Online Workshop on Soft Computing

Frank Hoffmann (fhoffman@CS.Berkeley.EDU)
Fri, 14 Feb 1997 09:31:54 +0100

Dear colleagues,

this is the first CFP for the second online workshop
world conference soft computing to be held on the
Internet from June 23-27. This is a unique opportunity
to publish good quality original research for no costs.
It would like to encourage you to participate in this
new type of conference.

Best regards,

Frank Hoffmann

Frank Hoffmann UC Berkeley
Computer Science Division Department of EECS
Email: phone: 1-510-642-8282
URL: fax: 1-510-642-5775

First Call for Papers

2nd Online World Conference on Soft Computing

in Engineering Design and Manufacturing


23-27 June 1997
On the Internet (World-Wide Web)

Hosted by:

The CIM Institute, Cranfield University, United Kingdom
University of Bath, United Kingdom
Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India
Michigan State University, East Lansing, USA


WSC2 Servers:



Original papers are invited for the 2nd Online World Conference on Soft
Computing (WSC2) to be held on the Internet. WSC2 will bring together
practitioners and researchers in soft computing in engineering design and
manufacturing across the world with the aim to publish quality research
rapidly and with less cost.

Special features of WSC2 are:

* Good Quality Original Papers
* Invited Key Papers
* Virtual Exhibition
* Best Paper Prizes
* FTP and Email facility for those without Web access
* Possible publication of selected papers in a journal

WSC2 is the premier online event on soft computing and its application to
engineering design and manufacturing. The previous event, WSC1 hosted by
Nagoya University, Japan in August 1996 can be visited at


The scope of this conference covers the following soft computing and
related techniques and their application to engineering design and

Neural Networks
Genetic Algorithms
Other Stochastic Optimisation Techniques
Fuzzy Logic
Hybrid Methods
Intelligent Agents and Agent Theory
Causal Models
Data Mining
Probabilistic Reasoning
Case-based Reasoning
Chaos Theory
Interactive Computational Models

The application areas of interest include but are not limited to :

Decision Support
Process and System Control
System Identification and Modelling
Signal or Image Processing
Vision or Pattern Recognition
Condition Monitoring
Fault Diagnosis
Systems Integration
Collaborative Work
Internet Tools

Conference tracks will cover the following THEMES:

1. General problem solving issues in different areas of
engineering design and manufacturing and how Soft Computing can
address those issues more effectively than the conventional

2. Successful industrial applications and case studies;
application methodologies; Good Practice Guides on soft computing

3. Soft computing architectures; practical models of soft
computing; computational costs.

4. Prototypes and tools for soft computing; Internet-accessible
tools; distributed soft agents.

5. Human-computer interaction (HCI), social and Legal issues
(copyright, IPR), international standards.

In addition to research papers, the conference also welcomes good surveys
and tutorial-style papers.


Full Papers submission by: 1 April 1997
Decision on Full Papers: 1 May 1997
Revised Final Manuscripts due: 1 June 1997
WSC2 Preview Week: 16-22 June 1997
WSC2 Conference Week: 23-27 June 1997

Deadline for Booking Exhibition Stand: 15 April 1997
WSC2 Virtual Exhibition Opens: 1 May 1997
WSC2 Virtual Exhibition Closes: 1 August 1997


Full papers should be sent by email directly to the Program Chair at before their respective deadlines.

Full Papers should be submitted in Postscript format; however authors are
encouraged for an additional submission in HTML format. The maximum size
for the full paper is 10 X A4 pages.

Papers should be written in 10-points Times-Roman or a similar font, with
2.5cm margins on all four sides. Detailed instructions for authors are
available from:

For the HTML files please include all relevant graphic and text files. All
links should be made to local files.

At the time of sending the final manuscript by email to the Program Chair,
authors should also send the Copyright Form by postal mail or fax to the
Conference Chair. The copyright form is available from:


Full papers will be reviewed by a panel of referees prior to their
acceptance. Authors are expected to make all necessary changes as suggested
by the reviewers before the final submission of full paper manuscript.

The WSC2 post-conference proceedings including all accepted papers will be
published both in an Online version and a Hardcopy version. Expanded
version of selected papers will be considered for publication in a journal
after the conference.


All papers and online discussion during the conference will be in English.
Main texts in the HTML and Postscript files should only include
International Latin-2 character set, and Greek symbols for mathematical


WSC2 will be held online on the World Wide Web. This means that there will
be contents of both static and dynamic nature. Full contents will be
accessible only to the registered participants. However there will be some
information that will be accessible to everyone over the Internet without

The conference will consist of two parts: Technical Sessions and a Virtual

Technical Sessions will be based on contributed research papers and invited
key papers. These will include full papers plus a rolling slide
presentation and any discussion between the authors and the participants.

