14.12.98

Tagungsband zu KogWis97; 10 Ankündigungen

Sehr geehrtes Mitglied der Gesellschaft für Kognitionswissenschaft,

kurz vor Weihnachten fällt besonders viel an; das gilt auch für Ankündigungen kognitionswissenschaftlicher Ereignisse.

Die erste Ankündigung in dieser Mitteilung betrifft das gerade erschienene Buch zur Fachtagung KogWis97 (Jena, September 1997). Die nächsten beiden beziehen sich auf die Ausbildung in der Kognitionswissenschaft. Dann folgen Ankündigungen von 8 interdisziplinären Veranstaltungen, die jeweils für einen großen Teil der GK-Mitglieder von Interesse sein dürften - auch dann, wenn die Teilnahme aus praktischen Gründen nicht in Betracht kommen sollte.

Wie immer, kann diese Mitteilung auch als Hypertext über die WWW-Seite der GK gelesen werden.

Heft 7/4 der Zeitschrift "Kognitionswissenschaft" wird zur Zeit vom Springer-Verlag an die Abonnenten verteilt. Auch die schriftlichen Einladungen zur Teilnahme an der Tagung KogWis99 werden jetzt mit der Post verschickt. Insgesamt werden GK-Mitglieder also über mehr als genug kognitionswissenschaftliche Lektüre für die kommenden Wochen verfügen. In diesem Sinne wünscht Ihnen der GK-Vorstand, der sich vor zwei Wochen wieder in Heidelberg traf, angenehme und erholsame Festtage.

Besten Gruß
Anthony Jameson
Schriftführer der GK


Übersicht über die Ankündigungen

1. Intelligente Informationsverarbeitung (Tagungsband zur KogWis97)

Dieser Band wird an alle KogWis97-Teilnehmer verschickt, die sich nicht zur ermäßigten Gebühr für Studierende und Kollegiaten anmeldeten. Teilnehmer, die Anfang Januar 1999 noch keinen Band erhalten haben, sollten bitte eine kurze Nachricht mit ihrer aktuellen Adresse an den GK-Schriftführer schicken.

Das Buch ist auch über den Buchhandel und über den Verlag erhältlich. Wie die unten angegebenen Informationen zeigen, ist die Anschaffung für alle einer Überlegung wert, die in bezug auf die Entwicklung der Kognitionswissenschaft im deutschsprachigen Raum auf der Höhe bleiben möchten. Hierbei kann man sowohl an den persönlichen Gebrauch als auch an die Institutsbibliothek denken.

2. Issues in Teaching Cognitive Science to Undergraduates

Eine zunehmende Anzahl von Kognitionswissenschaftlern im Deutschsprachigen Raum hat inzwischen Erfahrung mit der Lehre in kognitionswissenschaftlich orientierten Studienprogrammen - oder steht vor neuen Herausforderungen auf diesem Gebiet. Während der vergangenen Jahre hat eine Reihe von Workshops zu diesem Thema gezeigt, daß viele spezielle Probleme entstehen, über die es sich lohnt, Erfahrungen auszutauschen.

3. Human Factors & Applied Cognition at George Mason University

Die Beschreibung dieses Studienprogramms nennt einige Beispiele für Anwendungsgebiete der Kognitionswissenschaft.

4. 1999 Cognitive Science Society Conference

5. MIND-4: 4th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society of Ireland

6. Envisioning Knowledge - Die Wissensgesellschaft und die Neuen Medien

7. COSIT '99 - Conference on Spatial Information Theory

8. Consciousness and Self: Neural, Cognitive, and Philosophical Issues

9. 7th European Workshop on Natural Language Generation

10. Cognitive Science Conference on Perception, Consciousness and Art

11. Third International Conference on Cognitive and Neural Systems


Die Ankündigungen

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1. Intelligente Informationsverarbeitung (Tagungsband zur KogWis97)

              INTELLIGENTE INFORMATIONSVERARBEITUNG

         Herausgegeben von Uwe Kotkamp und Werner Krause
             (Friedrich-Schiller-Universitaet Jena)

               Deutscher Universitaets-Verlag GmbH
                         Postfach 300944
                       D-51338 Leverkusen
              Tel.: 02171/44741 - Fax: 02171/48308

                 Preis: DM 56 / OeS 409 / SFr 51


Dieser im November 1998 erschienene Tagungsband zur KogWis97
enthaelt 28 Beitraege mit einer durchschnittlichen Laenge von
ca. 8 Seiten.

[Die folgenden Angaben stehen über die WWW-Seite der GK auch in HTML-Form
zur Verfügung:
http://www.cs.uni-sb.de/GKognitionswissenschaft/kogwis97-veroeffentlichungen.html]

                     VORWORT DER HERAUSGEBER

Im Auftrag des Vorstands der Gesellschaft fuer
Kognitionswissenschaft legen wir hier den Tagungsband der
3. Fachtagung der Gesellschaft vor. Die Tagung KogWis97 fand im
September 1997 an der Friedrich-Schiller-Universitaet Jena statt.

Die Gestaltung des Bandes ist von der Absicht getragen, den
Kommunikationsaustausch zwischen den einzelnen Forschungsgruppen
zu foerdern. Wir betrachten diesen Kommunikationsaustausch
zwischen den Disziplinen im gegenwaertigen Entwicklungsstadium
unserer Gesellschaft fuer ausserordentlich wichtig, denn er ist
Grundlage und Voraussetzung fuer das Wachsen der noch jungen
Gesellschaft fuer Kognitionswissenschaft in unserem Land.

Wir haben uns deshalb - im Gegensatz zum Tagungsband der
KogWis96 - dazu entschlossen, moeglichst eine grosse Anzahl von
Autoren zu Wort kommen zu lassen. Auf der Basis von Vorschlaegen
der Referategruppenleiter besorgten die Mitglieder des
Programmkomitees sowie die Mitglieder des Vorstands der
Gesellschaft die endgueltige Auswahl der hier veroeffentlichten
Arbeiten. Sie stellen erweiterte und ausgearbeitete Fassungen der
gehaltenen Vortraege dar. Dieser Gedanke einer breiten Foerderung
von Information musste notwendigerweise zu Lasten von
Ueberblicksbeitraegen gehen. Wer in diesem Band zusammenfassende
Entwicklungslinien sucht, wird sie vergeblich finden. Es ist in
der Gesellschaft fuer Kognitionswissenschaft schon fast
Tradition, dass Ueberblicksbeitraege in der Zeitschrift fuer
Kognitionswissenschaft vorgestellt werden. Wir wollen den
interessierten Leser daher auf diese Informationsquelle
verweisen.

Der Tagungsband war in seiner Entstehungsgeschichte nicht
unumstritten. Einerseits sprachen sich Mitglieder der
Gesellschaft gegen den Tagungsband aus und begruendeten dies
damit, dass der Kurzfassungsband bereits einen Teil der
angezielten Funktion erfuellt. Andererseits war das Echo auf
unsere Anfrage nach Beteiligung sehr positiv, so dass sich der
Vorstand entschlossen hat, diesen Tagungsband in Auftrag zu
geben. Letztendlich muss jeder fuer sich selbst entscheiden,
welchen Gewinn er aus dem vorgelegten Band ziehen kann. Davon
haengt die Zukunft dieser Reihe ab. Das Echo der Umfrage hat die
Herausgeber in ihrer Absicht bestaerkt, Information zwischen den
Teildisziplinen der Kognitionswissenschaft - moeglichst schnell -
zugaenglich zu machen.

