CFP: Learning Control at SCI97

Karl Mathia (kmathia@gotham.accurate-automation.com)
Mon, 20 Jan 1997 18:24:39 +0100


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First Call for Papers:

WORLD MULTICONFERENCE ON
SYSTEMICS, CYBERNETICS AND INFORMATICS (SCI'97)
Caracas, Venezuela
July 7-11, 1997

Special Session on Learning Control
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OVERVIEW
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SCI'97 is a truly multi-disciplinary conference, covering intelligent
computing, information theory, cybernetics, social and biological
systems, psychology, and applications. General information about the
conference is listed below or can be found at the website

http://www.iiis.org/

SCI'97 is an ideal platform for a special session on "Learning Control",
an emerging discipline which is receiving more and more attention from
both the academic and industrial controls community, due to the increasing
complexity of (technical) systems.

LEARNING CONTROL
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"Learning Control" is a term attributed to a broad class of self-tuning
processes, where the performance of the controlled system with respect
to a particular task is self-improved based on the performance for
previous identical tasks. The idea of self-learning control systems is
aesthetically appealing and represents a fundamental step towards fully
autonomous systems. This is of advantage when dealing with uncertain or
changing systems.

The major difference between adaptive and learning control is sometimes
characterized in terms of 'local' and 'global' learning. An adaptive
systems continuously adapts to changes in environment and system para-
meters (local), whereas a learning systems memorizes and recognizes
previously experienced situations (global). The classification of
learning control will be one of many topics at this SCI'97 session. We
invite you to present your recent research results, learn about current
avenues in the field, and to meet interesting people.

TOPICS
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The Learning Control Session will include, but is not limited, to the
following topics (further suggestions are encouraged):

* Classification of learning control systems.

* Mathematical learning theory in a controls context.

* Biological or social self-learning control mechanisms and
their extension to technical systems.

* Human operator modeling.
Human operators are (currently) the ultimate learning controller
for complex systems.

* Neurocontrol, using biological or artificial neural networks.

* Fuzzy logic and learning.

* Optimal Control type learning algorithms (adaptive critics,
Q-learning, etc.).

* Variable structure learning of controllers and its
variants, e.g. reconfigurable and reparameterizable controllers.

* Stability of learning control systems (important!).

* Hardware implementations.

* Applications and case studies which exceed the usual benchmark
problems towards real-world complex systems.

Questions about, or contributions to this special session can be
e-mailed to Karl Mathia at

karl@mathia.com
or
kmathia@accurate-automation.com

PAPER SUBMISSION
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Please mail three (3) hardcopies of your abstract or draft (1-2 pages)
to:

Dr. Karl Mathia
Accurate Automation Corporation
7001 Shallowford Road
Chattanooga, TN 37421
USA

Full-size papers (max. 8 pages, single spaced) may be submitted by
authors after the notification of acceptance.
Please note the deadline of May 12, 1997.

DEADLINES
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March 15, 1997 Submission of 1-2 page abstracts or drafts.
March 31, 1997 Acceptance notifications.
May 12, 1997 Submission of camera ready papers (max. 8 pages,
single spaced).

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Overview:

WORLD MULTICONFERENCE ON SYSTEMICS,
CYBERNETICS AND INFORMATICS

Caracas, Venezuela
July 7-11, 1997

MAJOR THEMES

. Conceptual Infrastructure of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics
. Information Systems (ISAS '97)
. Control Systems
. Managerial/Corporative Systems
. Human Resources Systems
. Natural Resources Systems
. Social Systems
. Educational Systems
. Financial Systems
. SCI in Psychology, Cognition and Spirituality
. SCI in Biology and Medicine
. SCI in Art
. Globalization, Development and Emerging Economies