* Full papers will be available online at the WSC2 Servers starting the
Conference Preview week to all registered participants to read.
Abstracts of the accepted papers will also be available from 15 May
1997 to everyone on the Internet without restriction.
* Authors are encouraged to provide Rolling slide presentations during
the Conference week. The presentations shall be hosted online by the
authors' own hosts on the Internet. The presentations would also
include any online demonstrations of results that the authors might
wish to show. Links to these presentations will be made from the
Technical Sessions page of the WSC2 Servers to ensure uniform access
to the registered participants.
* Discussion on the technical papers will be enabled during the
Conference week and all questions and answers will be available as
online threads on the WSC2 Servers during this period. Only registered
participants will be able to take part in discussion.

VIRTUAL EXHIBITION of commercial, industrial and academic stands will
complement the technical programme of WSC2. It will present information on
commercial products, industrial projects and academic research groups
related to soft computing and engineering design & manufacturing. Companies
and professional organisations interested in the development or use of soft
computing will also be welcome to present their perspective.

Virtual Exhibit Stands will aim to cover a broad spectrum of
state-of-the-art products and projects that are of interest to the soft
computing and engineering design & manufacturing community. The Virtual
Exhibition will be accessible by anyone on the Internet without restriction
in order to give maximum exposure to the exhibits. The Copyright of Virtual
Exhibit Stands will remain with their original owners. The Virtual
Exhibition will come live on WSC2 Servers on 1 May 1997 and will be
available until 1 August 1997.

Exhibit Stands can be booked in advance by returning the attached Booking
Form . Further details are available from our WSC2 server.


WSC2 provides an excellent opportunity for Companies and Professional
Institutions to influence future trends and promote leadership in soft
computing, engineering design and manufacturing by way of sponsorship.
Experience shows that online conferences are accessed extensively by
professionals all over the world. The participants include academics,
researchers and practitioners from the industry. Description about your
organisation will be published live on the WSC2 Servers during an extended
period of 3 months around the WSC2 conference, from 1 May 1997 to 1 August
1997. The description of Sponsor's Pages will be created and owned by the
sponsors themselves.

Expression of interest for sponsorship can be sent by returning the
attached Sponsorship Form . Further details are available from our WSC2


The conference will recognise excellence of contributions in a number of
ways and the following five awards will be made at the end of the

* Best Overall Paper Award: for overall originality, presentation,
discussion and online demonstration of results.
* Best Presentation Award: for the combined highest quality of the
written paper, rolling presentation slides and discussion
* Best Online Demonstration Award: for highest quality online (possibly
interactive) demonstration of results
* Best Industrial Stand Award: to the industrial stand that best
combines interest, information and stimulation for the conference
* Best Academic Stand Award: to the academic stand that best combines
its own research information, online demonstrations, useful pointers
to related Internet resources, and stimulation for the conference


Rajkumar Roy, Cranfield University (UK) - Conference Chair
Takeshi Furuhashi, Nagoya University (Japan) - International Co-Chair
Pravir Chawdhry, University of Bath (UK) - Program Chair
R. K. Pant, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (India) - Publication Chair
Charles McManus, Cranfield University (UK) - Local Organisation Chair

For SUBMISSION and progress of papers in technical sessions, please contact
the Program Chair:

Pravir Chawdhry
School of Mechanical Engineering
University of Bath
Bath BA2 7AY, United Kingdom
Tel +44 (0)1225 826956
Fax +44 (0)1225 826928

For FURTHER INFORMATION, registration, exhibition booking and sponsorship,
please contact the Conference Chair:

Rajkumar Roy
WSC2 Virtual Conference Office
The CIM Institute
Cranfield University
Cranfield, Bedford MK43 0AL
United Kingdom
Tel. +44 (0)1234 754073 Ext. 2860
Fax. +44 (0)1234 750852
Email: or


Paper Submission Form

Paper Title :
Authors :
Affiliation :
Address :
Phone :
Fax :
E-mail :
Home URL:
Keywords :
Slide presentation / Demonstration URL (due by 1 June 1997):


Conference Registration Form

Register for WSC2 now free of charge:

Name :
Affiliation :
Address :
Phone :
Fax :
E-mail :
Home URL:
Topic(s) of Interest :
Username you would like to use for accessing WSC2:


Virtual Exhibition Stand Booking

Software Vendors, Industries and Research Groups:
Book your Exhibit Stand for WSC2 now. No payment required for the
expression of interest below:

Product / Project / Stand Title:
Contact Person:
Home URL:
Exhibit Stand's URL:


Sponsorship Form

Companies, Universities and Professional Institutions:
Your Sponsorship for WSC2 is valuable to the conference. No payment
required for the expression of interest below:

Sponsorship Category:
Contact Person:
Home URL:
Sponsorship Page URL: