Emergent Computing Workshop Announcement

Daniel B Graham (danny@sound.ee.umist.ac.uk)
Tue, 24 Aug 1999 13:18:41 +0200 (MET DST)

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Announcing the First (of 5) Emergent Computing Workshops to be held at
Manchester, UK:

Full details, and on-line submission of abstract at
http://emergent.ee.umist.ac.uk/emergent
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Self-Organising Systems - Future Prospects for Computing

28-29 October 1999

Manchester Conference Centre, UMIST

Introduction

A two-day Workshop covering various aspects of self-organising systems -
both natural
and artificial - aims to introduce the best of international and UK
activity. The overall focus
is the current and future application of self-organisation as alternate
paradigm for
"intelligent" computation. The Workshop represents an important
opportunity for those
active or interested in self-organising system research and application
to hear about
current work, discuss future directions and priorities, and form
invaluable research
contacts.

Format

The Workshop will commence at lunch-time on the 28 October and finish
late afternoon
on the 29 October. A detailed programme will be issued by the end of
Setember.

Guest Speaker

The after-dinner speaker is Professor Euan Macphail (University of York)

- author of "The Evolution of Consciousness" (OUP, 1998)

Invited Speakers

The following speakers have agreed to give presentations on their recent
work and
suggest future directions:

Bernd Fritzke, Institute of Artificial Intelligence, Dresden
University of Technology
Risto Miikkulainen, Dept. of Computer Sciences, University of
Texas Austin
Klaus Obermayer, Dept. of Computer Sciences, Technical University
of Berlin
Moshe Sipper, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne

Contributed Talks - Invitation to Contribute

You are invited to contribute to this workshop, please submit your
abstract using the
on-line submission form. Your 250-300 word abstract should include
title, authors,
affiliations, source of external support (if any) and the body of the
abstract should stress
the relevance of your work (however distant) to future unconventional
computation.
Abstracts should be submitted by 17 September and you will be notified
of acceptance
within two weeks. All accepted talks will be allocated 20-25 minutes and
be prepared to
submit overheads, etc for inclusion in the Workshop information pack.
The contributions
selected for publication in the proceedings of the entire workshop
series will be not
required until after the Workshop. Detailed instructions will be issued
later.

Discussions

Ample opportunity will provided for discussions not just on the research
presented at the
Workshop but on the more general issues of self-organising systems. The
later will be
used to inform future Research Council programmes and funding
priorities.

Location

The Workshop will take place at the Manchester Conference Centre
(http://www.meeting.co.uk/) (Weston Conference Centre), UMIST,
Manchester. The
Conference Centre is within five minutes walk of the main Manchester
Piccadilly Railway
Station and is on the main UMIST Campus.

Registration

The fee covers Workshop attendance, meals (including the Workshop
Dinner) and
en-suite accommodation for the night of 28/29 October. The inclusive
cost is 75 -
please use the on-line form to register. This registration fee is
heavily subsidised by
EPSRC. As one of the functions of the Workshop is to promote extensive
informal
discussions, all Workshop delegates are expected to residential. Places
are limited and
registration should be completed by 24 September. A small number of
bursaries are
available for registered UK research students to assist with travel and
Workshop costs.
Such students should be engaged on an appropriate research project. If
you wish to apply
for a bursary please contact Professor Nigel M Allinson
(allinson@umist.ac.uk) giving brief
details of your PhD project, why it would benefit you to attend this
Workshop and contact
details for you supervisor.

Publication

The proceedings of this and the other Emergent Behaviour Computing
Workshops will be
published by Springer-Verlag as a highlighted volume of their "Lecture
Notes in Computer
Science". All invited talks will be included, together with a refereed
selection of
contributed talks and summaries of discussions. It is expected that
contributed talks can be
up to ten "camera-ready" pages. Publication date will be September 2000.

General Enquiries

Any general questions relating to this Workshop, please contact
Professor Nigel M
Allinson (allinson@umist.ac.uk).
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