ACADEMIC AND SCIENTIFIC SPONSORS

. World Organization of Systemics and Cybernetics (WOSC) (France)
. IFSR: International Federation for Systems Research (Austria/USA)
. International Systems Institute (USA)
. CUST, Engineer Science Institute of the Blaise Pascal University (France)
. The International Institute for Advanced Studies in Systems Research and
Cybernetics (Canada)
. Society Applied Systems Research (Canada)
. Cybernetics and Human Knowing: A Journal of Second Order Cybernetics
and Cybersemiotics (Denmark)
. International Institute of Informatics and Systemics (USA)
. IEEE (Venezuela Chapter)
. Simon Bolivar University (Venezuela)
. Universidad Central de Venezuela

INCLUSION OF SCI'97 PROCEEDINGS IN A CD-ROM
EXTENDED ENCYCLOPEDIA

An electronic version of the SCI 97 proceedings will also be available
on CD-ROM, with search and hypertext features. Other media, such as
sound, animation and video, are also being considered.

These proceedings will also be included in the CD-ROM Extended
Encyclopedia of Systemics and Cybernetics (TM), whose development in
presently in progress.

TYPES OF SUBMISSIONS ACCEPTED

. Research, Review or Position Papers
. Panel Presentation, Workshop and/or Round Table Proposals
. New Topics Proposal (which should include a minimum of 15 papers)
. Focus Symposia (which should include a minimum of 15 papers)

JOURNALS PUBLICATIONS FOR BEST PAPERS

Best papers will be published by "Cybernetics and Human Knowing: A
Journal of Second Order Cybernetics and Cybersemiotics". Members
of the Program Committee who are refrees of the Journal will
take the decision on the issue.

Other Journals are being considered for other areas of SCI'97/ISAS'97.

WEB SITE

http://www.iiis.com

PURPOSE

The purpose of the Conference is to bring together, from universities
and corporations, academics and professionals, researchers and
consultants, scientists and engineers, theoreticians and practitioners,
all over the world to discuss themes of the conference and to partici-
pate with original ideas or innovations, knowledge or experience,
theories or methodologies, in the areas of Systemics, Cybernetics and
Informatics (SCI).

Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics (SCI) are being increasingly
related to each other and to almost every scientific discipline and
human activity. Their common transdisciplinarity characterizes and
communicates them, generating strong relations among them and with
other disciplines. They interpenetrate each other integrating a whole
that is permeating human thinking and practice. This phenomenon induced
the Organization Committee to structure SCI'97 as a multiconference
where participants may focus on an area, or on a discipline, while
maintaining open the possibility of attending conferences from other
areas or disciplines. This systemic approach stimulates cross-ferti-
lization among different disciplines, inspiring scholars, generating
analogies and provoking innovations; which, after all, is one of the
very basic principles of the systems movement and a fundamental aim in
cybernetics.

BACKGROUND

The success achieved in ISAS'95 (Information Systems Analysis and
Synthesis) held in Baden-Baden (Germany), symbolized by the award
granted by the International Institute for Advanced Studios in Systems
Research and Cybernetics (Canada), as the best and largest symposium at
the 5th International Conference on Systems Research, Informatics and
Cybernetics, encouraged its sponsors and session chairs to organize
ISAS '96 at Orlando and prepare a more general Conference on Systemics,
Cybernetics and Informatics (SCI '97) at Caracas (Venezuela). The
widely acknowledged success of ISAS'96 (held on July 22-26 at Orlando)
by means of spontaneous verbal feedback and a written comprehensive
evaluation from 143 authors, of high quality papers, from 32 countries,
galvanized the Program and Organizing Committees to make a definitive
commitment to organize SCI'97 and ISAS '97 at Caracas, in July 7-11,
1997. Many Program and Organizing Committees members from past inter-
national and world conferences are joining us for SCI '97 and ISAS'97,
including most of those who organized the World Conference on Systems
Sponsored by UNESCO and the United Nations' World Federation of
Engineering Organizations (WFEO). We are still looking for more
organizational support from experienced scholars, consultants,
practitioners, professionals and researchers, as well as from inter-
national or national organizations, public or private, academic or
professional.

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