Herausgeber und Vorstand bedanken sich beim Rektor und beim
Kanzler der Friedrich-Schiller-Universitaet Jena,
Prof. Dr. Machnik und Dr. Kuebel, fuer die anlaesslich der Tagung
erwiesene Unterstuetzung. Dem Deutschen Universitaetsverlag,
insbesondere Frau C. Splittgerber, gilt unser herzlicher Dank
fuer die unkomplizierte Zusammenarbeit bei der Fertigstellung des
vorliegenden Bandes.

                             INHALT

RAUMKOGNITION

Empirische Ergebnisse zur konzeptuellen Adaequatheit
topologischer Relationensysteme
     Markus Knauff, Jochen Renz und Reinhold Rauh

Zur Grenzziehung zwischen Rand, Grenze und Begrenzung
     Lars Kulik

Zur Repraesentation von Routenwissen: Die Auswirkung von
Teilraeumen auf den Richtungseffekt
     Gabriele Janzen


WAHRNEHMEN, KOMMUNIZIEREN UND URTEILEN

Entscheidungsprozesse bei der Verarbeitung lokal ambiger Saetze
     Michael Meng und Markus Bader

Akkommodation bei Anaphernresolution?
     Susanne Kuschert

Visuelle kausale Argumente
     Uwe Oestermeier und Friedrich W. Hesse

Die Verteilung problemrelevanter Informationen als Determinante
der Problemloeseleistung in einer Dyade: Ein experimentelles
Paradigma
     Torsten Reimer

Durch "Anker" verzerrte Urteile und Erinnerungen
     Ruediger Pohl

Valenz-Effekte auf soziale Entscheidungen. Komplexitaet
kognitiver Repraesentationen und sozial diskriminierende
Bewertungsentscheidungen
     Thomas Buhl und Amelie Mummendey


DENKEN UND HANDELN

Problemloesen als kulturelles Phaenomen oder: ist es egal,
welche Versuchspersonen wir untersuchen?
     Stefan Strohschneider

Steuer- und Bewertungskriterien von Denkprozessen
     Uwe Kotkamp

Modellierung von Wissenserwerbsprozessen bei der Systemregelung
     Dieter Wallach und Christian Lebiere

Kontrollprozesse im Arbeitsgedaechtnis vor und nach Uebung
     Erdmute Sommerfeld und Werner Krause


MENTALE REPRAESENTATION / MENTALE MODELLE

Zur Repraesentation der Zeitdauer in Diskurswelten
     Barbara Kaup, Stephanie Kelter, Berry Claus und Martin
     C. Kindsmueller

Ueber die Wahl von Referenzsystemen bei der visuellen Suche
     Wilfried Kunde und Joachim Hoffmann

Untersuchungen zur Adaequatheit des Postulats einer
antizipativen Verhaltenssteuerung zur Erklaerung von Verhalten
mit ACSs
     Wolfgang Stolzmann

Evidenzgestuetztes Bilderkennen: Ein strukturorientiertes Modell
fuer Klassifikations- und Generalisierungsleistungen beim
visuellen Lernen
     Martin Juettner


WISSENSREPRAESENTATION UND WISSENSERWERB

Phonologische, syntaktische und prosodische Information beim
Behalten von Saetzen
     Ralf Rummer und Johannes Engelkamp

Erwerb und Anwendung von Strukturwissen: Effekte auf das Lernen
und den Transfer bei der Systemsteuerung
     Walburga Preussler

Diskrete Struktur von Entscheidungszeiten in sozialen Urteilen
     Brigitte Edeler und Peter Petzold


NEUROWISSENSCHAFTLICHE ASPEKTE DER INFORMATIONSVERARBEITUNG

Modifikation sensorischer und motorischer cortikaler
Repraesentationen durch motorisch-sensorische Wechselwirkung
     Hubert Dinse, Marianne Juergens, Heinrich Reinke und
     Roberto Zepka

Konflikte der Sinne: Wenn visuelle und propriozeptive
Rueckmeldung nicht uebereinstimmen
     Gereon Fink

Zeitliche Kodierung und der Aufbau visueller
Objektrepraesentationen
     Andreas K. Engel, Michael Brecht, Pascal Fries und Wolf
     Singer

Zur kortikalen Organisation semantischer
Informationsverarbeitung
     Markus Kiefer


KOGNITIVE ASPEKTE DER SOFTWARE-QUALITAET

Die kognitive Dimension von Qualitaet in der
Software-Entwicklung
     Marcus Spies

Expertise in der professionellen Software-Entwicklung:
Anforderungen an eine anwendungsorientierte Forschung
     Sabine Sonnentag


MODELLE UND MECHANISMEN DER VERARBEITUNG VON ZEIT

Die Kapazitaet des phonetischen Speichers des
Arbeitsgedaechtnisses als 'Auditive Praesenzzeit' und ihr
Einfluss auf die Reproduktion von Zeitmustern
     Dietmar Grube

Modelle zur Zeitdauerdiskrimination: Ein neuer Zugang ihrer
Ueberpruefbarkeit
     Rolf Ulrich und Thomas Rammsayer

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2. Issues in Teaching Cognitive Science to Undergraduates

                     CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS

     Issues in Teaching Cognitive Science to Undergraduates

Workshop to be held as part of the AISB-99 Convention, Edinburgh
College of Art & Division of Informatics, University of Edinburgh
6th-9th April 1999.  (Information about the Symposia & Workshops
at the Convention can be found at
"http://www.dai.ed.ac.uk/~geraint/aisb99/".)

This 2-day workshop will provide an opportunity to exchange
experiences and discuss issues that arise in teaching Cognitive
Science at the undergraduate or master's level. It will be of
interest to anyone with responsibility for such teaching, whether
as an actual degree course in Cognitive Science, or as an option
within a Psychology or other degree.  Much of the time will be
spent in small working groups, discussing issues such as
"Teaching students from different disciplines", "Using results
from cognitive science to help teach cognitive science", and so
on.  The workshop will include
  * possible invited talks from leading figures in Cognitive
    Science;
  * contributed talks describing experiences and lessons learned;
  * the working groups.

The working groups will report back to the full workshop.  We
will issue a publicly available report: the appendices should be
particularly useful, with listings of course outlines, reading
materials, and so forth.

A number of universities now teach Cognitive Science at the
undergraduate or master's level, either as part of a stand-alone
degree course, or as an identified option within Psychology or
Computer Science.  Contributions often come from different
departments, with Psychology and AI/Computer Science playing a
leading role and support from philosophy, linguistics, etc.  A
number of issues arise when trying to do this kind of teaching,
and we suspect that many of the problems encountered at one
university are also experienced at others.  It therefore makes
sense to gather together a group of people engaged in that
enterprise, in order to exchange experiences and share the
lessons learned.


CONTRIBUTIONS ARE INVITED of several different kinds:

(A)  Short talks, about innovative, unusual, or controversial
     approaches or experiences in teaching Cognitive Science.
     For these, an abstract of up to two A4 pages is requested
     (see below).  The abstract or a short paper will be included
     in the workshop report.

(B)  Suggestions for working group topics.  These should be
     emailed (see below).

(C)  Expressions of interest in attending.  It will help us to
     plan the workshop if we know roughly how many people will
     be coming as early as possible.  Expressions of interest
     should be emailed (see below).

