Alife Digest, Number 118 Sunday, January 30th 1994 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Alife Digest, Number 118
Sunday, January 30th 1994
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Calendar of Alife related events
The Third International BEAM Robot Games
Artificial Intelligence Symposium
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EEG Models: Chaotic and Linear: PSYCOLOQUY Call for Commentary
Subject: Calendar of Alife related events
Vancouver Cognitive Science Conference, BC, Canada Feb 11-12, 1994 v111
Third Conf on Evolutionary Programming, San Diego, CA Feb 24-25, 1994 v103
BEAM Robot Games, Toronto Canada March 4-6th, 1994 v118
AAAI Spring Symposium, Stanford CA Mar 21-23, 199 v110
Cybernetics and Systems Research, Vienna April 5-8, 1994 v101,103
Florida AI Research Symposium, Pensacola Beach, FL May 5-7, 1994 v113
Integrating Knowledge and Neural Heuristics May 9-10, 1994 v111
Intnl Conf Knowledge Rep and Reasoning, Bonn, Germany May 24-27, 1994 v101
IEEE Computational Intelligence, Lake Buena Vista FL Jun 26-Jul 2, 1994 v106
Alife IV, Cambridge MA July 6-8, 1994 v108
AAAI-94 Seattle, Washington july 31-aug 4, 1994 v116
Simulation of Adaptive Behavior, Brighton, UK Aug 8-12, 1994 v101
PPSN III, Jerusalem, Israel October 9-14, 1994 v117
ICSRIC94 AI SYMPOSIUM, Baden-Baden, Germany August 15-21, 1994 v118
Intnl Congress on Cybernetics, Namur, Belgium August 21-26, 1995 v114
ECAL95, Granada, Spain June 4-6, 1995 v118
From: email@example.com (Mark W. Tilden)
Subject: The Third International BEAM Robot Games:
The Third International BEAM Robot Games:
The Third BEAM Robot Games are scheduled for March 4-6th, 1994 at the CNE
Automotive Building in Toronto as part of the Canadian Home Hobby show.
Those that have competed before or sent their Real-mail addresses will
receive flyers and details by Real mail. For those that wish further
Canada First Inc.
797 Don Mills Road,
Mony Life Building, 10th floor,
Don Mills, Ont.,
They will also be the contacts for the next rulebook, shirts, buttons and
upcoming videos. They are, alas, not on Internet yet. If you send this
company your real-mail address, you will get a detailed flyer on or before
Feb 94. The new BEAM Rules guide will include an expanded get-started
section, previous show dossier, where, how, and rule supplements.
The Automotive Building is a massive auditorium so hopefully we won't run
into space problems like we did at the Science Centre. There is
consequently no limit to the size of robots allowed at this show, provided
it can be moved by truck.
Me, I'm off to Los Alamos NM to carry on my sinister Robotics research, but
I will be around for the games.
Is all. See you there.
Mark W. Tilden
From: Jack Brahan
Subject: Artificial Intelligence Symposium
ICSRIC94 AI SYMPOSIUM - FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT AND CALL FOR PAPERS
7th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE on SYSTEMS RESEARCH INFORMATICS AND CYBERNETICS
August 15-21, 1994
Convention Centre - Congresshouse
The International Institute for
Advanced Studies in Systems Research and Cybernetics
Society for Applied Systems Research
The Conference provides an international forum for the presentation and
discussion of short reports on current systems research in humanities,
sciences and engineering. A number of specialized symposia are held within
the Conference to focus on research in computer science, linguistics,
cognitive science, psycho-cybernetics, synergetics, logic, philosophy,
management, education and related areas.
The aim of the conference is to encourage and facilitate the interdisciplinary
and trans-disciplinary communication and cooperation amongst scientists,
engineers, and professionals working in different fields, and to identify and
develop those areas of research that will most benefit from such a
The 1994 conference will place particular emphasis on Artificial Intelligence.
Topics in this Symposium will include, but are not limited to, the following:
Knowledge representation, Reasoning, Machine Learning, Fuzzy Logic, Neural
Networks, Expert Systems, User Models, Intelligent Tutoring Systems, and
Development Methodologies. Papers dealing with theoretical issues or with
applications are solicited. In addition to paper presentations, panel
sessions on several of these topics are planned.
Participants who wish to present a paper are requested to submit a 500 word
abstract as soon as possible, but not later than March 15, 1994. (E-mail
submissions are preferred.) Notification of acceptance will be sent to
authors by April 30, 1994. Full papers, not exceeding 5 single-spaced typed
pages, will be required by May 30, 1994.
