12. Dezember 1996

AFPAC'97: Algebraic Frames for the Perception-Action Cycle

Anmerkung des GK-Schriftführers:

Mitvorsitzender von diesem Workshop ist GK-Mitglied Prof. Dr. Gerald Sommer

			    Call for Papers

			 International Workshop


	Trends in conceptualization, design, and implementation
		   of artificial  autonomous systems
		   Kiel, Germany, September 8-9, 1997

Workshop Co-Chairs

G. Sommer, Germany 
J.J. Koenderink, The Netherlands

Program Committee
and Invited Speakers

Y. Aloimonos, USA
R. Cipolla, UK
O. Faugeras, France
G. M. Granlund, Sweden
D. Hestenes, USA 
J.J. Koenderink, The Netherlands
J.M. McCarthy, USA
H. Ritter, Germany
G. Sommer, Germany
L. Van Gool, Belgium
Y. Zeevi, Israel 

Organizing Committee

G. Sommer (Chair)
E. Bayro-Corrochano (Program)
J. Bruske (Accom., Publicity)
M. Hansen (Local Arrangement)
U. Mahlmeister (Tech. Supp.)
F. Maillard (Secretary)
J. Pauli (Finance)

A growing interest exists currently in the analysis and design of 
autonomous artificial systems which should interact in the world
according to a behavior or a perception-action cycle (PAC). 
This cycle, which expresses the dynamic competence of any animal, 
constitutes also the core of animate perception, cognition, and
action. Considering such capabilities as simple isolated processes 
we can neither understand them properly nor  mature for the 
design of artificial systems with such properties as robustness, 
stability, or adaptability. New research trends are calling for 
studying the variety of involved competences and integrating the 
perceptual components with learning and action modules.
Related disciplines developed their methodical and theoretical
basis concerning representations, modelling and algorithms in isolation. 
As a result a dispersion of efforts is taking place delaying the desired  
unification process. Such incompleteness can be seen also within each 
discipline as for example the signal-symbol transformation or the gap
between signal representations and geometric entities. In
computational  neuroscience and cognitive psychology there is a
ongoing  debate on the algebraic frame of perceptual, cognitive, and
motoring processes.

The goal of the workshop AFPAC'97  is to re-animate this discussion
and to enforce the establishment of common theoretical roots in the
field of artificial PAC-systems. The workshop should bring together 
interested scientists from different disciplines not only to present 
the scope of their discipline but to evaluate  PAC systems from their 
point of view and to give any hints for conceptualization, design and 

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  basis functions for early visual processes
  representation of geometry in signal theory and neural networks
  unifying geometry for vision and robotics 
  invariances emerging from the perception-action cycle
  representation bias versus ability of learning invariances  
  symmetry in visual recognition and action
  group theoretical frames in robotics, vision and neurocomputing
  taxonomy of behavior
  metrics, scale and causality in physical and perceptual space-time
  structural primitives of visual perception and action
  representation gap -- continuous to discrete
  symbolic versus numeric complexity in PAC representations

Submission of Papers

Five copies of full-length papers should be received by February 1,
1997 at the address of the General Chair. The paper beginning with
title, authors, affiliation, abstract and keywords should be no more 
than 30 pages (doubled-spaced, 12-point fonts) including text,
figures, and references. Each paper will be reviewed by three members 
of the program committee.

Dates at a Glance

February 1, 1997    Submission of  full papers 
April 15, 1997      Notification of acceptance 
June 20, 1997       Submission of final camera-ready papers 
Sept. 8-9, 1997     AFPAC'97 Workshop
Sept. 10-12, 1997   CAIP'97 Conference

Events of the Workshop

The AFPAC'97 Workshop will be accompanied by  7th International
Conference  CAIP'97 Computer Analysis of Images and Patterns on 
Sept. 10-12. A separate Call for the CAIP'97 will be issued 
(see also the special WWW-page below).
The scientific program of the workshop will consist of oral
and poster presentations as well as a plenary session. The official
language of the conference is English. The accepted papers will appear
as a special issue of a prestigious journal and  separately from the
CAIP'97 papers they will be also published by the Kiel University 
and distributed at the conference.

Location and Time of the Conference

The venue of the AFPAC'97 workshop and the CAIP'97 conference will be
Kiel.  Kiel is the capital of Schleswig-Holstein, the most northern 
state of the Federal Republic of Germany. Kiel is located at the
Baltic Sea and is well-known from the international sailing regattas 
attracting thousands of sailors every year.  The weather in Kiel in 
September is rather mild with temperatures 15-20 C and a typical 
refreshing breeze. The workshop will take place at the Auditorium
Maximum of the Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel from Monday,
Sept. 8 till Tuesday, Sept. 9, 1997.
Kiel can be easily reached by train or car from Hamburg in about one
hour or by ferry from Goteborg, Oslo, or St'Petersburg. National
flights connect Frankfurt and Berlin with Kiel. The nearest
international airport is  in Hamburg and is directly connected 
with Kiel by the airport bus "Kielius".

Registration Fee and Accommodation

The organizers plan to follow the same policy of former CAIP conferences
supporting participation of Eastern and Central European
countries. There  will be several possibilities for stipends of
participants with accepted papers and discounts for participation in
both meetings AFPAC'97 and CAIP'97. Furthermore students from any
country with accepted papers may apply for financial support  as soon
as they receive the notification of acceptance. The final policy of 
registration fees and  up-to-date information on the conference  can
be found in the AFPAC-WWW-page.


Prof. Dr. Gerald Sommer
Institut für Informatik
Christian-Albrechts Universitat Kiel
Preusserstr. 1-9                         
24105 Kiel, Germany 

Tel: +49 431 560473
Fax: +49 431 560481
e-mail: afpac@informatik.uni-kiel.de
WWW-CAIP: http://www.informatik.uni-kiel.de/~caip97/
WWW-AFPAC: http://www.informatik.uni-kiel.de/~caip97/afpac/