(D)  Copies of teaching material: course outlines, reading lists,
     exercises, etc.  At a later date, all attendees will be
     asked to supply such materials, but they should not be sent
     at this stage.

PROGRAMME CO-CHAIRS

Rosemary J Stevenson
     (Psychology, Durham: Rosemary.Stevenson@durham.ac.uk)
Richard M Young
     (Psychology, Hertfordshire: R.M.Young@herts.ac.uk)
Donald Peterson
     (Computer Science, Birmingham: D.M.Peterson@cs.bham.ac.uk).


CONTRIBUTIONS SHOULD BE SENT by email to
"Rosemary.Stevenson@durham.ac.uk", to arrive no later than 15th
January 1999.  For the short talks, an abstract of up to two
pages of A4 should be sent, either as plain text or as an
attached Word document.  (No other formats, please.)  Authors of
abstracts for talks will be informed of acceptance by 5th
February.

Presenters of accepted talks will be offered the opportunity to
submit a paper of up to 8 pages to be included in the workshop
report.

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3. Human Factors & Applied Cognition at George Mason University

		HUMAN FACTORS & APPLIED COGNITION
		     GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY

We would like to enlist your help in advertising our applied
cognitive program to potentially interested juniors and
seniors. Our program is well funded and rapidly growing with a
mission of applying and extending basic cognitive science to real
world settings by combining computational modeling, HCI, human
factors, and traditional psychological/experimental approaches.

PhD in Applied Cognition

The Ph.D. program in Human Factor & Applied Cognition at George
Mason trains students in the theory and application of cognitive
science to "real-world" problems. Students develop expertise in
such areas as Human-Computer Interaction, Transportation,
Cognitive System Engineering, Cognitive Ergonomics, Artificial
Intelligence, Process Control, Psychology of Science, and
Computational Cognitive Modeling. The program is one of a few in
the world that specialize in applied cognition. We offer a
variety of options for supporting doctoral students throughout
their tenure at George Mason including research assistantships
and field placements in government and industry labs. Our
graduates, both at the masters and doctoral levels, have had
great success in obtaining positions with prominent
companies. (Deadline: January 15th)


MA in Psychology with a specialization in Human Factors &
Applied Cognition

Students in our MA program can elect to focus on either
professional training or preparation for doctoral programs. The
professional training track emphasizes coursework and practical
experience; the doctoral preparation track involves students in
ongoing research projects. Both tracks stress the analytic and
empirical methodologies that are used in all phases of
interactive systems design. (Deadline: March 15th)

For Engineers & Computer Scientists: We welcome applications
from people with bachelors- or masters-level training in
engineering and computer science.  Many Human Factors and Applied
Cognitive professionals work closely with engineers and computer
scientists, so a solid technical background is a great advantage.
Admissions criteria regarding undergraduate psychology courses
may be waived or modified on a case-by-case basis.

About George Mason University

George Mason University is located in Fairfax, Virginia, near
Washington, D.C. This area is consistently rated among the top 10
places to live in the U.S. Moreover, the Washington area provides
a rich, multi-cultural experience and boasts one of the largest
concentrations of Human Factors and Applied Cognition
professionals in the nation, providing opportunities for
internships, collaborations, and post-graduation employment.

For more information:
Please visit our web site: http://www.hfac.gmu.edu/
Or call us at (703) 993-1357.
Or contact Profs:
  Deborah Boehm-Davis (dbdavis@gmu.edu)
  Wayne Gray (gray@gmu.edu),
  Robert Holt (bholt@gmu.edu),
  Irvin Katz (ikatz@gmu.edu),
  Christian Schunn (cschunn@gmu.edu)

======================================================
  Christian Schunn                    Applied Cognitive Program
     Psychology 3F5                    cschunn@gmu.edu
     George Mason University     (703)-993-1744  Voice
     Fairfax, VA 22030-4444     (703)-993-1330  Fax
     http://www.hfac.gmu.edu/~schunn
======================================================
Wayne D. Gray  HUMAN FACTORS & APPLIED COGNITIVE PROGRAM

SNAIL-MAIL ADDRESS (FedX et al)     VOICE: +1 (703) 993-1357
George Mason University               FAX: +1 (703) 993-1330
ARCH Lab/HFAC Program
MSN 3f5                                         * Work is infinite, *
Fairfax, VA  22030-4444                         * time is finite,   *
http://www.hfac.gmu.edu/People/WGray/Wgray.html * plan accordingly. *

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4. 1999 Cognitive Science Society Conference

COGNITIVE SCIENCE SOCIETY CONFERENCE

Call for Papers and Proposals

We are pleased to announce the twenty-first annual meeting of
the Cognitive Science Society on August 19-21, 1999.  The
conference site is Vancouver, British Columbia, on the downtown
campus of Simon Fraser University.  Our goal in organizing this
conference is to reflect the full spectrum of the many research
areas in Cognitive Science.  We welcome all submissions, and
trust that multiple research themes will emerge naturally.  We
are especially interested in submissions in areas that have been
underrepresented at recent conferences. There are six categories
for submissions:

Spoken Papers: 20-minute spoken presentations; reviewed and
published as six-page papers in the Proceedings.  Submission
length: up to 2000 words.

Symposia: Two-hour spoken presentations, including three or more
well-integrated talks on a common topic; reviewed and published
as one-page abstracts in the Proceedings.  Submission length: up
to 1000 words.

Posters: Standard poster presentations; reviewed and published
as 6-page papers in the Proceedings.  Submission length: up to
2000 words.

Abstract Posters: Poster presentations by full members of the
Society only; not reviewed or published in the
proceedings. Submission length: up to 500 words. Society members
can submit abstracts for posters through March 6, 1999.

Tutorials: Sessions devoted to technical tutorials may be
offered.  Possible topics include hidden Markov models, ACT
model, cognitive task analysis, & fMRI.  For more information,
see http://www.psychology.nottingham.ac.uk/staff/ritter/
cogsci99/proposals.html

Workshops: Sessions devoted to education in Cognitive Science
may also be offered.  Proposals for "how-to" sessions on
undergraduate and graduate programs of study are requested. For
more information, see
http://depts.vassar.edu/~cogsci/Workshops.html

Review Process: Submissions for spoken papers, standard posters,
and symposia will be reviewed by these criteria:
Technical/Theoretical Merit; Relevance to a Broad Audience of
Cognitive Science Researchers; Clarity of Presentation;
Significance; and Originality.

*****All submissions will be refereed electronically.  We
require camera-ready paper copies only once accepted for
publication.  Information on electronic submission formats can be
found at our conference website: http://www.sfu.ca/cogsci99/

Conference Chair:  Prof. Martin Hahn		
Email:  cogsci99@sfu.ca
Postal Mail:  CogSci99, c/o Philosophy Dept.,
Simon Fraser Univ., Vancouver, B.C., V5A 1S6

DEADLINE: All submissions must be received by
FEBRUARY 6, 1999, for consideration.