Submissions for the Artificial Intelligence Symposium should be addressed
Mr. J.W. Brahan
Institute for Information Technology
National Research Council
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6
Tel: 613 993 2484
Fax: 613 952 7151
All other submissions and correspondence regarding the conference should be
Prof. George E. Lasker
School of Computer Science
University of Windsor
Windsor, Ontario N9B 3P4
Fax: 519 974 8191
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From: "Stevan Harnad"
Subject: EEG Models: Chaotic and Linear: PSYCOLOQUY Call for Commentary
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The target article attempts to reconcile attractor neural network (ANN)
theory with certain current models for the generation of the EEG as a
step toward integrating ANN theory with gross observations of brain
function. Emphasis is placed on symmetry of cortical connections at a
macroscopic level as compared to symmetry at a microscopic level. We
hope to elicit commentary on (1) the methodology of the experiments and
simulations on which the work is based, (2) any contradictory
experimental findings, (3) quantitative methods in anatomy required for
further development, (4) other critiques of ANN applicability to global
psycoloquy.93.4.60.EEG-chaos.1.wright Thursday 23 December 1993
ISSN 1055-0143 (53 parags, 12 equations, 3 figs, 62 refs, 1092 lines)
PSYCOLOQUY is sponsored by the American Psychological Association (APA)
Copyright 1993 JJ Wright, RR Kydd & DTJ Liley
EEG MODELS: CHAOTIC AND LINEAR
J.J. Wright, R.R. Kydd, D.T.J. Liley
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Science,
School of Medicine, University of Auckland,
Auckland, New Zealand
ABSTRACT: Two complementary EEG models are considered. The first
(Freeman 1991) predicts 40+ Hz oscillation and chaotic local
dynamics. The second (Wright 1990) predicts propagating EEG waves
exhibiting linear superposition, nondispersive transmission, and
near-equilibrium dynamics, on the millimetric scale. Anatomical
considerations indicate that these models must apply, respectively,
to cortical neurons which are very asymmetrically coupled and to
symmetric average couplings. Aspects of both are reconciled in a
simulation which explains wave velocities, EEG harmonics, the 1/f
spectrum of desynchronised EEG, and frequency-wavenumber spectra.
Local dynamics can be compared to the attractor model of Amit and
Tsodyks (1990) applied in conditions of highly asymmetric coupling.
Nonspecific cortical afferents may confer an adiabatic energy
landscape to the large-scale dynamics of cortex.
KEYWORDS: chaos, EEG simulation, electroencephalogram, linear
dynamics, neocortex, network symmetry, neurodynamics, pyramidal
cell, wave velocity.
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From: email@example.com (Arantza Etxeberria)
Subject: ECAL95 FCP
3rd. EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON ARTIFICIAL LIFE
Granada, Spain, 4-6 June, 1995
It is a pleasure to announce the forthcoming 3rd European Conference on
Artificial Life (ECAL95).
Despite its short life, Artificial Life (AL) is already a mature scientific
field. In trying to discover the rules of life and extract its essence so that
it can be implemented in different media, AL research has led us to a
better understanding of a large set of interesting biology-related problems,
such as self organization, emergence, origins of life, self-reproduction,
computer viruses, learning, growth and development, animal behavior,
ecosystems, autonomous agents, adaptive robotics, etc.
The Conference will be organized into Scientific Sessions, Demonstrations,
Videos and Comercial Exhibits. Scientific Sessions will consist of Lectures
(invited), Oral Presentations, and Posters.
The site of ECAL95 will be the city of Granada, located in the south of Spain,
in the region of Andalucia. Granada was the last moors site in the Iberic
Peninsula, and it has the inheritance of their culture with the legacy of
marvelous constructions such as the Alhambra and the Gardens of Generalife.
ECAL95 will be organized in collaboration with the International Workshop on
Artificial Neural Networks (IWANN95) to be held at Malaga (Costa del Sol,
Spain), June 7-9, 1995. These places are only one hour apart by car.
Special inscription fees will be offered to those attending both meetings.
Scientific Sessions and Topics
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4. Artificial Worlds:
Simulation of Adaptive and Cognitive Systems. System-Environment
Correlation. Sensor-Effector Coordination. Environment Design.
5. Robotics and Emulation of Animal Behavior:
Sensory and Motor Activity. Mobile Agents. Adaptive Robots. Autonomous
Robots. Evolutionary Robotics. Ethology.
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7. Applications and Common Tools:
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Genetic Algorithms. Neural Networks. Fuzzy Logic. Evolutionary
Computation. Genetic Programming.
Inscription / Information
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Federico Moran. UCM. Madrid (E) Chair
Alvaro Moreno. UPV. San Sebastian (E) Chair
Arantza Etxeberria Univ. Sussex (UK)
Julio Fernandez. UPV. San Sebastian (E)
Francisco Montero. UCM. Madrid (E)
Alberto Prieto. UGr. Granada (E)
Carme Torras. UPC. Barcelona (E)
Francisco Varela. CNRS/CREA. Paris (F) Chair
Juan J. Merelo. UGr. Granada (E) Secretary
(Definitive list of this Committee will be completed and announced in the
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3rd. EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON ARTIFICIAL LIFE
Granada, Spain, 4-6 June, 1995
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