles: the computer-support system is intended to amplify the spontaneous development of knowledge which forms the main theme of the philosophy. PCP is managed by a board of editors, presently: V. Turchin [CUNY, New York], C. Joslyn [NASA and SUNY Binghamton] and F. Heylighen [Free Univ. of Brussels]. Contributors are kept informed through the PRNCYB-L electronic mailing list, and the Principia Cybernetica Newsletter. Further activities of PCP are publications in journals or books, and the organization of meetings or symposia. More information about PCP is available by anonymous ftp to, directory /pub/projects/Principia_Cybernetica, or by email request to About EMCSR'94: =============== Twelfth European Meeting on Cybernetics and Systems Research April 5-8, 1994 at the University of Vienna (Main Building) Organizers: ----------- Austrian Society for Cybernetic Studies in co-operation with: University of Vienna, Department of Medical Cybernetics and Artificial Intelligence, and: International Federation for Systems Research Chairman: Robert Trappl, President of the Austrian Society for Cybernetic Studies Conference fee : ---------------- Contributors : AS 2500 if paid before January 31, 1994 AS 3200 if paid later Participants : AS 3500 if paid before January 31, 1994 AS 4200 if paid later (AS 100 = about $ 9) The conference fee includes participation in the Twelfth European Meeting, attendance at official receptions, and the volume of the proceedings available at the Meeting. Please send cheque, or transfer the amount free of charges for beneficiary to our account no. 0026-34400/00 at Creditanstalt-Bankverein Vienna. Please state your name clearly. About the Congress: ------------------- The international support of the European Meetings on Cybernetics and Systems Research held in Austria in 1972, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990 and 1992 (when 300 scientists from more than 30 countries met to present, hear and discuss 210 papers) encouraged the Council of the Austrian Society for Cybernetic Studies (OSGK) to organize a similar meeting in 1994 to keep pace with continued rapid developments in related fields. A number of Symposia will be arranged and we are grateful to colleagues who have undertaken the task of preparing these events. As on the earlier occasions, eminent speakers of international reputation will present latest research results at daily plenary sessions. The Proceedings of the 10th and 11th European Meetings on Cybernetics and Systems Research, edited by R. Trappl, have been published by World Scientific, Singapore as : CYBERNETICS AND SYSTEMS '90 (1 vol., 1107 p.) CYBERNETICS AND SYSTEMS '92 (2 vols., 1685 p.) Symposia: --------- A General Systems Methodology G.J.Klir, USA B Advances in Mathematical Systems Theory M.Peschel, Germany & F.Pichler, Austria C Fuzzy Sets, Approximate Reasoning & Knowledge Based Systems C.Carlsson, Finland, K-P.Adlassnig, Austria & E.P.Klement, Austria D Designing and Systems, and Their Education B.Banathy, USA, W.Gasparski, Poland & G.Goldschmidt, Israel E Humanity, Architecture and Conceptualization G.Pask, UK, & Zeeuw, Netherlands F Biocybernetics and Mathematical Biology L.M.Ricciardi, Italy G Systems and Ecology F.J.Radermacher, Germany & K.Freda, Austria H Cybernetics and Informatics in Medicine G.Gell, Austria & G.Porenta, Austria I Cybernetics of Socio-Economic Systems K.Balkus, USA & O.Ladanyi, Austria J Systems, Management and Organization G.Broekstra, Netherlands & R.Hough, USA K Cybernetics of National Development P.Ballonoff, USA, T.Koizumi, USA & S.A.Umpleby, USA L Communication and Computers A M.Tjoa, Austria M Intelligent Autonomous Systems J.W.Rozenblit, USA & H.Praehofer, Austria N Cybernetic Principles of Knowledge Development F.Heylighen, Belgium & S.A.Umpleby, USA O Cybernetics, Systems & Psychotherapy M.Okuyama, Japan & H.Koizumi, USA P Artificial Neural Networks and Adaptive Systems S.Grossberg, USA & G.Dorffner, Austria Q Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science V.Marik, Czechia & R.Born, Austria R Artificial Intelligence & Systems Science for Peace Research S.Unseld, Switzerland & R.Trappl, Austria Submission of papers : ---------------------- Acceptance of contributions will be determined on the basis of Draft Final Papers. These Papers must not exceed 7 single-spaced A4 pages (maximum 50 lines, final size will be 8.5 x 6 inch), in English. They have to contain the final text to be submitted, including graphs and pictures. However, these need not be of reproducible quality. The Draft Final Paper must carry the title, author(s) name(s), and affiliation in this order. Please specify the symposium in which you would like to present your paper. Each scientist shall submit only one paper. Please send three copies of the Draft Final Paper to the Conference Secretariat (not to symposia chairpersons!). DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION : October 8, 1993 In order to enable careful refereeing, Draft Final Papers received after the deadline cannot be considered. FINAL PAPERS : Authors will be notified about acceptance no later than November 13, 1993. They will be provided by the conference secretariat at the same time with the detailed instructions for the preparation of the final paper. PRESENTATION : It is understood that the paper is presented personally at the Meeting by the contributor. HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS will be handled by Oesterreichisches Verkehrsbuero, Kongressabteilung, Opernring 5, A-1010 Vienna, phone +43-1-58800-113, fax +3-1-5867127, telex 111 222. Reservation cards will be sent to all those returning the attached registration form. SCHOLARSHIPS : The Austrian Federal Ministry for Science and Research has kindly agreed to provide a limited number of scholarships covering the registration fee for the conference and part of the accommodation costs for colleagues from eastern and south-eastern European countries. Applications should be sent to the Conference Secretariat before October 8, 1993. For further information about the Congress, contact: EMCSR 94 - Secretariat : Oesterreichische Studiengesellschaft fuer Kybernetik A-1010 Wien 1, Schottengasse 3, Austria. Phone : +43-1-53532810 Fax : +43-1-5320652 E-mail : _______________________________________________________________ REGISTRATION FORM _______________________________________________________________ EMCSR-94 Twelfth European Meeting on Cybernetics and Systems Research Please return to : Austrian Society for Cybernetic Studies Schottengasse 3, A-1010 Vienna, AUSTRIA (EUROPE) o I plan to attend the Meeting o I intend to submit a paper to Symposium ... o I enclose the Draft Final Paper o My Draft Final Paper will arrive prior to October 8, 1993 o My cheque for AS .... covering the Conference Fee is enclosed o I have transferred AS .... to your account 0026-34400/00 at Creditanstalt Vienna o I shall not be at the Meeting but am interested to receive particulars of the Proceedings Name : Prof./Dr./Ms./Mr. ...................................... Address : ..................................................... ............................................................... 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