For Cognitive Science Society membership information, please see
http://www.umich.edu/~cogsci/
Or, contact the society office c/o Prof. Colleen Seifert,
Univ. of Michigan, 525 East University, Ann Arbor, MI,
48109-1109; phone: (734) 429-9248; fax: (734) 763-7480; email:
cogsci@umich.edu

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5. MIND-4: 4th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society of Ireland

The 4th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society of Ireland
Dublin, Ireland, August 16-20, 1999 (aka mind-4)

Theme: "Two Sciences of Mind"

Confirmed invited speakers include;

Bernard Baars

Stuart Hammeroff

Kathy McGovern

Program Committee

Bernard Baars
Mark Bickhard
Robert Campbell
Terry Dartnall
Christian de Quincey
Stuart Hammeroff
Phil Kime
Paul Mc Kevitt
Yoshi Nakamura
Sean O Nuallain
Lucien T. Winegar

Stream 1: Outer and Inner Empiricism in Consciousness Research

Chair:

Sean O Nuallain

Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland

(sonualla@compapp.dcu.ie)

This stream will feature papers that attempt to show how "inner" states
can be elucidated with reference to external phenomena. "Inner empiricism"
designates experience, or qualia. Qualia are shaped (somehow) by brain
processes or states which sense and interpret the external phenomena. The
physical nature of these processes or states may tell us much about
consciousness.

Likewise, the argument that we are conscious of only one thing at a time
because of the gating action of the nuclei reticularis thalami (Taylor,
Baars, etc.) is
indicative of the kind of thinking we are trying to encourage. In this
vein, pain experience and its imperfect relationship to neural activity is
similarly relevant.

We particularly welcome papers that feature empirical data, or, if purely
theoretical in nature, show a grasp of the  range of disciplines necessary
to do justice to the topic.

Papers are also invited that

- Interpret qualia in terms of panpsychism based on quantum mechanics
(or, in current terms, pan-protopsychism)

- Establish links with Whitehead's pan-experientialism

- Establish links with an account of the emergence of cognitive processes
out of self-maintenant processes that are non-cognitive

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

- Emphasize "relational empiricism," i.e., second-person considerations

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

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

Stream 2: Foundations of Cognitive Science

Co-chairs:

Sean O Nuallain

Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland

(sonualla@compapp.dcu.ie)


Robert L. Campbell

Department of Psychology, Clemson University,

Clemson, SC USA

(campber@clemson.edu)


WHAT THE FOUNDATIONS STREAM IS ABOUT

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

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

* the adequacy of computationalist accounts of mind

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

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

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

* the relationship between cognitive science and formal logic

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

* Vygotskian treatments of culture and cognition

* Dynamic Systems theories

* Piagetian constructivism

* interactivism

* neuroscience accounts such as those of Edelman and Grossberg

* theories of emergence in general, and emergent knowledge in
particular

* perception and action robotics

* functional linguistics

* genetic algorithms

* Information Procesing

* connectionism

* evolutionary epistemology

**********

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES FOR STREAMS 1 and 2

Contributors will be asked to submit short papers (3000 word limit) in
the form of HTML files.  Submissions to Stream 1 should be emailed to Sean
O Nuallain.  Submissions to Stream 2 should be emailed to Robert Campbell.
The deadline for submissions is February 1, 1999.

All submissions accepted for presentation during the streams will be given
as 20-minute spoken papers.

***********

The "MIND" conferences have normally had their proceedings published
by John Benjamins. We have already been approached by prospective publishers
for mind-4. All accepted papers and posters will be included in a preprint.
Robert L. Campbell
Professor, Psychology
Brackett Hall 410A
Clemson University
Clemson, SC 29634-1511 USA
phone (864) 656-4986
fax (864) 656-0358
http://hubcap.clemson.edu/~campber/index.html
Editor, Dialogues in Psychology
http://hubcap.clemson.edu/psych/Dialogues/dialogues.html

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6. Envisioning Knowledge - Die Wissensgesellschaft und die Neuen Medien

             Einladung zum internationalen Kongress
        "Envisioning Knowledge - Die Wissensgesellschaft
                      und die Neuen Medien"

Wissen schafft Werte. In der Wissensgesellschaft der Zukunft
hängen Wohlstand und Wettbewerbsfähigkeit vom Wissen der Menschen
ab. Die Visualiserung von Wissen hat zu einem Paradigmenwechsel
in der Wissensverarbeitung geführt. Neben den textorientierten
Kulturtechniken Lesen und Schreiben treten nun Vorstellungskraft,
vernetztes Denken und Intuition in den Vordergrund, wobei
Visualierungstechniken eine immer wichtigere Rolle spielen. Der
sechste internationale Kongress der Burda Akademie zum Dritten
Jahrtausend befaßt sich mit der Frage, wie sich die neuen Formen
der Wissensvermittlung und Wissensverarbeitung auf Wissenschaft,
Wirtschaft und Bildung auswirken. Wir möchten Sie einladen vom
3. bis 4. Februar 1999 an dem internationalen Kongress

                      ENVISIONING KNOWLEDGE
          DIE WISSENSGESELLSCHAFT UND DIE NEUEN MEDIEN

im Internationalen Congress Centrum (ICM) in München
teilzunehmen. Im Rahmen des Kongresses werden verschiedene
Workshops veranstaltet.  Begleitet wird der Kongress von einer
Ausstellung mit den derzeit interessantesten Projekten zu unserem
Thema. Das Tagungsprogramm und weitere Informationen finden Sie
unter "http://www.akademie3000.de".Für Fragen stehen wir Ihnen
auch telefonisch unter 089-9250-3559 gerne zur Verfügung. Wir
würden uns freuen, Sie zu unserem Kongress in München begrüßen zu
dürfen.

Dr. Christa Maar
Präsidentin
Burda Akademie zum Dritten Jahrtausend
Burda Holding GmbH Co.KG
Arabellastraße 19a
D-81925 München

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7. COSIT '99 - Conference on Spatial Information Theory

         Second Announcement and Call for Contributions

      COSIT '99 - CONFERENCE ON SPATIAL INFORMATION THEORY

        Stade / near Hamburg, Germany   25-29 August 1999

TOPIC AND TARGET GROUP

The fourth international Conference On Spatial Information
Theory, COSIT '99, is concerned with theoretical aspects of space
and spatial information.  All aspects of "large scale" space,
i.e. spaces too large to be overlooked at once, are addressed.
This includes spaces of geographic scale and smaller spaces in
which humans, animals, or autonomous robots have to find their
way around.  Spatial information theory also deals with the
description of objects, processes or events in spatial
environments and forms the basis for the construction of
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and for spatial information
and communication system design in general.

Empirical investigations, formal models, and the use of spatial
information technology reveal a large number of interesting
research questions which require an interdisciplinary approach
for their solution.  The COSIT conference series brings together
researchers from different disciplines, in particular

  o     Geography and Geoinformation Science
  o     Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence
  o     Cognitive Science
  o     Cognitive and Environmental Psychology
  o     Architecture and Environmental Design
  o     Engineering and Administration
  o     Cognitive Anthropology and Psycholinguistics
  o     History, Sociology, and Philosophy of Mind

The conference organizers welcome all contributions on Spatial
Information Theory.  An idea of the conference's orientation can
be gained from the previous COSIT proceedings published by
Springer in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (see web
pages).

The following (non-exclusive) topics are indicative for the
field of interest:

  *     Cognitive structure of spatial knowledge
  *     Structure of geographic information
  *     Languages of spatial relations
  *     Time in geographic information
  *     Spatial and temporal reasoning
  *     Navigation in spatial environments
  *     Social and cultural organization of space
  *     Quality aspects of geographic information
  *     Incomplete or imprecise spatial knowledge
  *     Spatial data integration
  *     Presentation of spatial information
  *     Simulation of processes in geographic space
  *     User interface design
  *     Spatialization of user interfaces
  *     Metaphors for GIS
  *     Naive geography
  *     Ontology of space
  *     Virtual reality and robot navigation
  *     Cooperative work with spatial information
  *     Administrative and legal spatial processes

SCHEDULE

Deadline for receiving title, abstract, key words:
                                        24 January 1999
Deadline for receiving full papers:     31 January 1999
Deadline for receiving acknowledgments:  7 February 1999
Information on acceptance sent out:     16 April 1999
Revised papers (camera-ready) due:      28 May 1999
Conference:                          25-29 August 1999

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

On the first day of the conference half day tutorials and
workshops introducing the topics of the conference will be
organized.  Proposals will be considered until 15 December 1998.

On the second through fourth day of the conference, recent
progress in advanced research will be presented orally and in
poster sessions.  The conference program will be established by
the interdisciplinary program committee.  Prominent keynote
speakers have been invited.  Submitted papers will be selected
through a rigorous review of full paper contributions based on
relevance to the conference, scientific significance, novelty,
relation to previously published literature, and clarity of
presentation.  The proceedings will be published by Springer in
the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series just before the
conference.  Panels will discuss the relevance of research
questions and compare alternate approaches.  Topical meetings
("birds of a feather sessions") will be organized and proposals
from convenors are welcome at any time before or during the
conference.

Last minute results can be presented as spontaneous posters;
these contributions will not be published in the conference
proceedings.  A 'Doctoral Consortium' will conclude the
conference.  It is intended as a forum where Ph.D. students can
meet and discuss with others at a similar stage in their careers.
The consortium will be facilitated by a panel of experienced
researchers.

PROGRAM COMMITTEE

Christian Freksa, University of Hamburg (chair)
Anthony G. Cohn, University of Leeds
Max J. Egenhofer, University of Maine
Andrew U. Frank, TU Vienna
Stephen C. Hirtle, University of Pittsburgh
Werner Kuhn, University of Münster
David M. Mark, SUNY Buffalo
Daniel Montello, UC Santa Barbara
Barbara Tversky, Stanford University

SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE

Gary Allen (Columbia, South Carolina, USA)
Marc Armstrong (University of Iowa, USA)
Barbara Buttenfield (Boulder, Colorado, USA)
Roberto Casati (CNRS, Paris, France)
Jean Paul Cheylan (Marseille, France)
Eliseo Clementini (Aquila, Italy)
Helen Couclelis (Santa Barbara, CA, USA)
Michel Denis (CNRS, Paris, France)
Geoffrey Edwards (Quebec, Canada)
Gregory Elmes (West Virginia, USA)
Susan Epstein (New York, NY, USA)
Carola Eschenbach (Hamburg, Germany)
Leila De Floriani (Genova, Italy)
Wolfgang Foerstner (Bonn, Germany)
Scott Freundschuh (Duluth, Minnesota, USA)
Mark Gahegan (Perth, Australia)
Antony Galton (Exeter, UK)
Janice Glasgow (Kingston, Canada)
Christopher Gold (Quebec, Canada)
Reginald Golledge (Santa Barbara, CA, USA)
Mike Goodchild (Santa Barbara, CA, USA)
Christopher Habel (Hamburg, Germany)
Thanasis Hadzilacos (Patras, Greece)
John Herring (Herndon, VA, USA)
Christian S. Jensen (Aalborg, Denmark)
Marinos Kavouras (Athens, Greece)
Benjamin Kuipers (Austin, TX, USA)
Gerard Ligozat (Paris, France)
Alan MacEachren (Pennsylvania, USA)
Tim McNamara (Nashville, TN, USA)
Amitabha Mukerjee (Kanpur, India)
Bernhard Nebel (Freiburg, Germany)
Patrick Olivier (York, UK)
Dimitris Papadias (Hongkong, China)
Eric Pederson (Oregon, USA)
Donna Peuquet (Pennsylvania, USA)
Juval Portugali (Tel Aviv, Israel)
Jonathan Raper (London, UK)
Christoph Schlieder (Munich, Germany)
Michel Scholl (INRIA, France)
Barry Smith (Buffalo, USA)
Keith Stenning (Edinburgh, UK)
Erik Stubkjaer (Aalborg, Denmark)
Andrew Turk (Murdoch University, Australia)
Achille Varzi (New York, NY, USA)
Laure Vieu (Toulouse, France)
Robert Weibel (Zurich, Switzerland)
Karl Wender (Trier, Germany)
Michael Worboys (Keele, UK)
Wai-Kiang Yeap (Otago, New Zealand)

SUBMISSIONS

Authors are requested to submit original full papers (including
abstracts) in English not to exceed 16 Springer LNCS pages in
total including figures and bibliography (less than 6000 words)
or four LNCS pages for poster contributions.  Electronic
submissions in a standard format are requested by email to
cosit99@informatik.uni-hamburg.de or on a floppy disk (PDF or
postscript).  If you submit an MS Word or an RTF file you should
send or fax a formatted hardcopy of your paper for reference.
The title page of the paper should contain the title, author(s),
affiliation(s), the submitting author's mailing address, e-mail
address, fax number, telephone number, a 100-200 word abstract,
5-7 keywords, and a statement indicating that the paper has not
been submitted elsewhere for publication.  The information on the
title page should also be submitted by email one week before the
full paper deadline.  Authors of accepted papers are expected to
present their papers in person and to attend the other
presentations and discussions at the conference.  Early career
scientists and researchers from outside central Europe and the US
are particularly encouraged to submit papers.

A NOTE ON THE SITE

The conference will be held at the Stadeum in the 1000 year old
city of Stade, Germany, near the outlet of the river Elbe into
the North Sea, 30km west of Hamburg.  Accommodation will be
available in the Parkhotel Stader Hof adjacent to the conference
center at a rate of EUR 60-75 (USD 72-90) / single or EUR 42 (USD
50) / double per person and night (including a large breakfast
buffet).  Additional accommodation is available nearby.  There is
ample opportunity for outdoor activities, including hiking,
biking, sailing, tennis.  There will also be an excursion planned
to a grand nature resort area at the Elbe outlet, during the
conference.  Stade can be easily reached from Hamburg (airport or
train station) by Elbe-City-Jet (scenic express ferry ride) or by
train, bus, or car
(http://www.informatik.uni-hamburg.de/WSV/cosit99/route.html).

REGISTRATION FEES

Registration fees will cover full participation at the
conference, a copy of the proceedings volume, lunch during the
conference, an excursion, and the conference banquet
        Regular                 EUR 190
        Full-time student       EUR  90
        Late Fee                EUR  40  (after 31 May 1999)
Tutorials (to be announced):
        Regular                 EUR  70
        Student                 EUR  30
(The fees are computed on the basis EUR 1 = DM 2 = USD 1.2).


FURTHER INFORMATION

Further information about the conference and about travel and
accommodation will be available on the conference web page
(http://www.informatik.uni-hamburg.de/WSV/cosit99).  Please send
all submissions and address all other correspondence about the
conference to:
  Christian Freksa, Fachbereich Informatik, Universität Hamburg
  Vogt-Kölln-Str. 30, D-22527 Hamburg, Germany
  cosit99@informatik.uni-hamburg.de
  Fax: +49-40-5494-2385, phone: +49-40-5494-2416

The conference will be organized primarily using the Internet.
We would appreciate further distribution of this announcement and
we are grateful for inclusion in newsletters and other outlets.

The conference is sponsored in part by the Deutsche
Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).

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8. Consciousness and Self: Neural, Cognitive, and Philosophical Issues

      ASSOCIATION FOR THE SCIENTIFIC STUDY OF CONSCIOUSNESS

	 CALL FOR PAPERS, POSTERS & WORKSHOP PRESENTERS
		      FOR A CONFERENCE ON:

CONSCIOUSNESS AND SELF: NEURAL, COGNITIVE, AND PHILOSOPHICAL ISSUES

		  UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO
	     JUNE 4-7, 1999: LONDON, ONTARIO, CANADA

The third conference of the Association for the Scientific Study
of Consciousness will be held from June 4-7, 1999, at the
University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, on the theme of
"Consciousness and Self".

Consciousness involves not just the passive experience of
sensory contents, but the active involvement of an
agent. Phenomena such as volition, social cognition,
metacognition, self-recognition, self-modeling, reflection, and
planning all suggest that self-related phenomena may be central
to an understanding of consciousness.

Recent neurophysiological and neuroimaging research has linked
these self-related activities to specific brain activities,
especially in prefrontal cortex. Neuropsychologists have studied
numerous disorders of the self, often forcing our intuitive ideas
about self to be revised.  Psychologists have investigated the
role of self and agency in memory, personality, volition,
metacognition, and many other areas. Cognitive models have
suggested a central role for executive systems in understanding
these self-related phenomena of consciousness. And philosophers
have analyzed the relationship between consciousness, self, and
self-consciousness, with some arguing that self-directed
cognition is at the core of consciousness. The third ASSC
conference will bring together researchers from numerous
disciplines to discuss these issues.

The third ASSC conference will bring together researchers from
numerous disciplines to discuss these issues.  Topics that will
be discussed include:

  --the role of executive systems in conscious agency
  --neuropsychological disorders of the self
  --brain imaging of self-related processes
  --the role of prefrontal cortex
  --self-recognition in animals and humans
  --consciousness and metacognition
  --self-knowledge and theory of mind in schizophrenia and autism
  --the relationship between consciousness and self-consciousness
  --the role of self-knowledge in memory
  --the role of self-models in spatial cognition and action
  --the relation between sensory perception and controlled action
  --the unity or multiplicity of "the self"
  --cross-cultural conceptions of self
  --face perception and consciousness

Confirmed speakers include: Jonathan Cole, Chris Frith, George
Gallup Jr., Marc Jeannerod, Nancy Kanwisher, Alan Leslie, Thomas
Metzinger, Morris Moscovitch, David Perrett, Giacomo Rizzolatti,
David Rosenthal, Endel Tulving, and Daniel Wegner.

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CALL FOR PAPERS & POSTERS
-------------------------

While the central theme of ASSC 3 is "consciousness and self",
speakers in concurrent sessions are invited to talk on any topic
relevant to the scientific study of consciousness.
Physiological, psychological, and philosophical perspectives are
all welcome.

Submissions for both posters and talks will be accepted. Any
person may present only one submission, but may be co-author on
more than one. Oral presentations will be limited to 20 minutes,
to be followed by a 10-minute discussion period.

Concurrent sessions, posters, symposia, and plenary lectures
will all be held in the Social Science Centre at The University
of Western Ontario.

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WORKSHOPS
---------

This notice is also intended as a call for workshop
presenters. One aim of this meeting is to allow researchers to
gain a background in areas that they may know little
about. Towards that end a number of workshops are planned.  Is
there a topic you or perhaps one of your colleagues might want to
present? Some participants in the conference would be very
interested in learning about technical matters such as fMRI or
other brain imaging techniques. Others might enjoy a seminar on a
philosophical topic. If you have recently published a book or
major article on some topic you might want to lead a discussion
on it. As with papers the focus of all workshops should naturally
fit within the overall theme of the conference.  Sample topics
might include:

  --The latest methods and implications of various brain scanning
    techniques (e.g. fMRI, EEG, SQUID, ERP)
  --Blindsight, neglect, or other neuropsychological syndromes.
  --Neural network or other theoretical models of processing in areas
    related to conscious activity
  --Differences and similarities between conscious and unconscious
    processing
  --Current models of the visual system
  --Consciousness and metacognition
  --Criteria for the ascription of consciousness
  --Philosophical issues concerning the self

  --Please suggest other sample topics, or modify the above!!

Workshops will be held in parallel sessions on the morning and
afternoon of June 4th. Each workshop is intended to last
approximately three hours.  The sizes of workshops will vary
between a minimum of 10 to a maximum of around 25
people. Workshops that do not achieve the minimum enrollment of
10 people will not be offered. Workshop presenters will receive
an honorarium of 750 Canadian dollars. The cost of attending
workshops will be 75 Canadian dollars.

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SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS
-----------------------

WORKSHOP PROPOSALS MUST BE RECEIVED BY JANUARY 15th 1998

PAPER AND POSTER SUBMISSIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY FEBRUARY 15TH
1998

Submissions to be a presenter of either a paper, workshop or
poster must include the following information:

1. Title.

2. An abstract of 150-250 words

3. Name(s)
   Institutional affiliation(s)
   Postal address(es)
   Email address(es)
   Telephone and fax numbers
   Membership status in the Association for the Scientific Study of
   Consciousness (Full member, Associate, or Non-member)

For papers and poster presenters:

4. A specification of which co-author will present the paper/poster
   at the meeting.

5. Be sure to indicate whether this is submitted as a

        a. Spoken presentation
        b. Poster

In case your presentation cannot be included as a talk,
please indicate your willingness to present it as a poster
instead:  Yes__  No__

Please send - using email where possible -  proposals
to:
       ASSC3
       C/-  Mel Goodale
       Department of Psychology
       University of Western Ontario
       London Ontario N6A 5C2
       CANADA

       Email: assccon3-request@julian.uwo.ca
       Phone: +1-519-661-2070; Fax: +1-519-661-3961

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REGISTRATION
------------

Deadline for early registration: April 15, 1999

Registration fees:      Early    Late
Non-members             $200     $250
ASSC members            $150     $185
Students                 $75     $100
Student ASSC members     $50      $75

Note: All fees are in Canadian dollars.
      PST and GST are included.
      Membership registration must be received by May 1, 1999 to
      ensure discount.

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FURTHER INFORMATION
-------------------

Information about paper, poster, and workshop submissions, and
registration forms for the conference as well as application
forms for membership in the society are all available from:

http://www.phil.vt.edu/assc
http://watermelon.psych.uwo.ca/~assccon3

Please check these sites for updates to program information and
general information about the society's activities. In addition
you can find out more about two ASSC journals at the following
websites:

Consciousness & Cognition: http://www.idealibrary.com/

PSYCHE: http://psyche.cs.monash.edu.au/

Please address any further enquiries regarding the conference to
the ASSC organising committee at <assccon3-request@julian.uwo.ca>.
The conference organizing committee consists of: Bernard Baars,
William Banks, David Chalmers, Mel Goodale, Christof Koch, and
Patrick Wilken.

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Patrick Wilken                    http://www.csse.monash.edu.au/~patrickw/
Editor:     PSYCHE: An International Journal of Research on Consciousness
Secretary:      The Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness
http://psyche.cs.monash.edu.au/              http://www.phil.vt.edu/ASSC/

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9. 7th European Workshop on Natural Language Generation

      7th EUROPEAN WORKSHOP on NATURAL LANGUAGE GENERATION

                         CALL for PAPERS

                Toulouse (France), May 13-15 1999

This seventh European workshop on Natural Language Generation
will focus on all aspects of Computational Linguistics and
industrial applications related to Natural Language Generation.
Papers related to theoretical aspects, applied research and
ongoing projects are encouraged.

Natural Language Generation being the study of a number of
models, approaches and systems, the workshop will include,
besides classical topics, scientific domains in which natural
language generation plays an important role, such as speech,
dialogue, multi-media interfaces, psycholinguistics, and
theoretical linguistics.  Relevant application domains include
all types of applications (MT, IR and IE, etc.) in which
generation plays an important role and where specific techniques
or models of generation have been developed.

The main topics are the following, without excluding others:
  - lexical aspects: phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics,
  - syntactic aspects,
  - semantic and pragmatic aspects,
  - speech synthesis and NLG, oral dialogue,
  - construction of knowledge bases for NLG,
  - applications of NLG: MT, summarization, report generation,
    etc.,
  - multi-media generation including graphics, numerical
    information, and texts in various formats, etc.,
  - psycholinguistic aspects of NLG: in speech production, in
    discourse production and management, in lexicalization, etc.
  - architectures for NLG,
  - Internet and WEB applications using NLG.

Multiple submissions must be mentioned, and if the paper is
accepted at several places, presentation at the workshop will be
conditional on the paper's having been withdrawn from all other
places.  Papers should be prepared in LaTeX (preferably) or in
Word (send rtf file), not exceeding 4000 words (about 8 to 10
pages long), including references.  More details about the
formating of submissions will be given soon on the workshop WEB
site.

Papers must report on original, unpublished work. Work in
progress can also be submitted. Papers must include the authors'
name, full address and e-mail.  They will be reviewed
anonymously. Therefore, a title page must come separately, with
the title of the paper, the abstract, the authors' names and
addresses, and, if appropriate, the mention of multiple
submissions (and where the paper has been submitted).  No
indication of the authors' identity must appear in the text of
the paper.

Deadlines:
 January 25th  Submission of papers by e-mail
 March 10th    Notification of acceptance / rejection
 April 15th    Final paper due (paper copy)
 May 13-15     Workshop.

Papers and all correspondance should be sent to stdizier@irit.fr

Programme Committee:

Christy Doran
Wolfgang Hoeppner
Helmut Horacek
Eduard Hovy
Guy Lapalme
Kathy McCoy
David McDonald
Kathy McKeown
Chris Mellish
Cecile Paris
Patrick Saint-Dizier
Manfred Stede
Michael Zock

Local Organization information:

WEB site (forthcoming): http://www.irit.fr/MANIFS/manifs.html
Look for: EWNLG'99.

The meeting will be held in downtown Toulouse in the Holiday Inn
hotel on the famous `Place du Capitole' in the heart of the old
town. Toulouse has an international airport, with many national
and European destinations.  There are many places worth visiting
in the city, all within about 10 minutes' walking distance
(museums, old Roman-style churches, 16th-17th century private
houses with inner yards, etc.).

Fees should be around 750 French Francs (about 130 US$), for 2
days, including two lunches, the breaks and the proceedings.  For
three days, fees will be about 1000F.  Blocks of rooms will be
reserved in the hotel meeting (530F per room per day,
incl. buffet breakfast) and in other, cheaper, hotels around at
preferential rates.

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10. Cognitive Science Conference on Perception, Consciousness and Art

COGNITIVE SCIENCE CONFERENCE ON PERCEPTION, CONSCIOUSNESS AND ART

Brussels, 17-19 May 1999
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Centrum voor Empirische Epistemologie

From 17 to 19 May 1999, a Cognitive Science Conference on
Perception, Consciousness and Art will be held at the 'Vrije
Universiteit Brussel', Brussels, Belgium.

The aim of the conference is to highlight the fertility of the
cognitive science approach to perception for the understanding of
Consciousness and Art, as exemplified by the recent books of
Susan Hurley on Consciousness and Semir Zeki on Art
(Consciousness in Action, Harvard University Press, 1998; Inner
Vision, forthcoming).

Each of the themes - perception and consciousness and perception
and art - will be treated during one third of the conference
time, with invited speakers. Another third of the conference is
reserved for presentations based on submitted proposals.

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS

Confirmed invited speakers are (as of November 8 1998):

- José Luis Bermķdez (CREA, Ecole Polytechnique, Paris and
  Philosophy, University of Stirling)
- Marc De Mey (Philosophy, University of Ghent)
- Mia Gosselin (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
- Clyde Hardin (Philosophy, Syracuse University)
- Susan Hurley (Philosophy, University of Warwick),
- Martin Kemp (Trinity College, Oxford -provisional)
- Marcel Kinsbourne (Psychology, New School for Social Research,
  New York),
- Alva NoŽ (Philosophy, University of California, Santa Cruz)
- JoŽlle Proust (CREA, Ecole Polytechnique, Paris),
- Luc Steels (Artificial Intelligence, Vrije Universiteit
  Brussel),
- Semir Zeki (Institute of Neurology, University College London)

More speakers will be added to this list later

CALL FOR PAPERS

Researchers from any domain in cognitive science whose work is
related to the conference themes are encouraged to submit an
abstract for presentation at the conference. Abstracts should not
exceed 250 words and should be sent preferably by e-mail to
emyin@vub.ac.be. If this is impossible, the paper
mail address is: Erik Myin, Fac. L.&W., Vwij (EMEP), VUB,
Pleinlaan 2, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium. In the latter case, please
include a version of the abstract on floppy on any regular Mac or
Windows wordprocessor. The deadline for abstracts is January 18,
1999. Authors will be acknowledged of reception without delay and
of acceptance status before March 1, 1999.

MORE INFORMATION

More detailed information is available at http://homepages.vub.ac.be/~emyin/conference.html, or can be obtained by
e-mailing to emyin@vub.ac.be, or writing to: 
Erik Myin, Fac. L.&W., Vwij
(EMEP), VUB, Pleinlaan 2, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium. 

For your convenience, a registration of interest form can be
found below.

_________________________________________________________________
Cognitive Science Conference on Perception, Consciousness and Art
registration of interest form

*Name:
*E-mail address:
*Title:
*Mail address:

*I want to get more information on this conference when available: yes/no
*I consider attending this conference: yes/no
*I consider sending an abstract for this conference: yes/no

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11. Third International Conference on Cognitive and Neural Systems

Contributed abstracts must be received by January 29, 1999
for the

THIRD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON COGNITIVE AND NEURAL SYSTEMS

Tutorials: May 26, 1999
Meeting: May 27-29, 1999

Boston University
677 Beacon Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
http://cns-web.bu.edu/meetings/

Sponsored by Boston University's
Center for Adaptive Systems
and
Department of Cognitive and Neural Systems
with financial support from DARPA and ONR

How Does the Brain Control Behavior?

How Can Technology Emulate Biological Intelligence?

The conference will include invited tutorials and lectures, and
contributed lectures and posters by experts on the biology and
technology of how the brain and other intelligent systems adapt
to a changing world. The conference is aimed at researchers and
students of computational neuroscience, connectionist cognitive
science, artificial neural networks, neuromorphic engineering,
and artificial intelligence.

A single oral or poster session enables all presented work to be
highly visible.

Abstract submissions encourage submissions of the latest
results.

Costs are kept at a minimum without compromising the quality of
meeting handouts and social events.

SEE BELOW FOR INFORMATION ABOUT ABSTRACT SUBMISSION AND THE
CONFERENCE REGISTRATION FORM.

SEE THE WEB SITE FOR HOTEL AND OTHER CONFERENCE INFORMATION.

CONFIRMED INVITED SPEAKERS

TUTORIALS

Wednesday, May 26, 1999:

Stephen Grossberg, Development, learning, attention, and
   grouping by the laminar circuits of visual cortex
Daniel Schacter, True memories, false memories:
   A cognitive neuroscience perspective
Gail Carpenter, Adaptive resonance theory and practice
Tomaso Poggio, Supervised learning: Regularization and
   support vector machines

Each tutorial is 90 minutes long.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Thursday, May 27 and Saturday, May 29, 1999:

Rodney Brooks, Learning through social interaction:
   Robot implementations

Shinsuke Shimojo, Visual surface filling-in assessed by
   psychophysics and TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation)

INVITED SPEAKERS

Thursday, May 27, 1999:

Joseph LeDoux, Learning about danger: Systems and synapses
Joaquin Fuster, The frontal lobe in temporal aspects of
   cognition
John Lisman, The role of theta-gamma oscillations in memory
   processes
Michael Hasselmo, Neuromodulation and cortical memory function:
   Physiology and computational modeling
Dario Floreano, Evolutionary cybernetics: Exploring the
   foundations of adaptive intelligence in biomimetic robots
Paolo Gaudiano, Visually guided navigation with
   autonomous mobile robots

Friday, May 28, 1999:

Shihab Shamma, Encoding of timbre in the auditory system
Nobuo Suga, Adjustment and improvement of auditory signal
   processing by the corticofugal feedback system
Stephen Grossberg, Neural models of auditory and speech
   perception
Steven Greenberg, From sound to meaning: A syllable-centric
   perspective on spoken language
Larry Gillick, The state of large vocabulary continuous
   speech recognition
Andreas Andreou, Neuromorphic VLSI microsystems for speech
   and vision processing

Saturday, May 29, 1999:

Charles Gilbert, Adult cortical dynamics
David van Essen, Mapping and modeling of cortical structure
   and function
Randolph Blake, What can be perceived in the absence of
   visual awareness?
Steven Zucker, Complexity, confusion and computational vision
Ennio Mingolla, Cortical computation for attentive visual
   navigation: Heading, time-to-contact, and pursuit movements
Richard Shiffrin, A model for implicit and explicit memory

There will be contributed oral and poster sessions on each day
of the conference.

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

Session Topics:

* vision 		     * spatial mapping and navigation
* object recognition 	     * neural circuit models
* image understanding 	     * neural system models
* audition 		     * mathematics of neural systems
* speech and language        * robotics
* unsupervised learning      * hybrid systems (fuzzy,
* supervised learning          evolutionary, digital)
* reinforcement and emotion  * neuromorphic VLSI
* sensory-motor control      * industrial applications
* cognition, planning, and   * other
  attention

Contributed Abstracts must be received, in English, by January
29, 1999. Notification of acceptance will be given by February
28, 1999.  A meeting registration fee of $45 for regular
attendees and $30 for students must accompany each Abstract. See
Registration Information for details. The fee will be returned if
the Abstract is not accepted for presentation and publication in
the meeting proceedings. Registration fees of accepted abstracts
will be returned on request only until April 15, 1999.

Each Abstract should fit on one 8.5" x 11" white page with 1"
margins on all sides, single-column format, single-spaced, Times
Roman or similar font of 10 points or larger, printed on one side
of the page only. Fax submissions will not be accepted. Abstract
title, author name(s), affiliation(s), mailing, and email
address(es) should begin each Abstract. An accompanying cover
letter should include: Full title of Abstract; corresponding
author and presenting author name, address, telephone, fax, and
email address; and a first and second choice from among the
topics above, including whether it is biological (B) or
technological (T) work. Example: first choice: vision (T); second
choice: neural system models (B).  (Talks will be 15 minutes
long. Posters will be up for a full day. Overhead, slide, and VCR
facilities will be available for talks.)  Abstracts which do not
meet these requirements or which are submitted with insufficient
funds will be returned. Accepted Abstracts will be printed in the
conference proceedings volume. No longer paper will be
required. The original and 3 copies of each Abstract should be
sent to: Cynthia Bradford, Boston University, Department of
Cognitive and Neural Systems, 677 Beacon Street, Boston, MA
02215.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Early registration is recommended.  To
register, please fill out the registration form below.  Student
registrations must be accompanied by a letter of verification
from a department chairperson or faculty/research advisor. If
accompanied by an Abstract or if paying by check, mail to the
address above.  If paying by credit card, mail as above, or fax
to (617) 353-7755, or email to cindy@cns.bu.edu. The registration
fee will help to pay for a reception, 6 coffee breaks, and the
meeting proceedings.

STUDENT FELLOWSHIPS: Fellowships for PhD candidates and
postdoctoral fellows are available to cover meeting travel and
living costs. The deadline to apply for fellowship support is
January 29, 1999. Applicants will be notified by February 28,
1999. Each application should include the applicant's CV,
including name; mailing address; email address; current student
status; faculty or PhD research advisor's name, address, and
email address; relevant courses and other educational data; and a
list of research articles. A letter from the listed faculty or
PhD advisor on official institutional stationery should accompany
the application and summarize how the candidate may benefit from
the meeting. Students who also submit an Abstract need to include
the registration fee with their Abstract. Reimbursement checks
will be distributed after the meeting.


REGISTRATION FORM

Third International Conference on Cognitive and Neural Systems

Department of Cognitive and Neural Systems
Boston University
677 Beacon Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
Tutorials: May 26, 1999
Meeting: May 27-29, 1999
FAX: (617) 353-7755
http://cns-web.bu.edu/meetings/

(Please Type or Print)

Mr./Ms./Dr./Prof.: _______________________________________________

Name: ____________________________________________________________

Affiliation: _____________________________________________________

Address: _________________________________________________________

City, State, Postal Code: ________________________________________

Phone and Fax: ___________________________________________________

Email: ___________________________________________________________

The conference registration fee includes the meeting program,
reception, two coffee breaks each day, and meeting proceedings.
The tutorial registration fee includes tutorial notes and two
coffee breaks.

CHECK ONE:

(  )  $70 Conference plus Tutorial (Regular)
(  )  $45 Conference plus Tutorial (Student)
(  )  $45 Conference Only (Regular)
(  )  $30 Conference Only (Student)
(  )  $25 Tutorial Only (Regular)
(  )  $15 Tutorial Only (Student)


METHOD OF PAYMENT (please fax or mail):

[   ] Enclosed is a check made payable to "Boston University".
      Checks must be made payable in US dollars and issued by
      a US correspondent bank. Each registrant is responsible
      for any and all bank charges.

[   ] I wish to pay my fees by credit card
      (MasterCard, Visa, or Discover Card only).

Name as it appears on the card: __________________________________

Type of card: ____________________________________________________

Account number: __________________________________________________

Expiration date: _________________________________________________

Signature: _______________________________________________________

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